Starting a Business Guide

Starting a business is a multi-step process that can take months or even years, but we make it easy to stay organized 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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9 Creative Ways to Finance a New Product-Based Business

By Scott Gerber

When launching a new product, getting the right funding is key. But other than traditional sources, like loans, venture capital, and angel investments, how can you get the cash you need to grow? Some people would say, "Easy—crowdfunding." But that's just the tip of the creativity iceberg. We asked nine company founders the following question: What is one creative… Read more »

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How to Gauge The Amount of Startup Cash You Need

By Lisa Furgison

Learn how to gauge the amount of startup cash you need from an experienced entrepreneur. Read more »

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6 Tips for Coming Up With Your Million-Dollar Business Idea

By Michael Kerr

When I was a kid, I knew exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up. I was going to be the next Boris Vallejo! (You know, the famous fantasy and sci-fi artist who always painted ripped, shirtless men and buxom, bikini-clad women atop flying dragons and Pegasuses... Yeah, I wanted to be him.)… Read more »

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11 Things Only Parents Can Teach Their Kids About Business

By Scott Gerber

There are certain things that parents are uniquely equipped to teach their children. Most of those things, of course, are not about business. Yet, many of them can be applied to the working world. Below, eleven entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) share lessons they plan to teach their kids, and/or lessons they learned best from their parents.   1. Never Quit As entrepreneurs, we face the highest of highs… Read more »

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How to Start Your Business and Keep Your Day Job (Without Going Nuts)

By Kelly Gurnett

Testing out your idea for a new business before you quit your day job is always a wise idea. It gives you a chance to make sure you really enjoy working for yourself and that your business is economically viable, while still allowing you the financial security of a steady paycheck. It can be a… Read more »