Starting a Business

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.
Inventing

Waking Up a Tired Idea

How you can revolutionize a stagnant product on a limited budget and still win over your target market
Business Ideas

Great Escape

All wound up about what kind of business to start? Then take a hint from the millions of Americans looking to break away from the daily grind--head to a day spa.
Startup Basics

Growing Up

Want to start an artistic business? A creative incubator could be just what you need to come out of your shell.
Startup Basics

Why You Need a Mentor

Don't be intimidated to ask for help. There are many successful entrepreneurs happy to show you the ropes.
How-To Guides for Home Based Businesses

Hiring Your First Employee

How and when to make that first hire for your homebased business.
Startup Basics

40 Government Sites You Can't Live Without

Whether it's a loan, a contract or regulatory information you seek, these sites are just what you need to get acquainted with what the government can do to help you start or grow your business.
Home Based Ideas

Starting a Bookkeeping Business

If you're detail-oriented, a lover of numbers, and honest to a fault, a bookkeeping business might be the perfect match for you.
Home Based Business

Can Your Home Office Lower Your Tax Bill?

If you meet the right conditions, you can take advantage of the home-office business deduction.
Startup Basics

How to Find the Perfect Business Partner

If you've got the idea, where do you find the person with the know-how?
Startup Basics

Choose the Right Biz

Want to launch your own startup? These guidelines will ensure you're pursuing the right opportunity.
Business Ideas

Salvage Operation

Think there's no money to be made from refuse? With a little ingenuity, you may be surprised.
Protecting Your Idea

Spilling the Beans?

Learn how to reveal just enough about your business idea to get the help you need.
Marketing Your Invention

The Big Picture

The right licensing agreement can be the missing piece of the big-business puzzle.
How to Write Your Mission Statement
Starting a Business

How to Write Your Mission Statement

Summing up your business's mission helps you focus on the steps you need to take to succeed. Here's how to create a mission statement that's uniquely yours.
Startup Financing

Getting Funding for Your Growing Business

Use these steps to determine if now is a good time to get financing.
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