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HostGator.com is a provider of shared, reseller, VPS and dedicated web hosting. With over five million domains hosted by HostGator, they make up approximately 1% of the world’s Internet traffic. HostGator.com allows you to have unlimited subdomains under your account, with no restrictions on bandwidth or disk space. The down site to having so many …

LogoWorks

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LogoWorks is a service of HP. They spell out a very detailed process, which inspires confidence. Plus, they have customer feedback and ratings right alongside each package choice. They have designed over 45,000 logos; packages start at $299. HP also offers LogoMaker, a free logo creation service with an upgrade plan of $49. It is …

Logo Design Team

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Logo Design Team stands on its in-house design team, as opposed to a freelance team of people spread around the globe. They offer a $149 start price. Logo Design Team offers a “logo repair” service where they will update your existing logo, refreshing it to something modern and hip.

Logo Mojo

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Logo Mojo (a division of Deluxe) has a starter package at $195 which includes six concepts, two rounds of changes, and a three-day turnaround. They offer other artwork services, too, including Twitter backgrounds and Facebook profile images.

Sage One Invoicing

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Sage One Invoicing is a monthly subscription-based invoicing service that will run you $9 a month. Sage One Invoicing allows you to send out your invoices from Sage, and the customer can pay directly from the invoice into Sage’s credit card service or through Paypal. If the payment is late, Sage One will tell you …

WePay

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Online invoicing and payment app service WePay just released a new app for iOS devices that allows small businesses to send invoices and charge credit cards from mobile devices. Credit card processing and invoicing both come with a fee of 2.9% and $0.30 per transaction. The payment app accepts all major credit cards, and there …

FreshBooks

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FreshBooks signup is easy, fast, and free. No credit card required, which is always helps reduce signup friction. You can trial the software for 30 days for free, then decide on a paid plan or a forever-free plan. Of course, the free plan is limited, but it may work for your business. Paid plans start …

Guru

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Guru offers a wide variety of freelancing jobs and allows you to create up to five different profiles. Their commission is variable, but they handle tax reporting so you do not have to give out your Social Security number to every employer. Escrow ensures freelancers are paid, but can be confusing. The onsite messaging is …

oDesk

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Odesk is designed for freelancers who prefer hourly wages as opposed to flat fees. They are a little more expensive in their commissions, but they cover employer tax costs if the employer wants to hire you through their payroll service. You need to log in to the website while you work so it can record …

Freelancer.com

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Freelancer.com is one of the world’s largest outsourcing and crowdsourcing marketplace for small business. The site connects over 3,961,410 employers and freelancers globally from over 234 countries & regions. Through the website, employers can hire freelancers to do work in areas such as software, writing, data entry and design right through to engineering and the …

Infusionsoft

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Infusionsoft combines everything your business needs — contact management, CRM, marketing automation and e-commerce — into a single online system. Along with their impressive array of features available, Infusionsoft allows you to be able to place a single contact into multiple list. This gives you the ability to track and target your customers more effectively …

MailChimp

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MailChimp is a Web-based email marketing service that comes with a great suite of tools. With over 95 million emails sent per day on average, MailChimp proves that email is still a viable way for small businesses to get the word out. One of the most important things to know is the service is completely …




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NetChoice iAWFUL List Ranks Top Threats to Internet Services | Small Business News, Tips, Advice – Small Business Trends

NetChoice iAWFUL List Ranks Top Threats to Internet Services

  • October 2, 2012

Internet Taxes, Outdated Legacy Laws and Misguided Child Safety Proposals top list

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — NetChoice’s Fall 2012 iAWFUL list identifies federal and state legislation that will threaten the sustainability of many online services.  Top offenders including state tax grabs and outdated regulations that prevent start-ups from correcting market inefficiencies.

The number one offender on the iAWFUL list is a cluster of federal bills that would impose new tax burdens on online and catalog sellers while taking away states’ sovereign right to protect their businesses from foreign tax collectors.

“These laws show a cavalier willingness to saddle small businesses with new tax burdens,” said Steve DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice. “A shocking number of politicians continue to advocate for new Internet taxes as big revenue raises and rescue plan for local retailers, but they’re all false hopes.”

State tax collectors have been trying – and failing – for a decade to get Congress to let states impose their taxes on businesses outside their jurisdiction.  The most recent crop of Internet sales tax bills would acquiesce to these tax collectors without delivering a simple system to protect online and catalog sellers from onerous burdens and auditing risks.

The Fall 2012 iAWFUL runner up features outdated laws being used to squash competition, stifle innovation, and increase costs to consumers in cities like Boston, Las Vegas, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, and Washington.

New disruptive business models from companies like Uber, AirBNB, and TrueCar are generating opposition from traditional entrenched businesses.  The worst part is that entrenched businesses are twisting laws designed to protect consumers to prevent them from enjoying the benefits of these new business models.

“It’s unfortunate that old entrenched businesses are stopping online innovations that could save consumers money,” said DelBianco.  “Consumer protection laws should be used to protect consumers, not businesses that feel threatened by new forms of competition.”

The iAWFUL list, created in 2009, identifies America’s worst legislative and regulatory proposals targeted at the Internet. The iAWFUL website urges Internet users to join the fight to against bills that threaten online commerce and communication. The list is updated twice a year to reflect the most immediate dangers, based on regulatory severity and likelihood of passage.

“In many cases, laws on the iAWFUL list are dangerous because of unintended consequences,” said DelBianco. “Collecting taxes due and keeping children safe are good goals, but they should not be accomplished through cumbersome regulations that will cause more harm than good.”

The full iAWFUL list, complete with bill descriptions, is available at www.iAWFUL.com. Twitter users can follow iAWFUL developments on the NetChoice feed (@NetChoice) and via the hashtag #iAWFUL.

The entire 2012 iAWFUL includes:

# 1 – Forcing New Tax Burdens on Remote Sellers
What’s so iAWFUL?  Federal bills would impose new tax burdens on online and catalog sellers while taking away states’ sovereign right to protect their businesses from out-of-state tax collectors. (S 1832, S1452/HB 2701, HB 3179).

# 2 – Misusing Consumer Protection Laws to Prevent Competition and Frustrate Consumers
What’s so iAWFUL?  Old and obsolete laws are being misused to squash competition, stifle innovation, and increase costs to consumers. (Boston, Las Vegas, New York, Tampa, and Washington)

# 3 – States Creating Online Taxing Powers
What’s so iAWFUL?  A state tax grab that makes it harder for the state’s small publishers and websites to earn advertising revenue. (PA DoR Bulletin)

# 4 – Curbing Online Service and Innovation for Children
What’s so iAWFUL?  Federal efforts to protect children online would create new regulations that stifle innovation and actually decrease the availability of child-directed services. (COPPA NPRM)

# 5 – What Happens to Your Online Account When You Die?
What’s so iAWFUL?  Some state laws allow an appointed executor to counter your express wishes about how your online accounts are handled when you die. (OK HB 2800, NJ A2943 & S2077)

# 6 – Extending Hotel Taxes to Out-of-State Travel Agent Services
What’s so iAWFUL?  Cities and states are threatening travel agents and online travel sites with the wrong tax rate in the wrong jurisdiction and asking consumers to pay for it.

NetChoice is a public policy advocacy organization that promotes Internet innovation and communication and fights threats to online commerce at state, federal and international levels.  The Washington, DC-based group protects Internet commerce-driven competition and battles rules that hinder consumer choice and hurt small businesses.  For more information, see www.netchoice.org.

SOURCE NetChoice

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