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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.

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In Most Countries, Freelancers Earn More Than Average Workers
By Nadia Reckmann | December 20, 2023

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

15 Great Jobs for Introverts
By Anna Attkisson | December 20, 2023

If you are looking for a job that offers plenty of remote as well as alone time, here are 15 great career paths for introverted workers.

Business Partnership Agreement Writing Guide
By Adam Uzialko | December 20, 2023

A business partnership agreement outlines the rights and obligations of partners in a business. Learn how to write one and what it should include.

Meet The Man Who Kept Microsoft Secure For 16 Years
By Jordan Bishop | December 20, 2023

Discover how Microsoft keeps its global team of almost 200,000 people safe across the globe and learn how you can do it too.

Open Enrollment: What Small Businesses Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act
By Marisa Sanfilippo | December 19, 2023

Open enrollment lets you elect benefits packages for your employees. Here’s what you need to know to create the best offering for your workers.

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Which LLC Taxes Must Your Business File?
By Sally Herigstad | December 18, 2023

How your LLC is taxed depends on how many members it has on its roster. Learn about LLC types and how they file their taxes and deal with estimated taxes.

26 Types of Insurance Your Small Business Should Consider
By Skye Schooley | December 05, 2023

This article covers the many types of business insurance that are out there that you may need for your small business.

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Why Didn’t I Think of That? 18 Creative Business Ideas
By Sean Peek | November 29, 2023

Various business ideas on the market are suitable for all different types of people, from retirees to food lovers. Learn about these creative business ideas.

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Tax and Business Forms You’ll Need to Start a Small Business
By Andrew Martins | November 29, 2023

Entrepreneurs must file the correct tax and business forms when starting their ventures. Learn about the tax forms needed to maintain a good tax standing.

Your First Commercial Lease: How to Prepare and What to Expect
By Dock David Treece | November 29, 2023

This guide helps first-time commercial lessees understand what to look for before signing a lease on the place where they hope their business will thrive.

10 Things to Do Before Opening a Salon
By Sammi Caramela | November 28, 2023

A salon can be a steady, profitable business. But before opening one, you need a business plan and preparation. Learn tips for opening a successful salon.

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Quitting Your Day Job? The Basics on Benefits Coverage for Entrepreneurs
By Saige Driver | November 20, 2023

Self-employed workers must obtain benefits like liability, health and disability insurance and a retirement plan. Learn about benefits for entrepreneurs.

Small Business Financing Trends to Watch
By Sally Herigstad | November 20, 2023

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

Small Business Trends and Predictions for 2024
By Alex Halperin | November 20, 2023

Learn about business trends and predictions for small businesses in 2024.

First Small Business Loan? 11 Do’s and Don’ts
By Sara Angeles | November 20, 2023

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

Startup Costs: How Much Cash Will You Need?
By Sammi Caramela | November 20, 2023

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

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What Is an Elevator Pitch?
By Adam Uzialko | November 20, 2023

Find out everything about elevator pitches, including how to create them and when to deliver them. See examples.

Big Profits: 7 Body-Positive Companies Tailoring Products to Fit People Living With Obesity
By Leslie Pankowski | November 20, 2023

Businesses serving the needs of people living with obesity continue to break into new markets and see growth. See examples and get marketing dos and don'ts.

How to Secure a Business Grant
By Skye Schooley | November 20, 2023

Find out where to find funding for your business, how to apply for grants and write a proposal and common application mistakes to avoid.

How to Start a Sole Proprietorship
By Simone Johnson | November 20, 2023

Many business owners start sole proprietorships, which require little administrative work. Learn the pros and cons of starting a sole proprietorship.

How to Get a Bank Loan for Your Small Business
By Andrew Martins | November 20, 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.

What to Look for in a Bank Account for Your Small Business
By Sammi Caramela | November 14, 2023

Your business bank should provide checking, credit cards and functions like payroll and fraud insurance. Learn about the services your bank should offer.

What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From the Protolabs Cool Idea Award
By Cailin Potami | November 10, 2023

The Protolabs Cool Idea Award helps innovators develop their unique inventions. Get inspired and learn how anyone can turn a cool idea into a business.

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8 Steps to Bankroll Your Business While in Personal Debt
By Nicole Fallon | November 10, 2023

This guide describes how entrepreneurs can fund their businesses even while they manage their personal debts.