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The 5 Most Popular Types of 501(c)
By Deborah Sweeney | November 17, 2020

If you're considering starting a 501(c) organization, you should know the different options and the criteria for each.

Article
How to Start an Online Business From Home
By Ryan Ayers | November 17, 2020

Follow these five steps to lay a durable foundation for small business success in the digital marketplace.

Advice
Is it more important to hire a lawyer or accountant?
By Colette Hamilton | 39 Answers | Last Activity on November 16, 2020

As a small business, is it more important to get the advice of a lawyer or accountant. There are various questions, such as our choice of legal entity and making sure we are taking the right steps...

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Shopify or Amazon? Which Is Better for Your Business?
By Max Freedman | November 16, 2020

Shopify and Amazon are giants in the e-commerce world, but which one is better for your business? Read on to make the right choice.

Article
How LaFlore Paris Became the Most-Funded Female-Owned Business on Kickstarter
By Kiely Kuligowski | November 16, 2020

LaFlore Paris co-founder Natacha Seroussi shares her tips on being successful on crowdfunding sites.

Advice
What tips do you have for starting an eco-friendly business?
By Sumaiya Akter Mili | 4 Answers | Last Activity on November 13, 2020

I want create an eco-friendly business but I do not know where to start. I'm having trouble finding business ideas that meet my small budget. Any advice?

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Should You Buy or Lease an ATM?
By Jennifer Post | November 13, 2020

Consider these six things before deciding if your business should buy or rent an ATM.

Advice
What are a few websites with positive reputations for freelance writing? I'm already with Elance, so are there any other good ones?
By Heather Nelson | 14 Answers | Last Activity on November 12, 2020

Looking for new freelance writing work. Know any good sites or companies hiring contractors? Web content writing, like writing, article writing, press release writing, etc.

Article
What Have We Learned? Business Lessons From COVID-19
By Brian Wallace | November 11, 2020

Do the work now so your business will still be around later.

Article
What Is a Shareholder Agreement?
By Sammi Caramela | November 11, 2020

With a shareholders' agreement, your corporation can avoid legal issues and challenges.

Article
How At-Will Employment Works for You and Your Employees
By Adam Uzialko | November 11, 2020

Many employers use an at-will employment model. Here's what at-will employment means for employers and employees.

Advice
What goes into creating a good performance management plan?
By Andrew Martins | 4 Answers | Last Activity on November 11, 2020

When it comes to effectively gauging your employees' efficacy, what's your performance management process? What goes into writing a performance management plan? What do you look for in a performance...

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Closing Because of the Pandemic? Beware of Potential Tax Hits
By Donna Fuscaldo | November 10, 2020

Thousands of small businesses have shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Adding insult to injury, many are facing tax hits as they wind down.

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How to Survive When Business Is Slow
By Simone Johnson | November 09, 2020

Many businesses experience financial ups and downs. Here are tips to help you stay afloat when business slows down.

Article
Employee Rights You're Violating Right Now
By Kiely Kuligowski | November 09, 2020

Are you violating your employees' rights? Find out which violations are the most common and what you need to know to avoid making them.

Article
How to Improve Your In-House Customer Service Team
By Thomas Griffin | November 09, 2020

Give your customer service team a reboot with these tips.

Advice
what is the best business to start at home during social distancing?
By elena rosito | 4 Answers | Last Activity on November 08, 2020

I want to start a small online business at home during these times of covid-19 crisis and social distancing and quaratine. I worked in the hospitality industry for so long, I haven't got any idea how...

Article
How to Handle Internal Communications During a Merger
By Michael DesRochers | November 06, 2020

M&A deals are on the rise. How should entrepreneurs and business leaders prepare their workforce when going through a merger?

Article
4 Ways to Ensure Mold Doesn't Deter Your Business Reopening
By Brian Miller | November 05, 2020

As businesses reopen after lockdown, many are discovering their premises have been taken over by mold. Here's how to protect your business, building, employees and customers from mold.

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With COVID-19 Rising, Small Businesses Expand Health Coverage
By Donna Fuscaldo | November 05, 2020

Despite a slowdown in business due to the pandemic, small businesses are stepping up, making sure employees have health insurance.

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Small Business Boom: 'Pandemic Founders' Will Determine the Next Beloved Tech Brands
By Jay Bregman | November 04, 2020

2020's business founders are starting up with a fresh perspective, determining who the next beloved tech brands will be.

Advice
How do I get data entry projects?
By Anonymous User | 3 Answers | Last Activity on November 03, 2020

We want to work on data entry projects and are looking for some data entry related work, bpo projects work and data entry services. What are some recommendations you may have to attain these...

Advice
What do you do to add some fun to running your business?
By Mary-Alice Miller | 14 Answers | Last Activity on November 03, 2020

I have a tendency to always focus on the next thing on my to-do list. When I was in the corporate world, with many more resources, I found that I would take more breaks and joke around with...

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Why Your Nondisclosure Agreement (NDA) Should Have Mutual Protections
By Patrick Proctor | November 03, 2020

Mutual nondisclosure agreements can provide legal protection for your business as well as the other parties when you work with other businesses and contractors.

Article
What Does a Business Website Cost?
By Andrew Martins | October 30, 2020

Building a good business website will come with some costs. Find out what they are and what you need.

Advice
Would you consider outsourcing to help your startup grow?
By Virtual Coworker | 14 Answers | Last Activity on October 29, 2020

There are a lot of business going for outsourced staff and outsourcing, would you consider outsourcing your business if you are just starting up?

Advice
Outsourcing - is it good for a startup?
By Arjun Thakuri | 27 Answers | Last Activity on October 29, 2020
Advice
What's the best book on leadership and motivating your team?
By Mary-Alice Miller | 67 Answers | Last Activity on October 29, 2020

There are a ton of books out there on the subject, but does anyone have any recommendations. I've heard the Balanced Scorecard is good, as well as Seth Godin's Tribes, though they probably are...

Advice
What payroll service do you use and what do you like about?
By Chad Brooks | 6 Answers | Last Activity on October 29, 2020

Trying to learn more about what payroll services your businesses are using and whether you like the service or not. What do you like about it? What is the service missing?

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How to Increase Your Small Business Market Share
By Joshua Stowers | October 28, 2020

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