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Business Plans

Strategic Planning

4 Strategic Planning Exercises That You Should Do Annually

Start with a SWOT framework for every department. That's short for 'strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.'
Business Plans

5 Steps to Create a 1-Page Strategic Plan for Your Business

What, exactly, is your big hairy audacious goal? Yes, it's called a BHAG, and it's a real thing.
Startup Basics

Eternal Sunshine of a Flawless Plan: Winning Startup Strategies

Ever see the 2004 Kate Winslet/Jim Carrey film? Turns out it has a lot in common with an entrepreneurial startup.
Business Plans

If You're Not Serious About a Business Plan, You're Not Serious About Business

Creating a top-notch business plan will provide the highest chance of success while increasing your credibility with investors and your team.
Take It From The Pros

6 Prerequisites for Turning Your Passion Into Profits

Passion is necessary but not sufficient fuel to turn a bright idea into a successful business.
Forecasts

The Top 3 Economic Challenges Facing Entrepreneurs in 2016

The upcoming year will favor those who best prepared for changes in the economy, technology and globabilization.
Product Development

Don't Go the Way of the Hydrogen-Fueled Engine. Make Sure Your Product Fits Into Today's World.

Study these six keys to properly balance technological innovation and business opportunity.
Scaling

4 Strategies for Scaling Up From a Business Guru

Author Verne Harnish did wonders for me as I planned to expand my already-growing business. Here's how.
Business Plans

4 Reasons Why a Traditional 40-Page Business Plan Is an Insane Waste of Time

No one will even read your epic novel of a plan in this age of short bursts of information. Create a 10-page pitch deck instead.
Business Plans

5 Reasons Your Business Plan Sucks and How You Can Change It

Most plans fail to achieve their objective and end up misrepresenting the business.
Entrepreneur Mindset

3 Reasons to Thank Your Critics

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Here's why.
Business Plans

Don't Wait to Turn a Hobby Into a 'Jobbie'

You can turn a passion into a business, but you need a focused plan.
Business Plans

5 Ways to Hack a Business Plan

Bullet points are your best friends, and other tips for not getting caught in the weeds of business-plan details.
Top Colleges

5 Schools That Offer Serious Cash for Business Plan Competitions

These only thing bigger than the prize money at these schools is their entrepreneurial spirit.
Business Plans

The Essential Guide to Writing a Business Plan

Here's the no-nonsense guide on how to write a business plan that will help you map success for your startup.