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

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5 Ways to Turn Your Small Business Around

Do you ever feel like your business is clinging to survival? Or that you’re one lost client or bad Yelp review away from bankruptcy? Saving a small business from the …

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Marc Benioff on Why Entrepreneurs Should Give Money Away Now

Marc Benioff is encouraging successful entrepreneurs to start giving away their fortunes now, instead of amassing their wealth and becoming philanthropic later in life. Easy for him to say, right? …

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How to Collect Money from Overseas Customers

When you’re dealing with international customers or partners, it can be tough to figure out the best way to collect payments from them. Calculating exchange rates, which can fluctuate daily, …

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3 Tips for Paying Quarterly Estimated Taxes

For most Americans, April 15 is the big tax deadline each year. But for those who don’t have an employer withholding money from their paychecks — namely, small-business owners — …

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How to Persuade Investors to Fund Your Small Business

Although many investors claim they fund fewer than one percent of the deals they consider, they obviously must say “yes” to some, right? To improve your odds of getting funding …

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What Do Technology and Chocolate Have in Common?

For Todd Masonis and Cameron Ring, starting a chocolate-making business hasn’t differed too much from launching a technology startup. The Stanford University friends co-founded Plaxo, an online address book, almost …

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What Startup Competition Judges Look for in Winners

Winning a startup competition often brings in more than mere recognition: The spoils of victory can include prize money and investment capital, introductions to venture capitalists and potential partners, public …

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5 Do’s and Don’ts of Successful Negotiation

From hammering out a contract to securing a lease for office space, negotiation is essential to the success of nearly every small-business owner. Need some advice? The longtime best-seller Getting …

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8 Small-Business Tax Deductions You Should Know By Now

Small-business owners new to their role are expected to ramp up quickly. They need to have strong leadership skills (even when don’t come naturally), they need to think quickly on …

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6 Misconceptions About Home-Based Businesses (and Why They Shouldn’t Deter You)

Of the nearly 28 million small businesses in the United States, about half are classified as home-based enterprises. Each started as somebody’s dream and later became a thriving business. Thinking of …

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4 Ways to Get a Home Loan If You’re Self-Employed

It can be tough for anyone to get a loan to buy a new home or refinance their current one, and it’s even tougher for self-employed business owners. Banks now …

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5 Mobile Apps for Tracking and Billing Your Time

Time is money, as they say. Whether you bill clients by the hour or simply want to get a better handle on how you spend your workdays, smartphone apps offer …

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4 Incorporation Mistakes Small Businesses Make

Incorporation can be a smart decision for small businesses as they start to grow. Knowing when and how to do it, however, is sometimes difficult, and the process can be …

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How Much Should You Pay Yourself?

To start your small business, you may have given up a corporate job and borrowed money from your retirement savings. Forgoing a salary in your new role may be unrealistic …

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4 Financial Yardsticks for Your Small Business

How do you measure the success of your company? If you’re like many small-business owners, you rely on two traditional financial reports: the balance sheet and the income statement. The …

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