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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 write your business plan cover page

Although a business plan cover page is concise, this simple section is one of the most important sections of your business plan.

How to write a one page business plan

One page business plan: What to include and how to get started

A one page business plan offers a broader, more approachable overview of your business that can serve as a starting point for fine-tuning ideas and creating an in-depth business plan later on.

10 reasons you need a business plan

The importance of a business plan

Entrepreneurs use business plans to guide them when starting or revamping a venture. And here are more reasons to create your own roadmap.

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How to create a marketing budget for small businesses

How much should small businesses dedicate to marketing? Here’s how to break down a marketing budget.

Cash flow guide

The complete guide to cash flow for small businesses

Cash flow is a complex concept that stumps many small business owners. That’s why we built this guide—to help you curb common missteps.

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How to transform your business by systemizing and automating

One of the secrets to business success is finding ways to spend less time on administrative tasks. Here’s how to increase your billable hours and save time for business development by systematizing and automating daily tasks.

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Four reports that show you the health of your business

Understanding your business’ financial situation is important for sustainability and growth. This article walks through the key insights you can learn from four key reports that are available in your free Wave account.

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Business insurance: What it is and why you might need it

Business insurance can mean the difference between staying afloat when disaster strikes, or a small business going under. Yet 40% of small businesses have no insurance. Here’s what you need to know to decide if business insurance is right for you.

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Five crucial questions to ask before hiring your first employee

Ready to hire some help for your small business? Here’s what you need to know to be prepared for your first employee.

Five tools to turn your smartphone into your office

One of the quickest ways to get organized and be more productive is to maximize your smartphone’s capabilities. Check out five great smartphone tools that will put your business right into the palm of your hand.

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Five reasons not to use your personal phone number for business (and what you should do instead)

Did you know you can add a business number to your personal mobile phone in seconds just by downloading an app? Learn the benefits of separating your business and personal communications in this article.

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Three ways great employee benefits boost your business

Whether you’re looking to implement health insurance, paid time off, or workplace perks, it’s important you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into. The first question you might ask yourself is—how valuable will employee benefits be to my small business? Here are three reasons the answer to that question is “very.”

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How to set your contractor up for success with a killer brief (and how to write one)

Looking for a simplified way to get you, your contractor and client on the same page? Here’s a guide to building a comprehensive brief that will set your contractor up for success.