Starting your business

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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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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7 ways to fund your new business

Starting a new business? Here are seven potential ways to fund your new venture so you can decide which one might be right for you.

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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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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

How small businesses can start selling online

Ecommerce is expected to hit $4 trillion in sales in 2020. Take these six steps to tap into this powerful revenue engine.

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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 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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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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Is a coworking space right for your small business?

Coworking space allow workers from different businesses to share a typical office setting. Learn about the benefits for your small business.

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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 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

5 tips for claiming the home office tax deduction

The home office deduction can get you a valuable tax break and help you reduce your tax bill but you need to be sure you qualify.

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Covid-19 rocks transportation: How to keep rolling

After Q1 2020, transportation and logistics leaders anticipated disruptions to their business. But a few practical steps can help to minimize risks throughout the remainder of the year.

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Working capital is priority one

8 capital management strategies to better control cash flow by evaluating short- and long-term liquidity needs.

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Business tax timeline: Annual vs quarterly filing

Small businesses file annual tax returns and pay estimated taxes quarterly. These tips can ensure you know what to pay and when.

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Essential tax forms for business owners

Overwhelmed by the tax forms you need as a business owner? This list of essentials will help you make sense of them.

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How do I accept credit card payments?

New retail businesses need to set up a system for accepting credit card payments from customers. Here's how to do it.

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What you need to know about mobile payments for small businesses

The use of mobile payments is skyrocketing with benefits for small businesses and customers alike. It's easy to get started. Here's how.

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What's the best way to handle paper checks?

With clear policies and technical tools like remote deposit, you can find a simple way to handle paper checks for your small business.

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4 ways business credit cards can help you manage cash flow and save money

Business credit cards come with great features for tracking and controlling your company's spending. Here's how to put them to work for you.

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Small business exit strategy: what's right for your business?

Thinking about retiring or moving on from your business? Be prepared for a smooth transition with these four exit strategies.

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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

6 steps to quickly get back in business after a disaster

Recovering from a disaster quickly is essential to keeping your business viable. Here are six steps you can take to bounce back soon.

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8 steps to create an effective business continuity plan

An effective business continuity plan can help you recover from disasters and emergencies. Here's an eight step guide to building a plan.

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Customer service tips for small businesses during a crisis

When your small business faces a crisis, it's vital to prioritize customer service. Here are five tips to help keep the information flowing.

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Beyond COVID 19: Four tactics for business survival

In just the few short months of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve witnessed untold interruptions to life and business as we know it. These four recommendations will help businesses recover and prepare for future crises.

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Cybersecurity tips for small business

Cybersecurity can feel like a challenge to small businesses without an IT department. But these smart tips can help protect your business.

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How to build and maintain a secure business website

A secure website is critical to the success of any business. Here's how to build and maintain one, even if you have no tech experience.

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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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