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Debt vs. Equity Financing
By Max Freedman | December 17, 2020

Debt and equity financing are two sources of capital you can consider when raising money for your startup.

Advice
How can I improve my oral english to help me better communicate with clients?
By Nora Lin | 11 Answers | Last Activity on December 17, 2020

I am a foreign trade salesman in China and I generally communicate with my clients online. My English isn't good enough so I usually use Google translator to help communicate with English-speaking...

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How to Pass Your Business Down Generations
By Chris Porteous | December 16, 2020

Here's how a business owner can pass the company down to younger family members, along with the stipulations and potential pitfalls of these methods.

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Keep Control of Your Business During a Pandemic With a Solid Plan
By Dr. Cindy McGovern | December 15, 2020

Postponing the annual planning process until the pandemic ends could mean the end of your business. It's harder to plan during a pandemic, but it's more important than ever.

Advice
What features should an online vendor marketplace include?
By Vendorbazaar Marketplace | 13 Answers | Last Activity on December 15, 2020

Interested to know if there is a vendor bookmarking website or vendor marketplace online. We are looking to start a vendor marketplace, a full fledged directory with tips and advice for the vendor...

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How the EEOC Impacts Small Businesses
By Skye Schooley | December 15, 2020

Learn what the EEOC protects so your small business can maintain compliance.

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Business.com's Best of the Best Awards for 2020
By Donna Fuscaldo | December 15, 2020

These are the essential tools we chose as the best of the best for small businesses in 2020.

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HR Bizzy for 2020: Hubstaff, Employee Monitoring
By Skye Schooley | December 15, 2020

Hubstaff is our choice as the best of the best software for managing human resources in 2020.

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Technology Bizzy for 2020: Zoom, Video Conferencing
By Andrew Martins | December 15, 2020

Zoom is our choice as the best technology product in 2020.

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Finance Bizzy for 2020: Helcim, Credit Card Processing
By Donna Fuscaldo | December 15, 2020

Helcim is our choice as the best of the best financial solution for accepting payments in 2020.

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Marketing Bizzy for 2020: Constant Contact, Email Marketing Services
By Kiely Kuligowski | December 15, 2020

Constant Contact is the winner for the 2020 Marketing Bizzy award. Here's why we feel it deserves the honor.

Advice
As an owner, how can I maintain a good relationship with my employees?
By Shruti sood | 6 Answers | Last Activity on December 14, 2020

Can anyone suggest to me the best tips for maintaining a good relationship with your employees? What gifts and/or activities can I hold in the office to get the energy back up among the employees?

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Digital Strategies to Engage Local Customers and Streamline the Buying Process in a Remote Society
By George Kocher | December 14, 2020

Local business is continuously getting more competitive, which means getting noticed can be more difficult, especially in a society where most consumers aren't interacting with businesses in person.

Advice
What are your favorite small business products that would make for good gifts?
By Haley C. Hanlon | 6 Answers | Last Activity on December 14, 2020

Comment a link to your favorite small business products below (or tell us about your own product if you are a business owner!) This holiday season, it's more important than ever to shop small. We...

Advice
When building a complex website, should I hire a project manager?
By Krista Sparks | 18 Answers | Last Activity on December 13, 2020

I am looking to build an online marketplace and have been talking to a few developers who can help build the website. I have met with a few people that are not developers, but project managers with...

Article
My Superpower Is Resilience
By Felena Hanson | December 09, 2020

One successful entrepreneur reflects on the lessons she has gleaned during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Article
When to Consider Using a Factoring Company
By Sean Peek | December 09, 2020

Find yourself in a financial bind? A factoring service might be able to help.

Article
3 Data-Driven Steps to Help SMBs Thrive in the Year Ahead
By Isaac Kohen | December 08, 2020

In a challenging business environment, small businesses can leverage data-driven insights to be more efficient and effective at every level.

Advice
How do we improve the quality of customer service?
By Armando Ortiz Valencia | 44 Answers | Last Activity on December 07, 2020

How do we get better results around customer service? Is this something that is more about the training or about our hiring? Can good customer service be taught or is a certain personality a...

Advice
How to increase traffic to my photography blog?
By Priya Sharma | 4 Answers | Last Activity on December 04, 2020

Hello, I have a photography blog and I want to know what I can do to increase traffic. Thank you in advance for any advice!

Advice
Should I take the leap to start my own online boutique?
By Nicky Smith | 5 Answers | Last Activity on December 04, 2020

I have an online group of about 1,000 members I currently do discount buys for. I have been wanting to open an online boutique but I'm scared to take the leap. My reasoning is the supplier for great...

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What's a Healthy Level of Business Debt?
By Matt D'Angelo | December 04, 2020

Financing can accelerate any business's growth, but it's vital to approach it properly.

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Legal Entity Compliance During COVID-19: Year-End Considerations for Business Owners
By James Gilmer | December 03, 2020

As the pandemic pushes business operations online and across state lines, business owners and management must comply with state requirements for legal entities.

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Differences Between an Angel Investor and a Venture Capitalist
By Will Jiang | December 03, 2020

In order to know which financing option is right for your business, it is important to understand the differences between the two.

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How to Attract International Investors
By Kiely Kuligowski | December 03, 2020

International investors can add value and scope to your business.

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How to Get a Business Loan: Ultimate Guide
By Sean Peek | December 02, 2020

When it comes to securing funding for your business, you have a lot of choices. How do you know which one is right for you? This ultimate guide on how to get a business loan will help you choose.

Advice
What advice do you have for other small businesses to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic?
By Haley C. Hanlon | 11 Answers | Last Activity on December 02, 2020

What can small businesses do during the COVID-19 shutdown on such short notice? What are tips for keeping revenue coming in during a time when they may have to close brick-and-mortar retail locations?

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How to Do a Year-End Review in the Midst of a Pandemic
By Nicole Krug | December 01, 2020

Taking the time to do a year-end review is a must for every business. But how do you do that during a pandemic?

Article
Time to Expand? Tips for Opening Another Location
By Max Freedman | November 30, 2020

There are a few things to consider before opening a new location.

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The Importance of Freelancers in 2021
By Andrew Martins | November 30, 2020

Years after the 2008 financial collapse changed the economic landscape, COVID-19 has shifted how companies see freelancers.