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How to Start Your Own Gym

by Michele Richardson

Starting a gym or fitness center is not easy, but it can be extremely rewarding if you’re willing to put in the hard work. Read more »

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Formatting a Business Plan: Best Practices

by Noah Parsons

The format of your business plan will help you achieve your goals, so it’s important to think about the plan’s structure as you build it. Read more »

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57 Resources to Help You Celebrate National Small Business Week 2016

by Jonathan Michael

At Bplans, we’re happy to celebrate National Small Business Week by giving you access to the best resources and advice we have for small businesses. Read more »

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Resources for Starting and Managing Your Restaurant

by Angelique O'Rourke

The key to starting and running a successful business is knowing what you're doing. And, what better way to do that than scour our list of useful (and fun) resources? Read more »

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6 Tried and Tested Strategies to Attract Customers to Your Restaurant

by Candice Landau

Whether you're still planning your restaurant or you've already started it, there are a number of strategies you can implement to increase your profit margins. From the tried-and-tested to the creative, these are restaurant hacks that work! Read more »

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Resources for Entrepreneurs Writing a Business Plan

by Noah Parsons

We've learned a few things that can make the business planning process much easier and faster. Here’s our list of tips, tricks, and resources. Read more »

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The Complete Guide to Choosing the Right Type of Employee

by Briana Morgaine

You’ve decided that it’s time to hire your first employee—or maybe multiple employees. But what kind of employee fits your business needs? Read more »

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Developing a Business Plan for Strategic Growth

by Tim Berry

Strategy in your business plan serves as a reminder of what’s most important. Hint: It's about what you're not doing. Read more »

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How to Get Buy-In for Your Brand

by Elicia Putnam

Follow these tips to build brand loyalty, and create a brand with "buy-in" from both customers and team members. Read more »

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How to Start a Travel Agency

by Briana Morgaine

If you love travel, love the planning process, and enjoy helping others have great experiences, you might consider starting a travel agency. Read more »

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How to Open a Marijuana Dispensary

by Emma Castleberry

If hard work, up front cash, and bureaucratic red tape don’t deter you, opening a dispensary is an opportunity to be an industry pioneer. Read more »

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Find Underused Keywords, and Searchers Will Find Your Brand

by Scott Yates

Every day there are literally billions of online searches, many that have never been performed before. Follow these SEO tips and you'll have a chance of standing out from the crowd. Read more »

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How to Start a Real Estate Business

by Candice Landau

Wondering how to start a real estate business? If, on top of being personable, you’re also organized, ambitious, goal-oriented, and up for a challenge, real estate could be the career for you. Read more »

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How to Start a Luxury Day Spa

by Sonia Quinones

Wondering how to start a day spa? The spa industry is composed of thousands of individually-owned spas. If this is your dream, now may be the perfect time to get started. Read more »

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How to Have the Best Opening Day Ever

by Briana Morgaine

With a plan in place for your opening day, you’ll be able to ensure that you get plenty of customers in the door and generate enough media buzz to keep bringing in business long after. Read more »

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The Future of Business Is Mobile—Your Small Business Needs to Adapt or Fall Behind

by JT Ripton

More than half of all digital media is now consumed on a mobile device, which means your business needs to have a mobile strategy. Read more »

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5 Things to Watch out for When Assessing a Business Loan

by Priyanka Prakash

A business loan can be a great source of capital, but it can be difficult to navigate the myriad of loan options available to small business owners. Read more »

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Banners, Signs, and More: Our Top Picks for Offline Marketing Materials

by Briana Morgaine

Sometimes we forget about the impact that offline, physical marketing materials still have on the success of a business. We've compiled a list of some great resources that will help you get started creating great marketing materials. Read more »

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Marketing to Women: From “Shrink It and Pink It” to Female Empowerment

by Molly Greenberg

In a shift from “shrink it and pink it” to female empowerment, even major sports league advertisers are targeting the female market. Read more »

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How to Start a Catering Business

by Tony Sekulich

Wondering how to start a catering business? The catering industry is thriving, and can be scaled to suit your skills and situation. This step-by-step guide will help you start a catering business. Read more »