Andrea Vedder

Andrea is the editor of Bplans.com. You can follow her on Google+.

Recent Articles Published by Andrea Vedder

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How 5 Million Small Businesses Make and Save Money

Intuit, the makers of the accounting software QuickBooks and QuickBooks Online, recently pulled from their customer base of nearly 5 million entrepreneurs and the download activity in the Inuit App Center to figure out how small business owners are managing their companies and staying productive. What tools are they using, and what choices are they... Read more »

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REJECTED: 5 Reasons You Won’t Get Financed

Access to capital is vital for any entrepreneur's success, but many entrepreneurs' applications for financing are rejected. Why? Probably for one of these five reasons. Read more »

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The Best Businesses to Start in 2014

Of course, it's essential to choose a business that's a good fit for your unique skills and interests, but there is something to be said for starting a business in the right place at the right time. Read more »

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The Best Small Business Tools of 2013

Here at Palo Alto Software, we spend all day every day building software and writing advice for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Some of us on staff are entrepreneurs ourselves. Read more »

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How to Choose a Franchise That’s Right For You [VIDEO]

If you are thinking about opening a franchise, the most important advice anyone can give you is to choose the franchise that's right for you. Here's how. Read more »

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Considering Buying a Franchise? Watch This First

If you are thinking about opening a franchise, be sure to watch our Google Hangout on "How to Choose a Franchise That's Right For You" first. Read more »

Black Friday Sale Starts Tomorrow!

Announcing Palo Alto Software’s second-annual Black Friday sale on LivePlan, the award-winning tool for planning, tracking, and managing your business from anywhere at anytime. Between Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 4 p.m. PST and Monday, Dec. 2, at midnight PST, you can buy access to an entire year of LivePlan for just $99. That’s 60 percent... Read more »

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SWOT Analysis Template Download [FREE]

The Bplans SWOT analysis template is all you need to get started developing smart strategies for your business. Read more »

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How to Pitch Your Business to Angel Investors [FREE WEBINAR]

Join Caroline Cummings and David Rose on Wednesday, November 20, at 10 am PST, for a free webinar on how to pitch your business to investors. Read more »

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What Will Holiday Shoppers Spend in 2013? [INFOGRAPHIC]

The National Retail Federation just released its annual holiday spending forecast, and it’s a bit of a mixed bag. The bad news is that the consumers surveyed by the NRF expect to spend about 2 percent ($14) less this year on holiday gifts, greeting cards, decorations, flowers, and food than they did in 2012. The... Read more »

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#TrackThis Episode 1: What Should You Be Tracking in Your Business?

Every business owner knows they need to look at sales and costs to help determine their success. But what else should you be tracking in your business? Read more »

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#TrackThis to Ask a Professional Accountant Your QuickBooks Questions

Are you stuck trying to organize your business’s finances? Are you having trouble using QuickBooks or making QuickBooks financial reports? Do you need a better handle on reading your balance sheet, or preparing your cash flow statement? Is bookkeeping taking up way too much of your time? The first-ever #TrackThis TweetChat, hosted by @Bplans and... Read more »

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Help From High Places

Believe it or not, there are major corporations out there willing to advise you (for free) as you start your new business. Why? Because if you're successful, you're likely to be a loyal, lifetime customer. Read more »

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Don’t Wait Until Your Business Needs Cash to Look for Extra Funding

Did you know that 60 percent of businesses that fail are profitable when they go out of business? They just don’t have the cash flow to cover their expenses, and it forces them into closure. Part of the problem is that once your cash flow issues are apparent and affecting your business operations, it can... Read more »

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Today For The First Time in 80 Years, You Can Ask Total Strangers to Invest in Your Business

As of September 23, 2013, American businesses can advertise that they are raising money, and it won't be considered a crime. Read more »

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Let’s Give Working Dads Some Credit, Too

Given that today is Working Parents Day, recognizing the unique and evolving position of working fathers is a full 50 percent of what this holiday is all about. Read more »

Today From 9am–10am PDT: #askadeveloper Your Programming Questions

In honor of National Programmer's Day, we invite you to join us on Twitter with your computer programming questions today for the first-ever Bplans #askadeveloper Tweetchat. Read more »

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From “Good Idea” to Funded Tech Startup: Building Hallspot

So how does a business-minded person with limited computer programming abilities launch a social network? I recently interviewed Hallspot founder Sean Thorne to ask him exactly that. Read more »

#askadeveloper Your Web and Programming Questions

The first-ever Bplans #askadeveloper Tweetchat is your opportunity to get free consultation from a professional computer programmer on any of your programming-related questions, no matter how basic or advanced they may be. Read more »

Girls Are Getting Into Programming

Although the overall representation of women in the computer sciences is low—only 15 percent of females graduating from the University of Oregon major in computer science, and only 20 percent of the programmers in the United States are women—the numbers are climbing. Read more »