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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.

12 Unique Business Ideas to Inspire You in 2023
By Max Freedman | July 31, 2023

If you want to start a business, check out these 12 business ideas to inspire you in 2023 – and learn how to develop and implement a unique business idea.

The Small Business Owner’s Guide to Getting an SBA Loan
By Matt D’Angelo | July 31, 2023

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

How a Microloan Can Help Your New Small Business
By Andrew Martins | July 31, 2023

Find out what business microloans are, who provides them, their benefits and downsides, and how to qualify.

Self-Employment: A Guide to Working for Yourself
By Jamie Johnson | July 31, 2023

Self-employment is a dream for many, but its stability challenges often dissuade people from choosing this path. Learn the ins and outs of self-employment.

Should You Skip College to Start a Business?
By Skye Schooley | July 31, 2023

Read expert advice on whether you should continue college or drop out to start a business.

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Articles of Incorporation: What New Business Owners Should Know
By Max Freedman | July 31, 2023

Articles of incorporation are essential to legally incorporate your business. Here's what you need to know about obtaining and filing them.

How to Create an Invoice
By Max Freedman | July 31, 2023

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.

How to Get a Business Phone Number
By Jeff Hale | July 31, 2023

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

Small Business Financing Trends to Watch
By Sally Herigstad | July 24, 2023

Small businesses are facing challenges related to recession, inflation, interest rates and more. Learn what's ahead for small business financing.

Small Businesses Offer the Best Customer Service
By Jordan Bishop | July 20, 2023

Learn why small businesses are better at customer service than larger enterprises and what bigger ones should do to improve client experiences.

How to Get a Bank Loan for Your Small Business
By Andrew Martins | July 17, 2023

If your business needs funding, a small business bank loan offers a good option, if you qualify. Here is what you need to know to get a bank business loan.

Small Business Trends and Predictions for 2023
By Alex Halperin | July 12, 2023

Learn about business trends and predictions for small businesses in 2023.

26 Great Business Ideas for Entrepreneurs
By Tejas Vemparala | July 11, 2023

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

18 Online Business Ideas You Can Start Tomorrow
By Max Freedman | July 06, 2023

Starting an online business doesn't have to be difficult. Learn online business ideas you can get up and running quickly, easily and successfully.

25 Best Low Cost Business Ideas
By Sean Peek | July 06, 2023

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

What You Should Know About Company Mergers
By Skye Schooley | July 06, 2023

Here is everything you need to know about company mergers and their benefits.

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13 Business Ideas for Couples
By Marci Martin | July 05, 2023

Business opportunities exist for couples who want to run a business together. Learn business ideas for couples and the benefits of couple-based businesses.

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What Funding Can You Get for Franchises?
By Max Freedman | July 05, 2023

Starting a franchise requires a significant investment. Learn about franchise business funding options and what to consider when you're choosing a franchise loan.

How to Register a Business Trademark
By Simone Johnson | July 03, 2023

When you register a business trademark, you protect your brand. Here’s what you need to know to file the TEAS Plus or TEAS Standard electronic application.

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Why Didn’t I Think of That? 20 Creative Business Ideas
By Sean Peek | June 22, 2023

Looking for a new business idea? Here are 20 creative business ideas to inspire you.

How to Run a Business in California
By Adam Uzialko | June 22, 2023

How are small business owners performing in California, and what are the challenges, opportunities and available resources?

How to Find Business Loans for Veterans
By Andrew Martins | June 22, 2023

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

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The Best Small Business Government Grants in 2023
By Skye Schooley | June 22, 2023

Government grants are free federal, state and locally funded programs to help launch or grow small businesses. Learn how to find and use government grants.

What Business Expenses Do You Need to Track?
By Adam Uzialko | June 22, 2023

Tracking business expenses is an important part of managing cash flow and maximizing tax deductions. Here are the business expenses you should track.

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Which LLC Taxes Must Your Business File?
By Andrew Martins | June 22, 2023

Setting up your business as an LLC may limit your liability, but failing to properly handle your business taxes comes with steep consequences.

6 Steps to Become an Uber or Lyft Driver
By Saige Driver | June 21, 2023

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