Meredith Wood

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Meredith Wood is the head of content and editor-in-chief at Fundera, an online marketplace for small business financial solutions such as loans, credit cards and bank accounts. Prior to Fundera, Meredith was the CCO at Funding Gates. Specializing in financial advice for small business owners, Meredith is a current and past contributor to Yahoo!, Amex OPEN Forum, Fox Business, SCORE, AllBusiness and more.
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13 Digital Tools Every New Business Needs

Modern startups run on digital tools. From communicating with customers, collaborating internally or protecting their assets, entrepreneurs should know that there’s a digital platform or service for everything. The truth is, those that don’t embrace technology risk being left behind, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to stay afloat, entrepreneurs must start off strong...
Small business grants
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Top Small Business Grants for Women and Minorities

For an updated list of grant programs for women and minorities available in 2021, please click here. Funding a small business can be quite the undertaking, whether you’re starting a new venture for the first time or have decades of experience in your industry. Of course, securing capital is often necessary, but depending on what...
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A Step-By-Step Guide to Writing a Killer Business Plan

A business plan is as important to a new business as a map is to a ship, or blueprints are to an architect. A written business plan will guide your actions and keep you focused on your short- and long-term goals. Your business plan puts your aspirations into words (and charts), demonstrating to partners, investors...
burnout
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8 Ways to Avoid Burnout When Starting a New Business

We’ve all felt burned out at one point or another — that feeling of total fatigue, both mental and physical, which comes from working ourselves too hard. Soon we’re experiencing symptoms like depression and exhaustion, feeling cynical and adrift. It’s ironic that at the point of burnout, the harder we work on something, the more...
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7 Reasons Every Startup Needs a Business Credit Card

A business credit card is one of the most important financial tools in any startup's toolbox. It’s way more than just a personal credit card that you use for business dealings—it’s a unique, flexible form of financing that also delivers rewards and perks specific to what’s important to you and your business. If you’re starting...
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5 Free Ways to Market Your Business for Small Business Saturday

The small business’ answer to Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, is a nationwide event that highlights all of the awesome things that small businesses, small business owners and entrepreneurs offer consumers. Small business owners help neighbors support neighbors, but they also offer an alternative to the big box stores, which can’t always provide the same...
productivity
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9 Habits Successful Entrepreneurs Use to Increase Productivity

There are always those successful entrepreneurs and small business owners who check so many tasks off of their to-do list, it seems they must have extra hours in the day. But since they’re only human, there must be something they’re doing to get so much done, right? There must be habits and hacks they have...
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6 Things All Entrepreneurs Should Do in November

With fall in full swing, most entrepreneurs’ thoughts turn to the essential work that comes alongside the changing seasons. This means closing out the year on a high note, getting geared up for the holiday crunch and making sure that everyone on staff makes it through the end of the year in one piece. Not...
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7 Small Business Grants for Entrepreneurs

Using small business grants can be extremely appealing. After all, it’s money you don’t have to pay back, which means no interest payments, no late payments and no chance of losing any collateral. So, why doesn’t every small business owner forego a small business loan and take advantage of this free money? As it turns...
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7 Steps to Starting a Side Hustle While Working Full Time

People with an entrepreneurial mindset often find themselves toying with an idea for a business that they can start up while still working their day job. Continuing to work your full-time gig while starting up a side hustle isn’t just understandable risk management—it’s also a savvy business move. According to a study from the Academy...
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The Best Freelance Gigs and Side Hustles to Go After in 2019

Freelancing is becoming the new normal for American workers. Today, 40 percent of us use websites like Upwork and Guru to find gigs, which we perform as side hustles or as part of a larger freelance career. For those of us who have yet to dip our toes in the freelance waters, the concept of...
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Can You Get a Business Loan with Bad Credit?

Let’s say you’ve identified an opportunity for your business. It might be a bulk deal on inventory, a necessary equipment upgrade, or a great space for a second location. There’s just one problem: You don’t have the cash available to take advantage, and you have bad credit. But is all hope lost? The short answer...
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7 Ways to Find a Mentor (and Why Having One is Vital to Your Startup’s Success)

When you start a new business, you’re going to want to find a good mentor. Mentors are as close to a business success hack that exists: they can provide validation, encouragement, networking opportunities, perspective, industry-specific strategies, accountability and more. It’s no surprise then that studies connect mentorship to higher outcomes of success and more revenue...
e-commerce
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7 Signs You’re Ready to Expand Your E-Commerce Business

An e-commerce business can be a passive form of income, a full-fledged business or a barebones offshoot of your brick-and-mortar business that you built because you were told you had to start selling online. It can be unclear what the tipping point is for an e-commerce business. When do you start investing even more of...
loans
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4 Tips for Funding a Business When You Have Student Loans

Few words strike as much fear in the hearts of college grads as student loans. These debts seem to linger for years; for some, repayment can take anywhere from 10 to 20 years. And for some, the specter of student loans may even determine which careers they pursue. Although the heart may yearn for a...
marketing
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How to Establish a Marketing Presence as a Lean Startup

When you first start your business, it’s expected that money will be tight — and most of it is probably going toward your startup's basic needs. When cash flow is limited, choosing what to prioritize can be intimidating, and the idea of marketing your business may seem out of reach. But believe it or not,...
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10 Essential Money Tips for Young Entrepreneurs

Being an entrepreneur is challenging, but it can be especially difficult if you begin building your business at a young age. Young entrepreneurs face unique hurdles like creating a company with less work and life experience under their belt. If you’re a young entrepreneur, you may also struggle with being taken less seriously by older...
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How the Recent Facebook Algorithm Changes Will Affect Your Startup

Entrepreneurs can’t ignore the influence of social media on finding business online. Having a presence on platforms like LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook isn’t optional anymore—it’s a crucial part of establishing your startup's identity. In fact, over 50 million small businesses use Facebook pages to connect with customers online. Facebook has always been one of the...
small business loan
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The Top 5 Startup Business Loan Options for Entrepreneurs

High-profile startups raised billions of dollars from venture capitalists in 2017, according to TechCrunch data. Even if you weren’t one of the lucky ones to attract VC money, you have more options than ever before for getting a startup business loan. Think outside the box to get the funding you need, as your options go...