SaaS Business Startup Guide

If you’re starting a software company, it’s important to do your homework before you begin. These resources will help you plan, start, and manage your business. Take a look at our free software business plans, and follow our step-by-step guide to starting a software company.

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Planning Your SaaS Business

Before you start practicing your pitch, it’s important to do your research. What does the market look like? Who are your competitors? Is your software idea even a good one? These resources will help you answer these questions.

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Starting Your SaaS Business

Once you’ve validated your business idea, it’s time to focus on actually starting your business. Our starting guide and business checklist will help you do just that, and be sure to check out our resources on seeking angel investment and venture capital as well.

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Managing Your SaaS Business

Now that you’ve launched your software, it’s time to make sure your startup continues to grow. These resources will help you take your startup to new heights by directing your marketing and forecasting strategy, and will further your understanding of the SaaS industry.

Bed and Breakfast Business Startup Guide

Are you starting a small hotel business or a bed and breakfast? We’ve collected all the resources you need to get your business up and running successfully, from our free bed and breakfast and hotel sample business plans, to our guide to starting a successful bed and breakfast, and more.

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Planning Your Bed and Breakfast Business

What kind of hotel or bed and breakfast does your area need? Who is your target market? Is your business idea a good one? The resources here will help you answer these questions.

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Starting Your Bed and Breakfast Business

It’s time to get your business up and running. Follow our guide and startup checklist, and you’ll be booking guests in no time.

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Managing Your Bed and Breakfast Business

Once your business is open to the public, it’s time to make sure you keep the momentum. These resources will help you strategize, and help you reach success with your new hotel or bed and breakfast business.

Travel Business Startup Guide

Planning on starting your own travel business? You’ve come to the right place. From our free travel business sample plans to our comprehensive guide on starting a travel business, we have all the resources you need to get your travel business off the ground.

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Planning Your Travel Business

Before you launch your travel business, it’s important to have a plan. What kind of travel business does your local market need? Is your idea for a business a good one? Find answers to these questions here.

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Starting Your Travel Business

Once you’ve done your homework, you’re cleared for takeoff. Now that you have a clear sense of what your market looks like and what kind of travel industry you’ll be starting, it’s time to get planning.

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Managing Your Travel Business

To keep your business soaring to new heights, you’ll want to strategize. Here are our top resources to help you bring in more clients and revenue for your travel business.

Fitness Business Startup Guide

If you’re starting a gym or a fitness business, it’s important to do your research, have a plan, and set yourself up for success. Here are all the resources you’ll need to get your business up and running, from our free fitness center and sports sample business plans, to our in-depth guide on starting a gym or fitness center.

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Planning Your Fitness Business

Before you jump in and start shopping for a location, it’s important to validate your idea and identify your niche. Who are you targeting? What does your local market look like? These resources will help you answer those questions.

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Starting Your Fitness Business

Follow our detailed startup guide and startup checklist, and we’ll help you choose a location, hire employees, and get your website up and running.

Event Planning Business Startup Guide

Thinking of starting an event planning company? You’ve come to the right place. We’ve collected all the resources you’ll need to get your business off the ground. Check out our free wedding and event planning sample plans, and find the planning and strategic resources you need to get your event planning business up and running.

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Planning Your Event Planning Business

Before you start an event planning company, you’ll want to evaluate your local market. Who are the major players? Is your idea for a business a good one? The resources below will help you answer these questions.

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Starting Your Event Planning Business

Once you’ve done your homework, it’s time to plan your business, hire employees, and get everything up and running.

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Managing Your Event Planning Business

Congratulations—you’ve launched your new event planning business! Now it’s time to strategize. How can you keep the clients and revenue rolling in?

Real Estate Business Startup Guide

If you’re starting a real estate business, you’ve come to the right place. Here are all the essential resources you’ll need to walk you through the process of starting a real estate business. Browse our free real estate sample business plans, follow our step-by-step guide to starting a real estate business, and more.

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Planning Your Real Estate Business

Before you start taking on clients, sit down and do your homework. What does your local market look like? What niche needs filling? Use these resources to help answer these questions.

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Starting Your Real Estate Business

Once you’ve determined a direction for your business, it’s time to get planning. Follow along with our guide and startup checklist to get your real estate business up and running.

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Managing Your Real Estate Business

Once you’ve started taking on clients, it’s important to focus on growing your business. These resources will help direct your strategy, so that you can bring in more clients and more revenue.

Construction Business Startup Guide

If you’re planning on starting a construction company, you’ve come to the right place. Here you’ll find all the resources you need to plan your business and get it off the ground. Check out our free construction and engineering sample business plans, follow our checklists and starting guides, and you’ll be up and running in no time.

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Planning Your Construction Business

Before you set up shop, it’s a good idea to make sure you know your market, and have validated your business idea. These resources will help you do just that.

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Starting Your Construction Business

Now that you’ve researched your market and know your idea is a solid one, it’s time to put the wheels in motion. Here are the tools you need to get your construction business started.

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Managing Your Construction Business

There’s still plenty to do once you’ve started your construction company. From advertising to growth strategies, these articles will help give you the tools to keep your business growing strong.

Restaurant Business Startup Guide

If you’ve wanted to start a restaurant for years, it might be time to sit down and draw up a plan to open your own business. We've pulled together the best of our restaurant articles, guides, sample business plans and expert advice to help turn your dining dreams into reality. From writing your business plan and securing funding to starting up and managing your restaurant, we've got you covered.

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Planning Your Restaurant

Think of your business plan as the appetizer. Its an introduction to your business—for investors, partners and potential customers. If you’ve never planned for business before, these guides will walk you through how to do just that.

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Starting Your Restaurant

Time for the first course. Whether you're refining your restaurant idea, filing for permits and licenses, contemplating costs, or looking for funding, we have the tools you need to do it right and get it done.

Bakery Business Startup Guide

If you’ve always dreamed of starting a bakery, it’s time to get planning. From the initial process of validating your bakery business idea, to choosing the perfect spot to open a bakery, here are the articles, resources, and free bakery sample business plans that will help you turn your dream into a reality.

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Planning Your Bakery

Before you begin the process of starting a bakery, sit down and do a little brainstorming. The first step to starting a successful bakery is getting a sense of the scope of your business idea and the market you plan to enter.

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Starting Your Bakery

So, you know exactly what kind of bakery you want to start—where next? Our step-by-step guide on opening a successful bakery will get you started.

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Managing Your Bakery

Once your bakery is up and running, you’ll be faced with new challenges. Now, it’s time to take your bakery business to new heights.

Cafe Business Startup Guide

Do you dream of opening a coffee shop or cafe of your own? If so, we have to tools to help you get the ball rolling. These articles and our free library of coffee shop and cafe sample business plans will help walk you through the starting process.

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Planning Your Cafe

If you’ve always wanted to start a coffee shop, start here. First, you’ll need to make sure your business idea is a good one. What does your local market look like? What niche can you fill? These resources will help you build your coffee shop on a solid foundation.

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Starting Your Cafe

Now that you’ve validated your business idea, it’s time to begin the starting process. Follow our step by step starting guide, and you’ll have your coffee shop up in no time.

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Managing Your Cafe

The work isn’t over when you get your coffee shop up and running—now it’s time to ensure that you build a successful business that will grow in the years to come!

Clothing Business Startup Guide

Before you start a clothing company, it’s important to make sure you’ve done your research and have a plan in place. So, to make the process of starting your clothing business as easy as possible, we’ve compiled these resources that will help you make your dream a reality. Check out our library of free clothing sample business plans, read our guides, and get started.

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Planning Your Clothing Business

Before you start your clothing company, spend a little time doing the necessary research. Look at your idea and your target market, and make sure you know what to expect.

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Starting Your Clothing Business

Now that you’ve validated your business idea, it’s time to begin the process of starting a clothing company. Follow our in-depth guides to get started.

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Managing Your Clothing Business

While there is incredible potential for growth in the clothing industry, it can also be hard to stand out. However, with a solid strategy in place, you’ll be able to not only start a clothing business, but have great success.

Nonprofit Business Startup Guide

If you are interested in starting a nonprofit, you likely have a cause you believe in passionately. However, that doesn’t mean you can ignore the finer details. This guide contains all the resources you’ll need to get your nonprofit up and running, from our selection of free nonprofit sample business plans, to our in-depth guide to starting a nonprofit.

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Planning Your Nonproft

Before you dive in, you need a plan. First, take some time to validate your business idea, evaluate your market, and plan your business.

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Starting Your Nonprofit

With a plan in place, it’s time to get started. Follow along with these step-by-step resources to get your nonprofit up and running in no time.

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Managing Your Nonprofit

Once you’ve successfully started your nonprofit, it’s time to turn your attention to strategy. These resources will help ensure that your nonprofit not only stays in business, but thrives.

Salon Business Startup Guide

If you’re planning on starting a hair salon, you’ve come to the right place. Here are all the resources you need to get your salon business up and running, including our free beauty salon and day spa sample business plans, our in-depth guide to starting a hair salon, and much more.

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Planning Your Salon Business

Before you open your salon, it’s important to get a sense of your market and validate your idea. What kind of salon does your area need? Who is your customer base? The resources here will help you answer these questions.

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Starting Your Salon Business

Now, it’s time to plan and launch your salon. Follow along with our planning guide and startup checklist, and you’ll be up and running in no time.

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Managing Your Salon Business

Once you’ve opened your salon to the public, it’s time to strategize. These resources will give you the tools you need to grow your salon, and bring in more customers and revenue.

Photography Business Startup Guide

If you love photography, you’ve probably considered starting a photography business. However, before you start, it’s important to have a plan. Check out our photography business resources below, including our free photography studio business plan, and our guide on starting a photography business.

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Planning Your Photography Business

First, it’s time to get planning. These resources will help you create your business plan, evaluate your market, and figure out if your idea for a photography business is profitable.

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Starting Your Photography Business

Once you’ve validated your idea, you’re ready to get started. Follow along with our guide to starting a photography business, check off the items on the startup checklist, and you’ll be up and running in no time.

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Managing Your Photography Business

These resources will help ensure that you bring in as many clients and as much revenue as possible for your new business.

Food Cart Business Startup Guide

Do you have a great idea for a food truck? If you’ve always dreamed of starting a food cart business, you’ve come to the right place. Our in-depth guide to starting a food truck is a great place to start, and we’ve got all the resources you need to plan and launch a successful business.

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Planning Your Food Cart Business

Before you start a food truck business, you’ll need to do your homework. What kind of food truck does your local market need? Is your business idea a good one? Use these resources below to find out.

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Starting Your Food Cart Business

Now that you’ve validated your business idea, it’s time to get planning. Follow our planning guide and you’ll have your food truck up and running in no time.

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Managing Your Food Cart Business

Once you’ve launched your new food truck, you’ll want to have a growth plan in place. Here are some great resources that will help you strategize, bring in more customers, and keep your food truck growing strong.

How to Come up With Good Business Ideas: A Guide

If you’re having trouble coming up with the perfect business idea, or just settling on one idea, you’re not alone. For many people, the process of choosing an idea is both difficult and time-consuming. Without knowing what you need to consider in this early phase, you could run into trouble later on, perhaps once you’ve already spent a lot of time and money.

To help you out, we’ve collected some of our most popular articles on coming up with good business ideas, validating your ideas, and much more. Once you feel confident that you’ve got a good idea, you can move on to the next phase of starting your business.

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Am I Entrepreneur Material?

Before you even begin thinking of the right business idea, you need to make sure you know what it means to be both a business owner and an entrepreneur. There are key values that every first-time entrepreneur should learn. Read through these guides in order to gain insight from other entrepreneurs and business owners.

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How to Find the Perfect Business Idea

The competitive nature of business can make coming up with the perfect business idea appear impossible. But, with the right guidance and tips, coming up with a good idea can be easy and efficient. From examples of profitable business ideas to thought-processes and mental tips, we've got you covered.

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How Do You Know If Your Idea Is Good?

To have confidence in your business idea, you’ll need to know whether or not it’s a valuable idea that other people will buy into. Read through these articles to learn more about how to figure out if your idea can be turned into a profitable business and put you on the path to success.

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Before You Start…

You might be tempted to jump right into building your business; however, there are many things you should consider before starting the process. From finding the right location for your business to identifying experts to talk to, these guides provide the in-depth information you’ll need before starting your business.

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Learning Resources

Resources from other business owners will provide the necessary information to achieve financial success. Authors, entrepreneurs, and other influential business leaders have the experience and know-how that you need in order to grow your business. These resources can help you establish the right business fundamentals.

Business Branding Guide

75 percent of buying decisions are based on emotion. The right brand captures the right emotions—and is one of the powerful tools for building a rock-solid business. A professional brand does so many things for your business. It sets you apart from competitors. It builds trust with existing customers—and future ones. It extends your reach—online, on the street, in referral conversations. It brings the whole team together and gets your employees excited about coming to work. In short, branding is one of the best business investments you can make!

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Discover Your Brand

What’s all this hoopla about building a brand for my business? Do I really need one? O.K., so I know I need a brand. How do I get started? What specifics should I think about?

Small Business Loans

While there are a lot of small business loans for entrepreneurs to choose from, it isn't always easy to know which one to choose, or even where to start. Whether you're looking for a loan for a new business venture, or for purposes of growth, knowing as much as you can about this topic will enable you to make smart borrowing sections. We'll guide you through some of the key things you need to think about, and hopefully help you get on your way to funding success!

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Qualifying for a Loan

Read these articles for an overview of everything you need to qualify for a small business loan, and what you should know about the application process.

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Bank Loans

Bank loans are the traditional route to small business funding, and they come with their own pros and cons. Use these articles to determine if a bank loan might be right for you.

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SBA Loans

The US Small Business Administration is a fantastic resource for legal information, advice on funding, and loans. We have all of the details you need to seek a SBA-guaranteed loan.

Angel Investment

Are you seeking angel investment or wondering if it’s even right for you? Many small business owners know angel investment can be a great way to start or grow their business, but they just aren’t sure where to start. Some people even wonder if it applies to them if they are not a technology company. From details on what angel investment is to how to successfully pitch angels, we've got your questions covered.

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What is Angel Investment?

What makes someone an angel? What qualifies as angel investment? Angel investment is more specific than you might think, but that doesn’t mean it’s not the best option for you. See what the experts have to say.

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How to Pitch Angels

So you have a meeting with an angel investor? How can you know you’re putting your best foot forward? Check out our how-to guides on successfully pitching angels so they’ll want to invest in your business.

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Questions Angels Will Ask

Once you've perfected your pitch and scheduled your meetings, you'll need to be prepared to answer questions from angel investors. Read these articles to get the inside scoop.

The Complete Elevator Pitch Guide

An elevator pitch is usually a short, impactful speech, but it can also be delivered as a presentation or "pitch deck." Your pitch tells your audience what your business does, who your customers are, and summarizes your key accomplishments.

For startups and entrepreneurs, a great elevator pitch is a must. It’s the key to sparking interest in your company, raising money from investors, and networking with business partners. It’s also a handy tool to answer the question, “so what does your company do?"

To help you build the perfect elevator pitch, we’ve brought together all of the resources you need, from free pitch deck template downloads to advice on how to use body language to make your speech more impactful. Read on to discover what your elevator pitch should include and how to take a pitch from “good” to “great."

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What to Include in Your Elevator Pitch

Pitching your business is a vital part of securing funding. You need to know your stuff and prove it to your potential investors. Read these guides to find out the right information to include for a successful business pitch.

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How to Deliver Your Elevator Speech

Everything you need to know about how to deliver a winning elevator speech. From confident body language to how to tweak your pitch for different audiences, we’ve got you covered.

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Using Your Elevator Pitch to Build Your Business Strategy

An elevator pitch is like the short, summary version of a business plan, and it can be a powerful tool. Read these articles to learn more about using your pitch to develop a successful business strategy.

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Pitching for Funding

Every business owner should know how to pitch potential investors, and this is a great place to start learning how. These guides will give you the step-by-step breakdown of the dos and don’ts of pitching for funding.

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From the Trenches - Real Stories, Real Pitches

There’s nothing like hearing a story straight from the horse’s mouth to give you the detailed information you need. These articles chronicle the experiences of entrepreneurs just like you who had to create an elevator pitch for their business. Whether they failed or succeeded, there’s a lesson in each story.

If you're looking to start your very own software business, you've come to the right place. Read through our guide on what you need to know to get going!