Small Business Encyclopedia

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No matter what business topic you're interested in, you'll find our category list is an easy way to navigate our small-business encyclopedia. From Accounting and Advertising to Location and Operations, every topic offers information on the terms that matter most. And if you can't find what you need here, our "Terms A - Z" list makes tracking down terms a snap.

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Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Definition: A federal agency that oversees the federal laws requiring employers to provide employees with a workplace free from hazardous conditions

Online Advertising

Definition: Internet advertising whose goal it is to drive customers to your website or location(s), or to make a call regarding your products or services

Online Auctions

Definition: Virtual auctions on the internet. The seller sells the product or service to the person who bids the highest price. For sellers, online auctions open up new sales channels for new products and offer buyers favorable purchasing conditions.

Operating Expenses

Definition: The selling and general and administrative expenses incurred by a business

Outdoor Advertising

Definition: Any advertising done outdoors that publicizes your business's products and services. Types of outdoor advertising include billboards, bus benches, interiors and exteriors of buses, taxis and business vehicles, and signage posted on the exterior of your own brick-and-mortar location.

Outsourcing

Definition: The practice of having certain job functions done outside a company instead of having an in-house department or employee handle them; functions can be outsourced to either a company or an individual

Overhead

Definition: The indirect costs or fixed expenses of operating a business (that is, the costs not directly related to the manufacture of a product or delivery of a service) that range from rent to administrative costs to marketing costs

Overtime Regulations

Definition: The laws that regulate how to compensate employees for working in excess of a standard workweek

Owner's Salary

Definition: The wages a business owner pays himself for work done for the business

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Cashflow Worksheet

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Starting Costs

Discounted Cash Flow

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