Starting a Business

Your Business Plan

Enlightening Extras for Business Plans

What exactly should you put in your business plan's appendices? Here are some ideas that'll enlighten your readers.
Protecting Your Idea

To Patent or Not to Patent?

Everything you need to know about protecting your invention
Your Business Plan

What Investors Look For in a Plan

From venture capitalists to angel investors, here's what your business plan needs to include to catch the eye of startup investors.
Startup Basics

An Essential Guide to Increasing Profits

The definitions and strategies used by successful entrepreneurs to gain control of their business's revenue
How to Buy a Business
Startup Basics

How to Buy a Business

Starting from scratch isn't the only way to get started. Buying an existing business can help you hit the ground running. Here's what you need to know to find a great deal.
Business Ideas

You're the Inspiration

Know what product or service you want? Chances are, others want it, too.
Protecting Your Idea

Protecting Your Trademark

Keep another company from stealing your pending trademarked name without spending a dime.
Home Based Business

How to Make Sure Your eBay Biz Is Legal

Online retail is not a free-for-all. Get your business off to a smooth start--and stay out of trouble--by understanding some basic legal and tax rules.
How to Open a Salon or Day Spa
Startup Kits

How to Open a Salon or Day Spa

From trendy hair salons to corner barber shops, this comprehensive guide will show you how to start the salon or day spa you've always dreamed of.
Inventing

The First Steps to Inventing

Learn the 3 common myths every inventor should know, and how to take action with creative thinking.
Finding Ideas

13 Niches to Investigate for Your Part-Time Business

Who says you can't make money doing what you love? These creative ideas will help you start that part-time business you've always dreamed of.
Business Ideas

Online Freelance Marketplaces

Find freelance projects--and get your revenue rolling--with this review of some of the top freelance marketplaces on the web.
Startup Basics

The Importance of Market Testing

From your initial inception of an idea to the prototype and pricing stages, continually testing the market can ensure your product's success
Legal Basics For Startups

Can Non-Residents Own Businesses in the U.S.?

This legal expert offers a breakdown of the immigration laws every non-resident entrepeneurial wannabe should know.
How to Freelance Your Expertise
Business Ideas

How to Freelance Your Expertise

If you're tired of being on the employee treadmill, now may be the best time to consider freelancing your hard-earned skills.
Home Based Business

Weekenders

Work full time? Still want to start a business? You can make it work.
Startup Basics

Taking Vets

Special programs are fighting for veterans starting businesses.
Business Ideas

Student Services

Providing services for fellow students can be a very smart business move.
Your Business Plan

The Numbers in Your Business Plan

Do words like "cash flow," "balance sheet" and "sales forecast" make you cringe? Our business plan coach walks you through the figures you need to make your business plan count.
Home Based Business

Protecting Yourself from Fraud

Ready to launch your business? Learn the top three ways new home business owners get scammed.
Success Stories

Smart Idea: Pet Manikins

This entrepreneur's clever idea helps rescue workers and veterinarians save animals' lives.
Choosing a Product or Service to Sell
Product Development

Choosing a Product or Service to Sell

Ready to break into a new market? Answering these 29 questions will determine if the product or service you want to sell deserves your commitment.
Your Business Plan

A Simple Business Plan

It's a biz plan, not a doctoral thesis! Find out why an elaborate plan can weigh you down -- and how to keep it simple.
Your Business Plan

Know Your Competition

Whether you're creating a new business plan or revamping an old one, knowing what your competitors are up to can save your business.
Business Ideas

Dream On!

A booming industry built around a good night's rest is fulfilling many entrepreneurs' sweet dreams.
Business Ideas

Licensee, License Do

Is your business ready for the boost that comes from licensing?
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