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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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?