Self Made: NASE's Blog

Monday, August 27, 2012
A friend of mine made the break from the corporate world a number of years back and set up her graphics business in a spare bedroom. After struggling for over a year to get out of the red, she realized that her years in the corporate world had left an ingrained corporate office mind-set. The end result was that she rented office space and got her entrepreneurial attitude, and her business, going in the right direction. Some people can be their own worst bosses and the home office environment requires a special set of attitudes. Basing your business out of ...
Friday, August 24, 2012
Posted by Kristin Oberlander - If you nothing about me, you know I do love scouring the news for interesting and fun small business stories. Here are my top pics for this week: Inc.com always has great and quick how to articles. I check them on the regular for posting on the NASE's Facebook page, too. This week's article is on common marketing mistakes. The Washington Post has a dedicated Small Business section that you might like - always topical stuff. This article is on polls indicating the small business vote could be leaning toward Romney. The Wall Street Journal ...
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Posted by Keith Hall, NASE National Tax Advisor - You have probably heard the general advice that it is always a good idea to have a professional help you with your tax and accounting issues.  The same goes for marketing and legal and information technology and whatever else you can name.  But I guess I am becoming less and less sure that this is the right philosophy. As a Certified Public Accountant myself, I hate to say that you don’t need to go out right this minute and engage one of my peers to help in your business, but I ...
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
At some point in many of our lives we come to the realization that we haven't socked away enough money for those financial milestones. Things like our kid's college education or a comfortable retirement. For some reason we think there's plenty of time: later when our business is generating high profits. The reality is that most of us are afraid to take our financial temperatures, afraid of what we might discover. So, unless you’re in a wealthy relative's will the time for some serious financial planning is NOW. It’s time to look at your lifestyle, how you want to live ...
Friday, August 10, 2012
Posted by Kristin Oberlander - From the depths of the internet, I bring you my favorite stories making the rounds today: 11 Reasons A 23-Year-Old Shouldn't Run Your Social Media (Inc.com) What You Can Learn About Branding From Project Runway (Entrepreneur.com) Visa And MasterCard Settle Lawsuit, But Merchants Aren’t Celebrating (NY Times) Microloans Meeting Credit Needs For Entrepreneurs (Boston.com)
Thursday, August 09, 2012
It’s a good news bad news story. The good news is that your business is growing and needs to hire your first employee. The bad news is ... you need to hire an employee. There is no question that employee will change your business life. You have to deal with increased costs, new legal issues, added taxes, finding the right person ... and the list goes on. So, how do you get your ducks in a row? Budgeting While employees need to be profit generators, hiring that first employee will take extra dollars. • The hiring process can cost from ...
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Posted by Katie Vlietstra - The Senate and House formally adjourned for the August District Work Period on August 7th, the month long work period is long-held tradition, going back to the days of when travel to and from was not as convenient as it is today.   When Congress returns in September, they have a massive amount of work to address prior to the election recess, which is traditionally the entire month of October through the November election.  First up, both chambers will need to agree to a six-month funding of the federal government, pushing it past the election and ...
Friday, August 03, 2012
We know you work hard each day promoting your business and reaching out to new customers. Based on the conversations we’ve had with you, we understand that you’d like more training and support related to marketing.  We need your help to put together the best and most useful marketing tips, videos, webinars and articles for you.  Please click here to take our one-question survey and tell us what your greatest challenge is. Wondering how to get the most for your marketing dollar?  Curious about how to put together a marketing plan?  Looking for tips on finding the right marketing firm ...
Thursday, August 02, 2012
Posted by Gene Fairbrother - Contrary to what you hear or read, debt is not always bad! Especially for entrepreneurs, debt is almost unavoidable and making all debt one bad bogeyman is bad financial thinking. The secret is to control debt and use good debt as an investment tool. If all debt were bad few people would own their own home or live in a 750 square feet adobe. As for starting or expanding a business ... without debt, that would be nothing more than a great American dream. The real issue is whether your debt is controlled or uncontrolled. ...

 

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Katie Vlietstra - As Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs, I work to explain how actions on Capitol Hill can impact the self-employed. I love D.C. and have made my home in Capitol Hill, where I live with my husband and black Labrador, Coltrane. We love playing volleyball and softball on the National Mall. 

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