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Last Updated: January 28, 2021

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Which software do you recommend using to manage your team remotely?
By Daniel Elton | 17 Answers | Last Activity on March 06, 2021

I am operating a small business during the COVID-19 lock down period. How do you manage your remote team? Is there any specific apps/software you rely on/recommend?

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Share Your Story: How has COVID-19 affected you?
By Haley C. Hanlon | 12 Answers | Last Activity on March 05, 2021

Hi everyone, I'm Haley, the Community Manager here at business.com. As the spread of Covid-19 has turned the world upside down and posed a particular challenge to small business, we?re working to...

Article
5 Easy Steps to Set Up Direct Deposit for Your Employees
By Skye Schooley | March 03, 2021

Learn how to set up direct deposit for your employees in five easy steps.

Article
How to Remote Into Your Computer From Your Mobile Device
By Sean Peek | February 26, 2021

Remote access software was quickly adopted during COVID-19, but businesses will continue to use these tools in the post-pandemic world.

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Don't Want a VPN? 4 Alternatives to Consider for Your Business
By Nicole Fallon | February 24, 2021

Virtual private networks are a tool to help protect your business's private data, but they are not perfect.

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What Is Remote Desktop Software?
By Sean Peek | February 22, 2021

Remote desktop technology has become a necessity for the pandemic-era workforce.

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Beyond the Paycheck Protection Program: Loans to Supplement PPP Funding
By Nicole Fallon | February 03, 2021

A PPP loan can help struggling businesses, but it's not the only option if you need more of a financial boost.

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Everything You Need to Know About Installment Loans
By Donna Fuscaldo | February 03, 2021

Installment loans are a viable funding option for many small businesses. Before you take one out, check out our guide.

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Why Working Capital Is Key to Economic Recovery
By Nicole Fallon | February 02, 2021

Increased working capital for hard-hit small businesses will allow them to rebuild and flourish, thereby boosting overall economic recovery.

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2021: The Year of the Digital SMB
By Stacey Marx | February 02, 2021

2021 will see SMBs further exploit the power and benefits of virtualizing their operations and customer and employee touchpoints.

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How Can Small Businesses Cultivate Resilience During the COVID-19 Crisis?
By Ming-Yi Wu | February 02, 2021

The resilience of small businesses with limited assets has been tested during the pandemic. Here are six ways to stay resilient during this prolonged downturn.

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Self-Employed Guide to Tax Benefits and Deductions
By Andrew Martins | February 02, 2021

Taxes can be difficult to navigate, but it's well worth the effort. To help you maximize the deductions and benefits you're entitled to, we've put together this list of self-employed tax deductions.

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6 Email Marketing Trends in 2021
By Rohit Prasanna | February 01, 2021

Follow these tips and predictions to step up your email marketing in 2021.

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How to Create a Remote Help Desk for Your Business
By Skye Schooley | February 01, 2021

Follow this six-step process to create an effective remote help desk for your business.

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How to Apply for a Business Credit Card if You Have Bad Credit
By Donna Fuscaldo | February 01, 2021

Qualifying for a business credit card if you have bad credit is difficult but not impossible. You may have to start with a secured card.

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The Benefits of Working With the SBA
By Donna Fuscaldo | February 01, 2021

From access to capital to education and counseling, the Small Business Administration has a lot to offer small business owners.

Article
15 Instagram Marketing Tips for Business
By Marisa Sanfilippo | January 28, 2021

Check out these tips to drive your Instagram marketing strategy toward better engagement and higher ROI.

Article
Support Employees' Child Care Needs With a Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
By Jane Genova | January 27, 2021

Dependent care FSAs are a benefit many employees find appealing, and it could help your company attract top candidates.

Article
Remote Work Best Practices (Plus Sample Policy)
By Marisa Sanfilippo | January 26, 2021

With so many businesses now having employees work from home, it is vital to have a well-thought-out plan that fosters this new working environment.

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19 Tips to Avoid a Tax Audit of Your Small Business Return
By Andrew Martins | January 26, 2021

Getting audited by the IRS can be a stressful and, ultimately, costly event. To help avoid that scenario, we've collected 19 tips to avoid being targeted by the IRS.

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The Post-PPP Tax Realities You Should Know
By Andrew Martins | January 26, 2021

If your business received money through the Paycheck Protection Program, your tax situation for 2020 will be different from previous years.

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The Impact of COVID-19 and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion on the Business World
By Nicole Fallon | January 22, 2021

With his experience and passion, Agapito "Aga" Morgan is uniquely poised to lead KeyBank's Commercial Banking Healthcare Team and serve as the co-chair of its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council.

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10 Ways Businesses Can Put Downtime to Good Use
By Dr. Cindy McGovern | January 21, 2021

When business is slow, downtime can be wasted or harvested as an opportunity. Turn boredom into innovation, creativity and problem-solving.

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Can Employers Require Employees to Get the COVID Vaccine?
By Skye Schooley | January 21, 2021

Learn the legal ins and outs of requiring your employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

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How to Decide if a Permanent WFH Model Makes Sense for your Business
By Chris Porteous | January 20, 2021

COVID-19 forced businesses to embrace working from home, whether they were ready or not. Now businesses have to consider extending those policies permanently.

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Insider Attacks and How to Prevent Them
By Andrew Martins | January 20, 2021

While most cybersecurity threats come from outside your company, internal issues can cause major breaches as well.

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7 Ways to Recession-Proof Your Business (With Case Studies)
By Wesley Cherisien | January 19, 2021

What should a small business do when facing a recession? Here are some practical ways to recession-proof your business.

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Small Business Optimism Sinks as COVID-19 Rages, New President Takes Office
By Donna Fuscaldo | January 19, 2021

Small business owners are pessimistic about the coming months, but there are reasons to be optimistic over the longer term.

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How to Manage an Employee Leave of Absence
By Alison Grillo | January 19, 2021

Employers must understand what their obligations are for providing employees a leave of absence.

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How to Lower Your Credit Card Processing Fees
By Donna Fuscaldo | January 19, 2021

Are you paying too much for credit card processing? Find out how you can reduce the amount you pay for transactions.