You’ll make mistakes when starting a company, no matter how many articles and books you read, but you’ll make fewer of them if you learn from those who came before you. Here are seven key things to do before starting a business.

Starting a Business

7 Must-Dos Before Starting a Company

You’ll make mistakes when starting a company, no matter how many articles and books you read, but you’ll make fewer of them if you learn from those who came before you. Here are seven key things to do before starting a business.

By Andrew Deen |

How Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) Can Help Your Business

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.

By Sarah Hovet |

How to Do Market Research

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.

By Noah Parsons |

Everything You Need to Know Before Filing a Patent in the United States

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.

By Kanika Sharma |

How Mobile Apps Help eCommerce Businesses Develop Faster

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.

By Ben Lee |

How to Develop Your Business Strategy

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.

By Tim Berry |

How to Write a Nonprofit Business Plan

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.

By Angelique O'Rourke |

30+ Small Business Ideas That Use Skills You Already Have

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.

By Briana Morgaine |

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You’ll make mistakes when starting a company, no matter how many articles and books you read, but you’ll make fewer of them if you learn from those who came before you. Here are seven key things to do before starting a business.