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From the firm: A time of transition
We can expect a new normal this summer, but we hope that you will find enjoyment in the simple pleasures while staying a little closer to home.
Mind flex: Favorite foods of the rich and famous
Test your knowledge of celebrities’ favorite foods and take our quiz!
Retirement planning at any age
Your handy "save-by-age" guide to keep you on track for meeting your retirement goals.
Choosing a retirement plan that fits your biz
Review our concise list of retirement plan options for your business.
Act your retirement age
An age-based guide to meeting your retirement goals
Retirement planning by the numbers
Check out these tips and tactics for ensuring your financial security during retirement.
Raid your pantry for items to make these delicious meals.
Best practices for better online events
These best practices for online events will help you elevate their effectiveness.
The best business books of 2020—so far!
Check out some of the best business books published this year…along with a few classics.
Pantry-o-plenty: Your stock-up plan
Going to the grocery store less often? Use this list to stock your pantry with items for easy and delicious meals.
A sure-fire solution to get out from under time-consuming bookkeeping tasks
Outsource your back-office work so you can get back to business!
Avoid payroll paralysis
3 tips to get you moving and back to business
Put an end to your credit card quandary
Ask the right questions to select the best card for your company.
2 BIG pieces of SMALL business startup success
Your concise guide to business entity selection and accounting system setup.
Get your just (credit card) rewards!
From buying equipment to employee meals and travel, having a business credit card to make purchases is essential—and so is choosing one that provides rewards!
Make entity selection type easier: A quick-scan summary of the core five structures
Every business must fall under an entity type. And the structure you choose directly impacts many key aspects of a business. With this in mind, we put together our quick-scan summary for you to review.
Have you received, sold, sent, exchanged or otherwise traded cryptocurrency? If you answered yes to any of these, then you should be well-versed on the related tax rules. The IRS is ramping up its efforts to bring cryptocurrency users into compliance, and many taxpayers simply aren’t up-to-speed on reporting requirements and/or have failed to pay tax on past transactions. If you are one of them, here is what you need to know:
The best way to use your tax refund! SAVE
If you are receiving a tax refund this year, it can be tempting to buy items that are a bit more exciting than simply padding your savings account. However, as your rational brain will tell you, using your refund in one of the following ways can make a big difference in reaching your long-term goals:
Skimping on sleep? Tips to help you survive...
A lot of people skimp on sleep. Sometimes it just can’t be helped. Nonetheless, long-term sleep deprivation can have a significantly negative impact on your health, so for those times when you fall short on much needed shuteye, use these tips to help you survive.
Giving your home (or office) a good spring cleaning is practically a rite of passage once warmer weather arrives. This year, up your spring cleaning game by using these natural cleaning alternatives. Doing so can improve your indoor air quality and keep your pets and children safer!
Grow herbs—the easy way!
If you love jazzing up your meals with lots of different herbs, but don’t always have the time (or budget) to keep them in stock…grow your own! Review our list of the best herbs to get your garden started:
Breaks on a budget
After the long stretch between the winter holidays and spring break, it’s common to want to go somewhere warmer or simply get away for a little R&R. Luckily, there are several destinations in North America that offer a great getaway destination without breaking your budget. Consider a few from budgettravel.com:
Are you an Easter Einstein? Take our quiz to find out!
‘Tis the season for Easter eggs and spring traditions. Add to your Easter festivities by rolling out these questions, and see who the Easter Einstein is in your group!
From the firm: Spring forward to reach your goals
Spring is here and with it comes a time of renewal and fresh starts. In reality, March and April mean the frenzy of tax season and often longer days—requiring us to function on less rest than we might like. We can certainly relate, and that’s why we’ve spent extra time to make this issue a real eye-opener.
Test your healthy habit IQ
Most of us know what we should do to keep healthy, but few of us think much about why we should develop these habits. Many experts say that understanding the impact a certain practice has on our health can keep us motivated to adopt it and stick with it. Test your knowledge of why the following tried-and-true health habits actually work, and then try incorporating them into your routine.
To a tea!
Drinking tea is a global ritual—and each part of the world has created its own customs to enjoy it fully. If you’re looking to make tea drinking a habit or are just curious about trying different ways to enjoy it, look no further than this round-up of international tea rituals from mentalfloss.com.
Functional fitness training: Is it right for you?
Everyone should be concerned about maintaining their health and fitness as they age. This is where functional fitness comes in. In a nutshell, functional exercises train your muscles to help you perform everyday activities safely and efficiently. Check out these facts about functional fitness from The Mayo Clinic to decide if this approach is right for you:
Bouncing back from a setback
The New Year is often a time of renewal and moving forward, but this can be difficult if you’ve suffered a serious setback. Whether you are feeling physical pain or a sense of being “stuck” from a personal or professional loss, it’s important to adopt the right mindset in order to move forward.
From the firm: Starting fresh starts here!
Welcome to 2020! It hardly seems possible that we are starting a new year, let alone a new decade. The thought is both exciting and a bit overwhelming as well.
Beat the post-holiday slump
Now that the calendar has flipped to January 2, it’s time to put away the decorations, take off the loungewear and get back to business. If you are like most people, you may not be motivated yet to head back to work. Here are a few ways to counteract the post-holiday slump, courtesy of calendar.com:
From the firm: A season of giving...
Here we are at the tail end of the year. And that means it’s time to get things wrapped up so you can breathe easy and enjoy this special season. Be sure to check out our year-end tips to help you.
Your guide to business gift etiquette
’Tis the season for generosity and showing others appreciation, which commonly means the giving of gifts. It can be tricky to know if it’s appropriate to give a client or a coworker a gift, and if so, what should you give? Here are some pointers to make sure any present you give (or receive) follows proper business etiquette...
Charitable gift giving
Sometimes the gift of cash is better than anything you can put under the tree. However, with any monetary gift, it’s important to understand the tax rules. To help you out, we’ve compiled this brief overview to help you give wisely. (Note: Unless Congress acts before December 31, 2025, these rules will revert back to those in effect in 2017.)
Your holiday business rush survival guide
The holidays can be hectic for business owners... unless you have an appropriate holiday strategy. Now is the time to start preparing so you can make the most of the holiday season in sales while not losing your sanity. Use the following tips to help you plan ahead:
Reduce your holiday hosting risk
If you are hosting a holiday gathering this season, make sure you can party with peace of mind by addressing any potential liability issues upfront. The following are five good tips to reduce your liability exposure...
Milk and—something special—for Santa
Can you believe that Santa will soon be here? If you want him to make a stop at your house, then you’ll need to consider what treat you are going to leave for him. Given that he’ll likely get his fill of cookies, why not consider leaving him something special to let him know you appreciate his efforts? You may want to borrow an idea from another country, or just try a different type of treat.
Best holiday quiz ever!
Take some time to challenge family, friends and coworkers with this holiday quiz. You might even make it part of your holiday gathering or as an ice breaker for the office party. Enjoy!
Fall weekend home projects
For those fall rainy-day weekends that keep you stuck inside, here are a few DIY home improvement projects that can be finished in a weekend...
The ultimate Halloween trivia quiz
Forget the standard Halloween quizzes—this trivia will truly test your knowledge of this holiday. See how well you do, then test your family and friends to see who can claim bragging rights as the Halloween trivia champ!
10 easy DIY Halloween costumes
Dressing up for Halloween can be super fun—but it can also be expensive and time consuming to find a great costume. That is, unless you use one of the following DIY costume ideas—perfect for trick-or-treating, going to Halloween parties and showing off your creative side. Pick your favorite:
Carving out downtime
Fall is one of the busiest times of the year, and that means it can be hard to carve out a little downtime to relax and recharge. However, study after study shows that doing so is important to combating stress, which can dampen our immune systems and make us more susceptible to disease. And as we are about to head into cold and flu season, making time for you is even more important.
Create a happy headspace
Do you feel like your mind is constantly whirling from one thing to the next? Do I need to pick up the kids, pick up dinner, wash the car...call a client back? If so, it may be time to create some happier headspace. We offer five easy steps to help calm the noise in your brain.
Scary business mistakes to avoid
According to a recent Global Entrepreneurship report, over half of businesses fail—usually the result of poor or no planning. Whether you have a new business or you are a veteran entrepreneur, here are a few tips to help you avoid falling victim to the following scary business mistakes.
From the firm: Make the most of the fall busy season
September and October can be extremely busy months with new school years starting and the crunch of end of the year on the horizon. If it’s your desire to pack as much fall fun into your days as possible, then you’ll be glad that you picked up this issue of Advantage magazine—full of goodies to help you do just that!
From the firm: Find your summer vibe
Summer—it’s often a season of activity and movement. Whether you are enjoying time in the great outdoors or taking to the open road, there is so much to see and do no matter where you live. This dynamic vibe can extend to your professional life as well, as you look to take on new ventures or explore different skill sets.
Having spare time is a rarity these days. So, how do busy entrepreneurs stay apprised of the latest business trends and information? Listening to podcasts are one surefire way! Whether you like to tune in while at the gym, during drive time or while traveling, here are 10 of the top-rated podcasts, courtesy of smallbiztrends.com:
Is Airbnb for you?
Have you been thinking about being an Airbnb host to make a little extra cash but aren’t sure what you might be getting yourself into? If so, check out these tips to make your efforts successful:
Sun protection: Know your numbers
Many of us give little thought to protecting our skin from the sun throughout the year. But, the effects of the sun can be exceptionally damaging. One of the best ways to protect your skin is by using sunscreen. To help you select the right sunscreen, here are a few tips:
Set up shop...the right way
Despite “the Amazon effect” on the world of retail, the dream of setting up a brick-and-mortar retail space is still a reality. However, it does take a lot of initial work, including ample marketing research to ensure your concept has legs in your geographic marketspace. With this in mind, take note of the following additional advice to help you succeed.
Farmers market finds
Nothing says summer like a trip to your local farmers market. The sights, sounds and smells are enough to make anyone feel like eating their veggies and other good-for-you foods. Most farmers markets offer a variety of staples as well as a few exotic “local” finds. To help you make the most of farmers market fare, here are a few ideas:
The best ice cream in the USA
Here’s an indulgent road trip idea. Why not visit some of Thrillist.com’s top picks for the best ice cream in the USA this summer? We’ve even mapped them out for you!