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Best Ways To Professionally Utilize Social Media
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The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinions, policies, or positions of StreetShares or any of its affiliates.

Once upon a time, social media was just for fun, but that is no longer the case. I have found throughout the years that when the phrase "social media" is spoken in an office setting, one of two reactions will follow. Someone will perk up, eager to share something they learned that they feel revolutionary, or someone will grimace in pain at the thought. Social media has become a double-edged sword. Some of us may enjoy the ability to stay up to date with friends and family no matter their geographic location. Some may cringe at the thought of it because they know someone who has turned their social media pages into an embarrassing personal journal.

Regardless of where you fall in all of this, social media and the professional world go hand-in-hand. The same way you use Yelp or TripAdvisor to vet someone, someplace or something, HR representatives and potential customers do the same thing to you. However, finding the balance between business and pleasure with social media may not be as tricky as you think. Here are five ways to kick your social media professionalism up a notch.

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What Small Business Owners Need to Know About Cash Flow Loans
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The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinions, policies, or positions of StreetShares or any of its affiliates.

For some small business owners, it might feel like cash only flows one way – out. But, cash flow is the net amount of cash coming in and out of your business. The cash flow of your business paints a picture of the health of your company. Your business might have great sales numbers but if customer payments are coming in late, cash flow can turn negative.

Cash is king and without it, your business is DOA. As a small business owner, it’s not uncommon to find yourself in a situation, good or bad, where you need a little extra injection of cash. To find that money for their businesses, small business owners often look to cash flow loans.

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How to Start a Business Without Quitting Your Full-Time Gig
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The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinions, policies, or positions of StreetShares or any of its affiliates.

Having the desire and drive to have a side business on top of a full-time job is an empowering moment. You could be at the point where you want to change your quality of life, make extra money or not have to work for anyone other than yourself. Sometimes being an entrepreneur has us stuck between the worlds of the unattainable and the whimsical. I'm here to tell you that it's not either of those things. What it is, however, is passion, dedication and a ton of work. Before you jump ship on your full-time job to become a full-time entrepreneur, there are a few things to consider to ensure the journey to your version of freedom is as smooth as possible.

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What’s the difference between a “hard” and a “soft” credit inquiry?
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By StreetShares on September 14, 2018

If you’ve been exploring your options for small business funding- or any other debt-based financial product- you’ve probably heard the terms “soft” and “hard” thrown around when referring to credit inquiries. What’s the difference between the two, and how do they affect your personal credit score?

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What's the Difference Between a Business Credit Card and a Business Line of Credit?
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The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinions, policies, or positions of StreetShares or any of its affiliates.

Having access to credit is a lifeline for small businesses. Maybe you’re just be starting out in your ventures and you’re looking for start-up funds. You could be in a tight spot financially and cash flow is slow. Or, maybe business is booming and you finally realize that it really does take money to make money. Whatever the case may be, having a game plan for how your small business will use credit is crucial.

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The First Five Things You Need to Do Before Entering the Federal Market
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The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinions, policies, or positions of StreetShares or any of its affiliates. 

You may have heard the enticing fact that the Federal government spends over $500 billion each year buying goods and services from industries. Competing for a piece of that pie is tempting, especially when you hear that over $100 billion is spent just on small businesses. You may be worried that there has to be some kind of catch though. It can't be that easy to win government contracts and walk away with millions of dollars.

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How To Get A Creative Business Idea Off The Ground
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The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinions, policies, or positions of StreetShares or any of its affiliates.

When a business idea pops fully-formed into your mind, it feels incredible — like you’ve seen a magical glimpse of a glorious future. But unfortunately enough, getting from inspiration to execution requires a complicated and challenging journey. And even the most brilliant idea can amount to nothing if it isn’t implemented very carefully.

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Dear New Small Business Owner: Five Accounting Habits That Seasoned Entrepreneurs Practice
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The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinions, policies, or positions of StreetShares or any of its affiliates.

Congratulations! Not everyone has the heart or perseverance to take their big idea to the next level. As a new small business owner, prepare yourself a never-ending list of tasks and problem-solving. When so many obligations start to come at you, it’s tempting to just fly by the seat of your pants. However, seasoned entrepreneurs will tell you to establish practices, policies, and good habits early on in your journey.

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How Can I Begin To Grow My New Small Business?
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Congratulations! You have taken the plunge into the world that many dream of but few make the leap; you are a small business owner. You are on your way to being a staple in American culture. Did you know that 2 out of every 3 new jobs in the U.S are created by small businesses? After the initial rush of launching the business, telling friends and family about your new venture, and getting everything just so, you realize that your business cannot thrive on adrenaline alone. You need customers. You need growth. While there are a plethora of ideas floating around out there, you need to mindful of your time and efficiency. After all, you are running a business! Here are some ways to begin seeing marked growth with your new small business:

 

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How Do I Start My Own Franchise?
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The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinions, policies, or positions of StreetShares or any of its affiliates.

According to the International Franchise Association, franchises have not only created 7.6 million jobs, but they have also added over $400 billion to our economy. Depending on what your business goals are or what your business model entails, franchising can be your path for continued business growth. Saying that you want to franchise your business is one thing. Knowing where to start is quite another. While the process is one that requires focus and attention to detail, the process will become streamlined if you come out of the gate with your best foot forward. Here are things to consider before deciding to go the path of franchising.

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