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How to Start a Business: A Step-by-Step Guide
By Joshua Stowers | December 05, 2022

Starting a business can require a lot of work, time and money. Follow this guide to start your business plan off on the right foot.

12 Small Business Trends and Predictions for 2022
By Adam Uzialko | December 05, 2022

These 2022 small business trends and predictions will be important to watch to position your business to succeed in the new year.

11 Things to Do Before Starting a Business
By Stella Morrison | December 02, 2022

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

26 Types of Insurance Your Small Business Should Consider
By Skye Schooley | December 02, 2022

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

Finding the Right Accountant for Your Small Business
By Simone Johnson | December 02, 2022

Are you looking for an accountant to help manage your finances? Finding the right one can be tricky. Here's how to find the best one for your business.

What Is B2C?
By Adam Uzialko | December 02, 2022

B2C, or business to consumer, is the type of commerce transaction in which businesses sell products or services to consumers.

Top E-Commerce Challenges Facing SMBs
By Jennifer Post | December 02, 2022

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.

Online Business Laws Your Small Business Needs to Know
By Donna Fuscaldo | November 16, 2022

Many rules and regulations govern e-commerce. These six, in particular, could significantly impact your small business.

How to Create an Invoice
By Max Freedman | November 16, 2022

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.

Your First Commercial Lease: How to Prepare and What to Expect
By Dock David Treece | November 15, 2022

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.

What is C2C?
By Andreas Rivera | November 09, 2022

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 | November 02, 2022

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

Can Online Legal Services Really Help Your Business?
By Adam Uzialko | November 02, 2022

Find out what online legal services offer their clients, and what they don't.

Business Bank Account Checklist: Documents You’ll Need
By Kiely Kuligowski | October 31, 2022

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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How to Open a Private Medical Practice, Step by Step
By Max Freedman | October 27, 2022

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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Should My Business Get a Toll-Free Number?
By Adam Uzialko | October 27, 2022

Toll-free numbers have historically benefited small businesses, but they might be somewhat obsolete now. Here's how to decide whether you need one.

Everything You Need to Know About E-Commerce
By Donna Fuscaldo | October 20, 2022

Learn the inner workings of e-commerce businesses and how you can run one.

Your Guide to Choosing Small Business Insurance 
By Skye Schooley | October 20, 2022

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

How to Buy Small Business Insurance
By Mona Bushnell | October 20, 2022

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.

What Business Expenses Do You Need to Track?
By Adam Uzialko | October 20, 2022

Tracking business expenses is an important part of managing cash flow and maximizing tax deductions. Here are the business expenses you should track.

Bootstrapping or Equity Funding: Which Is Better for Your Business?
By Adam Uzialko | October 20, 2022

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

What Is a C Corporation?
By Sean Peek | October 20, 2022

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

6 Steps to Becoming a Corporation
By Max Freedman | October 20, 2022

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.

Renting Your First Office? What You Should Know About Leasing
By Adam Uzialko | October 20, 2022

If you're ready to rent your first commercial space, here's what you need to know about the leasing process.

Articles of Incorporation: What New Business Owners Should Know
By Max Freedman | October 11, 2022

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

How to Get a Business Phone Number
By Jeff Hale | October 11, 2022

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

How to Help Your Kid Start a (Legal) Business
By Sean Peek | September 30, 2022

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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How to Know if You Really Classify as a Small Business
By Max Freedman | September 20, 2022

When your company meets the Small Business Administration's definition of "small," it may qualify for benefits.

How to Run a Business in Florida
By Adam Uzialko | September 19, 2022

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

How to Turn Your Idea Into a Product (and Launch It!)
By Kiely Kuligowski | September 19, 2022

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