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Want to Invest in Digital Real Estate? How to Get Started
By Syed Balkhi | February 15, 2022

You've seen people making money from owning websites. You can do it too.

Ways to Fund Your Startup Without Losing Equity
By Janet Gershen-Siegel | February 15, 2022

Startup business owners need operating capital, but many options involve giving up ownership in the business. It doesn't have to be this way.

How to Keep Your Fleet Safety Compliant
By Jeff Hale | February 15, 2022

Keeping your drivers, your vehicles, and members of the public safe can help your company save money and improve your reputation.

Fast, Good, or Cheap – Pick Three?
By Jamie Johnson | February 15, 2022

The Iron Triangle has obvious shortcomings. Learn why the lean startup process is the best way to achieve fast, good, and cheap – all in one project.

Employer's Guide to Disability Leave
By Kiely Kuligowski | February 15, 2022

Here is everything you need to know about offering disability leave as an employer.

Employee Rights You're Violating Right Now
By Kiely Kuligowski | February 15, 2022

Are you violating your employees' rights? Find out which violations are the most common and what you need to know to avoid making them.

How to Start a Business With $0 (Or Pretty Close)
By Tom Drake | February 15, 2022

Learn about what businesses you can start with limited to no startup capital.

The Legalities and Benefits of Employee Cellphone Monitoring
By Skye Schooley | February 15, 2022

Learn the benefits and laws associated with monitoring company-owned employee cellphones.

How Business Bootstrapping Works
By Donna Fuscaldo | February 15, 2022

Don't want to take on debt or give up control of your new business? Here's how to bootstrap your enterprise instead.

Customer Delight: The New Standard in Customer Service
By Sean Peek | February 14, 2022

To delight a customer is to provide the unexpected. Here are four key principles to providing a delightful customer service experience.

Debt vs. Equity Financing
By Max Freedman | February 14, 2022

Debt and equity financing are two sources of capital you can consider when raising money for your startup.

Debt or Equity? Determine the Right Capital Mix for Your Business
By Donna Fuscaldo | February 14, 2022

Here is how to find the right debt-to-equity ratio for your business.

10 Steps to Creating a Strong Company Culture
By Skye Schooley | February 14, 2022

Workers thrive in cultures that encourage support, personal growth and open communication.

How Buy-Sell Agreements Work
By Max Freedman | February 14, 2022

A buy-sell agreement describes how a partner's shares are redistributed if they leave the company. It is an important contract that every business partnership should maintain.

Business Loan vs. Crowdfunding: Which Is Best for You?
By Julie Thompson | February 14, 2022

When you're getting a business off the ground, business loans and crowdfunding are two ways to get a cash influx.

What Employers Need to Know About Ban the Box
By Alison Grillo | February 14, 2022

It is important to examine your company's policies for seeking information on criminal history of job candidates. Many states and cities have legislation on when this information can be requested.

Key Actions Small Businesses Should Take to Survive COVID-19
By Tucker Mathis | February 14, 2022

Take steps to preserve your cash and access, expand online sales pathways, and cultivate customer relationships to survive a financial crisis.

The 8 Cheapest Franchises to Buy in 2020
By Max Freedman | February 14, 2022

Franchises are a way to own and run your own business, without having to put in the legwork to determine what to sell or how to market it.

7 Highly Effective Ways to Build an Online Community for Your Business
By Max Freedman | February 14, 2022

For your business to fully succeed, you need to build a vibrant community that you can tap into for engagement.

Business Grants for Women Entrepreneurs
By Donna Fuscaldo | February 14, 2022

Grants are a great way to fund a startup or help your small business grow. Here are some specifically for women entrepreneurs.

13 Ways to Improve Your Office Workflow
By Jennifer Post | February 14, 2022

Communication, employee training and organization are a few of the things that can improve the office workflow.

Open for Business: 5 Options For Setting Up An Online Store
By Marc Prosser | February 14, 2022

With online sales skyrocketing in the last several years, now is the time to give ecommerce a shot. Here are some options to get started.

3 Tips for Building an Investor-Ready Franchise Business
By Howard Goldstein | February 14, 2022

You can do these things in advance to make your business investment-worthy.

13 Simple Solutions for Tracking Your Industry's Trends
By Jamie Johnson | February 14, 2022

You can learn a lot by staying on top of what is happening within your industry.

Best First Impression: 10 Tips for Presenting Your Business Plan to Investors
By Ulyses Osuna | February 14, 2022

Before presenting your business to investors, you need to know what you are talking about.

How to Structure Your Workday as a Freelancer
By Skye Schooley | February 08, 2022

Working from home comes with numerous distractions, so freelancers need to manage their time effectively and stay on task.

How to Set Up Business Wi-Fi
By Jeff Hale | February 07, 2022

With an influx of laptop computers and smart devices within the workplace, a solid Wi-Fi network has become a must for businesses.

9 Workplace Safety Tips for Business
By Max Freedman | February 07, 2022

Having a safe working environment is essential, which is why you should have a plan to reduce the risks of injury.

What to Know When Choosing Business Insurance
By Scott Gerber | February 07, 2022

Choosing an insurance policy for your company or employees is a major step, and one not to take casually.

What Is Ransomware?
By Donna Fuscaldo | February 04, 2022

Hackers use malware to encrypt a business's data or lock them out of the company network. Known as ransomware, this practice has become a big problem for businesses across the globe.