How to Create a Branded Website

Your brand is what the outside world thinks of you, and it's an impression you often build over time. However, these days your first impression is often made online.

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Your Small Business News Roundup 8.28.15

Bringing you the latest news on small business and more—this week we’re covering 3D printing, millennials at work, and what you need to know about Black Monday.

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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.

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8 Tips for Entrepreneurs Who Are Balancing Their Business with Their Day Job

So, you’re ready to start your business, but not quite ready to give up your day job. Maybe you’re planning to use your income from your day job to help fund your new business, or are simply relying on that income to sustain your living expenses until your business can generate a profit.

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Fail Hard: 15 Quotes on Failing to Succeed

Is it OK to fail? Most people believe that failure is something to be embarrassed about, or to sweep under the rug. But is there something about owning our failures that gives us the keys to succeed? Included below are 15 quotes from some of history’s greatest known thinkers and leaders on why failure doesn’t have to...

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5 Ways to Spy on Your Competition

Most companies are continually looking for ways to get an edge over their competitors, and a time-honored method is simply to spy on the other guys. Technically, it falls under the category of market research, unless, of course, it’s actual spying. But, we’re not going to get into corporate espionage here—we’ll stick with the “market...

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How to Grow Your Business by Setting Goals [Webinar]

We all have goals for our business, but sometimes we forget how important it is to clearly define these goals. This is especially true when it comes to financial goal setting for small businesses, where often financial goals are only vaguely defined or based too heavily on assumptions. Many small business owners may keep a...

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3 Reasons Why Micromanagement is a Macro Hindrance

“I’m just trying to help!” “I want to ensure our success!” If these lines sound familiar, you should know that they’re classic micromanagement warning signs. And, unfortunately for the well-intentioned micromanager, the results are rarely positive. For his book “My Way or the Highway,” Harry Chambers organized a interesting study about micromanagement. According to the survey...

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