Starting a Business

Home Based Business

Finding Funding, Part 1

Tips for writing a financing-friendly business plan
Marketing Your Invention

Your Invention Is Complete. Now What?

Create a business to distribute and market your invention, that's what.
Business Ideas

Starting a Home Inspection Business

Get trained, get going and get a piece of a multimillion-dollar industry.
Inventing

Infantile Inventions

No, no, it's not a bad thing! The baby-products market is the perfect place for brand-new inventors to take their first steps.
Bank and Other Loans

Lilliputian Loans

When it comes to financing, bigger isn't always better. Have you tried an SBA microloan on for size?
Your Business Plan

Asking Friends and Family for Financing

Heed our warnings before you play this dangerous game.
Furnishing Your First Store or Office

Why Buy Refurbished Equipment?

Use your money smartly by spending less with refurbished equipment.
Startup Basics

Call In the Pros

Step one in starting a business: Admit you don't know everything.
Startup Basics

Joining a Support Group, Part I

With a spiraling economy and, for some, rough waters ahead, Starve-Ups and organizations like it help young entrepreneurs muddle through and prosper.
Startup Basics

Finding a Business Mentor

Meeting someone who can show you the ropes may be the best thing you ever do for your business.
Furnishing Your First Store or Office

Protecting Your Business's Assets With a Safe

Every business is vulnerable to theft. Avoid the worst-case scenario by keeping your valuables locked away in a sturdy safe.
Inventing

Basic Invention Marketing

You have an invention—and you want people to know about it. Here are the basics to help you get just what you want.
Startup Basics

Working With a Turnaround Expert to Save Your Business

If you're prepared to listen and take a consultant's advice, you can save your ailing business.
Your Business Plan

Finding Market Research Sources

Your business plan isn't complete until you conduct market research. But where can you find the data you need?
Your Business Plan

So . . . Where Are They Now?

When the dust settles after a business plan competition, what happens to the winners and losers?
Marketing Your Invention

Don't Stay in the Dark!

Here's how to make sure your big invention sees the light of day.
Startup Basics

Mentorships: The Ultimate Networking Tool

Much more than advisors, mentors can help you learn the ropes and locate prospects, too.
Evaluating Your Idea

Finding Your Niche

Sometimes, discovering what your market needs are is as easy as taking a look around you.
How To Start a Business

How to Create a Marketing Plan

What is a marketing plan and why is it so essential to the success of your business? Find out here, in the first section of our comprehensive guide to creating a marketing plan.
Finding Ideas

Dream Weaver

My dream job is helping other people find their dream jobs. So . . . how do I do it?
Inventing

Molded in Your Image

A crude prototype won't show you off in the best light. You need a cheap way to build a better one.
Your Business Plan

Deadly Sins

Sloth, greed, gluttony-we don't care what you do on your own time. But when it comes to the mortality of your start-up, you need to play by the rules.
Home Based Business

5 Hot Homebased Businesses

Ready to go home--with your own business, that is? We've got 5 great ways to do it.
Product Development

Making Your Product in the U.S. vs. Overseas

Manufacturing your product elsewhere might be cheaper--but not necessarily better. Keep it local to save yourself some stress.
Startup Financing

Understanding the Financing Stages

From seed stage to mezzanine, a breakdown of the key financing terms and what they mean to you
Home Based Business

Include Samples With Direct Mail

Curiosity will get customers to open the envelope.
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