Fast Business Loans – Working Capital—What You Need to Know

This article was reviewed and updated on June 15, 2020 Nowhere is the saying "you need money to make money" more true than in the crowded, competitive, fast-moving world of small business. As you seek to establish and grow your enterprise, access to capital (or the lack thereof) will be one of your biggest hurdles. For small business owners facing expenses that just can't wait, traditional approaches—SBA loans from banks, for example—can be burdensome, inconvenient, and ultimately disappointing. There is… Read More

Are EIDL or Paycheck Protection Program Loans Taxable Income?

If you’re like most small business owners wading your way through the EIDL and PPP loans and the regulations and requirements that go with them, welcome to the club. As we see more entrepreneurs receiving funds from these two SBA programs, we’re also seeing more questions about what comes next. One big question? Whether or not the funds from these two loan programs will be taxed on a business’ annual income tax return. Whether you’ve got just one business or… Read More

Best Business Credit Cards for Travel

Best Business Credit Cards for Travel If you’re a business road warrior, you’ve racked up plenty of miles on your roller suitcase, not to mention frequent flyer miles. Wouldn’t it be nice to also earn rewards for your travel expenses? That’s where business credit cards that offer rewards points come in. You might have personal credit cards with membership rewards points that you can use for flights or hotel stays. But small business credit cards for travel sometimes offer even… Read More

Secured Business Credit Card

Running a business can be frustrating, and even more so when you need financing and discover that your credit scores don’t qualify you for many options. If you’re trying to build or rebuild credit, you may have heard a secured credit card can be a good option. As a business owner, you may need something slightly different: a secured business credit card. Here, we’ll introduce you to what one is, examine when you would want one, and help you determine… Read More

Apply for EIN: How to Apply for a Free Employer Identification Number (EIN)

This article was reviewed and updated on August 17, 2020 How do you apply for an EIN? The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires a completed Form SS-4 to receive an EIN. We can help you get your employer identification number, right here, right now. Just answer a few questions required by the IRS—the whole process takes a few minutes. Once you’ve completed the application, you can file the application online, in the mail, or fax it in yourself. If you’re… Read More

How to Establish Business Credit, Get Business Credit & Build Business Credit

Figuring out how to access business financing and credit is a common quest for both new and existing small business owners. From startup costs to new expansion strategies, establishing a strong business credit profile with diverse accounts early on can help make your immediate and future business plans a success. If your business is new, you may not be thinking about getting small business financing just yet, but the day may come when you do. Eight Steps: How to Establish… Read More

Small Business Grants COVID-19 Relief: Where to Find Free Money in 2021

  As a small business owner, you likely are always looking for money to grow your business, and when something like a global pandemic hits, that need only increases. Whether you’re looking for grants to help you weather the rest of the COVID-19 pandemic or are just looking for a small business grant to take your company to the next level, you’ll find many options here. Best Small Business Grants of 2021 EIDL and PPP LISC’s Small Business Relief Grant… Read More

8 Options for Small Business Startup Loans

What is a Startup Business Loan? A business startup loan is financing meant to help with the financial needs of a new business. Business startup loan proceeds can go towards things like working capital; the purchase of equipment, machinery, supplies, inventory, and furniture; and the purchase of construction equipment or real estate. New business owners can also consider business credit cards, certain SBA loans,and crowdfunding among other options. One of the biggest challenges a new small business must face is… Read More

What Is a Confession of Judgment?

As a business owner, you’re probably used to putting your signature on a lot of documents. This is especially true if you’ve ever signed a commercial lease or taken out a business loan, line of credit, or merchant cash advance for your company. There’s just one problem. Most financial agreements are filled with legal jargon that you probably won’t fully understand unless you commit a few years of your life (and perhaps around $30,000–$50,000) to attend law school. Of course,… Read More

Are Shelf Corporations Legitimate?

As a small business owner, it’s smart to look for ways to help your company get ahead. However, there’s a difference between trying to get ahead and looking for shortcuts. Shelf corporations often, though not always, fall into the latter category. Shelf companies are formed for the purpose of being sold off, after an excellent business credit rating has been established. There’s just one problem. If you purchase a shelf corporation and use it to access business financing, like credit… Read More