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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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How to Start an Online Business From Home
By Ryan Ayers | November 17, 2020

Follow these five steps to lay a durable foundation for small business success in the digital marketplace.

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How LaFlore Paris Became the Most-Funded Female-Owned Business on Kickstarter
By Kiely Kuligowski | November 16, 2020

LaFlore Paris co-founder Natacha Seroussi shares her tips on being successful on crowdfunding sites.

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How to Find and Attract Business Investors
By Matt D'Angelo | October 27, 2020

Need an investor to help you grow your startup? Here's how to find an investor and which types to look for.

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Pad That Bank Account: 6 Strategies for Companies Raising Capital
By Faizan Raza | October 22, 2020

Whether you run a startup or a Fortune 500 company, you need capital to grow. Here are six strategies for raising capital as a small business owner.

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The 5 Biggest Challenges to Starting a Business (and How to Overcome Them)
By Dave Thomas | October 02, 2020

Starting a business is a difficult endeavor. It is critical to identify your challenges and set a plan for how to tackle them.

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19 Essential Tools for Building a Successful Business Plan
By Scott Gerber | September 29, 2020

These resources can reduce the time and effort it takes to write a comprehensive plan.

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How Your Life Experiences Can Inspire Your Business and Help It Grow
By Simone Johnson | September 25, 2020

Learn how Mixed Up Clothing owner Sonia Kang's multicultural background, nursing credentials, and flair for fashion both inspired and saved her business.

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7 Steps to Starting a Business
By Chris Porteous | September 21, 2020

The businesses that stand the best chances of surviving into the future are those that don't risk it all on a single "big score." They play the long game and manage risk frugally.

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Making a Difference: What You Should Know About Nonprofits
By Chris Porteous | September 10, 2020

Should you start your business as a for profit or nonprofit? Learn which business model works best for you.

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Trademark Basics: How to Submit a Trademark
By Max Freedman | September 09, 2020

Learn about the subtle differences between trademarks and copyrights.

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5 Steps to Successfully Transition From Pro Athlete to Entrepreneur
By Dominic Blanco | September 02, 2020

Learn what one former pro athlete recommends to other athletes considering venturing into entrepreneurship.

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What You Need to Know Before Pitching a Product Idea to Investors
By Dima Venglinski | July 31, 2020

Follow these proven strategies to create a successful investment pitch deck – with recommendations on how to avoid missteps when introducing an idea to a funding organization or angel investor.

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Startups vs. Small Businesses: What Should You Build?
By Jared Atchison | July 24, 2020

Understanding the differences between startups and small businesses will impact your success. Find out what the best type of business is for you.

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3 Future-Readiness Ideas All Small Businesses Must Embrace
By Ian Khan | July 22, 2020

There are several steps entrepreneurs can take to overcome disruptions while growing business from the ground up.

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The Pros and Cons of a Payroll Card
By Matt D'Angelo | July 22, 2020

Paycards are a growing trend among small businesses. Find out their pros and cons.

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What's the Difference Between Exempt and Nonexempt Employees?
By Skye Schooley | July 22, 2020

Learn the difference between exempt and nonexempt so you can properly classify your employees.

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How to Describe Your Business
By business.com editorial staff | July 14, 2020

Find out how you can boil down your business to a few keywords.

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How to Create a Sustainable Business Model
By Drew Hendricks | July 14, 2020

Why should your business be sustainable, and how can you achieve this model?

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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?