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14 Strange Etsy Shops You Won’t Believe Exist
By Sammi Caramela | August 05, 2022

Everything on Etsy is unique, but not everything is traditional. These strange Etsy shops are proof.

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13 Cool Vegan-Friendly Businesses That Inspire
By Max Freedman | August 05, 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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5 Money-Saving Tips for Choosing Small Business Insurance
By Nicole Fallon | August 05, 2022

Business insurance is a necessary expense, but you don't have to spend a fortune. Here's how to save money on your insurance as a small business owner.

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You’re Being Sued: A Guide to Handling a Business Lawsuit
By Jennifer Post | August 05, 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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Want to Keep Your Employees? Give Them Growth Opportunities
By Adam Uzialko | August 05, 2022
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Small Businesses Offer the Best Customer Service
By Max Freedman | August 05, 2022

Customers find that small businesses often provide the best customer service experience. Learn how to meet and exceed that expectation.

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10 Business Ideas for Fashion Fanatics
By Sean Peek | August 05, 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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Incubators Heat Up Chances of Small Business Survival
By Ned Smith | August 05, 2022

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

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Steve Jobs Biography
By Sean Peek | August 05, 2022

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs revolutionized the computer industry. Read Steve Jobs' biography, quotes and an analysis of his leadership style.

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Why Didn’t I Think of That? 20 Creative Business Ideas
By Sean Peek | August 05, 2022

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

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How to Start a Sole Proprietorship
By Simone Johnson | August 05, 2022

Many companies start as sole proprietorships. Here's how to make your business into one.

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Entrepreneur’s Flatware for Cancer Patients Wins ‘Cool Idea’ Prize
By Chad Brooks | August 05, 2022

Ohio-based inventor wins free prototype creation

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Make Sustainability Part of Your Business Model
By Kiely Kuligowski | August 05, 2022

Learn how to embrace planet-friendly business practices while still doing great business.

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Starting an Etsy Shop? Here’s How to Do It
By Sammi Caramela | August 03, 2022

If you have a talent and passion for creating quality products, consider starting an Etsy shop to sell your items and earn an income. Find out how here.

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Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN): How to Get One
By Sean Peek | August 03, 2022

Most businesses with employees need a federal employer identification number. Here are the different ways you can apply for a FEIN.

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The Pros and Cons of Financing a Startup With Credit Cards
By Erica Sandberg | August 03, 2022

This guide explains the advantages and disadvantages of financing a small business with a credit card.

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What is C2C?
By Andreas Rivera | August 03, 2022

C2C, or customer-to-customer, or consumer-to-consumer, is a business model that facilitates the transaction of products or services between customers.

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Small Businesses Without Insurance Take Dangerous Risks
By Adam Uzialko | August 03, 2022

Small businesses and startups work with tight budgets, but some expenses, such as business insurance, may be worth the cost. Here's what you need to know.

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Top E-Commerce Challenges Facing SMBs
By Jennifer Post | August 03, 2022

As the e-commerce industry continues to grow, small businesses are contending with hurdles. Learn the top challenges and what SMBs can do about them.

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The Difference Between Debt and Equity Financing
By Kiely Kuligowski | August 03, 2022

Debt and equity financing are very different ways to finance your new business. Here are pros and cons for each, and how to decide which is best for you.

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First Small Business Loan? 11 Things to Consider
By Sara Angeles | August 03, 2022

Obtaining and managing a small business loan isn't easy. Here are some tips to make process smoother.

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Everything You Need to Know About E-Commerce
By Donna Fuscaldo | August 03, 2022

Learn the inner workings of e-commerce businesses and how you can run one.

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Pros and Cons of Being a Small Business Owner
By Skye Schooley | August 03, 2022

There's a lot to love about entrepreneurship, but the sacrifices are considerable. Weigh the pros and cons of entrepreneurship before launching a business.

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Finding the Right Accountant for Your Small Business
By Simone Johnson | August 03, 2022

Are you looking for an accountant to help manage your finances? Finding the right one can be tricky. Here's how to find the best one for your business.

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Pros and Cons of Forming a Corporation
By Skye Schooley | August 03, 2022

Should you form a corporation? Learn about the types of corporations and the pros and cons of incorporating.

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The Best Small Business Government Grants in 2022
By Skye Schooley | August 03, 2022

There are many government grants available for small businesses. Find out how you can use them to start or grow your business.

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What Business Expenses Do You Need to Track?
By Adam Uzialko | August 03, 2022

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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How to Run a Business in North Carolina
By Adam Uzialko | August 03, 2022

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

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How to Choose the Best Legal Structure for Your Business
By Joshua Stowers | August 03, 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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What Is a Business Consultant?
By Sean Peek | August 03, 2022

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