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.

Recent Business Starting Articles

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The Latest Questions Small Businesses Are Asking

By Arlene Soto

How do I decide if a business idea is likely to be successful? What is meant by “company culture” and how is it important to my business? Do I need to hire a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for my small business? How do I sell my products to the federal government? What's your question? Read more »

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Pause: 10 Quotes on Why You Should Take Breaks, Relax, and Play

By Jonathan Michael

Small business owners and entrepreneurs are almost always working, whether they're in the office or not. But is it possible that taking time off and resting is better for your business? Here are 10 quotes from famous authors, poets, and speakers on why time away from work could be just as important to your bottom… Read more »

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Think Big, Start Small: The Story of a Startup

By Candice Landau

Today, small businesses and internet startups are popping up everywhere. While this is encouraging for those of us looking to become entrepreneurs, it also means we have a responsibility to start companies that advance our understanding of the world, that fix problems we have created and that help others. ReefCam is one of these companies. Read more »

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How to Write a Company Overview

By Angelique O'Rourke

[caption id="attachment_34866" align="aligncenter" width="750"] You want to be able to proudly present your business plan.[/caption] A company overview (also known as company information or a company summary) is an essential part of a business plan. Your company overview should be exactly what it sounds like: an overview containing all of the most important points about… Read more »

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When Is the Right Time to Pay Yourself a Salary?

By Kristen Gramigna

[caption id="attachment_37015" align="aligncenter" width="750"] You might have held off paying yourself while launching your startup, but is it time to give yourself a salary?[/caption] You may be the last on your list of creditors when you’re just starting a business, but at some stage, you've got to start earning yourself. Here are seven things to consider… Read more »