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Updated: 8 years 46 weeks ago

7 common small-business management and entrepreneurship FAILS

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 15:00
Are you working in your small business — or are you actually working for it? The life of the small-business owner is always going to be busy and cluttered with activity, yet just because you've got a lot on your plate does not necessarily mean you are effectively driving your business forward. There are a number of small-business management and entrepreneurship errors that can leave your company rudderless, your best efforts ineffective — and it's vital to isolate and prevent these errors from sabotaging your company.

6 employee 1st-day tips for the boss

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 15:00
For all practical purposes, your first day on a job should be an energizing experience. But for many, it’s anything but remarkable. More like forgettable — thanks largely to some fundamentals that go astray. With a crop of new grads and veteran job transfers ready to report for that first day at work, now is the time to ensure that your onboarding practices keep your new hire motivated and feeling excited about working for you.

Plan now for the most important home inspection event of the year!

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 15:00
InspectionWorld Nashville will be held at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel Jan. 12-15, 2014. Conference registration opens Sept. 1. Arrive early and stay later to experience seven full days of education and events. The agenda lists several pre-conference courses, three days of dynamic educational sessions, followed by the three-day Commercial Building Inspection course. Join your colleagues and take in the busy expo hall, annual meeting, lunch-n-learns, networking events and all that IW Nashville has to offer. Book your room early: Renaissance Nashville Hotel 611 Commerce Street Nashville, TN 37203 Note: In all guestrooms — Complimentary Wireless Internet (valid Jan. 11 through Jan. 16, 2014). Negotiated ASHI Group Rate: $150/night plus taxes (while available). Contact Michele George with questions.

New home sales up 2.1 percent in May

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 15:00
Sales of new U.S. homes climbed in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 476,000, up 2.1 percent from April, the government reported recently. The government's report beat economists' consensus forecast for an annual rate of 468,000. April's rate was revised up to 466,000 from the previously reported 454,000.

Big lenders are shifting gears as the US housing market changes

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 15:00
Six weeks ago, Eric Schuppenhauer oversaw JPMorgan Chase's home loan defaults and mortgage servicing business. Now, he's the head of the big national lender's home loan origination operation. Schuppenhauer's new focus says a lot about what's happening in the banking industry as it shifts from dealing with problem home loans to creating new mortgage revenue.

Rising mortgage rates might snarl sales of new homes

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 15:00
Sales of newly built homes rose to their highest level in five years in May, according to numbers compiled by the U.S. Census, but those numbers are at risk of being wrong. They are based on signed contracts, not closings, for homes, many of which have not yet been built. Those contracts were signed well before a huge spike in mortgage rates, and those closings could be up to nine months away, when the homes are completed.

Home builders report significant shortages in key building materials

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 15:00
Builders and suppliers are noting significant shortages of certain home building materials even though new home and other construction is described as far below normal levels. The National Association of Home Builders and the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association reported the shortages based on recent surveys conducted by each.

Home inspector: Half of all decks in 'failure' mode, risk collapse

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 15:00
Half of the country's 40 million house decks pose a safety danger and may not be covered by homeowner insurance policies, according to a code certified home inspector. Stan Garnet, of Inspector Associates Inc. of Atlanta, said decks built in the 1990s or earlier risk possible collapse in part because they were constructed before today's stricter building standards were adopted.

RI Association of Realtors: Support home inspector licensing!

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 15:00
Buying a home is the largest purchase that most of us will make in our lifetime. That's why most home buyers pay for a home inspection: to protect their investment. But what if the home inspector is unqualified and misses obvious signs of termite damage, flooding, an unsafe furnace or a roof on the verge of collapse? Home inspectors are not licensed in Rhode Island. This means that choosing a home inspector is like playing roulette.

Unemployment claims fall while Americans keep spending

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 15:00
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell slightly, in line with the recent moderate pace of jobs growth. Meanwhile, the Commerce Department said consumer spending increased 0.3 percent last month, after a revised 0.3 percent drop in April.

Consumer spending, jobs data point to lukewarm growth

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 15:00
Consumer spending rebounded in May and new applications for unemployment benefits fell more recently, suggesting the economy remained on a moderate growth path. While other data showed contracts to buy previously owned homes approached a 6 1/2 year high in May, the data taken together suggested economic activity would probably remain lukewarm and discourage the Federal Reserve from scaling back its monetary stimulus anytime soon.

How to make your website more mobile friendly

Mon, 05/06/2013 - 20:58
Forget about designing your website for mobile devices. Instead, design your website for all devices, from tiny phones to huge living room flat-screens. "Nearly every business needs to adapt to reach consumers effectively on any screen," says Janine Warner, a globally recognized digital design and Internet trends consultant.

Managing the 3 clocks of small business

Tue, 04/23/2013 - 18:38
"Time Is On My Side," is the title of one of the classic rock 'n' roll songs performed by Mick Jagger and the legendary English band, The Rolling Stones. This bold statement works in a song, but for small businesses ... not so much. The reason is because of the complicated dynamic between time and our most precious asset, cash. In the marketplace, there are actually three different clocks at work that every business uses: one for operating expenses, one for sales and one for cash. Let's take a look at how these three clocks impact your small business.

Q&A: Why cyberspies are targeting small businesses

Tue, 04/23/2013 - 18:38
Cybercriminals are taking greater pains to infect the computers of certain employees at specific companies, and are increasingly targeting smaller organizations for sophisticated cyber espionage campaigns. Symantec tracked a 42 percent increase targeted attacks over 12 months, with the greatest growth coming in network intrusions directed at companies with fewer than 250 employees. USA Today asked Kevin Haley, director of Symantec Security Response, to supply context. Q: Why are the bad guys targeting small businesses?

10 small business tax deductions you shouldn't ignore

Tue, 04/09/2013 - 17:33
Tax season is here, and it's time to rifle through your business expense records and make the most of any legitimate small business tax deductions you can claim to lower your overall taxable income. Unfortunately, many taxpayers who qualify for a variety of deductions — most notably the home office deduction — aren't claiming them.