Writing a Business Plan

8 Reasons Business Plans Fail That No One Wants to Talk About

Your business plan could fail for hundreds of reasons—but these 8 reasons for business plan failure are unfortunately common (and often overlooked!).

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How to Write a Mission Statement in 5 Easy Steps

Your company’s mission statement is your opportunity to define your goals, ethics, culture, and norms for decision-making. Here are the steps to writing a great mission statement.

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How to Write an Executive Summary

Your executive summary is the doorway to your business plan—after looking it over, your prospective investor is either going to throw your business plan away, or keep reading. Here's how to write an executive summary that sets your business plan apart.

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6 Things to Consider Before Entering a Market

Being an entrepreneur is a stressful, risky profession. Here are 6 questions to ask yourself to give your new business the best chance of success.

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11 Questions to Help Your Business Start Off on the Right Foot

So many entrepreneurs have great ideas, but still make crucial starting mistakes. What to start your business right? Ask yourself these questions first.

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6 Business Idea Validation Tactics to Improve Your Business Planning

The fate of your business depends on how well (or poorly) you validate your business idea. Fail to validate it properly, and you run the risk of business failure.

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The Difference Between Cash and Profits

Never forget: Profits are not cash. Brush up on the crucial difference between cash and profits with this guide by Palo Alto Software founder Tim Berry.

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What You Really Need to Know About Cash Flow

Cash is the single most important resource in any business—and also one that is frequently misunderstood. Here's what you really need to know about cash flow.

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