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What Is E-commerce? Everything You Need To Know About Selling Online
By Donna Fuscaldo | September 18, 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 Write the Perfect Mission Statement (With Examples)
By Ross Mudrick | September 07, 2023

Mission statements reflect your company's goals, purpose and values – why it exists. Learn how to craft the perfect mission statement for your business.

What Is an LLC?
By Simone Johnson | September 07, 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.

What is C2C?
By Andreas Rivera | September 07, 2023

Facilitating purchases between consumers can be a lucrative business strategy. Learn how C2C – customer to customer or consumer to consumer – works.

What Is a Business Consultant?
By Sean Peek | September 06, 2023

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

Finding the Right Accountant for Your Small Business
By Simone Johnson | September 06, 2023

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

What Is B2B, and How Does It Differ From B2C and DTC?
By Mark Fairlie | September 01, 2023

B2B companies offer products and services for other businesses and organizations. Learn how B2B works, and how it differs from B2C and DTC models.

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Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN): How to Get One
By Sean Peek | August 31, 2023

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

Tips on Choosing the Right Location for Your Business
By Sammi Caramela | August 30, 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.

How to Start a Business: A Step-by-Step Guide
By Joshua Stowers | August 29, 2023

If you’re starting a new small business, find out where to begin and how to achieve success.

Pros and Cons of Forming a Corporation
By Skye Schooley | August 29, 2023

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

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From Layoffs to Startups: Launching a Business After Being Laid Off
By Editorial Staff | August 24, 2023

Many professionals who've been laid off are choosing to start a new business instead of finding another job. Learn how layoffs are fueling entrepreneurship.

Is Peer-to-Peer Insurance Right for Your Business?
By Adam Uzialko | August 14, 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.

11 Things to Do Before Starting a Business
By Stella Morrison | August 14, 2023

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

10 Things to Do Before Opening a Food Truck
By Brittney Morgan | August 09, 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.

Articles of Incorporation vs Operating Agreements: What are the Differences?
By Skye Schooley | August 02, 2023

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

Small Business Resource Guide for Veterans
By Julianna Lopez | August 02, 2023

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

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Articles of Incorporation: What New Business Owners Should Know
By Max Freedman | July 31, 2023

Articles of incorporation are essential to legally incorporate your business. Here's what you need to know about obtaining and filing them.

How to Create an Invoice
By Max Freedman | July 31, 2023

Creating an invoice is a simple way to bill your customers and keep track of your accounts receivable. Here's what you need to know to create an invoice.

How to Get a Business Phone Number
By Jeff Hale | July 31, 2023

This guide explains the benefits of a business phone number and walks you through the steps to obtain a phone number for your company.

Small Businesses Offer the Best Customer Service
By Jordan Bishop | July 20, 2023

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

Small Business Trends and Predictions for 2023
By Alex Halperin | July 12, 2023

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

How to Register a Business Trademark
By Simone Johnson | July 03, 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.

What Business Expenses Do You Need to Track?
By Adam Uzialko | June 22, 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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Which LLC Taxes Must Your Business File?
By Andrew Martins | June 22, 2023

Setting up your business as an LLC may limit your liability, but failing to properly handle your business taxes comes with steep consequences.

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How to Run a Business in Florida
By Adam Uzialko | June 21, 2023

Understand the challenges and opportunities of doing business in Florida, including the tax laws, access to capital, cost of living, and labor market. 

Retailing on a Budget: 8 Brick-and-Mortar Alternatives
By Nicole Fallon | June 21, 2023

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

How to Start a Sole Proprietorship
By Simone Johnson | May 24, 2023

Many business owners start sole proprietorships, which require little administrative work. Learn the pros and cons of starting a sole proprietorship.

How to Buy Small Business Insurance
By Mona Bushnell | May 15, 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.

26 Types of Insurance Your Small Business Should Consider
By Skye Schooley | April 28, 2023

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