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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.

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7 Holiday Newsletter Tips for 2020
By Jared Atchison | November 02, 2020

Getting your newsletter right can help increase sales this holiday season.

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How to Terminate a Long-Term Employee
By Skye Schooley | November 02, 2020

Learn what to say (and not to say) when firing a long-term employee.

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6 Things Small Business Owners Need to Do Now to Succeed This Holiday Season
By Rich Rao | October 30, 2020

This holiday season may be make-or-break for many small businesses. Here are six tips for businesses to implement ASAP to make the most of this crucial season.

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Understanding and Mastering the Virtual Sale
By Ken Gosnell | October 30, 2020

In 2020, businesses have entered into a new reality. The virtual company is now a norm that customers of all ages and locations embrace. One of the most critical aspects of embracing the virtual...

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Why Your To-Do List Isn't Working (and the Agile Tools You Should Use Instead)
By Andrea Fryrear | October 30, 2020

Traditional to-do lists can't help us navigate an ever-shifting mountain of work, because they don't force us to focus on what really matters. Here's the Agile way to really get things done in four...

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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.

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How to Write an Executive Summary for a Marketing Plan
By David Gargaro | October 30, 2020

An executive summary of your marketing plan gives a brief overview of how you intend to reach your target audience and drive conversions. Here's what you should include.

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The Best Amazon Business Credit Cards
By Donna Fuscaldo | October 30, 2020

There's more to Amazon than free shipping and same-day delivery. It also has a suite of credit cards that reward you for doing business with the e-commerce giant.

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6 Ways Email Risk Assessment Helps to Reduce Online Fraud
By Matt Shealy | October 29, 2020

For each dollar of fraud, retailers typically spend $3.13 in transaction fees, interest, merchandise replacement and redistribution. Learn how email risk assessment strategies can reduce online fraud.

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Time Is Running Out for SMB Owners Impacted by 2018-19 Natural Disasters to Claim Federal Income Tax Credits
By Jason Fry | October 29, 2020

Businesses in 19 states could be eligible for the Employee Retention Credit (ERC), which was designed to help businesses recover the cost of retaining employees during a natural disaster.

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How to Use Facebook Analytics
By Marisa Sanfilippo | October 29, 2020

Facebook Analytics can give you the insight you need to better target your audience on the popular social media platform.

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What Is Considered Wrongful Termination?
By Skye Schooley | October 29, 2020

Learn what wrongful termination is and what laws protect employees from illegal termination.

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How Credit Card Issuers Approve Credit Card Applicants
By Donna Fuscaldo | October 29, 2020

Business credit cards have a lot of benefits, if you can get approved for one. Here's what credit card companies look for in a borrower.

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13 Customer Service Tips You Should Practice
By business.com editorial staff | October 28, 2020

If you follow these customer service tips and teach them to your employees, you can ensure your customers experience the care and attention they deserve from your team.

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Rollover for Business Startups: What Is a ROBS?
By Donna Fuscaldo | October 28, 2020

Looking for a way to fund your startup but don't want to take out a loan? A ROBS may be the answer.

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How to Find Business Investors
By Matt D'Angelo | October 27, 2020

Need an investor to help you grow your startup? Here's how to find an investor and which types to look for.

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How and Where to Buy a Website Domain
By Andrew Martins | October 27, 2020

Learn the steps involved in registering and buying your business website domain.

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Help Desk and Ticketing Management System Primer
By Andrew Martins | October 27, 2020

Businesses of any size can benefit from the features and functionality of a good help desk ticketing system.

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Leading With Transparency Promotes Customer Loyalty
By Austin Mac Nab | October 26, 2020

Companies that embrace transparency as a core business value find that it leads to consumer trust, loyalty and business success. Here are four areas businesses can be transparent with customers.

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Unsecured vs. Secured Business Loans
By Dock David Treece | October 26, 2020

Before you take out a business loan, you need to understand the difference between secured and unsecured loans so you can choose the best option for your business.

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Pros and Cons of an Instagram Business Account
By Kiely Kuligowski | October 26, 2020

Wondering if an Instagram business account is worth it? Check out these pros and cons of personal and business accounts.

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P90X Creator Tony Horton Is Building a New Business From the Ground Up
By Adam Uzialko | October 26, 2020

The renowned fitness expert has left behind the resources of a large company to launch his own venture, Power Nation.

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5 Tips for Boosting Sales With Conversion-Based Web Design
By Thomas Griffin | October 23, 2020

Nailing conversion-based web design means more people will spend time interacting with your business. If you get this part of your strategy right, you'll boost profits and customer trust.

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What Each Presidential Campaign Is Proposing for Small Business
By Andrew Martins | October 23, 2020

Both President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden have a plan for the future of the country. Here's how their plans could impact small businesses.

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Line of Credit vs. Credit Card: Which Is Best for Your Business?
By Donna Fuscaldo | October 23, 2020

A business line of credit and a business credit card are both useful tools for managing your business's finances. Find out which one is right for you.

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How to Use Instagram Stories for Business
By Kiely Kuligowski | October 23, 2020

Wondering how to make Instagram Stories work for business? Check out our guide for tips and examples.

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Consider Making These Data-Driven E-Commerce Upgrades Now to Futureproof Your Business
By David Fletcher | October 22, 2020

To keep up with new technology and rising customer expectations, it's critical that businesses upgrade and update the way their online store uses data.

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5 Ways to Grow Your Business with Google Analytics
By Chris Christoff | October 22, 2020

Google Analytics offers a wealth of information about consumer browsing habits and behavior. Its features let you critically examine your website for ways to improve the design and visitor flow.

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What You Can Learn From the Best Instagram Business Accounts
By Kiely Kuligowski | October 22, 2020

Learn from some of the top accounts on Instagram and see what works for them.

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SPONSORED: Privacy Steps Every Video Conference Meeting Host Should Take
By Nicole Fallon | October 21, 2020

With so many video conferences happening across the business world, it's important to set up your meetings properly to ensure privacy for your company and guests.

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How to Use Webinars and Live Video Conference to Generate Leads and Drive Sales
By Nicole Fallon | October 21, 2020

Video conference software can be more than an internal communications tool – it can also help you drive sales.

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Growing Your Business? Don't Fall Victim to These 6 Hiring Mistakes
By Peter Yang | October 21, 2020

A poor hiring decision costs a company tens of thousands of dollars, and while we're all bound to make a suboptimal hire at some point, any mistake that can be avoided should be avoided at all costs.

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What to Include in a Termination Letter
By Skye Schooley | October 21, 2020

Check out these free termination letter templates to get started on writing your own.

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What Small Businesses Need to Know About IRS Form 1099
By Dock David Treece | October 21, 2020

If your business pays independent contractors or vendors for freelance work, rent, or other items, you'll need to fill out IRS Form 1099.

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What to Include in a Layoff Letter When Laying Off Employees
By Skye Schooley | October 21, 2020

Learn how to communicate employee layoffs, and access this employee layoff template to get started.

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Small Business Guide to Using Google Analytics
By Kiely Kuligowski | October 20, 2020

Google Analytics can be incredibly useful in boosting your business and informing your marketing strategy. Here's how to use it effectively.

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How the EEOC Impacts Small Businesses
By Skye Schooley | October 20, 2020

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

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8 Tips for Generating More Engagement on Facebook
By Max Freedman | October 20, 2020

Facebook engagement is important for brand visibility and customer loyalty. Here's how to calculate and boost your audience engagement on Facebook.

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How Does the Department of Labor Affect Small Business?
By Skye Schooley | October 19, 2020

Learn about the agencies and laws that the Department of Labor (DOL) enforces and how it impacts your business.

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How to Create a Happy and Productive Work Culture
By Rachita Sharma | October 16, 2020

Investing in a happy culture reaps benefits beyond giving team members a better work-life balance and a sense of purpose. It also boosts productivity and a company's bottom line.

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3 Steps to Effective Employee Performance Management
By Laura Handrick | October 15, 2020

Rather than sticking to traditional forms of employee performance management, like annual reviews, managers are best served giving ongoing, real-time feedback.

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The New Marketing Dichotomy: Be Agile or Be Obsolete
By Andrea Fryrear | October 14, 2020

Remote work has proven to be effective, but it can become a recipe for misalignment and miscommunication if the right processes aren't in place. Agile was built for just such situations.

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6 Tips to Keep Your Emails Out of Gmail's Promotions Folder
By Jake Eisenberg | October 14, 2020

While email marketing is still effective, the Gmail Promotions tab has made it more challenging for marketers to get their emails opened. There are six ways to get your emails to show up in...

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Which Business Credit Card Fees Are Tax-Deductible?
By Dock David Treece | October 14, 2020

Can you deduct that credit card fee? Find out which credit card fees are tax-deductible.

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Small Business Guide to Hiring a Social Media Manager
By Kiely Kuligowski | October 14, 2020

A social media manager is responsible for creating and monitoring your social media content. Here's what to look for when hiring one.

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E-Commerce Marketing Strategies for Solopreneurs
By Guy Sheetrit | October 13, 2020

One major challenge among solopreneurs is that they lack the budget and reach that big brands possess. Apply these four that other successful companies have used to boost your business.

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5 Ways to Consolidate Business Debt
By Dock David Treece | October 13, 2020

Learn how to use business debt consolidation to simply your business loan payments and get a lower interest rate.

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Authenticity Sells: 5 Tips for Overcoming Impostor Syndrome
By Dr. Cindy McGovern | October 12, 2020

If you or members of your sales staff feel like they need to adopt an alternate persona, now is a good time to evaluate that notion. Customers tend to buy from people they know, like and trust.

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How Business Debt Consolidation Works
By Julie Thompson | October 12, 2020

If you have multiple business debts, you may be considering business debt consolidation to simplify your payments. Here's what you need to know before deciding if it's right for your business.