funding
Two businessmen shake hands

How to Get a Partnership Deal for Your Business

by Scott Gerber

A good partnership deal can take your business to the next level, and no business is too new or too small to start looking towards the future and considering potential partnerships. Read more »

funding
Meetup

How to Find the Perfect Business Partner

by Alexa Garthwaite

You probably have an idealized image in your head of the type of like-minded individual you would like to launch your venture with, but as with a lot of aspects in life, things don’t always work out the way you planned. The stark reality is that you will most likely work your way through multiple business partners as you embark down your desired career path, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Due to the continued and rapid growth of the internet and social media, there are more ways than ever to find a partner who shares your goals and aspirations. Below we've collected some of the best ways to find your perfect business partner. Read more »

growing
red pen markups

Why hiring an editor is a solid investment

by Chris Lyman

When trying to start a new business, the last thing you want is for a typo in your painstakingly crafted materials to stand between you and potential funding. Read more »

funding
Do I need cofounders

How many business partners should you have? Maybe zero

by Michael Dolen

When the chemistry is just right, it’s true that going into business with others can be a blessing. But don’t think that’s the only way to do it. If you have the drive, you can succeed on your own, too. Read more »

planning
hiring a business plan writer

Beware of Business Plan Writers Who Oversell

by Tim Berry

Entrepreneurs, beware of business plan writers who oversell. There are people who sell business plan writing as if the business plan itself — the formatting, the structure, the editing, the production values — will or won’t get investment. And that’s not true. Nobody real will invest or not invest because of the production values of a... Read more »

funding
small business how to prepare for the affordable healthcare act

Preparing for the Affordable Care Act: Advice for small businesses

by Erin Osterhaus

Are you trying to figure out how best to prepare your business for the the impending implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? Read more »

growing
Hiring a headhunter

4 Questions to Ask Your Prospective Recruiter

by Dave Cannon

Have you ever considered hiring a recruiting agency to source a high-impact or hard-to-find employee? Our friends at Software Advice have a few guidelines to help you weed out the wrong type of recruiters. 1. What is the internal turnover rate at your recruiting firm? If an agency can’t source their own internal talent effectively, how do you... Read more »

growing
AEF

Did You Pay to Invest Your Time in the Right Payroll Provider?

by Dave Thomas

You run a business and wear many different hats, one of which is making sure that those you employ are both productive and satisfied with their jobs. So, imagine the feeling in the pit of your stomach when you come to realize that the payroll provider you hired to make sure all your workers are... Read more »

starting

Listen Up Newbies: Best Advice for First-time Entrepreneurs

by Tim Berry

You find yourself standing on the brink of your first try starting your own business. Looking downwards into confusion. Passion? Perseverance? The idea? The plan? What comes first? What’s most important? There’s a world of advice out there, lots of it conflicting, contradictory advice. Far too much to use and digest. I just discovered Jim Price‘s... Read more »

growing
oops

7 Interview Blunders and Bonuses

by Caroline Cummings

I’ve been interviewing several candidates over the last few months to fill positions on my marketing team at Palo Alto Software, and I am amazed at the number of people who show up for an interview unprepared. Some may say that it’s generational, but that’s not the case. I’ve interviewed candidates from seniors in college... Read more »