Starting a Business

Getting Your Small Business Off the Ground

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Is It Time to Incorporate Your Business?

If you’re like most small-business owners, you probably started your operation as either a sole proprietorship or, if you had co-owners, a partnership. This company structure is the simplest and …

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A Financial To-Do List for New Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs: Prior to embarking on any new business venture, you need to make sure that your financial house is in order. Here’s a to-do list to help you do just …

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The Basics of Setting Up an Etsy Shop is a retail website set up for artisans to showcase and sell their handmade crafts and art. The site handles all of the ordering, notifications, and payment processing, making …

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The Top Cities for Female Entrepreneurs [INFOGRAPHIC]

The number of female entrepreneurs is on the rise and (thanks in part to Lean In) so is their optimism about growth opportunities for their business. Where are the best cities …

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Small Business Loans Are a Capital Problem [INFOGRAPHIC]

Securing enough capital to start a business or maintain one is often one of the most daunting tasks an entrepreneur has to face. In the graphic below, we break down …


Is There Silicon Beyond the Valley? [INFOGRAPHIC]

California’s Silicon Valley is credited by many to be the epicenter of technology and innovation in the U.S., but as rental rates continue to climb in the area, startups are …

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Lemonade Day Gives Kids a Chance to Explore Entrepreneurship

What was your first business? For many of us, it was the classic lemonade stand. Finding the best location for a booth, pricing the product, and dealing with customers can …

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6 Tips for Starting a Business After Age 50

Just because you aren’t fresh out of college doesn’t mean you can’t start a business. Entrepreneurs who are in their 50s and older are sometimes called “boomerpreneurs.” Often, they’re professionals …

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Is Passion Enough to Start a Small Business?

Anyone who’s ever considered starting his or her own business has heard the following: “You have to love what you do.” “Start a business around something you feel passionate about.” …


4 Basic Questions to Answer Before You Launch a New Business

It’s easy to overlook the future when you’re squarely focused on the present, especially if you’re in the throes of starting a small business. But answering some basic questions before …

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Checklist: 5 Things You’ll Need When You Move Into Your First Office

Moving out of a home office and into an office building can be both exciting and stressful for entrepreneurs. That’s because, as a small-business owner, you’ll want to make sure …

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How to Impress a Venture Capitalist

Venture capital funding declined from $29.4 billion in 2011 to $26.5 billion last year, according to the National Venture Capital Association. However, that’s still a big pot of gold for …

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4 Big Trends in Choosing a Business Name

What does “Hulu” mean, and what does that have to do with TV? Unless you’re up on Chinese proverbs, nothing, but nonetheless you are likely to associate it with the …

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5 Entrepreneurial Endeavors Powered by the Wind

The lure of small-scale wind generation is spreading beyond isolated rural homesteads to urban subdivisions and small businesses. For example, officials in Sioux City, Iowa, recently changed zoning laws to …

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Is It Actually Important to Have a Business Plan?

Everyone’s heard the story of the overnight success, a business that made it without so much as a second thought, much less a business plan. Those extreme rarities aside, taking …

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