starting
starting a business with a day job

How to Start Your Own Business While You’re Still Employed

by Pratik Dholakiya

Do you dream of quitting your job to become an entrepreneur? Before you take the leap, consider starting your business while you still have your day job. Here's why this is a good idea, and how to make it work for you. Read more »

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how to forecast sales

How to Forecast Sales

by Tim Berry

Sales forecasting is much easier than you think, and much more useful than you imagine. It’s not about guessing the future correctly. We’re human; we don’t do that well. Instead, it’s about assumptions, expectations, drivers, tracking, and management. Here's how to forecast sales for your business. Read more »

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business planning science

Do You Need a Business Plan? Scientific Research Says Yes

by Noah Parsons

Do you really need a business plan? What does the scientific research say about business planning—does it actually lead to success? The answer to both questions is yes—and here's how it works. Read more »

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dog boarding dog kennel business

Are You Cut Out to Run a Kennel or Pet Boarding Business?

by Bruce Hakutizwi

Opening or buying a dog kennel or pet boarding business can be rewarding far beyond the potential profits. Here's how to determine if it's a smart business move for you. Read more »

planning

How to Forecast Cash Flow

by Tim Berry

A profitable business will still fail if you can't pay the bills—so a good cash flow analysis might be the most important piece of a business plan. Here's how to forecast cash flow. Read more »

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startup business planning, writing a startup business plan

A Simpler Plan for Startups

by Tim Berry

What kind of business plan do you need? It depends on the size of your business, and what you're using the business plan for. Here's how to determine what kind of business plan is right for your startup. Read more »

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what is a balance sheet

What Is a Balance Sheet?

by Angelique O'Rourke

Learn what defines a balance sheet, the importance of a balance sheet in your business plan, and view some balance sheet examples. Read more »

funding
crowdfunding video

How to Create a Successful Crowdfunding Video for Your Startup

by Emily Ludolf

Crowdfunding can be an effective way for startups and entrepreneurs to raise funds and to test the market for new ideas, but there are a few secrets to organizing a successful crowdfunding campaign to keep in mind. Here's how to create a crowdfunding video that will help better the chances of reaching your crowdfunding goals. Read more »

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How to Write a Business Plan for a Fix-n-Flip Real Estate Company

by Sarah Hovet

If you’re thinking about starting a business that buys up homes, fixes them up and then re-sells them at a profit, the first step is to write a business plan. This guide will walk you through the steps of how to write a full business plan for your real estate company. Read more »

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business plan market analysis

How to Develop a Market Analysis for Your Business Plan

by Tim Berry

The sales and marketing section of the standard business plan includes three parts—the market analysis, the marketing plan, and the sales plan. Keep it short and simple—just big enough to cover your actual business need. Here's how to develop your market analysis for your business plan. Read more »

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Bad advice for entrepreneurs

5 Pieces of Bad Advice That All Entrepreneurs Should Ignore

by Henry Cazalet

Starting a new business is always daunting. There are just so many balls to juggle. But, not all the advice that you hear or read is good advice to follow as you start a business. Here are 5 pieces of advice given to new entrepreneurs that you should definitely avoid. Read more »

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starting a business

7 Must-Dos Before Starting a Company

by Andrew Deen

You’ll make mistakes when starting a company, no matter how many articles and books you read, but you’ll make fewer of them if you learn from those who came before you. Here are seven key things to do before starting a business. Read more »

managing
home office essentials for entrepreneurs

Home Office Essentials for Entrepreneurs

by Jennifer Turnage

Being organized and having everything you need at your fingertips will help you make the most of your time wherever you work. Here's how to make sure your home office works for you, and helps you run your business better. Read more »

managing
books for entrepreneurs

5 Fall Must-Read Books for Entrepreneurs

by Sarah Hovet

Looking for inspiration from scrappy, unconventional entrepreneurs? How about advice on how to blaze your own path? These five books make up a fall reading list for every entrepreneur this year. Read more »

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cannabis business plan

How to Write a Business Plan for a Cannabis Company

by Sarah Hovet

The cannabis industry is exploding right now. If you want to start a successful cannabis business, here’s how to write a business plan that will help you in this booming market. Read more »

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SBDC

How Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) Can Help Your Business

by Sarah Hovet

Starting a new small business? Looking for some professional consulting to help you think through your business plan or your strategies for growth? Your local Small Business Development Center (SBDC) can help. Here are the services SBDCs offer, and how to find one near you. Read more »

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how to do market research

How to Do Market Research

by Noah Parsons

Market research sounds like a complex process—but it’s actually very simple, and incredibly important for your business. We'll show you how to do it. Read more »

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patents in the US

Everything You Need to Know Before Filing a Patent in the United States

by Kanika Sharma

The U.S. has one of the oldest, strongest, and most mature intellectual property systems for obtaining a patent. However, navigating this system can be challenging. So before you start your patent application, make sure you know what you’re getting into. Read more »

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global resources for entrepreneurs

Resources for Global Entrepreneurs

by Sarah Hovet

If you’re an entrepreneur planning to start a business outside of the United States, you might be looking for assistance and resources that are available in your specific country. There are plenty of local resources and services available to help entrepreneurs in their local areas around the globe. Here's our guide to finding global entrepreneurship resources. Read more »

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business plan management

How to Use Your Business Plan to Be a Better Manager

by Tim Berry

Use your business plan to set milestones, tasks, performance measurements, and numbers to track. Then get the people together once a month (or so) to review results. The outcome? The management "magic" of business planning. Read more »