Starting a Business
Do you want to start your own business but don't know what kind of business to start? Here's a mega list of over 300 business ideas plus suggestions for what it takes to make your startup idea succeed.
Making money writing isn't as easy as it once was, but it's not impossible. Here's a realistic view of what it takes to make a living as a writer.
Starting a new business? Before you open your doors, you need to know who your customers are, what they want to buy, and what part of town they like to shop in. Use this advice to be sure you conduct good market research in advance.
Want to see your business idea become a successful reality? These 13 guidelines will help you focus on what's important when starting a new business.
Startup Tools and Resources
You've picked your new trademark or business name and have already paid to have marketing materials made up. But wait - is that name you picked protectable? Here are five common mistakes you should avoid when choosing a trademark.
When you start a business, especially your first business, there's an inevitable learning curve. You'll make mistakes and some of them might cost you money. Here are six common mistakes new small business owners make and tips for avoiding them.
Do you want to start a business but don't have much money to spend? It can be done. Starting a service business is often the answer. Here are ten business ideas that can be launched for $500 or less in startup funds.
Have you been putting of your business start-up dreams? Here are five good reasons why 2013 is the year you should start a business.
Not sure what kind of business you should start? Here are five things you should keep in mind while considering different business ideas.
New business owners struggle with the same common challenges regardless of the business they're in. Practice these three simple strategies and shave hours and dollars from your start-up curve.
When you're starting a new business, the last thing you want to focus on is failure. But if you address the common reasons for failure up front, you'll be much less likely to fall victim to them yourself. Here are the top 7 reasons why businesses fail and tips for avoiding them.
Tips for Negotiating with Big Companies
For small businesses, negotiating a contract with a large corporation or government agency can be harder than making the sale. Don't let contract negotiations (or the other company's negotiator) intimidate you! Here are negotiation tips for coming out with a fair deal.
Can't Find a Job? Start a Business Instead
Can't find a job? Tired of hoping some new opportunity will surface? Maybe it's time to start a business and create your own economic opportunities. Here's why, and what to expect.
How a Grandmother Started a Multimillion-Dollar Business
Starting a business was not something Anita Crook set out to do at nearly 60 years of age. But when her pocketbook organizer idea took off, this South Carolina grandmother found herself running a multimillion-dollar business.
Business Suicide: Avoid These Business Ending Mistakes
You'd never do anything to cause your business to fail... well, not intentionally. But when a business dies, there's usually one person at fault - the owner. Find out if you're making one of these business suicide mistakes.
Are You at Risk for Falling into the Passion Trap?
Being passionate about your business is a good thing, right? It is, unless your enthusiasm clouds your judgment. If you're doing or saying any of these things, you might be about to fall into the passion trap.
Principles to Dramatically Improve the Odds of Startup Success
Thinking of starting a business? Your passion can work as a driving force or it can work against you. Here's how you can channel your enthusiasm towards making your new business a success.
How to Transform Your Hobby Into a Career
Starting a business? Are you eager to turn your hobby into a money-making business? Here's a good look at some of the realities you're likely to encounter in your startup years.
Thirteen Ways To Find Customers For Your New Business
When you start a new business one of the biggest challenges you'll face is finding customers. With no track record, how do you get people to find you, trust you, and buy from you? Here are 13 things you can do to find customers for your new business.
Payday Should be Everyday
You're living your dream of running your own business, but are you really happy with what you're doing? In this article, Amy Abrams, co-author of The Big Enough Company talks about finding satisfaction in self-employment instead of just a paycheck.
Getting Published: Children's Books
Emma Walton Hamilton has co-authored twenty children’s books with her mother, Julie Andrews, six of which have been on the New York Times best-seller list. Emma’s own book, Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment, premiered as a #1 best-seller on Amazon.com in the literacy category. Read this interview with her on getting a children's book published.
6 Ways to Find a $100 Million Idea
Successful entrepreneurs don't just stumble on their million-dollar business ideas. In this adaptation from the new book "How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of America," author Robert Jordan shares six things he learned from the founders of some of America's most successful businesses.
6 Business Startup Tips for Ultimate Success
You have a great idea and are ready to begin building your business, but how do you know where to start? What are the first steps that you should take? Here are a few tips to get you started in the right direction
How To Minimize Risk When You Start A Business
Starting a business is an inherently risky undertaking. You can minimize the risks - and your potential financial losses - by starting small and planning carefully.
5 Ways To Deal With A Partnership Gone Bad
What can you do when you're in a partnership and it's not working out? Here's are steps you can take to deal with partnership problems.
6 Startup Tips for Women Entrepreneurs
Though there is some overlap in issues men and women face when starting a business, women entrepreneurs face unique challenges and concerns. Here are six tips that can help women with their most common business start-up issues.
5 Powerful Tips to Overcome Your Start-Up Fears
Few entrepreneurs talk about "start-up fear." But it's real, and if you don't deal with it, it can stymie your success. Earth's Best Baby Foods cofounder Ron Koss shows how facing your business start-up fears can be motivating and self-enlightening--and in the end, will help you make smarter business decisions.
10 Tips for Launching Your Big Organic Business Idea
Friends laughed when twin brothers Ron and Arnie Koss announced in the early 1980s that they wanted to start the nation's first organic baby food company. Yet they succeeded in launching Earth's Best Baby Food, the first nationally distributed organic food to sit next to its mainstream competitors on supermarket shelves. Taken from their new book book, The Earth's Best Story, here are ten tips for launching an organic business.
3 Secret Weapons for Entrepreneurs
Finding the right niche to serve or spotting a new trend before anyone else may seem like hunting for a needle in a haystack. But learn how to do these things and you'll beat the competition every time. Learn how other entrepreneurs put these and other secret weapons to work in this excerpt from The Risk Takers by Renee and Don Martin.
10 Tips to Ignore When You're Starting a Business
Everyone has advice for you when you're starting a business, but it's not all good advice! Here are ten start-up tips you'd be better off ignoring.
How to Create a Money Making Niche
Niches are what all successful products and services have in common, without exception. These 14 commandments can help you create a money making niche business of your own.
Is Starting a Business the Answer For Unemployed College Grads?
Are you 18 to 25 years old and unemployed or underemployed? If so, you may want to consider another option: starting your own business. Here's how to get started from Donna Fenn, the author of Upstarts!
How to Resolve Business Partnership Issues
Even the best of business partnerships go through rough times. But what if your partnership has issues you think can't be resolved? Here are some of the most common problems business partnerships face and ideas for how to deal with them.
Steps to Finding the Right Business Partner
Having a partner presents a complex mix of interpersonal and business issues, and both need to be addressed for it to work. Here's what you need to know before you choose a business partner.
We Don't Need No Stinking Permits
Unless you're renting simple office space odds are you will need to make some modifications to the space, be it adding walls, flooring, paint, electrical, plumbing, or any combination thereof. But before you start putting up walls and installing counters, find out whether or not you need any special building permits.
7 Ways to Start a Business without Going Broke
Is finding the money to support yourself during the early stages of your business holding you back? There's no doubt that some sacrifices will be necessary, but if you're trying to support a family, your choices are limited. Here are seven strategies you can employ to reduce the financial strain of your startup.
Kellee Maize: Female Entrepreneur and Rapper
Business Know-How spoke with Kellee Maize, a female rapper and entrepreneur about both her music career and event production/promotion company. Listen to the interview here (or read the transcript).
Additional Help For Starting A Business
Looking for more information about starting a business? This list of business startup articles will be helpful to you.