Category: Small Business

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Inflation now the No.1 concern for small businesses

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  Inflation is now the biggest threat facing U.S. small businesses, creating widespread cash flow problems. But opinions on interest rates remain divided. These are the …

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How to calculate payroll taxes: Tips for small business owners

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  Today, you’re going to meet Hector—a small business owner running a bakery in the sunny state of California. As a business owner, Hector has a …

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Interview red flags you should watch out for

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My friend Emma recently interviewed for a position with a company she’s always admired from afar. She showed up (virtually) excited, well-prepped and hoping for the …

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Most Americans agree: That meeting could’ve been an email

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  The coronavirus pandemic fundamentally changed the way people work, forcing many to stay home and increase their reliance on technology to accomplish simple tasks.   …

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Free money to help you get your business idea off the ground

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  Did you know that there are grants for side hustlers (and sidepreneurs)? This untapped money is available, and many people don’t know about it.   Grants …

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Is this classic piece of work advice actually useful?

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There’s a trail of companies behind us—from Polaroid to Blockbuster to Blackberry (and countless others my kids have never heard of)—that ultimately failed because they didn’t …

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How to craft a perfect elevator pitch

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  In entrepreneurship, every person you meet could be a potential customer or know someone who could be—if only they knew what you can offer them. …

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Are you a business owner? Don’t forget about this tax deduction

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  Real estate investing can complicate tax returns, so it’s important to know all the possible deductions a property owner can take to maximize the return …

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How to identify your business target audience in 5 easy steps

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  Attracting customers is critical to success, especially in the early stages of starting a business. Sadly, even for owners with a solid business plan, truly understanding whom …

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How to monetize a website: 8 ways to drive revenue and build a brand

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  A business website doesn’t just exist to advertise your products and services. On the contrary, a well-developed site can actually generate income for your company. But, …

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Run a startup? Make sure you understand these tax deductions

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  The best things in life aren’t always free. A beach vacation? A box of fresh doughnuts? Starting your own small business? There are going to …

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Set up your business for online sales in 5 easy steps

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  For many brick-and-mortar shops, diversifying revenue streams means putting products and services on an online marketplace. Over a quarter of small businesses are choosing to …

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How to find & apply for large business loans

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Many small businesses take out loans to cover day-to-day operating expenses, hire staff or make a big purchase. And there are many loans available in the …

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A small business owners’ complete guide to accounting

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  As a small business owner, we know you’ve got a lot on your plate. Between managing supplies and satisfying customers, the last thing you need …

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Inventory management tips for small businesses

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Good inventory management should be a top priority for e-commerce business owners. Having a well-defined inventory management process is essential for optimizing how you control inventory …

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Was 2021 the year of the entrepreneur?

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  Amid the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of new U.S. business applications rose 25% between 2019 and 2020. To get a deeper understanding, …

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13 frequently asked questions about small businesses

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  There is no end to the questions people have about small business. Whether you’re just starting out have been in business for years, you never …

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Growing pains: Mid-sized businesses are challenged to find right-sized digital tools

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  Mid-sized business owners say they are caught in the middle in their search for the right-sized digital tools to support their growth. They’ve outgrown the digital …

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The ultimate business checklist for new freelancers

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  Editor’s note: Lantern by SoFi seeks to provide content that is objective, independent and accurate. Writers are separate from our business operation and do not receive …

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Small business employment & wages bouncing back, according to latest QuickBooks Canada data

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  Small business workers in the hospitality, personal care, and retail industries have enjoyed the fastest wage growth over the past 12 months according to new payroll data …

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Small Business Insights: 2022 is the year the pivot becomes permanent

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  Many small businesses had to adapt to survive during the pandemic—and those same adaptations could now be helping them to thrive. That’s one of the …

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9 crowdfunding sites for your business

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For entrepreneurs and startups with big business plans, taking the next step to raise capital can require a serious leap of faith. How will the project be …

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2022 projected to be another record year for new business starts

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  After two record-breaking years of new business creation, there’s no sign of the trend slowing down as QuickBooks projects as many as 17 million new …

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How to use crowdfunding loans for your business

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The amount of money you need to start a business can seem intimidating. Even though you may have a great idea, nothing will ever come of …

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How to start a minority woman-owned business

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  If you own or want to start a business, and you also happen to be female or a member of a minority group, you may …

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How growing businesses can take advantage of artificial intelligence

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  A recent study by Accenture found that artificial intelligence (AI) could boost profitability rates by 38 percent by 2035. That would provide a $14 trillion boost to …

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A guide to microloans for women-owned small businesses

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  There are 12.3 million women-owned businesses in the U.S., and they generate 1.8 trillion dollars per year. Nonetheless, in 2019, less than 3% of all venture …

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How to choose the right name for your small business

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  What’s in a name? Well, quite a lot, actually. Most entrepreneurs will tell you that picking the perfect business name is like naming your first …

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Invoice financing vs Invoice factoring

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  If you have a small business, you know that cash flow can be a big concern. And when you’re searching for small business loans, you may …

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Your complete small business tax prep checklist

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It’s nearly that time of year again: tax time. Preparing your taxes may seem like an annoying task that distracts you from running your business, but …