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Business Bank Account Checklist: Documents You'll Need
By Kiely Kuligowski | April 19, 2021

Find out which documents and licenses you'll need to bring with you when you apply for a business bank account.

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How to Develop a Credit Policy
By Max Freedman | March 24, 2021

A credit policy can help protect you against clients who don't pay what they owe and boost your cash flow.

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What Is Crowdfunding?
By Simone Johnson | March 22, 2021

Need funds for your business? Here's what you should know about crowdfunding.

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What Is B2C?
By Business News Daily Editor | March 19, 2021

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

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The Fundamentals of Contract Management
By Bennett Conlin | March 18, 2021

Learn the basics of contract management.

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What Is a Business Consultant?
By Business News Daily Editor | March 16, 2021

Hiring a consultant can help businesses improve performance and make necessary changes to achieve success.

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How to Start a Business: A Step-by-Step Guide
By Joshua Stowers | March 16, 2021

Starting a new small business? Find out where to begin and how to achieve success.

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Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN): How to Get One
By Business News Daily Editor | March 15, 2021

A federal employer identification number is needed for certain businesses.

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Everything You Need to Know About E-Commerce
By Donna Fuscaldo | March 08, 2021

E-commerce is booming during the pandemic, presenting a big opportunity for entrepreneurs to set up shop and start selling. Here's what you need to know about this type of business.

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Small Businesses Without Insurance Take Dangerous Risks
By Adam Uzialko | March 08, 2021

It might be tempting to forgo certain types of insurance that aren't required by law, but small business insurance can protect your company from ruin.

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How to Buy Small Business Insurance
By Mona Bushnell | February 26, 2021

This guide will help you start assessing your business insurance needs and find a provider that can get you the coverage you require at a price you can afford.

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How to Start a Sole Proprietorship
By Simone Johnson | February 01, 2021

Looking to start your own business? A sole proprietorship may be the perfect fit.

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Why You Need a Business Bank Account, and How to Choose One
By Julie Ritzer Ross | January 28, 2021

It may seem easier to use your personal bank account for your new business; however, having a business bank account is a better idea. Here's why.

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How to Create an Invoice
By Max Freedman | January 19, 2021

Invoicing customers for your products and services is part of doing business. Here's how to create an invoice to give to your clients.

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12 Small Business Trends and Predictions for 2021
By Adam Uzialko | January 14, 2021

Keep an eye on these small business trends and predictions this year.

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Quitting Your Day Job? The Basics on Benefits Coverage for Entrepreneurs
By Saige Driver | January 12, 2021

Ready to leave the corporate world behind? Here's what you need to know about getting benefits coverage when you're self-employed.

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7 Ways to Improve Your Hiring Process
By Sammi Caramela | January 04, 2021

Learn how to create and improve your hiring process to increase employee quality and retention.

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Equipment Leasing: A Guide for Business Owners
By Mona Bushnell | December 28, 2020

Don't have the cash or desire to purchase equipment outright? Here's what you need to know about equipment leasing.

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A Small Business Guide to E-Commerce Shipping
By Business News Daily | December 22, 2020

Finding the right shipping partner is critical for e-commerce businesses that want to maximize their profits.

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Your Guide to Getting a Business License
By Skye Schooley | December 15, 2020

Learn what types of business licenses your small business needs and how to acquire them.

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How Many Pay Periods Are in a Year?
By Andrew Martins | December 14, 2020

The number of pay periods in a year depends on your payroll schedule, which can be weekly, biweekly, semimonthly or monthly.

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How to Choose the Best Legal Structure for Your Business
By Joshua Stowers | December 08, 2020

Choosing the right legal structure is a necessary part of running a business. Whether you’re just starting out, or your business is growing, it’s important to understand the options.

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How to Build a Great Employee Benefits Package
By Andreas Rivera | December 03, 2020

Developing an enticing benefits package is a key aspect of attracting and retaining top employees.

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How to Find a Factory to Manufacture Your Product
By Bennett Conlin | November 25, 2020

Finding the right ma manufacturing facility to produce your products is a critical component to your company's success.

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Your Guide to Choosing Small Business Insurance
By Skye Schooley | November 18, 2020

Learn about business insurance and how it can protect your business financially and legally.

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25 Types of Insurance Your Small Business Should Consider
By Skye Schooley | November 17, 2020

Learn what business insurance options are available and how they can protect your business.

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How to Write the Perfect Mission Statement (With Samples)
By Patrick Proctor | November 13, 2020

Learn what a mission statement is, why you need one and how to write the perfect mission statement for your business.

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Online Business Laws Your Small Business Needs to Know
By Donna Fuscaldo | November 09, 2020

There are many rules and regulations that govern e-commerce. These five, in particular, could significantly impact your small business.

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How to Start an LLC: A Step-by-Step Guide
By Kiely Kuligowski | November 06, 2020

An LLC is a safe, flexible business structure option for small business owners. Here's what you need to do to set up an LLC.