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Can You Keep a Secret? The Importance of Nondisclosure Agreements
By Kimberlee Leonard | April 04, 2024

Nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) help businesses to protect critical confidential information. Learn how NDAs work, what to consider and what to include.

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Pros and Cons of Monitoring Your Employees
By Simone Johnson | April 04, 2024

Employee monitoring can help improve workplace productivity, but employees may feel violated or resentful. Learn the pros and cons of monitoring employees.

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How Do Commercial Car Insurance Deductibles Work?
By Kimberlee Leonard | April 04, 2024

Commercial car insurance deductibles work just like personal auto insurance deductibles. Learn about collision and comprehensive claims deductibles.

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Small Business Guide to Energy Conservation
By Jennifer Dublino | April 04, 2024

Conserving energy can help your business save money, reduce its carbon footprint and help the environment. Learn how your business can save energy.

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Resources for Veteran-Owned Businesses
By Jennifer Dublino | April 04, 2024

Military veterans seeking to transition to entrepreneurial ventures have a wealth of resources at their disposal. Learn how to access resources for vets.

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4 Simple Steps to Valuing Your Small Business
By Russell Smith | April 03, 2024

Calculating your business's value accurately is crucial if you want to sell it or seek investors. Learn four steps for calculating your business valuation.

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Turn Your Genealogy Hobby Into a Side Business
By Chad Brooks | April 02, 2024

Have you ever considered starting a genealogy business? This guide will walk you through the steps of starting a home-based genealogy business.

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Take Your Restaurant to the Next Level: 13 Tips for Busy Owners
By Mark Fairlie | April 01, 2024

Opening your restaurant is only the first step. Embrace these strategies to keep your food establishment thriving.

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Crystal Knows All: You’re Being Profiled
By Mark Fairlie | April 01, 2024

Crystal claims it can give you accurate personality insights on customers, prospects, candidates and co-workers to help you sell more and manage better.

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What is a Holacracy? The Holacratic Workplace
By Genia Stevens | March 22, 2024

In a holacratic workplace, there's no traditional leadership hierarchy; team members assume multiple roles. Learn if holacracy is right for your business.

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8 Tips to Manage Your Time as a Small Business Owner
By Jennifer Dublino | March 18, 2024

Small business owners are constantly pulled in different directions. Follow these time-management tips to maximize your effectiveness.

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10 Scams That Prey on Small Businesses
By Jennifer Dublino | March 15, 2024

Scammers often target small and midsize businesses. Beware of these 10 business-related scams, and learn how to avoid cybercriminals and hackers.

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14 Ways to Save Money on Business Insurance
By Kimberlee Leonard | March 15, 2024

You shouldn't cut corners when it comes to business insurance. Here are ways to reduce your insurance premiums without sacrificing coverage.

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What Is Intellectual Property Insurance?
By Kimberlee Leonard | March 14, 2024

Your business needs intellectual property insurance if you hold patents or trademarks. Learn what intellectual property insurance covers.

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7 Reasons Every Entrepreneur Needs a Branded Email Address
By Sean Peek | March 14, 2024

Don't use personal or generic email addresses for your startup. Learn why you need a branded email address for your business communications.

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What Is Commercial Liability Auto Insurance?
By Kimberlee Leonard | March 06, 2024

Commercial liability auto insurance covers the same types of liabilities as personal auto insurance, but the policy is for commercial vehicles.

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Should Your Restaurant Be on Grubhub?
By Sean Peek | March 05, 2024

Learn how much Grubhub really costs restaurants and what it brings to the table.

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What Is Risk in Business Insurance?
By Mark Fairlie | February 22, 2024

Insurance risk is the probability of an adverse event that causes an insurance claim. Learn how business insurance risk is assessed and how to lower it.

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Understanding Data Breach vs. Cyber Liability Insurance
By Kimberlee Leonard | February 22, 2024

Cyber and data breach insurance cover data breach costs, but cyber adds more protection. Learn how to choose the right insurance for your business.

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What Is Coinsurance in Business?
By Nicole Urbanowicz | February 21, 2024

Coinsurance for small businesses helps cover property and business assets, so the insurer knows there's adequate coverage. Here's how it works.

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What Is a Surety Bond?
By Mark Fairlie | February 20, 2024

Surety bonds act as a legally enforceable guarantee that help small business owners secure third-party contracts. Learn how they work.

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Workers’ Comp and Taxes
By Kimberlee Leonard | February 14, 2024

Workers' compensation has tax implications that every employee and business owner should understand. See our guide.

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What to Know When Choosing Business Insurance
By Sean Peek | February 14, 2024

Choosing insurance for your company or employees is important, and should not be done casually. Here’s what to consider when getting insurance.

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Specialty Insurance Basics
By Mark Fairlie | February 14, 2024

A business needs specialty insurance for items not covered by ordinary homeowners or automobile insurance. Learn if your company needs more insurance.

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Workers’ Comp Insurance: How Much Do You Need?
By Max Freedman | February 14, 2024

Too much coverage wastes money, but too little can expose your company to claims and court awards. Here is how to calculate exactly what you need.

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What Is Business Interruption Insurance?
By Lauren Kubiak | February 14, 2024

Business interruption insurance policies can help when unforeseen events shut down operations. Learn how business interruption insurance works and what it covers.

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Business Insurance Guide
By David Gargaro | February 14, 2024

This guide to business insurance can help you understand the policies available to your small business and determine which policies are right for you.

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What Is OSHA Compliance?
By Max Freedman | February 14, 2024

This guide explains OSHA and the regulations it sets for workplace safety and employee health. Learn how your small business can comply with OSHA.

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5 Legal Challenges for E-Commerce Businesses
By Sean Peek | February 14, 2024

These five legal challenges can make or break an e-commerce company. Learn how to avoid law and regulation problems that might hurt your small business.

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3 Tips for Building an Investor-Ready Franchise Business
By Howard Goldstein | February 14, 2024

Being a franchisee has its perks over starting a brand-new business, but you still need capital. Here are three ways to appeal to investors.