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What's the Difference Between a Tax ID Number and a Corporate Number?
By Simone Johnson | September 04, 2020

Your tax ID helps you move through the world of business. Learn how it differs from a corporate number and other ID numbers.

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6 Steps to Becoming a Corporation
By Skye Schooley | September 03, 2020

Follow this six-step process to turn your business into a corporation.

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What Are Articles of Incorporation and Operating Agreements?
By Skye Schooley | September 02, 2020

Learn whether your business needs an operating agreement, bylaws, articles of incorporation or a certificate of formation.

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Difference Between LLC and Inc.
By Adam Uzialko | August 26, 2020

What is the difference between an LLC and an Inc. business? This guide will explain how the two entities differ and why it matters to your small business.

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6 Biggest Business Insurance Risks (and How to Mitigate Them)
By Nicole Fallon | August 24, 2020

These are the biggest insurance risks for small businesses that entrepreneurs should be aware of.

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You're Being Sued: A Guide to Handling a Business Lawsuit
By Jennifer Post | August 19, 2020

Getting sued is a small business owner's worst nightmare. Here's what to do if it happens to you.

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Why You Need a Business Bank Account, and How to Choose One
By Julie Ritzer Ross | August 14, 2020

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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What Is an LLC?
By Simone Johnson | August 13, 2020

Choosing the right business entity can be tricky, but understanding what an LLC is can help you make the best choice.

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Tips on Choosing The Right Location for Your Business
By Matt D'Angelo | August 10, 2020

It's one of the most important decisions you will make, which is why you must do your homework and answer all of the relevant questions.

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How to Register and Trademark a Brand Name
By Marisa Sanfilippo | August 07, 2020

If you want to protect your business's intellectual property, the first step is to register and trademark your brand name. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to register a trademark with the USPTO.

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What Small Business Tips Can You Learn From Animal Crossing?
By Andrew Martins | August 06, 2020

Nintendo's Animal Crossing: New Horizons game is immensely popular. Part of its appeal is that it's more than just a fun way to relax. Find out what it can teach you about running a small business.

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Business Partnership Agreement Writing Guide
By Adam Uzialko | August 06, 2020

Every business partnership needs a business partnership agreement. This guide will help you write a business partnership agreement that doesn't leave anything out.

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What Is Crowdfunding?
By Simone Johnson | July 29, 2020

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

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'Doing Business As': How to Register a DBA Name
By Simone Johnson | July 27, 2020

Deciding on your business's name? Learn how to file a DBA name.

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Your Small Business Guide to LLC Operating Agreements
By Skye Schooley | July 22, 2020

Learn what an LLC operating agreement is and how to create one for your business.

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Should You Set Up Your Business as an LLC or S Corporation?
By Simone Johnson | July 21, 2020

Choosing the right business type is important to the success of your business. Find out whether your company should be an LLC or S corporation.

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Articles of Incorporation: What New Business Owners Should Know
By Max Freedman | July 21, 2020

If you want to incorporate your business, you need to secure articles of incorporation. This guide introduces you to the concept and explains how to obtain articles of incorporation for your business.

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How to Register a Business Trademark
By Simone Johnson | July 20, 2020

There are many steps in registering a business trademark. Check out our breakdown on how to do it right.

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Which LLC Taxes Must Your Business File?
By Andrew Martins | July 14, 2020

If you're considering establishing an LLC for your business, keep these tax considerations in mind.

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Renting Your First Office? What You Should Know About Leasing
By Business News Daily Editor | June 02, 2020

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

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Is Peer-to-Peer Insurance Right for Your Business?
By Business News Daily Editor | May 27, 2020

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

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How to Open a Private Medical Practice, Step by Step
By Max Freedman | May 19, 2020

Opening a private medical practice is a challenging process, but it can be easier if you break it down with this step-by-step guide.

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Can Online Legal Services Really Help Your Business?
By Business News Daily Editor | May 14, 2020

Find out what online legal services offer their clients, and what they don't.

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Bootstrapping or Equity Funding: Which Is Better for Your Business?
By Business News Daily Editor | May 05, 2020

Should you rely on personal finances to start your new company, or should you look for outside investors such as family and friends?

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How to Trademark Your Business Name
By Business News Daily Editor | April 27, 2020

Protect your business's brand and name by filing an application for a trademark or patent.

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Things to Consider Before Licensing Your Brand
By Business News Daily Editor | April 21, 2020

Make sure to answer these questions before licensing your brand.

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Finding the Right Accountant for Your Small Business
By Simone Johnson | March 11, 2020

Learn how to choose an accountant who has the skills your business needs.

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Entrepreneur's Guide to Operating Agreements
By Business News Daily Editor | February 28, 2020

Creating an operating agreement for your business might save you a lot of headaches. Here's what you need to know.

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Small Business is Good for Local Economies; Big Business is Not, Researchers Say
By Business News Daily Editor | February 26, 2020

Which is better for a local economy, bigger firms or smaller companies?

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How to Write a Great 'About' Section for Your Company's Website
By Business News Daily Editor | February 24, 2020

First impressions make or break your company. Follow these tips on writing an effective "About" page for your business's website.