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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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The Basics of Venture Capital Financing

If you’ve come up with a great business idea, but don’t have the money to bring it to market, it may feel like you’re left with few funding options. Banks aren’t interested in loaning to startups that have yet to make any money, and most people don’t have family or friends who are wealthy enough […]

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3 Critical But Often-Overlooked Metrics Businesses Should Track

As a business owner, you’re likely monitoring a number of key performance indicators (KPI) to determine how well your company is doing. And if you’re launching a new business, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the importance of KPIs. Whether related to your financials, advertising, turnover, and/or website traffic, these metrics can be a great way to […]

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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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