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

Learn about business trends and predictions for small businesses in 2023.

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.

Small Business Resource Guide for Veterans
By Julianna Lopez | November 20, 2023

Here are several resources and tools for veterans with or looking to start their own business.

How to Find a Factory to Manufacture Your Product
By Shayna Waltower | November 08, 2023

Learn how to turn your product idea into a tangible item by finding the perfect manufacturing factory.

Pros and Cons of Forming a Corporation
By Skye Schooley | November 08, 2023

Learn the pros and cons of becoming a corporation so you can decide if incorporating is right for your business.

26 Types of Insurance Your Small Business Should Consider
By Skye Schooley | November 08, 2023

Business insurance protects your company against financial loss and liability. Learn what business insurance types are best for your industry and needs. 

How to Register a Business Trademark
By Simone Johnson | November 08, 2023

When you register a business trademark, you protect your brand. Here’s what you need to know to file the TEAS Plus or TEAS Standard electronic application.

The Best States for Small Businesses in 2023
By Sammi Caramela | November 03, 2023

Thumbtack's Small Business Friendliness Survey reveals the top states for small businesses in 2023. We'll also share the worst states to start a business.

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How to Open a Private Medical Practice, Step by Step
By Max Freedman | October 27, 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.

You’re Being Sued: A Guide to Handling a Business Lawsuit
By Jennifer Post | October 27, 2023

What should you do if someone sues your small business? Here's advice from legal experts on how to handle a business lawsuit.

Finding the Right Accountant for Your Small Business
By Simone Johnson | October 27, 2023

Accountants can help small business owners set financial goals and manage finances accurately. Learn how to select an accountant for your small business.

Etsy Alternatives for Crafty Entrepreneurs
By Max Freedman | October 27, 2023

If you're an entrepreneur selling creative wares online, Etsy is the obvious choice. But check out these 13 Etsy alternatives that may be right for you.

What Is B2C?
By Bassam Kaado | October 27, 2023

B2C stands for business to consumer. In B2C transactions, businesses sell products or services directly to consumers. Learn how B2C businesses operate.

What Is E-commerce? Everything You Need To Know About Selling Online
By Donna Fuscaldo | October 26, 2023

E-commerce businesses sell goods and services online. This guide provides an overview of different types of e-commerce businesses and how they work.

How to Build a Great Employee Benefits Package
By Andreas Rivera | October 24, 2023

Learn how to attract talent and keep employees satisfied with your benefits package.

Small Businesses Offer the Best Customer Service
By Jordan Bishop | October 24, 2023

Learn why small businesses are better at customer service than larger enterprises and what bigger ones should do to improve client experiences.

6 Biggest Business Insurance Risks (and How to Mitigate Them)
By Nicole Fallon | October 24, 2023

Find out the different types of insurance risks for your business and how to mitigate them.

10 Things to Do Before Opening a Food Truck
By Brittney Morgan | October 24, 2023

From choosing the right location to investing in the right technology, here are 10 things you must do before you start a food truck.

5 Money-Saving Tips for Choosing Small Business Insurance
By Nicole Fallon | October 24, 2023

Small business insurance can protect your company’s assets when something unexpected happens. Here’s how to choose the best insurance for your needs.

Retailing on a Budget: 8 Brick-and-Mortar Alternatives
By Nicole Fallon | October 24, 2023

Want to start a retail business but can't afford an expensive commercial storefront? Here are a few budget-friendly alternatives.

How to Choose the Best Legal Structure for Your Business
By Joshua Stowers | October 24, 2023

When starting a business, you need to set up the proper legal structure. Learn about your options and how to choose a structure.

Your First Commercial Lease: How to Prepare and What to Expect
By Dock David Treece | October 24, 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.

Open Enrollment: What Small Businesses Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act
By Marisa Sanfilippo | October 24, 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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How to Find Your Business Niche
By Skye Schooley | October 24, 2023

Learn how to identify your niche market, and then create and follow a niche strategy to dominate your business's niche in its industry.

Business Bank Account Checklist: Documents You’ll Need
By Kiely Kuligowski | October 24, 2023

Before you apply for a business bank account, you need to gather your business licenses and identification documents. Get the full list here.

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Tech Startup Challenges (and How to Overcome Them)
By Nicole Fallon | October 24, 2023

Learn the challenges your tech startup may encounter so you can overcome them and achieve success.

What Is C2B?
By Marisa Sanfilippo | October 23, 2023

C2B businesses aim to generate value from their customer base, such as by crowdsourcing ideas or soliciting customer feedback. Learn how a C2B model works.

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Top E-Commerce Challenges Facing SMBs
By Jennifer Post | October 23, 2023

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.

Small Businesses Without Insurance Take Dangerous Risks
By Adam Uzialko | October 23, 2023

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.