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8 Reasons Having a Business Plan Is Important for Small Businesses

By Kateri Kosta

The importance of having a business plan and reviewing it regularly goes far beyond simple planning and goal-setting. The key is to just get started. It’s really not as hard as you might think! It doesn’t have to be a formal business plan that’s 200 pages long—or even 20—and you don’t need to spend months on it.  Read more »

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Guide: How to Start a Successful Photography Business

By Lisa Furgison

As camera gear has become more affordable and consumer-friendly, and almost every smartphone now features a great camera, everyone’s a photographer. But, that doesn’t mean you should toss your dreams of owning a photography business aside. It just means you may have to work a little harder to set yourself apart from the flock of amateur shooters. To help you find your photography foothold, we asked three professional photographers who started their own businesses to share their tips for success. Read more »

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11 Resources to Grow Your Event Planning Business

By Briana Morgaine

If you've just started an event or wedding planning business, it's important to keep up on the industry and plan for growth. From must-read blogs to unscripted podcasts, here are our essential resources to help you take your company to the next level. Read more »

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Critical Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Founders

By Matt Shealy

As a founder of a small business or startup, you’re juggling many things. You need to use your time and resources productively by focusing on the right metrics so you can use data to help you implement improvements that matter. Read more »

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How to Pick the Right Attorney for Your Startup

By Caroline Cummings

Picking the right attorney in your startup is as important as picking the right business partner. You can’t underestimate the importance of selecting an attorney who “gets” your business model, your market opportunity, and most importantly, your fundraising and exit strategy. Read more »

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4 Essential Hires If You’re Starting a Business in 2020

By Andrew Deen

If you're getting ready to start your business, it's a good time to start planning for the 4 essential hires that bring the expertise to help you grow. Read more »

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6 Expert Tips to Improve Your Cash Flow

By Brandon Chu

The saying goes, "cash is king." But, more specifically for businesses, cash flow is king. Learn how to stay on top of the cash flow within your business. Read more »

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Quick Tips to Grow Your Souvenir Shop Business

By Jasmine Glasheen

Here's how souvenir shop businesses can grow and knock their sales goals out of the park, to become a must-visit destination for tourists and locals alike.  Read more »

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Boost Your SaaS Business Revenue With These 12 Strategies

By Noah Parsons

So, you've launched your new SaaS company. The hard part is over, right? Not so fast—now, it's important to make sure you have a growth strategy in place. Read more »

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Tools and Resources to Help You Write Your Business Plan

By Tim Berry

Working on writing your business plan and looking for some tools or resources to make it easier? You don’t have to start from zero or reinvent any wheels. Here are some tools and resources that can help.  Read more »

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10 Things Your eCommerce Business Needs to Thrive

By Ronak Meghani

Whether you’re still in the planning stages of starting an ecommerce business, or want to evaluate why sales are slowing, here are 10 things to consider. Read more »

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Symptoms of Common Cash Flow Problems: Identify and Fix Them

By Anna Eschenburg

Cash flow problems aren’t out of your control—and they’re not unpredictable. Here's how to fix cash flow issues, and prevent them in the first place. Read more »

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8 Ways to Get More Customers and Grow Your Business

By Briana Morgaine

Growing your customer base is essential for business success—but it's also easier said than done. How do you get more customers for your business? Read more »

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How to Write About Sourcing and Fulfillment in Your Business Plan

By Tim Berry

The sourcing and fulfillment section of your business plan explains how you build that product. Here's why this section matters, and how to write it. Read more »

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How to Become a Travel Agent: Starting Your Business

By Briana Morgaine

If you love travel and enjoy the planning process, you might consider becoming a travel agent and starting a travel agency. Read more »

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3 Good Reasons Why Nonprofits Need Better Budgets

By Sabrina Parsons

Budgets are an important tool for nonprofits—both from a legal standpoint, and to keep investors and donors engaged and happy. Here's how to improve the budgeting process within your nonprofit. Read more »

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7 Key Insights You Can Get From Analyzing Your Financial Statements

By Vinnie Fisher

While going through your financial statements each month may seem like a formality, it can help you get a much better understanding of your business and show you what you need to do to grow. Read more »

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8 Visual Search Optimization Tips for Your Business Website

By Hope Horner

If you’re not optimizing your website for visual search, you’ll be left behind as the trend continues on an upward swing. Here's how to do it. Read more »

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How to Form a Corporation

By Peter Thorsson

Starting a business and wondering how to form a corporation? If you’ve decided to incorporate as a C corp, S corp, or B corp, here's what to do. Read more »

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4 Tactics for Business Growth and Expansion

By Anna Eschenburg

Once you've got a handle on your financials, it's time to turn your attention to business growth and expansion. Here are 4 tactics that will help you grow your business. Read more »