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Is Peer-to-Peer Insurance Right for Your Business?
By Adam Uzialko | December 22, 2021

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

How to Find the Perfect Business Name
By Skye Schooley | December 21, 2021

Choosing the right business name can be critical to the success of your business. Follow this expert advice on how to choose the best name.

Small Business Resource Guide for Veterans
By Julianna Lopez | December 21, 2021

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.

What Is an LLC?
By Simone Johnson | December 21, 2021

Wondering what kind of business entity your company should be? Check out our LLC breakdown to see if it's right for you.

Opening a Restaurant? Here’s Your Equipment Checklist
By Kiely Kuligowski | December 21, 2021
The Power That Small Businesses Wield
By Skye Schooley | December 21, 2021

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

The Fundamentals of Contract Management
By Bennett Conlin | December 20, 2021

Learn the stages and steps of contract management, as well as how software or a contract manager can help.

12 Small Business Trends and Predictions for 2022
By Adam Uzialko | December 20, 2021

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

‘Doing Business As’: How to Register a DBA Name
By Simone Johnson | December 17, 2021

Registering a DBA name is one of the first steps in getting your business up and running. Here's a breakdown of how to do it right.

How to Register and Trademark a Brand Name
By Marisa Sanfilippo | December 13, 2021

Registering and trademarking your brand name is key to protect your company. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to trademark your brand with the USPTO.

Cover Your Assets: An Insurance Primer for Small Businesses
By Adam Uzialko | December 13, 2021
5 Money-Saving Tips for Choosing Small Business Insurance
By Nicole Fallon | December 06, 2021

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.

How to Get a Business Phone Number
By Jeff Hale | December 01, 2021

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

Small Businesses Without Insurance Take Dangerous Risks
By Adam Uzialko | December 01, 2021

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.

What Is Crowdfunding?
By Simone Johnson | December 01, 2021

Seeking money as a startup can be hard, but crowdfunding might be a good alternative. Here's what you should know about this financing option.

How to Buy Small Business Insurance
By Mona Bushnell | December 01, 2021

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.

Your First Commercial Lease: How to Prepare and What to Expect
By Dock David Treece | December 01, 2021

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.

How to Start an LLC: A Step-by-Step Guide
By Kiely Kuligowski | December 01, 2021

Starting an LLC can seem like a big task, but here's a step-by-step guide on how to start your own, and what to do after you're set up.

Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN): How to Get One
By Sean Peek | November 24, 2021

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

How to Register a Business Trademark
By Simone Johnson | November 19, 2021

Registering your business trademark is a form of protection for your brand. Here's how to do it right.

What Business Expenses Do You Need to Track?
By Adam Uzialko | November 19, 2021

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

Everything You Need to Know About E-Commerce
By Donna Fuscaldo | November 19, 2021

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

A Small Business Guide to E-Commerce Shipping
By Adam Uzialko | November 18, 2021

Starting an e-commerce business? Follow this advice to help you ship products quickly, efficiently and affordably.

What Is B2C?
By Adam Uzialko | November 12, 2021

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

How to Find a Factory to Manufacture Your Product
By Bennett Conlin | November 12, 2021

Learn how to turn your product idea into a tangible item by finding the perfect factory to manufacture your product.

Tips on Choosing The Right Location for Your Business
By Matt D’Angelo | November 09, 2021

If your business relies of foot traffic, your business's location is crucial to success. Get tips on how to choose the right location for your company.

Renting Your First Office? What You Should Know About Leasing
By Adam Uzialko | November 08, 2021

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

Small Businesses Offer the Best Customer Service
By Max Freedman | November 04, 2021

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

Quitting Your Day Job? The Basics on Benefits Coverage for Entrepreneurs
By Saige Driver | October 29, 2021

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

10 Things to Do Before Opening a Food Truck
By Brittney Morgan | October 29, 2021

From choosing the right location to investing in the right technology, here are 10 things you must do before you start a food truck.