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Getting Started

Get a head start on creating a new business with tips on planning, choosing a business structure, buying or selling an existing business, and financing.

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Some business owners want to target the largest market possible. But the truth is, you must have a unique quality or expertise to separate your business from the competition.
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Filed In: Business Planning and Finance
Here's a book that that has changed the lives of many entrepreneurs and will help you strengthen the six key components of your business.
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Being an entrepreneur, especially a successful one, is a gift not to be taken for granted. If you're an entrepreneur yourself, you can probably relate to many of these things.
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There are several aspects of a dog's pack mentality that are applicable to creating a successful, highly productive, and purposeful workplace culture.
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Filed In: Finance
The lending landscape is changing for small businesses, and companies like Fundera are helping to rethink the funding model.
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Friends and family financing is a popular way of capitalizing a startup. Follow these steps to make sure you handle it right.
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When you make the decision to start your small business, it can be tempting to quit your day job and dive in full force. But there's a smarter way to start.
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Are email messages wreaking havoc on your productivity? Here's how to minimize email distractions with two simple tricks you can use every day.
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The name of your business should give prospective customers some idea of what you do. We present a simple three-step process to crafting a winning company name.
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Filed In: Business Planning and Finance
We present the insights of three SCORE mentors who each have in-depth knowledge and extensive experience working with entrepreneurs to develop business plans.
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Businessman Looking at Sharks Swimming
Thanks to a competitive market and an unstable economy, running a business is more difficult than ever. Here's how to beat the odds and enhance your success rate exponentially!
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Give yourself a pat on the back in this season of thanks. Show your appreciation to yourself for all your hard work as a micropreneur.
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As the old saying goes, "You never get a second chance to make a first impression." That's why it's so important to ensure that your service wows your customers from the get-go!
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Filed In: Business Planning and Finance
To maximize your business' full potential, you need to equip your business with the tools it needs to grow and succeed. Here's how to get this done.
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Michele Northrup
Life's a bowl of chilis for foodie entrepreneur Michele Northrup, who turned a creative kitchen experiment into an award-winning hot sauce company.
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To do well as a search marketer, it's important to constantly work on developing new skills and knowledge that will help your clients do better.
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business network
To build a great network, focus on making connections in four main areas: industry, customers, competition, and nonprofits.
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Building a new business
While the early stages of trying to build your business can be overwhelming, there are some strategies to keep motivated, determined, and on track.
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Tough economic conditions combined with billion-dollar ambitions have made the dream of becoming an entrepreneur extremely attractive to younger people.
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Any of these statements can haunt a small business for years. The trick: Avoid hearing them by staying keenly in tune with every move the customer makes.
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