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    Money-Saving Insurance Tips

    Money-Saving Insurance Tips
    Save money and get the right insurance coverage for your business with these 14 tips. Other Tips Before speaking with an insurance representative, write down a clear statement of your expectations. Do not withhold any important information from your insurance representative about your business and its exposure to loss. Treat the individual as a professional helper. Get at least three competitive ...
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    Save Thousands on Workers' Comp

    When it comes to workers' compensation insurance, small mistakes cost big money. Businesses across the country are paying too much for workers' compensation insurance for mistakes as simple as how their business is classified. Fortunately, there's something you can do about it. A business's classification is related to the level of hazard that jobs in that category typically involve, in turn ...
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    Does My Business Need Worker’s Compensation Insurance?

    Does My Business Need Worker’s Compensation Insurance?
    Find out whether you need it—and how to get it. Q: I recently started a business, and I need to find out about setting up workers' compensation insurance. Does every business need it? Where do I get it?A: Workers' compensation insurance covers injuries and occupational diseases picked up at work. Fault doesn't matter; employers are liable even if the employee may ...
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    23 Bulletproof Terms for Every Contract

    23 Bulletproof Terms for Every Contract
    These 23 must-include terms will help prevent an attack on any contract you establish. Excerpted From Business Contracts (Entrepreneur Press) Including certain clauses in your contracts will reduce risks to your company from lawsuits and misunderstandings and provide legal rights that your company might not otherwise have. Samples of these provisions are included below, along with a discussion of what each ...
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    Protecting Your Brand with Trademarks

    Protecting Your Brand with Trademarks
    Keep your brand's integrity intact by getting a trademark for your business' logo, name, tag line and more. Establishing a strong brand is pivotal to business success. Protecting that brand is equally important. Yet many small businesses overlook an important first step in securing their brand: trademarks. What Can Be Trademarked? A trademark is any unique word, symbol, name or device ...
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    Is This Contract Valid?

    Is This Contract Valid?
    Learn the nitty gritty about what makes an agreement legally binding. Have you ever considered suing someone for not holding up their end of a bargain? Or were you the one being sued? Whether you're in business or not, you probably encounter contracts almost every day. However, few people understand what it takes to make a contract valid. A contract is ...
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    An Entrepreneur Prepares to Pass the Torch

    An Entrepreneur Prepares to Pass the Torch
    It's a classic dilemma. A first-time entrepreneur creates a thriving company from scratch with the potential to be The Next Big Thing, but her investors thinks she needs an experienced CEO and management team to take it there. They also bet future investors will want to see seasoned leaders in place. To make this happen, the first step, traditionally, is to ...
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    Must-Have Business Licenses and Permits

    Must-Have Business Licenses and Permits
    When you're embroiled in the excitement of starting a new business, it's easy to ignore the need for licenses and permits. Sure, getting licenses and permits is about as fun as visiting the dentist. But failing to do so-and doing it right from the beginning-is one of the most common mistakes new entrepreneurs make. Following are some of the most common ...
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    Tips to Achieve Successful Business Contracts Sans Attorney

    Tips to Achieve Successful Business Contracts Sans Attorney
    This article has been excerpted from Legal Guides: Business Contracts by Laura Plimpton, available from Entrepreneur Press.After reviewing and drafting over 12,000 contracts as an in-house attorney and an attorney practicing business law in a law firm, I developed tools and techniques for quickly turning any contract into a business asset. My clients, business owners and managers, asked me to ...
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    Environmental Protection Agency Licensing FAQs

    Environmental Protection Agency Licensing FAQs
    Environmental Protection Agency FAQs Do I need an Environmental Permit for my business? Permits for business are usually administered at the state or local level. Contact your State Small Business Assistance Program or your State Environmental Agency for assistance with this matter. How do I register a pesticide? EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs has prepared a Pesticide Registration Kit. Additional ...
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    10 Worst Time Wasters at Work

    Time flies when you're wasting it These days, no one can afford to waste time at work. Thanks to widespread downsizing, workloads are piling up. Unfortunately, extra hours in the day are not. Maximizing your time at work can mean the difference between leaving at a reasonable hour (i.e. holding onto your sanity) and staying late unnecessarily. You’ve got a ...
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    In Case of Emergency: Create a Disaster Plan

    In Case of Emergency: Create a Disaster Plan
    A smoke alarm or a life preserver may save your life, but they won't save your business. You need a real disaster plan now. Your business's survival depends on it. Lonnie Lehrer thought he was prepared for anything. The CEO of Leros Point to Point, a New York City limousine service, had redundant computer systems for his dispatch software, battery backup ...
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    The Worst That Could Happen: 5 Scenarios

    It's time to face your worst business nightmares. Don't cover your ears and cringe until you hear how you can prepare yourself. Oklahoma City. Columbine. September 11. Every once in a while, we are reminded life is unpredictable. And if you're responsible for employees and customers, you've come to the conclusion that it's never a bad idea to imagine the unimaginable.Two ...
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    Better Beats First in Business Success

    Better Beats First in Business Success
    American Express recently asked fifty of the top business bloggers to give their best advice to small business owners. Topics ranged from taking advantage of your size to outthink and outmaneuver the ‘big boys’ to staying motivated in the face of today’s economic challenges. One piece of advice that really caught my eye was from Jim Collins who said “Best beats ...
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    Are You Losing Control of Your Business?

    Are You Losing Control of Your Business?
    If you started a three-month sabbatical today, what would your business look like when you returned? Small business owners may shudder at the thought. But entrepreneurs whose young companies are graduating from the startup stage need to move from running the show to building an organization that can sustain itself, experts say. "CEOs in growing companies have to think about creating ...
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    Successfully Transitioning from Corporate to Entrepreneur: Things I've learned along the way

    Successfully Transitioning from Corporate to Entrepreneur: Things I've learned along the way
    After 40 years of working for other people, in industry and in education, I decided it was time to go it myself. As an engineer, technical leader and executive, I had mentored and advised men and women throughout my career. I found this extremely rewarding but I wasn't sure whether I could truly develop my own consulting business. Now almost two ...
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    12 Ways To Expand Your Marketplace

    12 Ways To Expand Your Marketplace
    When expanding your business, you should explore all the strategic alternatives available to you. Select the one that makes the most sense and then prepare a plan on how to implement that strategy. There are at least a dozen common strategies and a variety of strategic combinations or special situations to choose from. We present some of those alternatives below. Expansion ...
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    25 Ways to Simplify Your Business

    25 Ways to Simplify Your Business
    Find your focus: Fine-tune your business with our ideas for simplifying and streamlining your operations. It's your typical day at the office. Like every other day, it started at 7:00 a.m. When you sat down with that first cup of coffee, you were hoping to get to work on some meaty stuff-strategic planning, ideas for that big project, a thorough review ...
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    Six Rules for Leveraging Technology In Your Business

    Six Rules for Leveraging Technology In Your Business
    Over the past few weeks, I've been really chewing on the following six rules I created that I believe will really help you boost your business. There's a lot more technology rules and guidelines you need to keep in mind, but these six rules are one's really dear to my heart. 1.Spend money on your technology as an investment - not ...
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    How to Find and Work With Suppliers

    Whether you're looking for raw materials for manufacturing or finished products to resell, this guide will help you find and forge great relationships with suppliers. Suppliers are essential to almost every business. Without raw materials to make what you sell or manufacturers to provide what you resell, you will have a tough time growing. There are also many supplies and services ...