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How to Run a Business in North Carolina
By Adam Uzialko | January 13, 2024

The North Carolina economy presents both challenges and opportunities for small businesses. Learn how to succeed as an entrepreneur in North Carolina.

How to Run a Business in New York
By Adam Uzialko | January 13, 2024

The New York economy presents both challenges and opportunities for small businesses. Learn how to succeed in the New York business environment.

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How to Run a Business in Florida
By Adam Uzialko | January 13, 2024

Understand the challenges and opportunities of doing business in Florida, including the tax laws, access to capital, cost of living, and labor market. 

Small Business Resource Guide for Veterans
By Julianna Lopez | January 13, 2024

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

How to Start and Run a Business in Washington State
By Adam Uzialko | January 13, 2024

Learn to start and run a business in Washington state by understanding its opportunities and resources.

What to Know About Running a Business in Illinois
By Adam Uzialko | January 13, 2024

The Illinois economy presents both challenges and opportunities for small businesses. Here's what you need to know about running a business in Illinois.

You’re Being Sued: A Guide to Handling a Business Lawsuit
By Jennifer Post | January 12, 2024

What should you do if someone sues your small business? Here's advice from legal experts on how to handle a business lawsuit.

How to Choose the Best Legal Structure for Your Business
By Joshua Stowers | January 12, 2024

When starting a business, you need to set up the proper legal structure. Learn about your options and how to choose a structure.

Cannabis Industry Growth Potential for 2024
By Adam Uzialko | January 11, 2024

Every state has laws and regulations governing marijuana usage. Here's what entrepreneurs need to know to start a cannabis business in the space.

The Small Business Owner’s Guide to Getting an SBA Loan
By Matt D’Angelo | January 11, 2024

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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Want to Be Your Own Boss? 10 Fields to Consider
By Sean Peek | January 11, 2024

Many people dream of working for themselves. Learn about self-employed jobs that let you be your own boss and the top careers for the self-employed.

Equity Crowdfunding: A Primer
By Adam Uzialko | January 11, 2024

Equity crowdfunding is a financing strategy that involves issuing investors ownership in a company in exchange for capital.

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How Many Pay Periods Are in a Year?
By Andrew Martins | January 11, 2024

Choosing the right pay schedule for your team is an important decision. Here’s what to consider when setting pay periods.

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How to Start Selling Online
By Donna Fuscaldo | January 09, 2024

Selling products online is more popular than ever. Here's how you can get started with e-commerce.

What is C2C?
By Andreas Rivera | January 09, 2024

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

What Is E-commerce? Everything You Need To Know About Selling Online
By Donna Fuscaldo | January 09, 2024

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

Entrepreneur Salaries: How Much Should You Pay Yourself?
By Nicole Fallon | January 09, 2024

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.

Should You Set up Your Business as an LLC or an S Corporation?
By Simone Johnson | January 09, 2024

Selecting the correct business type can help your business succeed and flourish. Find out whether your company should be an LLC or an S corporation.

Bootstrapping or Equity Funding: Which Is Better for Your Business?
By Adam Uzialko | January 05, 2024

Startups have multiple funding options, such as bootstrapping and equity funding. Learn the pros and cons of bootstrapping and equity funding for startups.

How to Use Angel Investor Funding for Your Business
By Rebecca Renner | January 05, 2024

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

What Is Venture Capital?
By Alex Halperin | January 05, 2024

This guide explains what venture capital is and how it can help high-growth entrepreneurs fund their businesses.

How to Build a Great Employee Benefits Package
By Andreas Rivera | January 05, 2024

This guide explains how to build a great employee benefits plan that will retain your best employees and help you recruit top talent.

Online Business Ideas You Can Start Tomorrow
By Max Freedman | January 03, 2024

Starting an online business offers unique opportunities for entrepreneurs to launch digital startups. Learn 50 online business ideas you can start quickly.

10 Business Ideas for Fashion Fanatics
By Sean Peek | January 03, 2024

Want to break into the fashion industry? These business ideas might just be your opportunity to do so.

How to Start a CBD Business
By Sammi Caramela | January 03, 2024

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

The State of Small Business: Maine
By Adam Uzialko | January 03, 2024

Small businesses in Maine enjoy accessible capital and reasonable regulations. Learn why Maine is the business-friendliest state.

The Best States for Small Businesses
By Sammi Caramela | January 03, 2024

Thumbtack's Small Business Friendliness Survey reveals the top states for small businesses. We'll also share the worst states to start a business.

How to Start a Business: A Step-by-Step Guide
By Joshua Stowers | January 03, 2024

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

Small Businesses Without Insurance Take Dangerous Risks
By Adam Uzialko | January 02, 2024

Small business insurance may not always be mandated legally but it's a crucial investment. Learn the risks of skipping proper insurance coverage.

13 Cool Vegan-Friendly Businesses That Inspire
By Max Freedman | December 20, 2023

Vegan businesses are exploding in popularity. Learn about successful and inspiring vegan businesses to help you come up with your own vegan business idea.