October: What Scares You As a Business Owner?
October can be a scary month for small business owners. Not only do you have to worry about costumed marauders roaming the streets for treats, but also those things that go bump in the night. Luckily for small business owners, we covered safety and security in September, so you can get up to speed on these topics. As for the trick-or-treaters, we recommend lots of sweets to keep them at bay (as well as these Halloween tricks to scare up some business).
And don't forget: If you had applied for an extension on filing your income tax return back in April, the deadline approaches--October 15. And there are no further extensions (or stays of execution) available. You must file your 2011 federal income tax return by that deadline. Also, quarterly payroll taxes must be filed by the end of the month (you could also switch to annual payments, if you are eligible). Remember, there are only two things you can't avoid--death and taxes.
Speaking of taxes and scary events--have you heard about the approaching Taxmageddon?
In addition, decisions must be made on next's year's budget and benefits, so these are in place for 2013. Also, year-end compensation reviews and charitable contributions must be locked in over the next couple of months. Meanwhile, you've got a business to run, and it's the start of the Oct-Dec holiday season.
So yes, you've got a lot to do.
But we hope you can find a few minutes to complete our Special October Small Business Survey: What Scares You?
Please click on the link (or paste this http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JNJHWXT into your browser) to make your voice heard. We'll compile the results and share them with you at the end of the month. Your feedback is appreciated--it only takes about 3 minutes to complete.