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What I Learned from Starting a Travel Company

by Jonathan Michael

Are you starting a travel company? It's always smart to turn to those who've already been there. We asked Tara Cappel, founder of For the Love of Travel, to share five lessons she’s learned about what it takes to start a successful travel business. Read more »

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Profoundly Strange Subscription Businesses (That You Could Start Too)

by Candice Landau

Ongoing revenue, cash in the bank (and not just on account), and a popular business model...why wouldn't you start a subscription business? Here are some creative, unexpected subscription business offerings (that may inspire you to start your own subscription business). Read more »

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Resources for Small Hotels and Bed and Breakfasts

by Candice Landau

Before you get your hands dirty in the business side of things, you probably want to know as much about the hotel and bed and breakfast industry as possible. Here are 10 excellent resources that will help you learn more and grow your business. Read more »

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How to Learn Programming and Launch Your App in 3 Months—with No Programming Experience

by Nicholas Rubright

If you need help developing an app, you might be tempted to hire a freelancer or search for a technical partner. But, have you considered learning programming and creating the app yourself? It isn't as hard as you think. Read more »

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Strategies Hotels and Bed and Breakfasts Can Use to Increase Profit Margins

by Candice Landau

If you're starting a hotel or bed and breakfast business, it's time to strategize. How can you ensure that your rooms stay full, your customers stay happy, and that your business continues to grow? These tactics will help you do just that. Read more »

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How and Where to Write About Technology in Your Business Plan

by Tim Berry

Often, a business plan introduces a new technology that requires some explaining. However, you don't want to run the risk of including too much, and turning investors off. Here's how to fill everyone in, without overloading them with information. Read more »

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The 10 Best U.S. Cities to Start a Business in for 2016

by Briana Morgaine

While we may think of a major hub like Silicon Valley as the best place to start a business, the reality is that large business epicenters aren't always going to be your best bet. Here are the top 10 U.S. cities to start a business in for 2016. Read more »

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Celebrating the American Business Spirit

by Tayler Ladman

As we celebrate the 4th of July holiday, we take the time to celebrate the American spirit and acknowledge American businesses and entrepreneurs. Read more »

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10 Resources to Help You Grow Your Clothing Company

by Briana Morgaine

To help your clothing business reach success, we've put together a list of resources guaranteed to make the process of starting and growing easier and more enjoyable. After all, it's not just about dreaming up new designs! Read more »

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How to Increase Revenue for Your Clothing Business

by Briana Morgaine

The clothing industry is huge—and growing. To stand out in this difficult industry, it's time to strategize. Here are 6 tactics that will help you grow your clothing company, bring in more fans, and increase revenue. Read more »

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How to Write the Competition Section of Your Business Plan

by Tim Berry

No matter how new your business, you do have competition. If you say you don’t have competition, your audience is rolling its collective eyes and dismissing you as naive. So, how do you evaluate your competition and present this information to your team and to outsiders? Read more »

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Resources to Help You Start a Successful Real Estate Agency

by Candice Landau

Do you know where to go to learn more about the real estate industry? We know it’s difficult to set aside the time to find the most valuable resources, so we’ve collated the sites, tools, and blogs that come highly recommended by agents and brokers alike. Read more »

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6 Clever Strategies to Grow Your Real Estate Business

by Candice Landau

Are you looking to grow your real estate business? From becoming a broker to flipping houses, you're sure to find a strategy that will help take your real estate business to new heights. Read more »

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Choosing Essential Equipment for Your Small Farm Business

by Charles Spencer

With mechanization representing 25 percent of operating costs on a farm, choosing the appropriate agricultural equipment is a key factor for successful farming. A profitable business simply cannot function without machinery! Here's a primer on farm equipment. Read more »

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How to Use the Competitive Matrix to Explain Your Position in the Market

by Tim Berry

Take the time to create a competitive matrix and you'll reap the rewards. It will help you figure out strategy, your positioning in the market, and it's a great, visual mainstay for pitch presenations—investors love it! Here's how to use it. Read more »

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12 Resources to Help You Start and Grow Your Travel Business

by Briana Morgaine

If you’re starting a travel business, you might be a little overwhelmed. After all, the travel and tourism industry is vast, spanning everything from luxury hotels to transport services, and plenty of industries in between. To help you sort through the clutter, we've compiled a list of 12 great resources—enjoy! Read more »

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7 Revenue-Boosting Strategies for Your Travel Business

by Briana Morgaine

To help your travel business stand out and bring in more revenue, here are seven research-driven, data-backed strategies you can implement today—or plan for once you’ve got your business up and running. Read more »

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3 Things to Look for When Hiring a Business Plan Writer

by Tim Berry

Because a business plan is not a one-time task—it’s an ongoing practice—it's best to write and maintain your business plan in-house. However, if you'd still like to outsource the writing, here's how to do it and avoid the mistakes others make. Read more »

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How Photographer Joshua Rainey Broke Into the Wedding Photography Business

by Jonathan Michael

Over the last decade, Joshua and Rachel Rainey have joined the list of Oregon’s premier wedding photographers. We asked Joshua to share five lessons he has learned over the years about what it takes to reach a level of success in a highly competitive market. Read more »

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Restaurant Startups! Hold a Soft Opening Your Customers Won’t Forget

by Todd Edman

If you're holding a soft opening, you’ve probably got some questions. How long should I run my soft opening? What type of things should I be doing? What must I have for a soft opening versus a real opening for my restaurant? Read more »