How Small Businesses Can Raise Money, Get Loans, Get Paid

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How to Keep Your Small Business From Getting Audited

It’s the kind of letter or phone call that strikes fear in the hearts of most small-business owners: The IRS is contacting you to audit your income-tax return. There’s no …

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Is Online Sales Tax Inevitable?

The days of selling items tax-free online appear to be coming to an end. The U.S. Senate has approved an amendment to the 2014 federal budget that would require online …

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How SparkRent Helps a Property Manager Track Payments

Time is limited for Kevin Hanks, who holds down a full-time sales job at a major software company while also managing a fourplex in Santa Cruz, Calif. And he has …

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Where the Startup Seed Money Is

As our latest Intuit Small Business Employment and Revenue Indexes show, the small business economy is seeing a very slow recovery. In this struggling economic landscape, which industries are having …

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Moxie Jean Finds Success in Used Baby Clothes

Anyone who’s been around babies knows that they quickly outgrow every item of clothing. One cost-effective strategy for keeping a kid well-dressed is recycling, either by accepting hand-me-downs from family …

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Using Online Pawn Shops to Fund Your Business

You have a vision for growing your small business, but you’re coming up short on the cash you need to make it happen. Perhaps online pawning and personal asset lending …

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Keep Your Business Safe from Repeat Robberies

It’s human nature to think that once your business has been robbed, it’s not as likely to happen again. But, in many cases, that’s simply not true. Some thieves target …

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How You Manage Money Should Change When You Start a Business

In some ways, managing your business’s money is similar to managing your personal finances: You should practice disciplined spending, pay your bills on time, and regularly balance your books. In …

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It’s Just Ducky Manufacturing in the U.S.A.

The Rubber Ducky is an American icon. As such, Craig Wolfe believes that its future descendants should be made in the United States. “The rubber duck was actually invented in …


Small-Business Scams to Watch Out For

Small businesses are at an increased risk for fraud, research has found. According to a study conducted by Javelin Strategy and Research, small-business owners experience fraud at a rate that …

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Bill McBean on the Facts of Business Life

Bill McBean built one of the most profitable General Motors dealerships in Saskatchewan, Canada. He later helped turn around an underperforming auto dealership in Corpus Christi, Texas. Now he runs …

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4 Mobile Apps for Managing Your Business Expenses

One of the best things about being a small-business owner is being able to deduct most of your work-related expenses — as long as you remember to keep detailed records …


4 Basic Questions to Answer Before You Launch a New Business

It’s easy to overlook the future when you’re squarely focused on the present, especially if you’re in the throes of starting a small business. But answering some basic questions before …

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How to Safely Expand Your Small Business

Many small-business owners want to expand their operations, but they often don’t know the safest ways to go about it. The bottom line: Duplicating your current success in another market …

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Leasing vs. Owning Commercial Space

Many people think of McDonald’s as merely a fast-food chain, but the company actually owns some of the best real estate in the country. McDonald’s realized early on that the …

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