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Starting a business

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Independent contractors

Anyone who works but isn’t an employee is self-employed. This includes independent contractors, although not everyone who is self-employed is an independent contractor. The difference depends on...

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Construction

Becoming a general contractor requires a combination of education and hands-on work experience. You might start off in a particular building trade and work your way up to general contracting, or...

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Starting a business

From government programs to private and nonprofit sectors, there are many resources to help veterans in business their small business endeavors. The organizations listed here can help veterans...

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IT & technology professionals
A thorough business plan is a critical element of a tech startup's path to success and can help you secure funding. Here's what to include when writing out the launch plans for your startup.
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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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IT & technology professionals
When intellectual property is used without permission, having the right insurance and implementing a few best practices could prevent someone from hurting your business or reputation.
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IT & technology professionals
Every tech startup faces business risks, from funding issues to legal troubles. Here are some of the most common startup business risks for tech companies and how to protect against them.
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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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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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IT & technology professionals
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
Researching competitors, finding funding sources, and protecting yourself with contracts and business insurance are just a few of the steps you should take when you start an IT services business.
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Cleaning services

General liability insurance, workers' compensation insurance, property insurance, and janitorial bonds keep your cleaning business safe from financial liabilities. Learn more about the types of...

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Insurance professionals

Starting and running your own insurance business comes with a lot of requirements, including a license to sell or broker insurance. In some instances a license isn't required, but the best way to...

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Cannabis

As more states legalize marijuana, the profit potential of opening a cannabis business is ripe for the picking. Ready to start a marijuana business? Here are six key steps that cannabis entrepreneurs...

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