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4 Things You Need to Know About Business Succession Planning

As a small business owner, you’ve likely spent plenty of time working with your business plan. But have you dedicated the same amount of time to planning for the continued success of your company after you retire? Or if you were to suddenly die or become incapacitated? If you’re like most business owners, the answer […]

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Corporations and LLCs Don’t Always Provide Personal Liability Protection

One of the primary reasons business owners set up corporations and limited liability companies (LLC) is to shield their personal assets from debts and other liabilities incurred by the business. Indeed, corporations and LLCs exist as separate legal entities from their owners, meaning the business itself can acquire assets, enter into contracts, and take on […]

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5 Essential Tips for Starting Your Own Business

These days, you’ll find all sorts of advice about how best to launch a business. But with so much information out there, it’s hard to know what you should heed and what you can ignore. To make things simple, we’ve compiled a list of five fundamental tips for starting a business that you can’t afford […]

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What is involuntary bankruptcy, and can it happen to my business?

Q: What is involuntary bankruptcy, and can it happen to my business? —Concerned Borrower A: Dear Concerned: While uncommon, creditors who believe they have no other recourse to get paid by a business debtor can force that company into what’s known as “involuntary bankruptcy.” Though involuntary bankruptcies against businesses do happen, several rigid conditions must […]

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Wellness Programs Boost Employee Health and Happiness—and Your Bottom Line

Business owners who launch workplace health and wellness programs can enjoy a wide-range of valuable benefits, not just for their employees, but for the entire company. Outside of a healthier and happier team, such programs can also increase productivity, save money, and even enhance your brand’s image among current and prospective employees. If you’re looking […]

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The Pros and Cons of Hiring Independent Contractors

If you’re a business owner, one of the most important choices you must make is whether to hire full-time employees or use independent contractors (IC). While the two classifications may seem quite similar, they both come with a wide array of unique advantages and disadvantages. What’s more, if you make a mistake when classifying your […]

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What Business Owners Should Know About Non-Compete Agreements

Non-compete agreements are commonplace in today’s workforce. According to reports from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, roughly 19 percent of American workers, or 30 million people, are currently covered by non-compete agreements. While non-compete agreements are fairly widespread, they’ve come under fire lately in the courts as being unfair to employees and imposing overly […]

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4 Reasons Why an Entrepreneurial Retreat is Just What You Need Right Now

For many entrepreneurs, being a “workaholic” is the default status. Though such drive and dedication can be positive in short bursts, in the long run it leads to stagnation, burnout, and worse. Just as experts advise us to step away from what we’re working on for short breaks throughout the day to maximize creativity, the […]

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5 Types of Insurance Every Business Should Have in Place

Before you open your business, it’s imperative to have proper insurance coverage. A single lawsuit or catastrophic event can wipe out a company before it even has a chance to get off the ground. That said, there are many types of insurance out there, and some policies can be extraordinarily expensive, so it’s critical to […]

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What are entrepreneurial retreats, and what value do they offer?

Q: What are entrepreneurial retreats, and what value do they offer? —Stressed-Out Business Owner A: Dear Stressed-Out: Entrepreneurial retreats offer a blend of personal and professional development for business owners looking to relax and recharge their creative batteries. Many retreats involve traveling to foreign locales, where attendees are completely removed from their demanding daily pressures, so […]

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4 Vital Legal Agreements All Startups Should Have in Place

When getting a business off the ground, one common mistake business owners make is not establishing a solid legal foundation to protect their company from unforeseen situations and circumstances. The most effective and efficient way to provide this legal bedrock is by putting a set of key legal agreements in place. Gleaned from years of […]

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