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Starting a Business

To get your startup off the ground, you'll need to pick a business structure, find financing, craft a business plan, deal with legal issues, and more.

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mechanic and client
Small business expert Denise O'Berry discusses how you can actually train your customers to spend their hard-earned cash with your business.
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Thinking About A New Move
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Many consider strategic planning to be a time-consuming obstacle instead of a way to enhance company performance. Take advantage of this critical business tool to grow your business.
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Filed In: Financing & Credit and Finance
If you're looking to shore up your existing small business operations, or cover startup costs for your small business, here are a few funding options.
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business-failure
Filed In: Business Planning and Finance
Ready to turn the corner from scrappy startup to aggressive competitor? Learn how to transfer information and your cultural DNA to the next generation.
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hiring
Finding the right candidate to complete your leadership team can be a challenging endeavor. Soar above the competition by improving your ability to secure top-notch employees.
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apple-pie
Filed In: Financing & Credit and Finance
Will crowdfunding lose its lustre as the novelty fades and projects like the Veronica Mars film and tech startups get crowded out by apple pies and potato salad imitators?
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opening a present
Filed In: Business Planning and Finance
Learn why the holidays are the perfect time to come up with a great business idea and start the new year as a new business owner.
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losing money
Small business expert Denise O'Berry reminds small business owners that always doing things the same way could be causing you to waste money -- and how to change that.
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wishing
What's on small business owners' holiday wish list this year? A survey by Manta polled entrepreneurs, and the answers might not be what you think.
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rowing
Alignment is the key to a company's success. An organization should instill clarity and responsibility amongst its team in order to keep the company moving forward.
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content marketing
Thought leadership has become increasingly important for content marketing. In order to get customers to look for you, you must build a name for yourself.
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credit-card
Filed In: Financing & Credit and Finance
When you are part of a small offline company, only accepting cash can seem like a safe bet. But it's not the smartest way to grow a business. Here's why.
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contractors
Being in legal compliance is essential to becoming a contractor and successfully winning and completing large public projects. Learn why a contractor license bond is so important.
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Business Processes
Filed In: Business Planning and Finance
Small business expert Denise O'Berry explains how planning -- and testing! -- your business processes can help to protect and even improve your cash flow.
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online business
The road to starting a business online can be long and littered with difficult decisions and numerous obstacles. Follow these steps to improve your chances of succeeding.
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impatience
For anyone running a business, impatience can be your friend – but like with anything, moderation (and management) is the key.
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Allen Baler
By focusing on the growing "emergency preparedness" and "prepper" markets, Allen Baler has grown his emergency food company into a survivalist success story.
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startup-egg
Business incubators are organizations that help startups and early-stage companies achieve success faster. Is an incubator a good idea for your fledgling business?
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startup
Filed In: Finance
Looking for angel or venture capital funding for your startup can be intimidating. You need to know where to start, what to expect, and what NOT to do in order to be successful.
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voice mail
Filed In: Technology
Small business expert Denise O'Berry talks about how to get out of voice mail jail, and the one simple way to make sure you get the right connection every time.
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