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Photo credit: Laurel Smith Photography They say bad things happen in clusters. And for photographer Analicia Honkanen, that adage rings true. In March of this year, Analicia’s employer, a furniture company based outside Detroit, Michigan, declared...

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4 ways to fund your business without getting a loan
4 ways to fund your business without getting a loan
Obtaining funding for your small business is often stressful, time-consuming, and occasionally risky. Unless you’re the owner of a Silicon Valley unicorn startup, you’re most likely bootstrapping your venture with personal savings or seeking a business...
How do I form a business?
How do I form a business?
You’ve come up with a brilliant business idea. You’ve researched the market, estimated your profits, made a website, and even secured your social media handles. Now, you just need to figure out how to manage your business finances. So you run to...
How much does it cost to start a business?
How much does it cost to start a business?
So, you’re an aspiring entrepreneur with a killer business idea and plenty of hustle. You know you’ve got the skills and the ambition to succeed. You might even have found the right business partner. All you need is some startup cash. But … how...
Testing a business idea
Testing a business idea
There’s a reason why so many successful entrepreneurs have a pivot story—the moment when they decided to change their products and business model because their original vision wasn’t working. Not all businesses need to make a 180° turn, but every...
What every entrepreneur needs to know about self-employment tax
What every entrepreneur needs to know about self-employment tax
When you’re starting a business, you’re likely to encounter a whole host of new tax concepts. One of them is self-employment tax. Read on to learn exactly what this tax is, who needs to pay it, and how it’s calculated. What is self-employment tax...
How to start bookkeeping for your small business
How to start bookkeeping for your small business
When you’re just starting out as an entrepreneur, there’s a long and admittedly overwhelming number of things to do and learn. Bookkeeping is one of the items on that list, and it’s a task that many new entrepreneurs dread or defer for a variety...
What type of company should I form?
What type of company should I form?
There are several business types and structures to choose from. Each has its own list of pros and cons, including complexity of formation, liability protection, and tax implications. Here’s a quick overview of the common business types. Of course...
How to come up with a business idea
How to come up with a business idea
If you’re reading this, you probably want to start a business but you’re not yet exactly sure what that business should do. Maybe you have ideas, but you’re not quite confident in them. Maybe you have a problem you want to solve, but you’re not...