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5 Things Every Small Business Owner Should Know Prior to Securing a Loan

5 Things to Know Before Getting Business Financing

Small businesses are often referred to as the engine of our economy, driving as much as 64% of new private-sector jobs in the United States. When small-business owners face the dilemma of obtaining financial backing to sustain operations, expand the business, or purchase inventory, they frequently turn to small-business loans. Nearly three-fourths of all small […]

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Master Your Cash Flow in 3 Simple Steps

Master Your Cash Flow

Getting a handle on your cash flow doesn’t have to be difficult. That said, it is arguably the most important factor in keeping your business afloat, as well as when qualifying for financing. According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), 20 percent of small businesses fail within their first year, and as many as 50 […]

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How to Hire a Collection Agency: 9 Questions Small Business Owners Need to Ask

How to Hire a Collection Agency

When customers owe you money, trying to collect those debts by yourself can be a huge challenge. Not only is it time-consuming to track down delinquent payers, asking clients for the money you’re owed can lead to some very uncomfortable conversations. If outstanding debts are a regular source of stress in your business, you might […]

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Five Metrics Any Small Business Should Pay Attention To

Business Metrics To Pay Attention To

Sales figures, inventory tracking, customer retention, ad performance — as a small business owner there are countless metrics and statistics you’re expected to track. While each measurement serves a unique business purpose, having too many metrics can be overwhelming. To avoid “paralysis by analysis,” you need to identify which metrics are the most important to […]

The Pros and Cons of Owning a Cash-Only Business

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Does a cash-only business still make sense in the 21st century? Here are three surprising advantages of only accepting cash—and three major disadvantages.

How to Write a Rock Solid Business Plan

A business plan is a road map for your business’s success. Here are six critical elements that every business plan should include.

Small Business Finance Basics: A Guide For New Business Owners

Whether you are about to start your own business or have been running one for a little while, it's very important that you know your numbers.

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How to Turn the Tide in Your Restaurant

If you want to grow sales in your restaurant, you have to make sure your menu, operations, and costs are all structured for success. Here’s how to do that.

The Shopper’s Brain: What Neuroscience Can Teach Us About Customer Behavior

This Q&A with retail author and architect David Kepron was first published in Credibly Business Journal: Understanding the Needs of the New Consumer.

Investing in a Franchise? Do These 4 Things First.

How can you know if a franchise brand is a good fit for you and your money? Joe Tagliente explains what to look for, and how to compare similar franchises.