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The Dropbox Effect: How to Utilize the Lean Startup Methodology
By Sean Peek | January 23, 2023

The lean startup technique is a three-step approach designed to help companies improve their decision-making in order to reach a broader market.

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Starting a Children’s Party Entertainment Business
By Chad Brooks | January 23, 2023
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Starting a Business From Home: The Ultimate Checklist
By Julie Thompson | January 23, 2023

Starting a business requires an organized approach to administrative, legal and practical tasks. Follow this checklist to start a business from home.

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The 5 Biggest Challenges to Starting a Business (and How to Overcome Them)
By Dave Thomas | January 23, 2023

The rewards of starting a business are usually worth the challenges. You may encounter these five big challenges, so here's how to overcome them.

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How to Start a Clothing Store
By Dave Thomas | January 23, 2023

When you want to start a clothing store, you must develop a solid plan of action. Read our tips for opening your own clothing store.

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12 Things You Must Do Before Starting a Business
By Sean Peek | January 23, 2023

Find out what you must do before starting a business, from writing a business plan to getting the proper insurance.

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From Cubicle to Incorporated: The 6 Benefits of Forming an S Corporation
By Jamie Johnson | January 23, 2023

An S corporation helps you avoid double taxation and the self-employment tax. Learn the pros and cons of S corporations and other corporate structures.

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Digital Disrupt: What We Can All Learn From the Netflix Model
By Chad Brooks | January 23, 2023

Just as Netflix disrupted the media landscape to find success, other businesses must innovate or risk obsolescence. Learn what Netflix's path can teach us.

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Welcome to the Big Leagues: At What Point Are You No Longer a Startup?
By Sean Peek | January 23, 2023

How do you know your business has passed the startup stage? Find out the key signs here.

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How to Start a Business With $0 (Or Pretty Close)
By Tom Drake | January 23, 2023

For many, owning a business is a dream. However, it remains a dream because it costs money to start a business.

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13 Things to Consider Before Starting a Restaurant
By Max Freedman | January 23, 2023

There are several details you must consider before opening the doors to your restaurant. Read our article to make sure you're ready for business.

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Time to Expand? Tips for Opening Another Location
By Max Freedman | January 23, 2023

Are you ready to open a second location for your business? Here are some factors to consider.

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Is Your Startup Ready for an Angel Investor?
By Katharine Paljug | January 23, 2023

Once you determine you are ready for an angel investor, you're probably wondering where you find the right investor. Here's how.

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Think Like a Startup, Scale Like an Enterprise: Balancing the Best of Both
By Alex Goryachev | January 23, 2023

Both startups and enterprises must disrupt and innovate to survive. Learn how thinking like a startup and scaling like an enterprise can help ensure success.

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Trademark Basics: How to Submit a Trademark
By Max Freedman | January 23, 2023

There are distinct differences between trademarks and copyrights. Find out what they are and how they might affect your business.

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How Much Does It Cost to Start an Online Business?
By Zac Johnson | January 23, 2023

Starting a business online can be relatively simple and affordable. These are the typical startup expenses and rough cost estimates.

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Better Together: Making Magic Between Big Companies and Startups
By Alex Goryachev | January 23, 2023

Startups and enterprises can complement each other by collaborating. Learn how large and small players can overcome issues and work together.

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Turn Your Genealogy Hobby Into a Side Business
By Chad Brooks | January 23, 2023

Have you ever considered starting a genealogy business? This guide will walk you through the steps of starting a home-based genealogy business.

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4 Reasons Why Texas Is a Hot State for Starting a Business
By Sean Peek | January 23, 2023

The heat and the sun aren't the only reasons Texas is a hot state. Check out why Texas is a fantastic state to start a business.

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The Roadmap to Start a Membership Site From Scratch
By Mark Thompson | January 23, 2023

Do you want to create a website with useful content for paying members? Follow these seven steps.

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Why You Need to Develop Your Own Unique Product
By Jared Haw | January 23, 2023

If you sell products anyone can get, you'll never become a leader in your market. Here's how to develop unique products instead.

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How to Stay Motivated to Start a Business
By Simone Johnson | January 23, 2023

Enthusiasm is key to running a business, but sometimes it's hard to find. Here's how you can keep your motivation up.

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5 Simple Ways to Pinpoint Your Brand’s Target Audience
By Chris Christoff | January 23, 2023

At you business's inception, it's important to identify your brand's demographic.

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20 Businesses You Can Start on the Cheap
By Donna Fuscaldo | January 23, 2023

Starting a business doesn't have to cost thousands of dollars. Here are 20 you can launch with $500 or less.

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Funding Woes, Be Gone: 5 Ways to Minimize Your Start-Up Costs
By Mike Berner | January 23, 2023

Minimize your costs by following these tips.

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How to Work with Your Spouse Without Filing for Divorce
By Skye Schooley | January 23, 2023

Family businesses can be great when everyone gets along. Here are tips to navigate working with your spouse without killing each other.

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A/B Testing to Zapier: The ABCs of Running Your Own Business
By Mark Fairlie | January 23, 2023

Being in business means understanding business jargon. Find out the meaning of more than 100 important business terms.

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Strange Business Patents of the Year
By business.com editorial staff | January 23, 2023

Are these products destined for revolutionary glory or just too far ahead of their time?