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Last Updated: November 19, 2020

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How to Buy Small Business Insurance
By Mona Bushnell | February 26, 2021

This guide will help you start assessing your business insurance needs and find a provider that can get you the coverage you require at a price you can afford.

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Best Small Business Loans of 2021
By Simone Johnson | February 24, 2021

Here are the best business loans and financing options available to small businesses. We highlight the best lenders for SBA loans, conventional loans as well as the best alternative lenders.

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Before You Sign: Important Loan Contract Terms to Review
By Matt D'Angelo | February 09, 2021

Before you sign a loan document, make sure you understand the terms.

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How to Find Business Loans for Veterans
By Andrew Martins | February 01, 2021

Learn about the loan options for veteran entrepreneurs who need funding for their small businesses.

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How to Start a Sole Proprietorship
By Simone Johnson | February 01, 2021

Looking to start your own business? A sole proprietorship may be the perfect fit.

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Why You Need a Business Bank Account, and How to Choose One
By Julie Ritzer Ross | January 28, 2021

It may seem easier to use your personal bank account for your new business; however, having a business bank account is a better idea. Here's why.

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How to Get Private Funding for Your Small Business
By Donna Fuscaldo | January 27, 2021

Learn why private funding is a viable option for small business owners and what lending sources are available.

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Should You Designate Your Business as a Sole Proprietorship?
By Andrew Martins | January 26, 2021

Is a sole proprietorship right for you? Learn more about this business structure.

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How to Create an Invoice
By Max Freedman | January 19, 2021

Invoicing customers for your products and services is part of doing business. Here's how to create an invoice to give to your clients.

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12 Small Business Trends and Predictions for 2021
By Adam Uzialko | January 14, 2021

Keep an eye on these small business trends and predictions this year.

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Apple's Credit Card: What Small Businesses Need to Know
By Stella Morrison | January 13, 2021

Though the Apple Card is for consumers, small business owners can take advantage of some of its perks.

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5 Tips for Negotiating a Business Loan
By Saige Driver | January 13, 2021

Business loan terms are often negotiable, giving borrowers a chance to secure more favorable rates and better terms.

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Quitting Your Day Job? The Basics on Benefits Coverage for Entrepreneurs
By Saige Driver | January 12, 2021

Ready to leave the corporate world behind? Here's what you need to know about getting benefits coverage when you're self-employed.

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How to Use Angel Investor Funding for Your Business
By Rebecca Renner | January 08, 2021

Angel investors can provide businesses with much-needed growth capital. Here's how to find and secure funding from an angel.

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First Small Business Loan? 11 Things to Consider
By Sara Angeles | January 08, 2021

Applying for your first small business loan can be a stressful process. Here is how to ensure the process goes smoothly.

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10 Tips for Managing Small Business Finances
By Matt D'Angelo | January 07, 2021

Education and organization are two keys to ensuring your business is financially healthy.

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How to Secure a Business Grant
By Skye Schooley | January 06, 2021

In order to obtain a business grant, you need to be meticulous when providing the information that the gran provider asks for.

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7 Ways to Improve Your Hiring Process
By Sammi Caramela | January 04, 2021

Learn how to create and improve your hiring process to increase employee quality and retention.

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How to Franchise a Startup: 5 Tips for Success
By Sammi Caramela | December 30, 2020

Expansion is expensive and time-consuming. By franchising your company, you can reach new locales without having to closely manage the new operation.

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The Difference Between Debt and Equity Financing
By Kiely Kuligowski | December 28, 2020

Here's how to determine if you should accept debt or share ownership of your business.

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Equipment Leasing: A Guide for Business Owners
By Mona Bushnell | December 28, 2020

Don't have the cash or desire to purchase equipment outright? Here's what you need to know about equipment leasing.

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The Small Business Financing Trends of 2021
By Donna Fuscaldo | December 28, 2020

There are reasons to hope for a prosperous 2021. Find out why small business owners and lenders are optimistic about business financing.

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Can't Get a Small Business Loan? Here Are Your Options
By Max Freedman | December 23, 2020

If the bank turned you down for a small business loan, here are some alternative financing options to consider.

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8 Steps to Bankroll Your Business While in Personal Debt
By Nicole Fallon | December 22, 2020

You don't have to put your business ownership dreams on hold if you carry personal debt – but you need to take a strategic approach to bankroll your venture.

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A Small Business Guide to E-Commerce Shipping
By Business News Daily | December 22, 2020

Finding the right shipping partner is critical for e-commerce businesses that want to maximize their profits.

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The Small Business Owners' Guide to Getting an SBA Loan
By Matt D'Angelo | December 21, 2020

SBA loans have low rates and long terms, making them a desirable option for small business owners. Learn what types of SBA loans are available and how to apply for one.

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5 Ways to Ready Yourself to Launch Your Dream Business in 2021
By Andrew Martins | December 21, 2020

Starting your dream business in 2021 could get kickstarted by doing these five simple actions today.

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What You Should Know About Company Mergers
By Skye Schooley | December 18, 2020

Learn about the different types of company mergers and their benefits.

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Business Bank Account Checklist: Documents You'll Need
By Kiely Kuligowski | December 17, 2020

Find out which documents and licenses you'll need to bring with you when you apply for a business bank account.

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13 Business Ideas for Couples
By Marci Martin | December 17, 2020

While it might be challenging, there are a number of business opportunities for couples who are looking to get into work together.