what is a business plan

What Is a Business Plan?

by Tim Berry

In its simplest form, a business plan is a guide—a roadmap for your business that outlines goals and details how you plan to achieve those goals. Here's what a business plan entails, and how to choose what type is right for your business. Read more »

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4 Ways to Urge Your Startup Toward Rapid Growth

by Vivek Patel

Achieving rapid growth after a few tough years in the startup stage is a great feeling. So, how can you reach this exciting moment without losing your sanity? Here are four ways to help speed up the excruciating startup phase and reach the promising period of rapid growth. Read more »


9 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Improve Their Marketing Tactics in 2018

by Nate Mann

It can be challenging for entrepreneurs to build their marketing capacity and expertise. Plus, only 9 percent of marketers believe their digital marketing is actually working. Here are tried-and-true strategies for improving your marketing for your small business. Read more »

seasonal business cash flow

How Seasonal Businesses Can Better Manage Cash Flow

by Steven Cohen

Managing your cash flow can be difficult if you run a seasonal business. These tips will help you learn how to better manage cash flow to optimize opportunities during the busy season, while also learning ways to save for the off-season. Read more »

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How to Run a Productive Monthly Business Plan Review Meeting

by Noah Parsons

Business planning isn’t just a one-time or annual event. Instead, it’s an ongoing process, where you review your processes and adjust course as needed, while ensuring that you’re staying on track toward your larger goals. Here's how to do this easily with a monthly plan review meeting. Read more »

time to scale business

5 Best Indicators That It’s Time to Scale Your Business

by Reuben Yonatan

Scaling is an inevitable part of growing a successful business. At some point, all big businesses realized that workloads were increasing due to increased demand, and so they adjusted accordingly. Is it the right time to scale your business? Here's how to find out. Read more »

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How to Start an Ebay Business

by Candice Landau

Interested in learning how to start an eBay business? Our guide will help you get started, and walk you through the process of starting a business on eBay. Read more »

jujitsu small business strategy

Strategic Jujitsu: New Business Models for Early Stage Entrepreneurs

by Ralph Welborn

Our future is a world of “business ecosystems,” reflecting the blurring of industry boundaries. So, if you're a new startup, how do you make this work for you strategically? Read more »

strategy and tactics

Strategy Is Useless Without Execution

by Tim Berry

Strategy is useless without tactics for execution. The plan was brilliant on the whiteboard, but never got to the real world. What happened? Don’t leave that whiteboard without developing key tactics. Read more »

starting a car dealership business

5 Things to Consider When Opening a Car Dealership

by Todd Bryant

Opening a car dealership requires careful planning. Aspiring dealers must take into account the specific legal requirements they will need to comply with to open a dealership in their state. Here's how to get started. Read more »

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Stop Doing These 14 Things to Improve Your Business and Your Life

by Sarah Hovet

Are you getting in your own way? 14 entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneurs Council share habits they quit to increase their productivity, and improve both their businesses and their quality of life. Read more »

artificial intelligence small business

How Artificial Intelligence Can Help Small Businesses

by Nicole Walters

Artificial intelligence is dramatically changing the way businesses operate. But, it's not just for big companies—here's how small businesses can make use of AI in their daily operations. Read more »

closing your doors

How to Know When to Close Your Business and Start Over

by Jasmeet Singh

Not quitting at the right time can lead to disaster. You can end up with bad debt, emotional stress, or liabilities that can take you years to repay. Here's how to determine if it's time to call it quits. Read more »

pop up shop ecommerce business

4 Tips for Creating an Offline Experience That Builds Brand Loyalty

by Manish Dudharejia

There is a lot of planning that goes into executing an offline event to make sure that it goes off without a hitch. If you’re convinced that a pop-up shop could be just what your startup needs, there are some things to keep in mind during the planning process to ensure its success. Read more »

fired starting a business

How to Start a Business When You’re Starting Your Whole Life Over

by Katherine Swarts

Starting your own business, especially for the first time, is a major life transition—and even positive transitions are by definition stressful. If you're considering starting a business after a major life transition (you've been fired, you're getting divorced, and so on), here's what to keep in mind. Read more »

one page business plan lean plan

How to Write a One-Page Business Plan

by Noah Parsons

If you've been putting off writing your business plan, you're not alone. Writing a business plan can seem like a daunting task, and lots of entrepreneurs avoid it for this reason. Instead, try building a one-page business plan. Here's how to do it, and a free template to help you get started. Read more »

business credit card

Get a Business Credit Card to Build Your Startup’s Credit

by Jacob Lunduski

Building business credit creates more financial opportunities for your business. Banks, lenders, and other suppliers all rely on business credit reports to assess the creditworthiness of your company. Here's why having a business credit card matters. Read more »

motherhood and entrepreneurship

6 Tips for Mothers on Starting a Business

by Purusha Rivera

Starting a business can be an exciting and sometimes intimidating prospect, especially when you’re a mom. As you navigate the world of being a business owner and juggling the demands of home and family, here are a few tips to keep in mind. Read more »

growth oriented business plan

4 Essentials of the Growth-Oriented Business Plan

by Tim Berry

Strategy in your growth-oriented business plan serves as a reminder of what’s most important. Hint: It's not about what you're doing; it's all about what you're not doing. Read more »


13 Tips to Ensure Your Small Business Is Paid On Time and In Full

by Anne MacRae

Making a big sale is exciting, especially for a new business. But getting paid late, spending time and money chasing overdue accounts, or worse yet, not getting paid at all, can destroy a business. Here's how to make sure you get paid on time. Read more »