planning
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 »

starting
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 »

planning
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 »

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common business plan mistakes

8 Common Business Plan Mistakes

by Tim Berry

What are the most common business plan mistakes? While including the necessary items in a business plan is important, you also want to make sure you don’t make any of these common errors. Here's what to avoid. Read more »

managing
mobile app ecommerce business

How Mobile Apps Help eCommerce Businesses Develop Faster

by Ben Lee

Mobile apps can improve everything from store performance and conversion optimization to customer retention—but they're not right for every business out there. Here's how to determine if a mobile app is right for your ecommerce store, and what goes into an effective mobile app. Read more »

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business strategy business planning

How to Develop Your Business Strategy

by Tim Berry

Business strategy doesn't have to be complex—it's all about assessing the problem, your solution, the market, and your business identity. Here's your guide to easily creating a solid strategy that will help grow your business. Read more »

managing
tools high growth startup

Tips and Tools for Keeping Your High Growth Startup on Track

by Manish Dudharejia

Rapid growth is a signal that things are headed in the right direction—but it can also be a critical turning point that determines a startup's long-term success. Failing to keep up with a sudden increase in demand for your product or service can lead to an equally sudden downfall. These tips and tools will help you stay on track. Read more »

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how to write a medical business plan

How to Write a Business Plan for an Outpatient Medical Practice

by Sarah Hovet

So you’re thinking about starting your own outpatient medical practice. You probably have many good reasons to open a private practice. Private practices can be lucrative, although it requires you to spend time building relationships with patients while also attending to all business processes that are part of running your practice. Maybe you want more... Read more »

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nonprofit business plan

How to Write a Nonprofit Business Plan

by Angelique O'Rourke

Starting a nonprofit is a great experience, but it also requires planning to be successful. Here's how to write a solid, effective nonprofit business plan. Read more »

starting
free small business ideas

30+ Small Business Ideas That Use Skills You Already Have

by Briana Morgaine

When choosing a business idea, it’s smart to look at your strengths, skill set, and things you're already passionate about. Here are over 30 great small business ideas, based around evaluating the skills and interests you already have. Read more »

planning
Lean Planning, writing a Lean Business Plan

Introducing Lean Planning: How to Plan Less and Grow Faster

by Noah Parsons

Lean Planning unlocks faster growth and increases your chances of success. Learn how to create a modern, one-page Lean Business Plan in under 20 minutes. Read more »

planning
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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rapid startup growth

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 »

managing

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 »

managing
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 »

planning
plan review meeting

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 »

planning
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 »