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When Does Invoice Financing Make Sense?

by Meredith Wood

Are you plagued by late-paying customers? It's a common problem for many small business owners. However, invoice financing can help alleviate this worry—and prevent future cash flow issues. Read more »

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5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Traveling the World

by Tori Dunlap

Traveling doesn't just provide a wealth of great life experiences; it can also help prepare you to start your business. Here are five things entrepreneurs can learn from traveling—as if you needed another excuse to plan a trip. Read more »

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Have the Best Opening Day Ever: A Bplans Checklist

by Briana Morgaine

Your opening day has finally arrived, and the last thing you want is for it to go unnoticed. Use our checklist to plan an unforgettable opening day for your new business. Read more »

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Even Branding Should Be Agile: An Interview With Base Creative’s Matthew Kinsman

by Daniel Matthews

An agile strategy is all about brand flexibility. Find out how to implement agility into your small business branding with Base Creative's Matthew Kinsman. Read more »

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How to Identify Your Strengths and Weaknesses

by Jonathan Michael

Whether you're just now starting a business or are a seasoned entrepreneur, it's important to know yourself. Have you taken a good, hard look at your strengths and weaknesses? Read more »

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How to Start a Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) Business—and Get it Right

by Andrew Ilisin

You've sourced your product. You've had it shipped to you. Now what? A fulfillment by Amazon (or FBA) business can be a great route to consider—and here's how to get it right. Read more »

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Becoming Your Own Boss: A Bplans Checklist

by Briana Morgaine

You've always wanted to work for yourself, but you're not quite sure how to make it happen. Sound familiar? If so, keep reading. This checklist will walk you through the process of becoming your own boss. Read more »

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9 Real Estate Marketing Strategies to Expand Your Business

by Sarah Smith

Don't just sit back and wait for new clients to come to you. Creating a marketing plan for your real estate business will help put you on the map, and make your business more successful. Read more »

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How to Prevent Online Fraud in Your Small Business

by Ellen Cunningham

Nowadays, accepting credit cards is a small business necessity. But, there are inherent risks when it comes to online payments. Do you know how to prevent fraud and keep your business safe? Read more »

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Going Beyond the Napkin: How Do You Know If Your Idea Is Any Good?

by Noah Parsons

How do you know if your business idea is a good one? Is it worth pursuing now, or does it need to be refined and improved—or maybe forgotten about entirely? Here's how to find out. Read more »

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subscription services

Money-Making Subscription Services (That You Can Start Too!)

by Briana Morgaine

Subscription service businesses are growing in popularity, and it seems like every industry imaginable is getting in on the subscription business model. Get inspired by these great subscription services, and maybe consider starting one of your own! Read more »

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A Bplans Checklist: How to Tell If You Have a Good Business Idea

by Candice Landau

So, you've got an idea for your new business. But, how do you determine if it's actually a good idea? Our idea validation checklist will help you figure out if your business idea is a winner—or if it could use a little work. Read more »

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The 4 Keys to Building Brand Loyalty with Millennials

by Andrew Deen

Marketing to Millennials shouldn't be any different than marketing in general, right? Actually, that's wrong. Here's how to create a marketing strategy that authentically appeals to the Millennial audience and builds brand loyalty. Read more »

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Debt Crowdfunding: The Real Potential When It Comes to Main Street USA

by Sherwood Neiss

You've probably heard about equity crowdfunding, and determined it wasn't quite right for your Main Street small business. But, have you considered debt crowdfunding? Here's why it's worth looking into. Read more »

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10 Ways to Make Sure You Get Work Done in Your Home Office

by Candice Landau

Working from home can be wonderfully flexible, but it can also spell productivity disaster. How can home-based entrepreneurs keep from falling prey to distraction? Here are 10 strategies. Read more »

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What Is a Merchant Cash Advance, and Should You Get One?

by Ellen Cunningham

Don't let your business get caught without cash. We'll walk you through the entire merchant cash advance process, and go over everything from eligibility requirements to common pitfalls. Read more »

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Bplans Quiz: Are You Entrepreneur Material?

by Jonathan Michael

How do you know if you're ready to become an entrepreneur? Starting your own business is a big step, and it's important to make sure you've got the necessary drive, experience, and support network. Take our quiz to find out if you're entrepreneur material! Read more »

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Cultivate an Olympic Mindset to Achieve Success

by Candice Landau

Small business owners and entrepreneurs can learn a lot from the success of Olympic athletes. Find out how you can adopt their motivation, work ethic, and inner drive, and cultivate an "Olympic mindset" in your own business endeavors! Read more »

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8 Essential Resources If You’re in the Construction Industry

by Candice Landau

If you've recently started a construction company, it's important to keep up on your industry and set your new business up for success. These resources will help you do just that. Read more »

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Strategies to Increase Your Construction Business Revenue

by Anthony St. Clair

A construction business isn't a guaranteed money-maker. Now that you've successfully launched your business, it's time to strategize. Here are our top tactics to bring in revenue. Read more »