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Financing While Maintaining Equity

When starting a new business you may need start-up funds but lack the money to invest yourself. What are your options, can it be done without losing equity in the company? Start off by thinking about it from the other side. If you had $500,000, what would make you want to give it to you [...]

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Protect Your Ideas

Build it, then sell it People often ask if they can sell an idea of a new product or service to a company that will implement it. But ideas that can’t be protected are worth relatively little. I don’t mean necessarily legally protected, but at the very least, protected with marketing momentum, image, and awareness. [...]

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Business Startup Checklist

Things to think about before starting up The list below is meant to remind you of the tasks you may have to perform to start your business. Not every business will have to complete each step. For instance, you may decide not to register your trademark with state or federal officials. Or, you may not [...]

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Seven Steps to Starting Your Own Business

Starting your own business can be a daunting task. Here are seven steps that can start you in the right direction. Step 1: Personal evaluation. Begin by taking stock of yourself and your situation. Why do you want to start a business? Is it money, freedom, creativity, or some other reason? What skills do you [...]

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Legal Entities, Licenses and Permits

Chosing the right legal structure How you form your business, and its legal structure, is one of the most important decisions you will make in the process of launching your venture. The business entity The pros and cons of different business formations are worth understanding. They vary by state—consequently this is not a good area [...]

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