Cliff Ennico

Cliff Ennico is a syndicated columnist and author of several books on small business, including Small Business Survival Guide and The eBay Business Answer Book. This column is no substitute for legal, tax or financial advice, which can be furnished only by a qualified professional licensed in your state.

10 New Year's Resolutions for 2005

You've made them for yourself. Now's the time to develop a few resolutions that will help you create a stronger business this year.
Growth Strategies

Getting in Your Deductions Before December 31

There's still time to make some moves that will help lower your 2004 tax bill.

Franchise Detective

If you really want to know the dirt on the franchise you're interested in, put your ear to the ground and start listening.

How to Hire an Attorney

Hiring a good lawyer is crucial to any successful business. Here's everything you need to find, interview, and hire the best.

Famous Last Words

Before you utter one of these doomed sentences, find out what you can do now to save your business from oblivion.
Growth Strategies

The Goldilocks Theory of Employee Management

How can you get your employee relationships "just right"? Tips from this experienced business owner will show you the way.
Franchises

Investigating a Franchise's Reputation

If you really want to find out the dirt on the franchise you're interested in, put your ear to the ground and start listening.
Growth Strategies

Finding Space for Your Franchised Business

Before you sign a lease for a commercial location, read these tips from a legal expert to protect yourself and your new business.
Growth Strategies

Don't Let Spam Hurt Your Business

Helpful advice for screening your e-mail to keep the messages you want and dumping the rest
Finance

When It's Time to Raise Prices for Your Service

Tread carefully with your faithful customers, or you could end up losing their business.
Finance

The ABCs of Tax IDs

A legal expert answers a host of perplexing tax ID questions.
Leadership

10 Ways to Improve Your Business Now

While you're working on goals for your business, why not take a look at these suggestions from an entrepreneurial expert?
Franchises

Getting Out of a Franchise Business

Find out what options you have when you're unhappy with the results of your franchise purchase.
Starting a Business

Choosing the Right Financial Professional

With advice from an expert, we can help you figure out just who you need to assist you with the financial side of your business.
Starting a Business

Smart Tips for Writing Your Business Plan

8 ideas for creating a plan that'll help you successfully reach your business goals