What is a small business?

Small businesses, explained

 

According to the US Small Business Association (SBA), a small business is a privately-owned and operated business with a small scale of trade and a small number of employees, depending on the industry. A small business can be an LLC, partnership, or sole proprietorship. There are...

 

Work-life balance

Work-life balance

 

A work-life balance involves a lot more than simply dividing working time and personal time equally. The concept is often viewed as a philosophy that determines many aspects of a person’s life. In order for it to succeed, both employers and employees must make an effort to create...

 

Job Interview Tips

Interview tips for making a great impression

 

You’ve made it past the application process and the initial screening and you’ve been invited to an interview. It’s normal to be nervous, especially if you have limited experience in selling yourself. There are a few unwritten rules that apply for all interviews. As soon as you...

 

Types of taxes in the US: an overview

Types of taxes in the United States

 

Keeping track of taxes in the US isn’t exactly a piece of cake. There are so many types of taxes that it’s difficult to know which ones apply to you and your business. If you don’t file your taxes correctly with the IRS, it could result in penalties, which could cost your...

 

CRM tools: customer care made easy

CRM tools: software for customer care

 

Customer care is one of the corner stones of a successful company – whether you are running an online store or offering bank accounts. Even smaller companies can benefit from the use of CRM tools, which help to organize customer- or buyer data. These software systems automate and...

 

Business plan creation

Writing a business plan: here’s how to plan your venture

 

Before a business idea can be implemented, it is necessary to create a business plan. This serves as the founder’s roadmap, and summarizes all necessary information about planning and finances. However, the business plan is also highly relevant for investors as well as potential...

 

What is EBITA?

EBITA is a financial indicator that can make business planning easier for you. This value masks items that do not directly influence the operational success of your company. Many large corporations work with this indicator because it makes it easier to compare international companies. What exactly is EBITA, and how does EBITA calculation work?

Partnerships, explained

When setting up a company, you should consider carefully which legal form to take, since the rights and obligations of the shareholders and the company itself depend on it. It is important whether you choose a corporation or a partnership – and the choice of legal form also plays a role. If you choose a partnership, you will have to deal with its different legal forms. We explain how these differ....

Starting a side business

Are you planning on setting up a side business and want to know how to go about it? Starting your own side business while working full time is a great way to minimize your financial risk. Test the waters, but first make sure you are legally registered and that you are even allowed to work on the side. This article contains a step-by-step guide on how to make the process run without a hitch.

Coworking – a new way of working for modern jobs

Coworking came about due to the ever-changing modern working world. In many professions, you don’t necessarily have to work at a specific location. Coworking spaces are an alternative to the classic office, but are also different to your own four walls or the café around the corner. What exactly is coworking?

Job reference: structure, content and examples

As an employer, you will likely be asked to provide work references for employees when they leave their job. Do you know the difference between a simple and detailed reference? Do you know what the key elements are? Do you know what your legal obligations are? This article will answer all of those questions, as well as provide you with tips and examples for writing a good job reference for...

Direct and indirect taxes

You may have heard of direct and indirect taxes, but do you know what the difference is between the two tax groups? For example, is income tax a direct or indirect tax? What are the most important direct and indirect taxes? This article will tell you everything you need to know about these two groups of taxes.

Employee motivation: better working atmosphere, higher turnover

What is motivation and how can I inspire my employees? The question is decisive for a company’s success. Employee motivation encompasses all methods that aim to strengthen employee job satisfaction and motivation to work well. According to this definition, long-term motivation can only come from within. With the right prerequesites and a constructive management style, it is possible to motivate...

An overview of the different business structures in the US

The business structure determines how a company is run regarding its legal aspects. It regulates the relationship between partners and shareholders as well as their relationship to the state and the environment. Here, we provide an overview of the most common legal structures in the US and explain what you should bear in mind when choosing the legal entity that’s right for you.

Blue Ocean – more success with the right strategy

The fight for significant market shares is particularly difficult for young companies. But even large, established companies can’t be successful in a market that’s going nowhere. In order to increase your profits sustainably, you should leave the competition behind and open up a completely new market. The Blue Ocean Strategy reveals how you can achieve more success with innovations.