This Entrepreneur’s App Is Bringing Technology to the Construction Industry

Yves Frinault is the founder and CEO of Fieldwire, a company that connects office and field staff in the construction industry via a collaboration platform that lets them share files, access information, and chat in real time. What started as a spark of an idea is now powering 200,000 construction projects worldwide across about 100 countries. Starting Out Why did you start the company? I had a dual background in construction and computer science. I came to do grad school Read More

Can You Qualify for a Business Credit Card?

A business credit card can be a convenient method of payment, a method of finance and even a way to earn valuable rewards and benefits. But many small business owners wonder if they will be able to qualify for a small business credit card. Actually, it may be easier than you think. What kind of businesses can qualify? Nearly any kind of business can qualify for a small business credit card. This includes corporations, partnerships, non-profit companies and limited liability Read More

Why Your DUNS Number Matters

Getting a business loan is a different process from getting a personal loan. While banks and other lenders look at your personal finances and credit history when reviewing an application for a personal credit card, mortgage, auto loan, or other borrowing, they want detailed business information when approving business loans. You may not even realize that your business has its own credit scores and tracking numbers, including the very important DUNS number. Follow this guide to learn more about the Read More

How to Apply for (& Get) Small Business Grants

Opening a new business, or making improvements and upgrades to an existing one, requires capital – a fact you’re probably all to familiar with. In many cases, small business owners must turn to lending opportunities through banks or investors, many of which come with added interest, fees, or credit requirements. However, small business grants offer a welcome departure from those financing options. Small business grants provide owners with much desired funds but without those pesky repayment terms, though that doesn’t mean Read More

These Entrepreneurs Wanted a Place to Buy Ethical, Sustainable Fashion, So They Created It

Victoria Nelson and Olga Gomonova are the founders of Chic Cartel, an ethical and sustainable clothing company that sells high-quality items like jewelry, sweaters, and dresses at affordable prices. On running the business, Gomonova said, “There are a lot of lows in entrepreneurship, but there are also a lot of highs. When you have the highs, they are really quite amazing.” Starting Out Why did you start the company? Nelson: I’m a fashion photographer. I worked in advertising my whole Read More

Selling LulaRoe: How Much Money Can You Really Make?

The buttery-soft leggings and the multi-color, casual-yet-sassy dresses, skirts, and tops have become all the rage among America’s moms – so much so that it’s hard not to spot a trademark LulaRoe piece on a trip to the grocery store. And though those coveted black leggings are seemingly impossible to get your hands on (trust me, I’ve tried), finding a LulaRoe consultant isn’t nearly as hard. Since 2016, the fairly young company has seen a big bump in consultant numbers, Read More

How to Handle Employee Vacation Requests

Vacations are an important piece of the workplace puzzle. They revitalize employees, making them happier and more productive. In fact, studies show that 77% of human resource managers believe that employees who take most or all of their vacation time are more productive in their jobs than those who do not (that includes you, boss person). That said, scheduling employee time off, especially during peak vacation times, can be a headache for even the most organized employers. However, there are ways you can Read More

5 Business Credit Cards for Excellent Credit

When your credit is less than perfect, you have to choose a credit card based on what you can be approved for. But when you have excellent credit, then you can enjoy your choice of small business cards that offer the most competitive terms, rewards and benefits. With excellent credit, choosing the right small business credit card for you will depend on how you plan on using it. If you are a frequent traveler, then you can apply for a Read More

How to Start a Business With a Criminal Record

Did you make a big mistake in your past that haunts you to this day? Getting a job with a criminal record can be a serious challenge, which is why more and more ex-cons are looking to the world of self-employment as an opportunity to build an income, or build a lifestyle with more freedom than a traditional day job. If you have a criminal record and want to start a business, follow along with this guide to get the Read More

New High-Tech Libraries Are Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed

There’s a library in Omaha, Nebraska,  that may just be an entrepreneur’s dream workspace. It’s not filled with books, but instead offers cutting-edge technology, including 3-D printing and computer workstations loaded with Adobe Creative Suite so business owners can design marketing materials and more. “Do Space is a first-of-its-kind technology library,” says Executive Director Rebecca Stavick. “It provides the community with free access to the latest software, devices and ultra-fast internet. It’s an interesting example of the evolution of libraries to Read More