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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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Advice
Where do I begin when developing a business plan for an existing business?
By Tammy Lyn Fox | 19 Answers | Last Activity on July 14, 2020

I need to develop a business plan for an already established business. I am looking to relocate and expand the current services that I offer.

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Tech and Equipment to Jump-Start Your Catering Business
By business.com editorial staff | July 13, 2020

There is a lot of technology and other equipment you should invest in before you begin.

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Business Plan Basics: A Simple Formula for Highly Successful Startups
By business.com editorial staff | July 12, 2020

A well-crafted business plan forms the cornerstone of your business.

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Why You Should Develop a Relationship With a Business Lawyer
By Doron Hafner | July 10, 2020

The facets of launching a company can be overwhelming. Getting the help of a business lawyer is crucial to your success.

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How to Start a Telehealth Business
By John Riddle | July 09, 2020

The market and demand will only grow, but will the rules prove too difficult to overcome?

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How to Start a 3D Printing Business
By business.com editorial staff | July 07, 2020

Profit from your expertise in 3D printing and start your career in this growing industry.

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Expert Advice on Setting Up a Forex Trading Business
By business.com editorial staff | July 01, 2020

We spoke to Casey Stubbs, the founder of Winners Edge Trading, to learn about foreign exchange trading.

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How to Create a Partnership Agreement
By Sean Peek | June 29, 2020

If you are entering a business partnership, it's important to understand the rules of a partnership agreement and how to create one. Here's what you need to know about partnership agreements.

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Should I Start My Own Business During Retirement?
By business.com editorial staff | June 26, 2020

Retirement doesn't always mean not working. Sometimes, it means pursuing entrepreneurship.

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How to Set a Price for Your Service
By business.com editorial staff | June 26, 2020

Are you properly valuing the services you provide?

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5 Common Pitfalls of Entrepreneurship, and How to Avoid Them
By Deborah Sweeney | June 25, 2020

Creating a proper work-life balance keeps you running smoothly, which in turn allows the business to run smoothly.

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Avoid These Mistakes While Starting a Business in a Risky Economy
By Dustin Ray | June 25, 2020

If you're an aspiring entrepreneur trying to get your business idea up and running during this tumultuous year, pay attention to these key mistakes to avoid.

Advice
How do I start outsourcing business tasks?
By Lynn Kretschmer | 23 Answers | Last Activity on June 25, 2020

I have no idea where to start outsourcing business tasks. What do I look for in an outsourcing professional? How do I know which tasks I should be outsourcing? When should I start outsourcing? Help!

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How to Transition From Your 9-to-5 Job to Full-Time Franchise Ownership
By Nathan Resnick | June 24, 2020

Does your day job leave you exhausted at the end of the workweek? If so, franchising might be a good opportunity for you to be your own boss.

Advice
Do I need an LLC or can I operate as a sole proprietor?
By Marcy Lechleiter | 3 Answers | Last Activity on June 24, 2020

I am starting a job as an independent contractor with an company for online dental billing for dental offices. I will not be selling anything , I am also in the middle of a move to TN where they...

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Vacationing from Your One-Person Business: 7 Tips to Unwind Without Worry
By business.com editorial staff | June 19, 2020

As a hard-working entrepreneur, you deserve a break like everyone else.

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How to Accept Credit Card Payments: A Beginner's Guide
By Adam Uzialko | June 19, 2020

You know your business needs to accept credit cards. How can your business accept them?

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8 Home-Based Business Ideas You Didn't Think Of
By business.com editorial staff | June 17, 2020

These home-based business ideas probably weren't on your radar until now, but there are many opportunities for starting a business from your home.

Advice
Which are the first 2-3 steps to becoming a music manager?
By Africana Gisele | 14 Answers | Last Activity on June 17, 2020

I'm an artist with an artistic career and I would like to build my management office. To build a music management practice, which documents, connections, and sponsors do I need? Do I need money to...

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How Writing a Book Might Help Your Small Business
By business.com editorial staff | June 16, 2020

Writing a book can build trust and foster a more genuine connection with your consumers.

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Business and Product Names: A Guide to Choosing or Changing Them
By business.com editorial staff | June 16, 2020

Your business name is more than just a catchy phrase. Here's how to choose the right one.

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How to Change Your Business Structure
By business.com editorial staff | June 15, 2020

Is your original business structure no longer a good fit for your company? Change it.

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Company Culture: Defining, Building and Maintaining It During a Crisis
By Nick Bogacz | June 12, 2020

Businesses that have a well-defined and sustained company culture will be the ones to survive the COVID-19 crisis – and others that may arise.

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An Uncharted Path to the New Normal for Venture Capital Firms
By Louis Lehot | June 10, 2020

COVID-19 has thrown economies into disarray. Data shows that a global recession, and maybe even a global depression, is now upon us.

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5 Simple Ways to Pinpoint Your Brand's Target Audience
By Chris Christoff | June 04, 2020

When you start a business, you need to understand your target market at a fundamental level at the very beginning.

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Get a Whiff of This: Research Proves Marketing With Scent Increases Sales
By business.com editorial staff | June 01, 2020

Consumers are plagued with oversaturation of visual content. By adapting your marketing strategy to include scent, you can improve your ROI.

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Small Business Guide on How to Get a Business Loan
By Sean Peek | May 22, 2020

When it comes to securing funding for your business, you have a lot of choices. How do you know which one is right for you? This ultimate guide on how to get a business loan will help you choose.

Advice
What is the best format for a business plan?
By Kirk Williams | 24 Answers | Last Activity on May 21, 2020

We have been building our business plan and want to know the best format to put it in. Trying to figure out the flow and proper length for the sections.

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How to Start a Business With an Invention
By Mona Bushnell | May 20, 2020

Learn how entrepreneur Grace Eleyae created a product that she wanted and couldn't find elsewhere, and how it led her to start a successful business in the beauty and hair care industry.

Advice
What can I do if my business partner tries to scam me?
By mike leung | 4 Answers | Last Activity on May 19, 2020

I invested $6000 for 10% share of my friend's new company. He is not operating or do anything for the company. The company is not running. I want out. How can I can my investment money back?