Catherine Clifford

Catherine Clifford

Catherine Clifford is a senior writer at Entrepreneur.com. Previously, she was the small business reporter at CNNMoney and an assistant in the New York bureau for CNN. Catherine attended Columbia University where she earned a bachelor's degree. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. Email her at CClifford@entrepreneur.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @CatClifford.

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Startup Must-Haves: Perseverance and Optimism (Infographic)
Startup Basics

Startup Must-Haves: Perseverance and Optimism (Infographic)

Starting your own business is a marathon of facing tough decisions.
4 Tips for Negotiating a Personal Guarantee
Financing

4 Tips for Negotiating a Personal Guarantee

It is highly likely that you'll be asked to sign a personal guarantee to get a bank loan. Before you do, make sure you are getting the best terms possible.
What Venture Capitalists Are Investing in Right Now
Venture Capital

What Venture Capitalists Are Investing in Right Now

A look at what's hot and what's not, when it comes to the industries attracting the most funding.
Government Report Shows Downward Trend in Small Business Lending
Money

Government Report Shows Downward Trend in Small Business Lending

Small business loans contracted last year, while large businesses secured more dollars, according to the Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy.
The Fiscal Cliff: 3 Tax Changes You Need to Know Are Coming
Tax Center

The Fiscal Cliff: 3 Tax Changes You Need to Know Are Coming

At the end of the year, a slew of tax breaks are set to expire, effectively increasing your bill to Uncle Sam. Here is a rundown of some of the changes that may not heard about.
Visa, MasterCard Settlement: What You Need to Know
Payments & Collections

Visa, MasterCard Settlement: What You Need to Know

Credit-card giants agree to pay more than $6 billion to settle an antitrust case.
3 Signs You May Need to Ditch Your Bank
Bank Loans and Microloans

3 Signs You May Need to Ditch Your Bank

It is a hassle to change banks. Here is when it is worth it.
Trying to Win a Government Contract? Avoid These 3 Mistakes
Growth Strategies

Trying to Win a Government Contract? Avoid These 3 Mistakes

Doing work for the federal government can help a small business grow, but figuring out how to secure a lucrative contract can be tricky.
3 Questions You Must Ask Before Securing a Small Business Credit Card
Cash Flow & Money Management

3 Questions You Must Ask Before Securing a Small Business Credit Card

While it's tempting to sign up for another card to survive a cash flow crunch, consider these important tips first.
SEC to Miss JOBS Act Deadline
Financing

SEC to Miss JOBS Act Deadline

Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro says it's more complicated than it seems to write the rules.
Need a Business Idea? Tap Into Lifestyle Trends in the Evolving Luxury Market
Finding Ideas

Need a Business Idea? Tap Into Lifestyle Trends in the Evolving Luxury Market

Here are three ways startups can tailor product offerings for growth industries.
5 Ways to Get Paid Faster
Billing and Collections

5 Ways to Get Paid Faster

Is your small business caught in a cash crunch? Consider these steps to get customers to speed up and cut that check.
3 Simple Financial Tools to Help Track Business Success
Managing Cash Flow

3 Simple Financial Tools to Help Track Business Success

Financial dashboards are a popular way for small business owners to manage their money and track their growth without the hassle and expense of a business consultant.
A Common Personal Finance Mistake New 'Treps Make
Accounting Basics

A Common Personal Finance Mistake New 'Treps Make

Starting your own business will affect many parts of your life, including how you manage your finances.
A Woman Entrepreneur's Advice for Startups
Leadership

A Woman Entrepreneur's Advice for Startups

Claudia Chan, the brains behind S.H.E. Summit Week in New York, shares her best three tips for women starting a business.
Why  Eco-Conscious Entrepreneurs Like Method View B Corp as a Badge of Honor
Legal Basics For Startups

Why Eco-Conscious Entrepreneurs Like Method View B Corp as a Badge of Honor

Three entrepreneurs, among the first to certify their businesses as B Corps, share how it has affected their companies and offer advice on the process.
9 Things Startups Must Know Before Approaching Lenders
Financing

9 Things Startups Must Know Before Approaching Lenders

These steps will put you ahead of the game before you start, and increase your chances of securing funds for your small business.
Democratic Lawmakers Question NFIB's Motives for Small Business
Compensation and Benefits

Democratic Lawmakers Question NFIB's Motives for Small Business

The small business organization that is leading the case against President Obama's health care reform act is asked to disclose its donor list.
B Corps: The Next Generation of Company?
Growth Strategies

B Corps: The Next Generation of Company?

A Pennsylvania nonprofit, B Lab, is working to make businesses agents of social and environmental change.
Got Investors? Now, How to Handle Your Salary
Getting Started

Got Investors? Now, How to Handle Your Salary

Whether your investors are friends and family or VCs, here's a guideline on how to pay yourself as your startup grows.
5 Questions You Must Ask Your Credit Card Processor
Payments & Collections

5 Questions You Must Ask Your Credit Card Processor

Confused about payment schedules and hidden fees? We'll walk you through the fine print.
3 Insurance Gambles That Put Your Business at Risk
Money

3 Insurance Gambles That Put Your Business at Risk

Many business owners don't even think about insuring their business. Here are tips that can protect your company.
3 Online Tools To Find Funding
Financing

3 Online Tools To Find Funding

A look at ways to find the best funding sources and tailor the options for your small business.
Is the Health Care Tax Credit a Dud?
Tax Center

Is the Health Care Tax Credit a Dud?

A Government Accountability Office report says the effort to help small businesses pay for health care is too complex to be useful.
Getting the Big Banks Back into Small-Business Lending
SBA and Government Funding

Getting the Big Banks Back into Small-Business Lending

The SBA is partnering with the largest U.S. lenders to raise the amount of money loaned to small businesses, particularly in small loans and underserved communities.
Small Businesses Suffer in States Hardest Hit By Housing Meltdown
Self-Financing

Small Businesses Suffer in States Hardest Hit By Housing Meltdown

Southeastern states have a particularly high percentage of small businesses being hamstrung by tight credit conditions.
3 Rules for Successful Crowdfunding
Financing

3 Rules for Successful Crowdfunding

Consider these tips before pitching the crowd to fund your startup.
The SBA's Karen G. Mills on the Small-Business Credit Comeback
SBA and Government Funding

The SBA's Karen G. Mills on the Small-Business Credit Comeback

The small-business credit market has recovered since 2009, when lending had all but frozen. Banks are coming back to the market and seeing greater demand for loans from business owners.
What Small Businesses Care About This Election Year
Tax Center

What Small Businesses Care About This Election Year

New data reveals business owners' top concerns and confusion.
SBA Seeks to Boost Small-Dollar Loans With New Push
SBA and Government Funding

SBA Seeks to Boost Small-Dollar Loans With New Push

The SBA is looking to increase the number of smaller loans in underserved communities with a new push.

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