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What Type of Business Plan Do I Need?

by Tim Berry

We get this question a lot, mainly because there are so many different things labelled as business plans: strategic plans, annual plans, operational plans, feasibility plans, and, of course, what most people think of, business plans for startups seeking investment. And also, what real business owners want—lean business plans for better management. In this article,... Read more »

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Can’t Decide What Business to Start? No Problem, We’ll Tell You

by Candice Landau

Every month over 1 million people visit Bplans. Most of those people are at the very early stages of starting a business and as such, are looking to see what others have done. Some have already decided and are in the process of writing a business plan. They’re asking questions: What should a tutoring agency... Read more »

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Cite the Source of your Plan’s Statistics

by Tim Berry

During 2009 we saw the attack and counter-attack of Internet platforms as [a mainstream media consortium] decided to take on the blogosphere, and bloggers’ frequent quotations from the [mmc]’s posted stories. There were demands for the take-down of various blog pages, and attempts to collect fees-per-word of quotes, as well as rapier-like witty ripostes. You... Read more »

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Start a Personal Concierge Business

by Tim Berry

As a personal concierge, you need to decide what services you provide, and who your clients will be. You might specialize in one area, such as lining up tickets for concerts or special events; others might focus on corporate clients, or doing shopping errands for people. You need to be thinking about the services you... Read more »