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Intuit Tool Helps Freelancers and Contractors File 1099 Forms

New QuickBooks 1099 Features Helps Small Businesses File Forms for Freelancers and Contractors

Intuit (NASDAQ: INTU) today unveiled a series of new features for QuickBooks aimed at helping small businesses that work with freelancers and independent contractors. And it can potentially make life easier for those contractors as well.

New QuickBooks 1099 Features

The features, which are automatically available with every version of QuickBooks, including QuickBooks online, let businesses send employment and tax forms to contractors within the QuickBooks software, so they can collect the relevant information without having to print and scan actual paper forms. And it lets contractors more seamlessly and securely share their information as well.

Small businesses are becoming increasingly reliant upon contract workers, with Intuit estimating that 43 percent of the U.S. workforce will be made up of contractors by 2020.

New QuickBooks 1099 Features Helps Small Businesses File Forms for Freelancers and Contractors

12 Ways Cloud Based Machine Learning Can Boost Small Business Productivity

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12 Ways Cloud Based Machine Learning Can Boost Small Business Productivity

If you’ve heard about artificial intelligence (AI) at all, you’ve likely come across another heavily used term, machine learning. What’s the difference between the two?

Artificial intelligence is a term that denotes a machine that can make decisions on its own, while Machine learning is a term that denotes a machine that can correlate, analyze, and learn things from your data.

It all boils down to this: true AI, a machine that thinks like a human, does not exist today. Instead, machine learning is the version of AI we’ve got and, while more limited than true AI, it opens up a whole range of possibilities to your small business.

Ways Cloud Based Machine Learning Can Boost Small Business Productivity

Since machine learning is fed with data, it knows a lot of things about your company, your products and services, and your customers. Armed with that knowledge, a cloud-based machine learning solution can boost your productivity by:

Identifying trends and providing insights into your business’ processes, finances, offerings and customers; and Automating some parts of your

How to Make Your Mobile Marketing Amazing in 2018

2018 Mobile Marketing Tips for Your Small Business

As a small business, mobile marketing has to be part of your overall campaign if you want to reach your customers. A new infographic by Filmora points out some mobile marketing statistics you should be watching out for in 2018 along with some valuable tips.

Titled, “Mobile Marketing Statistics and Tips for 2018,” the infographic includes data on why mobile marketing has become a critical piece of marketing. It includes everything from smartphone ownership to demographics, usage and engagement as well as some important marketing tips for businesses.

As a small business, your marketing efforts must now include mobile advertising in order to compete and grow. This is because the way individuals consume content has changed dramatically in the past five to 10 years.

On the Filmora site, the company explains: “Keeping up with the times is as important today as it ever was, therefore using online marketing strategies that were successful five or ten years ago may no longer be advisable.”

The Growth of Mobile Advertising

According to the Zenith “Advertising Expenditure Forecasts March 2017” report, mobile advertising overtook desktop in 2017. And it is forecasting this lead to continue growing, accounting for 64.7 percent of internet expenditure and 27

Spotlight Truvid Offers Video Specifically for Professionals

Spotlight: Truvid Is a Video Advertising Platform Specifically for Professionals

Video has become a powerful tool for a lot of businesses, whether you’re creating advertisements or looking for ways to explain a product or service. Platforms like YouTube give video creators a way to easily share their content. But a new platform, Truvid, goes a step further.

The platform is made specifically for professionals, giving video creators a way to monetize their content and making it easy for others to find specific types of videos. Read more about the platform and the company behind it in this week’s Small Business Spotlight.

What the Business Does

Offers a professional online video platform.

Roee Lichtenfeld, CEO of Branovate, the company behind Truvid told Small Business Trends, “We act as a professional video hub

Huge Jump Seen in Small Businesses Bought and Sold During 2017 Report Says

BizBuySell 2017 Insight Report: Huge Jump in Small Businesses Bought and Sold During 2017

The BizBuySell 2017 Insight Report shows record annual small business transactions for the year, totaling 27 percent higher than those in 2016.

BizBuySell 2017 Insight Report

The high numbers were the result of a strong second half in 2017, driven by a robust economy. This resulted in 9,919 closed transactions for 2017, compared to 7,842 in 2016.

If you are selling your small business or even in the market to buy a business, this is great news. The survey said brokers gave an improving small business environment, higher revenue and higher profits as the reasons for the increased numbers. Brokers also said it was a positive market for buyers as 19 percent said there are more qualified buyers.

In explaining the higher numbers, Bob House, President of BizBuySell.com and BizQuest.com, said in a press release, the small business market has been on the rise for the past four years remaining in the 7,000’s range. “Last year, however, seems to represent a new tier of activity that brings a lot of momentum into 2018 … It will be interesting to see how the recently passed GOP tax reform affects activity,” House added.  He attributed the change in 2017 to strong small business finan



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