Hiring independent contractors instead of employees can save you time, money and paperwork
How can you tell if your business idea will be profitable?
All the information and resources you need to start and run a successful small business -- from bookkeeping to hiring independent contractors to sales and marketing tips and strategies.
Why You Need to Write a Business Plan
Here's what to include in your business plan to attract investors and keep your business on track.
Learn why writing a business plan is important -- even if you're not trying to raise money.
Business Financing FAQ
From loans to equity investments, answers about raising money for your business.
Fiduciary Responsibility and Corporations
Officers, directors, and sometime even stockholders, have fiduciary duties, or obligations of trust.
Basic Profit and Loss Forecast
A profit and loss, or P&L, forecast is a projection of how much money you will bring in by selling products or services and how much profit you will make from these sales.
Sample Cash Flow Statement
To prepare a cash flow statement, you'll use many of the same figures you use for a profit and loss forecast.
Small Claims Court and Business Disputes
Resolve disputes and collect debts in small claims court -- without a lawyer.
Business Equipment: Buying vs. Leasing
Decide whether to lease or buy by learning about the pros and cons of each.
Your Business Image: Ten Ways to Build and Market It
Marketing strategies to build your business brand.
Internet Sales Tax: A 50-State Guide to State Laws
Learn the rules for your state about paying sales tax on Internet sales.
Retirement Plans for the Self-Employed
Create your own retirement plan if you work for yourself.
Preserving Your Status as an Independent Contractor
Follow these strategies to avoid being reclassified as an employee.
Going Out of Business: Liquidate Assets Yourself or File for Bankruptcy?
If you've run up big business debts and are worried you'll never being able to repay them, it may be time to sell the business's assets, pay off its debts as best you can, and move on.
Close Down Your Business Yourself: The Out-of-Court Work Out
When you're going out of business but you don't have enough money to pay the business's debts, you need some portion of your debts forgiven or discharged.