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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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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.

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.

Get a Whiff of This: Research Proves Marketing With Scent Increases Sales
By 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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

Build a remote company that runs like clockwork.

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.

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

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

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

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

The Dropbox Effect: How to Utilize the Lean Startup Methodology
By 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.

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.

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

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

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.

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).

Turn It Up: Aggressive Marketing Strategies for Startups in Any Industry
By 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?

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Growing Healthcare Profits With Telemedicine
By 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.