Starting a Business

Startup Basics

Procurement Help From the SBA

The 8(a) program helps small businesses compete for government contracts. Are you eligible?
Startup Basics

Mentor Notes

Finding a great mentor is crucial, but it takes a lot of legwork. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Product Development

The Cost Is Clear

Or is it? Keep manufacturing costs in check so you can compete with the big names.
Home Based Ideas

Starting a Business as a Financial Advisor

77 million baby boomers need financial advice to be ready for retirement. Are you prepared to provide it?
Home Based Business

Stay at Home--and Have an Office

When your business outgrows your home base, there are some affordable, flexible solutions available.
Startup Basics

Should I Start a New Business in the New Year?

You've made the resolution to become an entrepreneur. Here's some advice on making your move.
Startup Basics

What Not to Do

A seasoned entrepreneur reveals the 17 most common mistakes startups make and how to avoid them -- plus, the 5 things you must do to ensure success.
Inventing

A Fair to Remember

Exhibiting at a trade show or fair can make your new product unforgettable-if you do it right.
Home Based Business

School Rules

Teaching a class can be a great way to get your business name out there for less-if you've got the right approach.
Home Based Business

Back to Basics

Ready to outfit your home office with the tech essentials? Here's what you need.
Inventing

Keep It Simple

You don't need a mammoth staff or an elaborate office to make millions from your invention.
Startup Basics

How Do I Start a Business?

You know you want to be an entrepreneur-now find out what it takes to really get going.
Home Based Ideas

Starting an Eldercare Business

A growing population of older individuals combined with your skills as a caregiver could mean a new business opportunity for you.
Home Based Legal Startup

Is Your Home Zoned for Business?

How to research, comply with and change local zoning laws in your homebased business's favor
Home Based Basics

Elbow Room

Maximize your home-office space.
How-To Guides for Home Based Businesses

Starting a Business With Your Spouse

5 things to consider before making your business a family affair
Home Based Ideas

Starting a Desktop Publishing Business

Combining your design and writing skills, this business is the perfect blend for people with an eye for the artistic and an ear for the written word.
Home Based Business

His and Hers

Can a couple run two businesses out of one home?
Startup Basics

Book Smarts Vs. Street Smarts

To succeed in business, which is more valuable?
Home Based Business

Support Systems

How to launch your own support group
Your Business Plan

Presenting Persuasive Financials

Your pro forma is what gets investors interested. Make sure you do it right.
Your Business Plan

Creating a Business Plan That's You

Your business plan is your business plan--so make sure it doesn't read like a template.
Startup Basics

Wealthy Returns

Get-rich-quick seminars promise the American dream, but do they really deliver? Our writer went undercover to find out.
Your Business Plan

Does It Pay to Hire a Business Plan Consultant?

Hiring a consultant shouldn't take the place of your own understanding of your business plan.
Startup Basics

Formulating a Strategy Before Starting Your Business

Thinking through the different components of your strategy will help you react quickly when your business hits a rough spot.
Startup Basics

Attract Investors by Sharing the Risk

Investors will be more willing to finance your business if you're also putting money into the venture.
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