This Week in Small Business: From Online Loans to Startup Marketing

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This week on Bplans, we covered details of anti-spam legislation, how startup marketing differs from marketing in general, an infographic version of our popular Big Brand Challenge, tips for searching for loans online, and how to apply for your federal tax ID number.

1. How to Keep Discounts from Killing Your Business [PART 3]

In the third and final installment of our series, you’ll learn how to avoid spamming your customers when advertising sales and discounts. Not only does spam annoy your potential customers, there is anti-spam legislation that you need to be aware of.

2. A Simple Recipe for Startup Marketing Strategy

You might think that startup marketing is the same as marketing for any business, but startup marketing is a little different—when marketing your startup, you’ll need greater focus.

3. How to Build a Brand in 5 Days

Did you complete our Big Brand Challenge? If not, now is your chance to do so. We’ve condensed our five-day challenge into one infographic, which you can complete all at once, or spread it out and do each section at your leisure. Plus, the infographic can be embedded into your website!

4. Start Here If You’ve Never Searched for a Loan Online

Searching for a loan online can be overwhelming, so check out our guide before you get started—we’ve broken down the process into manageable steps. From deciding how much you’ll need, to compiling all of the necessary info before applying, follow these steps and your loan application process is bound to go more smoothly.

5. How to Apply for a Federal Tax ID Number

If your business has employees (and in some cases even if it doesn’t), you’ll need a Federal Tax ID number. A Federal Tax ID number, also called an Employer Identification Number or EIN, is easy to get, and we’ve laid out the steps for you.

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Briana Morgaine
Briana Morgaine
Briana is a content and digital marketing specialist, editor, and writer. She enjoys discussing business, marketing, and social media, and is a big fan of the Oxford comma. Bri is a resident of Portland, Oregon, and she can be found, infrequently, on Twitter.
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