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Finding a problem that needs solving is often the first step of starting a business—but how will you make money? Here's where your business model comes in.

What Is a Business Model? Business Models Explained

One of the biggest steps in starting a business is determining how will you make money. That's where your business model comes in.


Before you start your business, it’s essential that you make sure that customers are interested in buying your product. Here's how to do it.

Product Demand Validation — How to Test Your Business Idea

Before you start your business, it’s essential that you make sure that customers are interested in buying your product. Here's how to do it.


Until your startup earns money, you are doing charity work, not running a business. Here's how to choose the right pricing strategy for your SaaS startup.

How to Choose a Pricing Strategy for Your SaaS Startup

Until your startup earns money, you are doing charity work, not running a business. Here's how to choose the right pricing strategy for your SaaS startup.


Every startup looks for ways to catapult a business to success. Here are some tips for accelerating growth for SaaS (software as a service) companies.

10 Ways to Grow Your SaaS Startup Faster

Every startup looks for ways to catapult a business to success. Here are some tips for accelerating growth for SaaS (software as a service) companies.


Sometimes you only get 10 minutes to pitch your business idea to investors—and here's a pitch format that will help you secure funding.

How to Successfully Pitch Your Business Idea to Investors

Sometimes you only get 10 minutes to pitch your business idea to investors—and here's a pitch format that will help you secure funding.


Lean Planning unlocks faster growth and increases your chances of success. Learn how to create a modern, one-page Lean Business Plan in under 20 minutes.

Fundamentals of Lean Planning: How to Plan Less and Grow Faster

Lean Planning unlocks faster growth and increases your chances of success. Learn how to create a modern, one-page Lean Business Plan in under 20 minutes.


For a startup, the first few hires can be critical, and can either help your company scale or cause a terrible misstep. Be on the lookout for these qualities to assure every hire only benefits your business.

How to Hire For a Startup: Look For These Qualities

The first few hires for a startup are critical. Look for these qualities when hiring to single out the very best candidates to help grow your business.


85 Essential Startup Resources You Should Know About

85 Essential Startup Resources You Should Know About

These are the tools that we know, love, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend—many of them we use ourselves. Use them to propel your startup into success and growth.


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How to Pick the Right Attorney for Your Startup

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.


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SaaS 101: Starting a Software as a Service Business

Considering launching your own app-based startup? Here are the basics to know before you begin. Read this first if you’re thinking about starting a SaaS or software as a service business.


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How to Start a Digital Marketing Agency Without Outside Funding

It’s easier to start a digital marketing agency without funding than people might think. Here's how one entrepreneur did it—from bootstrapping, to useful tools, to how (and when) to hire employees.


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How to Choose a Business Location

Choosing the right business location is more than just picking a nice spot. It's about weighing the competition, understanding local zoning and regulations, considering your target market—and staying within your budget. Here's what to keep in mind when you're considering where to start your business.


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Can’t Decide What Business to Start in 2020? No Problem, We’ll Tell You

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 2020.


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This Year’s Best Email Newsletters

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.


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

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.


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Why You Should Update Your Business Plan Regularly to Drive Growth

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.


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How to Create a Successful Crowdfunding Video for Your Startup

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.


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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.


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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.


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4 Ways to Urge Your Startup Toward Rapid Growth

Achieving rapid growth after a few tough years in the startup stage is a great feeling. So, how can you reach this exciting moment without losing your sanity? Here are four ways to help speed up the excruciating startup phase and reach the promising period of rapid growth.


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