starting
how to come up with a business name

Top Tools and Techniques to Help You Name Your Business

by Briana Morgaine

How do you decide on a business name? If you’re starting a business, one of the biggest decisions you’ll make is what to name your new company. These tools and resources will help you name your business—and have fun while you do it. Read more »

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what business to start in 2019

Can’t Decide What Business to Start in 2019? No Problem, We’ll Tell You

by Candice Landau

So, you want to start a business, but what kind should you start? Here are the most popular business plans on Bplans for 2018, plus our recommendations for what business to start in 2019. Read more »

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gifts for entrepreneurs

20+ Gifts for the Entrepreneur in Your Life

by Briana Morgaine

The holidays are almost upon us—do you have all of your gifts ready? We've got 20+ fantastic gifts for entrepreneurs. Find the perfect gift for the entrepreneur on your shopping list, or if you're the entrepreneur, pick up a gift for yourself (we won't judge). Read more »

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what is a unique value proposition

How to Create a Unique Value Proposition

by Lisa Furgison

What makes your business stand out from the competition? Learn how to create a unique value proposition (also called a unique selling position) to set your business apart from competitors. Read more »

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starting a nonprofit business

How to Start a Nonprofit [Updated for 2019]

by Angelique O'Rourke

Starting a nonprofit requires thorough planning and dedication. If you're wondering how to start a nonprofit, read on—we've covered the outline for a nonprofit business plan, and included all the steps you need to go through to start a nonprofit, as well as free nonprofit sample business plans. Read more »

managing
entrepreneur mindset

The Mindset Game: 7 Lessons for Every Entrepreneur

by Jesse Nieminen

The most common, the most difficult, and the most frustrating challenges of starting and running a business always seem to be related to the way you and others on your team think. Here's why your mindset matters, and how to develop an entrepreneurial mindset. Read more »

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how to choose an ecommerce website

5 Things to Compare When Choosing an eCommerce Platform

by Manish Dudharejia

The reality of ecommerce is that it’s relatively easy to get a store up and running. However, operating a store that is successful is something else entirely. Here are five important things to keep in mind when choosing an ecommerce platform. Read more »

funding
how to fund a business

How to Get Funding for a Business

by Tim Berry

Are you considering becoming an entrepreneur and starting your own company? If so, you might be wondering how to get funding for a business in the first place. Here's a breakdown of your different funding options. Read more »

managing
the best email newsletters

This Year’s Best Email Newsletters

by Nate Mann

With so many obligations, most people don't have the time to sift through article after article to find the best new ideas, tools, and resources on the internet. That's where newsletters shine—they do the work for you. Here are our top picks for the best email newsletters to subscribe to. Read more »

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startup success

Head, Heart, and Hands: 3 Essentials for Startup Success

by JasonS

The truth is, you already possess some of the most important assets you’ll need to achieve startup success. These are nothing less than your personal faculties—the awesome power of your own head, your own heart, and your own hands. Read more »

planning
start a non emergency medical transport NEMT business

How to Start a Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) Business

by Kelly Richardson

The demand for safe and reliable public transportation for people with medical issues and disabilities, particularly in rural communities, continues to grow. If you’re thinking about starting a non emergency medical transport (NEMT) business, this guide will show you how. Read more »

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how to start a business in 30 days

How to Start a Business in 30 Days: The Complete Guide

by Candice Landau

How long does it take to start a business? You can be up and running faster than you think. Follow this guide to learn how to start a business in 30 days. You'll get detailed steps to take every day that will help turn your business idea from a dream into reality. Read more »

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business planning for growth

Why You Should Update Your Business Plan Regularly to Drive Growth

by John Catibog

What if you find your business coming to a standstill—or worse, if you start to see signs that your business might be failing? It's a scary moment for entrepreneurs, but regularly updating your business plan can help prompt growth and prevent business slowdown. Here's how to do it. Read more »

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How to Write a Business Plan for a Subscription Box Service

by Nate Mann

The subscription box industry is growing rapidly, thanks to a steady revenue model and tapping into people’s love for surprises. If you want to start a subscription box business, here's how to write a subscription box business plan. Read more »

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initial assessment business planning

Start With an Initial Assessment

by Tim Berry

Start the business planning process with a quick initial assessment. Even for an ongoing business, take the time to step away from the business and assess your business opportunity. Read more »

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should you stick to the business plan or change it

Should You Stick to the Business Plan or Change It?

by Tim Berry

One of the hardest parts of business planning is answering this question: Do we stick to the business plan, or do we change it? Here's how to decide if you should stay the course, or revise your business plan. Read more »

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estimating realistic startup costs

Estimating Realistic Startup Costs

by Tim Berry

What will it cost to start that business? Although of course you can’t be sure, you can still estimate realistic startup costs. You can do this either by using a startup worksheet that stands alone, or by including all pre-launch spending and pre-launch financing in your initial projections. Read more »

managing
tracking web metrics

The Top 10 Tools for Tracking Your Web Metrics

by Noah Parsons

There are a number of great tools for tracking web metrics (both free and paid) that can help you get a better understanding of what your users are doing on your site—and even how your competitors are faring in their own online efforts. Here are the top 10 tools to check out. Read more »

planning
income statement

What Is an Income Statement?

by Angelique O'Rourke

Confused by the income statement, and by your financial statements in general? Learn what an income statement is, including a line-by-line explanation of its components, and view income statement examples. Read more »

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The Difference Between Cash and Profits

by Tim Berry

Never forget: Profits are not the same as cash, and understanding the difference between the two is an important part of running a successful business. Brush up on the crucial difference between cash and profits with this guide. Read more »