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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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

How to Expand Your Business to Another State
By Business News Daily Editor | 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.

What Is Agile Scrum Methodology?
By Business News Daily Editor | February 24, 2020

Agile scrum methodology is sprint-based project management system whose goal is to deliver the highest value to stakeholders.

Should My Business Get a Toll-Free Number?
By Business News Daily Editor | February 21, 2020

A toll-free phone number is not for every business.

How to Help Your Kid Start a (Legal) Business
By Business News Daily Editor | February 12, 2020

Lemonade stands and lawn mowing are popular ways for kids to earn pocket change, but could they get in legal trouble for their entrepreneurial activities?

Your First Commercial Lease: How to Prepare and What to Expect
By Business News Daily Editor | February 10, 2020

Negotiating your first lease for office or retail space can be an intimidating process for new business owners. Here's how to make the process go smoothly.

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

Open enrollment time is here again. Here's what you need to know about creating a great benefits package for your employees.

Want to Launch Another Business? What You Need to Know
By Bennett Conlin | August 16, 2019

Managing multiple businesses can be done.

The Importance of Healthy Business Relationships
By Siri Hedreen | August 14, 2019

Leverage your current network and make it your most valuable resource.

The Best States for Small Businesses in 2019
By Andrew Martins | August 07, 2019

Annual study examines SMB owners' perceptions of business policies around the U.S.

Top E-Commerce Challenges Facing SMBs
By Jennifer Post | August 04, 2019

As the e-commerce industry grows, these are the challenges retailers must contend with.

Business Insurance Coverage You Should Have (But Might Not)
By Kiely Kuligowski | May 29, 2019

Everyone knows you should at least have general liability coverage. What else do you need?

How to Find the Perfect Business Name
By Skye Schooley | May 14, 2019

Learn the elements of a perfect business name and how to come up with one.

Opening a Restaurant? Here's Your Equipment Checklist
By Kiely Kuligowski | March 28, 2019

If you’re embarking on the journey of opening a restaurant, here’s what you need to get started.

Office Depot and Alibaba Announce Partnership That Will Bolster American SMBs
By Andrew Martins | March 06, 2019

Two major B2B companies, Office Depot and Alibaba.com, announced a partnership that they hope will give American small businesses a chance to tap into a major global marketplace.

Cover Your Assets: An Insurance Primer for Small Businesses
By Business News Daily Editor | February 28, 2019


How to Turn Your Idea Into a Product (and Launch It!)
By Kiely Kuligowski | February 21, 2019

Here's how to turn your next great idea into a prototype, and then, how to turn that prototype into a product and bring it to market.

How Many Hours Should Entrepreneurs Work Per Week?
By Bennett Conlin | January 15, 2019

Determining how many hours to work as an entrepreneur doesn't come with a simple solution.

Going Into Business With Friends
By Katharine Paljug | November 27, 2018

Think you and your bestie would be great business partners? Here are tips for successfully starting up with a friend.

The Startup Path: What to Expect
By Matt D'Angelo | November 13, 2018

There's no textbook route to success, but considering some common ones can give you a general idea of your path forward.

5 Startup Resources to Consider for Your New Business
By Matt D'Angelo | November 07, 2018

From accelerators to angel investors, these tools and communities can help you get your startup off the ground and growing.

Trademarks, Patents and Copyrights, Oh My! What's the Difference?
By Adam Uzialko | August 10, 2018

Intellectual property might seem esoteric, but it's important to protect it like you would any other asset.

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

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

Etsy Alternatives for Crafty Entrepreneurs
By Jennifer Post | June 20, 2018

Looking for alternative online marketplaces in which to sell your handmade products? These sites are worth checking out.