starting
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 »

planning
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 »

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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 »

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the different types of business plans

The Different Types of Business Plans

by Tim Berry

Business plans go by many names: Strategic plans, operational plans, internal plans, and many others. Here's a rundown of the different types of business plans, so you can decide which one is right for you. Read more »

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starting a business with a day job

How to Start Your Own Business While You’re Still Employed

by Pratik Dholakiya

Do you dream of quitting your job to become an entrepreneur? Before you take the leap, consider starting your business while you still have your day job. Here's why this is a good idea, and how to make it work for you. Read more »

planning
how to forecast sales

How to Forecast Sales

by Tim Berry

Sales forecasting is much easier than you think, and much more useful than you imagine. It’s not about guessing the future correctly. We’re human; we don’t do that well. Instead, it’s about assumptions, expectations, drivers, tracking, and management. Here's how to forecast sales for your business. Read more »

planning
business planning science

Do You Need a Business Plan? Scientific Research Says Yes

by Noah Parsons

Do you really need a business plan? What does the scientific research say about business planning—does it actually lead to success? The answer to both questions is yes—and here's how it works. Read more »

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dog boarding dog kennel business

Are You Cut Out to Run a Kennel or Pet Boarding Business?

by Bruce Hakutizwi

Opening or buying a dog kennel or pet boarding business can be rewarding far beyond the potential profits. Here's how to determine if it's a smart business move for you. Read more »

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How to Forecast Cash Flow

by Tim Berry

A profitable business will still fail if you can't pay the bills—so a good cash flow analysis might be the most important piece of a business plan. Here's how to forecast cash flow. Read more »

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startup business planning, writing a startup business plan

A Simpler Plan for Startups

by Tim Berry

What kind of business plan do you need? It depends on the size of your business, and what you're using the business plan for. Here's how to determine what kind of business plan is right for your startup. Read more »

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what is a balance sheet

What Is a Balance Sheet?

by Angelique O'Rourke

Learn what defines a balance sheet, the importance of a balance sheet in your business plan, and view some balance sheet examples. Read more »

funding
crowdfunding video

How to Create a Successful Crowdfunding Video for Your Startup

by Emily Ludolf

Crowdfunding can be an effective way for startups and entrepreneurs to raise funds and to test the market for new ideas, but there are a few secrets to organizing a successful crowdfunding campaign to keep in mind. Here's how to create a crowdfunding video that will help better the chances of reaching your crowdfunding goals. Read more »

starting

How to Write a Business Plan for a Fix-n-Flip Real Estate Company

by Sarah Hovet

If you’re thinking about starting a business that buys up homes, fixes them up and then re-sells them at a profit, the first step is to write a business plan. This guide will walk you through the steps of how to write a full business plan for your real estate company. Read more »

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business plan market analysis

How to Develop a Market Analysis for Your Business Plan

by Tim Berry

The sales and marketing section of the standard business plan includes three parts—the market analysis, the marketing plan, and the sales plan. Keep it short and simple—just big enough to cover your actual business need. Here's how to develop your market analysis for your business plan. Read more »