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How to Select a Mac Computer for Your Business

Computers are an expensive, albeit necessary, piece of hardware when you’re setting up your company. If you’re choosing a Mac over a PC, the expense will be even bigger. But … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Purchase Computers

Virtual Office Provider Regus to Offer Hi-Def Videoconferencing Suites

Using virtual office/workspace providers can be a good solution to setting up your business mailing address that gives you access to many additional business services. One such virtual office provider is … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Set Up Your Business Mailing Address
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Intuit Offers Low-Cost 401(k) and Health Care Services for Small Businesses

Intuit, the maker of widely-used QuickBooks accounting software and the mobile credit card processing app GoPayment, has now diversified its small business offerings to include 401(k) and health care services. … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Get Group Health Insurance

Should Small Businesses Hire Employees Through Staffing Companies?

The cost of retaining a staffing agency probably scares off a lot of small businesses. After all, you will pay a staffing company significantly more money than you would spend … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Build Your Team
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Checklist for Hiring New Employees

After you’ve gone through the first five steps of the hiring process, which we detailed in How To: Hire an Employee, and you and your new employee(s) have signed an … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Build Your Team
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6 Easy Ways to Protect Your Credit Card Processing System from Hackers

Many small businesses rely on merchant processing systems and Point-of-Sale (POS) machines to process their customers’ credit card payments. However, a new report by Verizon, the U.S. Secret Service, and … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Accept Credit Card Payments

What is a DBA and Do You Need One?

Having trouble naming your business? Confused by how to incorporate and which type of business entity to choose? We cover the best courses of action in our Startup Guide, but … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Form an LLC / Get an EIN / Name Your Business

Startups Using ‘Crowdfunding’ Might Become Much More Common

The old saying that it takes money to make money is never truer than it is for the small business owner. When an entrepreneur sits down to craft a business … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Create a Business Budget

3 Easy Steps to Lower Credit Card Processing Fees

Written bv Ben Dwyer, Founder and CEO of Credit card processing fees aren’t as confusing as many would have you believe. These three easy steps will show you how … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Accept Credit Card Payments
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How to Get a ‘Portable’ Virtual Phone Number

For a small business, virtual PBX services are a godsend. They provide a small business with all of the bells and whistles of a robust, business-class phone system for as … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Get a Business Phone System / Set Up a Phone Number
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Credit Card iPhone Apps

Most everyone has a credit or debit card. If you are a small business you more than likely also have a business credit card to make important purchases. Having the … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Select a Business Credit Card
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Mobile Fax iPhone Apps

Online fax services are becoming increasingly popular as people move away from the cumbersome traditional fax machine. Online fax services are a more efficient and cost-effective method of sending and … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Get Basic Business Software / Set Up a Fax Number
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Mobile Email Marketing iPhone Apps

Email marketing is a great way for businesses to stay in touch with their customers and clients by regularly sending out emails with promotions, tips, tools, advertisements, and more. Email … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Select an Email Marketing Service
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Business Credit Card Caveats You Should Know About

Many people assume that a credit card is a credit card whether it is a business or personal (consumer) card. As we said in How to Select a Business Credit … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Select a Business Credit Card

15 Ways to Get the Most From Your Employees

It’s common knowledge that most employees start a job with high levels of enthusiasm. Research by the Sirota Survey Intelligence (Purchase, New York) group indicates that in 85% of companies, … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
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Online Backup iPhone Apps

Backing up your files is an absolute necessity, especially if you are a small business owner. Online backup is a hosted service that stores all of your important files, folders, … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Back Up Your Files
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VoIP Apps For iPhone

Business VoIP systems work by placing and receiving calls over an Internet connection rather than a traditional phone line. Not only are business VoIP systems more cost-effective than traditional phone … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Get a Business Phone System

Sole Proprietorships vs. Single-Member LLCs: Which is better?

As we explained in How to Form an LLC, choosing an LLC as your business entity is the recommended choice for most business owners because it blends the benefits of … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Form an LLC / Get an EIN

Avoid Disaster: How to Make Sure Your Files are Actually Backing Up

After you’ve set up your online backup, you want to make sure it’s backing up your files properly. I use an online backup solution for my personal needs and was … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Back Up Your Files

Optimizing Your Google+ Business Page to Get More Followers

While anyone can set up a Google+ Business Page, in order for it to be useful in search engines rankings, a Google+ Business page needs to be optimized just like … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Promote With Social Media
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