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7-Eleven Goes From Big Gulps to Venture Capital

Wondering where the funding for your next amazing idea will come from? We bet you aren’t thinking it could be 7-Eleven, home of the Slurpee and the Big Gulp. But …

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Futon Store Owner Buys Her Own Cotton Factory and Improves Bottom Line

“You have to absolutely love what you’re doing,” says entrepreneur Terri Treat. The owner of Cotton Cloud Futons in Portland, Ore., is so passionate about her business, she bought the …

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The Pros and Cons of Using a Chromebook as Your Primary Work Computer

So you’re thinking of replacing your laptop this year and the inexpensive Google Chromebook — a PC with the cloud-based Chrome operating system — is an enticing option. Nine models …


Is It Worth Responding to RFPs?

Requests for proposals — or RFPs for short — are frequently issued by government agencies, nonprofit groups, and corporations to encourage businesses in a particular industry to bid on projects. …

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How Your Business Can Cash In on On-Time Delivery Guarantees

Jose Li picked up a few things during the roughly six years he ran FedEx’s e-commerce division. One thing was that, although shipping giants do a fine job overall, they …

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In the Trenches: Cash vs. Accrual Accounting

Like most small businesses, we use the cash accounting method to keep our books. Why? Because it’s easy. But there are downsides to it, which has me wondering whether we …

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J.D. Roth on Managing Fluctuating Self-Employment Income

When founder J.D. Roth quit his job selling cardboard boxes for his family business in 2008 to run his website full-time, he was faced with a new financial challenge: …

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What Is Nexus and How Does It Affect Your Small Business?

Nexus, also called “sufficient physical presence,” is a legal term that refers to the requirement for companies doing business in a state to collect and pay tax on sales in …

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Contract Conundrum: Should You Sign a Non-Compete Agreement?

Freelance employment contracts often make for dull, dry reading. It can be tempting to skip poring over the details and simply sign on the dotted line, so you can get …

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5 Tips to Help Artists and Crafters Manage Their Finances

When I started a crafts business 25 years ago, I was focused solely on making art. I didn’t know anything about managing money, and I hoped that the finances would just …

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5 Factors to Consider When Setting Prices

The legendary psychologist Sigmund Freud is thought to have said, “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.” That may be, but price is never just about price. The psychology of …

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Surprise! A Desktop PC May Be a Better Investment Than a Laptop

Here’s a product you don’t hear much about anymore: the desktop PC. Yawn, right? Although the big, boring, and boxy device may seem as dead as the VCR, don’t be …

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Does Your Small Business Need Professional Help? [INFOGRAPHIC]

There comes a point when most small business owners need professional help — professional accounting help, that is! Whether your business is bursting at the seams or barely scraping by, a …

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How Financial Crisis Led a Winery to Success

Running a winery isn’t easy. There are grapes to cultivate or buy, fermentation processes to oversee, product to bottle and sell, customers to please, and bills to pay. And when the great …

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How to Find the Right Web-Hosting Service

In order to display your company’s website, you’ll need to rent digital space from a web-hosting service. You could buy your own equipment instead, but that’s usually not a cost-effective …

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