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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Why you need to have a business plan

When you're busy starting a new business, you may put off writing a business plan. Here's why a business plan is essential for success.

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Business basics: How do I get health insurance?

Getting health insurance while self-employed isn't always easy and it can be quite expensive. Here are some options if you need coverage.

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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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Business basics: How do I pay myself?

When it comes to paying yourself as a small business owner, there are several different ways to do it. Here are five ways to pay yourself.

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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

Why and how to reassess your business plan every year

Does your business plan still reflect your goals and values or does it need updating? An annual business check-up can help you decide.

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How to use SEO to make your business website more successful

Want to get more leads and sales? It starts with web traffic. These SEO basics will help you generate more traffic to your website.

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Branding for small business

Not sure where to start with branding your small business? These five steps will prime you for success with brand awareness and marketing.

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Digital marketing 101 for small business

Ready to start marketing your small business? Here are some of the key digital marketing terms and strategies you'll need to know.

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How to create a high-converting business website

Want to make your website generate more leads and sales? This guide will help you create a high-converting business website.

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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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How to boost leads and sales with social media advertising

With social media advertising, you can reach your target audience, increase brand awareness, and generate leads. Here's what you need to know.

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How do I hold a sale at my business?

Promotional sales can drive traffic to your store, but before you hang the banner, it's important to match your goals to the right tactics.

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Why digital advertising should be part of your marketing plan

Discover the pros and cons of traditional vs digital advertising, and why and when you should use them to promote your small business.

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6 tips to move excess inventory for the holidays

Shelves full of leftover inventory? These six suggestions will allow you to reimagine it with holiday flair to boost your seasonal sales.

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Moving your business outside your four walls

Set up your business outside with sidewalk sales, festivals, and outdoor dining. These best practices can help boost your success.

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How to prepare your online store for holiday traffic

People are increasingly completing their holiday shopping online. Here's how you can make sure your ecommerce shop is built to handle it.

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How to make the most of a small marketing budget

Every small business needs a strong marketing plan to succeed. Here's how you can make the most of a limited marketing budget.

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How to maintain your online store

Just like your physical store, your ecommerce website needs regular maintenance. These eight steps will keep yours running smoothly.

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How to increase sales with a full online inventory

A limited online inventory can cost sales, especially if shoppers can't visit your store. Here's how to maximize your online product list.

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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

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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3 ways to quickly access extra funds for your business

Most businesses face cash shortages from time to time. These three options can help keep your business afloat when cash runs low.

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How much should you have in your business emergency fund?

The amount needed for your business emergency fund depends on how much you spend each month and how long you need to cover those costs.

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Why your small business needs an emergency fund

Every business needs an emergency fund to protect the business and its owners. Here are some reasons you should start saving.

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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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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 the SECURE Act affects small business owners

The SECURE Act makes it easier and more affordable for employers to offer retirement plans. Here's what small business owners need to know.

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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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Your year-end business checklist

This year-end business checklist will help you get this year's financials in order and jump start planning for the year ahead

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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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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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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

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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What is business interruption insurance

Recovering from an accident or disaster can take a while. Business interruption insurance helps keep your business afloat during that time.

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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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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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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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Why your business needs an emergency fund

Every business needs an emergency fund to protect the business and its owners. Here are some reasons you should start saving.

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How to adapt your business during times of crisis

When a disaster strikes, small business owners will have to adapt their businesses to survive. These tips will help you form an action 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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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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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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Commercial & middle-market insights

Are construction material costs slowing building pace?

2020 saw a rise in new home construction and a slight drop in commercial building. But lingering supply chain disruptions are causing building material shortages, as well as increases in pricing. Will these factors impact construction this year?

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Corporations are in the hunt for cash.

Forecasting cash flow and increasing reserves are on Treasury professionals' radar. See quick tips to help reach your liquidity goals.

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Southeastern crops hungry for growth

The pandemic interrupted food supply chains. Even with eased constrictions, the next few years will be challenging for Southeastern producers. Farmers and other growers must be prepared to adapt to market conditions.

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Five keys to optimize cash management

Managing cash flow and liquidity is a balancing act. Five key tactics will improve forecasting, analysis, visibility and fraud mitigation for optimal results.

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How CFOs are shifting the finance paradigm for greater business impact

The modern CFO is evolving from financial guru to visionary. With a focus on four key areas, these captains of finance are leading the way to more profitable business models.

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Outlook 2021: Georgia’s winding path to stability

Like 49 other U.S. states, Georgia has weathered some hard knocks during the pandemic-induced depression. What, if any, economic relief will 2021 bring?

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Commercial Real Estate Outlook: A year of transition in the Office sector

Since the onset of the pandemic, some commercial real estate sectors performed well. Others didn’t. The Office sector still poses questions.

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Employee fraud infographic

Companies of all sizes experience fraud. But did you know it's not always an external attack?

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Employee theft: The whys and hows

Most businesses are aware of external fraud risks. But do you know how many are targeted by employees and why?

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Five tactics for business continuity

During the pandemic, we’ve witnessed untold interruptions to life and business. These five recommendations offer a holistic approach to business continuity planning.

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Eight must-haves for your business online banking provider

Does your business need online banking? Carefully consider these essentials before you choose.

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Online banking: Not just for consumers

Personal online banking has been around for years. Businesses can benefit from its convenience too.

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Why you should leave payroll to the pros

Outsourcing payroll may seem like a luxury if you’re a small business owner. But after considering total costs, it might make perfect sense.

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25 U.S. industries that are crushing the pandemic

Almost a year into the pandemic, some businesses not only found a way to survive but are thriving. These 25 industries are among those achieving the fastest growth in 2020.  

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Look beyond the borders: Funding international growth

If you’re considering global expansion, but think your business is too small, think again. Opportunities await and export lending is readily available.

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Outsourcing payroll

Managing payroll can be time-consuming. It can also be costly when mistakes are made. Outsourcing payroll can help small businesses take control.

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Multifamily housing in the pandemic: Setting the stage for 2021

Pre-existing conditions and unprecedented market forces are affecting the multifamily sector. What trends will 2021 bring?

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Technology: the mother of business transformation

As we manage through and beyond the pandemic, optimizing technology will come down to prioritizing your organization’s efforts to implement efficient and profitable solutions.

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How manufacturers are coping with COVID-19

The problems of COVID-19 will not disappear overnight, but nimble manufacturers will survive and learn to thrive.

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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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