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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Guides

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By state

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Guides

10 essential pieces of equipment salons need for opening day

Opening a thriving salon demands more than simply knowing hair design, curl patterns, … Read more
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Full Service Restaurants (FSR)

How to buy a restaurant

Buying a restaurant is one way to enter the restaurant industry at a … Read more
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Retail

New business owner guide to recruiting for retail positions

From creating strong job descriptions to asking effective retail interview questions, use this … Read more
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Full Service Restaurants (FSR)

How to franchise a restaurant

Restaurant franchising has a number of benefits for both the franchisee and the … Read more
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Inspiration

The best business ideas for college students

Discover the best business ideas for college students, as well as tips for … Read more
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Full Service Restaurants (FSR)

Restaurant expansion: How to expand your business to another state

Restaurant expansion can help your business become more profitable, connect with a wider … Read more
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Full Service Restaurants (FSR)

Culinary dreams: How to open a restaurant with no money

Interested in financing a restaurant startup, but low on funds? Learn how to … Read more
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Retail

How to run a bookstore more efficiently with your retail POS system

From faster checkouts and integrated customer loyalty programs to powerful sales reporting and … Read more
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Health & beauty

How to choose a POS system for your spa business

The right spa POS system can accelerate your business results with features including: … Read more
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Money management

10 scholarships for young entrepreneurs and business owners

Young entrepreneurs can get help with launching their business idea with financial aid … Read more
Restaurant owner working on laptop

Full Service Restaurants (FSR)

Average restaurant owner salary in 2023

Restaurant owner salary amounts can vary dramatically based on factors such as type … Read more
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Insights

15 of the most profitable small businesses to start in 2024

The Great Resignation has actually given birth to a large number of people … Read more
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Personal services

Salon ownership: Your guide on how to open a salon

For those starting a salon, the right small business advice can help set … Read more
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Guides

Entrepreneurship toolkit for business owners with disabilities

For small business owners with disabilities, finding the right financial and supportive resources … Read more
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Guides

Small business legal considerations: What business owners should know

For those starting a small business, the right legal advice can help you … Read more
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Personal services

How to start a dry cleaning business

Dry cleaning can be a rewarding and lucrative business. Here, we walk through … Read more
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Guides

Empowering LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs: A guide to LGBTQ+ business grants and resources

LGBTQ+ initiatives recognize not only the innovation and creativity that LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs bring … Read more
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Guides

Tech essentials for building a small business startup

For those starting a small business, the right technology can help make operations … Read more
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Insights

The unique challenges of starting a veteran-owned business

Starting a veteran-owned business can come with its own set of challenges. This … Read more
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Quick Service Restaurants (QSR)

10 food truck equipment essentials every food truck needs for opening day

Launching a food truck? Get your business rolling with this checklist of essential … Read more
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Full Service Restaurants (FSR)

How to start a catering business in 7 steps

Despite slow growth in the restaurant industry, it’s a good time to start … Read more
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Guides

How to buy flowers wholesale: 5 tips for finding the right supplier

No matter if you’re just starting out or thinking of switching your wholesale … Read more
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Retail

How to open a thrift store

Opening a thrift store can follow a similar process as opening a retail … Read more
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Full Service Restaurants (FSR)

How to launch your eatertainment business

Today’s consumer is hungry for experiences. They’re yearning for in-person connection with friends … Read more
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Guides

How to start and grow a floral business

Thinking of starting a floral business? Learn some tips and tricks for getting … Read more
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Guides

How to open a bookstore

This concise guide for how to open a bookstore covers business planning, market … Read more
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Personal services

How to start a consulting business

Discover how to start a consulting business with this high-level guide that covers … Read more
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Coffee shops and cafes

10 coffee shop equipment essentials every shop needs for opening day

Are you thinking about opening a café? Include these top 10 coffee shop … Read more
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Guides

The Gen Z entrepreneur’s guide to starting a business

Gen Z could be considered the most entrepreneurial generation. Here, we take a … Read more
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Coffee shops and cafes

How to start a successful drive-thru beverage business

Drive-thru beverage businesses are booming as more and more customers are looking for … Read more

Personal services

How to start a fitness business

As wellness becomes increasingly popular, people are actively seeking new ways to work … Read more
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Ecommerce

How to start a retail pop-up shop–and why you need one

Whether your small business is online or brick-and-mortar, opening a retail pop-up shop … Read more
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Insights

6 things to consider before opening a second location for your business

Opening a second location involves a lot of research and planning. Here are … Read more
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Payments & processing

What is a card reader and how does it work?

How do credit card readers work, and why does your business need one? … Read more
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Guides

How to write a boutique business plan

A boutique business plan won’t just help you stay organized, it’s an essential … Read more
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Personal services

How to open a barber shop

While barber shops have been around for a long time, the barber industry … Read more
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Insights

Wondering how to start a brewery? 3 things to know

Thinking about starting your own microbrewery? It’s a fun and vibrant business environment … Read more
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Guides

How to start a retail business

Knowing how to start a retail business step by step can help aspiring … Read more
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Accounting

The ultimate guide to pricing strategy for new businesses

When setting initial prices for products and services, most business owners choose a … Read more
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Full Service Restaurants (FSR)

What to know about leasing a restaurant space

There’s a lot of thought and legwork that goes into leasing a restaurant. … Read more
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Full Service Restaurants (FSR)

Should you have a soft opening for your restaurant?

Before you have your grand opening, consider having a restaurant soft opening, otherwise … Read more
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Coffee shops and cafes

List of essential equipment needed to start a restaurant

This article details the back-of-house equipment needed to start a restaurant, including a … Read more
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By state

California business licenses and permits you may need

Not sure which California business licenses and permits are required for your startup? … Read more
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Full Service Restaurants (FSR)

12 restaurant interior design ideas that can help attract business

Use these interesting and effective restaurant interior design ideas to create your brand of ambience … Read more
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By state

How to get a small business license in Texas

Launching a business in the Lone Star state requires filing the right paperwork. … Read more
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Full Service Restaurants (FSR)

How to write a restaurant business plan

Here’s a look at how to write a restaurant business plan that can help prepare you … Read more
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Full Service Restaurants (FSR)

How much does it cost to open a restaurant?

The cost of opening a restaurant varies from business to business. Read our … Read more
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Money management

How should you fund your small business? Here’s how to choose.

How should you fund your small business? There are tons of options from … Read more
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Coffee shops and cafes

11 types of restaurant categories & dining experiences

Before you start a new restaurant or change your existing service model, learn … Read more
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Ecommerce

Which retail format is right for your business?

Brick-and-mortar, digital marketplace, seasonal, or pop-up? There are many different formats to consider … Read more
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By state

How to get a small business license in California

If you’re thinking about starting a small business in California, you may need … Read more
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Insights

5 things you wish you would’ve know before opening your retail store

Imagine if you already knew everything you needed to know about retail – … Read more
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Coffee shops and cafes

How to open a restaurant

Tips for starting a restaurant The first steps for starting a business include lots of research, … Read more
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By state

How to start a business in Arizona

The state even offers free resources and tips on how to start a … Read more
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Inspiration

“Parentrepreneurs” share what it’s like having a baby and running a business

Running a small business is tough. Raising a baby is even tougher. So … Read more
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By state

How to start a business in Maryland

However, if you’re looking for a brief breakdown of the steps to starting … Read more
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By state

How to start a business in North Carolina

In fact, North Carolina makes launching a business extremely easy, with helpful resources … Read more
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Insights

10 business lessons from ‘Shark Tank’ for entrepreneurs

The goal of the show is to elicit funding from these angel investors … Read more
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Biz ops

5 must-have features for your small business POS system

Today’s POS systems do so much more than simply accept payments. As you … Read more
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Guides

How to start a summer camp business

Starting a summer camp business can be financially rewarding, with many programs seeing … Read more
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By state

How to start a business in Georgia

If you want to open a business in Georgia, use the information below … Read more
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Payments & processing

Ultimate checklist: What you need to know to start taking payments for your business

Whether you’re updating your point-of-sales or accepting payments for the first time, these … Read more
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Full Service Restaurants (FSR)

How to open a ghost kitchen

As the world returns back to normal, a new dining trend is gaining … Read more
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Guides

How to start a tutoring business

Identify a client type Write a business plan Register your business Obtain applicable … Read more
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Quick Service Restaurants (QSR)

How to start a food stand

By contrast, food stands and trucks are mobile, allowing them to relocate to … Read more
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Guides

How to find a business mentor

At an impasse with your new startup? Looking for inspiration to create the … Read more
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By state

How to start a business in New York

If you’ve ever dreamed of starting your business in the Empire State, it’s … Read more
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Guides

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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By state

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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Inspiration

How to choose a name for your small business

Who knew choosing a name for your business could be so hard? Your … Read more
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Guides

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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By state

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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Guides

How to open a bar

This article briefly covers some of the more common small business tips all … Read more
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By state

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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Guides

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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Guides

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

Join us as we explore the many ways POS systems for food trucks … 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
Main Street storefronts

Guides

How to find a good location for your business

Choosing a good location for your business is one of the most important … Read more

Ecommerce

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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Covid-19

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

In our digital age, customers love the speed, convenience, and prices that online … Read more
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Guides

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 app partners

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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Insights

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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Full Service Restaurants (FSR)

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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Guides

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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Insights

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

If starting an ice cream business is your dream, there are a lot … 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

With the right positioning, you can help customers who want to update their … Read more
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Guides

How to start a food truck business

Food trucks can be great investments for aspiring restaurateurs. Here’s how to launch … Read more
Coffee and bagles

Guides

How to start a bagel shop

Here’s a breakdown of key considerations when opening a bagel shop. Read to … Read more
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Guides

What is a POS system, how does it work, 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

Payments & processing

Credit card processing in 8 simple steps

New to the world of credit card processing? It may seem complex, but … Read more
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Marketing

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