Starting a Business Articles

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    Building a Baklava Business, One Market at a Time

    by on October 25, 2013

    Katerina Georgallas founded Baklava Couture in Washington, D.C., to make her Greek pastry the way she felt it ought to be: bursting with rich, often unexpected flavors, like rosemary dark chocolate and fig and candied garlic.

    Georgallas started the company in…

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    Selecting a Corporate Structure for Your Small Business

    by on October 18, 2013

    One of the earliest decisions every small-business owner must make is how to set up the company. Although it’s not as exciting as selecting a name for the business or approving a logo, choosing a structure for your business has important legal and tax implic…

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    5 Important Questions to Answer Before You Start a Business

    by on October 16, 2013

    When you’re excited about an idea for a new business, it can be tempting to pull the trigger before you’ve zeroed in on your target or verified that you have a well-stocked arsenal. Before you make any commitments or take any irreversible actions, answer …

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    How to Help Your Child Start a Small Business

    by on October 11, 2013

    Perhaps you’ve heard of Tony Hsieh? He’s the founder of, an online retailer that sells more than $1 billion in shoes a year. It isn’t Hsieh’s first venture. His entrepreneurial debut, as a 12-year-old boy, was offering photo-buttons by mail…

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    6 High-Priority Startup Tasks for Entrepreneurs

    by on October 8, 2013

    Starting a business inevitably requires completing a seemingly endless list of tasks that need to get done, like, yesterday. But does everything really have to happen right away? The short answer is no.

    Cut yourself some slack and understand that not all sta…

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    Should You Finance a Business With Your 401(k)?

    by on October 2, 2013

    Launching a business takes money, and many entrepreneurs have turned to their 401(k)s to provide startup capital in recent years, The New York Times and Reuters report.

    Bypassing the banks by using your 401(k) can be a complicated and risky move. But if you…

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    Entrepreneurship Is Icing on the Cake for This Retiree

    by on October 2, 2013

    Just because frosting isn’t “good for you,” doesn’t mean it should be full of chemicals and hydrogenated oils. Or at least that was Gerhard Keuck’s thinking.

    Upon retiring from his 48-year career as a confectioner and professional chef, Keuck (pictu…

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    Is It Time to Incorporate Your Business?

    by on August 30, 2013

    If you’re like most small-business owners, you probably started your operation as either a sole proprietorship or, if you had co-owners, a partnership. This company structure is the simplest and least costly to set up, with less paperwork required.


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