Business & Small Business
Sign In with
Follow Entrepreneur on Facebook
Follow Entrepreneur on Twitter
Follow Entrepreneur on LinkedIn
Starting a Business Home
Your Business Plan
Run & Grow
Run and Grow Your Business Home
Payments & Collections
Sales & Marketing Home
Apps & Software
News and Trends
Franchises for Sale
Franchises for Sale:
The 'Treps Home
Ask Entrepreneur Home
Starting a Business
Sales & Marketing
Home Based Business
Grow Your Business
Have a Burning Business Question?
Ask Your Question Now
Skip Advertisement X
This ad will close in
Finding the Right Business For You
Startups and Investors Bet on the Drone Economy
Entrepreneurs are betting on a future full of flying robots that can do anything from survey crops to make a delivery.
June 16, 2013
Venture for America and Its Quest to Spread Entrepreneurship Beyond Silicon Valley
In an effort to expand entrepreneurship across the U.S. and provide some much needed jobs, this nonprofit is looking to the nation's college students.
May 30, 2013
Emerging Players in Tech-Fashion Innovation
Think creating the next iPhone is tough? Try making the perfect pocket or purse to hold one.
May 20, 2013
How to Make Sure There's a Market for Your Business Idea
No matter how great your idea, if you don't have a solid market, you're wasting your time. Here are four ways to be more strategic about positioning your business idea for the right customers.
May 16, 2013
Obama Offers $200 Million Prize to Build 3 Manufacturing Innovation Hubs
The White House announced today that it will expand on its program to promote advanced manufacturing in the U.S., an effort to drive global competitiveness.
May 9, 2013
How an Endurance Coach Helped Change Running Shoes
John Patrick Pullen
Running expert Eric Orton developed a new shoe to help athletes put their best foot forward.
April 24, 2013
Behind a Brand Extension: How a Sweatshirt Raised Over $1 Million on Kickstarter
Flint and Tinder's founder shares tips on how he successfully branched out with a new product -- and you can, too.
April 23, 2013
Tipping Its Hat to a Younger Generation, Pukka Headwear Finds Success in the Golf Industry
After years of struggle, the golf cap company stands out in a crowded market with a customized approach to selling.
April 16, 2013
Most New Business Ideas Hatching for 6 or More Months
A new report shows that most new business owners spend months working on their business plan prior to starting up.
February 28, 2013
7 Trends in 'Green' Business, Not Just for Tree-Huggers
Environmental responsibility is a hot trend for companies, whether or not they target the granola set.
February 21, 2013
Defining Your Market in 7 Steps
No business can be all things to all customers, especially a small business. Here's how to find a niche to set up your company for success.
February 13, 2013
Targeting Niche Markets
Five Ways to Find Your Business Fit
If you're looking at getting into a new business, first make sure it suits your needs. Here's how.
August 10, 2011
Five Creativity Exercises to Find Your Passion
Want to start a business, but not sure what to pursue? Here's how to discover what you love.
June 3, 2011
How to Find Hot Franchises in a Cold Market
What buyers look for when shopping for a franchise if a famous brand name doesn't top their list.
April 29, 2011
Franchising Your Business
The One-Paragraph Start-Up Plan
Use these five steps to write a practical business plan to launch a new company quickly.
December 7, 2010
Starting a Business: The Idea Phase
You know you want to start a business, but what do you do next? Here's how to find the perfect idea for your business.
September 1, 2010
Are You Ready to Buy a Business?
5 questions to consider before you take the leap
March 15, 2010
Is Now the Right Time to Buy a Business?
Make sure to do your research and due diligence before making the purchase
October 13, 2009
Selling Your Biz
Why You Should Buy a Business
It'll cost you more upfront, but you get what you pay for.
March 17, 2009
Cash Flow & Money Management
How to Research a Franchise
One of the most important parts of buying a franchise is doing your homework. So get out there and grill the people who know the franchise best.
December 18, 2008
Franchise Buying Guide
Buying a Franchise Versus a Business Opportunity
How to tell the difference between a franchise and biz opp and determine which is the better fit for you.
July 6, 2007
Franchise Buying Guide
What's Your Entrepreneurial Personality Type?
Anyone can start a business! The secret is picking a venture that fits your entrepreneurial personality. Here's how to determine yours.
April 1, 2006
How to Buy a Business
Starting from scratch isn't the only way to get started. Buying an existing business can help you hit the ground running. Here's what you need to know to find a great deal.
September 6, 2005
Are You Franchisee Material?
The 9 traits of a successful franchisee
April 4, 2005
Buying a Franchise Coach Jeff Elgin
Do You Really Have What It Takes
A new look at the classic question of whether you are cut out to be an entrepreneur
April 21, 2003
How To Guides
Basic planning guide and checklist for startup businesses.
Learn how to finance a new business or get startup financing with our business financing center.
Whether you're just starting out, need funding or want to monitor the health of your business, creating and writing a business plan is your first step on the path to a better business.
Buying a Business
Are You Ready to Buy a Business?
How to Buy an Existing Business
When to Consider Buying a Business
What is a Master Franchisee?
Matching Franchisors With Investors
A Hamburger by Any Other Name...
Free Business Tools
Download and customize these free forms
Evaluate and analyze your financials
Quizzes and Checklsts
What's Your Entrepreneurial I.Q?
Are You Ready to Buy a Franchise?
More Checklists »
Checklists and Worksheets
Idea Evaluation Checklist
Use this checklist to help you evaluate the idea to determine if you should start a new business.
Invention Assessment Checklist
SBA Loan Checklist
Personal Goals Worksheet
Run & Grow
Staff and Contributors
Reprints & Permissions
Business Efficiency Center
30 Days to Your Own Business
Building Your Online Presence
Finding the Right Business
60 Second Solutions
Inside The Incubators
Tools & Services
Find Us on Facebook
Follow Us on Twitter
Download the app for your iPhone or iPad
Download the app for your Android
Download the app for your Blackberry
More mobile apps
ClipIt Tools by
Inspiration Station platform by Wordever
Video Production By
Social Tools By
Copyright © 2013 Entrepreneur Media, Inc. All rights reserved.
Post Your Question
Try to be succinct and descriptive
Add Additional Details
Include as much detail as necessary for our experts to give a complete answer. (Optional)
Your E-Mail Address
We will send you an e-mail when your question is answered.
I have read and understand the
Entrepreneur Media Inc. does not guarantee the veracity, reliability or completeness of any answers provided by staff members or contributors and cannot be held responsible for any results obtained from the use of such information. Consult with an attorney or other expert knowledgeable in the laws or regulations applicable to the question posted to the Ask Entrepreneur database.
* Due to the volume of questions we receive, we cannot guarantee an answer to every question. Questions may be edited for grammar and clarity.
Thank you. Your Question has been submitted.