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4 advantages to diversity in the workplace you’re not thinking about

Diversity matters. Here are four ways having a diverse workforce actually improves your whole company.
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How to start your own carpentry business

Tired of working for someone else? Here's how to start your own carpentry business.
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How to do market research before starting a business

Starting a business? Here's how to do market research for any type of company.
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Why cash flow is vital to any small-business owner

We explain why cash flow should be something your small business considers, no matter how new or established you are.
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How to write a funding request for your startup

Need funding for your startup? We'll show you how how to write a request.
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How to write a business plan for a bakery

Looking to start your own bakery? Here are some great ways to write a business plan.
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Going fast: How to quickly write a business plan to start a food truck

We show you how to write a business plan and get your food truck up and running quickly.
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Why your small business should have an accountant

Accounting is difficult. Hire an accountant and save yourself the headache.
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Why customer service matters

Customers aren't always right, but you should always do your best to take care of them. This is why.
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Should employers reimburse employees for health-care costs?

Employees may incur health-care costs, but should the company reimburse them? Here's when yo should (and shouldn't) reimburse.
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8 questions to ask before leasing an office space

Looking to lease an office space? Ask these questions before getting locked into a long lease in a bad spot.
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Low-cost advertising is possible — here’s how it’s done

Advertising doesn't have to cost your business a ton of money. Here's how to do it for less than you think.
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How to choose a logo for your new business

Choosing a logo is tough. Here are some interesting methods for choosing yours.
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Everything you need to know about leasing a restaurant space

For many, leasing a restaurant space can feel like the beginning of a dream come true -- but a bad lease can turn it into a nightmare.
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How to finance a startup business

Have a great idea -- but no cash? We'll tell you how to finance your startup the right way.
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What is a construction manager?

Construction managers are important -- or are they? Here we discuss just what a construction manager is and why your company may need one.
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How to analyze sales data to optimize growth

Income is awesome, but making sense of where it comes from (and why) is important. Here's how to analyze sales data.
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Amazon overworks its people — how you can avoid making the same mistakes

Amazon workers are fighting back against the retail behemoth for long hours and poor conditions. Here's how you can avoid the same mistakes.
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How to write a real estate business plan

Starting a new real estate business? Here's everything you need to know about writing your first business plan.
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How to lay out your business plan for a construction startup

Your new construction business needs more than customers. Here's how to write your first business plan.
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How to choose brand colors for your startup

Your startup's color scheme should be stylish and relative to your industry. Here's how to choose the right colors for your business.
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How your cleaning service can get repeat customers fast

Cleaning services rely on repeat business, but how can you earn it? We'll give you some handy tips and tricks.
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Money is tight, but you can still save money for business expenses — here’s how

When times get tough, you still need to save for business expenses. Here's how to do it when income is slim.
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How to advertise (and grow) your business

Advertising is critical for any business, and we've got clever advice on how to get the job done.

Pool-service advertising ideas for under $1,000

Pool service is an industry that works best with repeat customers, but first you have to attract them. Here's how to advertise your business.
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How a small-business owner can (and should) use Facebook to grow their business

Just about everyone is on Facebook. Here are our tips for using the social-media giant to grow your business.
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How to pay up when your business goes bankrupt

Bankruptcy is an unfortunate reality for many. If you're facing it yourself, here's how you can plan and pay for expenses.
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How to increase employee productivity

How you can increase employee productivity and keep a happy, healthy work environment.
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How to open a gym and capitalize on the MMA craze

Whether you want a standard gym or something more unique for an MMA audience, we'll tell you how to open a gym.
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The best free market-research tools

You can do your own market research for free -- and these are the best tools we've found that help you get the job done.
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The benefits of market research for SMBs

Why your small or medium-sized business should invest time -- and a bit of money -- into market research.