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Start-up Requirements for TN Businesses

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As you’ve probably already discovered, starting your own business is complicated. Not only do you have to plan for your business activities, you also have to be sure you are in... Read more

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3 Phases of Starting a Business Plan

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There are three natural and essential phases to go through when trying to decide if starting your own business is a sensible alternative to working for others. The Idea Phase In... Read more

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Mistakes to Avoid

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Since one mistake is usually enough to bring down a business, do your best to avoid these ten mistakes. 1. Start a business with partners and associates with no formal written... Read more

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Tips for Inventors

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Keep detailed, dated records about your idea. Whenever you discuss your idea with anyone, note the date and exactly what information you provided. Remember--you might someday... Read more

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Independent Contractor or Employee?

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It sure is easier to consider that person who does work for you is an independent contractor rather than an employee. No complicated accounting, no Workers Compensation Insurance... Read more

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Home-Based Businesses

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Many businesses, particularly start-ups, are based in the owner’s home. This approach clearly offers advantages of cost and convenience, but there are pitfalls to be avoided, too... Read more

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Grants/Non-Profits

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Grants almost always go to certain scientific, educational or other non-profit- public good endeavors and are not usually repaid. Generally, a request-for-grant proposal is... Read more

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Funding Your Business

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When approaching a bank for a small business loan for a startup venture, it’s important to understand the bank will be as least as interested in your personal financial condition... Read more

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Business Structures

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What's the difference between a Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, Corporation and more? Here's a general guide describing characteristics and major tax considerations. Read more

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Simplified Guide to Creating a Business Plan

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A well-conceived business plan is the foundation of the long-term success of any venture. A shorter version of your comprehensive business plan is an essential part of a loan... Read more

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Business License

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Tennessee law requires businesses to have a business license issued by local government with few exceptions. This guide will lead you through when your business will need a... Read more

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Books & Web Site Resources

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Here are the most recommended books, web sites, and useful local contacts. Whether you are starting a new business or planning your next venture, we hope they will help you... Read more

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