How to Do Market Research

by Noah Parsons

Market research sounds like a complex process for academics. But, it’s actually really simple and important for your business. We'll show you how. Read more »


As a Small Business Owner, You’re Leading a Boss Life: Book Giveaway from Author Paul Downs

by Angelique O'Rourke

Author and entrepreneur Paul Downs shares his insights with me on running a long-standing, successful small business. If you enjoyed this article, be sure to enter the book giveaway. Read more »


Your Brand’s Tone of Voice: Why It Matters and How to Craft It

by Elicia Putnam

Let’s take a look at what a brand’s tone of voice actually is, why it matters, and how to craft it. Read more »


Episode 11: Business Buzzwords, False Assumptions, and Content Tips from Joe Pulizzi | The Bcast

by Jonathan Michael

This week, Peter and Jonathan list their most-hated business buzzwords and false assumptions, and Joe Pulizzi (founder, Content Marketing Institute) also joins in. Read more »


A Joint Venture Just Might Be Your Ticket to Rapid Growth

by Davina Ngei

A joint venture gives your business the chance to grow, thanks to someone who also shares your vision. Read more »


How to Conduct a Sales Call Without Sounding Like a Desperate Jerk

by Blair Nicole

Dread sales calls? You're not alone. The good news is, sales calls don’t have to be painful or demeaning; if they are, then you’re doing it wrong. Follow these hacks to get it right. Read more »

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How to Solve Problems in Your Business: Kanban, Kaizen, and Scrum

by Daniel Wilhelm

Kanban, kaizen, and scrum are three problem-solving methods that have given both large and small companies the ability to improve business efficiency, and minimize problems across all business processes. Read more »

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How to Choose a Business Location

by Candice Landau

Choosing the right location is about so much more than finding the place that looks closest to the one you’ve envisioned. It’s about being somewhere your customers will see you, being in a competitive location, staying within budget, and meeting local and state regulations and laws. Let us guide you through the process. Read more »


Want to Start a Blog? 8 Questions to Answer Before You Begin

by Nathan Falde

Want to start a blog? Before you begin your journey through the blogosphere, there are some serious questions you should address first. Read more »

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How to Start an Ebay Business

by Candice Landau

With over 112 million users, eBay is a great place to start and grow a business. With low starting costs and the freedom to experiment, you may just find your new business home right here. Learn how to start an eBay business today! Read more »

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Can You Create a Great App Without a Tech Background? One Entrepreneurial Mom Shows You How It’s Done

by Briana Morgaine

Jillian Darlington: single mom, entrepreneur, and creator of the MomCo app, an app that brings moms together. Get inspired by her creative startup story. Read more »

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11 Tips for Focused, Effective (and Inexpensive) Startup Marketing

by Briana Morgaine

When it comes to marketing, the established company just has to worry about hitting the dartboard; the startup needs to hit the bullseye. How can you market your startup effectively? Read more »

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Telling a Different Story: Joe Pulizzi Talks Small Business Content Marketing [+ Book Giveaway!]

by Angelique O'Rourke

Joe Pulizzi, founder of the Content Marketing Institute, shares an excerpt from his new book Content Inc. Enter to win a free copy! Read more »


Your Small Business News Roundup 9.18.15

by Michael X. Heiligenstein

Bringing you the latest on small business news and more—this week it’s 401(k)s, vinyl records, and Shark Tank for President. Read more »


Advice From One B2B Collection Agency on How to Get Paid

by Dean Kaplan

You’re new to the game and you want to keep things flexible. What can you do to minimize the chances of not getting paid? Read more »

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Become a Regular Bplans Contributor

by Candice Landau

If you're interested in writing for Bplans on a regular basis, we want to hear from you. We're looking for smart writers with a good knowledge of what it takes to start a small business, to get a business funded, or to work through the various aspects of planning a venture. Read more »


5 Ways to Keep Your Small Business Growing

by Felix Tarcomnicu

Take your business to the next level by staying open to the reality of the new global economy and being more creative. Here are five ways to keep growing. Read more »


How to Correctly Use Collateral to Secure a Business Loan

by Aaron Chong

Let’s take a closer look at the concept of collateral (a piece of property--usually physical--that a would-be borrower pledges to a lender in order to help secure a loan) and discuss how you can leverage yours the right way to fund the business of your dreams. Read more »


4 Steps to Preparing the Best Business Loan Application

by Meredith Wood

Use this process when compiling your business loan application, and you'll be able to understand what goes into obtaining a loan, how it can benefit you, and which steps to take if you decide the loan you've been offered is the right choice. Read more »


Your Small Business News Roundup 9.11.2015

by Michael X. Heiligenstein

Bringing you the latest on small business news and more—this week it’s shared workspaces, what overtime reform means for your business, and why Google might be doing your grocery shopping. Read more »