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Grasshopper “Fireside Chat” on Creating the Modern Business Plan

Every entrepreneur or small business owner knows he/she needs a business plan, but it’s no one’s favorite part of finally pursuing your dream. As a result, most small business owners … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Uncategorized
ChooseWhat Scholarship

Scholarship for students with self employment experience

Have you ever earned money as a contractor or a small business owner? If so, this scholarship opportunity is for you. If you are a qualifying student (see “who can apply” section … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
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Why is Uber So Much More Valuable Than Lyft?

Of all the industries experiencing growth and change, perhaps none is as interesting to watch as the transportation sector. Technology is leading to rapid disruptions in that space, from city … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management / Name Your Business
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Top 10 Features of VoIP Small Business Phone Systems

Five years ago, buying a small business phone system required purchasing thousands of dollars of special equipment (like a PBX), setting up a business calling plan with a major telecom … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Get a Business Phone System / Management / Set Up a Fax Number / Set Up a Phone Number
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JOBS Act Crowdfunding Options

There was a lot of excitement at the end of 2015 when the Securities and Exchange Commission passed the long-awaited Title III portion of the JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
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Experts Weigh In On Entrepreneurial New Year’s Resolutions

The new year is just a few days away, and while most people focus on personal resolutions like losing a few pounds and waking up earlier, you, as a small … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
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Microsoft Office 2016: An Overview

Microsoft recently came out with Office 2016, its first major update in three years. Here we take a look at the features and costs, and what those will mean for … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Get Basic Business Software / Purchase Computers
Tax Extenders

Things Are Looking Up For a Tax Extenders Deal

Back in November we wrote about what small businesses should be keeping an eye on as tax season nears. Each year, tax extenders – temporary tax breaks that Congress can … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Set Up the Books
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25 Tips To Setup The Perfect Home Office

Here are 25 tips to ensure that your home office is a blessing and not a curse: Dedicate a room to be your home office. This room should be for … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Find Office Space / Management
Crowd Funding

Getting Ready for Crowdfunding

On October 30, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted a long-awaited section of rules created under the 2012 JOBS Act that allows companies to offer and sell securities to … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
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Tax Season Is Coming: What Small Businesses Need to Know to Prepare

Tax season will again be upon us soon, and many business owners are wondering what they can expect for 2015 taxes and how best to prepare for 2016 taxes. We spoke … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
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What Employers Need to Know About Changes to Overtime Pay Rules

In the summer of 2015, the Department of Labor announced a proposed rule that would change overtime pay. Specifically, the proposed changes update the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and would … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Hire an Employee / Management
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Big Health Insurance Changes Are Coming in 2016 – Is Your Business Ready?

The Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, but that doesn’t mean it’s been consistent since then. A multi-year rollout has meant plenty of changes, and in some cases plenty of … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
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Mandrill by MailChimp- What You Need to Know

So, what’s transactional email anyway? Let’s put it this way—you’ve probably gotten hundreds of these over the course of your Internet lifetime. These emails are triggered by an individual user’s … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Select an Email Marketing Service
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The 7 Incubators You Should Know About

If you’re an entrepreneur, you probably already know a little about incubators. These programs select a few lucky startups from a sizable pool of applicants based on the strength of the idea, the … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book Vs. iPad Pro and MacBook Air

Microsoft recently released a few new products that have definitely been turning heads. The Surface Pro 4 and the Microsoft Surface Book have been compared – by reviewers and by … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Select the Best Small Business Computer / Uncategorized
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5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Use Your Personal Number for Your Business (Plus 4 Alternatives!)

If you live in the 21st century, chances are you’ve already got a personal mobile phone number. When you decide to launch a business, you might think, “I’ll just use my … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Set Up a Phone Number
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