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Starting a Business

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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6 Steps to Making Your First 6 Figures as a Coach or Consultant
By Yuri Kruman | May 25, 2018

Building a successful consulting business is possible with the right strategies.

How do I establish trust with foreign customers?
By Alvin Ye | 23 Answers | Last Activity on May 24, 2018

My target customers are foreign buyers; they buy goods from China and they find a freight forwarder who will provide freight service from China to their country. With a recent increase in...

Why Developing Good Habits Is More Effective Than Setting Goals
By Ray Williams | May 23, 2018

With goals, people rely too much on self-discipline but don't form helpful habits.

Quit Your Day Job for Your Startup: 5 Steps to Success
By Sammi Caramela | May 11, 2018

Make sure you're ready for entrepreneurship before leaving behind a steady income.

What do I need to know about opening an import business before I invest?
By Serge Dagher | 11 Answers | Last Activity on May 11, 2018

I want to start with a small import business and hope I could succeed and get bigger. I have the storage place, $30,000 ready, and about 5 years experience in FMCG marketing and brand...

Should I bring on a technical cofounder or outsource to build a prototype?
By Jen Ostrosky | 13 Answers | Last Activity on May 03, 2018

I would like to build a prototype for an idea I have to get feedback and hopefully some seed funding. I am wondering if I should outsource this to a development firm or find someone with technical...

How to Transition Your Business from an Office-Based Company to a Remote One
By Russell Smith | April 20, 2018

Switching to remote work is a big step, but it can be done. Here's how.

10 Personal Finance Rules Every Small Business Should Live By
By Meredith Wood | April 12, 2018

Use these principles to rein in your business's finances.

Make Your First Trade Show a Success
By Benjamin Liu | April 12, 2018

This checklist of 22 essential elements will help you pull off a successful event.

Think Like a Startup, Scale Like an Enterprise: Balancing the Best of Both Worlds
By Alex Goryachev | April 11, 2018

Larger companies must maintain the startup mindset to stay innovative and keep growing.

Why Most Startups Fail (and How You Can Avoid It)
By Avneet Narang | March 22, 2018

Here's how to ensure your business isn't a casualty during its first year of operation.

The Best Resources for Learning Web Design
By Andreas Rivera | March 19, 2018

With the internet, you have access to numerous learning tools for making your own website.

Is Your Startup Ready for an Angel Investor?
By Katharine Paljug | March 14, 2018

Here's how you know your startup is ready for an investor.

Can You Really Start a Successful Business in College?
By Philip Kushmaro | March 01, 2018

Starting a successful business is hard enough as it is.

Boomers: The Unexpected New Wave of Entrepreneurs
By Michelle Arbeau | February 22, 2018

More boomers are eschewing retirement for a new adventure: entrepreneurialism.

Know the Lingo: Construction Accounting Glossary
By Brittney Morgan | February 12, 2018

Do you know your types of prices and various accounting methods?

How to Say 'No' in Business
By Keren Lerner | February 02, 2018

Drawing firm but friendly boundaries leads to greater satisfaction, for you and clients.

How CEO Scott Fischer Turned Dippin' Dots Fortune Around
By Chad Brooks | January 31, 2018

It's no simple thing to turn around a company facing financial ruin.

Hungry for Success: How Your Startup Can Successfully Compete With Big Businesses
By Jen Saunders | January 29, 2018

These seven tips can help you differentiate your startup from the big guys.

7 Ways To Build a Successful Construction Business
By Evyatar Sagie | January 22, 2018

Forge a solid reputation and secure a solid client base with these 7 tips.

Weighing the Pros and Cons of Angel Investors for Your Business
By Roman Shteyn | January 19, 2018

Are angel investors the right funding source for your startup or small business?

Does a perfect business strategy really exist?
By Knut Harald Nylnde | 96 Answers | Last Activity on January 18, 2018

For budding businessmen, there are several terms and concepts that seem overwhelmingly complex, and one of them is strategy. In your own experience and opinion does a perfect business strategy is...

How do I attract the right clients for a freelance business?
By ram kris | 20 Answers | Last Activity on January 16, 2018

I am an aspiring freelance writer from India. I currently have a few local and international clients, but not enough to support my target monthly income. I need to acquire more clients, but am not...

If you could offer one piece of advice for becoming a better manager, what would it be?
By S. Thomas Warden | 79 Answers | Last Activity on January 02, 2018

There are varying opinions & perspectives on what it takes to become a good manager. What is one piece of advice you'd give to become a more effective manager?

Should You Forgo College to Start a Business?
By Eugene Cheng | December 28, 2017

A college degree is no longer absolutely necessary for a young person to succeed in life.

A Guide to Foreign Business Entities and Their U.S. Tax Classification
By Joshua Ashman Ephraim Moss | December 12, 2017

Learn more about the U.S tax classification of foreign business entities.

I own a small business and was approached by a fellow business (same type of work) looking to outsource some of their work. Can you offer advice?
By Amy King | 10 Answers | Last Activity on November 29, 2017

The business would like to outsource some of their work to me. What are some things to keep my business protected? What should the contract say? All responses are greatly appreciated.

Because Every Penny Counts: The Ultimate Free Tech Toolbox for Startups
By Craig Walker | November 01, 2017

Here are 19 free or low-cost apps and services that can give your startup a boost.

Where can I hire a professional to write my business plan?
By Valentina Bebo | 4 Answers | Last Activity on October 30, 2017

Where do I start when seeking to hire a professional to write my business plan?

What are the first steps to starting a swimwear line?
By Nilu Abdullah | 3 Answers | Last Activity on October 12, 2017

I'm a designer of my own swimwear brand. I don't know what I should do to kick off my ideas... Where do I find a manufacturer to do custom designs and should I prepare a business plan? Please...