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You’re the Boss Blog: Utah Rules an Online Insurance Broker Is Unfair to Traditional Brokers

December 16, 2014 - 5:23pm
So far eight states, including Utah, have investigated Zenefits. Three have cleared it; decisions are pending in four others

You’re the Boss Blog: Today in Small Business: Yelp’s Gift to Business Owners

December 16, 2014 - 11:15am
Americans are spending more than ever on fancy dog food. Monday was the biggest shipping day of the year. And more companies are signing up for Apple Pay.

You’re the Boss Blog: Why It Makes Sense for Some Companies to Burn Cash

December 16, 2014 - 7:00am
Here’s a different way to look at our situation: If we had another dollar to invest in acquiring customers, we could make $8 back on that investment in a year.

You’re the Boss Blog: Why We Don’t Offer Black Friday Discounts

December 15, 2014 - 4:16pm
Instead of putting stuff on sale, we came up with an exclusive, limited-edition collection of products — at their regular prices.

You’re the Boss Blog: Today in Small Business: A Retail Success for Instagram

December 15, 2014 - 1:03pm
The spending bill quietly includes legislation affecting thousands of small businesses. Ten questions to ask before allowing employees to telecommute. And why retailers keep sending out catalogs.

You’re the Boss Blog: One Business Owner’s Journey to a Health Insurance Plan

December 15, 2014 - 7:00am
Last year, Paul Downs found that by shopping around instead of renewing an existing policy, he was able to save almost $30,000 on the company’s share of health premiums. Could he repeat that performance this year?

You’re the Boss Blog: Today in Small Business: The Future of Payments

December 12, 2014 - 12:15pm
Oil falls below $60 a barrel. Microsoft now accepts Bitcoin. And an Indianapolis gun-store owner offers tips for “gun gifting” this holiday season.

You’re the Boss Blog: How We Use ‘Hackathons’ to Generate Big Ideas

December 12, 2014 - 7:00am
At RJMetrics, we decided to dedicate a 24-hour period every quarter to working on experimental projects. The new ideas that resulted have reshaped our product plans, our market strategy, and our sense of what is possible.

You’re the Boss Blog: Be Skeptical When Hiring an ‘Expert’ on China

December 11, 2014 - 3:55pm
Careless assumptions about China have sent many Western companies, especially big multinationals, slinking back home.

You’re the Boss Blog: Today in Small Business: The Best Start-Ups of 2014

December 11, 2014 - 12:41pm
Why one business owner thinks “Shark Tank” is terrible for businesses. There will be no Internet sales tax for another year. And nine reasons business owners hate the holidays.

You’re the Boss Blog: How Danae Ringelmann Built Indiegogo

December 11, 2014 - 7:00am
She and her team were rejected by 90 investors before they managed to raise investment capital.

You’re the Boss Blog: Does a College Degree Have Value for Entrepreneurs?

December 10, 2014 - 12:45pm
A senior in college, Daniel Fine is already managing a company with 10 employees.

Conversations: After Starting Four Businesses, a College Entrepreneur Decides That the Degree Matters

December 10, 2014 - 12:14pm
Daniel Fine, a student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, elected to complete his degree before entering the business world full time.

You’re the Boss Blog: Today in Small Business: ‘Um, I’m Selling the Business’

December 10, 2014 - 12:11pm
Why aren’t these video stores dead? Amazon introduces a make-an-offer service. And a study puts a price on fake advertising clicks.

You’re the Boss Blog: How Jimmy Beans Wool Is Learning to Use Instagram

December 10, 2014 - 7:00am
As for driving revenue on the app, the company has set no goals. What it wants is to inspire “loves” and comments from its growing number of followers.

You’re the Boss Blog: Big, Hairy Audacious Goals? Give Me Audacious Problem-Solving Instead

December 9, 2014 - 3:42pm
The last thing most entrepreneurs need as a new year begins is a set of goals that are really just soon-to-be broken promises. A better idea? Solve a vexing problem.

You’re the Boss Blog: Today in Small Business: The Mistletoe Drone

December 9, 2014 - 12:17pm
Building a better jockstrap. Apple names its top apps of 2014. Could Philadelphia become an East Coast energy hub?

You’re the Boss Blog: Documenting the Journey From Public Radio to Start-Up Owner

December 9, 2014 - 7:00am
Alex Blumberg concluded that he had the skills as a producer to start a business and create shows for profit. He is chronicling his progress in podcast called “StartUp.”

You’re the Boss Blog: Why I Left the Vending Business

December 8, 2014 - 3:28pm
We had an offer on the table that I thought was acceptable — in fact, I accepted it. But it turned out I had a lot to learn about how businesses are sold.

You’re the Boss Blog: Today in Small Business: Problems With Apple Pay?

December 8, 2014 - 12:50pm
A Detroit burger restaurant pays $15 an hour — and makes money. How businesses can manage holiday parties. And how one business owner responded to an antigay request.