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Our Best Resources to Help You Find a Business Idea

by Candice Landau

Maybe you know you'd make a great entrepreneur, but you're having trouble finding that perfect idea. Whether you're after suggestions, help with the brainstorming process, or tips for validating your idea, this list of great resources can help. Read more »

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The Importance of Trademarking

by Rachael Lacey

Thinking about trademarking your business's slogan, symbol, or name? There are a few different routes you can take, and it's best to get started as soon as possible—or you might face financial and legal trouble down the road. Read more »

funding

Venture Debt 101

by Chase Garbarino

Venture debt can be a great source of "free money" for certain startups, but with this comes certain financial risks. Here's how to determine if venture debt is right for your startup, and how to navigate the process. Read more »

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Why No Company Is Too Small or Too Localized for PR

by Elliot Tomaeno

PR isn't just for big businesses. No matter if your business is large or small, brick-and-mortar or online, here's how to create a PR strategy and start conversations about your brand. Read more »

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Change Is the Only Thing That’s Constant: Why Small Businesses Should Embrace Disruption

by Andrew Heikkila

Is your company equipped to deal with a global business climate that is changing more rapidly than you can say "disruption"? Be careful, or your business might just be left behind. Read more »

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Why You Should Stop Worrying About Raising VC Money for Your Tech Startup

by Nicholas Rubright

Are you spending endless hours perfecting your VC pitch—before your startup is really even off the ground? Here's why you might want to consider holding off on seeking venture capital funding. Read more »

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From Wall Street to Entrepreneurship: 6 Hard Lessons Learned

by Min Fang

Certain aspects of working for a company—like keeping your boss happy and navigating office politics—lose their utility when you’re on your own. Here are six lessons learned by one entrepreneur who made the switch. Read more »

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business insurance

An Absolutely 100% Non-Boring Article About Business Insurance

by Max Schleicher

Attack by pirates, fires, floods—who says business insurance is boring? Hopefully you'll never need insurance for such dramatic debacles, but it's still smart to make sure you understand the necessary coverage. Read more »

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How to Write a Business Plan: Use This Checklist to Keep Yourself on Task

by Candice Landau

Business planning isn't just a one-time event, and it doesn't have to be overly complicated. We've created a checklist to help make the process easier—no matter what kind of business plan you need. Read more »

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online business ideas you can start with no money

Online Business Ideas You Can Start With No Money

by Candice Landau

You know you want to start an online business, but you don't have much startup capital. If that sounds like you, consider one of these free (or very low-cost) online business ideas! Read more »

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Small business accounting 101

Small Business Accounting 101: 9 Steps to Get Your New Business on Track

by Bryce Warnes

Before your business really takes off, it's important to make sure you have an established accounting process. Taking on your business's accounting can be overwhelming, so we're here to simplify the process and make sure you get it right. Read more »

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5 Signs Your Bank Is a Bad Fit

by Priyanka Prakash

You may have been with the same bank for years, but that doesn't mean they're a good fit for your business. Here's how to tell if it's time to switch banks. Read more »

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The Ultimate Work From Home Checklist

by Candice Landau

There are certain tasks inherent when it comes to starting any business. But, if you're starting a home-based business, your list of to-do's is going to look a little different. Here is a checklist to simplify the process. Read more »

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SWOT analysis curated list

SWOT Analysis: A Curated List of Everything You Need to Know

by Briana Morgaine

With a completed SWOT analysis, you can develop a strategy to ensure your business's success. Here are our favorite resources on creating a SWOT analysis, including examples, downloads, and interactive challenges. Read more »

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Customer retention

5 Techniques Every Startup Can Use to Retain Customers

by Lindsay Willott

Stop thinking about acquiring new customers. Instead, focus on building a customer retention strategy so bold and integral to your process that it becomes a standard part of how you do business. Read more »

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A Bplans Checklist: Your First Year in Business

by Briana Morgaine

So, you've successfully launched your business—congratulations! What next? Our first year in business checklist will help ensure you're on the right track. Read more »

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Facebook Marketing: A Small Business Guide

by Briana Morgaine

The world of Facebook marketing can be a little overwhelming, especially for small businesses. Our guide will walk you through the process, and help you create a successful Facebook marketing strategy. Read more »

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Cash Flow: A Curated List of Everything You Need to Know

by Briana Morgaine

They say that cash is king, and this is never more true than for small businesses. Run into cash flow problems, and you could be out of business—no matter how profitable you are. Here's a roundup of all the information you need to know. Read more »

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Picking Your Battles: How to Avoid the Digital Marketing Tsunami

by Marina Dargitz

Venturing into the world of digital marketing? It's easy to get swept away. However, by honing in on your interests, skill set, and client base, it's possible to come up with a clear, effective plan (and avoid the digital deluge). Read more »

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17 Eclectic Businesses That Let You Work From Home

by Candice Landau

Working from home doesn't have to mean shutting yourself in a home office day after day. These unique, offbeat business ideas will spark your creativity and inspiration—greeting card writing business, anyone? Read more »