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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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How to Pivot Your Business
By Russell Smith | December 13, 2019

Thinking about pivoting your business? Before you do, ask yourself these five questions.

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Pros and Cons of Starting a Business in Q4
By Dustin Ray | December 08, 2019

If you have a business idea you can't wait to put into action, is it OK to charge ahead in the midst of Q4?

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How to Start a Successful CBD Business in 2020
By Chris Porteous | December 05, 2019

As the cannabis industry grows, entrepreneurs have an opportunity to capitalize on demand for CBD products.

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4 Ways Military Service Prepares You for Entrepreneurship
By Stephen Bollinger | November 25, 2019

Learn how the habits and practices of the U.S. military hold lessons for every business owner.

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How Startups Can Stay Close to Home With the Help of Corporate Partners
By Patrick Riley | November 15, 2019

Keeping startups local could be the thing that revives the global economy one community at a time, and corporate partnerships help make that possible.

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SBA Loan Default: A Complete Guide for 2020 and Beyond
By Jason Milleisen | November 04, 2019

Here's comprehensive guide to all your questions about SBA loan default, forgiveness and the SBA Offer In Compromise.

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Is a Subscription Website Right for Your Business?
By Jared Atchison | October 29, 2019

When used correctly, subscription websites can be a good way to increase your company's revenue.

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5 Reasons Why Franchising Could Save Your Retirement Plans
By Eric Stites | October 28, 2019

Franchising is a solid option for people who are looking to better prepare for retirement. Here's what you need to know before making this decision.

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7 To-Dos Before Launching a Business Website
By Jared Atchison | October 27, 2019

These seven steps will increase your ranking on search engines and boost conversions.

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The Benefits of B-Corporations and the Simple Steps to Achieve Certification
By Anthony Gold | October 24, 2019

B-corporations are good for employees and customers, and good for the world. It's a commitment to creating a positive impact with lasting results.

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6 Obstacles I Didn't Expect When My Team Grew so Quickly
By Malte Kramer | October 17, 2019

Accelerated growth can lead to some significant obstacles – learn how to get through them.