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3 Things You Need To Know About Liability Insurance

This post was written by Kate Webster, who also writes for lead generation resource, ResourceNation.com. She focuses on a variety of topics including small business insurance. When setting out to … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Get Small Business Insurance
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CRM Evolution 2012 Conference

Getting businesses to focus on creating a unique, engaging experience with their products or services in order to attract, retain, and transform customers into advocates of their brand. CRM Evolution … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management

When It Is Time to Perform a SWOT Analysis

This post was written by Jessica Sanders, an avid small business writer touching on topics that range from social media to business management. She is also a professional blogger and … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management

5 Website Must-Dos for Small Businesses

This post was written by Adam Moore who has founded and led multiple companies to success during his career. Most recently he co-founded SpaceCraft, an Austin-based company leading the way in … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Build Your Website

How Every New Business Should Get Started in Branding

Branding your business in the very early stages of a startup should be one of your top priorities. However, branding can seem like an ancillary task that costs money but … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Create Basic Marketing Materials / Promote With Social Media
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Haven’t Signed Up for Business Credit Card Yet? You’re Losing Money

Geoff Whitmore is lead traveler/writer at NoobTraveler.com, a blog dedicated to educating its readers on reward travel, travel tips, and cost-saving travel techniques. Having your own business can be a … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Select a Business Credit Card

Eight Simple Ways to Get More Visitors to Your Business Website

You’ve finished building your business website. So, it’s time to sit back, relax and watch the visitors roll in, right? If only it worked that way. If you build it, … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Build Your Website / Promote With Social Media

Five Questions to Ask When Selecting a Credit Card for Your Small Business

Suzanne Kearns is a small business owner and contributor for Money Crashers Personal Finance, an online resource with tips for managing money, starting a small business, and building wealth. There … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Select a Business Credit Card
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Top Picks: Email Marketing Services for Advanced Users

We created our comparison of popular email marketing services with newbies in mind. Our reviews are geared towards those who need a basic email marketing service and are intended to … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Select an Email Marketing Service
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SBE Council Ranks 2012 Best and Worst States for Entrepreneurship and Small Business

Pack your iPads and your enthusiasm, all you entrepreneurs–it’s time to head to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Why South Dakota? It’s ranked as the #1 state to start a business … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Create a Business Budget / Form an LLC
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Reach 1,500 Customers on YouTube for Free with Google Adwords for Video

If you’ve spent any time promoting your business online, you’ve probably heard of or even used Google AdWords, which has been a nearly indispensable tool for online advertising. Google recently … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Promote With Social Media
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QuickBooks Alternatives: Peachtree, AccountEdge, FreshBooks, and Harvest

Although QuickBooks is the leading bookkeeping software on the market and we highly recommend it to business owners who need to set up their books, there are other bookkeeping services … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Set Up the Books
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Conquer E-Commerce with Volusion Online Store Builder

When starting up, most businesses need to build a website and set up a credit card processing system to accept customer payments. While the average startup or small business can … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Accept Credit Card Payments / Build Your Website
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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
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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
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