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Considering Alternative Lending? 6 Red Flags to Look For
By Nicole Fallon | May 24, 2022

Alternative lending has become a popular small business financing option, but not all nontraditional loans are good. Look for these six warning signs.

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Etsy Alternatives for Crafty Entrepreneurs
By Max Freedman | May 20, 2022

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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The State of Small Business: Maine
By Adam Uzialko | May 20, 2022

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

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You’re Being Sued: A Guide to Handling a Business Lawsuit
By Jennifer Post | May 19, 2022

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

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11 Business Ideas You Can Start Up Quickly
By Adam Uzialko | May 19, 2022

Want to get started on an entrepreneurial venture right away? These easy-to-start businesses are great ways to make some extra money in a pinch.

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5 Startups That Are Changing the Conversation About Women’s Health
By Shannon Gausepohl | May 17, 2022

See how these five companies are making women's health products more accessible.

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10 Business Ideas for Fashion Fanatics
By Sean Peek | May 06, 2022

Calling all fashionistas: There are plenty of fashionable startup opportunities ahead. Break into the industry with one of these ideas.

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Why Didn’t I Think of That? 20 Creative Business Ideas
By Sean Peek | May 06, 2022

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

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Incubators Heat Up Chances of Small Business Survival
By Ned Smith | May 06, 2022

Learn how an incubator can nurture a startup, and how it differs from similar economic development programs.

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Retailing on a Budget: 8 Brick-and-Mortar Alternatives
By Nicole Fallon | May 03, 2022

Want to start a retail business but can't afford an expensive commercial storefront? Here are a few budget-friendly alternatives.

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In Most Countries, Freelancers Earn More Than Average Workers
By Nadia Reckmann | May 03, 2022

Recent data shows you can make more money freelancing than with a traditional job. Learn about the earning power, upsides and downsides of freelancing.

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10 Great Ideas for Your Next Side Hustle
By Sammi Caramela | May 03, 2022

If you need to get a second income or grow a business on the side, here are 10 ideas on how to earn more money.

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Bouncing Back: 5 Big Companies That Recovered From Bankruptcy
By Dock David Treece | April 28, 2022

A financial crisis can destroy a business, but these five companies rebounded from the brink of bankruptcy. Learn how your business can bounce back too.

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13 Cool Vegan-Friendly Businesses That Inspire
By Max Freedman | April 27, 2022

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

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Business Bank Account Checklist: Documents You’ll Need
By Kiely Kuligowski | April 26, 2022

Before you apply for a business bank account, you need to gather your business licenses and identification documents. Get the full list here.

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What Is a Business Consultant?
By Sean Peek | April 20, 2022

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

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How to Choose the Best Legal Structure for Your Business
By Joshua Stowers | April 20, 2022

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

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More Naturalized Citizens are Starting Small Businesses
By Max Freedman | April 20, 2022

The number of businesses being opened by immigrants is growing, and naturalized citizens are twice as likely to start their own businesses.

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Entrepreneur Salaries: How Much Should You Pay Yourself?
By Nicole Fallon | April 18, 2022

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.

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26 Types of Insurance Your Small Business Should Consider
By Skye Schooley | April 14, 2022

Business insurance protects your company against financial loss and liability. Learn what business insurance types are best for your industry and needs. 

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How to Run a Business in California
By Adam Uzialko | April 14, 2022

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

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Carving Out a Niche in the Furniture Business
By Nicole Fallon | April 14, 2022

Sometimes, all it takes is someone noticing your talents for a great small business idea to form.

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The Skinny Business Plan
By Adam Uzialko | April 14, 2022

While every business needs a business plan, you don't need a novel to tell the story of your business. Instead, your business plan should be a living, changing document that focuses on the most...

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20 Mistakes to Avoid When Starting a Business
By Skye Schooley | April 14, 2022

We reached out to small business experts to find out about the biggest startup mistakes. Learn what they are and how you can avoid them.

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Hometown Girl Turned Cupcake Diva
By Adam Uzialko | April 14, 2022

The founder of The Lucky Cupcake Company started her business during a terrible economy. Today, she's expanded beyond cupcakes and runs a successful bakery in her Pennsylvania home town.

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Doing Business in Michigan
By Katharine Paljug | April 14, 2022

If you run a business in Michigan or are thinking of launching a new business, you should know the challenges and opportunities facing your state.

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5 Steps for Writing an Executive Summary
By Skye Schooley | April 14, 2022

Learn how to write an executive summary for your business plan and what should be included.

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5 Major Pitfalls That Stop Entrepreneurs by Year 2
By Joshua Stowers | April 14, 2022

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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What Business Startup Costs Should You Consider?
By Kiely Kuligowski | April 14, 2022

Not budgeting enough for startup costs can cause a business to fail. Here are the most important business startup costs entrepreneurs should know about.

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How to Use Angel Investor Funding for Your Business
By Rebecca Renner | April 14, 2022

If you're looking for growth capital, angel investors might be the right partners for you. Here how to find the right one for you.