Candice Landau

Managing Editor

Candice is the Managing Editor of Bplans. With a background in writing and digital marketing and an interest in technology, business, creativity and just about everything else, she aims to find the best answers to your questions. Follow Candice on Google+.

Recent Articles Published by Candice Landau

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6 Tried and Tested Strategies to Attract Customers to Your Restaurant

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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How to Start a Real Estate Business

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 Cleaning Business

In this guide, you’ll get a better sense of the industry, what skills you should develop in order to be successful in it, and how to start. Read more »

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The Ultimate Inventor’s Guide to Inventing Things

In this article, we'll walk you through everything from coming up with a great business idea, through validating it, getting it protected, and figuring out whether to manufacture it, or license it. Let's go! Read more »

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How to Start a Farm: Your Complete Guide to Success

If a farming business sounds like your dream lifestyle, this guide is for you. It will walk you through every stage of starting a farm, from finding your niche and finding land, right through financing your farm and marketing your products. Read more »

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Free Business Proposal Template

In this free downloadable business proposal template, you’ll learn how to structure a business proposal, and what to include within one. Read more »

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What Small Business Opportunities Does the Future Hold?

If you haven't settled on a business idea yet, what about starting a business in an industry that will be in demand in the future? Here's how to find a small business opportunity that's right for you. Read more »

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36 Stocking Stuffer Ideas For Your Little Entrepreneur

Beyond a good education and brilliant parenting skills, how do you raise little entrepreneurs? Better yet, what does it even take to become an entrepreneur? Read more »

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How to Write Your First Job Description

Take the time now to start thinking about the type of person you may want to hire in the future. Your new employee’s values will have a big impact on your company, especially if you’re small. Read more »

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13 Out of the Ordinary Ways to Find the Perfect Business Location

Once you’ve read this article you will know what you need to think about when looking for a business location, and have a number of creative ways to do so! Read more »

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Should You Offer Equity Compensation to Employees?

If you’re giving a large percentage of your company to someone (and yes, two percent is large), you’re entering into a contract that’s a lot like marriage. Read more »

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1 Dream, 84 Steps to Make It a Reality [Free Startup Checklist]

To help make your dream more achievable, we’ve created a roadmap—a startup checklist. Read more »

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If You Want to Start a Business, Start Here

If you need an extra push to get into business, this is the information that we feel will give you the chutzpah to "go get ‘em!" Read more »

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How to Choose a Business Location

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 »

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How to Start an Ebay Business

Interested in learning how to start an eBay business? Our guide will help you get started, and guide you through the process of starting a business on eBay. Read more »

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Become a Regular Bplans Contributor

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 »

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Business Startup Checklist

Starting your own business may sound like an epic undertaking—but the truth is, it’s not. This checklist covers everything you need to start your business today. Read more »

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How to Build a Brand in 5 Days

You've validated your business idea, you've done your market research, and hopefully you've registered your business name. Now it's time for a bit of fun. It's time to build your brand! Read more »

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Contribute an Article to Bplans

If you’re interested in submitting an article to Bplans for publication, you've come to the right place. Use this submission form if you'd like to submit once-off (You can submit again in a few months). If however you'd like to become a regular columnist, please apply through our regular contributor form. Regardless of whether you're seeking to submit the occasional article, or to submit articles on a regular basis, we're still looking for the same thing: 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. We want to hear from SBDC officers, from accountants, from angel investors, from VC firms and from entrepreneurs themselves. We love a good startup story — how did you succeed? How did you navigate problems? How can you help other entrepreneurs. Even if you’ve never owned a business, if you’re willing to interview business owners, or do the research required to help others get started, we may have space for you. The one thing we do not want is self-promotional content that simply seeks to advertise a person, business or service. Content you submit should be educational, fun and creative. Topics we’d like to read more about include: Creative, or cutting-edge content. New tools, news/laws that change the game, interesting information regarding a specific topic. Interviews with small business owners / business or startup stories Industry-specific topics that relate to all areas of starting. For example, we have an article on how to start a successful coffee shop, but we don’t have one on how to market a coffee shop, how to choose equipment for a coffee shop, how to price drinks, etc. Venture capital funding and angel investment stories. What I learned from X failure stories (business failures are always an opportunity to grow or to help others grow. We want to hear about your successes but also about the things that didn’t work and what you learned). Fill out our online form. Read more »

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The Ultimate Guide to Creating a SWOT Analysis (FREE EBOOK)

A key reason to create a SWOT Analysis is to help you develop a strong business strategy. Knowing your own strengths and weaknesses, as well as the threats and opportunities you face in the marketplace, can really give you a lead on your competitors. Ultimately, the SWOT Analysis is an informative, easy to conduct exercise, and can be done at any stage of your business—whether starting or managing. Read more »