Business

GST Council cuts tax rates on 29 items, discusses simpler return-filing process

The Goods and Services Tax Council (GST Council) on Thursday cut tax rates on 29 products and 54 services at its 25th meeting and agreed to make the process of filing tax returns simpler. At the meeting chaired by finance minister Arun Jaitley, the federal indirect tax body cut rates on products including pre-owned vehicles, household cooking gas cylinders from ... Read More »

Keeping a close watch on petrol and diesel prices, says Pradhan

Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan remained non-committal on Thursday on cutting excise duty on petrol and diesel, which have touched record highs, saying the government was keeping a close watch on the situation. Petrol price rose to Rs 71.56 per litre in Delhi on Thursday, the highest since August 2014. Rates in Mumbai are almost touching Rs 80. Diesel prices soared ... Read More »

Eric Bensley of Salesforce: Small Businesses Want Practicality When it Comes to AI, Not Big Concepts

Last week at Dreamforce, I had the great pleasure of receiving a guided tour of the Small Business Lodge by Eric Bensley, Senior Product Director of Marketing for Salesforce, and Rekha Srivatsan, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Salesforce. There were several hundred people sitting in, doing one-on-one sessions with Salesforce engineers, and watching demos of different Salesforce applications. To get even ... Read More »

Macy’s Plans Store Closings, Small Businesses Should Take Note

Macy’s just announced the popular retail chains plans to shutter 11 stores across the country in the coming weeks, with another 19 set to close as their leases expire. This is just the latest in a long line of retail chains that have closed retail locations and had to make significant changes to stay profitable in the age of ecommerce. And plenty ... Read More »

You Can Get the Best Commercial Lighting for Your New Business

If you are about to start a new business, you need all of your physical location details in order. Before you open your doors to the public, you will certainly want to make sure that your store is completely presentable. This means that you will need to make sure that each and every detail is completely in place before you ... Read More »

56% of Employees Believe Their Managers Can’t Motivate Them

A whopping 56% of your employees don’t believe you or the managers that work in your company are able to motivate them. This is the finding of a new report by Ultimate Software, a provider of human capital management (HCM) solutions in the cloud. The report surveyed more than 2,000 U.S. employees and revealed a clear message to employers, that managers and ... Read More »

Best 25 Places to Buy Small Business Cards

Best Business Card Sites When it comes to having business cards printed, there’s a whole host of printing card companies available. Take a look at the following 25 places to buy the best business cards. 123Print 123Print has a large library of pre-made business card templates. Its online design tool allows businesses to make edits to their business cards conveniently. 123Print ... Read More »

Butcher Shop Startup Discovers Crowdfunding Magic Via Intuit

What startup entrepreneur hasn’t dreamed of borrowing Cinderella’s fairy godmother or Aladdin’s genie to make their every wish come true? While they weren’t necessarily wishing for it, that’s exactly what happened to Will and Erica Messmer of Jersey City, New Jersey. Before the couple got married earlier this year, they decided to pursue their dream of entrepreneurship. They had just ... Read More »

Why do Indian online shoppers trust Flipkart more than Amazon? This survey has the answers

At least on one front, homegrown Flipkart appears to be inching ahead in its fierce battle against American e-commerce major Amazon. Indian shoppers trust Flipkart as a brand more than Amazon, according to a recent survey by e-commerce advisory firm Redseer Management Consulting, which polled 7,500 respondents across 30 cities between July and September 2017. The survey rates the companies ... Read More »

Bitcoin soars to $19,000 then falls back to $16,000; banks raise risk concerns

Even by bitcoin standards, Thursday was a wild ride. With a few hours, the volatile digital currency surged above $19,000, dropped back below $16,000, and then see-sawed before settling in just above $17,000 late Thursday in the U.S. The wild swings happened just days before trading in bitcoin futures begins on a major U.S. exchange. Major banks took notice, with ... Read More »