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The Best Small Business Government Grants in 2023
Find out how you can take advantage of these government grants to start or grow your business.
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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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How to Start a Sole Proprietorship
Looking to start your own business? A sole proprietorship may be the perfect fit.
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What Is Telematics?
Telematics gives businesses that operate a fleet of vehicles unique insight to their vehicles and drivers.
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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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Find a phone system that's right for your business.
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First Small Business Loan? 11 Do’s and Don’ts
By Sara Angeles | September 22, 2023

Before you obtain your first small business loan, read up on the best practices — and common mistakes — to keep in mind.

5 Major Pitfalls That Stop Entrepreneurs by Year 2
By Joshua Stowers | September 21, 2023

Many startup businesses fail by their second year. Learn why so many fail and how your business can avoid the same mistakes.

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8 Factors That Keep You From Getting a Small Business Loan
By Simone Johnson | September 21, 2023

Knowing which issues often prevent small businesses from securing loans is a great first step to eliminating these roadblocks in your funding journey.

How to Start a Restaurant
By Sammi Caramela | September 20, 2023

Starting a restaurant is a dream for many entrepreneurs. Learn the pros and cons of starting a restaurant and actionable steps to ensure success.

Startup Costs: How Much Cash Will You Need?
By Sammi Caramela | September 19, 2023

Here's what you need to know about funding your startup, from typical costs to how to finance your company.

What Is E-commerce? Everything You Need To Know About Selling Online
By Donna Fuscaldo | September 18, 2023

E-commerce businesses sell goods and services online. This guide provides an overview of different types of e-commerce businesses and how they work.

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LiquidPlanner Review and Pricing Plans Review
By Simone R. Johnson | September 13, 2023

LiquidPlanner is our pick for best large team project management software because of its powerful and comprehensive features. Read our full review.

How to Write the Perfect Mission Statement (With Examples)
By Ross Mudrick | September 07, 2023

Mission statements reflect your company's goals, purpose and values – why it exists. Learn how to craft the perfect mission statement for your business.

What Is an LLC?
By Simone Johnson | September 07, 2023

An LLC is a limited liability company; it protects a business owner's personal assets. Learn the pros and cons of LLCs and how to start one.

What is C2C?
By Andreas Rivera | September 07, 2023

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

How to Start a CBD Business
By Sammi Caramela | September 06, 2023

The CBD industry is growing rapidly. Learn about the CBD landscape, your legal obligations and what you need to start a successful CBD business.

What Is a Business Consultant?
By Sean Peek | September 06, 2023

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

Finding the Right Accountant for Your Small Business
By Simone Johnson | September 06, 2023

Accountants can help small business owners set financial goals and manage finances accurately. Learn how to select an accountant for your small business.

What Is B2B, and How Does It Differ From B2C and DTC?
By Mark Fairlie | September 01, 2023

B2B companies offer products and services for other businesses and organizations. Learn how B2B works, and how it differs from B2C and DTC models.

How to Conduct a Market Analysis for Your Business
By Max Freedman | August 31, 2023

A market analysis can take time and effort, but it's easy to do on your own in just seven steps.

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Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN): How to Get One
By Sean Peek | August 31, 2023

Most businesses with employees need a federal employer identification number. Here are the different ways you can apply for a FEIN.

Tips on Choosing the Right Location for Your Business
By Sammi Caramela | August 30, 2023

Your business location is a critical startup decision. Learn the factors that go into choosing the right location and why business location is so crucial.

National Small Business Week: Getting Involved in Your Community
By Sammi Caramela | August 29, 2023

National Small Business Week is a great time to start getting involved in your local community. Here’s how — and why — to engage with it.

How to Start a Business: A Step-by-Step Guide
By Joshua Stowers | August 29, 2023

If you’re starting a new small business, find out where to begin and how to achieve success.

Pros and Cons of Forming a Corporation
By Skye Schooley | August 29, 2023

Learn the pros and cons of becoming a corporation so you can decide if incorporating is right for your business.

How to Start a Food Truck Business
By Sean Peek | August 28, 2023

Do you want to operate your own food truck? Here’s an overview of everything you’ll need to get started.

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From Layoffs to Startups: Launching a Business After Being Laid Off
By Editorial Staff | August 24, 2023

Many professionals who've been laid off are choosing to start a new business instead of finding another job. Learn how layoffs are fueling entrepreneurship.

Small Business Financing Options That Bypass Traditional Banks
By Sean Peek | August 17, 2023

Looking for funding? You can start a business without relying on a traditional bank for funding. Here are some other options.

The Difference Between Debt and Equity Financing
By Kiely Kuligowski | August 14, 2023

Debt and equity financing are very different ways to finance your new business. Here are pros and cons for each, and how to decide which is best for you.

Is Peer-to-Peer Insurance Right for Your Business?
By Adam Uzialko | August 14, 2023

This article describes peer-to-peer insurance and offers information to help you determine if the type of coverage is right for your business.

11 Things to Do Before Starting a Business
By Stella Morrison | August 14, 2023

Before jumping right into launching a new business, spend time getting everything prepared. Here are the steps to take.

23 Green Business Ideas for Eco-Minded Entrepreneurs
By Max Freedman | August 10, 2023

Corporate social responsibility is prioritized now more than ever. Learn about ideas for businesses that provide eco-friendly products and services.

10 Things to Do Before Opening a Food Truck
By Brittney Morgan | August 09, 2023

From choosing the right location to investing in the right technology, here are 10 things you must do before you start a food truck.

Articles of Incorporation vs Operating Agreements: What are the Differences?
By Skye Schooley | August 02, 2023

Learn the differences and similarities between articles of incorporation and operating agreements to determine which is necessary for your startup.

Small Business Resource Guide for Veterans
By Julianna Lopez | August 02, 2023

Here are several resources and tools for veterans with or looking to start their own business.