planning
SWOT analysis TOWS analysis

SWOT Analysis Step 5: Developing Actionable Strategies

by Lisa Furgison

Our SWOT challenge was designed to give entrepreneurs a look at their business. Once you have completed your SWOT analysis, here's how to proceed. Read more »

starting

How to Start a Farm: Your Complete Guide to Success

by Candice Landau

If you're wondering how to start a farm, you've come to the right place. This guide will walk you through every stage of starting a farm, from finding land to financing and beyond. Read more »

managing
make sense of your financial statements

How to Make Sense of Your Small Business Financial Statements

by Caron Beesley

The profit and loss statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statement are some of your most powerful tools for understanding your business's health. Here's how to use them. Read more »

managing
digital marketing

6 Aspects of Digital Marketing No Entrepreneur Can Afford to Ignore

by Shay Berman

You can't expect to master digital marketing by just using every available tool—you’ll want to develop a more thorough digital marketing strategy and plan. Read more »

starting
starting a consulting business

Why There’s Never Been a Better Time to Become a Consultant (and 15 Insights for Success)

by Elaine Biech

Many businesses turn to consultants because they can’t do everything in-house anymore—so there’s never been a better time to start a consulting business. Read more »

planning
SWOT analysis threats

SWOT Analysis Challenge Step 4: How to Identify Threats

by Lisa Furgison

Every business owner, no matter what stage, should conduct a SWOT analysis on their business. Here's how to determine your threats, so you can be prepared and reduce risk. Read more »

planning
SWOT analysis opportunities

SWOT Analysis Step 3: How to Identify Opportunities

by Lisa Furgison

A good entrepreneur is always on the hunt for new opportunities—and one of the best ways to identify opportunities is to complete a SWOT analysis. Read more »

managing
shipping and fulfillment challenges

How to Solve the Biggest Shipping and Fulfillment Challenges of 2019

by Aaron Chichioco

If you’re an ecommerce retailer, here are some of the shipping and fulfillment challenges you may encounter, and how to handle them. Read more »

funding
finding venture capital

10 Tips for Finding Outside Investors for Your Business

by Tim Berry

Do you know how to get outside funding? Here are 10 tips to maximize your chances of success and figure out what kind of funding is best for your business. Read more »

planning
SWOT analysis: identifying weaknesses

SWOT Analysis Step 2: How to Identify Weaknesses

by Lisa Furgison

Use a SWOT matrix framework and list of key questions to complete the second step of a SWOT analysis: identifying business weaknesses. Read more »

starting
start a gym or fitness center

Are You Ready to Run Your Own Gym or Fitness Center?

by Bruce Hakutizwi

Owning a fitness center can be rewarding, but do you have what it takes? Learn how to set yourself apart in the competitive landscape of gym ownership. Read more »

managing
cannabis dispensary cash payment management

Cannabis Business Payment and Cash Management Options

by Carson O'Connell

Wondering how to accept payments for your cannabis business? Here are your options for payment processing and cash management. Read more »

planning
protect your small business from malware and cyber attacks

How to Protect Your Startup’s Website From Malware and Cyber Attacks

by Monique Becenti

Building your website is an easy way to get your business off the ground—but it can leave you open to malware and cyber attacks. Here's how to keep your site safe. Read more »

managing
stop apologizing and grow your business and in life

Stop Apologizing: Widen Your Focus to Grow in Business and in Life

by Alyssa Powell

To be successful, do you really have to pick just one area to devote your attention? Here's why you should widen your focus—and why you shouldn't apologize for it. Read more »

planning
Office Space movie

Create a Business Plan for Fewer Hassles and Faster Growth

by John Lavelle

You're bound to run into hassles while starting your business. But, writing a business plan can help reduce friction and make the process run more smoothly. Read more »

starting
how to start a brewery

How to Start a Brewery: Growing Your Own Craft Beer Business

by Anthony St. Clair

Want to learn how to start a brewery? This guide will tell you everything you need to know about starting a brewery, from planning, to licensing, and more. Read more »

managing
networking for nonprofits

4 Networking Tips for New Nonprofits

by Kevin Xu

Starting a nonprofit is challenging—and when it comes to successfully running a nonprofit, networking is important. Here are 4 tips for nonprofit networking. Read more »

starting
beta testers

How to Find Beta Testers to Validate Your Business Idea

by Scott Miraglia

You can't know for sure if everyone will be as excited about your new business as you are. But, getting beta testers to validate your business idea can help. Read more »

starting
starting a business

5 People You Should Talk With Before Starting a Business

by Lisa Furgison

Thinking of becoming an entrepreneur and starting your own company? Make sure to talk to these 5 people before you start a business. Read more »

funding
bootstrapping a startup

Why Bootstrapping Might Be the Best Way to Fund Your Startup

by Tim Berry

Most startup funding resources focus on getting investment or loans—but the reality is that the majority of startups are bootstrapped. Here's what bootstrapping looks like, why it's a good thing for startups, and where the money actually comes from. Read more »