starting
story of microaid

MicroAid: Helping Entrepreneurs Rise Out of Poverty

by Angelique O'Rourke

For those living in extreme poverty in developing nations, even the most entrepreneurial people face innate challenges. While in recent years, the rise of microloans and microcredit programs have certainly done some good, there are new ideas cropping up about ways to create sustainable change using education, business planning skills, and technology. We spoke with... Read more »

starting
history of labor day.001

[SlideShare] A Brief History of Labor Day…

by Jonathan Michael

When was the first Labor Day? When did it become a national holiday? Who “invented” it? Take a light-hearted look back at the origins of Labor Day, a holiday where we can kick our feet up, enjoy a burger or beer, and celebrate our own hard-working awesomeness. A Brief History of Labor Day: How will... Read more »

planning
New products into retail stores

12 Ways to Get Your New Product into a Major Retail Chain

by Scott Gerber

What is one tip you have for getting a brand-new product into major retail chains? Getting a new, untried product into the market is tough. Major retail chains may not want to gamble on something brand new. To learn how other entrepreneurs managed to get their shiny new products into major chains around the country,... Read more »

planning
questions small businesses ask

The Latest Questions Small Businesses Are Asking

by Arlene Soto

How do I decide if a business idea is likely to be successful? What is meant by “company culture” and how is it important to my business? Do I need to hire a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for my small business? How do I sell my products to the federal government? What's your question? Read more »

planning
Easy ways to lower your monthly budget

4 Easy Ways to Lower Your Monthly Expenses

by Kim Whitley

Whether your business is a brand new venture, or you’ve been up and running for years already, it’s likely that you’re on the lookout to reduce your expenditure as much as possible. A common fear that comes with saving money is the concept of “cutting back,” that a large-scale, dramatic change is necessary in order... Read more »

planning
Pause - ten quotes on why you should take breaks, relax, and play

Pause: 10 Quotes on Why You Should Take Breaks, Relax, and Play

by Jonathan Michael

Small business owners and entrepreneurs are almost always working, whether they’re in the office or not. But is it possible that taking time off and resting is better for your business? Here are 10 quotes from famous authors, poets, and speakers on why time away from work could be just as important to your bottom... Read more »

starting
ReefCam turtle

Think Big, Start Small: The Story of a Startup

by Candice Landau

Today, small businesses and internet startups are popping up everywhere. While this is encouraging for those of us looking to become entrepreneurs, it also means we have a responsibility to start companies that advance our understanding of the world, that fix problems we have created and that help others. ReefCam is one of these companies. Read more »

planning
millenial girl

Stop Bad-mouthing the Millennial Generation and Read the Facts

by Brian Eckert

At the end of June, U.S. employers listed more available jobs—4.7 million—than at any point since 2001. Unemployment is also falling, while consumer confidence has stabilized. By multiple measures, the economy is in better shape now than at any point over the last few years. So why are many twenty-somethings more interested in creating their own job than they are in accepting a job from somebody else? The issue is a complex one, not least because the next generation of would-be entrepreneurs lacks the basic skills and knowledge needed to get a business up and running. Read more »

planning
shutterstock_144228361

How to Write a Company Overview

by Angelique O'Rourke

A company overview (also known as company information or a company summary) is an essential part of a business plan. Your company overview should be exactly what it sounds like: an overview containing all of the most important points about your company. It usually appears after the executive summary. This is typically the shortest chapter... Read more »

funding
506 (c) and crowdfunding

506(c) Offerings and Crowdfunding: What’s the Difference?

by Andrea Uptmor

In the last two years, regulations set by the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) have undergone several changes. These changes were the result of the 2012 Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act. The JOBS Act, as it is more commonly known, was intended, in part, “to reduce barrier to capital formation, particularly for smaller companies.” In... Read more »

planning
Call to action

5 Ways You Can Use CTAs to Convert Customers

by Cidnee Stephen

Nothing breaks my heart more than visiting a website that is well laid out and has great content, but has missed the mark in converting visitors into customers through an effective call to action (aka a “CTA”) system. This is like investing all your money in a beautiful store front, but keeping the doors locked... Read more »

planning
5 factors to consider about office space

5 Things to Consider When Choosing Office Space

by Sam Barnes

If you’re in the market for an office space, what you choose is incredibly important to your business. Not only does it affect your day to day operations and your staff morale, but also your brand image. There are so many things that can impact which office you choose; however, there are five factors that are... Read more »

planning
cash flow explained

The Complete Guide to Understanding Cash Flow

by Candice Landau

While it is perfectly possible to be profitable on paper, there’s a big difference between money you’re owed and cash on hand. That's where cash flow comes in. Cash Flow is simply the money that flows in and out of your business, and is arguably the most important aspect of your business. Read more »

planning
6smbmistakes

6 Accounting Mistakes That Put Small Businesses at Risk

by Renuka Rana

Accounting is a significant part of any business endeavor and is not as easy as adding and subtracting. Small businesses often think of handling their own accounting to save money—but this may not be the best idea. Accounting errors can cost a company to a great extent. You don’t want to mess up your numbers, as... Read more »

planning
4 ways to secure funding for your startup

How to Secure Funding for Your Startup (with INFOGRAPHIC)

by Candice Landau

Why do so many businesses fail? According to a recent Forbes article, at the surface level, they simply run out of cash. It’s easy to get things wrong when you’re starting out and the article points out that 8 out of every 10 businesses fail within the first 18 months. Read more »

planning

Is Your Startup Tracking the Right Metrics?

by Sabrina Parsons

One of the most important things a startup can do is make sure that they are keeping track of their data. In this webinar, we take time to discuss the different metrics that startups—and established businesses—should be tracking. Tracking metrics and making sure you know what’s going on with your business is crucial; it enables... Read more »

starting
What is a benefit corporation?

What Is a Benefit Corporation?

by Angelique O'Rourke

I recently wrote a post on social enterprise, discussing what it entails, and what some of the legal structure options are for a business when the focus is on a social mission. The benefit corporation option is one such legal structure. It’s a fairly new structure, with the first one of its kind coming into existence... Read more »

planning
shutterstock_161751803

When Is the Right Time to Pay Yourself a Salary?

by Kristen Gramigna

You may be the last on your list of creditors when you’re just starting a business, but at some stage, you’ve got to start earning yourself. Here are seven things to consider in order to determine if now is the right time to pay yourself a salary. 1. You’ve been better than “break even” for one year... Read more »

funding
How to impress angels

How to Impress Angel Investors and Make It into “Startup Heaven”

by Caroline Cummings

Ever wanted to ask an angel for advice? Now you can. Apart from a collection of tips direct from angel investors themselves, we're opening up our comment stream within this post. Got a question for one of the angels listed? Share it and they'll reply. Don't forget to use the hashtag #AngelTip on Twitter! Read more »

starting
startup

What’s the Difference Between a Small Business Venture and a Startup?

by Candice Landau

When I hear the word “startup,” my mind immediately begins playing a reel of a bunch of twenty-something year old web developers, huddled together in a retro office somewhere in the SF Bay Area. Drinking beer at midday, laughing about the epic, cool culture they’ve got going, and chatting about the fact that they spent... Read more »