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The idea of making your dream come true and starting your own small business has been calling, but so have the doubts. Will people like my product or service? Will they like it enough for me to make money?

Starting your own small business may be a scary prospect, but it's a lot less frightening when you've got all your ducks in a row. Here's what you need to start a small business:

Congratulations on your new eBay business!

I hope the money is flowing in. But, to ensure you get to keep the money, make sure your business isn't skirting the law in any way.

Take these five steps to keep your eBay business legal:

Have you ever wanted to open a shop to sell the t-shirts you designed or all the paint-by-numbers you created? If you're worried about committing to a yearlong business, you may want to consider starting a pop-up shop. 

Pop-up shops are gaining in popularity as they allow business owners the flexibility of connecting with customers without committing to a year-round business.

If you're planning on starting a pop-up shop, here are five legal requirements to consider:

Remember when you could start a business by making a pitcher of lemonade, setting a table up on the sidewalk, and designing a pretty sign?

Today, starting a business means paperwork, paperwork, and more paperwork. Big brother (the government) wants to be able to track your business for tax purposes and to protect the public. So, to start a business you'll likely need a permit or license.

Where can you find permit and licensing requirements to start a business?

Why take the risk of starting your own business from scratch when you can buy into an already successful chain? Many entrepreneurs think about this every day, which is why they buy franchises.

But buying a franchise isn't as easy as just slapping someone else's logo on your front door. We've written a lot about franchises over the years and have gathered some good information you should consider before taking this step. So before you sign that franchise agreement, here are 3 things you need to know:

It's a brave new world. The District of Columbia and a majority of states have legalized the use of medical marijuana. In Oregon, Alaska, Colorado and Washington, you can now use marijuana for recreational purposes.

With several more states considering legalizing marijuana, enterprising business people are lining up to get a piece of this growing and emerging market.

So, you want to start a cannabusiness. Here are three things to know about a marijuana start-up:

Operating a Business Without a License: What Can Happen?

Anyone who has ever started a small business knows there's always another piece of paperwork that needs to be filled out. Leases. Licenses. Supplier agreements. Receipts and contracts with customers and clients.

And that isn't even touching on costs: Federal taxes. State taxes. City taxes. Sales taxes. After a while, you may begin to feel like you're paying all of your profits off to the tax man.

But don't overlook one easy-to-miss requirement of starting a business: the paperwork and fee for your local business license.

3 Local Laws to Know Before Starting a Business

If you're starting a new business, there are probably any number of things that require your immediate attention. But among your foremost priorities should be educating yourself on the local laws that may affect your business.

Putting off potential legal issues until after your business is already open may end up costing you big in the long run.

What local laws do you need to know before you start your business? Here are three to get you started:

Starting a Business in School: 5 Legal Tips for College Entrepreneurs

Following the success of Google, Facebook, Snapchat and other high-tech companies originally started by college entrepreneurs, college campuses continue to churn out innovative and lucrative new businesses.

College entrepreneurs are certainly full of game-changing ideas and industry-disrupting business models. However, they may not be quite up to speed on how to legally protect their newfound business interests. This can come back to bite budding businesses big-time in the form of future litigation, such as the lawsuit filed against Snapchat by an ousted co-founder, settled last week for an undisclosed (but likely substantial) sum.

What legal tips should college entrepreneurs bear in mind? Here are five to consider:

Crowdfunding Favors Female Entrepreneurs: Study

A study released last month found that women are outperforming men in the increasingly lucrative world of online crowdfunding.

This is especially interesting, reports The Wall Street Journal, because women are typically only able to raise half as much startup capital as men, hampering the growth of their businesses. However, on crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo, women are out-fundraising men even in traditionally male-dominated fields like gaming and technology, according to the study.

What does the study say is behind this surprising result?