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Business Plans

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What Is a Business Plan and Why Do I Need One?

If you’ve never written a business plan before, you might not be comfortable creating one. Maybe you’re wondering if you really need one or not. All business owners can benefit from writing a business plan. Creating a business plan forces you to thoroughly examine your business idea and provides a blueprint for growth.

Small Business Payroll Outsourcing

Finance

Should Your Payroll Be Outsourced?

Doing the payroll on your own can be a huge headache. One mistake can result in angry employees or penalties and fines from your local government or the IRS. Luckily, there are many payroll services targeted toward small businesses that can prepare your paychecks, direct deposits, and payroll taxes for you.

Small Business Email Marketing

Marketing

The Benefits of Email Marketing for Small Business

Compared to other forms of marketing, email marketing is highly accessible to most small businesses. Email can prove to be extremely effective for relationship building, retaining customers, capturing new leads, and achieving a solid return on investment for every dollar you spend on your email campaigns.

Buying a Business

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Buying a Small Business vs Starting One

Buying a small business comes with numerous advantages over starting a business from nothing. While buying a business can be a faster path to success it’s not without its potential pitfalls. It may not be for everyone. Discover the advantages and disadvantages of buying a small business.

Government Grants for Small Business

Finance

Government Grants for Small Business

Government grants for small businesses exist, but it’s not like free money just falls from the sky. Getting a grant is not easy and not everyone is qualified. There are also government grant scams to look out for. That said, your business may qualify to receive grant money from your state or the federal government.

What Should I Put in My Business Plan?

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The Parts of a Business Plan Explained

Your business plan doesn’t have to be long or elaborate in order to be useful. What goes into a business plan depends on who’s going to be reading it. If it’s just for you, you can leave out entire sections that would only be of interest to investors or bankers. If you’re seeking funding, then your business plan will have to be more thorough.

Veterans Small Business Loans

Finance

Small Business Loans for Veterans

Small business loans for veterans are available to help vets start a small business or expand an existing one. While the program is for veterans and spouses of veterans, it is not administered by the VA as a lot of people assume. Learn what you need to know about veterans small business loans here.

How to Be an Entrepreneur

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How to Become an Entrepreneur or Small Business Owner

Anyone with the right makeup and a good opportunity can become a successful business owner, but let’s face it: entrepreneurship is not for everybody. Do you have what it takes to become a small business owner or a successful entrepreneur? Find out what sort of traits and skills you need for success.

Late Paying Customers

Finance

What To Do When a Customer Won’t Pay and How to Prevent It

Having to deal with customers who pay late or don’t pay at all is one of the challenges of being a business owner. Even the best clients can take too long to get your invoice paid. Find out what to do when a customer won’t pay you and how to prevent slow paying or non-paying customers from killing your business.

Coca-Cola #MakeItHappy Campaign Abused

Marketing

Another Automated Twitter Campaign Gone Horribly Wrong

Coca-Cola’s automated #MakeItHappy Twitter campaign ended in disaster after being tricked into tweeting passages from Hitler’s Mein Kampf. It’s not the first time an automated campaign resulted in embarrassment for a major brand. Read what happened and learn what not to do with your social media marketing efforts.