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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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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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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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4 Intellectual Property Myths Business Owners Should Be Aware Of

Many small business owners fail to realize just how valuable their intellectual property is. But the fact is, intellectual property (IP) makes up between 40% to 90% of the total value of some companies, according valuation experts. Given this, it’s extremely important that these assets are well protected if you have them—and you probably do, […]

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How to Deduct $5,250 of Your Adult Child’s College Tuition as a Business Expense

With today’s tuition costs at astronomically high levels, paying for a child’s college education can feel like extortion. If your child is an adult, you may have decided that it’s up to him or her to pay for tuition, but if you do want to help your adult child (or grandchild) with college tuition, there […]

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The Top Stressors of Business Ownership and How to Manage Them (Without Freaking Out)

There are many reasons people decide to start their own business: to be your own boss, set your own hours, control the people and projects you work with. Yet the reality of business ownership isn’t quite as rosy—it’s one of the most stressful endeavors you’ll ever undertake. While running your own company will inevitably have […]

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The Top 4 Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Business

While starting and building a successful business is immensely challenging, selling one can be almost as difficult. Many business owners are surprised by just how time consuming and laborious the sales process is. Fortunately, tons of time and effort can be saved simply by avoiding these four common pitfalls: Insufficient Preparation You certainly wouldn’t plant […]

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Litigation vs. Arbitration: Know Your Strategy

Civil disputes between two parties can be settled in litigation (i.e., court) or through arbitration. The two processes are quite different, so thoroughly understanding them both is essential when facing a business conflict. Going to Court In litigation, two parties resolve their conflict in court with the assistance of a judge and/or jury. Litigation is […]

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How to Be Smart About Small Business Debt

Taking on debt can help small businesses meet expenses and finance growth. The key to making it work is knowing specifically what you will use the debt for, how it will generate a return on your debt investment and tracking, tracking, tracking. If you need support with finding capital for your business and tracking the […]

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Weathering the Storms: Partnering for Preparedness

As we all know, natural disasters such as the onslaught of hurricanes that hit the Gulf Coast recently can devastate communities, shutting down business operations and throwing entire communities into survival mode. Preparedness is key when it comes to weathering storms large and small, but many small businesses don’t know where to start when devising […]

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Taking That Leap: How Emotional Intelligence Can Create Business Success

Working for yourself comes with many benefits. But it can also throw you into unfamiliar territory, financially and emotionally. Taking that leap into entrepreneurship doesn’t just require a business plan and funding, it takes emotional intelligence – the capability to recognize and work productively with your own emotions and those of others. In fact, this […]

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