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5 Common Pitfalls of Entrepreneurship, and How to Avoid Them
BY Deborah Sweeney

Creating a proper work-life balance keeps you running smoothly, which in turn allows the business to run smoothly.

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Why Your Construction Company Needs Smart Helmets
BY business.com editorial staff

This wearable tech could improve your construction team's safety and efficiency.

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Avoid These Mistakes While Starting a Business in a Risky Economy
BY Dustin Ray

If you're an aspiring entrepreneur trying to get your business idea up and running during this tumultuous year, pay attention to these key mistakes to avoid.

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How to Run a Successful Virtual Meeting
BY business.com editorial staff

Find out what to do to keep your virtual meeting participants engaged and invested.

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5 POS Reports Your Retail Business Should Be Using
BY business.com editorial staff

Increase sales and minimize waste at your store with the data already in your POS system.

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Time to Ditch Cash? Why Credit Card Only Might Make Sense
BY business.com editorial staff

Consider the advantages and disadvantages of moving to a cashless system.

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How to Use New Tech to Succeed in an Old Industry, and to Give Back
BY Simone Johnson

Fitz Frames uses new technology and creativity to not only break into an established industry, but to give back to the community.

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How do I start outsourcing business tasks?
QUESTION | BY Lynn Kretschmer | 23 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/25/20

I have no idea where to start outsourcing business tasks. What do I look for in an outsourcing professional? How do I know which tasks I should be outsourcing? When should I start outsourcing? Help!

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How to Transition From Your 9-to-5 Job to Full-Time Franchise Ownership
BY Nathan Resnick

Does your day job leave you exhausted at the end of the workweek? If so, franchising might be a good opportunity for you to be your own boss.

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Do I need an LLC or can I operate as a sole proprietor?
QUESTION | BY Marcy Lechleiter | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/24/20

I am starting a job as an independent contractor with an company for online dental billing for dental offices. I will not be selling anything , I am also in the middle of a move to TN where they...

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How can a business owner ensure they're hiring the right people?
QUESTION | BY Leonard Phillips | 8 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/24/20

We have a small cleaning company that we started in 2005. Our biggest challenge is with employees. We read many leadership books, have weekly meetings with our leaders, monthly staff meetings to...

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Will Insurers Cover Business Losses From COVID-19?
BY Dan Rafter

As restrictions start to lift, a big question remains: Will governments and lawsuits force insurance providers to cover businesses' coronavirus-related losses?

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What Are 7702 Plans, and How Can They Be Used for Retirement?
BY business.com editorial staff

These life insurance policies are tax deferred over time to build cash value.

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How the FMLA Applies to Your Small Business
BY Skye Schooley

Understand how the Family and Medical Leave Act applies to your business and what you need to do to comply with its regulations.

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Have you ever used business planning software? If so, what?
QUESTION | BY Anna Attkisson | 4 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/20/20

I'm curious to know if business planning is something most professionals do on their own or if any of the off-the-shelf options are truly helpful or not.

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Tech Tools Your Construction Business Should Be Using
BY business.com editorial staff

Check out these must-have apps and tools to improve efficiency and profitability.

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Drones in Precision Agriculture and Crop Management
BY business.com editorial staff

Drones are the next technology to provide innovative solutions to the agriculture industry.

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6 Technological Advances Revamping the Construction Industry
BY business.com editorial staff

Wearables, robots, BIM, drones and rugged devices are changing things.

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How to Accept Credit Card Payments: A Beginner's Guide
BY Adam Uzialko

You know your business needs to accept credit cards. How can your business accept them?

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What to Do When Your CEO Leaves
BY business.com editorial staff

Is your CEO stepping down? Follow these three tips to ease the transition.

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What advice do you have for other small businesses to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic?
QUESTION | BY Haley Hanlon | 11 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/18/20

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 Handle Negative Press About Your SMB
BY business.com editorial staff

A business.com community member asked how to handle a PR crisis. We found answers.

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8 Home-Based Business Ideas You Didn't Think Of
BY business.com editorial staff

These home-based business ideas probably weren't on your radar until now, but there are many opportunities for starting a business from your home.

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Which are the first 2-3 steps to becoming a music manager?
QUESTION | BY Africana Gisele | 14 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/17/20

I'm an artist with an artistic career and I would like to build my management office. To build a music management practice, which documents, connections, and sponsors do I need? Do I need money to...

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How Writing a Book Might Help Your Small Business
BY business.com editorial staff

Writing a book can build trust and foster a more genuine connection with your consumers.

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Business and Product Names: A Guide to Choosing or Changing Them
BY business.com editorial staff

Your business name is more than just a catchy phrase. Here's how to choose the right one.

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How to Increase Your Small Business Market Share
BY Joshua Stowers

Looking to increase your small business market share? Find out how to calculate and improve your share of the market.

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Emotional Intelligence and Negotiating: Lessons From Harvard Business School
BY business.com editorial staff

Follow these tips from Harvard Business School professor Michael Wheeler to manage anxiety and emotionally prepare for negotiation.

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Backup Power for Small Businesses: Always Be Prepared
BY business.com editorial staff

It's important to develop a disaster plan for your business that accounts for the scenario of a power failure.

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How to Change Your Business Structure
BY business.com editorial staff

Is your original business structure no longer a good fit for your company? Change it.