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Supply Chain Management: What Small Businesses Need to Know
By Jill Bowers | September 19, 2022

Supply chain management is a conscious effort to run supply chains in the most efficient and effective way possible.

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How Many Pay Periods Are in a Year?
By Andrew Martins | September 19, 2022

Your payroll schedule determines how many pay periods are in a year. Find out if you should pay your employees weekly, biweekly, semimonthly or monthly.

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How to Find Your Business Niche
By Skye Schooley | September 16, 2022

Learn how to identify your niche market, and then create and follow a niche strategy to dominate your business's niche in its industry.

Is Peer-to-Peer Insurance Right for Your Business?
By Adam Uzialko | September 16, 2022

Traditional insurance plans are often a huge financial burden for microbusinesses. Here's why peer-to-peer (P2P) insurance might be right for you.

What Are Articles of Incorporation and Operating Agreements?
By Skye Schooley | September 08, 2022

Learn the differences and similarities between articles of incorporation and operating agreements to determine which is necessary for your startup.

Should You Set up Your Business as an LLC or an S Corporation?
By Simone Johnson | August 25, 2022

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.

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How to Start Selling Online
By Donna Fuscaldo | August 25, 2022

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

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‘Doing Business As’: How to Register a DBA Name
By Simone Johnson | August 25, 2022

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 | August 25, 2022

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.

Surety Bonds for Business Owners
By Donna Fuscaldo | August 24, 2022

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

How to Register and Trademark a Brand Name
By Marisa Sanfilippo | August 22, 2022

If you want to protect your business's intellectual property, the first step is to register and trademark your brand name. Here's how.

How to Build a Great Employee Benefits Package
By Andreas Rivera | August 17, 2022

Learn how to attract talent and keep employees satisfied with your benefits package.

Quitting Your Day Job? The Basics on Benefits Coverage for Entrepreneurs
By Saige Driver | August 17, 2022

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

Open Enrollment: What Small Businesses Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act
By Marisa Sanfilippo | August 12, 2022

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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Why You Need a Business Bank Account, and How to Choose One
By Julie Ritzer Ross | August 12, 2022

Having a business bank account, rather than mingling business finances with personal finances, protects your business and your personal finances.

Which LLC Taxes Must Your Business File?
By Andrew Martins | August 12, 2022

Setting up your business as an LLC may limit your liability, but failing to properly handle your business taxes comes with steep consequences.

The Power That Small Businesses Wield
By Skye Schooley | August 12, 2022

Large businesses depend on small businesses for many things. Learn what influence you have and how to use it to your advantage.

How to Write the Perfect Mission Statement (With Samples)
By Ross Mudrick | August 12, 2022

Mission statements reflect your company's goals, purpose and values – why it exists. Learn how to craft the perfect mission statement for your business.

Small Business Resource Guide for Veterans
By Julianna Lopez | August 11, 2022

Transitioning from military service to civilian life can be difficult, especially when it comes to your career. Here are a few tools to get you started.

Etsy Alternatives for Crafty Entrepreneurs
By Max Freedman | August 05, 2022

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.

Cover Your Assets: An Insurance Primer for Small Businesses
By Adam Uzialko | August 05, 2022
5 Money-Saving Tips for Choosing Small Business Insurance
By Nicole Fallon | August 05, 2022

Business insurance is a necessary expense, but you don't have to spend a fortune. Here's how to save money on your insurance as a small business owner.

You’re Being Sued: A Guide to Handling a Business Lawsuit
By Jennifer Post | August 05, 2022

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

Small Businesses Offer the Best Customer Service
By Max Freedman | August 05, 2022

Customers find that small businesses often provide the best customer service experience. Learn how to meet and exceed that expectation.

How to Start a Sole Proprietorship
By Simone Johnson | August 05, 2022

Many companies start as sole proprietorships. Here's how to make your business into one.

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Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN): How to Get One
By Sean Peek | August 03, 2022

Most businesses with employees need a federal employer identification number. Here are the different ways you can apply for a FEIN.

Small Businesses Without Insurance Take Dangerous Risks
By Adam Uzialko | August 03, 2022

Small businesses and startups work with tight budgets, but some expenses, such as business insurance, may be worth the cost. Here's what you need to know.

Pros and Cons of Forming a Corporation
By Skye Schooley | August 03, 2022

Should you form a corporation? Learn about the types of corporations and the pros and cons of incorporating.

How to Choose the Best Legal Structure for Your Business
By Joshua Stowers | August 03, 2022

When starting a business, you need to set up the proper legal structure. Learn about your options and how to choose a structure.

The Importance of Healthy Business Relationships
By Siri Hedreen | August 03, 2022

New businesses may be short on cash, but quality business relationships are a valuable resource. Learn business relationship types and how to nurture them.