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The Best Free Apps and Online Tools for Entrepreneurs and Obsessive Collectors

by Candice Landau

As we head toward the new year, you’re likely thinking about setting goals and getting things organized. To help you prep, I’ve collated a list of tools—for both web and mobile devices—that have helped me and others get things done, save time, and work more productively. I should preface this list by saying that I... Read more »

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A Guide to Crafting Your LLC Operating Agreement

by Matt Kaufman

An operating agreement is the document that sets the rules for your LLC. You’ll be able to choose your management structure, lay out who’s responsible for what, and many other important issues. In this article, we’ll talk about how to create your own LLC operating agreement, what you should include, and where you’ll need to... Read more »

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Public Relations Tips for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs [Webinar Recap]

by Jonathan Michael

To grow a business, most entrepreneurs know that they should be implementing PR strategies. But where do you start, and what are the best approaches to public relations for an entrepreneur? For this webinar, we were joined by Jennefer Witter, CEO and founder of the Boreland Group, and author of the new book, “The Little... Read more »

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Target Marketing 101 [Infographic]

by Jonathan Michael

The term “target marketing” has been around for decades, but that doesn’t mean that everyone knows what it is or how to apply it to their business. If you’re just starting out, or if marketing your business has been something that you do without fully understanding it, then getting a grasp on target marketing will... Read more »

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Content Marketing Lessons SMBs Can Learn from Big Name Brands

by Brittany Klontz

For small business owners who are not 100% up to speed on the online marketing world, all this talk of content marketing may be a little confusing. Your business is online, and you’re on board the social media marketing bandwagon, surely that’s enough to keep up with your competition? Perhaps it is. But who wants... Read more »

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Image via Pantone, featuring the Color of the Year, Marsala.

The Latest Business News to Help You Plan for the Future

by Angelique O'Rourke

Every week we select some of the more interesting news stories. The ones we pick are aimed not only to keep you abreast of what is happening in the world, but that will hopefully give you inspiration and ideas that you can use to start, run or manage a better business. And of course, that... Read more »

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Got Clutter? 5 Ways to Streamline Your Business

by Anton Fraga

Cyber week has ended and Black Friday is behind us, and so are some great deals. This may be the season of gift giving and making year end purchases, but do you know what you actually need? Have you asked yourself: What do I already have, and do I have too much? This past Black... Read more »

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How to Create a Unique Selling Proposition

by Lisa Furgison

Whether you’re a new entrepreneur or thinking about joining the ranks, one question you’ll have to answer is: What sets your business apart? The answer to that question usually leads entrepreneurs to define their unique selling proposition, or USP. To help entrepreneurs create a unique selling proposition, we’ve written this handy guide to walk you... Read more »

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What New Payment Options Can You Offer Customers?

by Kristen Gramigna

Whether consumers will pay by credit or debit card, check and cash are no longer the only payment consideration for merchants—particularly as payment technology has evolved to include EMV credit cards, contactless payment, and mobile wallets. Though accepting the latest payment method that consumers prefer is an important aspect of delivering a positive customer experience,... Read more »

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Queenstown, New Zealand, where the Lord of The Rings movies were filmed.

The Best Places to Start a Business in 2015

by Angelique O'Rourke

You’ve no doubt heard what they say in real estate: location, location, location. When you’re looking to start a business, it rings just as true. Knowing the easiest place to set up shop with the highest chance of success, is key no matter what field you’re in. Over time, through development and expansion, the best... Read more »

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How to Fine-tune Your Small Business Finances—from Funding to Growth [Webinar Recap]

by Jonathan Michael

Are you an entrepreneur or small business owner with questions about funding your small business? Maybe you are wondering which metrics to track, or whether or not you should take out a loan for your business. If so, stick around—in this webinar, we featured a panel of experts to answer questions about funding your small... Read more »

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What Successful Freelancers Wish They’d Known from the Start

by Nick Chowdrey

The idea of starting your own business may sound daunting, but the reality is that the economic downturn has forced a lot of Americans to start working for themselves, either by setting up their own venture, or working as a freelancer. In fact, recent research predicts that 40% of America’s workforce will be self-employed by... Read more »

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6 Creative Ways to Figure Out If You’ve Got a Good Business Idea

by Angelique O'Rourke

So you have a great idea for a business, right? This is the one that will change everything, and put you on the map. You’ll become a sought-after investor, or maybe you’ll buy a vacation home in a sunny, tropical locale and bask in your newfound fame—and it’s all thanks to this game-changing business idea.... Read more »

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Things You Should Never Ask Job Applicants

by Steven Cook

Disclaimer: This article is intended to be general information only. Nothing in this article constitutes legal advice. Please consult with an attorney before making any legal decisions. Because some employment laws vary from state to state throughout the country, some of the information that follows may not be applicable to a particular business or employer.... Read more »

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How Do You Know If You Have a Good Idea for a Business?

by Noah Parsons

How do you know if you have a good idea for a business? One of my biggest challenges at Palo Alto Software is figuring out which ideas to pursue and which ideas to put on the back burner. I have the luxury of working with a bunch of really smart people, so new ideas for... Read more »

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Bank Loan Hurdles

3 Hurdles to Getting a Bank Loan and How to Overcome Them

by Marc Prosser

The percentage of total bank business loans that go to small businesses is in a steady decline, from over 50% in 1995, to under 30% in 2012. While it is harder than ever for small businesses to get a bank loan, it’s not impossible. Here are three of the primary hurdles you will encounter when... Read more »

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Inspired Ideas to Boost Employee Productivity During the Holidays

by Kayla Matthews

Wintertime brings with it a bevy of holidays, and that means one thing for business owners: your workers are going to be distracted. Whether it’s planning a New Year’s Eve soiree or buying gifts for family members, employees may experience productivity dips when the holiday season is in full swing. Although it may be tempting... Read more »

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10 Entertaining Things to Check out While You’re Waiting in Line Today

by Angelique O'Rourke

Good morning and Happy Black Friday! Another year, another Thanksgiving, followed by today – Black Friday – a major holiday shopping event in the United States (and outside of it), with most retailers featuring big discounts, crazy opening hours, and special offers through out the holiday weekend. Last year, Thanksgiving weekend saw 54.7 billion in retail sales... Read more »

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Our Favorite Black Friday Deals for Your Small Business

by Noah Parsons

We all know that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are great days to pick up deals and get your holiday shopping done. But, what about your small business? It needs a few holiday gifts to get it ready for the New Year. Here are 10 of our favorite deals that will help boost your business... Read more »

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Want to Run a Nonprofit? Start Here.

by Matt Kaufman

Starting a nonprofit means you want to make a difference. You’re not starting your NPO to hawk silly mobile apps or book infomercial time, you’re trying to make the world a better place. And that’s great! But, since a nonprofit is meant to serve the public good, the government takes regulation of nonprofits a lot... Read more »