Sally Jones

While attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s graduate school for journalism and public relations in the late 1990s, Sally began a long career researching and writing about business, technical and scientific topics. Her decades of experience as well as a passion to stay on top of the latest online tools and resources combine to help small businesses (and freelancers like herself) flourish. Her work has appeared in many notable media outlets, including The Washington Post, Entrepreneur, People, Forbes, Huffington Post, and more.

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Best Web Hosting For Small Business (2024): BlueHost vs HostGator vs GoDaddy vs Hostinger vs SiteGround vs DreamHost vs Cloudways vs Kinsta & More

Two things are certain in this world: death and taxes. In the online world, it’s speed and uptime. If you don’t have both, your site will surely suffer. That’s why choosing the right web hosting service for your website is one of the most important decisions you’ll make for your business. Our best picks for a variety of web hosting types and services will give your site first-rate performance and a ton of must-have features.

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Best Business Internet Providers (2024): AT&T vs Comcast vs Cox vs Frontier vs Verizon & More

Searching for the best internet provider for your small business can be as daunting, if not more so, than searching for your office space. What do you need to consider when choosing a provider (assuming you have options in your area)? How much bandwidth do you need? We answer these and many other questions to hopefully make the search for this pivotal service for your business a bit less confusing.

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What Does An IRS Audit Letter Look Like? Plus, How To Spot A Fake IRS Letter

We all have some unlikely but “could-happen” fears. As an independent contractor, I watch my finances like a hawk, but you never know when the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will come calling. One of my biggest fears is being audited by the IRS, even though it only happens to less than 1% of taxpayers each year. At the same time, I’ve heard of several scams that claim to be the IRS contacting taxpayers for multiple reasons. Scammers have sophisticated ways to capitalize on our IRS-induced panic. That’s why it’s so crucial to know how to tell if an IRS letter is real. I’ll help you determine if you’re the subject of a scam or if you actually are being contacted by the IRS for an audit.

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How To Start An E-Commerce Business Without Big Money

Are you thinking about starting an online business or adding an online component to your existing brick-and-mortar store? There’s a lot you need to know about e-commerce (electronic commerce) and its unique challenges and benefits. We can help you start your business on the internet, and we review some of the unique e-commerce tools you’ll want to consider, including e-commerce platforms, website plugins and more. We also help demystify the industry jargon by explaining in laymen’s terms what everything means.

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Bizee By Incfile vs LegalZoom: Which Online Service Is Better For Business Formation & Other Needs?

Most entrepreneurs have limited time and financial means to launch their business — and deal with other legal headaches. Years ago, when I first looked into attorney fees to help me form my business, I found them cost-prohibitive. I wish I had known about affordable online services, like LegalZoom and Bizee (formerly named Incfile), that can handle small business needs at a fraction of the cost of hiring an attorney. LegalZoom and Bizee are popular and reputable services, but what does each offer? Which one is better for your specific needs? Find out which company comes out on top in my Bizee vs LegalZoom comparison.

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Semrush Review: Pricing, Keyword Research, Competitor Analysis, Site Audit & More

SEMrush is one of the most popular all-in-one SEO solutions on the market, because it includes a lot of functionality that you have to pay for separately in other tools, all in one package. It is updated very frequently and new features are added all the time. And while it’s not the least expensive tool on the market, it stacks up well vs the competition. How well exactly? Our experts dive in to find out in our comprehensive SEMrush review.

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6 Best Field Service Management Softwares For Small Business: Jobber vs Housecall Pro vs ServiceTitan vs Kickserv vs Workiz & More

When you have multiple employees working off-site, it can be difficult to manage scheduling, dispatching, invoicing, customer support, and much more. That’s where field service management software can be a game-changer. These software solutions can help you streamline all of your processes under one roof. The ultimate benefits? You and your employees can deliver the most efficient services to your customers. See my field service management software reviews to find the perfect fit for your small business.

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4 Best Trademark Services In 2024, Plus Our Guide On How To Register

If you’re considering launching a business, you need to think about trademarking your new company’s name. Registering a trademark is of particular importance when legally marketing your business’s services or products. The last thing you want is a lawsuit from a competitor or another company challenging your name. So, what’s involved with trademark registration? And what does it cost? As We Rock Your Web’s legal and small business expert, I’ll help answer all of these questions and more. While it’s possible to go solo (DYI) with trademark registration, most experts strongly advise against it for multiple reasons. So, I’ll introduce you to several reliable and well-respected online trademark registration services, which can save you a lot of headaches and expensive attorney fees.

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Trademark Engine Reviews: Is This Affordable Online Service Worth It?

Legally trademarking your business’s brand name, logo, or other trademark needs is a complex process to handle on your own as a small business owner. Many people launching a business turn to online services to handle the process for them to save money and time. After all, hiring a personal attorney can be cost-prohibitive for many business owners who are just at the launching stage. One of these popular services is Trademark Engine due to its extremely affordable pricing compared to its competitors. But is Trademark Engine legit? Based on my extensive research into many similar services, I question this company’s worth. Read on to learn more in my Trademark Engine review.

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Best Trademark Monitoring Services:  LegalZoom vs Trademark Engine vs Trama vs Corsearch

How do you ensure that your registered trademark for your business is protected from those who try to infringe upon your brand? A trademark monitoring service, also commonly called a trademark watch service, can save you a ton of time to make sure that others aren’t stealing your hard-earned trademarked name, logo, tagline, or website brand. How do trademark watch services work? What do you need to look for in a trusted trademark monitoring service? As a sole propietor, I’ve done countless hours of research into legal trademark registration and other trademark services. So, my goal is to help answer these questions and give you your best options as a small business with a limited budget as well as some higher-end options if you can afford them.

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Best Backlink Checker: Ahrefs vs Semrush vs Moz vs Buzzsumo vs Majestic vs SEO Powersuite vs Ubersuggest

Do you need help getting better organic rankings for your website? Some backlinks pointing to your site could be hurting you. The best backlink checkers can shed those monkeys off your back and drive the traffic you want to your site. Both I and our SEO expert at We Rock Your Web have put many backlink checker tools through stringent testing. Not surprisingly, some are highly intuitive and easy to use, even with massive amounts of data to sort through. Others are difficult to navigate and don’t give you the results you need. After extensive analysis, we’ve both determined that Semrush, Ahrefs, and Majestic are among the best backlink tools available today to get your site in top shape. However, I also give you other reliable options that may be a better fit for your budget and specific site needs.

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How Does A DBA Work, And Do I Really Need One?

An essential step to starting a business most entrepreneurs don’t immediately think about is establishing a business name. In addition to separating your business income and expenses with a separate bank account, one of the first things you’ll want to do as a sole proprietor or a partnership, assuming you aren’t ready or don’t have the funds to incorporate, is to form a DBA (Doing Business As).

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