Growing a Business Guide

You're up and running and looking for opportunities to grow your business—and your revenue. The two best things you can do to grow your business successfully are to make sure you understand your financials and to develop business and marketing strategies that are based on real data and customer feedback. If you have any questions, you can turn to one of our expert how-to guides for answers.

Recent Growing Articles

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What Startups Need to Know About Exit Strategies

By Tim Berry

[caption id="attachment_36168" align="aligncenter" width="700"] The exit strategy isn't about you, it's about your investors.[/caption]   Startups looking for angel investors or venture capital (VC) absolutely need an exit strategy because investors require it. The exit is what gives them a return. Exit strategies related to startup funding are quite often misunderstood: The "exit" in exit… Read more »

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Why Hugh MacLeod’s Art Should Not Be on Your Business Cards

By Candice Landau

Regardless of the industry you're in, when networking or selling, moving the focus from you to someone else that bears no relevance to you, is terrible. Your business card should aid the discussion you've been having rather than direct people away from it. Read more »

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Shoestring Marketing Budget? Get Your Customers to Do It For You

By Sarika Periwal

To survive as a business you need sales, and to generate sales you need marketing. It is for this reason that most businesses set aside a sizable chunk of money for advertising, but wouldn’t it be grand if you could generate sales by getting your existing customers to do your marketing for you? If you… Read more »

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The Key Elements of the Financial Plan

By Trevor Betenson

Whatever type of plan you're writing, there are a few key financial items that you should definitely include. I'll explain what they are, why they're important, and how you should create them. Read more »

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The Baker’s Guide to Opening a Successful Bakery

By Lisa Furgison

Are you the one that makes killer cakes for every birthday? Do you churn out to-die-for donuts? If you’re ready to turn your talents into a profitable bakery, you’ve come to the right place. There’s money to be made in the baking biz. The baking industry accounts for $311 billion in total economic output, according… Read more »