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Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN): How to Get One
By Sean Peek | November 24, 2021

Most businesses with employees need a federal employer identification number.

ADP TotalSource Review
By Skye Schooley | November 19, 2021

ADP TotalSource is our top PEO recommendation for customer service because of its comprehensive features, tailored solutions and excellent support.

TriNet PEO Review
By Skye Schooley | November 19, 2021

TriNet has no minimum employee requirement to use its PEO services. Its flexible service structure and contract setup make it our pick for the best PEO for tailored industries.

How to Register a Business Trademark
By Simone Johnson | November 19, 2021

There are many steps in registering a business trademark. Check out our breakdown on how to do it right.

What Business Expenses Do You Need to Track?
By Adam Uzialko | November 19, 2021

To better manage your cash flow and maximize your tax deductions, it's important to carefully track business expenses. Here are the expenses you need to track.

Everything You Need to Know About E-Commerce
By Donna Fuscaldo | November 19, 2021

E-commerce is booming during the pandemic, presenting a big opportunity for entrepreneurs to set up shop and start selling. Here's what you need to know about this type of business.

Epos Now Review
By Skye Schooley | November 19, 2021

Epos Now is the best all-in-one POS system for small businesses because it is affordable, versatile and adapts to your business.

What is SQL?
By Chad Brooks | November 19, 2021

SQL is a programming language that is used to communicate and manipulate databases.

What Is C2B?
By Marisa Sanfilippo | November 19, 2021

A consumer-to-business model, or C2B, is a type of commerce where a consumer or end user provides a product or service to an organization.

From Jibbitz to Geopalz, Entrepreneur Combines Savvy and Luck
By Business News Daily Editor | November 19, 2021

Sometimes success really is all about timing. Just ask Rich Schmelzer, whose business ventures largely have been defined not only by strong business plans and strategic planning, but also by the...

Business Bank Account Checklist: Documents You'll Need
By Kiely Kuligowski | November 19, 2021

Find out which documents and licenses you'll need to bring with you when you apply for a business bank account.

A Small Business Guide to E-Commerce Shipping
By Business News Daily | November 18, 2021

Finding the right shipping partner is critical for e-commerce businesses that want to maximize their profits.

Tax and Business Forms You'll Need to Start a Small Business
By Andrew Martins | November 18, 2021

If you plan on starting a company, there are tax and business forms you need to fill out.

What Is B2C?
By Business News Daily Editor | November 12, 2021

B2C, or business to consumer, is the type of commerce transaction in which businesses sell products or services to consumers.

How to Find a Factory to Manufacture Your Product
By Bennett Conlin | November 12, 2021

Finding the right ma manufacturing facility to produce your products is a critical component to your company's success.

Minimum Wage by State
By Max Freedman | November 11, 2021

You must pay your employees the greater of your state's hourly minimum wage or the federal minimum wage.

OnPay Review
By Chad Brooks | November 11, 2021

We recommend OnPay as the best payroll service for very small businesses. The service handles all payroll tax responsibilities, plus it offers employers unlimited pay runs and multiple ways to pay...

Oasis Review
By Skye Schooley | November 10, 2021

Oasis Advantage, our choice as the best PEO for startups, offers a flexible plan that allows startups to mix and match services to get exactly what they need.

What Are Payroll Taxes?
By Sean Peek | November 10, 2021

Learn your withholding tax responsibilities as an employer.

Tips on Choosing The Right Location for Your Business
By Matt D'Angelo | November 09, 2021

It's one of the most important decisions you will make, which is why you must do your homework and answer all of the relevant questions.

Renting Your First Office? What You Should Know About Leasing
By Business News Daily Editor | November 08, 2021

If you're ready to rent your first commercial space, here's what you need to know about the leasing process.

Small Businesses Offer the Best Customer Service
By Max Freedman | November 04, 2021

Customers find that small businesses often provide the best customer service experience.

Quitting Your Day Job? The Basics on Benefits Coverage for Entrepreneurs
By Saige Driver | October 29, 2021

Ready to leave the corporate world behind? Here's what you need to know about getting benefits coverage when you're self-employed.

10 Things to Do Before Opening a Food Truck
By Brittney Morgan | October 29, 2021

Thinking about putting your restaurant on wheels? Here are 10 tips to help your food truck run seamlessly.

Square Review
By Donna Fuscaldo | October 28, 2021

Square is the best credit card processor for small businesses because it is easy to use, packed with features, and usable as an iPad or Android POS system.

How Many Pay Periods Are in a Year?
By Andrew Martins | October 25, 2021

The number of pay periods in a year depends on your payroll schedule, which can be weekly, biweekly, semimonthly or monthly.

Bootstrapping or Equity Funding: Which Is Better for Your Business?
By Business News Daily Editor | October 22, 2021

Should you rely on personal finances to start your new company, or should you look for outside investors such as family and friends?

Finding the Right Accountant for Your Small Business
By Simone Johnson | October 20, 2021

Learn how to choose an accountant who has the skills your business needs.

How to Create an Invoice
By Max Freedman | October 20, 2021

Invoicing customers for your products and services is part of doing business. Here's how to create an invoice to give to your clients.

GoToConnect Review
By Jeff Hale | October 15, 2021

GoToConnect combines the power and reliability of Jive's cloud VoIP phone systems with GoToMeeting's web, audio, and video conferencing into one simple, reliable, and flexible solution.