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Business Expansion

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To Build or Not to Build: 6 Signs Your Business Is Ready to Grow

Think your business is ready to grow? Here are 6 key signs that it may be time to take your company to the next level.

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9 Steps to Buying an Existing Business

Getting ready to start your entrepreneurial journey by buying an existing business? Here are 9 tips you need to know.

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10 Leading Business Trends to Watch in 2021

What are the major business trends shaping the economy in 2021? Here are the 10 top trends and how they affect small businesses.

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Business Financing

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Learn How to Buy Out a Business Partner With These 10 Tips

Knowing how to buy out a business partner can help you gain full control of your company without unnecessary hassle. Here’s how to do it.

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Business Credit vs. Personal Credit: How They Differ and Interact

The relationship between business credit vs. personal credit affects your credit score, bookkeeping and taxes. Learn how they interact.

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SBA Loan Requirements: Is Your Business Eligible?

Want to apply for a Small Business Administration loan but aren’t sure if you’ll meet SBA loan requirements? Here’s what you need to know.

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Business Credit

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The Best Secured Business Credit Cards

Raise your credit score while earning rewards for your small business. Here is our list of the 3 best small business secured credit cards.

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What Is the Average Credit Score for Small Business Owners?

Your personal credit score can hugely impact the security of your business’s future. Find out the average score for small business owners.

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Imputed Interest: A Guide & How It Impacts Business Lending

If the IRS finds your business loan has a below-market interest rate, you’ll owe imputed interest. Here’s what that means for you.

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Business Management

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How to Plan Your Store Layout for the Ultimate Customer Experience

A store layout affects customer experience, sales and profits. Use these design ideas to create a store plan that delivers maximum impact.

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How to Create Additional Revenue Streams for Your Business

If you’re trying to learn how to create multiple revenue streams for your business, a good place to start is to learn how others did it.

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Calculating MACRS Depreciation

The Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System enables you to calculate the depreciation expense your business can write off. Here’s how you calculate it.

Sales and Marketing

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Contactless Payments: A Guide for Small Businesses

Learn everything you need to know about contactless payments, how it works, the advantages and disadvantages and more.

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.Net vs. .Com: What’s the Difference Between Domain Extensions?

Launching a website? You’ll need to pick a domain extension — and on that front, you face a choice. We’ll explain the differences between the .net vs. .com.

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What Is (and Why Consider) Experiential Marketing?

Experiential marketing employs branded experiences to excite and engage audiences. Learn how to create your own strategy from these examples.  

Accounting

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8 Best Free Accounting Software Programs for Small Businesses

Need accounting software for your small business, but can’t afford to buy one? Check out our picks for best free accounting softwares.

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The Best Billing Practices: Here Are 9 of Them

Are your billing and collection methods getting the job done? If it takes too long to get paid, speed up the process with these tips.

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What Is SUI? (Plus, How to Keep Your Unemployment Insurance Costs Low)

Is your state unemployment insurance rating too high? Learn how to manage SUI and reduce your unemployment tax.

Leadership

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Women-Owned Businesses: The State of Successful Female Entrepreneurship

The number of women-owned businesses is increasing. Explore the latest statistics about successful female entrepreneurs.

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Taking Criticism in Stride: Our Guide for Small Business Owners

Accepting criticism isn’t easy but it can improve your professional and personal life. Learn how to respond using these tips.

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10 Inspiring Female Entrepreneurs and Their Advice to Other Women

Here are 10 inspirational female entrepreneurs and the businesses they run. See what sets them apart and the advice they share with aspiring women business owners.

Business Insurance

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What to Consider When Comparing Business Quotes for Commercial Insurance

Knowing how to compare business quotes for insurance can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars. Here’s how to evaluate offers.

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9 Best Small Business Insurance Companies

Learn how to identify the risks in your business and select the best small business insurance company with the lowest premiums.

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What Is COVID-19 Liability Protection (and How Can You Protect Your Business)?

States have enacted COVID-19 liability protection to defend local businesses at the federal level. Here’s how to protect your business amid these difficult times.

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Retail

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How to Meet Today’s Shopper Needs With an Omnichannel Approach

Utilizing an omnichannel retail strategy is crucial to delivering a seamless customer experience and widening your potential reach. Here’s how to get it done.

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6 Ways to Improve Supplier Relationship Management

Building strong business relationships with your suppliers is essential to creating a resilient and effective supply chain.

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Inventory Costing Methods: Our Guide of Best Practices

Which inventory costing method makes sense for your small business? Learn how inventory valuation affects your bottom line.

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Human Resources

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Skilled Labor Shortage Problems? Here Are 8 Strategies for Tackling Them

Today’s skilled labor shortage leaves many employers without enough workers. If you face this issue, here are 8 things you can do.

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How Does a 401(k) Loan Work (and Benefit Your Employees)?

How does a 401(k) loan work? We’ll explain 401(k) borrowing and repayment rules as well as benefits for employees and employers.

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What Are the Retirement Options for Self-Employed Business Owners?

If you work for yourself, how do you save for retirement? Here are retirement options for self-employed entrepreneurs and sole proprietors.

Real Estate

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What Is Wholesale Real Estate?

We’re answering the question, “What is wholesale real estate?” See how to become a real estate wholesaler and the steps needed to close a deal.

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Short-Term Office Lease: The Pros and Cons

Most traditional office spaces require an annual or multi-year lease agreement. However, some startups and early-stage businesses might be uncertain about their business’s future and want to minimize the risks. If you’re not ready for a long-term agreement, consider a short-term office lease instead. Here’s what you need to know about a short-term office lease, […]

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How to Buy a Hotel or Motel

There are multiple factors to consider before buying and running a small hotel. You’ll have to weigh what you can afford when you buy a hotel and evaluate the average hotel and motel prices in your target area. The hospitality industry is highly competitive, with so many large, established brands already inhabiting the top markets. […]

Business Law

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LegalShield Reviews: Plans, Pros and Cons

See our LegalShield reviews and what real users have to say. We’re letting you in on the different plans, costs, pros and cons, competitors and more.

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Can Employers Require the COVID-19 Vaccine as a Condition for Work?

Can employers require the COVID vaccine for their workers? Here’s a look at some of the top legal issues employers need to consider.

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Equal Employment Opportunity: How to Maintain EEO Compliance

Violating Equal Employment Opportunity laws can subject businesses to expensive penalties. Here’s how to maintain EEO compliance.

Business Technology

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.Net vs. .Com: What’s the Difference Between Domain Extensions?

Launching a website? You’ll need to pick a domain extension — and on that front, you face a choice. We’ll explain the differences between the .net vs. .com.

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How to Measure Your Business Website Performance Metrics

Learn how to measure the performance of your business website using the most appropriate KPIs and the tools you must use.

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Google Voice Review

They say Google Voice is to voicemail what Gmail is to email. We’ve gathered reviews on how Google’s VoIP provider works for a business.

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