Form an LLC for Free

by mark.shead on November 2, 2009

http://formllcdirect.com/ helps you create all the paperwork you need to form an LLC without the fee you’d normally pay for the service.

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Utah Tries a 4-Day Workweek

by mark.shead on October 22, 2009

Utah has been running an experiment where a good portion of their government workers work for 10 hours four days per week.  They were expecting this to drastically lower their energy costs.  It turns out their energy costs didn’t go down much.  Many buildings could only be partially shutdown, so much of that expense was still there.  Also the cost of electricity and gas didn’t go up as much as they were anticipating. However, they did get a huge benefit they weren’t expecting.

Their overtime dropped dramatically.  By the end of a 10 hour day, most employees were ready to go home.  I’m guessing that the incentive of having Friday off helped everyone work just a bit harder.  Some of this improvement might be due to the Hawthorne effect where employees work harder when you are paying more attention to them. But, many employees love the new schedule.  One pointed out that they really didn’t have much time to do things in the evening on a 5 day work week, but with 4 days they had a bunch more options.  They were happy to give up some of their evening time to get an extra day off.

Utah isn’t sure if they are going to keep the schedule.  They are examining it closely.  While they recognize the benefits, they are trying to get a feel for what the public thinks and if having government offices closed an extra day causes a lot of inconvenience to the population.

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Things that are Selling Well

July 15, 2008

In today’s downward market there are some businesses that are doing well.  For example, some companies that sell brown bags for taking your lunch to work are seeing their sales increase by about 40%.  As workers decide to save money by not eating out, they are buying products that let them take their lunch to […]

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Offshore Corporation

May 23, 2007

It is common to hear people talking about creating an offshore company in order to avoid paying taxes in the US. There can be some tax advantages to forming a company outside the US, but it doesn’t automatically make you exempt from US taxes. US citizens are taxed on their income regardless of what country […]

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Planning Health Insurance Benefits

February 14, 2007

One of the biggest benefits employees look for in a job is health care insurance. Employers on the other hand see health insurance as once of the biggest expenses. However, by understanding the the value of insurance for your employees, most employers can come up with a plan that offers great benefit to the employees […]

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Make Your Business Look Professional

February 8, 2007

Business Cards Business cards don’t need to be fancy or expensive, but you need to have them to help present you and your business. You can get business cards online for free with an add on the back, but it is recommended that you get your own cards without other advertising. These will usually cost […]

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Health Insurance

February 8, 2007

Health insurance is one reason you should consider creating a corporation if you work for yourself. There are certain advantages that corporations get that are not available to you as an individual. One of the advantages of creating a corporation is the way you can access insurance. . Group Insurance As an individual you can […]

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Outsourcing Payroll

December 14, 2006

With all the taxes and paperwork involved in dealing with your own payroll, there is a lot to keep track of. The government requires that you deduct certain taxes from your employee’s paychecks and send it to them along with your portion of the taxes. Most accounting packages can help you do this, but it […]

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Change in an Organization

December 14, 2006

Many business owners and managers assume that it is easy to change things in their organization as long as they are the boss or the person in charge. This is a very naïve assumption. Just because someone has the authority to make a change, doesn’t mean that they have the influence to make the change […]

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Exploiting Differences in Pricing

December 14, 2006

The basic way that businesses make money is by taking advantage of differences in prices. For example, Wal-Mart makes money by exploiting the difference between the price the can negotiate with suppliers and their selling price of an item. Import businesses exploit the differences between what an item costs in a foreign country and what […]

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