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The Myth of the Business Plan
Your Business Plan

The Myth of the Business Plan

Don't fall prey to analysis by paralysis. Writing a business plan isn't all it's cracked up to be. If you're agonizing over a written plan, your time might be better spent talking to potential customers.
How to Become Your Own Boss
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How to Become Your Own Boss

The creators of natural sleep aid Dream Water share how they ditched corporate life and gained national success.
Insights: Spanx's Sara Blakely on What's in a Name
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Insights: Spanx's Sara Blakely on What's in a Name

The inventor and founder of the body-shaping undergarment company talks about how she came up with a memorable business name.
Lessons in Startup Survival from the Downturn
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Lessons in Startup Survival from the Downturn

Startups large and small have sprung from downturns. Here's how they've managed.
How to Start a Business in a Recession
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How to Start a Business in a Recession

Economic cycles come and go, but businesses must thrive in good times and bad. Fat Straws Bubble Tea's Terry Pham launched during a recession and survived two downturns. Learn how Pham and other entrepreneurs made a go of it in tough times.
How to Take a New Product from Just an Idea to a Business
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How to Take a New Product from Just an Idea to a Business

Scott Hamlin, the founder of the innovative upcycling company Looptworks, shares his views on the importance of knowing who your customers will be, how you're going to distribute your product and what makes it meaningful and different.
Docstoc's Jason Nazar on Entrepreneurs and Fearlessness
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Docstoc's Jason Nazar on Entrepreneurs and Fearlessness

A successful Internet entrepreneur talks about why fear can't be a factor when starting a business. Entrepreneurs come in all varieties, Jason Nazar says, but one quality they all share is that they're willing to take risks that others aren't.
Pivot or Persevere? The Key to Startup Success
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Pivot or Persevere? The Key to Startup Success

Perseverance can be overrated as an entrepreneurial trait. Knowing when to change course to test out a new approach might be even more important.
Why Tech 'Treps are Up in Arms over the PROTECT IP Act
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Why Tech 'Treps are Up in Arms over the PROTECT IP Act

Tech entrepreneurs have lambasted a new bill that they say could stifle startups and innovation. Here's what you need to know about the PROTECT IP Act.
SBA App for Small-Business Resources On the Go
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SBA App for Small-Business Resources On the Go

A new smartphone app from the SBA aims to equip startups like Flawless Group with a wealth of small-business information.
Richard Branson on Why Biggest Doesn't Mean Best
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Richard Branson on Why Biggest Doesn't Mean Best

The billionaire entrepreneur talks about how he carved a niche for Virgin Atlantic as a value brand in its market segment.
Five Overlooked Legal Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make
Legal Basics For Startups

Five Overlooked Legal Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make

When starting a business, details can get lost in the excitement of a new venture. Here are the top legal mistakes unwittingly made by new business owners -- and how to avoid them.
Building a Business Partnership That Lasts
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Building a Business Partnership That Lasts

Ever wonder why some partnerships last a lifetime while others crash and burn? Learn the secrets to success from these famous examples.
How Can I Find a Good Name for My Business?
Naming Your Business

How Can I Find a Good Name for My Business?

Mike Michalowicz, author of The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, with three tips to help you decide on a business name.
How to Divorce-Proof Your Company
Legal Basics For Startups

How to Divorce-Proof Your Company

If your marriage is headed toward a breakup, these seven strategies can help protect your business if you end up in divorce court.
Paving the Way for More Immigrant Entrepreneurs
Legal Basics For Startups

Paving the Way for More Immigrant Entrepreneurs

The U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services has a new plan to speed the arrival of entrepreneurial immigrants.
Catching Up With the Startup America Partnership
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Catching Up With the Startup America Partnership

Startup America CEO Scott Case offers an update on the public/private initiative to support entrepreneurship.
The Benefits of Bringing in an Advisory Board
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The Benefits of Bringing in an Advisory Board

Whether you have a startup or an established business, outside expertise can help you grow.
Insights: Docstoc's Jason Nazar on His Startup Mistakes
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Insights: Docstoc's Jason Nazar on His Startup Mistakes

Hiring well and staying focused as an entrepreneur can be a lot harder than they may seem initially, says the co-founder of a successful Internet company.
What to Consider Before Teaming Up With a Partner
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What to Consider Before Teaming Up With a Partner

Thinking about going into business with someone? Be sure to weigh these pros and cons first.
25 Essential Entrepreneur Resources
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25 Essential Entrepreneur Resources

Cut through the online clutter with our roundup of Web resources that every entrepreneur should know about.
Insights: Docstoc's Jason Nazar on Generating New Ideas
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Insights: Docstoc's Jason Nazar on Generating New Ideas

The Internet entrepreneur talks about coming up with new ideas and the challenge of executing on them as a startup.
FTC Takes Aim at 'Fake News' Websites
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FTC Takes Aim at 'Fake News' Websites

Advertisements framed as newsy websites are starting to draw the ire of the Federal Trade Commission, and with good reason.
Five Rules for Bootstrapping Success
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Five Rules for Bootstrapping Success

Follow these tips to get your dream business off the ground without seeking outside investors.
Seth Godin on Conquering Fear to Start Your Own Business
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Seth Godin on Conquering Fear to Start Your Own Business

Marketing expert Seth Godin talks about breaking free of the status quo with Bryan Elliott for 'Behind the Brand.'
From Paycheck to Pay Dirt: Blazing Your Own Trail As a Business Owner
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From Paycheck to Pay Dirt: Blazing Your Own Trail As a Business Owner

First-time business owners starting a venture in unfamiliar waters face a special set of challenges. Here are three who tackled them with success.
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