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From Wall Street to Entrepreneurship: 6 Hard Lessons Learned

by Min Fang

Certain aspects of working for a company—like keeping your boss happy and navigating office politics—lose their utility when you’re on your own. Here are six lessons learned by one entrepreneur who made the switch. Read more »

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business insurance

An Absolutely 100% Non-Boring Article About Business Insurance

by Max Schleicher

Attack by pirates, fires, floods—who says business insurance is boring? Hopefully you'll never need insurance for such dramatic debacles, but it's still smart to make sure you understand the necessary coverage. Read more »

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How to Write a Business Plan: Use This Checklist to Keep Yourself on Task

by Candice Landau

Business planning isn't just a one-time event, and it doesn't have to be overly complicated. We've created a checklist to help make the process easier—no matter what kind of business plan you need. Read more »

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online business ideas you can start with no money

Online Business Ideas You Can Start With No Money

by Candice Landau

You know you want to start an online business, but you don't have much startup capital. If that sounds like you, consider one of these free (or very low-cost) online business ideas! Read more »

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Small business accounting 101

Small Business Accounting 101: 9 Steps to Get Your New Business on Track

by Bryce Warnes

Before your business really takes off, it's important to make sure you have an established accounting process. Taking on your business's accounting can be overwhelming, so we're here to simplify the process and make sure you get it right. Read more »

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5 Signs Your Bank Is a Bad Fit

by Priyanka Prakash

You may have been with the same bank for years, but that doesn't mean they're a good fit for your business. Here's how to tell if it's time to switch banks. Read more »

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The Ultimate Work From Home Checklist

by Candice Landau

There are certain tasks inherent when it comes to starting any business. But, if you're starting a home-based business, your list of to-do's is going to look a little different. Here is a checklist to simplify the process. Read more »

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SWOT analysis curated list

SWOT Analysis: A Curated List of Our Best Resources

by Briana Morgaine

With a completed SWOT analysis, you can develop a strategy to ensure your business's success. Here are our favorite resources on creating a SWOT analysis, including examples, downloads, and interactive challenges. Read more »

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Customer retention

5 Techniques Every Startup Can Use to Retain Customers

by Lindsay Willott

Stop thinking about acquiring new customers. Instead, focus on building a customer retention strategy so bold and integral to your process that it becomes a standard part of how you do business. Read more »

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A Bplans Checklist: Your First Year in Business

by Briana Morgaine

So, you've successfully launched your business—congratulations! What next? Our first year in business checklist will help ensure you're on the right track. Read more »

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Facebook Marketing: A Small Business Guide

by Briana Morgaine

The world of Facebook marketing can be a little overwhelming, especially for small businesses. Our guide will walk you through the process, and help you create a successful Facebook marketing strategy. Read more »

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Cash Flow: A Curated List of Our Best Resources

by Briana Morgaine

They say that cash is king, and this is never more true than for small businesses. Run into cash flow problems, and you could be out of business—no matter how profitable you are. Here's a roundup of all the information you need to know. Read more »

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Picking Your Battles: How to Avoid the Digital Marketing Tsunami

by Marina Dargitz

Venturing into the world of digital marketing? It's easy to get swept away. However, by honing in on your interests, skill set, and client base, it's possible to come up with a clear, effective plan (and avoid the digital deluge). Read more »

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17 Eclectic Businesses That Let You Work From Home

by Candice Landau

Working from home doesn't have to mean shutting yourself in a home office day after day. These unique, offbeat business ideas will spark your creativity and inspiration—greeting card writing business, anyone? Read more »

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Why College Is a Great Entrepreneurial Incubator

by Tori Dunlap

College is a great place to learn the necessary skills you need to start a business, but it also serves as a great incubator. Here's how to take advantage of the opportunities college offers for young entrepreneurs. Read more »

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When Does Invoice Financing Make Sense?

by Meredith Wood

Are you plagued by late-paying customers? It's a common problem for many small business owners. However, invoice financing can help alleviate this worry—and prevent future cash flow issues. Read more »

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5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Traveling the World

by Tori Dunlap

Traveling doesn't just provide a wealth of great life experiences; it can also help prepare you to start your business. Here are five things entrepreneurs can learn from traveling—as if you needed another excuse to plan a trip. Read more »

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Opening day checklist

Have the Best Opening Day Ever: A Bplans Checklist

by Briana Morgaine

Your opening day has finally arrived, and the last thing you want is for it to go unnoticed. Use our checklist to plan an unforgettable opening day for your new business. Read more »

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Even Branding Should Be Agile: An Interview With Base Creative’s Matthew Kinsman

by Daniel Matthews

An agile strategy is all about brand flexibility. Find out how to implement agility into your small business branding with Base Creative's Matthew Kinsman. Read more »

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How to Identify Your Strengths and Weaknesses

by Jonathan Michael

Whether you're just now starting a business or are a seasoned entrepreneur, it's important to know yourself. Have you taken a good, hard look at your strengths and weaknesses? Read more »