Starting a Business

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.
Home Based Business

Save On Postage

Five ways to spend less on your mailings
Venture and Angel Investors

Money Order

Venture capital is within reach, but you have to work for it. Follow these steps to that deal-closing handshake.
Inventing

Home Fires Burning

Spark nationwide success for your product with some sales fuel from your local neighborhood stores.
Protecting Your Idea

"Oh, Yeah? Prove It!"

Bringing both sides of the patent issue together to find the truth about prior art
Starting a Business

Are You High-Maintenance?

What you do in your personal time is your business, but that's no way to run your company.
Startup Financing

Learn by Pitching

Business plan competitions and venture forums might be nerve-racking, but they can also get you the cash you need.
Business Ideas

Secrets to Mail Order Success

Mail order isn't the shoo-in start-up it was years ago, but it's possible to thrive-if you specialize.
Startup Basics

Where Do You Stand?

Some say the new administration isn't exactly oozing with support for new start-ups; some say help is on the way. So what's the truth?
Home Based Business

Offer A Trial Or Sample

Letting people try your product or service may lead to big sales.
How to Start an Import/Export Business
Startup Kits

How to Start an Import/Export Business

From importing exotic fashions to exporting light fixtures, the international trade business will take you all over the world and into all product niches.
Home Based Business

The Ins And Outs Of Employee Leasing

If you're trying to decide whether to hire an employee leasing company, check out this expert advice first.
Home Based Business

Turning Your Dreams Into Reality

If you're ready to reach for the stars, here's how.
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