Starting a Business

Getting Your Small Business Off the Ground

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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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What’s Your Small-Business Brand Strategy?

Branding is about more than having an eye-catching logo. It’s about the promise you make to your customers to provide a product or service, to do so with consistency and …


Finance Expert Coaches Etsy Sellers in New Book

When Etsy launched in 2005, the e-commerce site turned thousands of hobbyists into professional craftspeople. Woodworkers, knitters, seamstresses, and others suddenly had a virtual storefront through which they could sell …


Playing the Middleman: Tips for Building a Successful Online Marketplace

Etsy, OpenTable, Airbnb, and other successful startups in recent memory have at least one thing in common: They don’t sell their own products or services. These online marketplaces facilitate transactions …

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Author Brad Feld on Building Sustainable Startup Communities

Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley get ample credit for fostering startups. But they aren’t the only places conducive to business launches. In his new book, Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial …

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Fact Sheet: Business Registration

Chances are good that if you own a business — any kind of business — you need to register it in some way in order to comply with local, state, …

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Colleges Begin to Focus on Creating Entrepreneurs

America’s universities are filled with the business leaders of tomorrow. In the past, these future executives typically obtained a degree and then headed out into the world to begin a …

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5 Tips for Military Veterans Starting a Business

About 200,000 U.S. military personnel return to civilian life each year. Rather than retire or take corporate jobs, some of them would like to start small businesses. You see, a …

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14 Small-Business Ideas for the Sports Fan

Many successful small businesses start out as hobbies or recreational activities. Sports fans in particular can find ample ways to turn their passions into profitable ventures. Here are 14 sports-related …

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12 Tips for Starting a Business for Less Than $1,000

Starting a business requires a ton of money, right? Sometimes it does. If, say, opening the next McDonald’s in town is your heart’s desire, you’re going to have to downsize …

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8 Startup Ideas for Baby Boomers

Americans between the ages of 55 and 64 have a higher rate of entrepreneurial activity than those between the ages of 20 and 34, according to a study conducted by …

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Looking for Help? Attend a Startup Weekend

Have you heard about the Startup Weekend events going on around the world? There’s probably one coming to a city near you. If you’re an entrepreneur, a Startup Weekend event …

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Business Documents: What to Keep and What to Toss

Thanks to digital technology, record retention is easier and cheaper than ever before. Nevertheless, a lot of business still gets done using old-fashioned paper, and it is essential that you …

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Real-Life Shark Tank: How to Find Angel Investors in Your Own Backyard

The popular TV show Shark Tank is drawing mainstream attention to a funding strategy that innovators and entrepreneurs have used for years: angel investing. The competition for large-scale funding on …

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