Starting a Business Guide

Starting a business is a multi-step process that can feel overwhelming when you're on your own, but we'll make it easy to stay organized and on track while you start your business and achieve success. Whether you're refining your business idea, filing for permits and licenses, drafting your business plan, or looking for funding, we have the tools you need to do it right and get it done. If you're ready to start your business but need a helping hand, why not take the Start a Business in 30 Days challenge?

Recent Articles on Starting a Business


Practical Market Research Resources for Entrepreneurs

By Tim Berry

Most every organization will benefit from even the most elementary market research. If it does not provide new information, it will confirm what is known. Market research is the process of gaining information about your market. Preferably, this is specific information about your target market and the key factors that influence their buying decisions. Market... Read more »


What Does It Take to Start a Comic Book Business? With Brian Wyrick of Robot Paper

By Angelique O'Rourke

What goes into the creation of a comic book? And, how do you successfully start such a niche publishing business? To get an insider’s perspective, we sat down with Brian Wyrick, the editor and publisher for Robot Paper, a comic company. Brian, who is also the COO of Raidious, a digital agency for content marketing, is one busy... Read more »


How to Find Great Freelancers on Upwork (Formerly oDesk)

By Briana Morgaine

Editor’s note: After writing this article and prior to publication, oDesk and Elance have merged and rebranded to Upwork. While quotes will maintain the use of the name oDesk, we will refer to the site as Upwork. Never fear—they are still essentially the same site. As I write this, I am currently sitting in my... Read more »


Want Customer Loyalty? Build Your Brand.

By Elicia Putnam

We all know that customer loyalty is the key ingredient to a successful and sustainable business. But how do you create it? You focus on your brand. Remember, a brand is way more than just your logo. It’s the whole package: your sign on the street, your website, your business cards, even how you answer... Read more »


Great Green Tips for Building a Sustainable Startup

By Brittany Klontz

Starting a business takes a lot of effort, so it’s understandable that when asked about the environmental impact that their venture will have, plenty of budding entrepreneurs claim that they haven’t got the time or the energy to worry about sustainability. While this is understandable, it’s a shame, because there are lots of things that... Read more »