Starting a Business

Your Business Plan

Business Description

Let readers of your business plan know exactly what type of business you're in.
Your Business Plan

Market Strategies

This section of your business plan is where your hard market research work will pay off.
Your Business Plan

Competitive Analysis

How will your business compete? Explain it well in your business plan's competitive analysis.
Your Business Plan

Design & Development Plans

This section covers goals, procedures and resources needed for product development.
Business Ideas

Start a Business Abroad

Love to travel? Look abroad for new entrepreneurship opportunities.
Business Ideas


Turn a secret family recipe into a not-so-secret success.
Business Ideas

Cash In on Sudoku

An addictive brainteaser can beget entrepreneurial gold.
Loans from Friends and Family

Tap Into Your Network for Business Funding

Looking to raise capital for your new business? Start by approaching the people who know you best.

Get It Covered

Insure your business from the start.
Your Business Plan

Why You Need a Business Plan

Just because you think you know where you want to take your business, it doesn't mean you shouldn't put it down in writing.
Startup Basics

Launching Your Mompreneur Business

These tips will help you determine just what type of business to start and offer a few "first steps" to get you going.
Protecting Your Idea

Top Legal FAQs for Inventors

Answers to the most common legal questions about patents, trademarks and copyrights
Business Ideas

Death Is Big Business

Death becomes creative for funeral entrepreneurs.
Success Stories

You Can Do It!

Despite some bumps in the road, these 5 entrepreneurs created thriving businesses. Learn from their challenges to help keep your company on the right track.
Marketing Ideas

Marketing to Other Entrepreneurs

If you're marketing to other business owners, you need to offer the 7 things they want most--and learn how you can deliver them.
Your Business Plan

Updating Your Business Plan

Our coach explains why constantly updating your business plan is the key to growing successfully.
Protecting Your Idea

Keeping an Inventor's Notebook

Protect your idea with these easy-to-follow steps for keeping an inventor's notebook--one of the most important steps in the inventing process.
Self-Financing Your Startup

Tapping Your Personal Savings to Fund Your Startup

Our startup financing expert explains the right way to use your personal funds to finance your new business.
Naming Your Business

How to Name Your Business

What's in a business name? Plenty. Not only must your name reflect your brand and be memorable, there are also a host of legal issues to consider. Here's how to choose a name that'll best suit your business.
Home Based Basics

Get Organized!

Is your business bogged down? Clear the clutter, and get a fresh start.
Marketing Plan

23 Hours to a Great Marketing Plan

The countdown has started: With these simple steps, you're less than a day away from creating marketing magic.
Startup Basics

Stop Procrastinating!

Are you burying yourself in busywork to avoid really starting your business? These 10 tips will help you change your attitude--and get going.
Startup Basics

Startup Smarts

The recipe for success: Keep it simple.
Business Ideas

Revved-Up Retail

Traditional storefronts aren't your only retail option. Here's a crash course in the fastest ways to start selling.

Launching a Product From Start to Finish

Got a new product idea? Get the inside scoop on how to launch it into the stratosphere.
Business Ideas

Simple Restaurants Are Big Business

Want to start a restaurant? One ingredient may be all you need.
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