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Founded When? America’s Oldest Companies
By Brittney Morgan | January 23, 2023

Despite wars and recessions, these 21 American companies have survived to stand the test of time. Learn what it takes to build a business that lasts.

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20 Mistakes to Avoid When Starting a Business
By Skye Schooley | January 23, 2023

Learn what small business experts say are the 20 biggest errors startups make and why new businesses fail.

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10 Business Ideas for Fashion Fanatics
By Sean Peek | January 23, 2023

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

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Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started
By Matt D’Angelo | January 23, 2023

Starting a business as an immigrant can be challenging yet rewarding. Learn how to find the correct visa and discover the right information and resources.

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Bootstrapping or Equity Funding: Which Is Better for Your Business?
By Adam Uzialko | January 23, 2023

Should you rely on personal finances to start your new company, or should you look for outside investors such as family and friends?

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13 Business Ideas for Couples
By Marci Martin | January 23, 2023

Who says a romantic partner can't be a great business partner, too? Here are some ideas for small businesses that couples can start together.

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Small Business Financing Trends to Watch
By Business News Daily | January 23, 2023

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

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Equity Crowdfunding: A Primer
By Adam Uzialko | January 23, 2023

Crowdfunding puts the control back in the hands of startup founders by allowing them to raise capital. Find out how to get started.

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25 Business Ideas With (Almost) No Startup Costs
By Sean Peek | January 23, 2023

For those dreaming big on a small budget, here are a few low-cost businesses to inspire that entrepreneurial passion.

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Quitting Your Day Job? The Basics on Benefits Coverage for Entrepreneurs
By Saige Driver | January 23, 2023

Ready to leave the corporate world behind? Here's what you need to know about getting benefits coverage when you're self-employed.

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How to Start a Food Truck Business
By Sean Peek | January 23, 2023

Want to operate your own food truck? Here's an overview of everything you'll need to get started.

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The Basics of Franchising and Today’s Top Opportunities
By Bennett Conlin | January 23, 2023

Opening a franchise is a business opportunity with relatively low risk and high support. Learn about franchising costs, regulations and considerations.

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9 Places to Find Businesses for Sale Online
By Saige Driver | January 23, 2023

If you dream of entrepreneurship, you can get a head start by buying an established business. Find businesses for sale on these online platforms.

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How to Open a Private Medical Practice, Step by Step
By Max Freedman | January 23, 2023

Opening a private medical practice is a challenging process, but it can be easier if you break it down with this step-by-step guide.

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Self-Employment: A Guide to Working for Yourself
By Jamie Johnson | January 23, 2023

Self-employment is a dream for many, but its stability challenges often dissuade people from choosing this path. Learn the ins and outs of self-employment.

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Steve Jobs Biography
By Sean Peek | January 23, 2023

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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What Is an LLC?
By Simone Johnson | January 23, 2023

An LLC is a limited liability company; it protects a business owner's personal assets. Learn the pros and cons of LLCs and how to start one.

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11 Things to Do Before Starting a Business
By Stella Morrison | January 23, 2023

Before jumping right into launching a new business, spend time getting everything prepared. Here are the steps to take.

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7 Women Entrepreneurs Share Their Biggest Challenges
By Saige Driver | January 23, 2023

Women own more businesses than ever, but they still face challenges that men in business don't. Learn how some women have overcome obstacles in business.

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How to Secure a Business Grant
By Skye Schooley | January 23, 2023

Securing a grant for your business can be an important but difficult process. Find out what experts are saying about how to get one.

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What Is Crowdfunding?
By Simone Johnson | January 23, 2023

Seeking money as a startup can be hard, but crowdfunding might be a good alternative. Here's what you should know about this financing option.

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How to Turn Your Idea Into a Product (and Launch It!)
By Kiely Kuligowski | January 23, 2023

Learn how to turn your idea into a prototype, turn that prototype into a product, and bring that product to market.

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Big Profits: 7 Companies Cashing In on Americans’ Obesity
By Chad Brooks | January 23, 2023

The "plus-size" market has expanded to include all manner of lifestyle and home products aimed at making life easier for those considered obese

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15 Great Jobs for Introverts
By Anna Attkisson | January 23, 2023

Looking for a job that affords you plenty of alone time to recharge your batteries? Here are 16 great career paths for introverted workers.

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How to Buy Small Business Insurance
By Mona Bushnell | January 23, 2023

Liability insurance is a must for small businesses, but choosing the right plan can be hard. Learn how to choose the right insurance for your business.

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Opening a Restaurant? Here’s Your Equipment Checklist
By Kiely Kuligowski | January 23, 2023
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Make Sustainability Part of Your Business Model
By Kiely Kuligowski | January 23, 2023

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

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States With the Fastest-Growing Small Businesses
By Nadia Reckmann | January 23, 2023

Nebraska, South Dakota and Delaware are the three states with the fastest-growing online small businesses. See the business types and overall findings.

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Survey Finds Most Americans Want to Start a Business Rather Than Retire
By Andrew Martins | January 23, 2023

More Americans would like to own a business rather than fully retire, according to the Inside Small Business Survey.

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National Small Business Week: Getting Involved In Your Community
By Sammi Caramela | January 23, 2023

In honor of National Small Business Week, here's how you can get involved in your local small business community as a business owner.