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The Price Is Right

12 Products and How Their Prices Have Changed Over the Last 100 Years

by Jonathan Michael

This look back through history proves that the price of products is never set in stone. From electronics to food and appliances, very few products have remained in the same price range when compared to their original counterparts. Each of the following images is broken down into three elements: “What it Was:” – This was the original... Read more »

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How to Start an Etsy Shop

by Angelique O'Rourke

If you’re someone who is both creative and entrepreneurial, you might be considering Etsy as a way to monetize a craft that you truly love doing. If so, you’ve come to the right place. Etsy is a popular eCommerce platform for everything handmade, from custom jewelry to baby clothes. It’s a robust online market place, with... Read more »

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How to Start a Franchise Business

by Angelique O'Rourke

A lot of people are drawn to franchising. If it’s right for you, it can be a road map to profitable business ownership. You can get in on a great idea or successful business that has a track record of success and a strong brand, and still run the business yourself. Franchise expert Joel Libava... Read more »

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Cats With Your Coffee? What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Purringtons Cat Cafe

by Briana Morgaine

Over a year ago, I first heard the rumor that a cat cafe had opened in London. To me, it seemed a whimsical, storybook sort of place, where one could get a cup of tea and pet a cat at the same time. Charming, I thought, but a bit unbelievable—did such an establishment really exist?... Read more »

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Books I Can't Wait to Read This Year

12 Business Books I Can’t Wait to Read This Year

by Jonathan Michael

Are you a voracious reader? I have to admit that I’m not. I’m what you call a voracious book starter. A lot of topics interest me, but there are only a few books each year that keep my attention long enough for me to finish them. I’ve looked at some of the business books coming out over the next... Read more »

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Ask Me Anything! (Well, Almost Anything)

by Noah Parsons

Hi. I’m Noah and I’m COO here at Palo Alto Software. In case you didn’t know, Palo Alto Software is the great company behind Bplans. Our goal has always been to help entrepreneurs succeed in business. In addition to making business planning software, we also try and help by providing all of the articles and advice... Read more »

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15 Videos for an Inspiring Start to 2015

by Angelique O'Rourke

Video is everywhere, and as inexpensive and ubiquitous devices change power dynamics, people are now able to share new ideas from around the world more easily than ever before. Because we frequently come across excellent content, we’ve compiled a list of 15 inspirational videos that should help motivate you to succeed and dream big in... Read more »

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5 Surprising Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs

by Erin Baebler

There is much written about what it takes to be a successful business owner. Passion, focus, and persistence show up again and again as traits you must have if you want to be an entrepreneur. However, we’ve uncovered some additional behaviors that don’t traditionally go along with the busy life of an entrepreneur but that can be of great benefit. Here are five traits of successful entrepreneurs that might surprise you. Read more »

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How to become your own boss in 2015

How to Become Your Own Boss in 2015 [Free Webinar]

by Sabrina Parsons

Are you unhappy with your soul-sapping job? Have you always wanted to be your own boss? Don’t just quit! You need to create a plan to fire your boss—first. In today’s business environment, small business owners have even less time to hit it big with their target customer. The key to success is not only... Read more »

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How to Choose a Brand Name That Can Be Trademarked

by Steven Cook

Federal trademark law is complicated and a little counter-intuitive at first, but the takeaway is this: if possible, you may want to choose a creative, memorable brand name… not a descriptive one, if you want robust federal trademark protection from the get-go. Read more »

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The Year’s 10 Best Movies for Entrepreneurs

by Jonathan Michael

Jon Favreau (who also wrote and directed the film) stars as Carl Casper, a head chef who is fired after a video of his spat with a food critic goes viral. That’s when he decides to start a food truck and reignite his passion for cooking. This is the only movie on my list that actually involves an... Read more »

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13 Quotes on the Joy and Importance of Giving

by Jonathan Michael

Will your business end the year strong? Are your employees staying productive? How will you get a jump on next year? Amid these concerns, don’t forget to enjoy this season and share joy with others. Generosity is good for you and your business, and some of the most successful people have tapped into the power of giving. That’s... Read more »

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2014 Top Articles

Our 10 Most-Read Articles of 2014

by Jonathan Michael

  2014 is on its way out. I don’t know about you, but as the year comes to a close, I love looking back to consider how the year unfolded. Did everything go as planned? What things were unexpected–good or bad? What did I learn from my experiences? Finally, what can I take with me to help... Read more »

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A Guide to Crafting Your LLC Operating Agreement

by Matt Kaufman

An operating agreement is the document that sets the rules for your LLC. You’ll be able to choose your management structure, lay out who’s responsible for what, and many other important issues. In this article, we’ll talk about how to create your own LLC operating agreement, what you should include, and where you’ll need to... Read more »

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The Best Places to Start a Business in 2015

by Angelique O'Rourke

You’ve no doubt heard what they say in real estate: location, location, location. When you’re looking to start a business, it rings just as true. Knowing the easiest place to set up shop with the highest chance of success, is key no matter what field you’re in. Over time, through development and expansion, the best... Read more »

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What Successful Freelancers Wish They’d Known from the Start

by Nick Chowdrey

The idea of starting your own business may sound daunting, but the reality is that the economic downturn has forced a lot of Americans to start working for themselves, either by setting up their own venture, or working as a freelancer. In fact, recent research predicts that 40% of America’s workforce will be self-employed by... Read more »

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6 Creative Ways to Figure Out If You’ve Got a Good Business Idea

by Angelique O'Rourke

So you have a great idea for a business, right? This is the one that will change everything, and put you on the map. You’ll become a sought-after investor, or maybe you’ll buy a vacation home in a sunny, tropical locale and bask in your newfound fame—and it’s all thanks to this game-changing business idea.... Read more »

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How Do You Know If You Have a Good Idea for a Business?

by Noah Parsons

How do you know if you have a good idea for a business? One of my biggest challenges at Palo Alto Software is figuring out which ideas to pursue and which ideas to put on the back burner. I have the luxury of working with a bunch of really smart people, so new ideas for... Read more »

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Books to Empower Women (That Men Should Read Too)

by Candice Landau

In celebration of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, we’re giving away 3 copies of ‘Fail Better: Design Smart Mistakes and Succeed Sooner’ by Anjali Sastry and Kara Penn. If you’d like to enter the competition, skip to the end of the post. Not too long ago I compiled a list of 10 business books that every savvy... Read more »

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She Does: 21 Quotes on Why Women Should Embrace the Challenge and Thrive as Entrepreneurs

by Jonathan Michael

To celebrate Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, we’ve collected 21 quotes from women about the challenges and fulfillment they’ve found in entrepreneurship. Featuring iconic business women and trailblazers like Oprah Winfrey, Coco Chanel, and Arianna Huffington, to small business owners who are etching out a path of their own and reaping the rewards. Do you have a quote... Read more »