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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. …

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Remote workers choose some unusual places to do their jobs, survey finds

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The coronavirus crisis has forced millions to work from home, and that new normal has required some adjustment for workers. It’s created awkward video conferences featuring …

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7 PPP & EIDL questions the SBA and Treasury need to answer right now

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When it comes to Economic Injury Disaster (EIDL) loans and grants, and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, business owners have questions. Lots of questions. At Nav, …

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A small business guide to furloughs & layoffs

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It’s inevitable that business will go through ups and downs and periods of uncertainty. In these times, the tough decision of how to cut costs always …

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5 creative ways restaurants are solving cash flow problems

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One of the bright spots in a bleak string of weeks has been the creativity, adaptability, and entrepreneurial spirit shown by the restaurant industry in dealing …

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Here’s what qualifies as ‘payroll’ for the Payroll Protection Program (PPP)

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With another round of SBA coronavirus relief loans on the horizon, it makes sense to revisit some of the criteria that will impact how successfully small …

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Just 5% of small businesses have received PPP money

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Small business owners are anxiously waiting to see if Congress will inject more money into the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the federal rescue program that failed …

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Cities with the most at-risk jobs because of Covid-19

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The world has largely ground to a halt in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. While everyone is being forced to work within new limitations, some …

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1-in-5 Americans can’t afford to help local businesses — but they want to

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The novel coronavirus has had a profound impact on the American economy as millions shelter in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. Amidst these unprecedented …

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10 easy ways to support your favorite local businesses

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The coronavirus pandemic has upended the U.S. economy — and life as we know it. Unfortunately, this means many local businesses are suffering because they can’t continue to …

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Need a job? Here are 28 eco-friendly business ideas

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If you’re looking for inspiration on how to start an eco-friendly business, there are green business ideas that you can consider. With climate change at the …

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3 ways to reinvent your small business during a crisis

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As we flatten one curve, the challenge to flatten another hits us head on. The strategy to fight Covid-19 has created an economic shock unprecedented in …

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PPP Loans vs. EIDL: Which is right for your small business?

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Most small business owners affected by the coronavirus pandemic can apply for federal loan relief. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan and Economic Injury Disaster Loan …

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Survey: Most small business owners fear they’ll never recover from pandemic losses

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Despite the news that loan relief with extremely low interest is on the way, it’s unclear if it’ll be enough to save entrepreneurs hit hard by …

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Does your small business need an SBA loan to stay afloat?

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Running a small business can be rewarding, but it can also be challenging even in the best of times. With the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus (the …

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How to apply for a small business credit card

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Whether you’re a freelancer, the owner of a startup or someone who runs a more established business, getting a small business credit card can help you …

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4 weird differences between videoconferences and meetings IRL

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As the COVID-19 pandemic forces many U.S. colleges and universities to move their courses online, connecting online via video is now having its moment. Family, friends, neighbors and …

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Can’t pay bills because of Covid-19? Here are some loan alternatives

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As a response to the coronavirus pandemic, multiple banking regulators, including the Federal Reserve and the FDIC, are urging banks to consider lending small personal loans …

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A guide to paying your mortgage payments if you’re impacted by coronavirus

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The outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected the global economy, including the housing market and mortgage industry. Coronavirus has put millions of people out of work, …

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Does it make sense to fund my business with home equity?

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 I not only grew up in a family business and watched my Dad dip into the equity in our home when he was short on cash, …

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The pros & cons of a business acquisition loan

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Business acquisition loans can include multiple types of financing, including the 7(a) loan from the Small Business Administration, term loans, startup loans and equipment financing. They …

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How to apply for a small business disaster loan due to coronavirus

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Small business owners impacted by the coronavirus crisis may want to consider an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan. These loans are attractive for several reasons, including: …

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25 home business tax deductions for small business owners

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Small business owners take on a considerable amount of responsibility. Beyond serving clients, they must also take care of all the minutiae of running a business, …

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Applied for a small business disaster loan? Monitor your credit ASAP

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Business owners around the U.S. may have just had their identities compromised by the SBA site designed to help them. If you had trouble accessing the …

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How to incorporate your small business

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If you’re an entrepreneur looking to become a small business owner, one of the first things you’re going to have to decide on is how to …

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Do you know the difference between advertising and marketing?

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Statistics show that 10% of small business owners don’t invest in any form of marketing and that nearly 50% of owners spend less than two hours per …

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Should you ditch accounting spreadsheets?

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The past decade has been rough for business spreadsheets. First, the London Olympics accidentally sold 20,000 tickets to a swimming event that could only accommodate 10,000. …

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Sales tips that every small business owner should know

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As a small business owner, making sales is critical. However, finding the balance between “successful” and “annoying” can be challenging, especially if you don’t have much …

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Can a price skimming strategy help you push more product?

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As a small business owner, you must understand how relevant a product’s price can be to its success. There is a lot of psychology that can …

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47 ways to be smarter with money in 2021

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This year is proving to be financially challenging for many folks. Many are losing their jobs and/or large chunks of their retirement savings due to coronavirus concerns. …

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How premium pricing can work for small business owners

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Whether you sell a good or a service, it’s no secret that pricing is a crucial component to running a business. Not only does the proper …

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Here’s where people are best at paying their student loans

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A perfect payment history on a student loan is a powerful thing. It could help you qualify for cosigner release with your private lender. Better yet, …

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9 easy ways to help others during Covid-19

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As the news about coronavirus and the disease it causes, Covid-19, becomes more serious by the day in the United States, I was reminded of that …

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Grow your small business with these cash flow tips

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Trying to run a business without managing cash flow is like trying to paddle a boat without an oar. Even if you succeed, it will be an upstream …

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Do you qualify for a small business loan due to covid-19?

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President Trump’s instruction to the Small Business Administration to make $50 billion in SBA loans for COVID-19 available to small businesses impacted by the coronavirus may …

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This is the number of minimum wage workers in every state

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More than half of the American labor force is paid hourly, and for those workers, the minimum wage mandate under the Fair Labor Standards Act is …

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4 money lessons boomers can learn from Gen Z

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There’s no denying that baby boomers have more life experiences than Gen Z. But this doesn’t mean boomers have nothing to learn from the younger generation. …

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Why a time card app is more critical now than ever

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If you’re a small business owner, the days of using paper timesheets are gone. Today, many business owners use time-tracking software to track employee time. Converting …

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These 10 red flags could lead to an IRS audit

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The IRS audited close to a million tax returns in calendar year 2017. This was about .5% of the total returns filed. While this is a …

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How to get paid for your expertise, advice & other intangibles

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Whether your business sells services, products or both, you know that a normal day includes speaking with many different clients solely to offer them bits and …