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  • Business Entities: Pros and Cons of Forming LLCs, Corps and Partnerships
    Maybe you’re a brand-new entrepreneur looking to legitimize your small business. Perhaps you’ve already incorporated as a sole proprietorship and want to switch to a new entity. Whatever your situation may be, you’re likely looking at forming a limited liability company (LLC), corporation or… Read more ›
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  • 5 Questions to Ask about Your Small Business Loan
    For many small business owners, business loans are a likely choice for funding, especially loans from the Small Business Administration. These loans offer low interest rates and affordable monthly payments, and are low-risk for lenders since they’re backed by the federal government. Even if… Read more ›
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  • Look Beyond Your Personal Bank for a Business Loan
    When working on launching your new business, it makes sense to want to work with partners and vendors you’re familiar with. However, when it comes to business financing, only applying with your personal or local bank could put you at a disadvantage. Many banks across the country offer Small… Read more ›
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  • Small Business Success Story: Fishing for the Right Business Opportunity
      After a long career in the publishing industry, Skip Sheppard was ready to take control of his own career and become a small business owner. He looked at convenience stores, pizza shops and beyond, but it wasn’t until he went back to his roots that he found exactly what he was… Read more ›
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  • 3 Signs You’re Ready to Make the Leap into Entrepreneurship
    When asked about the entrepreneurial journey, Richard Hoad, co-owner of the Parsonage Inn in East Orleans, Massachusetts, says, “There’s a lot of things you have to think about, but just say ‘yes, I’m going to do it.’” Hoad’s advice is sage wisdom for anyone thinking of starting out… Read more ›
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  • 5 Questions to Ask Before Leaping into Small Business Ownership
    Deciding to make the jump into small business ownership can be a nerve-wracking decision, especially if it means leaving a stable job (and income) to venture out on your own. How can you tell if it’s the right decision – before you’re in too deep? Business coach and franchise consultant Jeff… Read more ›
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  • How to Successfully Dissolve a Business
    From moving on to pursue another venture to finding there’s no longer money to be made, there’s a wide variety of reasons behind why some small businesses must close their doors and stop operating. Whether you’re closing a business voluntarily or not, there’s more involved with shuttering a… Read more ›
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  • Why Failed Startups Are a Part of Business Success
    All aspiring entrepreneurs want to know the secret to success. The truth is, there is no scientific formula to ensure that a startup succeeds. However, there are lessons I’ve learned along my own entrepreneurial journey—starting and running my own business and investing in many entrepreneurs as… Read more ›
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  • 6 Entrepreneurial Flaws to Ditch, Improve or Embrace
    We’ve all sat in a job interview and been asked the dreaded question, “What’s your biggest weakness?” And somewhere along your career path, you’ve hopefully learned how to answer this question in a positive light without dropping cheesy answers like “I work too hard” or “I care too… Read more ›
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  • 5 Ways To Prepare for Your Small Business Financing Consultation
    Whether you’re interested in learning more about 401(k) business financing for a new business or simply exploring growth capital options for your existing business, Guidant Financial’s team of small business financing experts can help you identify the funding option that’s right for you. Our… Read more ›
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  • Withdrawing from Your 401(k): Should You Take a Taxable Distribution?
    Many Americans spend their entire working career putting money into a retirement account such as a 401(k) or IRA. Those fortunate enough to have employer-sponsored plans may also enjoy benefits such as matching or profit-sharing — increasing the compound interest that makes these types of… Read more ›
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  • 401(k) Business Financing as the Down Payment for a Small Business Loan
    SBA small business loans are difficult to obtain in the first place. Combine this with the fact that once you do secure your business loan, you will need to provide at least 20 percent cash down, and it’s no wonder that many prospective small business owners don’t even consider SBA loans as a… Read more ›
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  • 6 Reasons Your Small Business Can Benefit from Payroll Services
    Business owners are expected to wear 1,000 different hats on any given day. Though staying busy and tackling new challenges is part of the excitement of entrepreneurship, it can be overwhelming at times, and you’re not expected to be an expert in every area of your business. The key to finding… Read more ›
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  • 6 Little-Known Advantages of C Corporations
      In the process of using your retirement funds to open a new business or purchase a franchise (formally known as a Rollover for Business Start-up), you must first open a C corporation. While some CPAs and investment firms may recommend that businesses immediately or eventually be converted… Read more ›
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  • 5 Ways to Build a Strong Business Partnership
    This article was originally published on the Fortune Insider’s Network.  Choosing to work with a business partner shouldn’t be taken lightly. Owning a business can be a deeply personal experience, and for entrepreneurs who have a specific vision and enjoy being in the driver’s seat,… Read more ›
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  • 10 Steps to Starting a Business
    So you want to own your own business — hats off to you! Now it’s time to put your vision into motion and make your dream a reality. These 10 steps to business ownership will help you stay on track and create a solid foundation for entrepreneurial success: 1. Develop a Master Plan Businesses with… Read more ›
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  • The Difference Between 401(k) Loans and 401(k) Business Financing
    The IRS provides benefits to people saving for their retirement in the form of pre-tax salary deferrals and a potential tax credit. Putting aside enough money and allowing it to grow for your golden years is essential to planning for the future, so there are several rules and regulations in place to… Read more ›
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  • 7 Questions to Ask Your 401(k) Business Financing Provider
    With 401(k) business financing (also known as Rollovers for Business Start-ups or ROBS), it’s possible to use your retirement funds to start or buy a business without incurring any tax penalties or getting a loan. Made possible by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, ROBS… Read more ›
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  • How to Write a Business Plan That Will Get Approved for a Loan
    What’s a business plan? Businesses that write a business plan see a 30 percent increase in growth compared to those who don’t have a formal written plan. A business plan is a living document that provides a three- to five-year outlook into your company’s projected revenue, as well as a… Read more ›
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  • Do you qualify for 401(k) business financing?
    When it’s time for you to pursue business financing, a Rollover for Business Start-up (ROBS) arrangement can be a quick and affordable option. ROBS allows you to use existing retirement funds to start or buy a small business or franchise without incurring any tax penalties. No credit or collateral… Read more ›
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  • For Sale by Owner: Benefits of Seller Financing
    Buying an existing business is a smart and relatively quick way to become an entrepreneur that comes with several advantages — an established client base, curated logo and branding, and potentially a brick and mortar store that’s already in place. Running any company requires the entrepreneurial… Read more ›
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  • How to Finance Multi-Unit Franchises
    There are a few significant differences in financing a multi-unit franchise versus a single unit, though many of the same financing solutions will work for both. Aside from the usual cash, credit cards or even asking for financial support from family and friends, the most common methods used to… Read more ›
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  • Guidant Launches New Partner Center
    Guidant Financial is committed to increasing the number of people who succeed in small business by providing access to the financing options and tools needed to launch and grow a business. We partner with a variety of business industry professionals to help their candidates get the financing they… Read more ›
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  • Business Entities: What’s the difference between an S Corp and C Corp?
    For entrepreneurs just getting started in legitimizing their small businesses, it’s easy to be confused by what it means to file an S corp or C corp election. They’re both corporations, right? Are there any differences between the two or are they pretty much the same thing? And how does a… Read more ›
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  • What kind of business can I buy with Rollovers for Business Start-ups?
    For entrepreneurs who don’t want to take on debt to finance their business, an option exists that allows business owners to roll over their retirement funds into their business without triggering tax penalties or getting a loan. It’s called  Rollovers for Business Start-ups (ROBS), or more… Read more ›
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  • 2 Underutilized Investments to Grow Your Business
    As a small business owner, you probably understand and appreciate the adage that “time is money” better than anyone. Running and growing your business requires significant investments of both time and money, and the most successful business owners are the ones who know which of these precious… Read more ›
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  • 2 Ways to Use Agile Methodology to Grow Your Small Business
    The word ‘agile’ means to move quickly and easily.  In the high tech industry, it’s a set of principles and frameworks for building software efficiently.  The Agile methodology for software development has been around, in some capacity, for almost two decades and has helped catapult… Read more ›

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