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How Many Pay Periods Are in a Year?
By Andrew Martins | October 25, 2021

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.

Bootstrapping or Equity Funding: Which Is Better for Your Business?
By Adam Uzialko | October 22, 2021

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

Finding the Right Accountant for Your Small Business
By Simone Johnson | October 20, 2021

Are you looking for an accountant to help manage your finances? Finding the right one can be tricky. Here's how to find the best one for your business.

How to Create an Invoice
By Max Freedman | October 20, 2021

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.

How to Build a Great Employee Benefits Package
By Andreas Rivera | October 13, 2021

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

How to Start a Sole Proprietorship
By Simone Johnson | February 01, 2021

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

Why You Need a Business Bank Account, and How to Choose One
By Julie Ritzer Ross | January 28, 2021

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

Your Guide to Getting a Business License
By Skye Schooley | December 15, 2020

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

Your Guide to Choosing Small Business Insurance
By Skye Schooley | November 18, 2020

Discover what business insurance you need to protect your company.

How to Write the Perfect Mission Statement (With Samples)
By Patrick Proctor | November 13, 2020

Get inspiration and advice on how to write a winning mission statement for your business.

Online Business Laws Your Small Business Needs to Know
By Donna Fuscaldo | November 09, 2020

Don't put your online business in jeopardy by being uninformed. Here are five online business laws you should know.

What Is Statistical Analysis?
By Chad Brooks | October 19, 2020

Statistical analysis is, according to one service provider, "the science of collecting, exploring and presenting large amounts of data to discover underlyi

Bond Insurance for Business Owners
By Donna Fuscaldo | October 09, 2020

Discover what a surety bond for business is and if your business needs one.

Pros and Cons of Forming a Corporation
By Skye Schooley | September 10, 2020

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

What Is an S Corporation?
By Simone Johnson | September 08, 2020

Starting a business? Learn whether an S corporation is the right entity for your company.

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

Learn step by step how to form your business corporation.

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

Discover the difference between articles of incorporation and operating agreements.

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

Insurance and legal experts weigh in on what risks to consider when purchasing business insurance policies.

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

This guide will help you write a business partnership agreement that spells out responsibilities, expectations and future scenarios.

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

Experts provide insight into what an LLC operating agreement is, why it's important and how you can create one for your business.

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

Are you starting a business but unsure of what business type you should choose? Here are the differences between an S corporation and LLC.

Can Online Legal Services Really Help Your Business?
By Adam Uzialko | May 14, 2020

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

Small Business is Good for Local Economies; Big Business is Not, Researchers Say
By Adam Uzialko | February 26, 2020

Which is better for a local economy, bigger firms or smaller companies? Hotly debated in many forums, this is an important question with far-reaching implications. What does the research say?

How to Expand Your Business to Another State
By Adam Uzialko | February 24, 2020

If your business is growing quickly, you may want to expand your operations beyond your state's borders. Here's what you need to know about the process.

Open Enrollment: What Small Businesses Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act
By Marisa Sanfilippo | November 05, 2019

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.

What is C2C?
By Andreas Rivera | July 20, 2018

C2C, or customer-to-customer, or consumer-to-consumer, is a business model that facilitates the transaction of products or services between customers.

How to Write a Business Proposal
By Sammi Caramela | December 05, 2017

Writing a business proposal for your clients? Here's everything you need to know.

Supply Chain Management: What Small Businesses Need to Know
By Jill Bowers | September 22, 2017

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

Product Liability: Why Your Marketplace Business Needs Coverage
By Sammi Caramela | August 07, 2017

Selling on sites like Etsy might seem like a simple side project to earn extra cash. But without proper coverage, you could pay a hefty price for your hobby.

Embracing ‘Startup Culture’ at Any Business Size
By Shannon Gausepohl | May 26, 2016

You may be past the "startup" phase, but maintaining that startup culture can keep you on the right path to growth and innovation. Here's how to do it.