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The Best Small Business Government Grants in 2024
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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Elizabeth Veras
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)?
Here’s how to use a PEO for your business, including some benefits of a PEO company.
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Matt D'Angelo
Choosing a Business Phone System: A Buyer’s Guide
Learn about the features available and how to select the best system for your business.
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The Top Reasons Most Entrepreneurs Start Businesses
By Shayna Waltower | June 20, 2024

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

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Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN): How to Get One
By Sean Peek | June 17, 2024

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

How to Choose the Right Franchise
By Max Freedman | May 17, 2024

There are franchises in almost every industry, so you have myriad options. Learn how to decide which franchise is right for you and how to get started.

25 Best Low-Cost Business Ideas
By Sean Peek | May 17, 2024

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

26 Great Business Ideas for Entrepreneurs
By Tejas Vemparala | May 14, 2024

This list of great business ideas offers inspiration to entrepreneurs looking for their next big business idea.

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Tech Startup Challenges (and How to Overcome Them)
By Nicole Fallon | May 07, 2024

Learn the challenges your tech startup may encounter so you can overcome them and achieve success.

What Is Peer-to-Peer Lending?
By Jamie Johnson | May 01, 2024

P2P lending, where you borrow from individual investors, is a great option for many small businesses. If your credit is good, you can nab low rates.

How to Get a Business Phone Number
By Jeff Hale | April 22, 2024

This guide explains the benefits of a business phone number and walks you through the steps to obtain a phone number for your company.

Loan FAQs: Common Questions About Getting Business Loans
By Adam Uzialko | April 16, 2024

Business News Daily spoke with finance experts to answer these nine FAQs about small business loans.

Opening a Restaurant? Here’s Your Equipment Checklist
By Kiely Kuligowski | April 11, 2024
The Difference Between Debt and Equity Financing
By Kiely Kuligowski | April 09, 2024

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.

How to Open a Retail Store
By Tom Anziano | April 05, 2024

A physical location can help your business find customers and grow sales. Follow these steps for a successful retail store opening.

13 Businesses You Can Start Up Quickly
By Ross Mudrick | April 05, 2024

If you have a talent or service that others want, you could quickly set up a new business. Learn startup ideas, legal considerations and marketing tips.

What Is B2B, and How Does It Differ From B2C and DTC?
By Mark Fairlie | March 28, 2024

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

Guide to Creating a Business Plan With Template
By Skye Schooley | March 28, 2024

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

What Is a C Corporation?
By Sean Peek | March 25, 2024

C corporations are usually publicly traded companies owned by shareholders. Learn how they differ from other structures and how to start one.

How to Find Business Loans for Veterans
By Andrew Martins | March 20, 2024

Veteran business loans are available to help former service members grow their businesses. Find out if you qualify.

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Top E-Commerce Challenges Facing SMBs
By Jennifer Post | March 08, 2024

As the e-commerce industry continues to grow, small businesses are contending with hurdles. Learn the top challenges and what SMBs can do about them.

10 Things to Do Before Opening a Food Truck
By Brittney Morgan | February 28, 2024

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

Property Leases: What SMBs Need to Know
By Jennifer Post | February 15, 2024

This guide explains what you need to know before signing a commercial lease for your small business.

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Articles of Incorporation: What New Business Owners Should Know
By Max Freedman | February 02, 2024

This guide explains the importance of articles of incorporation and why new businesses must file them with the appropriate state agencies.

How to Run a Business in Pennsylvania
By Adam Uzialko | January 30, 2024

If you own or want to start a business in Pennsylvania, learn how to run a Pennsylvania business by understanding the state's challenges and opportunities.

8 Strange Businesses You Didn’t Know Existed
By Tejas Vemparala | January 17, 2024

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

How to Start a Photography Business
By Pamela S. Stevens | January 17, 2024

This guide offers tips and ideas on starting a photography business, whether you want to capture weddings, pets and families or hone your editing skills.

Etsy Alternatives for Crafty Entrepreneurs
By Max Freedman | January 17, 2024

If you're an entrepreneur selling creative wares online, Etsy is the obvious choice. But check out these 13 Etsy alternatives that may be right for you.

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Founded When? America’s Oldest Companies
By Brittney Morgan | January 17, 2024

Despite wars and recessions, these 21 American companies have survived to stand the test of time. Learn what it takes to build a business that lasts.

What It Really Costs When Walmart Comes to Town
By Brandi Calero-Holmes | January 17, 2024

Walmart brings advantages and disadvantages to local communities. Learn the true meaning of a Walmart economy and if Walmart is bad for America.

Steve Jobs Biography
By Sean Peek | January 17, 2024

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs revolutionized the computer industry. Read Steve Jobs' biography, quotes and an analysis of his leadership style.

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6 Problems That Kill Small Businesses
By Shayna Waltower | January 17, 2024

Small businesses face many problems, like poor cash flow and bad leadership. Learn the issues that can sink a company and how to keep your business alive.

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How to Open a Private Medical Practice, Step by Step
By Max Freedman | January 16, 2024

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.