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How the IRS Classifies Independent Contractors

The Internal Revenue Service scrutinizes the use of contractors carefully, so don't let worker-classification rules trip you up or you could wind up extra taxes, penalties and interest. Here's how to avoid tax problems with 1099 workers.

How to Design Your Business Logo

Your logo is the foundation for all your promotional materials, so this is one area where it pays to take the time to get it right.

How to Determine Your Working Capital Needs

Working capital has a direct impact on cash flow in a business. Consider these five common sources of short-term working capital financing.

Defining Your Market in 7 Steps

No business can be all things to all customers, especially a small business. Here's how to find a niche to set up your company for success.

Defining Your Business Goals

When you're just starting up, it's a good idea to set goals for your company and align them with your personal goals as well. Consider this advice for setting goals that are realistic for you.

Understanding Your 'Unique Selling Proposition'

How to figure out what makes your business special and power up your sales.

Incorporating Your Business

When starting your business, it's worth taking the time to think through which legal structure will be best for you and your business. Here is some guidance on the basics.

The Nonprofit Option

Looking to start a nonprofit business? This guide will get you started.

Conducting Market Research

You may have a great idea for a product or service, but before you go any further, first make sure there's a market for it.

SBA Loans: A Primer

The SBA offers a variety of loan programs to fit every stage of business development.

How to Keep Family and Friends Loans Strictly Business

When borrowing from friends and relatives, make sure both parties are protected by putting the loan agreement in writing.

Business Structure Basics

With this basic guide, you'll be able to select the structure that suits your business best.