Yeah, we couldn’t help it, sorry. Today’s the “end of the world,” but find out below why even when things get rough it’s not the end of the world for your business! Also, looking for a break on your taxes next year? Check out these 5 things you can do today to ease your liability in April. All this and more in our round-up!
Small Business News of the Week
Looking for a little break next year during tax season? The time to start worrying about it is now instead of after the clock strikes midnight signaling 2013 has arrived!
Paychex has identified 5 tax benefits every small business owner should consider implementing before the new year hits. With the fiscal cliff and health insurance talks ramping up, 2013 looks to be an interesting if not potentially stressful year for small business owners. Taking advantage of these benefits could reduce some of this stress.
Besides the expected “buy these certain things and offer health insurance” mentions, there’s the Work Opportunity Tax Credit. This credit is scheduled to expire at the end of 2012, which is a shame as it helps veterans everywhere find good work. This is a great way to help your community and save a little dough in the process.
Around the Entrepreneur Web
Top 6 Marketing Tactics for Small Businesses for 2013 and Beyond – Marketing for your company has to be flexible yet firm, adaptable yet grow from a solid foundation.
Outsourcing: The Benefits and How it Can Help Business Grow – Outsourcing gets a bad rep as sending jobs overseas, but it merely means handing the reins of certain tasks to outside companies. Utilizing it correctly can save you time and money.
What’s in Your Sales Funnel? – Clients don’t usually hire you for a huge project right away – they want to test the waters and see how you hold up. This eventual process is called the sales funnel, and it takes some planning on your part.
Outright Community Speaks
Our users surprise us every day with questions and concerns. Here are some of the latest:
Help, I’m new to Outright! This user has just signed up and unsure how to do some basic (and some complicated) tasks. Perfect for new users to follow along.
Did you miss our webinar with PayPal “10 Tips for a Blockbuster Year-End?” or manage to catch it and still had some questions? Ask away here!
Interested in upgrading to Outright Plus but weren’t sure what all it entails? Check out the Outright Plus FAQ!
Have more questions or concerns? Stop by our Outright Customer Care forum!
Outright Pro Tip: Not the End of the World
Well, today’s the day we find out if the end of the world takes place. Everyone has been waiting for this moment for decades if even in just morbid curiosity. Now that it’s finally here, expect quiet resignation that it was just another boring day.
However, you can’t entirely blame those who really bought into the Mayan 2012 Apocalypse. Sometimes you feel like things are so bad that the world is ending and there’s nothing you can do about it. Many business owners feel this way every single day, especially when they’ve had a hard day/week/month/year.
Sometimes they’re correct – there isn’t anything they can do. But in the vast majority of cases a business can be saved. Sure, it may take a ton of work and some incredible luck and as well as ingenuity, but just because the chips are down doesn’t mean they’re gone forever!
Many people’s reaction during extreme stress is to shut down and hide away. Instead, take your business woes to your friends, colleagues, and family! Reaching out for help isn’t a bad thing and could lead to some surprising revelations on how you can save your company.
That’s it for this week’s Round-Up! Have a Merry Christmas!