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3 Phases of Starting a Business Plan

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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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Business License

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

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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