Posts by Deborah Sweeney

Do I Need to File For a Foreign Qualification?

Maybe you’ve heard the term foreign qualification before, but aren’t exactly sure what it means. How does your business qualify to file as a foreign qualification? What do you need to do in order to foreign qualify? If you’re not sure, you’ve come to the right place—here’s a look at what you need to know…

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Which 5 Cities Are Best For Small Businesses?

This August, Fios by Verizon released a study on the 10 best cities for entrepreneurs to start a small business. The data gathered by the company examined factors from nearly 300 cities across the country including population, higher education levels, income per capita, loans per capita, and the state’s tax environment. The cities and states…

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Business Licenses 101

Starting a business involves a great deal of filling out and filing the appropriate paperwork to get up and running. A lot of it is fun to work on—picking a business name, logo, color scheme and location—but there’s also plenty of legal work that new small business owners need to think about, including deciding whether…

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What Entrepreneurs Need to Know About Becoming Amazon Sellers

This July, Amazon revealed in its Small Business Impact Report that more than one million small and medium-sized businesses based out of the United States are selling through Amazon. The report also disclosed that half the items purchased through the website come from—you guessed it—small and medium-sized businesses. As more individuals migrate over to the…

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The Right Way to Go into Business with a Partner

Starting a business up with a partner is a great idea—not only does a business partner effectively halve the staggering amount of work that comes with forming a new company, but having a partner also means having someone to talk to and bounce ideas off of. For many sole-proprietorships, the only employee on the payroll…

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How do I Get a Federal Tax ID for my Business?

Generally, businesses need a Federal Tax ID number or an Employer Identification Number (EIN) to legally conduct business. Whether a sole proprietor or a corporation, an EIN is necessary. This number is used to identify a business entity for tax purposes and is fairly simple to obtain. The IRS supplies multiple ways to apply for…

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3 Mindset Secrets to Achieving Small Business Success

Recently, I read a piece in the USA Today on the 11 secrets to small business success. There are all kinds of articles like these online, ranging in number count and content with the “secrets” as largely common knowledge to small business owners such as taking time to unplug or hiring a good team. In…

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How to Be a Successful Serial Entrepreneur

Running multiple businesses is not for the faint of heart—doing so requires a lot of work and dedication. But if you’re driven, motivated, and passionate about what you do and who you do it for, serial entrepreneurship might just be the next step to take your business in. With great power comes great responsibility and…

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