Whether you are a long-time business owner or just starting out, this is a question you may eventually face at some point: Should you buy your own office space?
Does your company use electronic data? Does it store or communicate potentially sensitive information about customers, employees, or competitors? If so, then a breach of that data could cost your company plenty. Unfortunately, just about any size company or organization that retains personal information can be hit with a cyber attack. One way to transfer some of the risk and costs associated with a data breach or network security failure is through cyber insurance.
One of the key decisions you’ll need to consider is what would happen to your business if you decide to step away, or you die or become permanently disabled. A buy-sell agreement can be a useful tool in helping you plan for these circumstances.
As a business owner, you are committed to serving the needs of many different stakeholders, including your customers/clients, business partners and investors, employees, vendors, and family members. And like many business owners, you may also be highly motivated to have an impact on the “greater good.” The benefits of giving back are both tangible and intangible, but where do you begin?
Being self-employed has many advantages — the opportunity to be your own boss and come and go as you please, for example. However, it also comes with unique challenges, especially when it comes to how to handle taxes. Whether you’re running your own business or thinking about starting one, you’ll want to be aware of the specific tax rules and opportunities that apply to you.
According to the Plan Sponsor Council of America (PSCA), more than half of all 401(k) plans enroll employees automatically. Yet just 19% of plans with fewer than 50 participants have this feature. Might automatic enrollment be right for your organization?
Small-business owners must rely on their own ingenuity and innovation to survive. Fortunately, over the past decade, innovation has also emerged in the networks supporting small businesses, helping them acquire much-needed resources.
Risk management is a key component in any successful business plan. In today’s world–where data breaches are common occurrences–it’s especially important for business owners to understand the digital risks they face. Are you doing all you can to mitigate the risk of a cyber attack?
According to the Insurance Information Institute, 119 natural disasters occurred in the United States in 2014, totaling $25 billion in losses. But natural disasters represent just a portion of the crises that your business could face. What risks and hazards might your business face?
Successful small-business owners understand the basics of marketing: Know your customers well and deliver messages in ways that will reach them best. Common components of a well-devised marketing plan often include customer surveys, advertising, promotions, and direct mail, as well as a carefully designed website, which in today’s mobile world is the go-to source for basic company information. But is all that enough?