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Quick Tips for the New Year

How can you improve your business? Business is more challenging than ever before. Get the pulse of your customers and find out how you can help them. Think about:

  1. Who are your best customers and when was the last time you thanked them or gave them a special deal?
  2. Focus on new relationships. When you meet someone new, you never know how the relationship will grow.  It could be a sale, a partner, an employee or a job opportunity.
  3. Try social media as an additional way to engage your customers.  List your business on Facebook and Twitter. You can share knowledge to position yourself as an expert in your field with a “tip of the day” or advertising promotions.

The goal is to always get in front of your customers so customers think of you, spread the word and do business with you.

What is your business resolution for 2010? Share. Leave a comment below.

Julie Brander - Business Mentor, SCORE New Haven
Julie has been a SCORE volunteer since 1997. She has 20 years of experience in business, starting a manufacturing, wholesale and retail jewelry company. After selling her business, she dedicated herself to helping other entrepreneurs start and expand their business. | @juliebrander | More from Julie


Finance: 2009 Tax Tips

Now’s the Time for Year-End Tax Planning

Thanks to the Wall Street Journal’s online site, and for bringing such current and valuable tax information to the Web. Find six favorite resources below:

1.Tax Center: New to Small Business
Get a start here. Learn about taxes.

2. WSJ Tax Blog
Great tips and info. Check it out.

3. Smart Year-End Tax Moves
Own a business? This link will help you make those December tax decisions and act now.

4. Tax Filing for Freelancers
Are you a freelancer? If so, plan ahead for taxes and prepare to pay what you owe on Schedule C.

5. Most Overlooked Tax Deductions
Tax deductions you don’t want to miss. Tax deductions for 2009.

6. Deducting Charitable Gifts
Charitable giving is a wonderful way to support the community and causes you believe in. Plus, there is a tax deduction benefit. By the way, SCORE is a charitable organization. If you would like you can donate to SCORE. Learn about documenting a charitable donation deduction.

Christine Banning, SCORE
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For 50 years, SCORE has helped aspiring and current small business owners achieve their dreams. Through a network of over 11,000 volunteer business mentors in 340+ chapters across the country, SCORE connects decades of business experience and knowledge with those who can best use it. | Facebook | @SCOREmentors | More from SCORE