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3 Major Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a New Business

Whether it’s your very first or your tenth, if you’re looking to start a new business venture, you have two options: 1) build your own from scratch or 2) buy an existing one. And while many entrepreneurs dream of building their own company from the ground up, the reality is, launching a brand-new business can […]

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Protecting Your Intellectual Property Early On Is Vital

When it comes to intellectual property (IP), you’re probably familiar with things like patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Yet, these are just terms describing how businesses can legally protect certain types of IP. Though such terms offer a general idea about what IP is, they don’t fully explain how it works. And whether you know it […]

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Navigating State Laws Governing Business Names

One of the coolest parts of owning a business is getting to come up with its name. On the creative side, you’re choosing a name to represent and encapsulate the essence of your life’s work. On the practical side, you’re trying to come up with something that will most effectively grab the interest of potential […]

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The Grave Risks of Using DIY Legal Documents

Need instructions for replacing your car’s spark plugs? Want to learn HTML? Looking to find the route home with the least traffic? You can find all of that—and just about anything else—with a quick Google search. Indeed, the amount of information you can gain from the Internet is staggering. But just because you can find […]

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4 Big-Time Benefits of Effective Business Systems

From payroll and project management to invoicing and inventory, business systems are vital to your organization’s efficiency and sustainability. Without effective systems, your team is likely to become bogged down by the countless small tasks they must complete on a daily basis just for your business to function. While many basic processes may not seem […]

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4 Questions to Ask Before Investing in a Franchise

If you’ve always dreamed of starting your own business, but find the idea of building an entire operation from scratch too daunting, you might consider investing in a franchise. Since you’re getting an already proven business model and brand, purchasing a franchise can make the start-up phase quite a bit easier. In addition to getting […]

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8 Items to Include in Your Employee Handbook

If your company has (or plans to have) employees, you should definitely create an employee handbook. Handbooks ensure that employees are not only aware of your rules, but also the federal and state laws governing their employment. You can use the handbook to introduce your employees to your company and its culture, explaining what’s expected […]

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4 Legal Landmines to Avoid When Launching a Business

The whirlwind of excitement and activity surrounding the launch of a startup can feel overwhelming. You’re so focused on managing the day-to-day logistics of getting your business up and running, you often don’t have time to focus on the bigger picture. Because of this, it can be easy to overlook some perilous legal pitfalls that […]

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Secure Your Financial Future By Focusing on Cash Flow Instead of Accumulation

The typical formula for financial planning is to earn enough income, so you can invest a portion of it with Wall Street in hopes that one day you’ll accumulate enough wealth to retire. The plan is to sock enough money away over 30+ years and pray these investments eventually grow ample enough for you to […]

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What You Should Know About Rewards-Based Crowdfunding

The web has revolutionized business operations in numerous ways: email, social-media marketing, and online job recruiting are just a few of the biggies. But another innovation is dramatically enhancing your ability to obtain business financing via online crowdfunding. Whether it’s equity crowdfunding, rewards crowdfunding, donation crowdfunding, or lending crowdfunding, these methods allow you to solicit […]

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Fund Your Startup With Zero-Percent Interest Loans Using Credit Card Stacking

Undoubtedly, many budding entrepreneurs have developed winning business concepts over the years, but have ultimately given up due to a perceived lack of funding. This may have even happened to you. Indeed, banks are primarily interested in lending to established companies. Dipping into personal savings or using home equity credit is much too high-risk for […]

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