7 Keys to a Successful Business Event

For small business owners, hosting events to showcase products, launch a new line, or simply show appreciation to employees and clients can make or break long-term success. Unfortunately, entrepreneurs are not normally professional event planners and don’t have the resources to hire an event planning company. So if you find yourself in this situation, here are 7 things to remember to make your event a success.

Remember Your Audience – If you are doing a client appreciation event, focus on your clients and the appreciation aspect. If you are launching a new product, consider who you want to invite and how best to present the product to them. Many events fail because the business owner tries to cover too much in a single event. Drill down on what the event is for, who the target audience is, and how best to convey your ideas to that audience.

Timing – Make …

Retirement Planning for Small Business Owners

An unfortunate truth of running a small business is that there is no retirement plan in place for you. There is no pension, no company 401k, and many small business owners can’t qualify for full Social Security benefits. Every penny beyond basic living expenses is often put back into the business, meaning nothing is put aside for your future retirement. And while some are able to sell their business at some point and earn enough to live comfortably in retirement, there should always be a plan in place for what happens when you are ready to retire.

The most common, and easiest option is a Traditional or Roth IRA. So long as you are showing income, these retirement accounts allow you to contribute up to $5500 per year, with an additional $1000 per year in “catch-up” contributions after age 50. For married couples, a spousal IRA can also be established …

6 Budget Travel Destinations in the US

Travelling can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. By avoiding peak seasons, finding unique destinations, and taking things as they come on vacation, it is very easy to have a memorable vacation on a budget. If you’re looking to go somewhere, but don’t think you can afford it, try one of these great destinations in the United States that can accommodate almost any budget.

Nashville, TN – Nashville is a great budget destination, because you can find a nice hotel at a good price, its attractions are not specifically seasonal like ski resorts or beaches can be, and it has more to do for free or almost free than you could pack into a week.

Savannah, GA – Savannah is another destination that won’t break the bank to find a good, clean hotel, and which also offers a number of inexpensive or free things to do. Savannah is …

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5 Great Ways to Travel On A Budget

While the occasional stay-cation can be a great way to get little projects around the house done or a great way to unwind, most people want to go somewhere with that precious little vacation time they get. Unfortunately, we don’t always have the funds sitting around, especially if a last-minute vacation option becomes available. So for those who want to travel but not break the bank, here are five great ways to travel on a budget.

Use Credit Card Points – Use your credit card to buy everything you can, then pay it off at the end of the month. This will allow you to amass a lot of points, quickly. Then, if you have a good travel rewards credit card, you can use those points to fly for free anywhere in the world. For many vacations, the most expensive part is …