Holiday Gift Giving: It’s the Thought That Counts

Holiday Gift Giving: It’s the Thought That Counts

This time of year is supposed to bring us joy and happiness. Unfortunately, the holidays also bring pressure—especially if you’re a small business pro. All too often, we feel obligated to give big to customers, vendors, employees, and other important people. That’s a...
Client Spotlight: Great Lakes Tattoo

Client Spotlight: Great Lakes Tattoo

There are a lot of tattoo shops in Chicago—about 200 by Nick Colella’s count. However, his studio, Great Lakes Tattoo, stands out from the crowd. He, his co-owner and wife Sarah, and the rest of the tight-knit crew do more than just create tattoos—they’re building a...
Friends Don’t Let Friends Work for Free

Friends Don’t Let Friends Work for Free

Small business professionals provide valuable products and services that other people need. If they didn’t, they couldn’t stay open very long, obviously. And, these professionals have friends. Often, these friends make up much of the business’s early customer base....
Taking time off benefits your small business

Taking time off benefits your small business

Small business professionals have an unfortunate tendency to work themselves to the limit, around the clock. It’s understandable; you’re responsible for an entire operation, and you’re nervous that if you take even a day away, things will blow up or fall apart....
Time to tackle tax law changes for small businesses

Time to tackle tax law changes for small businesses

Small business finances already are challenging—then, every year the federal government piles on the headaches with tons of changes in tax law for them to wrestle with. The current administration recently ramped the shifts up, when they voted in the most significant...