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Getting Started

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Frustrated businessman
The moment you decide to start your own business is one of sheer joy. Unfortunately, starting a new business also takes a lot of time.
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thinking
Filed In: Getting Started
LLCs get all the flashy headlines these days, but there are still some great reasons to structure your small business as a corporation.
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Dollar-boat-sinking
Startup businesses don't have the benefit of hindsight, or much experience in the workings of Murphy's Law. Here's how my first major business purchase nearly sunk my business at the start.
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Hong kong city at night
With so many countries, so many options, and so many factors to consider, where does an entrepreneur looking to plant roots in Asia region even start?
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business-deal
Prices paid for companies are up 30% over just three years ago and with prices so tempting, many small companies are considering a business sale.
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As an entrepreneur, you have specific skills that make you successful. But as your company grows, you need to hire employees with complementary skills.
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Time-mangement-concept
Time management can be a challenge, especially for small business owners. However, you can manage this finite resource and keep your sanity. Here's how.
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hiding-man
Don’t be fooled: entrepreneurship is not an easy ride. Sarah Santacroce shares nine challenging things about starting a business you must know beforehand.
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graduates
The majority of college graduates want to start a business -- but do they have the right stuff? A new survey says no.
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American-entrepreneurs
Forget about the politicians in Washington and don't count on Corporate America to get our struggling economy going -- it's America’s entrepreneurs that will prove to be the saviors.
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Happy man running on the beach
Small business expert Denise O'Berry shares three tips to make sure your next vacation isn't a stress fest for your small business -- and that you have a business to come back to.
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stressed-worker
If you're running a small business alone, you've likely become a master at figuring things out. But sometimes it's smarter to let a professional handle it.
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Mature businessman
Think you're too old to start a business? Think again: The number of senior startup entrepreneurs is on the rise.
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Politician
Do the antics and smear campaigns of many political candidates annoy you? By watching how politicians turn off voters, small business owners can be better at avoiding the same results with their customers.
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accepting payment
Filed In: Finance
Jaimie Yun shares five things you must know about accepting customer payments before you start a business.
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business-growth
Filed In: Business Planning and Finance
Growth and expansion are key goals for most business owners and entrepreneurs. But how can you expand your business in today's lackluster and slow-growth economy?
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Link building
Filed In: Sales & Marketing
Today, link building is not as cheap or easy as it once was, but its importance hasn't diminished.
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Obsatcles
What obstacles are holding entrepreneurs back from small business success? Here are the most common small business problems -- and how to get around them.
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To help you avoid costly blunders in your own business, we asked our AllBusiness Experts if they would share one major mistake they made when starting out.
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any-comments
Filed In: Sales & Marketing
There's no more convincing and effective way to attract new customers than positive comments from a satisfied existing customer on just how great you are.
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