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Your Guide to Starting Your Own Business

All of the topics, tips and resources that will help you start a business from the ground up.

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How to Find Business Loans for Veterans
By Andrew Martins | September 21, 2020

Learn about the loan options for veteran entrepreneurs who need funding for their small businesses.

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Cannabis Industry Growth Potential for 2021
By Adam Uzialko | September 16, 2020

The cannabis industry is poised to expand into several new markets in 2021. Could this be your opportunity to launch a new business in the space?

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5 Steps for Writing an Executive Summary
By Skye Schooley | September 15, 2020

Learn what to include in your executive summary and how to go about writing one.

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Should You Designate Your Business as a Sole Proprietorship?
By Andrew Martins | September 11, 2020

Is a sole proprietorship right for you? Learn more about this business structure.

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Pros and Cons of Forming a Corporation
By Skye Schooley | September 10, 2020

Learn about the benefits and drawbacks of becoming a corporation to decide if incorporating is right for you.

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Franchise Agreement Best Practices
By Max Freedman | September 10, 2020

Before you sign a franchise agreement, you should have a clear understanding of what it is and what it obligates you and the franchisor to.

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How to Start a Sole Proprietorship
By Simone Johnson | September 09, 2020

Looking to start your own business? A sole proprietorship may be the perfect fit.

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Entrepreneurs Define the Meaning of Business Success
By Kiely Kuligowski | September 09, 2020

Here's what success looks like according to other business owners.

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What Is an S Corporation?
By Simone Johnson | September 08, 2020

S corporations are a popular business type. Here's what you should know if you want your business to be one.

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Property Leases: What SMBs Need to Know
By Jennifer Post | September 08, 2020

Commercial leases are complicated. These tips will help you sort through the legal jargon.

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What's the Difference Between a Tax ID Number and a Corporate Number?
By Simone Johnson | September 04, 2020

Your tax ID helps you move through the world of business. Learn how it differs from a corporate number and other ID numbers.

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6 Steps to Becoming a Corporation
By Skye Schooley | September 03, 2020

Follow this six-step process to turn your business into a corporation.

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What Are Articles of Incorporation and Operating Agreements?
By Skye Schooley | September 02, 2020

Learn whether your business needs an operating agreement, bylaws, articles of incorporation or a certificate of formation.

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Ultimate Guide to Business Franchising
By Marisa Sanfilippo | August 27, 2020

Franchising offers entrepreneurs the opportunity to open up a ready-made business that has branding and processes already in place.

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Difference Between LLC and Inc.
By Adam Uzialko | August 26, 2020

What is the difference between an LLC and an Inc. business? This guide will explain how the two entities differ and why it matters to your small business.

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New Business Idea? How to Test It Before Launching
By Sammi Caramela | August 25, 2020

When preparing to start a business, you should test your business idea to ensure it is viable. Here's how to do it.

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6 Biggest Business Insurance Risks (and How to Mitigate Them)
By Nicole Fallon | August 24, 2020

These are the biggest insurance risks for small businesses that entrepreneurs should be aware of.

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9 Unique Delivery Services
By Jennifer Post | August 21, 2020

These 9 unique delivery services embrace mobile applications and online platforms to get you what you need quickly and easily.

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You're Being Sued: A Guide to Handling a Business Lawsuit
By Jennifer Post | August 19, 2020

Getting sued is a small business owner's worst nightmare. Here's what to do if it happens to you.

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Why You Need a Business Bank Account, and How to Choose One
By Julie Ritzer Ross | August 14, 2020

It may seem easier to use your personal bank account for your new business; however, having a business bank account is a better idea. Here's why.

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What Is an LLC?
By Simone Johnson | August 13, 2020

Choosing the right business entity can be tricky, but understanding what an LLC is can help you make the best choice.

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Tips on Choosing The Right Location for Your Business
By Matt D'Angelo | August 10, 2020

It's one of the most important decisions you will make, which is why you must do your homework and answer all of the relevant questions.

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How to Register and Trademark a Brand Name
By Marisa Sanfilippo | August 07, 2020

If you want to protect your business's intellectual property, the first step is to register and trademark your brand name. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to register a trademark with the USPTO.

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What Small Business Tips Can You Learn From Animal Crossing?
By Andrew Martins | August 06, 2020

Nintendo's Animal Crossing: New Horizons game is immensely popular. Part of its appeal is that it's more than just a fun way to relax. Find out what it can teach you about running a small business.

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Business Partnership Agreement Writing Guide
By Adam Uzialko | August 06, 2020

Every business partnership needs a business partnership agreement. This guide will help you write a business partnership agreement that doesn't leave anything out.

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How to Conduct a Market Analysis for Your Business
By Kiely Kuligowski | August 03, 2020

A market analysis can help you identify how to better position your business to be competitive and serve your customers.

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25 Business Ideas With (Almost) No Startup Costs
By Sean Peek | July 30, 2020

Dreaming of starting your own business but low on capital? Here are 25 low-cost options to consider.

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What Is Crowdfunding?
By Simone Johnson | July 29, 2020

Need funds for your business? Here's what you should know about crowdfunding.

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'Doing Business As': How to Register a DBA Name
By Simone Johnson | July 27, 2020

Deciding on your business's name? Learn how to file a DBA name.

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Tips Black Women Business Owners Have for Black Female Entrepreneurs
By Simone Johnson | July 24, 2020

Black female entrepreneurs are leading the way in starting businesses, and the right advice and resources are key to their continued success.