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NEW YORK | Two months after a severe flu season forced millions of workers to stay home, paid sick time is becoming an issue for many small-business owners.
NEW YORK | In 2013, small-business owners will contend with many of the same issues that made it hard to run their companies over the last 12 months.
NEW YORK | The arrival of the new year gives small-business owners a chance to fix some of the problems that may have dogged them through 2011. Those whose accounting systems were haphazard, or who didn't have a clear policy about vacations and sick time should take advantage of the fresh st…
NEW YORK | Stocks extended their losing streak to four days Friday after a mixed batch of readings on consumers further muddled investors' sense of the economy.
NEW YORK | Stocks are fluctuating in early trading after the latest consumer spending number fell just short of expectations.
NEW YORK | Small business owners may feel in a bit of a bind this summer. Just as many companies are recovering from the recession and making do with fewer staffers, it's high season for employee vacations.
NEW YORK | With April 15 not far off, many small business owners will get six-month extensions of the deadline to file their income tax returns. This year, the procrastinators have company as the economy makes tax issues more complicated for everyone.
NEW YORK | Small business owners who compile their own income tax returns can find themselves falling into some common quicksand pits. The mistakes can be costly if they raise a company's tax bill unnecessarily or subject it to penalties and interest in the future.
NEW YORK | Business is starting to creep upward at some small companies. And employees who have gone without raises or had their salaries cut over the past two years are hoping that more money coming in will lead to a raise in the near future.
NEW YORK | While much of the business world struggled with cutbacks and layoffs during 2009, many people saw opportunity. Undaunted by the recession, they started their own companies.
NEW YORK | Burnout has long been a problem for small business owners who throw themselves into their companies. The struggling economy makes it worse, and the stress of the holiday season can add to the misery.
NEW YORK | Bonuses are starting to reappear at small companies as business shows signs of picking up.
NEW YORK | Small business owners with cash flow problems might be tempted during yet another difficult holiday season to forgo gifts for clients or customers. Many look at gifts as budget items that just aren't critical.
NEW YORK | There's a downsizing trend under way at many small businesses: Moving to smaller offices because of shrinking staffs and as more workers telecommute.
NEW YORK | With Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season weeks away, many small business owners are planning holiday parties for employees and clients despite the still wobbly economy. But the celebrations are expected to be low-key, frugal and, some say, much more fun.
NEW YORK | As Bart Cleveland talks to employees of his ad agency, he sees the strain.
NEW YORK | The down time that summer usually brings has become a casualty of the recession at many small businesses.
NEW YORK | Many employees of small businesses are grateful to have a job, even as salaries are frozen or cut and they're asked to take on more responsibility. Company owners shouldn't take those good attitudes for granted -- they need to show workers some loyalty so staffers don't jump ship …
NEW YORK | Pam Kassner has already canceled two vacations this year. She just didn't feel comfortable taking time off with business so uncertain.
NEW YORK | The idea of hiring unpaid interns this summer has become very appealing to small business owners contending with a difficult economy.
NEW YORK | Many small business owners are likely to find a perennial summertime challenge, keeping their companies staffed during peak vacation times, even harder this year.
NEW YORK | As women lose their jobs to the recession, many are deciding they've had it working for someone else. So they're starting businesses that will let them be financially independent and also have more time to care for their families.
NEW YORK | When Marty Kotis looked at his company's monthly wireless bill, he found a stunning charge -- for 2,500 text messages on a single staffer's phone.
NEW YORK | It's a bit of insult added to injury -- small business owners who had non-paying customers in 2008 are likely to find they can't take the bad debts as deductions on their income tax returns.
NEW YORK | For many of the millions of Americans who lost their jobs over the past year, the next step is starting a business. And many of these enterprises are being launched out of the entrepreneurs' homes.
NEW YORK | Insurance coverage is an expense that many small business owners might be tempted to cut back on or even forgo as they try to cut costs during the recession. They're making a bet that they won't need the coverage, but it's a bet they could lose.
NEW YORK | Income tax filing season can be a trying time for small business owners, and in a recession, even more so.
NEW YORK | The beginning of the year means small business owners need to start thinking about income tax returns. But with the economy in tatters, they may need to focus more on bringing in revenue than sorting through receipts.
NEW YORK | The economy didn't look that bad when Laura and Roger Bickford opened their medical clinic back in July.
NEW YORK | Right before Election Day, it occurred to Beth McRae that her stress levels were rising and affecting the people around her, including the employees of her public relations firm.
NEW YORK | One of the most important tasks for small business owners is a year-end checkup of their companies' financial health. It's even more critical now as the economic downturn persists.
NEW YORK | Many small business owners believe you should never go it alone -- you should always have a support system, whether it consists of financial advisers, mentors, fellow entrepreneurs or consultants, to guide you. It's true in the best of economic times, and it's certainly the case i…
NEW YORK | The year-end bonuses or holiday gifts that many small business employees are hoping for may end up a casualty of the stumbling economy as owners decide they can't afford them. But at some companies, bonuses are turning into incentives to help boost sales and profits.
NEW YORK | A day of reckoning is approaching for some small business owners: Oct. 15, when those who got extensions of the deadline for filing 2007 tax returns must now send in their completed forms -- and pay any tax they owe. For some owners, coming up with the money right now may be diffi…
NEW YORK | Small business owners who are thinking about setting up retirement plans for their employees should be aware that there are two important deadlines coming up in October that affect the plans known as SIMPLEs and SEPs.
NEW YORK | As the cost of gasoline soared over the past year, many small businesses took steps to mitigate the damage to their cash flow and profits.
NEW YORK | The last few weeks of summer can be a useful time for small business owners whose companies are going through a slow period -- they have a chance to tackle some of those tasks they've been putting off.
With the summer months nearly half over, some business owners are finding it hard to let go for a vacation, even for a few days. But many do feel confident about taking time off because technology helps them stay in touch, and talented employees are able to keep the office running smoothly.
NEW YORK | The end of June and beginning of July is an important time for savvy small business owners, who'll be assessing their companies' finances and thinking about strategies for the second half of 2008. A midyear checkup is even more important than usual this year, given the uncertainty…
NEW YORK | When a small business graduates from being home-based to having premises of its own, it's quite an accomplishment. But in this economy, some small company owners are deciding it makes more sense to move back home again.
NEW YORK | A spring that has already brought deadly and destructive weather to parts of the country is a reminder to small businesses that they need to prepare for disasters that could shut them down. Owners should try to make their companies as prepared as possible -- or at the least be sur…
Even though a small company's business may be down and its revenue stream more tentative, it may be quite possible for an owner to avoid laying off employees.
NEW YORK | It's something small business owners dread: having to tell employees they're being laid off.
NEW YORK | With Memorial Day just weeks away, many people are thinking about taking time off during the summer. Small business owners need to be doing some planning too, to be sure employee vacations don't cause strife in the workplace or a drop-off in productivity.
NEW YORK | Having been in business for 30 years and survived many consumer spending slowdowns, Lloyd Lippman isn't cutting staff at his retail executive search firm. He's been adding account executives and plans to hire two or three more by the end of the year.
NEW YORK | At Jeff Cassels' jewelry store, falling real estate values and rising gold prices are more than news headlines -- they are contributors to an uncertain holiday season. At Joanie McDonald's clothing store, however, a weakening dollar is turning into a boon.
NEW YORK | The winter can be a hard time for staffing at small businesses -- it's not just the holidays that thin employee ranks, it's also colds and the flu. Owners can cope by making it easier for staffers to telecommute and by having a pool of workers who can fill in.
NEW YORK | OK, you still haven't gotten around to planning that holiday party for your small business. That actually may be more of a blessing than a tragedy -- many of your fellow procrastinators have found that last-minute parties can be more pleasant, comfortable and fun than a more forma…
NEW YORK | Giving employees annual performance reviews or appraisals can be one of a small business owner's most dreaded tasks. Doing them more often and going into the process with a positive rather than punitive attitude can make a review much less of an ordeal.
NEW YORK | Many small business owners meeting with their accountants this month and next may find that year-end tax planning and projections for 2008 are a little more complicated than usual because of the uneasy economy.
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