Starting a Business

should you start a businessIs Starting a Business Right for You?

Do you dream of starting your own business? Before you take the plunge, be sure business ownership is right for you by analyzing these five key areas.

 

business launch5 Steps for Launching a New Business or Product

Your business or product launch is the first impression people will remember. These five steps can help you make your launch a success.

 

business startup obstaclesOvercoming Major Business Startup Obstacles

Starting a small business under normal circumstances is challenging, but starting a business when you're dealing with chronic illness and are of retirement age adds a whole new level to the challenges. Here's how one Long Island man is overcoming those obstacles while starting and running a retail store.

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starting a business when you got laid offStarting a Business After You've Been Laid Off

Lost your job and considering starting a business instead of looking for a new job? This guide will help you get started.

 

test marketHow to Know if a Product or Service Will Sell Before Launching It

You're naturally excited about your new product or service idea -- but how do you know if anyone will actually buy it? You don't have to sink a lot of money into it to test it out. Here's how you can figure out before launch whether there's a market for your product or service.

 

how to succeed at self-employment6 Keys to Self-Employment Success

Starting a new business is exciting and scary all at the same time. While you hope you will succeed, you worry things might not go as planned. Increase your chances of business startup success by following these six tips.

 

start a second businessWhen to Know It’s Time to Start a Second Business

Should you start a second business? Is opportunity a good reason to risk starting another business? Here's how to figure out if the time is right.

 

how to become your own boss5 Ways to Cut Ties with the Big Boss to Become Your Own Boss

How do you start your own business when you can't afford to quit your job? It takes some planning and determination, but transitioning from being an employee to being your own boss is possible. These are the steps to follow.

 

sell on etsyHow to Get Started Selling on Etsy

Want to start selling on Etsy? Whether you're selling handmade items, craft supplies, vintage yard sale finds, or something else, this guide will help you get started with your Etsy shop.

 

Etsy profitsIncrease Your Etsy Profits with These 5 Tips

Selling on Etsy? Wish you could sell more and make more money from your shop? These 5 tips will help you increase your Etsy profits.

 

startup success13 Tips for Starting a Successful Business  

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.

 

planning for difficulties Plan for the End at the Beginning

Planning a new business? Nobody wants to think about business difficulties or failures, but planning for them in advance can help you avoid much expense and drama should the worst happen. This advice will help you plan for the end at the beginning of your new venture.

 

Starting a Business After 50 Starting a Business After 50

Think you're too old to start a business? Your midlife years could be the perfect time to start that business you've always dreamed of. Here are some points unique to your situation that you'll want to consider.

 

Business Traps 6 Start-up Business Traps to Avoid

All the time and money in the world won't make your new business succeed if you fall into one of these six small business startup traps. Find out what they are and how you can avoid them.

 

sales projectionsHow to Make Accurate Sales Projections in a New Business

Being able to accurately predict what your sales will be is important for determining when your business will be profitable and if it will need startup funding. But projecting sales without any historical data to go on is difficult. Here's what you need to do to figure it out.

 

free small business assistanceWhere to Get Free Help for Your Business

Starting a business requires many skills and talents you may not have realized you'd need. Thankfully, there is lots of free help available for your business - everything from business courses, mentoring, and free training. Here's where you can find that help.

 

How to Create an Elevator Pitch for Your New Business  

A good elevator pitch is easy to understand and gets straight to the point without a lot of fluff. Here's how you can create a clear and concise elevator pitch that will let customers know what you do and why they need your product or service.

Should You Quit Your Job Before Starting a Business?  

When you've decided to start your own business, it's tempting to quit your job so you can give your new business all of your attention. But at first, you might need the income of your job to make ends meet. Here are five things to consider before turning in your resignation.

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How to Use Amazon as Your Consignment Shop  

Everyone knows about eBay, but don't overlook Amazon. Amazon has several programs for sellers, including one where Amazon handles the entire transaction from purchase all the way to shipping. Here's what you need to know about selling on Amazon.

300+ Business Ideas for 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.

How to Start a Technology Business and Family at the Same Time  

Starting a technology company is a demanding task for any entrepreneur. But launching that business when you have two young children and a third on the way is a particularly challenging undertaking. Here's how one enterprising woman did it.

How to Find Good Freelance Jobs 

Looking for freelance work? Whatever your expertise, there is probably a freelance market for it. Here are 8 tips to help you find freelance jobs.

How to Land Your First Client  

It’s not surprising that consulting is attractive to many people who want to launch a business. After all, if you have a saleable skill, it’s an easy business to enter. But just how do you break into the consulting field and get those all-important first clients?

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.

How to Conduct Market Research the Right Way 

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

Choosing A Business Name 

If you're starting a new business, one challenge you have to solve before you launch is what to call the business. Before you make your final decision, be sure you're not making one of these six business name mistakes.

How to Make Money as a Writer

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.

6 Ways to Run a Craft Business from Home

If you've ever created handmade goods for friends and family as gifts, you've probably wondered how you can use your skills to start a craft business. Here are six ideas to start a successful home craft business.

5 Common Mistakes to Avoid In Choosing a Trademark

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.

6 Business Start-Up Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

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. 

10 Businesses You Can Start for $500 or Less

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.

Why 2014 Is the Year You Should Start a Business

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.



5 Ways to Find the Perfect Business Idea 

Not sure what kind of business you should start? Here are five things you should keep in mind while considering different business ideas. 

3 Simple Strategies to Build Your Business Faster and Easier 

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. 

Top 7 Reasons Businesses Fail 

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.

How to Build an Online Business from the Ground Up

What goes into creating a successful online retail store when your background is in something entirely different? Find out in this startup story of the ecommerce business Air & Water Inc.

10 Entrepreneurial Strategies for Success

Entrepreneurs have many characteristics in common with one another, and the authors of the new book The Risk Takers say that's no coincidence. Find out what ten traits entrepreneurs share that contribute to their success.

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.

 

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