Starting a business

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Personal care
The licensing and insurance requirements for hairstylists and hair salons vary by location and what services you or your salon may provide.
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Personal care
The licensing requirements for nail salon technicians vary by state. Having the right licensing and insurance can help keep you financially protected within the personal care industry.
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General contractors

Contractors and handymen both focus on repair, maintenance, and construction, yet there are many differences between the two in their licensing and insurance requirements. There are also differences...

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Handyman services
The licensing, insurance, and bonding requirements for handyman work varies by location and your state contractor licensing board. Some states have no licensing requirements.
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The licensing requirements for caterers vary by location. Having the right licensing and insurance can help keep you financially protected and may be required for some jobs within the food and...

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IT & technology professionals
If your startup wants to attract top talent, secure funding, or eventually go public, it's a good idea to have directors and officers insurance.
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Computer repair & installation
Do you have what it takes to be a freelance computer technician? Find out what knowledge and technical skills you'll need to be successful in this profession.
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Cleaning services
Learn about the benefits of a cleaning company business plan and what to include when creating one.
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Starting a business

Both sole proprietor and independent contractor are terms that describe self-employed people. Which one applies to your business depends on the taxation structure and your professional relationships...

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Insurance professionals
Working as an insurance agent allows for flexibility, and it often takes only a few weeks to acquire a license.
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Cleaning services
Learn how to start a cleaning business with a few simple steps and considerations. There’s plenty of opportunity in this sector, and the startup costs are relatively low.
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Insurance professionals

A thoughtful business plan provides a roadmap for building a successful insurance agency. Here’s what to include in yours, from objectives and product offerings to your target market and financial...

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Insurance professionals
Building an insurance company is no small task, but with some sweat equity and the right focus you can turn your dream into a reality. Here are the basic steps to get started.
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IT consultants
Learning how to become an IT consultant can provide numerous opportunities for IT professionals who are interested in starting a business.
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IT & technology professionals
If you are looking for a rewarding and challenging career that is in extremely high demand, a job as a security consultant could be a good fit.
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