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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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Oh No, You Didn't! 3 Tips for Preventing Fraud by Employees
BY business.com editorial staff

Fraud can happen anywhere, by anyone, including your own workers.

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Paycheck Protection Program Forgiveness: New Guidance Released by SBA
BY Adam Uzialko

The SBA extended the deadline for businesses to return their Paycheck Protection Program loans to May 18. Here's what to know about returning your funds.

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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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Will There Be a Second Stimulus Check? What Is the HEROES Act?
BY Adam Uzialko

The HEROES Act, a $3 trillion spending bill intended to further address the economic impact of COVID-19, includes a second check for individual taxpayers. But it has to pass the Senate first.

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How Tokenization Can Democratize Your Business Investments and Transform Your Capital
BY Alex Rosen

Blockchain offers some incredible finance opportunities, but is it right for your business?

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What Is a High-Risk Business Loan, and What Industries Can It Help?
BY Simone Johnson

Learn about high-risk business loans and potential financing alternatives.

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$15 Minimum Wage: How Have SMBs Been Affected?
BY Adam Uzialko

When a city or state government increases the minimum wage, small business owners have no choice but to comply. How are minimum wage increases affecting small businesses?

Advice
Revenue model for a start up providing free services?
QUESTION | BY Gopal Yadav | 8 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/17/20

Looking answers for revenue model of a start up: A start up engaged in service industry wants to provide services free of cost to its targets till the time it does not get sufficient response, so...

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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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The Ultimate Small Business Guide to Credit Card Processing Fees
BY Simone Johnson

Learn about credit card processing fees and how to negotiate for lower costs.

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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.

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How to Attract Investors During a Crisis
BY Howard Goldstein

If you have been turned down by banks for funding, it is critical to ensure you take the steps needed to make your business investor-friendly.

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What Are Merchant Cash Advances and Working Capital Loans?
BY Simone Johnson

Should you consider a merchant cash advance or working capital loan to alleviate your cash flow problems? Or would that make things worse?

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Buying a Business: The Pros and Cons of Seller Financing
BY business.com editorial staff

Buying a business through seller financing is an overlooked option. How does it work? How do both parties get a good deal?

Advice
What is the difference between a merchant cash advance and working capital loan?
QUESTION | BY Adam Uzialko | 5 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/12/20

I'm currently working on an article for business.com about the difference between a merchant cash advance and a working capital loan. I am looking for community members with experience, either as...

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Small Business COVID-19 Diaries: Part 4
BY Adam Uzialko

COVID-19 upended economic activity and disrupted small business owners' lives. Here are stories from real entrepreneurs about how the novel coronavirus pandemic is impacting them.

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12 Accounting and Cash Flow Management Lessons From 10 Years as a CEO
BY Catherine vanVonno

Many small businesses struggle with cash flow and other accounting issues. What tips or strategies have helped you manage business finances effectively?

Advice
How do I collect overdue payments from clients?
QUESTION | BY Kassandra Khoury | 22 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/11/20

I have a problem that I am trying to solve. Some of my customers are not paying their bills and we have to close our fiscal year. If they don't pay within three days how do I account for these...

Advice
What is the best way to keep records as a real estate agent?
QUESTION | BY John Vogele | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/11/20

My wife used to work with web design for years. She enjoyed working with clients. So she is now a licensed real estate agent in rural Montana. I am charged with setting up a record-keeping system,...

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An Uncharted Path to the New Normal for Venture Capital Firms
BY Louis Lehot

COVID-19 has thrown economies into disarray. Data shows that a global recession, and maybe even a global depression, is now upon us.

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7 Quick Tips for Negotiating a Business Lease
BY business.com editorial staff

Get the office of your dreams within your budget.

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What Is the Best Accounting Software for Restaurants?
BY Business.com Contributor

Look for timesaving features, bank and POS integrations, and anytime, anywhere access.

Advice
How do I get a grant or loan from the government?
QUESTION | BY Javaro Munnings | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/08/20

How do I get a grant or loan from the government? Or get a loan for my new business? What is the best way to market my business and see fast results and which marketing website works better? Yelp?...

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In Pursuit of Profit: Applications and Uses of Break-Even Analysis
BY Simone Johnson

A break-even analysis is an essential element of financial planning. Here's how to apply it to your business.

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How to Accept Credit Card Payments Using Your Phone
BY Simone Johnson

Accepting credit card payments by phone is an easy, inexpensive way to get paid.

Advice
How can I get international funding support for a business?
QUESTION | BY Syed Rossedi Tuan Dalam | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/29/20

I want to start a service-oriented business - Auto Carpet Cleaning Services in Malaysia. All this while, only manual cleaning available. I have done my homework and produced my business plan, which I...

Advice
How can I get Clients for my starting Call Center?
QUESTION | BY Luis Ramirez | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/29/20

I'd like to get some help to get some clients so we as Call Center can start with the expanding process of our services, we are able to work as BPO, and we are already with the people and equiipment...

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Save the Planet With These Business and Personal Credit Cards
BY Janet Gershen-Siegel

Busy entrepreneurs may have charitable impulses but no time to act on them. Why not use business credit which donates directly to charity?