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Learn everything you need to know about starting any type of business with expert advice and actionable solutions from experienced business professionals.

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How to Stay Motivated to Start a Business
By Simone Johnson | April 10, 2024

What makes a good entrepreneur? Characteristics such as flexibility, control and motivation all help. Here is how to stay inspired when starting your business.

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Digital Disrupt: What We Can All Learn From the Netflix Model
By Chad Brooks | April 10, 2024

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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Why You Need to Develop Your Own Unique Product
By Jared Haw | April 10, 2024

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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3 Famous Restaurants and Bars That Weren’t Supposed to Be
By Ali Saleh | April 03, 2024

An unexpected origin story adds character.

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Turn Your Genealogy Hobby Into a Side Business
By Chad Brooks | April 02, 2024

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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Hello Alice CEO Carolyn Rodz On 2024’s Biggest Challenges for Small Businesses (Full Q&A)
By Maya Afilalo | February 14, 2024

Plus her reasons for optimism — and how small businesses benefit whole communities

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How to Start a Clothing Store
By Dave Thomas | February 14, 2024

Clothing stores are popular businesses that appeal to varied niche audiences. Learn how to start a clothing store online or in a brick-and-mortar building.

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12 Things You Must Do Before Starting a Business
By Sean Peek | February 02, 2024

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

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5 Simple Ways to Pinpoint Your Brand’s Target Audience
By Chris Christoff | February 02, 2024

When you start a business, you need to understand your target market at a fundamental level. Here's exactly how to identify your audience.

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The 4 Biggest Challenges of Starting a Business (and How to Overcome Them)
By Jennifer Dublino | February 02, 2024

Starting a business is a difficult endeavor. Learn the biggest challenges that come with entrepreneurship and how to overcome them and find success.

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4 Reasons Why Texas Is a Hot State for Starting a Business
By Sean Peek | February 02, 2024

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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20 Businesses You Can Start on the Cheap
By Donna Fuscaldo | January 22, 2024

You don't need a ton of cash to launch a business. Opportunities abound to become a business owner with less than $500. See business ideas and pro tips.

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The Road Map to Starting a Membership Site From Scratch
By Mark Thompson | January 03, 2024

A subscription site is easy to start and can offer big rewards. Follow these steps to build a loyal member base.

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How Much Does It Cost to Start an Online Business?
By Zac Johnson | January 03, 2024

While expenses to begin an online business vary, here are some common costs you can expect to see with your new venture.

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More Lows Than Highs: Let’s Get Blunt About Starting a Cannabis Brand
By Daniel Thomas | January 03, 2024

Learn more about some key steps you must take in order to start a successful cannabis brand.

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7 Things to Consider Before Starting a Restaurant
By Max Freedman | December 19, 2023

Before you launch your restaurant business, learn about important considerations, such as location, marketing and software.

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Why the Ninja Turtles Are a Perfect Team to Emulate in Business
By Antonio Ferme | November 16, 2023

How to form a TMNT C-Suite.

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Trademark Basics: How to Submit a Trademark
By Max Freedman | November 06, 2023

Submitting a trademark is a way to protect your intellectual property. Learn how to submit a trademark properly, how it differs from a copyright, and more.

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Time to Expand? Tips for Opening Another Location
By Max Freedman | November 06, 2023

Learn how to know when it's time to expand your business, and find out what you should do to begin the process.

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Better Together: Making Magic Between Big Companies and Startups
By Alex Goryachev | November 06, 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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Starting a Business From Home: The Ultimate Checklist
By Julie Thompson | November 06, 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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How to Start a Business With $0 (Or Pretty Close)
By Tom Drake | November 03, 2023

It is possible to go into business with limited startup capital. Here is how to become a successful entrepreneur, even without huge assets.

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Funding Woes, Be Gone: 5 Ways to Minimize Your Start-Up Costs
By Mike Berner | October 30, 2023

Minimize your costs by following these tips.

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Strange Business Patents of the Year
By Dan Ketchum | October 04, 2023

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

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Eat Up: Supper Clubs Get 21st Century Makeover
By Elizabeth Barton | October 03, 2023

Businesses are turning to an old staple: supper clubs. Learn more about why.

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It’s Fashionable to Skip the Business Plan — How Reckless Is That?
By Mike Berner | October 03, 2023

More and more entrepreneurs are winging it. Are they setting themselves up for failure or smartly trusting their gut?

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From Cubicle to Incorporated: The 6 Benefits of Forming an S Corporation
By Jamie Johnson | July 31, 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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Is PaddleSmash the Next Pickleball?
By Lauren Vino | July 10, 2023

Pickleball is a billion-dollar industry. Now two entrepreneurs, Scott Brown and Tim Swindle, hope their creation will be next.

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Think Like a Startup, Scale Like an Enterprise: Balancing the Best of Both
By Alex Goryachev | March 09, 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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The Dropbox Effect: How to Utilize the Lean Startup Methodology
By Sean Peek | February 21, 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.