Getting a commercial loan from your bank may be the best option. The interest rates would be lower than a credit card, and it is not as hard to obtain a business loan as you think. In fact, an entrepreneur in good standing can get access to up to $15,000, starting on day one of the business. Check with your bank and also shop around for a loan/line of credit for your business. It takes money to make money, and it may pay off in the long run tax-wise to carry a little debt as your business grows.
Keeping Nickels is more of a small/microbusiness blog but we find useful information on many personal finance websites and blogs. Queercents has a wealth of information about taxes which range from preparing taxes yourself or hiring a tax professional. Check out the posts under the taxes category.
Remember this year the tax deadline is April 17. Yay for two extra days!
Here’s an article that drives home the point about how important it is for small business owners to know their financial position at any given time and not just during tax season.
If you have not kept up with recording your expenses for 2006, then the task of dealing with a disorganized set of books is a big chore. Get organized now to make 2007 better.
Bank reconcilations should be done monthly, and you need to know where your cash flow stands.
Connecting to people professionally online and offline is very important for small business owners. I joined LinkedIn over a year ago without really knowing what to do with it. Then I realized that I can use my existing network to make a formal online connection. This is great for giving and receiving recommendations.
Recently, I got a new client who found me through my LinkedIn profile, so it is worth to take the time to build your brand online! You can read my profile by clicking the link on my sidebar.
Here’s a bit from Bright Surfer who also raves about LinkedIn and other social networking sites.
The best place on the web for professional networking is LinkedIn. Their site is very well designed to appear mature and businesslike. The major functions of the site work very well for people connecting with their professional networks, and the site has a very good reputation among professionals (who generally find MySpace and communities like it a bit juvenile for their tastes). Here, you can connect with all of your professional friends and family, and it is highly recommended that you use this site to connect to your clients, vendors, and major customers as well. You cannot go wrong with offering a connection, and you can benefit tremendously from using LinkedIn to keep track of people, their skills, their professional experience, and their business preferences.
A few days ago, I heard about an interesting project, Hundred Dollar Business Project. Carolynn Duncan is writing a book about entrepreneurs and will be creating the book with just $100 and 30 days. I wish her luck!