Planning Blog Posts

Just about everything you need in order to prepare for the launch and growth of your business, from business plans to retirement plans.

Your Taxes Are Done: Now What?

I realize that tax season is officially on its way out, and taxes are probably the last thing anyone wants to think about. But, as any long-time entrepreneur will tell you, taxes are an aspect of your business you just can’t escape. When you run a business, you always have to watch out for how… Read the full article.

4 Great Ways to Get Your Small Business on the Right Track in 2014

For many aspiring entrepreneurs, January 1st is the equivalent of the checkered flag being waved on the race track. You’ve been on your mark with your business idea, got set with a business plan, and are ready to go onward and upward on the path to greatness! Before you get caught up in the race,… Read the full article.

Budgeting your Marketing without a Marketing Budget

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, businesses with less than $5 million revenue should allocate 7-8% of their revenue to marketing. Of course, this is affected by a lot of factors, and you can’t base your marketing cost purely on your revenue, because if your revenue is low, spending less on marketing won’t help… Read the full article.

Navigating Government Contracting

The attempt to expand operations to the federal government as a small business is a scary prospect. The move from the public sector to the federal sector is filled with rules, regulations, and registrations. While it’s a bumpy road, it is one well worth traveling. In 2009, the federal government spent about $96.8 billion on… Read the full article.

Startup Costs for a Business: Licenses, Insurance and More

When most people think of running their own business, their minds go from thinking of the initial idea all the way to sitting in an office with the money steadily rolling in. While that would be ideal for life to work out the way, neglecting the middle steps can be a big reason why new… Read the full article.