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5 Reasons You Need Standard Operating Procedures

Standard operating procedures (SOPs) are detailed instructions describing the procedures for carrying out recurring business tasks. At first, creating SOPs for your company’s processes might not seem very important. After all, if it’s just you and a couple other people doing all the work, creating step-by-step instructions for each key task might seem like a […]

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4 Tips For Starting a New Business As a Side Hustle

Whether you’re looking to start your very first business, or you’re an established business owner looking to develop another income stream, launching a side hustle can be an ideal way to do so. By developing your business as a part-time side gig, you can greatly reduce the personal and financial risk that comes with starting […]

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How to Obtain Zero-Percent Interest Credit Lines For Your Startup

One of the most frustrating things for an entrepreneur is coming up with a great business idea, but being unable to get the concept off the ground due to a lack of financing. With banks often unwilling to loan money to startups that have yet to make at least two years of income, unless you […]

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4 Tips For Running a Successful Business With Your Spouse

Upon first glance, starting a business with your spouse can seem like the ideal opportunity. You get to spend more time together, make money, and build your own company with someone you implicitly trust. If you have an amazing marriage, you should be just as successful at running a business together, right? Unfortunately, it’s not […]

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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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