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How to Turn Your Side Hustle Idea Into a Real Business

Do you dream of quitting your job and becoming your own boss? You’re not alone. According to a survey by YouGov and Volusion, more than half (52%) of Americans have spent time at work thinking or daydreaming about a job or career they would rather pursue; 84% of full-time workers would rather pursue a career …

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Export Opportunities for Small Businesses and Help for Getting Started

Professional jugglers often start out by keeping three balls sailing through the air at once. Then they start adding balls. That’s not a bad picture of the current state of U.S. global trade negotiations. For a while it seemed like we were trying to cut new deals with every nation on earth. Fortunately, some of …

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5 Fast-Growing Businesses Reveal Their Shared Secret to Success

What’s the one thing that unites a company that grows crickets for food, one that solves an embarrassing health problem, and one that sells beverages that are helping to save the planet one bottle at a time? They’ve all been helped by a small business mentor. While their stories are inspiring and instructive, the best …

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18 Newsletters That Will Make You a Better Entrepreneur

It’s true that some of the best things in life are free, and it’s especially true of some of the excellent educational resources available to entrepreneurs. Case in point: There are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of free email newsletters that can help you learn whatever it is you need to know to help grow your business. …

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7 Ways the U.S. Government Helps Small Businesses

We Americans tend to have mixed feelings about our government. Many of us want more help from it, while others would like the government to just leave us alone. That’s pretty much the sentiment of small business owners, too. In the WASP Barcode Technologies’ 2017 State of Small Business Report, we found that half of the …

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Do You Really Need a Business Plan to Start a Business?

When you’re starting a new business, do you really need a business plan? Let’s face it: When you’re excited about your great new business idea and can’t wait to get going, the last thing you want to do is a sit down and spend weeks or months crafting a business plan. As the world of …

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