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Let us help define the preferred and unpopular methods in search engine optimization for your small business.

SEO (search engine optimization) is a term that gets thrown around a lot, especially in business, and for the most part is wildly misunderstood.  Ever since web content moved from silo-ed experiences like AOL into the more open version of the web we experience today, search engines have become an integral part of how we navigate the web.  Several individuals and companies over the years have made outrageous claims like “i can get your site on the front page of Google” when in reality, according to Google, the best way to climb the ranks is to consistently produce great content.  To understand this disparity a little more, lets look at the two major types of SEO.



Reminder on what the March 2010 Bill means for Small Business

Employers may qualify for two new tax breaks when they hire someone who has not worked for more than 40 hours in the past 60 days. These breaks are part of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act.

Here’s what you should know.

  • 6.2 percent payroll tax exemption
    You may be exempt from your 6.2 percent share of social security tax on wages paid to qualified employees, effective for wages paid from March 19, 2010, through December 31, 2010. Most employers will claim it on Form 941, Employer’s QUARTERLY Federal Tax Return, beginning with the second quarter of 2010. The exemption will also be claimed on annual payroll tax returns such as Form 944, Employer’s ANNUAL Federal Tax Return.
  • Tax credit up to $1,000 per worker
    You may claim an additional new hire retention credit, up to $1,000 for each qualified employee you keep as an employee for at least a year and whose wages are not significantly reduced in the second half of the year. You claim it on your income tax return for your business, usually in tax year 2011.
  • Qualified employers
    You may qualify for these tax breaks if you are a small or large business, tax-exempt organization, public college or university, Indian tribal government or farmer. But household employers and federal, state and local government employers, other than public colleges and universities, do not qualify.
  • Qualified employees
    Generally, those beginning employment with you after February 3, 2010, and before January 1, 2011, who were either unemployed or worked 40 hours or less for anyone during the previous 60 days can qualify. You must get a Form W-11, or similar signed affidavit, from new hires certifying
    they were not employed for more than 40 hours during the 60 days before beginning employment. 


Barefoot Books Home Business Opportunity

As a Barefoot Books Ambassador, you’ll have the opportunity to share beautiful books and gifts with your neighbors, friends and others in your community. You can work the schedule that’s right for you and live Barefoot the way that suits you best:

  • Start a home-based business
    Earn commissions from 20-40% of retail value, plus loyalty points.
  • Market Barefoot Books online
    Promote Barefoot through websites, blogs or social networks and earn 20-40%.
  • Create fundraising opportunities
    Earn 50% and free shipping on all orders over $500.
  • Best of all, we supply all the resources, tools, and community support you need to be a success. Interested? It’s free to join, so sign up now!

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People start small businesses for many different reasons, but the common denominator is to make money. The spirit of capitalism that is woven into everyone’s picture of the American dream starts with hard work and a good idea that can ultimately blossom into a successful business; even an empire.


Distributorship – this is when a manufacturer of a supplier of some sort of product requires a 3rd party to market, sell, and deliver that product in a designated area. A perfect example is that of a beverage manufacturer. The manufacturer in question may not have the means to distribute their product far from their home offices. So instead of hiring employees in selected cities, they sell the rights to distribute the beverage in specific territories. The benefit to the manufacturer is that they do not have to hire an employee and keep tabs on that employee from a far. They also have a representative that is financially vested, so the chances of losing that representative are far less than if they had an employee in the area. The downfall to the manufacturer is that they potentially give up some revenue. But that’s where the benefit to you, the distributor, comes in because that revenue goes right into your pocket.

Licensee – an individual or company that acquires the rights to a legally protected property owned by another individual or company (the Licensor). The licensee is then free to utilize that property. The benefits to the licensor and licensee are much same as in a distributorship in that the licensor gives up potential revenue, revenue the licensee ultimately earns, in exchange for a vested partner.

Franchisee – a franchisee is one who purchases a franchise from a franchisor. In a franchise system, the franchisee must operate under specific guidelines set forth by the franchisor. Those guidelines include everything from how to operate the business and how to use the company brand name. Franchisors have much more control over the processes and guidelines that the franchisee function within. Whereas a licensee or distributor typically pays set fees, a franchisee typically pays a royalty in the form of a percentage of their gross revenue.


In President Obama’s weekly address, he is urging Congress to move quickly to help create more jobs.   Several proposals are on the table to make this happen.

President Obama’s proposals are:

  • Utilizing the $30 billion in TARP funds to create a new Small Business Lending Fund to provide capital to community banks to increase lending to small businesses
  • Offer a new tax credit for over one million small businesses that hire new workers or raise wages
  • Provide targeted support for the most innovative small businesses with the potential to export new goods and products. 


Watch President Obama’s weekly address

  • Unemployment rate has dropped below 10%, but still unacceptable.
  • Build small businesses with job creation
  • Expand the size of SBA backed loans for small businesses
  • Give small business owners ability to refinance mortgages

The successful home business owners throughout the world share in a lifestyle often unmatched by company jobs. From a survey done by Home Office Computing Magazine, 98 % are happier working from home. Here are the 5 big benefits of a home run business.