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Starting a business

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Growing a business

A referral program can help you turn your existing customers into active promoters of your business and partners in your success. Regardless of your type of business, every satisfied customer is a...

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Food & beverage
Proper safety is critical to running a successful food and beverage establishment. Learn how to obtain a food handlers card for yourself and your small business employees.
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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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Business insurance tips
The range of options for small business insurance can be overwhelming. Learn how to choose the right coverage for your small business.
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Personal care
Becoming an esthetician requires education, hands-on training, and passing a state licensure exam. Certification is optional, although it can help your business.
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Cleaning services
The outlook for pressure washing businesses is strong. With the right approach, you could launch your own successful pressure washing business, either as a side hustle or a full-time career.
Sole proprietor working in their home office.
Freelance

Self-employed individuals and sole proprietors share similar tax obligations and risks because their personal assets are tied to their business, but not all self-employed business owners are sole...

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Independent contractors
Whether you need a business license as an independent contractor depends on your profession and where you work. Some licenses also require you to carry business insurance.
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IT & technology professionals
Cybersecurity consultants can expect to see continued demand for their services, given the increasing number of cyberattacks worldwide and the cost of dealing with them.
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Installation

The licensing, insurance, and bonding requirements for HVAC professionals vary by state. Having the right insurance and bonding can help keep you financially protected and may be required for some...

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Consulting
There are several factors you’ll need to consider to help you start a consulting business, including creating a business plan, addressing risks, and protecting yourself with the right insurance.
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Construction

The licensing, insurance, and bonding requirements for plumbers vary by state. Having the right insurance and bonding can help keep you financially protected, and may be required for some jobs within...

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Building design

The licensing and insurance requirements for engineers vary by state. Having the right insurance and licensing can help keep you financially protected and may be required for some jobs within the...

General contractors discussing on job site
Construction

The licensing, insurance, and bonding requirements for general contractors vary by state. Having the right insurance and bonding helps keep you financially protected, and it's required for some jobs...

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Building design
The licensing, insurance, and bond requirements for architects vary by location and the amount of education and experience they have.
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