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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.

Open Enrollment: What Small Businesses Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act
By Marisa Sanfilippo | December 19, 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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Which LLC Taxes Must Your Business File?
By Sally Herigstad | December 18, 2023

How your LLC is taxed depends on how many members it has on its roster. Learn about LLC types and how they file their taxes and deal with estimated taxes.

26 Types of Insurance Your Small Business Should Consider
By Skye Schooley | December 05, 2023

This article covers the many types of business insurance that are out there that you may need for your small business.

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Tax and Business Forms You’ll Need to Start a Small Business
By Andrew Martins | November 29, 2023

Entrepreneurs must file the correct tax and business forms when starting their ventures. Learn about the tax forms needed to maintain a good tax standing.

Your First Commercial Lease: How to Prepare and What to Expect
By Dock David Treece | November 29, 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.

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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 2024
By Alex Halperin | November 20, 2023

Learn about business trends and predictions for small businesses in 2024.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Supply Chain Management: What Small Businesses Need to Know
By Jill Bowers | October 23, 2023

Through good supply chain management, small businesses can ensure their customers always have the product they need. Here is what you need to know.

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‘Doing Business As’: How to Register a DBA Name
By Simone Johnson | October 23, 2023

A DBA (doing business as) is the name you want the public to call your company. Learn how to file for a DBA name and find out the costs and advantages.

What Is an LLC?
By Simone Johnson | October 23, 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.

Cover Your Assets: An Insurance Primer for Small Businesses
By Leslie Pankowski | October 23, 2023

Every business is unique and will have different insurance needs. Learn how to select the right business insurance for your company.

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How to Know if You Really Classify as a Small Business
By Max Freedman | October 23, 2023

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

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Should My Business Get a Toll-Free Number?
By Adam Uzialko | October 23, 2023

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

How to Trademark Your Business Name
By Adam Uzialko | October 23, 2023

Protecting your business's brand is just as important as creating it. Find out how to apply for a trademark.

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How to Create an Invoice
By Max Freedman | October 23, 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 Write the Perfect Mission Statement (With Examples)
By Ross Mudrick | October 23, 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.

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Online Business Laws Your Small Business Needs to Know
By Donna Fuscaldo | October 23, 2023

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