Resources for Starting a Small Business

Tips and insights to help get your business off the ground

Starting a small business can be an exciting adventure – whether you want to open a retail shop, launch a restaurant, or provide services to others. However, there are many factors to consider as you prepare to open your doors or publish your eCommerce site. We’ve put together a collection of resources needed to start a small business to help you along as you put your plan into action. Check back often for new and useful tips, tricks, and insights.

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Start a small business

How to start a landscaping business

Before you mow that first lawn, you’ll need a business plan to get ... Read more
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Start a small business

How to start a business in Florida

If you’re also interested in starting a venture in the Sunshine State, there ... Read more
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Full Service Restaurants (FSR)

Licenses and permits needed to open a restaurant

Because licenses are legally required, not having them could lead to serious fines ... Read more
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Start a small business

How to choose a name for your small business

This article explains how to come up with a business name that resonates ... Read more
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How to start a cleaning business

This guide explains how to start a cleaning business that you can scale ... Read more
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Start a small business

How to start a business in California

Against this backdrop, you might also have dreams of launching your small business ... Read more
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How to open a bar

This article briefly covers some of the more common small business tips all ... Read more
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Start a small business

How to start a business in Texas

With no corporate or personal income taxes, Texas is one of the most ... Read more
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Start a small business

What is a business license and why do you need one?

Although some entrepreneurs may dismiss the idea of getting a business license, the ... Read more
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Start a small business

What is small business insurance? Here’s what you need to know

Although competition and other market forces may be responsible for many of these ... Read more
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Quick Service Restaurants (QSR)

5 reasons Clover is a best-fit POS for food trucks

Food truck season is in full swing, and crisp autumn days are around ... Read more
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Start a small business

How to choose a good business partner

Hiring employees can help ease some of the burden, but you may be ... Read more
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Start a small business

How to find a good location for your business

If you select the wrong spot for your new venture, sales may be ... Read more

Start a small business

Guide to starting a business out of your home

This has helped some people realize that with the right idea and execution, ... Read more

Payments & processing

Credit card processing tips for small businesses

Below are four credit card processing tips for small business owners. Use these ... Read more
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Money management

How to get a small business loan

There are many reasons why small businesses may need to take out loans, ... Read more
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Ecommerce

How to start an eCommerce business

If you’ve ever considered starting an online store, now may be a good ... Read more
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Start a small business

How to open a business bank account

You’ll need a business bank account if you plan to: Register your business ... Read more
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Clover partner solutions

1099 vs W-2: What You Don’t Know Could Cost You

Employers often refer to independent contractors as "1099" and employees as "W-2" workers ... Read more
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Staffing

W-2 vs. 1099: Choosing between employees and contractors

Either way, the majority of new hires will likely fit into one of ... Read more
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Staffing

How to source, hire, and train employees brand-new to market

As consumers gain more confidence coming back to restaurants, many business owners are ... Read more
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Marketing

How to write a marketing plan

A marketing plan outlines the actionable steps you need to take toward achieving ... Read more
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Legal

Doing Business As (DBA): What it is & when to file one

There is another, simpler approach known as “doing business as.” Usually abbreviated as ... Read more
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Guides

How to start an ice cream shop or truck

However, there’s a fair bit of legwork involved before you can sell that ... Read more
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Guides

How to register your small business

If you’re like most entrepreneurs, you likely dream of the independence, freedom, and ... Read more
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Run your business

How to buy wholesale for your small business

Although the concept is simple, knowing how to buy wholesale for your small ... Read more
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Run your business

Tips for how to write an employee handbook for a small business

This guide walks you through some of the essentials that should go into ... Read more
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Accounting

How to finance a restaurant

What is restaurant financing? Broadly speaking, restaurant financing is the capital you secure ... Read more
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Full Service Restaurants (FSR)

What to consider when designing your restaurant floor plan

Sometimes, something as simple as a well-designed floor plan may be all you ... Read more
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Ecommerce

How to start a boutique

The demand for clothing and shoes is on the rise, with global apparel ... Read more
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Guides

How to start a food truck business

Entrepreneurs who love cooking often gravitate toward opening a restaurant. However, in 2021 ... Read more
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Ecommerce

11 small business ideas for 2021

However, with COVID-19 causing so much economic uncertainty, which entrepreneurial ventures are worth ... Read more
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Guides

How to start a bagel shop

Below is a breakdown of key considerations when opening a bagel shop. 1. ... Read more
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Guides

What is a POS system and how do I choose one?

Point-of-sale (POS) systems help businesses accept and process payments as well as manage ... Read more
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Guides

Merchant Services

Whether you’re about to start using merchant services for your business for the ... Read more
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Guides

How to start a small business in 9 simple steps

1. Do your research Sadly, a large number of businesses fail each year ... Read more
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Money management

4 benefits of a merchant account

As today’s consumers are increasingly using credit and debit cards to make purchases ... Read more
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Guides

How to choose a merchant account provider

It’s technically possible to sustain a business on cash-based sales alone. Though at ... Read more
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Social media

5 questions to ask before running a social media campaign

Have you tried your hand at social media marketing only to realize you ... Read more
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Biz ops

5 questions to ask before you open a salon

Chances are good that you got into the beauty business because you’re creative ... Read more
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Full Service Restaurants (FSR)

Launching your restaurant right

You’ve spent months of your life, and thousands of dollars, working towards this ... Read more
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Insights

Business scenario: Negotiating your first store lease

Whether you’re opening a business for the first time, expanding out of your ... Read more