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Tech Startup Challenges (and How to Overcome Them)
By Nicole Fallon | May 07, 2024

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

How to Get a Business Phone Number
By Jeff Hale | April 22, 2024

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

Opening a Restaurant? Here’s Your Equipment Checklist
By Kiely Kuligowski | April 11, 2024
What Is B2B, and How Does It Differ From B2C and DTC?
By Mark Fairlie | March 28, 2024

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

What Is a C Corporation?
By Sean Peek | March 25, 2024

C corporations are usually publicly traded companies owned by shareholders. Learn how they differ from other structures and how to start one.

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Top E-Commerce Challenges Facing SMBs
By Jennifer Post | March 08, 2024

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.

10 Things to Do Before Opening a Food Truck
By Brittney Morgan | February 28, 2024

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

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Articles of Incorporation: What New Business Owners Should Know
By Max Freedman | February 02, 2024

This guide explains the importance of articles of incorporation and why new businesses must file them with the appropriate state agencies.

Etsy Alternatives for Crafty Entrepreneurs
By Max Freedman | January 17, 2024

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.

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6 Problems That Kill Small Businesses
By Shayna Waltower | January 17, 2024

Small businesses face many problems, like poor cash flow and bad leadership. Learn the issues that can sink a company and how to keep your business alive.

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How to Open a Private Medical Practice, Step by Step
By Max Freedman | January 16, 2024

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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What’s the Difference Between a Tax ID Number and a Corporate Number?
By Simone Johnson | January 16, 2024

This guide explains tax identification numbers and how they work for businesses and individuals.

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What Is Crowdfunding?
By Simone Johnson | January 16, 2024

Crowdfunding is an alternative startup funding method where you get small donations from many people. Learn the benefits of crowdfunding and how to start.

Business Bank Account Checklist: Documents You’ll Need
By Kiely Kuligowski | January 16, 2024

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

What Is a Business Consultant?
By Sean Peek | January 16, 2024

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

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How to Run a Business in Florida
By Adam Uzialko | January 13, 2024

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

Small Business Resource Guide for Veterans
By Julianna Lopez | January 13, 2024

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

You’re Being Sued: A Guide to Handling a Business Lawsuit
By Jennifer Post | January 12, 2024

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

How to Choose the Best Legal Structure for Your Business
By Joshua Stowers | January 12, 2024

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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How Many Pay Periods Are in a Year?
By Andrew Martins | January 11, 2024

Choosing the right pay schedule for your team is an important decision. Here’s what to consider when setting pay periods.

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How to Start Selling Online
By Donna Fuscaldo | January 09, 2024

Selling products online is more popular than ever. Here's how you can get started with e-commerce.

What is C2C?
By Andreas Rivera | January 09, 2024

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

What Is E-commerce? Everything You Need To Know About Selling Online
By Donna Fuscaldo | January 09, 2024

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

Should You Set up Your Business as an LLC or an S Corporation?
By Simone Johnson | January 09, 2024

Selecting the correct business type can help your business succeed and flourish. Find out whether your company should be an LLC or an S corporation.

Bootstrapping or Equity Funding: Which Is Better for Your Business?
By Adam Uzialko | January 05, 2024

Startups have multiple funding options, such as bootstrapping and equity funding. Learn the pros and cons of bootstrapping and equity funding for startups.

How to Build a Great Employee Benefits Package
By Andreas Rivera | January 05, 2024

This guide explains how to build a great employee benefits plan that will retain your best employees and help you recruit top talent.

The Best States for Small Businesses
By Sammi Caramela | January 03, 2024

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

How to Start a Business: A Step-by-Step Guide
By Joshua Stowers | January 03, 2024

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

Small Businesses Without Insurance Take Dangerous Risks
By Adam Uzialko | January 02, 2024

Small business insurance may not always be mandated legally but it's a crucial investment. Learn the risks of skipping proper insurance coverage.

Business Partnership Agreement Writing Guide
By Adam Uzialko | December 20, 2023

A business partnership agreement outlines the rights and obligations of partners in a business. Learn how to write one and what it should include.