Laura Tiffany

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Best Seat in the House

What's the best place in the house to set up your home office? Consider these six things before getting down to business.

Home Biz Startup Checklist

You've got a solid-gold home biz idea, but how do you get started? Our simple, all-in-one checklist sorts out the details for you.

Hot Trends for 2005

WHY people buy is just as important as WHAT they buy. Learn the trends that are leading people to their next purchase.
Your Business Plan

Elements of a Business Plan

There are seven major sections of a business plan, and each one is a complex document. Read today's selection from our business plan tutorial to fully understand the components of your business plan.

Get Help With Your Plan

To help you write your business plan, we've compiled a list of the resources that will put you on the right track. Access them in today's selection from "How To Build A Business Plan."

Insuring Your Business

Think your home insurance covers your new business? Think again, and then read on to find out how to protect your venture.

Surviving Your First Year

Nothing can quite prepare you for the rigors of starting a business. Here's how to stay ahead of the game.

Hot Trends for 2005

The reasons why people buy are just as important as what they buy. Read on to find out the eight trends that are leading people to their next purchase.
Entrepreneur Magazine

Go to Town

Be good to your city, and it will be good to you.
How-To Guides for Home Based Businesses

Supporting Roles

Use a business support service to help your growing business out during busy times.

Easy Read

Build business relationships with a company blog.

Surviving a Deadly Partnership

It's not likely your business partner will attempt to kill you like Phil Rouse's did, but you can still learn a lot from his story.

Tax-Planning Expert Sandy Botkin

Hire your children, write off your golf game and other legal tax deductions that you might not know about

The Internet Tax Debate: What e-Tailers Think

The e-tax debate is hitting a crescendo. We've asked four e-tailers what they plan to do about it.

Homebased Startup Checklist

The devil is in the details--we've created this checklist so you don't forget anything crucial when starting your new business.
Young Entrepreneurs

Should I Hire My Friends for My Business?

Becoming an employer is a strenuous, paperwork-filled process. Understand the requirements before you dive in.

Let the USPS Pay You Back for Using Their Services

Tell the USPS how their services have helped your business, and win a $10,000 gift card from American Express, a USPS ad appearance, a computer office package and more.
Home Based Ideas

6 Steps to a Successful Online Auction Business

Going once, going twice: Online auctions make it easier than ever to sell products online. So what are you waiting for?

5 Resources to Get Your Business Started

Learn how to find the information you need to determine if your first business choice is your best business choice.

Help Your Politicians Understand Entrepreneurship

Send them this new guide, which encourages local policymakers to include entrepreneurs in their economic visions.

The Top 40 Homebased Business Resources

Books, websites, software--we've got them all organized in one spot for you. Now it's time to improve your business.
Young Entrepreneurs

How Should I Protect My New Partnership?

You may have been best friends forever, but you should still protect yourself legally when you're starting a business with a friend.
Franchise Buying Guide

Franchise Registration States

Find out if your state regulates franchises.

Inventing A to Z

Everything you ever wanted to know about making your big idea a marketable reality
Business Ideas

Starting an Arts & Crafts Business

Think all you need to know is how to knit or paint? Not quite. If you want to start a serious crafts business, you'll have to focus on the business and the craft.

Hottest Business Ideas for 2002

Don't worry. These business may be smoking, but the only thing that will go up in flames is your status as "employee."
Entrepreneur Magazine

Big in Japan

Forget Honda, Fujitsu and Sony--take your next big cue from Tokyo's teenage girls.
Home Based Business

Surviving Your First Year

Nothing can quite prepare you for the rigors of entrepreneurship, but, done right, that first year in business can be your most exciting ever. Here's how to stay ahead of the game.
Employment Law

Keep Mail-Handling Employees Safe

Even if you don't think your business is a potential anthrax target, your employees' safety is still your top priority.
Sales Techniques

Surviving Seasonal Sales Slumps

When holiday cheer means an empty bank account and summer heat means parched sales figures, here's how to make the most of your business's quirky seasonality.

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