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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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Estate Planning Tips for the Owner-Dependent Business

Operating a business dependent upon your skills and expertise makes you a very valuable person to your business, but could leave your income (and your family’s well-being) at risk if and when something happens to you. Maybe you have not considered how important estate planning is because you’ve just accepted the fact that your business […]

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How to Scale Your Business for Sustainable Success

Business growth is a dream that sparkles in the eyes of many small business owners. But bigger is only better when your business operations are scalable. Significant growth without proper planning usually comes with extra costs and more work that could leave you and your business vulnerable and unprepared for the challenges of success. If […]

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Virtual Currency and Your Business

As it becomes increasingly common for businesses to conduct business online, the fees associated with online transactions rises to the top of the list of liabilities to be considered. The convenience of taking payments electronically comes at a cost. When looking for financially sound solutions to this problem, you may hear about Bitcoin and the […]

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