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Bartering: A Tool for Small Business

by Miranda Marquit October 7, 2011

You’ve probably heard stories of bartering. Back in the day, you might exchange something you had for something that you needed. This “something” could be goods or services. In simpler times, a cobbler might re-sole a pair of shoes in return for a specific amount of eggs from the farmer. Today, bartering is making something [...]

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A Gathering of Financial Minds – FinCon11 a Smashing Success!

by October 3, 2011

This past weekend I had the pleasure, along with 270+ other individuals, of attending the first annual Finance Blogger Conference in Chicago, IL. The Personal Finance Conference, also known as FinCon (search #FinCon11 on Twitter), was a gathering of financial bloggers, financial professionals, columnists, authors, financial companies, and others who work in or write about [...]

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Protecting Your Copyrights – Fighting Plagiarism and Content Thieves

by August 4, 2011

Running a small business is an adventure. It’s fun, but it also forces you to wear many hats, from secretary, to CEO, and everything in between. One of the least pleasurable tasks, in my opinion, is handling the legal aspects of the business. While my business is doing well, it isn’t large enough to keep [...]

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Paychex Payroll and HR Services for Your Small Business

by April 1, 2011

My wife and I recently relocated to a new state, which by itself, is a job and a half. But the job multiplies when you are taking a small business with you across state lines, even a portable business like mine. Thankfully, I had someone to help me with the transition – Paychex. Seriously, if [...]

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Should You Incorporate Your Small Business?

by Laura Adams February 1, 2011

If you do freelance work, are a subcontractor, or are just thinking about moving in the direction of self-employment, a question that comes up is should I incorporate? In general, incorporating a business means that you separate yourself from the business so you enjoy limited personal legal responsibility by setting it up as either a [...]

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How to Fund a Startup

by November 4, 2010

Deciding to start a business is exciting.  You are in charge of making decisions large and small, and you have the opportunity to change your life, and possibly other lives as well. But starting a business also brings challenges. Almost all businesses will require some form of capital to start.  If you don’t have cash [...]

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How to Qualify for a Small Business Loan

by November 3, 2010

As a small business owner, or someone considering starting your own business, you may be wondering how to qualify for a small business loan.  Lenders have tightened their approval process, making it more difficult for small businesses to qualify for a loan, but you can improve your chances by preparing to meet their requirements, standards, [...]

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