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How to Register and Trademark a Brand Name
By Marisa Sanfilippo | January 23, 2023

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

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Tips on Choosing The Right Location for Your Business
By Matt D’Angelo | January 23, 2023

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.

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Your Guide to Getting a Business License
By Skye Schooley | January 23, 2023

Does your startup need a business license? Learn which types of business licenses and permits your small business may need and how to acquire them.

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Why You Need a Business Bank Account, and How to Choose One
By Julie Ritzer Ross | January 23, 2023

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

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26 Types of Insurance Your Small Business Should Consider
By Skye Schooley | January 23, 2023

Business insurance protects your company against financial loss and liability. Learn what business insurance types are best for your industry and needs. 

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Your Guide to Choosing Small Business Insurance 
By Skye Schooley | January 23, 2023

Find out what business insurance is, the different types of policies, the costs and how to determine what you need.

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What Are Articles of Incorporation and Operating Agreements?
By Skye Schooley | January 23, 2023

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

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6 Steps to Becoming a Corporation
By Max Freedman | January 23, 2023

Follow six steps if you opt to become a corporation as your business's legal structure. Learn corporation types and how they differ from other structures.

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How to Start a Sole Proprietorship
By Simone Johnson | January 23, 2023

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

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Pros and Cons of Forming a Corporation
By Skye Schooley | January 23, 2023

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

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

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

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Everything You Need to Know About E-Commerce
By Donna Fuscaldo | January 23, 2023

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

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How to Start Selling Online
By Donna Fuscaldo | January 23, 2023

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

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

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

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How to Write the Perfect Mission Statement (With Samples)
By Ross Mudrick | January 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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How Many Pay Periods Are in a Year?
By Andrew Martins | January 23, 2023

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 Create an Invoice
By Max Freedman | January 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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Small Businesses Offer the Best Customer Service
By Jordan Bishop | January 23, 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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How to Get a Business Phone Number
By Jeff Hale | January 23, 2023

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

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The Power That Small Businesses Wield
By Skye Schooley | January 23, 2023

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