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This guest post is provided by Kabbage, Inc.

There’s a reason people put “taxes” next to “death” on the list of things we can’t avoid. No matter how much you wish to change or avoid tax season, the government will want its piece of what you’ve earned every year, without fail. It’s the law of the land – one sometimes-hefty price of doing business. But, what if you don’t have the money to pay off your tax bill by the due date? We’ve gathered five trusted ways to ensure you pay your taxes in time.

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We’ve talked before here on the blog about how to address a planned price increase with your customers. But what about the rate hikes that weren’t your idea?

This comes to mind as Washington, DC prepares to implement a controversial new sales tax on wellness-related businesses in the District. The so-called “Yoga Tax” will add 5.75% sales tax onto the fees for businesses like gyms, yoga studios, tanning salons, and water delivery services starting October 1st, 2014. This, understandably, has business owners in DC concerned. Supporters of the new tax are quick to point out that DC is also lowering business income taxes at the same time, suggesting that what business owners may lose in memberships, they will make up for in tax savings.

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When you first decide to strike out on your own and start a small business, one of the biggest initial challenges you will face is funding your new venture. There are lots of ways to finance a small business – including venture capital, angel investors, and business loans. Each of these come with their own pros and cons, of course, and you have to decide which one best aligns with your business goals.

If you decide that it’s important to your vision of your own business to maintain full creative control and not feel beholden to a few majority investors, it might be time to get creative. Your options will be different depending on the type of business you plan to start, but today we’ll look at a how a Minneapolis brewpub solved the funding riddle.

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Today’s guest post comes from Don Fornes, CEO at Software Advice. Based in Austin, Texas, Don founded Software Advice in 2005 after working as a software analyst at an investment firm and as a corporate development executive at a pioneering CRM software company.

Organizing corporate files tends to be one of those to-do list items that is consistently overlooked or pushed aside — especially if you’re an entrepreneur or small business owner exclusively focused on growing revenue and keeping the lights on. However, I learned first hand just how detrimental neglecting this task can be.

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