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How to Start a Clothing Store
By Dave Thomas | January 05, 2021

Follow these 11 steps to start your physical or online clothing store.

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10 Critical Elements of Professional Invoices
By Megan Totka | January 04, 2021

A clear, thorough invoice could be the difference between your business getting paid and your invoice being ignored.

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Recovering Your Business Post-COVID
By Brian Wallace | December 31, 2020

With COVID-19 and lockdowns showing signs of turning the corner, here is a holistic list of business and technology solutions to help businesses find the path forward.

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Top Tips for Conducting an End-of-Year Review for Small Businesses
By Jared Atchison | December 31, 2020

Learn how you can create an annual review to gauge the health of your business.

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Ways to Fund Your Startup Without Losing Equity
By Janet Gershen-Siegel | December 31, 2020

Startup business owners need operating capital, but many options involve giving up ownership in the business. It doesn't have to be this way.

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What Government Loans Are Available to Entrepreneurs?
By Adam Uzialko | December 31, 2020

The SBA and USDA offer loans to assist entrepreneurs and business owners who need funding.

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18 Factors to Consider When Deciding Whether to Get Business Insurance
By Scott Gerber | December 30, 2020

Entrepreneurs should think through these factors first before choosing insurance.

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Digital Transformation for SMBs: Necessity or Utopia?
By Jaydip Parikh | December 29, 2020

Digital transformation is as crucial for SMBs as it is for large organizations.

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The Top Accounting Challenges Small Businesses Face
By Alika Cooper | December 29, 2020

Small business owners face a number of challenges every day, and accounting is a big one.

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How Recycling Can Help Entrepreneurs Generate Additional Profit
By Torben Lonne | December 28, 2020

Find out how to cut costs and turn trash into cash by using recycling to your advantage.

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Do You Understand the Fine Print of Your Loan Agreement?
By Siri Hedreen | December 28, 2020

Wait! Before you sign a loan agreement, you need to read the fine print and make sure you understand what you're agreeing to. Here's what to look out for.

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How to Manage Your Business's High Call Volume
By Max Freedman | December 28, 2020

Not having a strategy to handle increased call volume threatens your reputation and bottom line. Here's how to handle large call volumes.

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How to Futureproof Your Niche Business During the COVID-19 Crisis
By Howard Goldstein | December 23, 2020

Forward-looking businesses, especially those within niche markets, should combine plans for weathering the current storm with plans to maintain future growth, resilience and profitability.

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What to Do if You Can't Get a Business Loan
By Chris Porteous | December 23, 2020

There are some key steps you should take if your business needs an influx of cash and you can't get a loan.

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What Is Agile Project Management in Business?
By Max Freedman | December 23, 2020

While adding more steps, the agile project management model can help you provide a more transparent collaborative process.

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What It Takes to Succeed in a Business Partnership
By Deborah Sweeney | December 22, 2020

Keep these things in mind before entering a business partnership.

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Which Call Centers Are Based in the U.S.?
By Jennifer Post | December 21, 2020

A U.S.-based call center offers certain advantages over nearshore and offshore call centers. Here's what you should know about hiring a domestic call center.

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Quick to Spot Opportunities, Cratejoy Saw Sales Surge in 2020
By Donna Fuscaldo | December 21, 2020

Thanks to its outreach efforts and ability to pivot quickly, online subscription box marketplace Cratejoy has seen demand surge during the pandemic.

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How Sus Hi Eatstation Increased Sales During COVID-19
By Skye Schooley | December 21, 2020

Learn how the owners of this sushi restaurant flipped their business model upside down and implemented new technology to increase sales during the pandemic.

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How Fresh n' Lean Adapted to Keep Employees and Consumers Safe
By Andrew Martins | December 21, 2020

Deemed an essential service early in the pandemic, Fresh n' Lean adapted by increasing its already-stringent quality control and employee safety.

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How Partnering With a Viral Success Changed the Game for Dual Wield Studio
By Andrew Martins | December 21, 2020

The overnight success of Innersloth's Among Us game quickly extended to its business partners, spurring growth for its merchandiser, Dual Wield Studio.

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What We Learned in 2020: Businesses That Did Well and Why
By Donna Fuscaldo | December 21, 2020

Despite the economic difficulties brought on by COVID-19, some small businesses thrived in 2020. Here's what it took for them to be successful.

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How Pastene Used Its Business Relationships to Grow in 2020
By Kiely Kuligowski | December 21, 2020

In our interview with Pastene president Mark Tosi, learn about the changes that this small Italian foods business made during the pandemic that allowed it to experience record growth.