5 Money-Saving Shortcuts for Small Business Owners

Brought to you by Spark Business from Capital One.

Being an entrepreneur comes with great reward, including choosing your own hours, the ability to select your own staff, pursuing something you’re passionate about and more. Maximize that reward with these five wallet friendly tips from Spark Business from Capital One.

1) Employ Remote Assistants Many companies are now allowing employees to work remotely to save money. Look to outsource your tasks to remote assistants who are paid on an hourly rate or at a flat fee per completed task. While this may seem like it can add up, it can be more inexpensive than paying someone to work from your office full-time. You can also be extremely efficient by utilizing video conferences instead of in-person meetings.

2) Coworking Space If you’re lucky enough to be able to work from home, you’re already saving a tremendous amount. However, if your company needs an office, consider coworking. Coworking allows you to share an office space with other like-minded companies to shave down costs. Additionally, if parties can work out a schedule for using the office space including conference rooms, it can be similar to having your own office space at a fraction of the cost.

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Operation: Support Small Business With Bill Rancic

In this latest video from Intuit, they’ve recruited best-selling author and celebrity entrepreneur Bill Rancic to shine a light on small businesses and the important impact they have on the economy. Rancic visits a small business owned by a mother and her son and ends up giving the owners a heartwarming surprise.

This is all a part of their Small Business Big Game program that continues to give small biz owners the chance to win their very own 30-second television ad that will air during the third quarter of football’s biggest game on Feb 2. More than 10,000 small businesses have advanced to round two and are looking for votes to help them move forward.

You can vote for your favorite business to help them get to the next phase at smallbusinessbiggame.com and join the Small Business Big Game conversation on Facebook and Twitter using #TeamSmallBiz.

How to Actually Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

By Dr. Jeff Godin Ph.D., CSCS, CISSN and Tammy Godin, B.A.B.

Seventy-eight percent of people fail at achieving their New Year’s resolution. Why? Is it because their goals are too lofty and will-power is crushed? Maybe they are in the contemplation stage of making a habit change and don’t know how to prepare and take action. Or is it because they are focused on the negative and not the positive aspects of their goal? Is it because they are extrinsically motivated, not intrinsically motivated, and when results don’t happen overnight they get frustrated?.

Some common New Year’s resolutions are, “I am going to lose weight,” “I am going to exercise more,” “I am going to learn a new language.” Regardless of the resolution, the key is to develop a SOLID PLAN.