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Pad That Bank Account: 6 Strategies for Companies Raising Capital
By Faizan Raza | October 22, 2020

Whether you run a startup or a Fortune 500 company, you need capital to grow. Here are six strategies for raising capital as a small business owner.

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The 5 Biggest Challenges to Starting a Business (and How to Overcome Them)
By Dave Thomas | October 02, 2020

Starting a business is a difficult endeavor. It is critical to identify your challenges and set a plan for how to tackle them.

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19 Essential Tools for Building a Successful Business Plan
By Scott Gerber | September 29, 2020

These resources can reduce the time and effort it takes to write a comprehensive plan.

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How Your Life Experiences Can Inspire Your Business and Help It Grow
By Simone Johnson | September 25, 2020

Learn how Mixed Up Clothing owner Sonia Kang's multicultural background, nursing credentials, and flair for fashion both inspired and saved her business.

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7 Steps to Starting a Business
By Chris Porteous | September 21, 2020

The businesses that stand the best chances of surviving into the future are those that don't risk it all on a single "big score." They play the long game and manage risk frugally.

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Making a Difference: What You Should Know About Nonprofits
By Chris Porteous | September 10, 2020

Should you start your business as a for profit or nonprofit? Learn which business model works best for you.

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Trademark Basics: How to Submit a Trademark
By Max Freedman | September 09, 2020

Learn about the subtle differences between trademarks and copyrights.

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5 Steps to Successfully Transition From Pro Athlete to Entrepreneur
By Dominic Blanco | September 02, 2020

Learn what one former pro athlete recommends to other athletes considering venturing into entrepreneurship.

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What You Need to Know Before Pitching a Product Idea to Investors
By Dima Venglinski | July 31, 2020

Follow these proven strategies to create a successful investment pitch deck – with recommendations on how to avoid missteps when introducing an idea to a funding organization or angel investor.

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Startups vs. Small Businesses: What Should You Build?
By Jared Atchison | July 24, 2020

Understanding the differences between startups and small businesses will impact your success. Find out what the best type of business is for you.

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3 Future-Readiness Ideas All Small Businesses Must Embrace
By Ian Khan | July 22, 2020

There are several steps entrepreneurs can take to overcome disruptions while growing business from the ground up.

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What's the Difference Between Exempt and Nonexempt Employees?
By Skye Schooley | July 22, 2020

Learn the difference between exempt and nonexempt so you can properly classify your employees.

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How to Create a Sustainable Business Model
By Drew Hendricks | July 14, 2020

Why should your business be sustainable, and how can you achieve this model?

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Tech and Equipment to Jump-Start Your Catering Business
By business.com editorial staff | July 13, 2020

There is a lot of technology and other equipment you should invest in before you begin.

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Business Plan Basics: A Simple Formula for Highly Successful Startups
By business.com editorial staff | July 12, 2020

A well-crafted business plan forms the cornerstone of your business.

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Why You Should Develop a Relationship With a Business Lawyer
By Doron Hafner | July 10, 2020

The facets of launching a company can be overwhelming. Getting the help of a business lawyer is crucial to your success.

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How to Start a Telehealth Business
By John Riddle | July 09, 2020

The market and demand will only grow, but will the rules prove too difficult to overcome?

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How to Start a 3D Printing Business
By business.com editorial staff | July 07, 2020

Profit from your expertise in 3D printing and start your career in this growing industry.

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Expert Advice on Setting Up a Forex Trading Business
By business.com editorial staff | July 01, 2020

We spoke to Casey Stubbs, the founder of Winners Edge Trading, to learn about foreign exchange trading.

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How to Create a Partnership Agreement
By Sean Peek | June 29, 2020

If you are entering a business partnership, it's important to understand the rules of a partnership agreement and how to create one. Here's what you need to know about partnership agreements.

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Should I Start My Own Business During Retirement?
By business.com editorial staff | June 26, 2020

Retirement doesn't always mean not working. Sometimes, it means pursuing entrepreneurship.

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How to Set a Price for Your Service
By business.com editorial staff | June 26, 2020

Are you properly valuing the services you provide?

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5 Common Pitfalls of Entrepreneurship, and How to Avoid Them
By Deborah Sweeney | June 25, 2020

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