The Summertime Blues: What’s a Small Business to Do?

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Jul 15, 2016 6:30:00 AM

As the summer sun begins to shine, most people naturally start feeling happier, as sunlight encourages the release of serotonin and endorphins. Business owners, however, aren’t always so chipper. Not only are they stuck indoors all summer long, but many businesses notice a decline in sales come summertime. If your business falls victim to the summertime blues, use these tips to boost both your sales and serotonin.

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Topics: Small Business

Making Care Packages for the Homeless: How You Can Start Giving Back

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Jul 13, 2016 6:30:00 AM

As summertime approaches, homelessness often becomes a more visible problem, as fewer homeless people are seeking out beds in shelters. In turn, many wonder how they might go about helping these people and make a lasting impact in their lives. Care packages are an easy, affordable, and thoughtful way to better the lives of those without homes. It can help lessen their struggle, while letting them know you’re concerned for their wellbeing.

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Topics: Charity

Host Back-to-School Supply Drives to Help Children in Need

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Jul 11, 2016 6:30:00 AM

By hosting a back-to-school drive, you’re providing children with the opportunity to access an array of new, high-quality school supplies that their families may be unable to provide. Families across the U.S. are financially struggling, whether due to unemployment, underemployment, family illness, or other reasons. This oftentimes leaves them unable to provide for their child’s education, which inevitably results in children falling behind in school.

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Topics: Education and School, Charity

Top Reasons Every Business Needs to Give to Charity

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Jul 8, 2016 7:30:00 AM

When operating a small business, the concept of giving to charity often fails to cross the mind. After all, you’re so busy running around tending to all of the other pressing tasks, finding the time to support local causes simply doesn’t register on your radar. However, there are a lot of excellent benefits that businesses can gain by donating or volunteering with local organizations. Here are some of the top reasons your small business should begin giving to charity today.

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Topics: Small Business, Nonprofits, Charity

How College Kids Can Reduce the Financial Burden of Back-to-School Supplies

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Jul 6, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Summer break is upon us, which has led to college students everywhere breathing a collective sigh of relief. Finally, three months to relax, enjoy the beautiful weather, work to save money, and spend time with family and friends. However, along with being a college student comes inevitable financial stress. Not only do you have student loan debt to worry about, but you also have to find a way to make ends meet in your day to day life.

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Topics: Education and School, Financial

Celebrate Summer with These Money Saving Tips

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Jul 5, 2016 12:30:00 PM

With the sun blaring down, the flowers in bloom, and the sound of children cheerfully prancing through the streets, summer has made its grand entrance at last. It’s time to put away the snow shovels and dust off the lawn chairs, so you can enjoy some much-needed relaxation in the sun. People are often more active in the summer, spending their free time enjoying the great outdoors and partaking in a variety of spontaneous adventures. Yet, these adventures can be costly. To truly seize the summer fun, you need to cut costs wherever possible, so you have the leftover resources to invest in the activities that count.

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Topics: Financial

Announcing the June Facebook Contest Shopping Spree Winners!

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Jul 5, 2016 7:30:00 AM

In June we ran a contest asking you to nominate a special teacher, so that we could award eighteen teachers with DollarDays shopping sprees. It is important to the DollarDays family to support educators every day and we thank the hundreds of wonderful people who nominated hundreds of teachers in our June contest! It is our honor to donate these shopping sprees so that they can continue supporting our children.

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Topics: Giveaways

Nominate a Nonprofit for a Chance to Win a $2,000 Shopping Spree!

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Jul 1, 2016 11:21:55 AM

It's important to the DollarDays team to support nonprofits, and we need your help this month so we can give away shopping sprees to eighteen organizations that provide programs to children outside of the classroom. If you could take a minute to nominate a nonprofit in our Facebook Sweepstakes, we would be very appreciative (and so will they!). 

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Topics: Giveaways

5 Tips to Help You Save Big on Office Supplies

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Jul 1, 2016 7:30:00 AM

When operating a small business, the top priority is maintaining a high profit margin. In fact, studies largely indicate that a high profit margin correlates strongly to the success of a company. One of the best ways to create a high profit margin is by keeping overhead costs low, so operational costs don’t impede on your overall business profits. According the experts at Learning Burst Academy, 20 percent or less is considered a low profit margin and anything above 50 percent is considered high. Since small businesses often spend so much on office supplies, finding ways to reduce that expense is imperative to improving your profit margin.

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Topics: Small Business, Financial

5 Ways to Make Your Small Business Seem Big

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Jun 29, 2016 7:30:00 AM

In a business landscape dominated by big-box stores and major brands, small businesses can often feel like small fish in an oversized pond. Yet, small businesses actually have a lot of advantages over their larger competitors, not least of which is that customers widely report preferring small businesses. In order to make your company stand out, you need to focus on making your brand seem bigger than it really is. Here are some tips to inflate your brand within your region and draw more customers to your store.

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Topics: Small Business