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The Best Small Business Government Grants in 2022
Find out how you can take advantage of these government grants to start or grow your business.
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Skye Schooley
How to Write a Sales Plan
This guide explains the purpose of a sales plan, what it contains and how to write one that works for your business. It also includes a free template for your own sales plan.
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Business News Daily
How to Start a Sole Proprietorship
Looking to start your own business? A sole proprietorship may be the perfect fit.
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Simone Johnson
What Is Telematics?
Telematics gives businesses that operate a fleet of vehicles unique insight to their vehicles and drivers.
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David Gargaro
What Is a Professional Employer Organization (PEO)?
PEOs partner with small businesses to provide payroll, benefits, and human resources support, and they can be a game-changer for your business.
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Matt D'Angelo
Choosing a Business Phone System: A Buyer’s Guide
Find a phone system that's right for your business.
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Chad Brooks

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Startup Costs: How Much Cash Will You Need?
By Sammi Caramela | November 28, 2022

Before you search for funding for your business, you have to know how much you need. Here's how to know what your startup will cost you to launch.

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Guide to Creating a Business Plan With Template
By Skye Schooley | November 28, 2022

To make your business idea a reality, you need a business plan. Check out these simple business plan templates to get started. 

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25 Business Ideas With (Almost) No Startup Costs
By Sean Peek | November 22, 2022

For those dreaming big on a small budget, here are a few low-cost businesses to inspire that entrepreneurial passion.

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How Your Parents Helped Make You an Entrepreneur
By Linda Pophal | November 16, 2022

Studies repeatedly show that the way you're raised impacts your adult career skills. See the data and find out how to raise a future entrepreneur.

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7 Wedding Businesses To Inspire Love (And Business Ideas)
By Shayna Waltower | November 16, 2022

These wedding companies make love their business. Could they also inspire wedding-themed business ideas of your own?

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How to Start a Business: A Step-by-Step Guide
By Joshua Stowers | November 16, 2022

Starting a business can require a lot of work, time and money. Follow this guide to start your business plan off on the right foot.

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Online Business Laws Your Small Business Needs to Know
By Donna Fuscaldo | November 16, 2022

Many rules and regulations govern e-commerce. These six, in particular, could significantly impact your small business.

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The Small Business Financing Trends of 2022
By Donna Fuscaldo | November 16, 2022

Credit card issuers and small business lenders are opening the spigot again in 2022, providing much needed funding to small businesses.

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The Top Reason Most Entrepreneurs Start Businesses
By Shayna Waltower | November 16, 2022

Entrepreneurs are not motivated by what you may think when starting their own businesses.

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How to Create an Invoice
By Max Freedman | November 16, 2022

Creating an invoice is a simple way to bill your customers and keep track of your accounts receivable. Here's what you need to know to create an invoice.

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6 Steps to Become an Uber or Lyft Driver
By Saige Driver | November 16, 2022

The barriers to entry are relatively low to drive for Uber or Lyft. Follow these six steps to become a rideshare driver.

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7 Women Entrepreneurs Share Their Biggest Challenges
By Saige Driver | November 16, 2022

Women own more businesses than ever, but they still face challenges that men in business don't. Learn how some women have overcome obstacles in business.

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Your First Commercial Lease: How to Prepare and What to Expect
By Dock David Treece | November 15, 2022

This guide helps first-time commercial lessees understand what to look for before signing a lease on the place where they hope their business will thrive.

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8 Factors That Keep You From Getting a Small Business Loan
By Simone Johnson | November 15, 2022

Getting a small business loan is challenging, especially if your business is new or very small. Here are eight factors that may be blocking your funding.

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8 Reasons to Consider Franchising
By Bassam Kaado | November 14, 2022

Before you consider a franchise, ensure you understand how it differs from other business models. Learn franchising's benefits and how to open a franchise.

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What is C2C?
By Andreas Rivera | November 09, 2022

Facilitating purchases between consumers can be a lucrative business strategy. Learn how C2C – customer to customer or consumer to consumer – works.

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How to Open a Retail Store
By Bennett Conlin | November 04, 2022

Thinking about opening a retail store? Check out these 8 tips to help you start a retail business.

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What Is a Business Consultant?
By Sean Peek | November 02, 2022

A business consultant can help you streamline processes and boost profits. Learn what consultants do and how to choose the right one.

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Entrepreneur Salaries: How Much Should You Pay Yourself?
By Nicole Fallon | November 02, 2022

As a business owner, at what point should you start giving yourself a salary, and how much do you pay yourself? Learn some key salary considerations.

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Incubators Heat Up Chances of Small Business Survival
By Ned Smith | November 02, 2022

Learn how an incubator can nurture a startup, and how it differs from similar economic development programs.

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Can Online Legal Services Really Help Your Business?
By Adam Uzialko | November 02, 2022

Find out what online legal services offer their clients, and what they don't.

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How to Fuel Your Student-Led Startup
By Adam Uzialko | November 02, 2022

Starting a business in college can be tough, but check out these financing opportunities for students.

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The Small Business Owner’s Guide to Getting an SBA Loan
By Matt D’Angelo | November 01, 2022

SBA loans have low rates and long terms. Learn which types of SBA loans are available and how to apply for one.

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Personality Traits You Need to Start a Business
By Ross Mudrick | November 01, 2022

Specific personality traits are necessary for someone who wants to become an entrepreneur. Learn if you have these traits and how to cultivate them if you don't.

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Meet The Man Who Kept Microsoft Secure For 16 Years
By Jordan Bishop | November 01, 2022

Discover how Microsoft keeps its global team of almost 200,000 people safe across the globe and learn how you can do it too.

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Business Bank Account Checklist: Documents You’ll Need
By Kiely Kuligowski | October 31, 2022

Before you apply for a business bank account, you need to gather your business licenses and identification documents. Get the full list here.

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How to Start a Food Truck Business
By Sean Peek | October 27, 2022

Want to operate your own food truck? Here's an overview of everything you'll need to get started.

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How to Open a Private Medical Practice, Step by Step
By Max Freedman | October 27, 2022

Opening a private medical practice is a challenging process, but it can be easier if you break it down with this step-by-step guide.

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Should My Business Get a Toll-Free Number?
By Adam Uzialko | October 27, 2022

Toll-free numbers have historically benefited small businesses, but they might be somewhat obsolete now. Here's how to decide whether you need one.

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8 Strange Businesses You Didn’t Know Existed
By Business News Daily | October 27, 2022

Most businesses are frightfully normal, but humans have unusual habits and desires. Learn about 8 strange businesses that carved a niche for themselves.