Starting a Business

Your Business Plan

Creating a Winning Startup Business Plan

Don't fear the business plan process. With preparation, knowledge and these insider tips, you'll be able to create a business plan built for success.
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.
Home Based Business

Combating Your Homebased Loneliness

Just because you work alone doesn't mean you need to be lonely. Here are some tips for connecting with business and social contacts.
Business Ideas

Taking Your Business to the Net

If you're getting sick of the same old business ideas, then it's time to go online. The robust e-commerce market is hotter than ever, and it just may be the cure for what ails you.
Hiring Employees for Your Homebased Biz
Home Based Basics

Hiring Employees for Your Homebased Biz

Before you place a classified ad for your first employee, take these 10 points under consideration to find out if you're really ready to add to your homebased staff.
Home Based Legal Startup

Benefits of a Resale License

A closer look at why you may need it-and how to obtain one
Startup Basics

Determining Your Best Product Mix

To be successful, you have to be clear on what it is you're offering your customers.
Business Ideas

Starting a Business as a Personal Shopper

Shopping isn't just their passion; it's their business. And it's no job for an amateur. Learn how these fashion-forward pros make their living at the checkout counter--and how you can, too.
Your Business Plan

When a Business Plan Fails

Not sure why your plan isn't getting you anywhere? Check out what you should and shouldn't do.
Your Business Plan

Projecting Income

Prove your worth to investors by showing them how you'll bring in the money.
Your Business Plan

Updating Your Business Plan

There are many reasons why you should revisit your business plan.
Your Business Plan

Business Plan Risks

How to present your business risks without scaring away investors
Your Business Plan

Do Your Research

Don't forget to include market information in your business plan.
Your Business Plan

Preparing for a Business Plan Presentation

Win over investors by knowing your business plan inside out.
Your Business Plan

Determining Your Competition

Sometimes it's not obvious who your competition is. Here's how to find out and present it in your business plan.
Leasing Retail or Office Space for Your Startup

Smart Tips for Lease Negotiations

Follow these 6 tips when negotiating your first commercial lease.
Distribution and Licensing

Taking License

It pays to do your homework before signing a licensing agreement.
Your Business Plan

Elements of a Business Plan

There are seven major sections of a business plan, and each one is a complex document. Read today's selection from our business plan tutorial to fully understand the components of your business plan.
Finding Ideas

Will It Pay?

Turning your hobby into a profitable business.
Business Ideas

5 Senior Businesses to Start

Seniors are the hottest demographic out there, and this market is only going to get bigger. Get in on this growth industry with these five hot businesses.
Your Business Plan

Why You Must Have a Business Plan

It's more than a tool for getting funding. Think of it as the road map to your business's future.
Business Ideas

9 Senior Businesses to Start

Seniors are the hottest demographic out there, and this market is only going to get bigger. Get in on this growth industry with these nine hot businesses.
Business Ideas

The Hottest Teen Business for 2005

Feeling young at heart? Up on your trends? Then you might be in a great position to open a teen-oriented business. Here are the hottest ideas for 2005.
How-To Guides for Home Based Businesses

How to Get Free Employees for Your Business

Colleges, high schools and trade schools are great sources of eager-and free-workers for your business.
Startup Basics

Conducting a Break-Even Analysis

This tool will help you determine how profitable your product or service can be.
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