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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.

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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.

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Small Business Trends and Predictions for 2023
By Alex Halperin | November 20, 2023

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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10 Things to Do Before Opening a Food Truck
By Brittney Morgan | October 24, 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.

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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.

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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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Tech Startup Challenges (and How to Overcome Them)
By Nicole Fallon | October 24, 2023

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

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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.

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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.

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What Is a C Corporation?
By Sean Peek | October 23, 2023

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Surety Bonds for Business Owners
By Donna Fuscaldo | October 23, 2023

Find out what a surety bond is, the benefits and the role insurance companies play.