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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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Startup Funding From Friends and Family: Best or Worst Idea Ever?
By business.com editorial staff | May 14, 2020

There is a right way to ask for financial help for your startup from friends and family.

Advice
Where can I start looking for suppliers?
By Serge Dagher | 12 Answers | Last Activity on May 14, 2020

I have a local online store, www.otloubnow.com and I am looking for a supplier that will distinguish me from my competitors by offering new and innovative items in my store. Can you please tell...

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Tips on Getting a Business Loan If You Have Bad Credit
By Chad Otar | May 12, 2020

Don't let bad credit hold you back from obtaining funding for your business.

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5 Essentials of the Perfect Business Plan
By business.com editorial staff | May 08, 2020

To create the perfect business plan, include these five elements.

Advice
What expectations do you have for a conference room space when planning a successful meeting?
By Paul J. Nelson | 9 Answers | Last Activity on May 06, 2020

I am doing some research in preparation of opening a conference room rental center. What amenities would you be looking for in the space you are renting? What would be your most important...

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Scaling Up: The Economics of Your Home Delivery Business
By Marc Kuo | May 01, 2020

If you're scaling your home delivery business, monitoring and lowering your cost per delivery is key to profitability.

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Should You Buy an Existing Franchise?
By business.com editorial staff | May 01, 2020

There's an alternative to launching a new franchise: Buy an existing one.

Advice
How will COVID-19 permanently affect remote work trends?
By Skye Schooley | 6 Answers | Last Activity on May 01, 2020

COVID-19 has drastically changed how businesses operate. After the world resumes back to "normal," what remote work changes will businesses permanently adopt? What businesses have benefited from...

Advice
How to start a solo business? what books should I read?
By tan Ng | 3 Answers | Last Activity on May 01, 2020

Hello everybody, recently I'm going to start an one person business in imported and trading. I'm looking for some books or documents that useful for operating my business, control outsourcing or...

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5 Tips for Building a Successful Remote Company
By business.com editorial staff | April 27, 2020

Build a remote company that runs like clockwork.

Advice
How can I start my new business?
By Ashish Ghaskata | 8 Answers | Last Activity on April 26, 2020

I can't understand which business is good for beginning. How can I start my new business. How much investment required for stat the bussiness. Which rules and regulations are required for that...

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How to Start a Business Without Outside Funding
By Kiely Kuligowski | April 24, 2020

Shama Patel launched a successful skin care company with no outside funding. Here's how she did it.

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How to Apply for Government Grants
By Derek Walter | April 20, 2020

Applying for government grants can be a confusing and lengthy process, but the end result could be a monetary award for your business. Here's how to apply for a government grant.

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How to Determine How Much Office Space You Need
By business.com editorial staff | April 15, 2020

Before you sign a lease, calculate how big an office you need using these estimates.

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Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) for Small Business
By business.com editorial staff | April 09, 2020

Consider implementing an RFID system to improve efficiency and reduce costs.

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The Dropbox Effect: How to Utilize the Lean Startup Methodology
By business.com editorial staff | April 09, 2020

How do big startups like Dropbox manage to climb to the heights they do? It all starts with the Lean Startup methodology.

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Choosing a Location for Your Retail Business: Pros and Cons of Brick and Mortar vs. Online
By Emerson De Oliveira | April 08, 2020

Online shops are great, but there are also plenty of reasons to choose a brick-and-mortar store.

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LLC: Why You Need to Create One to Protect Your Assets
By business.com editorial staff | April 08, 2020

An LLC may be costly to start, but a lawsuit would cost more.

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10 Things to Consider Before Starting a Restaurant
By business.com editorial staff | April 08, 2020

These factors are crucial in planning a restaurant.

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Restaurant Accounting: How It's Different
By business.com editorial staff | April 08, 2020

Restaurants have their own special accounting needs and quirks.

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Can You Make a Profit and Be Socially Responsible?
By business.com editorial staff | April 08, 2020

Can you be both socially responsible and make money while doing so? The short answer is yes, and we’ll show you how to amplify both.

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A Strong Foundation: 5 Books to Read Before Starting Your Business
By business.com editorial staff | April 07, 2020

An easier way of starting a business is to gather more knowledge and motivation. Here are five masterpieces that will help you.

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How to Self-Fund Your Business
By Sean Peek | April 06, 2020

It can take years to get your vision off the ground, but the rewards of owning every aspect of your company is worth the hard work of bootstrapping. Here's how you can self-fund your business idea.

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How to Protect Your Startup With a Sustainable Mindset
By Kash Mathur | April 03, 2020

Growth doesn't have to happen at lightning speed. Startups can celebrate the small wins on their growth journey (as well as the big ones).

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Turn It Up: Aggressive Marketing Strategies for Startups in Any Industry
By business.com editorial staff | April 02, 2020

If you've got a product ready to go, how do you market it so that you can sell as many as possible in a short amount of time?

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Why Having a Diverse Board Is Good for Business
By Kiely Kuligowski | April 02, 2020

Diversity introduces fresh perspectives and challenges old thinking. Learn how to create a diverse board of directors for your business, and find out how it can improve your bottom line.

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What Sole Proprietors Need to Know About Business Licenses
By business.com editorial staff | April 01, 2020

If you conduct business, even as a sole proprietor, you have some municipal rules.

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What Is a Rising Rate Environment?
By business.com editorial staff | April 01, 2020

In a booming economy, while your rates may rise, your revenue should too.

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Should You Require Contracts as a Freelancer?
By business.com editorial staff | April 01, 2020

Considering freelancing? Here's everything you need to know about freelance contracts.

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Sound Stupid? Dumb Business Ideas That Turned Out to be Pretty Smart
By business.com editorial staff | April 01, 2020

Google, Twitter and the iPad all started as "dumb" business ideas no one believed in.