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 Articles on Starting a Business


Dragons, Bootstrapping and Women in Tech

By Angelique O'Rourke

It’s a story that many of us know all too well: a promising young college graduate sets out into the world- and finds that things are not as they once were. Debt looms, job prospects are lack luster at best, and before you can say “millenial”, you’re back in your parent’s house, waiting tables, wondering... Read more »


Unique Workspace Photos from 11 Entrepreneurs

By Jonathan Michael

No two entrepreneurs are alike. Sure, other articles may suggest that all successful entrepreneurs do the same 12 things before breakfast, but we know better. Some entrepreneurs wake up before dawn, while others burn the midnight oil. Still, many others burn the candle from both ends. Some are precise and methodical in their pursuit of business success,... Read more »


9 Metrics Every Entrepreneur Should Know about Their Business Offhand

By Scott Gerber

There’s no excuse for not knowing how much money you are taking in, or how many people have purchased your product. Yet you might be surprised how easily business owners are stumped by questions like these. That’s why we asked nine members from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) what metrics all founders should be aware of—always. Here’s what they had to say: 1. Cash on... Read more »


13 Tips to Open a Successful Coffee Shop

By Lisa Furgison

Are you the type who loves their morning coffee? A lot of people combine their love of coffee with their entrepreneurial spirit and open a coffee shop. In fact, in the U.S. there are more than 50,000 coffee shops—52,684 to be exact. According to Statista, that number will jump by about 5,000 within two years. And... Read more »


5 Ways to Survey Your Customers Without Annoying Them

By Scott Gerber

Sure, you could email customers after every transaction to evaluate their experience. But that seems clunky and time consuming. In order to figure out the best ways to get the information you need without the hassle, we asked five entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) what methods or tools they recommend for surveying customers. Here’s what they had to say:   1. Wufoo... Read more »