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6 Steps to Becoming a Corporation
By Max Freedman | October 20, 2023

Follow six steps if you opt to become a corporation as your business's legal structure. Learn corporation types and how they differ from other structures.

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Articles of Incorporation vs Operating Agreements: What are the Differences?
By Skye Schooley | October 20, 2023

Learn the differences and similarities between articles of incorporation and operating agreements to determine which is necessary for your startup.

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Your Guide to Choosing Small Business Insurance 
By Skye Schooley | October 20, 2023

Find out what business insurance is, the different types of policies, the costs and how to determine what you need.

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What should you look for in a business bank account
By Julie Ritzer Ross | October 20, 2023

Having a business bank account, rather than mingling business finances with personal finances, protects your business and your personal finances.

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Your Guide to Getting a Business License
By Skye Schooley | October 20, 2023

Does your startup need a business license? Learn which types of business licenses and permits your small business may need and how to acquire them.

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How to Register and Trademark a Brand Name
By Marisa Sanfilippo | October 20, 2023

If you want to protect your business's intellectual property, the first step is to register and trademark your brand name. Here's how.

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Tips on Choosing the Right Location for Your Business
By Sammi Caramela | October 20, 2023

Your business location is a critical startup decision. Learn the factors that go into choosing the right location and why business location is so crucial.

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Tips Black Women Business Owners Have for Black Female Entrepreneurs
By Simone Johnson | October 20, 2023

Black women entrepreneurs are starting more businesses than ever. Learn the advice Black female business owners have for Black female entrepreneurs.

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What Business Expenses Do You Need to Track?
By Adam Uzialko | October 20, 2023

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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What Are the Downsides of Overseas Funding?
By Kiely Kuligowski | October 20, 2023

International funding can be a great option for many businesses, but there are pitfalls to be aware of. Get guidance on working with foreign investors here.

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Small Businesses’ Importance to the Economy & Big Business
By Skye Schooley | October 20, 2023

The overall business landscape in the U.S. is heavily influenced by the actions of, and trends among, small businesses. Learn how.

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Survey Finds Most Americans Want to Start a Business Rather Than Retire
By Andrew Martins | October 20, 2023

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

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11 Things to Do Before Starting a Business
By Stella Morrison | October 20, 2023

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

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How to Buy Small Business Insurance
By Mona Bushnell | October 20, 2023

Start assessing your business insurance needs with this informative guide. You can also learn how to find a provider that can get you the coverage you require.

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Why Small Businesses Are Good for Local Economies
By Dock David Treece | October 20, 2023

Small businesses contribute greatly to local economies. See the various ways SMBs help everyone prosper.

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Make Sustainability Part of Your Business Model
By Kiely Kuligowski | October 20, 2023

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

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Self-Employment: A Guide to Working for Yourself
By Jamie Johnson | October 20, 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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Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started
By Matt D’Angelo | October 20, 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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5 Tips for Negotiating a Business Loan
By Saige Driver | October 20, 2023

Business loan terms are often negotiable, giving borrowers a chance to secure more favorable rates and better terms.

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How to Pitch Your Business Idea to Potential Investors
By Bennett Conlin | October 20, 2023

Get the funding your business needs with a pitch that tells a good story and shows understanding of the market. Here’s what to include to impress investors.

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11 Business Ideas for Travel Lovers
By Lauren Wingo | October 20, 2023

If you love traveling and want opportunities to see more places, these 11 business ideas can combine your work and passion.

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10 Great Ideas for Your Next Side Hustle
By Isaiah Atkins | October 20, 2023

Whether your second job is a passion or a necessity, here are 10 ideas on how to earn more money.

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How to Write a Business Proposal
By Sammi Caramela | October 20, 2023

Business proposals effectively introduce you to potential clients. Learn what to put in a business proposal and how to format it and showcase your talents.

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Is Peer-to-Peer Insurance Right for Your Business?
By Adam Uzialko | October 20, 2023

This article describes peer-to-peer insurance and offers information to help you determine if the type of coverage is right for your business.

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Got Old Stuff? Start a Side Hustle by Selling It
By Adam Uzialko | October 20, 2023

Online peer-to-peer marketplaces make reselling unwanted items a viable business option for just about anyone.

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The Importance of Healthy Business Relationships
By Siri Hedreen | October 20, 2023

New businesses may be short on cash, but quality business relationships are a valuable resource. Learn business relationship types and how to nurture them.

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How to Help Your Kid Start a (Legal) Business
By Sean Peek | October 20, 2023

Whether your kid wants to start a lemonade stand or a bigger enterprise, here's how to ensure the business is legal.

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Starting an Etsy Shop? Here’s How to Do It
By Sammi Caramela | October 19, 2023

Etsy is one of the most popular platforms in the third-party marketplace industry, giving creatives a place to sell unique products.

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Ready to Rent an Office? What You Should Know About Leasing
By Adam Uzialko | October 19, 2023

If you're ready to rent a commercial space, here are tips for getting started with the leasing process.

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How to Run a Business in California
By Adam Uzialko | October 19, 2023

California presents opportunities and challenges for entrepreneurs. Learn how to run a small business in California, including tax rates and regulations.