When COVID-19 hit, these creative entrepreneurs hit the web

This article originally published on GoDaddy’s Venture Forward website.

While the ongoing COVID-19 crisis has shuttered tens of thousands of small businesses and sent entire economies into tailspins, one cohort of entrepreneurs is proving surprisingly resilient. And, in turn, they’re creating economic stability in their local communities.

They are the operators of millions of digital domain-name websites that GoDaddy, which hosts the sites, labels “ventures.” Our multiyear research project, Venture Forward, found these often-overlooked and uncounted participants in the digital economy helped regions recover more fully from the 2008 recession, and are creating the same sort of buffer during the current crisis.

Ventures are, of course, as diverse as the country they reside in. They’re in every state. They’re rural and urban. They’re run by women and men, full-time business owners, students, retirees, military personnel and part-time workers. They come from every ethnicity and education level.

While the ventures … Read more

How to get a business line of credit when you’re just starting out

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When you’re starting a new business, there may be no more important resource to have on hand than financing. Call it what you want — funding, cash, liquidity — but small business financing makes it possible for you to afford all the important investments you’ll need to make in your business to get it off the ground. With that in mind, you may be wondering how to get a business line of credit.

A line of credit (LOC) is typically a pool of money that a lender extends you, which you are able to draw from as financing needs arise. Each draw has its own repayment schedule, and when you replenish the pool by repaying your … Read more

What to Do to Prepare for a Hurricane or Tropical Storm [Slideshow]

Are you prepared for hurricane season? In an average season, about 18 named storms occur. Of those storms, 3 are typically major hurricanes and another 6 vary in intensity, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).[1]

The time to prepare for a hurricane is before it hits. By knowing how to prepare for a hurricane, you can concentrate on safeguarding your home and belongings as best as possible. Preparing for a hurricane could prevent thousands of dollars in damages.

By following tips from the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety and Nationwide can help protect your home from high-speed winds, hail, driven rain and flying debris. Here are some hurricane preparedness tips to keep you safe.


inside of a house with text "DO: seal your home"
a ladder with text "DO: clear your gutter"
a staircase with text "DO: elevate your belongings"
a grill with text "DON'T: Leave loose items items"
cars on a highway with text "DON'T ignore warnings"
a table lamp with text "DON'T" run generators inside your home"

1. Create a hurricane emergency kit

Create an emergency kit that includes essentials needed to survive if you and your family are stranded in a storm. Here’s a look at … Read more

8 powerful organizations for women in business

This post was originally published on March 9, 2017  and was updated on Aug. 25, 2020.

No woman is an island. You might have gone into business on your own, but that’s no reason to isolate yourself. I’m not suggesting you start hiring (especially if your business is brand new), but I am suggesting that connecting with other like-minded entrepreneurs through professional organizations for women can provide you with a dose of inspiration and motivation — not to mention resources you might not have discovered otherwise.

Why professional organizations for women are beneficial

As a female business leader and entrepreneur, I know that community is important. That’s why I advocate for women to get involved with professional organizations.

Unlike brief social media interactions and webinars that focus on conveying quick snippets of information, professional organizations for women are about long-term support, connections and growth.

The benefits of joining a professional … Read more

10 Steps on How to Deep Clean a Bathroom

Your bathroom gets a lot of use.  As a result, it can be one of the messiest rooms in your house. Outside of the visible grime and soap scum that build up, there’s a multitude of unseen germs that can form. This means it’s absolutely crucial to deep clean your bathroom regularly. Whether you just need to sanitize the toilet or clean the whole space, these tips on how to clean a bathroom will help keep your house clean.

Step 1. Prepare your bathroom for cleaning

Before you begin cleaning, clear out anything that’s in the way, such as towels, shampoo bottles and soap dispensers. Once you’ve done that, gather the necessary cleaning products. You can use whatever you’re comfortable with, but these supplies are the most useful for bathroom cleaning:

  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Bleach (or alternative)
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Bathroom cleaner
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Glass cleaner
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