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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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Best Practices for SMBs Setting Up an HR Department
By Howard Goldstein | March 26, 2019

Setting up your HR department properly can help create a good business culture.

How can I grow my business with minimal investment?
By Varnika Bhargava | 16 Answers | Last Activity on March 25, 2019

I have started my event management services business but I'm not sure how to convert genuine leads without much investment.

Used Office Furniture: Pros and Cons
By Skye Schooley | March 07, 2019

Buying used can solve your furniture problems, or it can create new dilemmas.

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How Rich People Got Rich Without College
By Skye Schooley | March 05, 2019

Society tells us to go to college, but that isn't the only route to financial freedom.

Is Your Company Bankable? How to Improve Your Chances of Being Approved for a Loan
By Terry Lammers | March 04, 2019

Banks aren't just interested in your company's financials.

The Non-Risk Taker's Guide to Successful Entrepreneurship
By Paul Weber | February 26, 2019

With the right strategies, you can reduce the risks associated with entrepreneurship.

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Resources for Business Owners with Disabilities
By business.com editorial staff | February 06, 2019

Connect with dozens of government programs and resources to make your dream a reality.

Tricks of Trade: Angel Investor Shares Secrets for Landing a Deal
By Chad Brooks | January 29, 2019

Perell's advice includes tips on how to know when you are ready for an investor and how succeed in pitch meetings.

Buying vs. Leasing a Time Clock
By Skye Schooley | January 25, 2019

Let us help you decide whether to buy or lease a time clock for your business.

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How to Succeed as an Entrepreneur (If You Aren't Richard Branson)
By Vartika Kashyap | January 23, 2019

You don't need to be Richard Branson to be a successful business owner.

Starting an Online Business? Here's What You Need to Know
By Moazzam Kamran | January 16, 2019

Here's an operational guide to building and sustaining an online presence.

Follow This Process to Discover the Unique Selling Proposition of Your Business
By Shane Barker | December 26, 2018

Without a USP, your business is like a ship that has lost its rudder.

How does one start a franchise?
By Katherine Cheng | 35 Answers | Last Activity on December 20, 2018

I have been doing this casino party business for over 15 years and I want to franchise out. How do I start? How costly is it? How do I market it?

Which Business Model Is Right for Your Startup?
By Vlad Korobov | December 20, 2018

Choose your business model wisely, especially if you plan to launch an online marketplace.

Starting a Business With Nothing: How One CEO Lived on $1K a Month
By Dan Aziz | December 05, 2018

Dan Aziz, founder and CEO of Premama Wellness, shared his story about starting a business straight out of college with no other income.

After 10 Years, How Has the Lean Startup Fared?
By Bruce Hakutizwi | December 04, 2018

A look at the past, present and future of lean startup principles.

The Biggest Business Financing Myths Out There
By Meredith Wood | November 29, 2018

Don't believe these common myths about business loans.

6 Small Business Problems and How to Overcome Them
By Megan Totka | November 21, 2018

These are the most common obstacles entrepreneurs face after launching their business.

How important is a modern business's online reputation?
By Jim Allen | 65 Answers | Last Activity on November 19, 2018

How important is online reputation for the modern business? What are some negative impacts of a bad online reputation? I have heard many times that having a strong online reputation is necessary for...

How Passion and Desire to Help Led One Entrepreneur Into Business
By Colton Bollinger | November 13, 2018

See how the Jumper Media founder started a business without intending to.

Better Together: Making Magic Between Big Companies and Startups
By Alex Goryachev | November 07, 2018

Startups don't have to compete with the giants of their industries if they collaborate.

The 5 Biggest Financial Mistakes Small Business Owners Make (and How to Avoid Them)
By Meredith Wood | November 01, 2018

These mistakes can sink your business, but they're easy to avoid.

4 Warning Signs Your E-commerce Idea Is Failed From the Start
By Manish Dudharejia | October 24, 2018

If the market doesn't exist for your e-commerce idea, you'll never get it off the ground.

Is starting a new business a good plan during retirement?
By Jane Emery | 48 Answers | Last Activity on October 16, 2018

I recently decided to retire from the banking industry. I love cooking and have long wanted to start a business in health and wellness. I am wondering if I would be taking on too much. I know this...

Looking for a Business Credit Card? Discover Exec Highlights What to Consider
By Chad Brooks | October 15, 2018

When used properly, business credit cards can be a valuable tool for small business owner.

What I Wish I Knew Before I Started Up
By Tori Gerbig | October 11, 2018

One successful entrepreneur shares five valuable lessons for budding entrepreneurs.

The Best Business Plan Software of 2020
By business.com editorial staff | October 10, 2018

Looking for business plan software? Which software application is right for your business? Learn more by reading our reviews.

Which is a better calendar system: iCal or Google? Or something else?
By Mary-Alice Miller | 8 Answers | Last Activity on October 10, 2018

I was on Outlook forever and am no longer using it. I have appointments going to both iCal and Google calendars and it is becoming a mess. I mostly add and review events through my iphone, but I...

Finding the Right Co-founders: Why Personality Matters
By Julia McNamara | October 03, 2018

Shared passion isn't enough to ensure a successful founding partnership.

How to Make Money in Retirement: A Guide to Turning a Hobby into a Side Business
By Chad Brooks | September 24, 2018

Many retirees turn side interests into income. Learn how to make money in retirement.