Every business needs customers to survive. Owners typically spend a lot of time and energy trying to attract customers to their businesses and then keep them. They rarely ask whether those customers are actually desirable ones. But if you want your company to truly thrive, you may need to evaluate whether your customers are raising your… Continue reading

Have you ever completed a job only to realize that the cost of performing the work equals or exceeds the revenue that the project brought in? This phenomenon is called “profit fade” and, if it occurs repeatedly, it can prove fatal to your business. Although profit fade could threaten any construction business, it’s a particular concern… Continue reading

Preparing for a surge in demand for your business’ products and services doesn’t mean you have to go out on a financial limb. But some contingency planning may be in order. The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond is a helpful source for data and analysis on where the national economy is heading. It provides a peek… Continue reading

If you’re a business owner, do you have a plan in place that names who’ll follow you as head of your company? You may feel you’re too busy running the business today to waste time on long-term plans that seem so distant. But there may be more reasons than you think to make decisions, some… Continue reading

For some employees, working from home is a personally liberating experience that contributes to greater productivity. For others, not so much. By now, if you have had a significant number of employees doing their jobs from home, you may have enough experience to assess whether remote working arrangements are a net plus for your business.… Continue reading

During the COVID-19 crisis, you may want to loan money to a family member in need of financial assistance. However, before writing out a check, you should review the federal tax rules to ensure that you’re making a tax-smart loan. The good news is that now is generally an advantageous time to lend money to… Continue reading

Many people are familiar with tax credits for individual taxpayers, such as the credits for higher education expenses or the child tax credit. But businesses and business owners also may be eligible for some valuable credits that can lower their tax bills. Here are seven credits for small business owners to consider this tax year and beyond. Research Credit Even… Continue reading