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Starting a small business takes heart and guts -- and so does selling that beloved business. The decision to sell can be heart wrenching, but whether you're doing so because the work is no longer enjoyable or because you need more time outside of work, the desired end result is often the same: You want to ensure that you're adequately compensated for the time and sweat you invested into making the business what it is today. Getting ready to sell? The below infographic takes you through the…

In 1998, Steve Jobs triumphantly returned to the company he’d co-founded two decades earlier. At the time, Apple was at a crossroads: Success was anything but certain. “The cure for Apple is not cost-cutting," Jobs said at the time. "The cure for Apple is to innovate its way out of its current predicament.” In 2012, countless small businesses are looking to exit their current predicaments. Amid increased competition and uncertain economic conditions, these entrepreneurs — lik...

If you’re trying to choose between a franchise and a standalone business, Intuit has pulled together some helpful statistics to consider as part of the decision-making process.

Social media networks are an effective way to spread the word about your small business even before you’re ready to start selling. For example, between applying for permits and deciding where to set up shop, a Boston-based food truck owner built a Twitter following months before he began serving food. “Because of his online efforts, he already had an audience to share the day’s specials with,” observes Debra Murphy, owner of Masterful Marketing. In other words, don’t wait unti...

In a sluggish economy getting seed money to start a business is tough. Our infographic shows you where small businesses all over the country are getting capital.

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