2009 Small Business Guide

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Chapter 1: Funding your startup

It takes diligence to find lenders, especially in a weak economy. We present various sources of funding — from bank loans to angel investors — and tips on how to woo them.

Chapter 2: Setting up the business

There are so many issues to consider when you decide how you want to structure your company, not to mention retirement and healthcare plans. Here are tips on the best structure, as well as information on renting space, designing a Web site, and hiring employees.

Chapter 3: Management strategies

Now that the business is up and running, you need to think about managing through thick and thin, motivating employees, and what you might be able to do to avoid layoffs.

Chapter 4: Tools for survival

Use these calculators and videos to help you with an array of business challenges, from amortizing a loan, figuring your profit margin, and planning for retirement. Read on