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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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The Best States for Starting a Business in 2019
By Travis Crabtree | August 20, 2019

Here are four states where you should consider starting a business.

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What to Look for in a SaaS Startup Idea to Make it a Success
By Zaheer Dodhia | August 19, 2019

Software as a service (SaaS) has taken over the business world by storm, and today there are more SaaS startups mushrooming everywhere. To find out whether your SaaS idea struck gold, or not, here...

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5 Ways to Find a Niche for Your Startup
By Brian J. Roberts | August 16, 2019

Here's how to identify your niche and find a market need to base your business on.

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4 Reasons Why Texas Is a Hot State for Starting a Business
By Deborah Sweeney | August 16, 2019

Why are so many startups heading to Texas?

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How to Become a Full-Time Airbnb Entrepreneur
By Sam Zuo | August 07, 2019

A guide for entrepreneurs to turn the average Airbnb side hustle into a full-time business

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Save on App Development With a Minimum Viable Product (MVP)
By Rajat Chauhan | August 07, 2019

Minimum viable product (MVP) is a powerful tool harnessed by startups to validate apps.

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5 Ways to Build Customers' Trust
By Bill Brunelle | August 06, 2019

To be successful, small businesses have to create a sense of trust with their customers.

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16 Things to Know When Expanding to a Second Location
By Scott Gerber | August 05, 2019

Growth can be a wonderful thing, but it brings with it its own set of challenges.

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How can I profit from a business idea that is unable to be patented?
By Ray Dickerson | 3 Answers | Last Activity on August 04, 2019

How can I profit from an idea that I originated and leverage the profit from a ground level perspective? My business will offer the idea to sell but the idea will be public domain. How can I profit...

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How to Turn Your Small Business Into a Successful Franchise
By Luke Fitzpatrick | July 24, 2019

Franchising your business can be a rewarding experience when done right.

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How to Create a New Brand Image From Scratch
By Thomas Griffin | July 24, 2019

Creating brand image is a tough task. Here is what it takes.

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How do you market two services under one roof?
By Daniel Legrand | 8 Answers | Last Activity on July 24, 2019

I have a business that specialises in two areas. 1. Purchasing service/management - product sourcing ? Procurement/purchasing agent I provide a purchasing service, sourcing all types of...

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5 Money-Saving Ideas for Your Newly-Funded Business
By Howard Goldstein | July 23, 2019

These money-saving tips will help your small business run efficiently and profitably.

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Should I take the leap to start my own online boutique?
By Nicky Smith | 5 Answers | Last Activity on July 08, 2019

I have an online group of about 1,000 members I currently do discount buys for. I have been wanting to open an online boutique but I'm scared to take the leap. My reasoning is the supplier for great...

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Tips for my first networking event?
By Zack Lombardi | 9 Answers | Last Activity on July 01, 2019

I'm planning on going out to my first networking event to raise awareness. I've never been to a networking event and am a little nervous about it. What are good tips for navigating a room/talking...

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Is My Business Idea Good Enough?
By Kiely Kuligowski | June 27, 2019

Here's how to know when to run with a business idea and when to let it go.

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8 Traits You Need to Become a Successful Freelancer
By Syed Balkhi | June 17, 2019

Learn what it takes to succeed as a freelancer.

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When a Law Firm Isn't the Right Fit for Your Legal Practice: Starting Your Own Solo Practice
By Beth Lebowitz | June 05, 2019

When you'll know it's time to kick-start a solo legal practice.

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Why Develop a Product With a Contract Manufacturer
By Jared Haw | June 05, 2019

A contract manufacturer’s success is strongly tied to the client's they work

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SBA Loan Default: 5 Things You Need to Know Right Now
By Jason Milleisen | May 27, 2019

If you might default on your SBA loan, keep these tips in mind.

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How to Identify Third-Party Vendors to Help You Scale
By Vince Dawkins | May 24, 2019

If you want your startup to beat the business-failure odds, it helps to partner up.

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How do I determine which type of product I should work with?
By Serge Dagher | 3 Answers | Last Activity on May 24, 2019

Hello, I am planning to start my own import business and becoming a supplier in my country, but I'm having trouble determining which type of product to work with. Is there any type of study...

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How do I go about outsourcing when we cannot handle the work in-house anymore?
By Mary Anne LoBosco | 18 Answers | Last Activity on May 23, 2019

I am in the start up phase of a web link for business. I am able to handle the production right now but once it gets to a point where I cannot do it in house, how do I outsource and trust the people...

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How do you measure demand for your product?
By Lynn Kretschmer | 18 Answers | Last Activity on May 23, 2019

I want to launch a new line of knit goods but don't know what I should be specifically focus on. How do you measure demand in a market?

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What education and experience is well suited for a role assisting both accounting and operations?
By Zach Baker | 18 Answers | Last Activity on May 19, 2019

We have two employees set for retirement before the close of this year. One assists with accounting, and the other in operations such as procurement, scheduling, and data entry. Workload analysis...

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3 Tips for Picking the Right Office Space
By Matt D'Angelo | May 18, 2019

It's important to consider three major things before deciding on an office space.

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Why Every Startup Needs Workers’ Comp Insurance
By Chris Porteous | May 16, 2019

You may be surprised, but every single state requires businesses to have workers' comp.

Advice
What is your refund policy?
By Sara Eveland | 11 Answers | Last Activity on May 10, 2019

I offer photography services. Recently, I've run into a couple scheduling conflicts where the client cancels on me last minute. Since I plan my availability far in advance, this really messes with my...

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How to Know if Franchising Is Right for You
By Josh Cohen | May 09, 2019

You should answer these questions before deciding to be a franchise partner.

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Business Loans for Veterans: What You Need to Know
By Meredith Wood | May 04, 2019

Here's a rundown of the loan programs and lenders for veteran-owned businesses.