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Crowdspring eBook

Crowdspring’s Free New Ebook: Advice for Starting a New Business

By Kateri Kosta

Our friends at crowdspring teamed up with Swyft Filings and Trademark Engine to bring Bplans' readers a free, 95-page eBook filled with actionable insights and advice, based on their collective decades in business.  Read more »

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Clothing Retail Sample Business Plan

Clothing Retail Sample Business Plan

By Kateri Kosta

A retail clothing sample business plan gives you a snapshot of how another shop structured their business plan. Download this free business plan example. Read more »

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sample business plans

How to Get the Most Out of a Sample Business Plan

By Sabrina Parsons

The basic idea of a sample business plan makes perfect sense. If you haven’t done a business plan before, a sample plan gives you an instant idea of what you should include, how to structure it, even what to write. Here's how to get the most out of a sample business plan. Read more »

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Hair Beauty Salon

Hair and Beauty Salon Sample Business Plan

By Kateri Kosta

A hair and beauty salon sample business plan gives you a snapshot of how another salon structured their business plan. Download a free business plan example from Bplans. Read more »

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Woman sitting with laptop and colorful gift bags shopping online

6 Ways to Increase Holiday Sales and Engage Your Customers

By Carolyn Higgins

The holidays are just around the corner! Here are 6 ways your business can build holiday marketing campaigns that help you increase holiday sales this season. Read more »

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fast food restaurant sample business plan

Fast Food Restaurant Sample Business Plan

By Kateri Kosta

Looking for a free, downloadable restaurant sample business plan? This particular plan is for a fast food restaurant, but keep in mind that an exact match isn't necessary. Read more »

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creative illustration depicting the brand identity of a business

5 Ways Building a Brand Makes Your Small Business Stand Out

By Madeline Pratt

There is a reason why some brands stay with us for life whereas others aren't memorable at all. Businesses that take time to build strong branding that represents their story, values, and culture as a company are much more likely to be remembered. Invest your time and energy upfront to establish your business branding, and the benefits will pay off. Read more »

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business woman at desk planning her small business

8 Reasons Having a Business Plan Is Important for Small Businesses

By Kateri Kosta

The importance of having a business plan and reviewing it regularly goes far beyond simple planning and goal-setting. The key is to just get started. It’s really not as hard as you might think! It doesn’t have to be a formal business plan that’s 200 pages long—or even 20—and you don’t need to spend months on it.  Read more »

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man in bright red coat taking photos of nature for his photography business

Guide: How to Start a Successful Photography Business

By Lisa Furgison

As camera gear has become more affordable and consumer-friendly, and almost every smartphone now features a great camera, everyone’s a photographer. But, that doesn’t mean you should toss your dreams of owning a photography business aside. It just means you may have to work a little harder to set yourself apart from the flock of amateur shooters. To help you find your photography foothold, we asked three professional photographers who started their own businesses to share their tips for success. Read more »

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beautiful wedding table decorated by event planner

11 Resources to Grow Your Event Planning Business

By Briana Morgaine

If you've just started an event or wedding planning business, it's important to keep up on the industry and plan for growth. From must-read blogs to unscripted podcasts, here are our essential resources to help you take your company to the next level. Read more »

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Business men looking at their key performance indicators

Critical Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Founders

By Matt Shealy

As a founder of a small business or startup, you’re juggling many things. You need to use your time and resources productively by focusing on the right metrics so you can use data to help you implement improvements that matter. Read more »

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lawyer at desk with pen and notebook working to help a startup

How to Pick the Right Attorney for Your Startup

By Caroline Cummings

Picking the right attorney in your startup is as important as picking the right business partner. You can’t underestimate the importance of selecting an attorney who “gets” your business model, your market opportunity, and most importantly, your fundraising and exit strategy. Read more »

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New hire handshake

4 Essential Hires If You’re Starting a Business in 2020

By Andrew Deen

If you're getting ready to start your business, it's a good time to start planning for the 4 essential hires that bring the expertise to help you grow. Read more »

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cash flow troubleshooting tips

6 Expert Tips to Improve Your Cash Flow

By Brandon Chu

The saying goes, "cash is king." But, more specifically for businesses, cash flow is king. Learn how to stay on top of the cash flow within your business. Read more »

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souvenir shop growth tips

Quick Tips to Grow Your Souvenir Shop Business

By Jasmine Glasheen

Here's how souvenir shop businesses can grow and knock their sales goals out of the park, to become a must-visit destination for tourists and locals alike.  Read more »

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SaaS resources

Boost Your SaaS Business Revenue With These 12 Strategies

By Noah Parsons

So, you've launched your new SaaS company. The hard part is over, right? Not so fast—now, it's important to make sure you have a growth strategy in place. Read more »

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business planning tools and resources

Tools and Resources to Help You Write Your Business Plan

By Tim Berry

Working on writing your business plan and looking for some tools or resources to make it easier? You don’t have to start from zero or reinvent any wheels. Here are some tools and resources that can help.  Read more »

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things your ecommerce business needs to thrive

10 Things Your eCommerce Business Needs to Thrive

By Ronak Meghani

Whether you’re still in the planning stages of starting an ecommerce business, or want to evaluate why sales are slowing, here are 10 things to consider. Read more »

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cash flow problems

Symptoms of Common Cash Flow Problems: Identify and Fix Them

By Anna Eschenburg

Cash flow problems aren’t out of your control—and they’re not unpredictable. Here's how to fix cash flow issues, and prevent them in the first place. Read more »

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growth tips small business

8 Ways to Get More Customers and Grow Your Business

By Briana Morgaine

Growing your customer base is essential for business success—but it's also easier said than done. How do you get more customers for your business? Read more »