4 Small Business Growth Strategies That Are Proven to Work

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Aug 29, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Every small business owner dreams of growing their business into a large, successful company. Yet, many are unsure how to approach growth in a strategic manner that minimizes risk and supports business profits. We’ve turned to the experts to see just how small businesses can equip themselves to grow more quickly and stably.

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Topics: Small Business

4 Hidden Ways Your Business Is Draining Resources

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Aug 26, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Does it ever seem like, no matter what you do, you just can’t seem to gain the profit margin you’d like? You’ve tried raising prices, only to lose business, so you seek to lower prices, only to lose profits. It’s an endless cycle, and successfully balancing a profit margin is a task that few have wrangled successfully. However, there are a lot of unexpected ways that businesses drain their resources without even realizing it, and this subsequently drives the profit margin downward. Here are some of the hidden holes in businesses that could result in your resources leaking away.

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Topics: Small Business

Are Pop-Up Halloween Stores Profitable?

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Aug 24, 2016 7:00:00 AM

With Halloween just a couple months away, Halloween pop-up shops are already appearing around the neighborhood. It begs the question, do these pop-up shops make practical business sense, even if they’re only open a couple months out of the year? Well, it depends on how you approach it.

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Topics: Small Business

Got a Bun in the Oven? 5 Ways Expectant Parents Can Save a Bundle

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Aug 22, 2016 7:00:00 AM

The news of pregnancy is one of the most exciting things an adult can hear – but also the most nerve-wracking. Will I be a good parent? Will I have enough time? Do I have enough savings to support a child? As soon as the good feelings fade, expectant parents are often filled with anxiety. While that’s a normal feeling, there are a lot of proactive ways you can plan for a child and set your worried mind to rest. Here are some tips to help you save a bundle, so your finances will be one less thing to fret about.

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Topics: Family, Financial

When the Numbers Aren’t Adding Up: 4 Ways to Save Your Household Some Money

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Aug 19, 2016 7:00:00 AM

While the recession is said to be behind us and the economy is steadily improving, a surprising number of Americans still have trouble managing their bills. In fact, according to MarketWatch, about 62 percent of Americans report having less than $1,000 in savings, which is a strong indicator that the majority of people are living paycheck to paycheck and struggling to get by. If you find that the numbers just aren’t adding up and you can’t seem to cover all household costs, consider these tips to help increase savings and live more comfortably.

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Topics: Small Business

How Much Is Your Business Spending on Office Supplies?

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Aug 17, 2016 7:00:00 AM

For the average business, office supplies compose a major part of the total overhead expenses, as they’re something used regularly by all employees. The cost presents ongoing concern that continues to increase as a business scales their operation. The key to operating a cost-effective business model is to find ways to drive the cost of ongoing expenses down, so you can maintain higher profit margins.

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Topics: Small Business

5 Tricks (And Treats) for Scaring Up More Halloween Sales

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Aug 15, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Just two and a half months until the spookiest, skin-crawliest day of the year … good old Halloween. While it may seem like it’s still a ways off to the youngsters and their parents, small business owners are already prepping their shelves for the masses. Halloween means big business for retailers. In fact, the cumulative Halloween sales equal $10 billion dollars each year. Between the candy, costumes, and spooky decorations, just about every small business can find ways to leverage this holiday to increase revenue.

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Topics: Small Business

Honing in on the Perfect Profit Margin

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Aug 12, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Business owners need to possess multifaceted skill sets. Not only is it imperative to possess exceptional work ethic and business management skills, but you need to be an excellent writer, a mathematician, and a creative thinker as well. When it comes to finding the ideal profit margin, it requires both excellent mathematical skills and innovative thinking. Here is a guide to help you hone in on that ideal profit margin, without zapping your mental energy in the process.

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Topics: Small Business

Getting Your Groove Back: 3 Back-to-School Tips for Teachers

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Aug 10, 2016 7:00:00 AM


For teachers, summer vacation is a necessary break to help unwind from the school year and prepare for the year ahead. The life of a teacher can be stressful, and throughout the year, you’re often expected to do a lot of work outside of the traditional classroom hours. From parent-teacher conferences to preparing classroom activities, the average teacher works about 53 hours per week. Come summer, you finally have the opportunity to relax, but that break can make it all that much more difficult to get back in the teaching groove come school time. Here are some tips to make the transition back to school seamless and carefree.

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Topics: Education and School

5 Steps to Starting a Food Pantry in Your Neighborhood

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Aug 8, 2016 7:00:00 AM


Hunger is a devastating issue, afflicting roughly 14 percent of U.S. citizens. While most large cities have at least one food bank, many smaller towns do not, resulting in some low-income families having no way to access the food they need. Endeavoring to launch your own local food pantry is a compassionate and ambitious undertaking, and provided you approach it tactically, one that can be accomplished in a matter of months.

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Topics: Nonprofits, Charity