Running a business

Whether you’re starting a business, up and running, or starting to scale, you’ll find helpful tips and insights here.

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S corporations: What they are and 5 benefits of becoming one

Are you looking to form a Limited Liability Company (LLC) or thinking of incorporating your small business? Becoming an S-Corp may result in significant tax savings!

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8 mistakes to avoid when applying for a business loan

When you’re figuring out how to get a small business loan, there are some common mistakes you need to remember. Here are eight errors you can avoid to help yourself secure a loan.

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How to define your payment terms on your invoices (and why you should)

Small business owners spend a lot of time managing delicate relationships with customers. While it’s important to put on a friendly face, it’s also important to draw boundaries, especially when it comes to payment terms.

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5 reasons to choose invoicing software over invoicing templates

Online invoice software is much more efficient for invoicing purposes than traditional invoice templates. Here are 5 reasons why you should make the switch over to an invoicing software if you haven’t yet. 

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7 ways to automate your invoices to get paid faster

Automated invoicing gives busy entrepreneurs the chance to focus more on what makes their business so great and less on the pesky administrative activities associated with it.

Why the executive summary is a critical section of your biz plan (and how to write one)

Arguably one of the most critical sections of a business plan is the executive summary—and it’s also one of the most difficult to write.

Accounting 101: A guide for Amazon merchants

Organizing your finances for your Amazon business might seem intimidating at first, but if you set up the proper bank accounts, bookkeeping software, and ongoing systems, it’ll make your life easier in the long run (especially at tax time!)

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How to track business expenses (and why it’s important)

Tracking and categorizing your expenses as you go throughout the year is also one of the best things you can do to make tax time more manageable. You’ll save yourself time and headaches, and cut down on work and potential cost for your accountant. Let’s look at how to do it.

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When to raise your price point (and how to calculate your rate increase)

Times are a changin’, and so is the cost of business. These tactics can help you determine what your rates could be, and how to get your customers on board.

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Referral marketing for small businesses

Referral marketing is a great passive way to spread the word about your biz to a targeted group of potential customers.

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Why it’s important for small businesses to keep accurate books

Those who are only staying on top of their books for the sake of Uncle Sam might be missing out on some significant perks.

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Social media advertising: How small businesses can build a social media ad strategy

86% of marketers use both paid and organic social media strategies to market their business, so it’s worth looking into.

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A quick glossary of key accounting terms for non-finance folk

Getting familiar with common accounting terms can make it easier to get ahead of business finances, and get you back to business faster.

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What is a competitive analysis and how to conduct one (plus free templates)

Every successful business is built on a thorough understanding of the market. That’s where competitive analysis comes into play.

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How to network: How putting yourself out there helps your small business

Entrepreneurs can maintain a steady stream of new connections, leads, and opportunities when they learn how to network.