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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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3 Secrets of Successful Family Businesses
By business.com editorial staff | March 31, 2020

You don't have to be a family business to apply these secrets to your organization.

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Growing Healthcare Profits With Telemedicine
By business.com editorial staff | March 30, 2020

Telemedicine is not only a more efficient and convenient way to treat patients, it's also a way to expand a clinic's revenue stream.

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How to Find a Gap in the Marketplace
By Skye Schooley | March 30, 2020

Learn how to use a trending business model from another industry to create a business that satisfies your own needs as a consumer.

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Putting It On Paper: Free Business Plan Template [DOWNLOAD]
By business.com editorial staff | March 27, 2020

Starting a business is a multifaceted process, and it all starts with a business plan. Download our free template to build yours today.

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The Apple Approach: What Is a Full-Stack Startup?
By business.com editorial staff | March 26, 2020

Depending on how you arrange your cards, your startup can become a do-it-all powerhouse. What does the future hold for full-stack startups?

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A Risk Assessment Guide for Sailing Startups
By business.com editorial staff | March 26, 2020

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20% of businesses fail in the first year. Understanding the risks involved can help your startup sail past the rough waters.

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7 Steps to Make Your Business Less Likely to Fail
By Adem Selita | March 19, 2020

Fear or shame of failure could cripple you as an entrepreneur. While failure is possible and not shameful, you can still take these steps for your due diligence in starting a business.

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How to Dissolve a Partnership Agreement
By Julianna Lopez | March 11, 2020

Dissolving a partnership agreement isn't always easy. Here's how to end your partnership amicably.

Advice
What do you think stops an SME (Small-to-Midsized Enterprise) to decide whether to go for an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning software) or stay with mutilple solutions for their daily business operations?
By Ravi Srinivasan | 31 Answers | Last Activity on March 06, 2020

Here are a few that I already know: 1. Resist for change 2. Inability to trust a new service provider 3. Not willing to spend 4. Don't feel the latent or upcoming business need What am I...

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The Best Low-Cost Business Ideas When You're on a Tight Budget
By Shane Barker | February 26, 2020

Consider these low-cost business ideas if you want to start a business but are short on funds.

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4 Tips For A Wildly Successful Website Launch
By Thomas Griffin | February 25, 2020

Learn what you need to do to ensure your website launch is a success.

Advice
What consulting firms hire contract consultants for temporary or short term projects?
By Bernadette Boas | 15 Answers | Last Activity on February 14, 2020

I am a business consultant and leadership coach who obtains referrals, but I also find that linking in with consulting firms that hire temporary or short term independent consultants, is also a...

Advice
How to make our services a need of people?
By Uma Joshi | 36 Answers | Last Activity on February 06, 2020

While establishing the business Which factor(s) will influence buyers mentality to go for the services we are offering?.

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What Serving in Combat Taught Me About Startups
By Jeffrey Chapman | February 05, 2020

Jeffrey Chapman, CEO of Babel Street, shares how his combat experience prepared him for startup life and the lessons he learned building various businesses.

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9 Best Side Hustle Ideas for 2020
By Chris Porteous | February 02, 2020

Here's a breakdown of nine of the best side hustle ideas for 2020, why this is the year to chase them, and how they'll reward you for your hard work.

Advice
How can I monetize a tourism information center to create a profitable business?
By Samwel M P | 3 Answers | Last Activity on January 29, 2020

Hello business experts, can anyone help me to know how I can run a tourism information center as a profitable business occupation in my homeland? It's been a challenge for me to figure out how I can...

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Transitioning From Corporate America to Franchise Business Ownership
By Jim Judy | January 28, 2020

The thought of leaving the corporate world for business ownership is both exciting and frightening. These steps can help you decide and prepare.

Advice
I am thinking about celebrity endorsements as a growth option for my nail salon business. I need some advice?
By Mari-Louise Van den Berg | 20 Answers | Last Activity on January 22, 2020

I have a small nail salon business on the side and I want to start growing this small venture into some day being owner of my own business having to quit my job or doing both. I am in this industry...

Advice
How can we find a manufacturer in the U.S. for our swimwear line, and should we work with an experienced designer?
By Shana Egan | 31 Answers | Last Activity on January 15, 2020

We are starting a swimwear line. We have our business idea and mission and are on our way to finalizing our collection. We need experienced advice on finding a USA manufacturer, and we want to know...

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How To Write A Business Plan
By Deborah Sweeney | January 14, 2020

There are a number of key elements that all business plans should include.

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3 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Business
By Anthony Delgado | January 14, 2020

Let me help you learn from the tough lessons I discovered on my own.

Article
Everything You Want to Know About Business Planning
By Dave Lavinsky | January 12, 2020

The right business plan is often the difference between a company that stagnates and one that achieves great heights.

Article
Why Starting an Online Business Changed My Life
By Anthony Delgado | January 06, 2020

I share the hardships I faced in the beginning stages of my business and how I overcame them.

Advice
What should I consider when pricing my product?
By Caitlin Flannigan | 92 Answers | Last Activity on January 02, 2020

I know that I need to at least make back what it costs to make, but how do I know how big of a markup I should take? Will it be different if I sell my books on my website vs in a store like Amazon or...

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How to Ace Your Next Investor Briefing
By Howard Goldstein | December 31, 2019

When trying to secure funding, you need to showcase your business to investors in the best possible light.

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15 B2B Business Ideas for 2020
By Usman Raza | December 20, 2019

If you’re thinking about starting a new business-to-business company in 2020 but not sure what your startup should be, check out our article about 15 business ideas to consider.

Advice
How should I approach business competition?
By Abdoulie Jah | 11 Answers | Last Activity on December 17, 2019

My business sells building materials and many people also sell the same product. How do I win over the market from these guys with my product?

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Top Countries for Business Process Outsourcing (and How to Start)
By Derek Gallimore | December 16, 2019

Make sure you're outsourcing for the most efficiency and least cost by considering looking for a partner in one of these countries.

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Why You Need to Develop Your Own Unique Product
By Jared Haw | December 15, 2019

If you want to take a larger share of the market, win clients and have higher margins, you'll need to develop your own product.

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How to Build a Business in the Legal Gray Zone
By Chris Porteous | December 15, 2019

Industries like cannabis are taking off, but how difficult is it to start a business in a legally gray area like this? Here's how to start.