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Starting your business

Understanding the differences between W-2 and 1099 workers

Employees and independent contractors may perform similar tasks, but there are important legal differences between the two.

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How to create a business plan in 3 simple steps

A business plan is crucial for starting your business off on the right foot. It doesn't need to be complicated. Here's how to get started.

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10 steps to start a small business

Do you have a great idea for a business, but you're not quite sure where to start? These 10 steps will get your business started off right.

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4 ways to evaluate your new business idea

No matter how brilliant your business idea is, you still need to do your research. Here are four ways to vet your idea before you invest a dime.

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How to establish a credit history as a new business

Does your small business lack credit history? Learn how to establish a business credit history and build your business credit score.

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Should I rent or buy space for my business?

To rent or to buy? It's important to weigh the pros and cons of each to decide which option is right for your business space.

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Growing your business

5 things successful small businesses do differently

Successful small businesses have several things in common. Here are five traits that often appear among thriving companies.

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Forget Black Friday: SHOP Local Saturday is your chance to shine

SHOP Local Saturday lets small businesses showcase their local roots and attract like-minded customers. Here's how to make the most of it.

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5 strategies for generating quality referrals

Most satisfied clients are more than happy to pass on a good word. Here are 5 ways to ask for referrals without feeling pushy.

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Got questions? A mentor might have the answers for your business

Finding a mentor to help you problem solve and expand your business network doesn't have to be complicated. Here are some tips.

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5 ways to increase your sales using Social Media

Learn how with social media advertising you can get your products and services in front of the right people.

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5 ways to generate leads for your small business

Lead generation is a big challenge for small businesses. Here are some effective ways to find new customers.

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How to choose the business credit card that's right for you

Before you pick a business credit card, consider where your company spends its money and how it pays its bills.

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Which social media channels are right for your business?

Not sure how to use social media for your small business? These tips will help you choose the right platforms and then make the most of them

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Managing your money

3 things to do now to save on your business taxes

The months leading up to year-end are the best time to make tax-saving moves to reduce your tax bill in the coming year.

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5 ways to better manage cash flow in your small business

Cash flow issues can plague small businesses. Here are 5 ways to avoid them.

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How to get approved for a business loan

Your banker wants to make sure you're solid, and these four elements can put you in the best position to get a “yes" for your loan request.

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3 ways to borrow money for your small business

Learn about some of the most common ways small businesses borrow money, including bank loans, SBA loans, and lines of credit.

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Can I get a credit card for my small business?

All types of small businesses, including sole proprietorships and those with no business credit history, can obtain credit cards. Here's how.

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What's a business credit score (and why is it important)?

Understanding and improving your business credit score can help you get the financing you need to grow. Here's what you need to know.

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Protecting your business

How to protect customer data from cyber attacks

Every company that collects personal information from customers needs to carefully guard their customers' data from hackers. Here's how.

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How to recognize business email scams

Business Email Compromise is a growing threat to businesses of all sizes. Learn more about how to recognize and prevent this type of fraud.

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9 types of insurance every small business needs

There are several types of insurance entrepreneurs should consider obtaining for their small business. Here are the ones you should consider.

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How to prevent check fraud at your business

Check writing may be declining, but businesses still lose money to check fraud every year. Here are five tips to prevent check fraud.

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