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Get involved with the small-business community!

At the National Association for the Self-Employed, we believe that the best way to get people to get involved with your business is to first get involved with the community your business serves.  We know you're time is important which is why we've compiled a short list of some of the powerful tools the NASE has to offer you and your business.  Best of all...  the tools and resources listed below are offered at no additional cost!

SelfInformed


The SelfInformed is a monthly publication that has all sorts of useful informational articles such as how to prepare your taxes, manage your marketing dollars effectively, utilize some of the more popular NASE business tools and more!  The best part... it's a FREE publication!  Here are the most recent releases...

All SelfInformed Issues for the Year 2020

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Download SelfInformed - January 2020

SelfInformed - January 2020

In this issue, read about 5 tips for small business owners to start the year off right and expanded opportunities for retirement savings.

 

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NASE Minute


Perhaps you just want to sit back once a week and watch a video with the latest business tip from the NASE?  We've got you covered!  The NASE Minute is our weekly video series designed to focus on some of the most commonly asked about topics and presented in a short amount of time so you can get what you need to know and be on your way!

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Frannet - Be in Business for Yourself—Not By Yourself

Thursday, February 20, 2020
Frannet puts your needs first. Contact a franchise consultant and begin the discovery process.
 

 

Searching for NASE general or specific content.

Thursday, February 13, 2020
Search functionality made easy by using the NASE search box, located in the top right corner of NASE.org.
 

 

Securing your personal information online.

Thursday, February 6, 2020
Five steps to keeping your online information and transaction history secure.
 

 

NASE Growth Grants Available to Members. Apply Today!

Thursday, January 30, 2020
Apply for an NASE Growth Grant, one new winner is chosen each month to be awarded up to $4,000 grant to support the growth of their business.
 

 

Term Life Insurance

Thursday, January 23, 2020
MetLife, $10K term life Insurance is included with your NASE Annual Membership and $20K term life insurance with your NASE Gold membership, at no additional charge!
 
You can see other NASE Minute segments or even subscribe to our YouTube channel here.

NextBizThing


NextBizThing.comNextBizThing.com is your one stop, go-to place to get your business listed in a community of other business minded professionals like yourself.  With NextBizThing.com you can not only list the general information about your business but promote any campaigns you have, share valuable articles about your products and services, promote your social media channels and more!

We invite you to explore the site and even try it out.  There isn't anything to lose.

Self Made


Self Made BlogSelf Made is our staff blog.  Our resident Government Relations expert (Katie Vlietstra) works hard to relay the information that you need to know about what's happening in the community and how it effects you!

Here's the latest blog entry...

How Solar Energy Can Save Your Small Business Money

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Solar energy is hardly a new technology, but it is becoming more popular and affordable. More businesses are realizing the benefits of solar energy. Back in 2015, Walmart was one of the biggest commercial adopters of solar energy, as they added 348 solar panel installations, not 348 panels but 348 systems of solar panels. Other companies have followed suit with Apple, FedEx, and Verizon all adding solar installations. Companies large and small across the world are not only seeing the eco-friendly benefits of going solar, but also the monetary benefits. Solar energy, which ecnompasses more than just solar panels, can save your business a significant amount of money.

Outdoor Solar Lights
Depending on the size of your business and surrounding property, lights and illuminated signs might account for a large part of your energy bill. Outdoor solar lights can help reduce your monthly energy bills by replacing traditional grid-tied outdoor lights.

Outdoor solar lights use photovoltaic technology to gather solar energy from the sun and store it in batteries to be used later. These lights are usually self-contained meaning they are not connected to the electrical grid. The most common form of outdoor solar lights is a light on top of a stake that is pushed into the ground with a small solar panel on the very top. This allows outdoor solar lights to be placed anywhere they can gather sun during the day. Strategically place outdoor solar lights along pathways, throughout parking lots, or along the street to illuminate the way at night.

It is important to note how long the solar lights will run. Some models only shine for a few hours while others make run for 12. How long the light shines is dependant on the capacity of the battery and how much sun the panel absorbs. If your light has the capacity to shine for 12 hours but is falling short, try moving the light into more direct sunlight.

When purchasing outdoor solar lights it is a good idea to research the price of replacement parts. A light might be inexpensive, but if replacement parts are expensive, take a long time to ship, or are unavailable that cheap light could end up costing more over time. Take the time to find a balance between initial cost, maintenance cost, and energy bill savings.

Solar Water Heaters
Solar water heaters are exactly what they sound like - water heaters that use solar energy to heat water. Solar water heaters do cost more to install than traditional water heaters, but you can recoup the investment over time through reduced monthly bills. Some states or local governments also offer incentives through tax breaks or rebates. PG&E estimates that a solar water heater can reduce your cost of heating water by between 50 and 80%. However, these potential savings are highly dependant on several factors. Businesses that use a large quantity of hot water will see the most substantial savings. The size of the solar water heating system you install will also affect your potential returns. It is unlikely that a solar water heater will entirely replace your traditional water heater, but it will decrease how much you use your traditional water heater.

While you can create a solar water heater yourself, it is advised that you call an expert. There are many technical aspects of installing a solar water heater that a professional should explain. A professional contractor should create a system unique to your business for optimal results.

Roof Mounted Solar Panels
Roof mounted solar panels are what most people think of when they hear solar energy and for good reason. Solar panels, in the simplest terms, absorb sunlight, turn it into electricity, and store that electricity in batteries to use later. Specifically designed solar fuses keep the electrical system safe making solar panel systems highly dependable. The cost of installing a solar panel system is going down making the initial investment easier to swallow. Solar panels can save your business a significant amount of money on energy bills in addition to being a green energy source.

Savings and Potential Profit
EnergySage has collected data on commercial property owners in the US and found that the average property owner could reduce their energy costs by 75% with solar energy. The report also claims that the average monthly electric bill for a commercial property owner was $1,950 before the addition of solar energy. After going solar, the average commercial property owner paid $500 in monthly electric bills.

If your solar panel system is able to generate more energy than your business uses, you can sell your excess power to the electrical grid. Depending on what state your business is in, you may be guaranteed a certain pay rate when selling excess power.

Free Electricity in the Long Term
On average, businesses pay off their solar panel systems in three to seven years. After that, the money saving benefits truly kick in. Once you have recouped your initial investment, the solar panel system is essentially generating free electricity. Most solar panels last for 25 to 35 years meaning your business can generate a substantial amount of free energy. It is common for solar panels to come with long warranties, so you won’t need to worry about expensive maintenance either.

Going solar in any form can be beneficial to your business’s bottom line. Smaller projects like outdoor solar lights can make a dent in your energy bill. A solar water heater can cut down on your water heating costs. Solar panels can significantly reduce or eliminate your monthly energy bill and potentially make you money down the road. Consider adding solar energy, in some form, to your business if you are looking to save money while going green.

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