Running a business is hard. Use our research and advice to help guide you.

SBA Loan Checklist: Requirements and Documentation Needed for an SBA 7a Loan

Use Hansa’s comprehensive checklist to streamline your SBA loan application process, and discover every essential requirement and document needed to successfully apply for your loan.

5 Key Differences Between SBA 504 Loans vs. SBA 7(a) Loans

As a small business, it’s critical to understand SBA 504 loans vs. 7(a) loans in order to make informed borrowing decisions. We break down their differences and what you need to know.

Separating Business & Personal Finances

Keeping your personal and business finances separate is crucial for the success of your business. Read this article to learn why.

What's your secret sauce?

Read this article to learn about sources of competitive advantage and how you can use them to make your business stand out.

How to prepare your small business for a recession

Hard times create strong businesses. Follow Hansa's tips to make your business recession-proof.

Why you should join a Chamber of Commerce

Running a small business isn't easy, but Chambers of Commerce are there to support you. Read this article to learn about all the ways joining a Chamber of Commerce can help your business.

8 reasons your small business needs a website

Having a website is no longer a luxury - it's a necessity. Read this article to learn why.

Comprehensive review of small business insurance

There are many types of insurance for small business owners. Read this article to review the various options.

Salary vs owner's draw: how to pay yourself as a small business owner

Knowing how to pay yourself as a business owner can be complicated. Read this article to determine the best option for you and your business.

Self employed or small business owner: which one are you?

Are you self-employed or a small business owner? Read this article and learn the difference.

Small business financing tools

There are many forms of financing available and just as many providers to choose from. Here is what the best providers are offering.

Hiring software for small businesses

Hiring? Here are some software solutions to help you find qualified workers.

How Federal Reserve rate hikes affect your business

The Federal Reserve has decided to raise its benchmark rate by 75 basis points (0.75%) for the second consecutive month. Here is what that means for your business.

Bookkeeping software for small business: what it is and why you need it

Are you still using spreadsheets to track your business expenses? Read this article for recommendations on bookkeeping software and make the change now.

When to hire more workers for your small business

Understanding when to hire is just as important as knowing how to hire. Ask yourself these four questions before you decide to take on new staff.

Why did Brex stop supporting small businesses? An explanation and a path forward

On June 17, Brex announced it would no longer serve small businesses. Why is Brex “abandoning the very segment it started out to serve?” At Hansa, we believe that Brex’s decision is a symptom of structural problems in the small business market that hurts small businesses.

Losing access to Brex? Try these replacements

Small businesses will not be able to access their Brex accounts after August 15. Here are some potential substitutes that could work for your business.

How to protect your small business from inflation

When the economy runs hot, your costs go up. Read this article to avoid getting burned by inflation.

Legal structures for small businesses

The legal structure you choose for your business matters. Learn which structure is right for your business by reading this article.

Buy now, pay later overview for small businesses

Read this now and thank us later. Skip to the bottom if you only want our recommendations.

Workers' compensation insurance for small businesses

Everything you need to know about workers' compensation insurance: protect your workers and your business with one plan.

How data brokers hurt your bottom line (part 1)

Data about your business is expensive and unreliable. Why are you getting stuck with the bill?

How data brokers hurt your bottom line (part 2)

The enterprise sales process leaves small businesses behind.

How to evaluate a partner for your business

Choose the right partner for your business by answering these three questions.