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first-time franchise buyer
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5 Important Tips For First-Time Franchise Buyers

Many people have the goal of owning their own business. To expedite this process, becoming a franchisee of an established brand may be an attractive option, as entrepreneurs can build off a proven formula for success to guide their decisions as business owners. However, opening a franchise location is not a fast track to riches,...
partnership structures
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Forming a Partnership? Check Out These 4 Partnership Structures

Did you know there are several partnership structures you can choose from when forming a partnership Partnerships are a popular business structure to form if you plan to go into business with another person. You might choose a trusted family member, friend, colleague or even a mentor. Two or more people enter into a partnership...
B Corp
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How Startups Can Achieve B Corp Status (and Why it’s Important)

The idea of starting and running a business for any reason other than profit may seem counterintuitive to some. But a growing number of businesses around the world are turning that idea on its head, and showing that business can — and should — do more. During 2020, a 23% growth in global submissions to become...
tax reform
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How President Biden’s Tax Reform Could Impact Your Small Business

Information about tax changes the Biden administration is considering have recently leaked, creating some big headlines in media. “First major tax hike since 1993,” according to Bloomberg. As a fractional CFO, my first reaction to any tax reform is: what does this mean for small business? Although we do not have an official White House plan yet, I...
llc michigan
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How to Form an LLC in Michigan

Starting a business is an exciting journey. For many entrepreneurs, starting a business is their chance to take their product to market, to become part of their local communities and to start making income from their own ventures. Many entrepreneurs choose a limited liability company (LLC) as a preferred vehicle for that journey. An LLC...
business entity
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LLC or Corporation: Which Entity is Best For My Business?

Two of the most popular entity formations for business incorporation are limited liability companies (LLCs) and corporations. Both entities provide startup owners with certain benefits, and one of the biggest benefits is limited liability. This creates a separation between the assets of the business and the owner, and protects the owner’s personal assets in the...
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Stop Doing These 4 Things if You Want Your Business to Last

We’ve all seen the statistics on how many businesses fail within the first few years of operation, and the current pandemic may accelerate that struggle for some startups. After fielding literally thousands of questions from small business owners during the past few months at Nav, we’ve identified four ways businesses are setting themselves up to...
B Corporation
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Why a Certified B Corporation is the Secret to a Sustainable Business

In 2019, the Business Roundtable issued an open letter called “Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation,” in which 181 CEOs signed the letter, stating that they pledged to lead their companies to the benefit of all stakeholders. Who makes up all stakeholders? This group compromises more than just a corporation’s shareholders; it also includes...
direct-to-consumer
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This Entrepreneur Shares Key Takeaways from Launching Her Direct-to-Consumer E-Commerce Brand

As a child, I watched my mother’s generation attempt direct-to-consumer business in a, shall we say, clunky fashion. They held Tupperware parties and loaded up the car with Avon deliveries. Before I knew what direct-to-consumer was, I wasn’t interested. However, technology has changed virtually every aspect of business in this day and age—and revolutionized the...
tax mistakes
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Dodge These 5 Common Tax Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make

Starting and running a business requires precise attention to detail—especially when it comes time to file your business taxes. Whether you head a startup with a few employees or you’re an independent contractor, taxes are a common pain point for entrepreneurs. Tax law is complex, and penalties for filing mistakes can affect a business’s bottom...
LLC
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5 Reasons Why You Should Form an LLC for Your New Business

Many entrepreneurs initially start a business as a sole proprietorship instead of a limited liability company (LLC). Why do they pick this entity? Forming a sole proprietorship allows entrepreneurs to exercise total control of the business. It’s also affordable to form and getting started requires little paperwork. However, the drawback is that sole proprietorships do...
main street
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Which Legal Entities are Best for Main Street Businesses?

As local storefronts prepare for Small Business Saturday tomorrow, entrepreneurs with an unincorporated business may be considering forming a legal entity. We’re in favor of this decision, especially since incorporated businesses are able to establish credibility quickly with consumers. However, many entrepreneurs may feel confused when it comes to business formation. Limited liability company or...
entrepreneur
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Ready to Become an Entrepreneur? Ask These 5 Questions First

Entrepreneurship, to an outsider looking in, may appear exciting and glamorous. Business owners get to set their own schedules, work at their own pace and follow their dreams. It’s so appealing that many envious individuals (with an idea and an entrepreneurial mindset!) may feel like it’s time to ditch their 9 to 5 jobs and...
coffee shop
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How to Start and Fund a Coffee Shop

Coffee shops are a hot commodity, with a market value estimated at over $45 billion. America runs on caffeine, which all but ensures a demand for the product. Not only that, but a coffee shop can have an enormous impact on the feel of a neighborhood, serving as a gathering place and a makeshift office...
incorporate
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Which Entity Should You Incorporate Your E-Commerce Business As?

You’ve drafted a detailed business plan, identified your unique selling proposition (USP), and defined your business model. It’s almost time to launch your e-commerce business! Before you open your virtual doors and begin taking orders, however, you’ll need to structure your business by incorporating or forming an LLC formation. Why do businesses, whether they are...
freelancers
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What Do Freelancers Need to Know About Incorporating?

In 2018, a survey from Upwork in partnership with the Freelancers Union revealed the state of freelancing in the United States. Given the continual rise of freelance work, it wasn’t completely shocking to see that the future of freelance is increasingly on the up and up. Last year, 56.7 million Americans were freelance workers, a...
taxes
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Navigating Your First Year of Filing Taxes as an Entrepreneur

If you’re planning to start up a new business this year, you’ll experience tax time as a business owner soon enough. The following tips will help you prepare well in advance. And if you started a business in 2018, you’re likely wrestling with your company’s first experience with taxes right now. As an entrepreneur, you...
legal
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Before Starting a Business in 2019, Tackle These 3 Legal Areas

Planning to start a business in 2019? Here's the good news: preparing now will help to put you and your new company on the right track to success. Great idea? Check. Detailed business plan that objectively measures where you’ll take the company in the short and long-term? Check. Plans to incorporate the business to legitimize...
corporations
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Corporations vs. LLCs: What’s the Difference When Structuring a Business?

When you are starting a business, the legal structure you choose for it is a critically important decision. It will affect things like the cost of operating the business, its taxes, the potential for you and any other owners of the business to be held financially liable for problems it may develop, as well as...