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Great Free Ways to Market Your Small Business

When you start up a new business, you have dreams of being successful and making huge profits. Many new owners struggle with how to promote their new business without breaking their budget. Following are some tips to market your business that are free of charge.

Newspaper Feature Articles

Does your area have a small local paper – or even a free circular – that regularly runs feature articles on new businesses? Call them and ask them to consider your new venture for a… Continue

Added by Dermound Becker on October 15, 2010 at 10:32am — No Comments

Quarterly Estimated Taxes Simplified

As a business owner, the IRS requests that you file quarterly estimated taxes (Form 1040-ES). As an employee, taxes are usually withheld from every paycheck, so the final April 15th burden is spread out over the year, before the money is ever enjoyed or spent. Owners do not typically have this luxury of spreading the burden out. So the IRS has tried to make it “easier” for owners to pay their taxes.

You will owe the taxes come April 15th, and if you are unable to pay them in full,…


Added by Dermound Becker on October 15, 2010 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Which Business Category is Right for You?

It’s exciting to open a small business. You have passion for your product or service, and motivation to work hard to make it successful. It may be tempting to dive in head first and leave some of the details for later. However, how you classify your business up front will affect you in may ways down the road. If you’re confused about whether you should consider sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or limited liability corporation (LLC), here are some of the advantages and…


Added by Dermound Becker on October 15, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Preparing for the Unexpected in Your Small Business

A small business typically runs on a tight budget. You have probably created a budget based on known expenses versus expected income. If you’re ahead of the game, you likely have a slush fund stashed away for a rainy day. But what exactly might that rainy day be? Will you be prepared, or could it devastate all you’ve worked so hard to gain?

We all know that financial advisors tell the average person to keep a fund equivalent to at least six months of salary for emergencies. Do you…


Added by Dermound Becker on October 14, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Effective Marketing Campaigns for Your Small Business

As a small business owner, you are likely visited weekly, if not daily, by advertising representatives from TV, radio, and newspaper. These people are sales professionals paid based on commission. Their job is to convince you that you will grow your business and increase your profits by investing in their services. It’s sometimes confusing to decide if the cost is worth the potential impact on your business. Before you commit to spending money on advertising, you need to consider some very… Continue

Added by Dermound Becker on October 14, 2010 at 1:02pm — 1 Comment

Controlling Worker’s Compensation Costs in Your Small Business

It is a necessary evil of doing business – employers must carry workers’ compensation insurance in every state. Many small business owners are taken aback with the cost of workers’ compensation insurance. However, there are a number of things you can do to help control your insurance costs.

Workers’ compensation costs are calculated by multiplying a general class code rate (the riskier your business venture, the higher the base rate will be) by your modification (mod) rate. Your…


Added by Dermound Becker on October 14, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Are you wondering if the Webcast can be viewed on your computer?

Here’s a couple of steps to find out now.

The Instructors @ hope you will take a moment to run through this simple testing procedure before you attempt to log in a scheduled webcast. Not all web browsers are compatible with Webex so take just a few minutes…


Added by Lisa Schroeder on March 16, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

What subjects are you interested in?

The Webcasts at will all cover subjects helpful to small business. That is pretty broad, however. What particular subjects would you like to see covered in a Webcast? What type of professionals should we target for Webcast Instructors?

Added by John Huddleston on March 7, 2010 at 1:01pm — 3 Comments

80 New Members in an Hour?

I just deleted 80 members (or one member with 80 email addresses). Just to clarify, any post here should be about small business. Members are welcome to post if it meets that pretty simple requirement. If I want Viagra, I'll go to my email junk box. Seattle CPA John Huddleston.

Added by John Huddleston on March 5, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Importance of key words while building your website: myth and reality

All of us who have a website or just intend to build one heard of importance of using key words. We have been bombarded from multiple sources that we must stuff our content with relevant keywords and use them in a key words meta tag while optimizing for search engines. Is it a true? Not so much. I know that I would probably upset those who make a living on doing " extensive key-word research" for websites (and I fell into this trap myself at some point), but key words are completely irrelevant… Continue

Added by Angela on January 19, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments


The Center for Media Research has released a study by Vertical Response that shows just where many of these ‘Main Street’ players are going with their online dollars. The big winners: e-mail and social media. With only 3.8% of small business folks NOT planning on using e-mail marketing and with social media carrying the perception of being free (which they so rudely discover it is far from free) this should make some in the banner and search crowd a little wary.

Added by alex on January 10, 2010 at 10:10pm — No Comments

Barrett Adams Named Small Business Webcast Instructor

Congratulations to Barrett Adams, who has been named as an instructor for Small Business Webcast. Barrett is the co-founder of Sound Line Communications. Their flagship product, SoundLineMBX, replaces traditional phone systems and overpriced carriers with more cost effective, feature rich, and easy to use high-definition phone systems. SoundLineMBX’s primary data center facility is located at the Westin in downtown Seattle, WA, home to one of the largest Internet exchange points in the world.… Continue

Added by Lisa Schroeder on December 30, 2009 at 4:18pm — No Comments

Eric Taneda Named Small Business Webcast Instructor

Congratulations to Eric Taneda, who has been named as an instructor for Small Business Webcast. Eric Taneda, MCSE and A+ certified, has been a consultant at since 1995. provides small, high growth companies with technology consulting services, to optimize their I.T. operations. The use of a combination of proven technologies already in common use by large companies, and innovative new methods to keep down costs, to bring the benefits of high availability and… Continue

Added by Lisa Schroeder on December 22, 2009 at 4:46pm — No Comments

Dustin Walling Named Small Business Webcast Instructor

Congratulations to Dustin Walling, MS, CPBA, who has been named as an instructor for Small Business Webcast. Dustin is principal of Dustin Walling Associates, a Seattle area management consulting firm that helps build high performance organizations. Dustin is a trusted advisor, coach, writer, speaker and thought leader. Dustin’s specialty is strategic and operational consulting in the areas of leadership, organizational alignment, performance management and professional development. DWA has… Continue

Added by Lisa Schroeder on December 15, 2009 at 4:16pm — No Comments or

We have two domains registered for this site, and The site was originally registered as However, I was concerned that this site would be perceived as a Seattle only site (inspite of the national success of Phoenix University). For this reason, I also registered Both domains accurately convey the principal component of this site which is education. Both domains also convey the type of… Continue

Added by John Huddleston on August 29, 2009 at 10:32pm — No Comments

Valerie Farris Named Instructor for the Small Business Institute

Congratulations to Valerie Farris who has been named as an instructor for the Small Business Institute. Valerie is a Seattle attorney who excels at assisting small businesses in the area navigate legal mine fields so that they may concentrate on maximizing profits. Her expertise includes business planning, liability issues, entity creation, contract drafting and negotiation, trademark and copyright consultation and employment law consultation. Valerie is a leader in the Seattle law community in… Continue

Added by John Huddleston on August 24, 2009 at 6:52pm — No Comments

Are you a leader in your industry?

The Small Business Institute of Seattle & Bellevue has openings for practitioners who are leaders in their field. If you would like to share your expertise with other small business owners, please contact us.

Added by John Huddleston on July 30, 2009 at 5:42pm — No Comments



Investing In Non-qualified Annuity by Subs Corp

Can a Subs investment in a nonqualified annuity?  If so, would the income be reported as other income?Continue

Started by David Jones in Tax & Accounting Jun 30, 2016.

Retirement fund for an S Corp owner 10 Replies

HiMy wife and I are the only 2 shareholders of our S Corp which we set up for her business.I would like to set up a retirement fund that is pre=approved by the IRS. Do you guys have any recommendations on that? We still haven't paid her any salary…Continue

Started by charyo in Tax & Accounting. Last reply by Mike Fox Jul 12, 2013.

How has Local Online Marketing Helped Your Business? 5 Replies

Really, I wanted to ask: a two-part question Part 1: How much new business are you gaining through local pages and review sites like Google Maps, Yahoo Local, Bing Business Portal, & Yelp?a) Less than 5%b) 5 -- 10%c)10 -- 25%d) more than 25%!!e)…Continue

Tags: maps, yahoo, bing, google, business

Started by Steven Good in Marketing for the Small Business Owner. Last reply by Edward Murray Dec 20, 2017.

Intro 5 Replies

Hello everyone, I see that I'm the first one to post an introduction here. Interesting. Anyhoooo I actually found this site from the Craig's list events section. Who knew? I've just started with a new company selling sustainable Disaster Resistant…Continue

Started by Demelza in Introduce Yourself. Last reply by Pat Mckemy Jan 14, 2014.



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