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What Could Your Startup Accomplish With an Extra $250K in 2019?

Posted by Celene Robert to Startup Tips, Taxes, Business Advice, Business, Accounting

A quarter of a million dollars could transform your startup. Or it could buy you a vintage Taco Bell hot sauce packet. No joke—as of this writing, that is a genuine listing on eBay: one unopened pouch of Taco Bell hot sauce, circa 1984–1992, priced at exactly $250,000.


If you can think of better ways to spend $250,000 (or if collecting expired condiment packets is truly your definition of Living Más—I won’t judge), you should consider claiming the United States Research Experimentation Tax Credit, commonly referred to as the R&D Tax Credit.


How Founders Can Prioritizing Spending to Maximize Business Growth

Posted by Hiten Parmar to Startup Tips, Budgeting

Founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, says, “We cannot be in survival mode. We have to be in growth mode.” Any business must be growing to survive and flourish, especially in its initial years. No matter how compelling your mission statement is, as a business, you have one prime purpose: Making money.


In every possible scenario, you need to spend at least some money to make money. Most business ventures fail soon after launch or midway, when they have flaws in their strategies, so making the right decisions about what your business prioritizes and invests in is the most crucial part of being a founder or CEO.


Unfortunately, you see thousands of admirable of businesses and entrepreneurs who waste initial capital or seed funding by plunging money in some business functions while underinvesting in the initiatives that would’ve moved the needle. The primary cause of businesses to flounder is improper or maverick investment strategies.


Here we look at proven and workable means on how to invest your capital for maximum business growth.

 

Yes, it is Possible to Grow a Large Startup Team in a Coworking Space

Posted by Andrew Broadbent to Startup Tips, Budgeting

When people think of coworking spaces, the image that comes to mind may include solopreneurs and freelancers working amongst each other in an open space layout, but, the fact is, startup teams and even major Fortune 500 businesses are also thriving in shared work environments.

 

The commercial office space as we know it is transforming into a new, more collaborative workspace design and now many growing businesses and even enterprise corporations are fueling the demand of the coworking trend. Let’s dive into some of the value that innovative startups get from working out of shared workspaces.

Taking Out a Business Loan? Don't Forget These 6 Steps

Posted by Matt Lenhard to Startup Tips, Loans, Budgeting

After I signed on the dotted line, the real work began. The funds from my business loan were sitting in LendEDU’s bank account, and we finally had the capital we needed ahead of the busiest time of the year.


Getting your small business loan funded is an exciting time for an entrepreneur. While you want to take time to celebrate, you also know that you need to get down to work and use that money to grow your business.


Locking down the money is, after all, only half the battle. You also want to make sure you have everything in place to spend it right and be in a position to repay the loan responsibly so that you can build good business credit and set yourself up for future borrowing success.

 

Examples of R&D Tax Credit Qualified Research Expenses

Posted by Melissa Hollis to Startup Tips, Taxes, Business Advice

 

One of the most momentous parts of business is nailing down what makes your product or service different. For some companies, like law firms, this can be the talent, experience, and expertise of your team, or even just your location. However, outside of professional services, many companies define their competitive advantage by identifying new problems to solve or coming up with new ways to solve them. So, it’s those innovative entrepreneurs whom I’d like to introduce to the R&D Tax Credit.

 

What is the R&D Tax Credit?

Since 1981, the United States federal government has offered the research and development (R&D) tax credit as an incentive for companies who research and develop new products. What started as a temporary, trial-based credit has recently become a permanent part of the federal tax code due to its success in stimulating job creation and helping to solidify the U.S. as an economic leader on a global scale.


But, its effects could be even greater.

Prepping for Your First Investor Meeting? Do These 4 Things to Build a Strong Business Foundation for Receiving Funding

Posted by Melissa Hollis to Startup Tips, Funding, Business, Investment, Accounting

There are many articles out there that provide a wide array of lofty advice about fundraising. Some of the groundbreaking tips in those articles may cause you to rethink minor details such as the order of the slides in your deck or even something as major as your go-to-market strategy. This is not one of those articles, but we do have an ebook full of stories that are sure to inspire here.

3 Signs Your Startup is Ready for an ERP System

Posted by Brooklin Nash to Startup Tips, Business

Computers have long since become an integral facet of companies of all shapes and sizes. With computer systems becoming more complex and adaptable, they have been able to meet the demands of both giant manufacturing organizations and small B2B operations. For companies both large and small, there comes a point when operations are made much easier by implementing an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.

 

Your Small Business Can Afford to Offer Retirement Plans—Here’s How

Posted by Damian Davila to Startup Tips, Budgeting, Investment, Business Advice

In the past, many small business owners have thought that providing a 401(k) plan wasn’t realistic for their employees. Perhaps they felt they were too small, that the plans were too expensive, or that the administrative burden was just too high.


Luckily, this is no longer the case, and not only is it possible—and affordable—for companies of any size to start providing a savings plan, but getting an early start is also advantageous from a tax-saving perspective


Consider this:

  • A recent Glassdoor employment confidence survey found that 31% of workers value a 401(k), retirement plan, and/or pension over more than a pay raise.
  • Approximately two-thirds of workers not saving for retirement say they would be likely to save for retirement if their employer used automatic paycheck deductions at either 3% or 6% of salary.
  • In 2018, workers can make tax-deductible contributions of up to $18,500 to a 401(k).

The other good news is that in this tight job market, offering a workplace retirement plan is a great way to make your business stand out from the competition. However, it’s not just employees who can draw huge benefits: as it turns out, employers can also reap some incredible tax credits and deductions for providing a 401(k).

What Do Different Industries Spend on Marketing?

Posted by Tim Brown to Budgeting, Accounting, Business Advice, Startup Tips

There’s lots of advice out there about what companies should spend on marketing. Most commentators claim businesses should spend around 6-12% of their revenue on marketing, but it’s important to remember that’s when they’re speaking to a wider audience. If you’re trying to decide how much you should spend to generate revenue for your business, there is a lot more information you should consider.


One of the biggest factors you need to account for when setting your company’s marketing budget is your industry. Take a consumer goods company for instance. In today’s competitive digital landscape, they could spend 12% of their revenue on online advertising alone. That’s going to look much different than a transportation company who is likely to spend much less than 6% because so much of their business depends on existing relationships and campaigns.


So let’s start by taking a look at how much money marketing teams have to play with based on their industry.

5 Small Business Trends to Work Into Your 2018 Plans

Posted by Meredith Wood to Budgeting, Business, Business Advice, Accounting, Startup Tips, Funding

Small businesses must transform themselves to keep up with ever-changing technologies moving the world forward. It’s vital to their success in a competitive business landscape, and it’s also crucial to the success of the greater economy. According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses accounted for 63% of net new jobs from 1993 to 2013.


With that said, small companies can get a step ahead of the game by budgeting to take advantage of changes in their industries. Here are five small business trends that will make a splash in 2018.