Fresh Thinking: Insights + Resources

Information Created to Address Your Business’s Top Challenges and Concerns. To Spark Transformative Thinking and Problem Solving.
July252014

How to Take a Vacation From Work: Tips for Leaving the Business Behind

Business man at desk on a beach
Small business owners are under a great deal of stress—between making a profit, managing staff and exceeding customer expectations, they're the ideal candidates for some much-needed time off. But according to a recent Inc. article reporting on data from a Staples survey, nearly half of all small business owners skip taking a vacation every year, while 40 percent of those who do make time to get away can't fully relax.Thinking about taking a vacation from work?
July152014

Separating Personal and Business Expenses - A Must

Keep Your Business Expenses Separate
The commingling of personal and business expenses is an all-too-common mistake many new businesses make. But this can create big headaches at tax time and may lead to a host of other problems ranging from tax audits, to disallowance of valid corporate expenses, to legal judgments. To maintain the viability of your business, even if you're just starting out, differentiating your personal and business expenses is a must. Here are five tips to help you get started.
July22014

Business Reputation -- Protecting Your Company Brand Online

Business Reputation
It can take years to build a quality brand name that represents superior goods and services delivery. But just a few negative company reviews on websites like Amazon or Angie's List has the potential to demolish all of the hard work you've put into protecting your online business reputation. Negative customer reviews, or impartial third-party reviews from outlets that publish opinions onthe type of business in which your company is engaged, can have a significant