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How to start a business in 17 steps

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So you’ve decided to take the leap and start a new business. Congratulations! Making that decision might feel risky and overwhelming, but as the saying goes, …

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Few small business owners to benefit from May 17 tax extension

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Editor’s note: Regulations and guidance from the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Treasury Department is evolving. Please refer to the latest guidance from the IRS and Treasury to confirm how it …

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How to plan for retirement when you’re self-employed

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Many people dream of being self-employed, setting their own hours, and making more money. However, one of the biggest retirement money mistakes made by the self-employed is, well, …

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What you need to know about financial reporting

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In business, it’s not always a great idea to follow your gut. When it comes to making financial decisions, hard data can help you remain objective. …

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What is a general ledger and why is it important?

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Before computers and software, we did all of our accounting by hand. Business owners kept any accounting records in large binders with reams of paper files. …

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Some of the most profitable small businesses to start right now

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When you’re starting a business, there’s a lot to take into consideration, like your personal interests and skills, and demand in the marketplace. But you should …

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Here’s what the future of small business in America could look like

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For all the dreamers out there — from career-minded students to venture-seeking entrepreneurs — we bring good news. Long-term employment projections predict double-digit growth in a …

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Alone together: Self-employed architect shares his PPP story

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In the midst of a pandemic and nationwide quarantines, many people have taken up hobbies—macramé, decoupage, Paul Hollywood-level pastry work. Skyler Kogachi is no exception. In …

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Salary vs. draw: How to pay yourself as a small business owner

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You love your business, but that doesn’t mean you can afford to work for free. Yet, figuring out how to pay yourself as a business owner …

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31 profitable businesses just about anyone can start

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If you work in the corporate workforce, there’s a good chance you’re looking to escape. A study in 2018 by Gallup found that 66% of employees worldwide …

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7 things to look for in accounting software

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As the business landscape continues to evolve in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, your resources may be more strained than ever. But no matter where …

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What is cash flow? An in-depth guide for business owners

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Cash flow is the movement of money in and out of your business and your business bank account. Think of cash flow like your car’s gas …

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Business systems: The key to business success

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Business systems are composed of detailed procedures that business owners can replicate for consistent, measurable results. Business owners who implement these systems can free up valuable …

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10 ways to make your site one of the best small business websites online

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As any small business owner knows, your website is one of the most vital components of your business. Whether you’re in e-commerce or not, it’s the …

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Are car wraps a good investment for your small business?

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Have you ever seen a car, truck, or van in your area wrapped in an advertisement? If so, you may have wondered whether these advertisements — …

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A small business guide to balance sheets

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A company’s balance sheet is one of several important financial statements that report on its performance. But to understand the importance of a balance sheet, you …

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Today’s gig workers are tomorrow’s business owners, says new survey

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2020 has been a tough year for small businesses. Many have felt the impact of the coronavirus—it’s hit some harder than others. During a time when …

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A small business owner’s guide to going digital

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I started watching “Get Organized with The Home Edit” on Netflix and purchased several boxes of velvet hangers before I finished the first episode. I ordered …

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How the coronavirus affected small businesses in 2020

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No doubt about it, 2020 was a wild ride. And that’s especially true for small business owners. In early spring, the coronavirus pandemic forced thousands of …

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Small business owners say you should outsource these 3 tasks

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The majority of people who plan to start a business within the next 12 months say the coronavirus influenced their decision. 28% said the pandemic accelerated their plans to start …

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How to improve business processes and boost growth

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If there’s one thing business owners don’t have enough of, it’s time. Improving your business processes through automation, integration, or outsourcing are great ways to get …

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All about the paycheck protection program (PPP), round 2

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After months of negotiations, the $900 billion pandemic stimulus package bill was passed into law on Dec. 27. The new law provides another round of funding, $284 billion, …

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PPP loans in 2021: List of online lenders & platforms

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Great news! The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is about to be back in business. The new stimulus bill that was signed into law at the end of 2020 …

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Is your cybersecurity ready for the holidays?

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Retailers around the world are anticipating less foot traffic in their shops this holiday season, with more than 75% of consumers expected to do most of their …

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15 ways the pandemic has changed restaurants forever

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COVID-19 is changing how businesses operate across the country, including at the restaurants where we enjoy our favorite meals. Both business owners and customers are being …

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Here’s why business owners should separate personal expenses

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Starting a new business comes with a litany of decisions to make, both logistical to financial. Some are required before getting started, while others are made …

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76% of workers say racism in the workplace is a problem

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With anti-racism protests spanning across the country over the past two weeks, many employees see workplaces as fertile ground for discriminatory practices that need to be …

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Here are the states with the most essential businesses

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A swath of the U.S. from the south Atlantic into the heartland has the greatest number of businesses deemed essential during stay-at-home orders. Nonessential businesses are …

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7 ways the new PPP Flexibility Act can help your business

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The president has signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020. This law may make PPP loans more attractive to small businesses. Here are seven …

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5 things your business can learn from a 9X turnaround CEO

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Several years ago I met 9x turnaround CEO and author Dick Cross not long after he published his first book, Just Run It!. At the time, I …

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States getting the most help from PPP loans

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States throughout the Great Plains are so far seeing the biggest impact of Paycheck Protection Program loans — funds designed to help small businesses stay afloat …

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How to rethink your business model post-COVID-19

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Those in the home services industry have an advantage over many other businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic: Their role protecting the health and safety of consumers …

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The importance of small business trade credits post COVID-19

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One of the most undervalued credit opportunities a small business owner can leverage is the trade credit he or she has with their suppliers and vendors. …

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How to reopen: A small business toolkit

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States across the country are relaxing or removing mandatory stay-at-home and social distancing orders, allowing non-essential businesses to reopen. That doesn’t mean the financial and logistical …

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This retailer plans to reopen with a renewed focus on customers

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The coronavirus pandemic has not been easy on any of us. Even the most well-positioned retail companies have faced declining revenues, the layoff or furlough of …

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The top 10 germiest spaces in your workplace

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We spend more than 90,000 hours of our lives in the office, and our hands come in contact with a lot of items that aren’t the …

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From grand opening to shutdown in 24 hours: A restaurant’s survival story

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Selling chicken and waffles was always going to be a bit of an uphill battle in a San Francisco neighborhood best known for its sporty young …

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6 ways to prep your small business for the ‘new normal’

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Normalcy has been flipped on its head and has left us feeling anxious about the future and wondering if our business will survive the coronavirus. My …

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How to engage customers on social media

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If you’re a small business owner, you know the value of connection. Your customers aren’t just price tags – they’re neighbors. Your storefront isn’t just a …

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How to work safely in someone else’s home during Covid-19

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Covid-19 has changed the way the world operates. With shelter in place orders across the U.S.—and countries on lockdown—the mechanics of the world are forever changed. …

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This retail supplier is partnering with small businesses to survive

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When she started her natural body care company Etta + Billie more than a decade ago, she found herself blending unusual medleys, often involving some of her favorite …

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Small business hiring in times of crisis

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During times of economic and social crisis, including the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses are unable to hire new employees.  However, some industries can weather the storm …

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How to create a long-term emergency plan for your small business

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COVID-19 has required small businesses across the world to act quickly and implement their emergency business plans. And if they haven’t, most businesses are currently in …

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A guide to refund & cancellation policies for small businesses

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In the best of times, refunds and cancellations are part and parcel of doing business. But, in the midst of a black swan event like COVID-19, …

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This workout studio kept community strong during shelter in place

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We’ve been sheltering in place for more than a month, and I finally feel like I can breathe long enough to reflect on all of the …

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5 reasons you may want to return your PPP loan

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The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) offers a loan that may be completely forgiven if funds are spent correctly—mainly on payroll. Some small businesses have applied for …

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How your small business can boost employee morale

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Maintaining a high level of company morale can be a major challenge for any business, especially when uncontrollable events, like the outbreak of COVID-19, disrupt day-to-day …

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How to negotiate rent for your small business during COVID-19

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COVID-19 is making rent a nightmare for local businesses.  In Alignable’s latest Pulse Poll of 9,500 small business owners nationwide: 34% of respondents said they will not be …

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25 trips people want to take once the pandemic is behind us

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Since the coronavirus crisis hit the United States in early 2020, the travel industry has slowed to a crawl. Not only have travel restrictions been enacted …

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Is the future of fitness at home?

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When the residents of Austin, Texas, were ordered to shelter in place on March 24th, Rachel Lily Campbell knew she’d have to suspend her fitness classes. …