Startup Basics

Startup Basics

The Role of the Entrepreneur

By understanding your place in the economy, you can better position yourself for success.
Choosing a Business Structure

What Is a "Close Corporation"?

This corporate status allows you to operate less formally, but the restrictions on corporate shares may prove to be a burden.
Choosing a Business Structure

Partnership 101

You can create a partnership based on an oral agreement, but it's much smarter to put it in writing.
Choosing a Business Structure

Taxing Matters

Mixing two business structures could be confusing.
S Corporation Basics
Choosing a Business Structure

S Corporation Basics

This type of corporation can be great for small businesses because it eliminates the double taxation of standard corporations.
Choosing a Business Structure

LLC Basics

This hybrid entity brings together some of the best features of partnerships and corporations, and is a great choice for entrepreneurs who want to move beyond the sole proprietorship.
Startup Basics

Develop the Habits to Win in Business

Mastering these 7 areas will have your company on the road to success.
Choosing a Business Structure

The Basics of Sole Proprietorships

Chances are, you're already running a sole proprietorship. Now, educate yourself on the pros and cons, the tax implications, and the legal liabilities to determine if you want to remain a sole proprietorship.
Choosing a Business Structure

Incorporating Your Business

Is incorporation right for you? Find out with this comprehensive article on the ins and outs of forming a corporation.
Naming Your Business

How to Name Your Business

What's in a business name? Plenty. Not only must your name reflect your brand and be memorable, there are also a host of legal issues to consider. Here's how to choose a name that'll best suit your business.
Startup Basics

The Basics of Business Success

Master these seven essentials--and avoid the business failure sand traps--and watch your business soar.
Startup Basics

Licensed To Run

Where to obtain a business license
Naming Your Business

8 Mistakes To Avoid When Naming Your Business

When choosing a name for your new company, keep these tips in mind to help you find one that will work now--and in the future.
Startup Basics

Weekend Warriors

Maintain your sanity with a weekend business
Startup Basics

Are You Cut Out to Be an Entrepreneur?

Learn what qualities entrepreneurs have in common--and whether you have what it takes to join their ranks.
Startup Basics

What to Do--and Not Do--as a Startup

These seven lessons will help keep you on track during the early stages of your business.
How to Forecast Revenue and Growth
Startup Basics

How to Forecast Revenue and Growth

When starting out, financial forecasts may seem overwhelming. We'll help you conquer the numbers with this easy-to-follow guide to forecasting revenues and expenses during startup.
Startup Basics

Is It the Right Time to Launch Your Business?

This successful entrepreneur points out five signs that will help you determine if it's now or never for your big business idea.
Startup Basics

Is a Business Partnership Right for You?

Learn the basics behind partnering up to start a business before you join forces with an associate.
Startup Basics

Pricing New, Used and Collectible Goods for Sale

Before you start reselling the treasures you've amassed, learn how to price them correctly.
Location

How to Select a Shopping Center Location

Your plan for retail success requires a shopping center or mall location. So how do you find one--and how much will it cost? Read on to learn the ins and outs of these retail locations.
Startup Basics

Make a List, Check it Twice

Can you check off all the items on our list? If not, fine-tune your business skills with these insider tips from entrepreneurial guru Guy Kawasaki.
12 Months to Startup
Startup Basics

12 Months to Startup

Follow these 12 steps to have your business up and running in a year.
Startup Basics

Determining Your Ideal Customer

Follow this advice to find the perfect audience for your business.
Startup Basics

Determining Your Best Product Mix

To be successful, you have to be clear on what it is you're offering your customers.
Leasing Retail or Office Space for Your Startup

Smart Tips for Lease Negotiations

Follow these 6 tips when negotiating your first commercial lease.
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