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Small business: Backbone of the economy — I started writing this column not long after USA TODAY launched, back in 1995. A lot has changed in the last 20 years in the world of small business and most of it has been the better.

6 Tax Tips for Small Business — Many people don't understand the ins and outs of the tax code and it's not surprising. Federal, state, and local taxes can be very complicated (write-offs included.) Nevertheless, it's true that when it comes to taxes, you as a small business owner have two duties: To pay whatever it is you owe, and To figure out how to legitimately reduce your tax bill to the extent you legally can.

Keeping a business all in the family — Q: Steve - Have you had any experience with businesspeople who want to hand their business down to their children? We are having a difficult time trying to figure out how to make it work. Thanks. -- Renee A: Building a multigenerational business is no easy task, that's for sure.

Should You Do Your Own Small Business Taxes? — by Erin O'Donnell. Small business owners are used to juggling several roles at once. But financial experts say doing their own business taxes should not be one of them. Do-it-yourself software such as TaxAct and TurboTax has simplified the paperwork and process of tax time for many Americans.

Sometimes you should work smarter, not harder — Q: I work harder than anyone I know and yet I still seem to be stuck in the same place in my business as I was five years ago. I don't know what I am doing wrong. -- Raymond A: We live in a culture where hard work is revered, and for a good reason too - it usually pays off.

Ask an Expert: Should I sue my employer? — Q: I was let go by my employer because I missed work for two weeks. I had run out of sick time, but I couldn't help it because I got meningitis. I think they fired me out of bad spirit and retaliation. Can or should I sue?

Ask an Expert: Entrepreneurs, think big — Q: I would like to share a real estate trick I learned many years ago: See where your city is expanding into, buy land about 10 miles beyond that, and wait. It will go up in value eventually. A: I think you are on to something with even wider applications for small business.

Ask an Expert: Key to effective marketing - AIDA — Q: Steve, Do you think there is one key, one overriding principle, to effective marketing? If so, what the heck is it, because I would like to know! - Jamie A: Let me tell you about a little something called, "The Greatest Marketing Secret in the World!"

E-commerce 101: 6 Easy Steps to Selling Online in Record Time — There was a time not long ago when small businesses were stuck. They were stuck selling the same things in the same neighborhood to the same people, whether it was in a good locale or not, and whether the local economy was good or not. The Internet has changed that.

Entrepreneurs, LinkedIn is a must-have tool — Q: Steve, when it comes to social media, people like to talk a lot about Facebook and Twitter. Personally, I like Instagram, but I have had the most professional success with LinkedIn. -- Debra A: You are preaching to the choir, my friend. I, too, am a big believer in the power of LinkedIn.
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