Why College Is a Great Entrepreneurial Incubator

College is a great place to learn the necessary skills you need to start a business, but it also serves as a great incubator. Here's how to take advantage of the opportunities college offers for young entrepreneurs.

Tori Dunlap |

When Does Invoice Financing Make Sense?

Are you plagued by late-paying customers? It's a common problem for many small business owners. However, invoice financing can help alleviate this worry—and prevent future cash flow issues.

Meredith Wood |

5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Traveling the World

Traveling doesn't just provide a wealth of great life experiences; it can also help prepare you to start your business. Here are five things entrepreneurs can learn from traveling—as if you needed another excuse to plan a trip.

Tori Dunlap |

Have the Best Opening Day Ever: A Bplans Checklist

Your opening day has finally arrived, and the last thing you want is for it to go unnoticed. Use our checklist to plan an unforgettable opening day for your new business.

Briana Morgaine |

Even Branding Should Be Agile: An Interview With Base Creative’s Matthew Kinsman

An agile strategy is all about brand flexibility. Find out how to implement agility into your small business branding with Base Creative's Matthew Kinsman.

Daniel Matthews |

How to Identify Your Strengths and Weaknesses

Whether you're just now starting a business or are a seasoned entrepreneur, it's important to know yourself. Have you taken a good, hard look at your strengths and weaknesses?

Jonathan Michael |

How to Start a Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) Business—and Get it Right

You've sourced your product. You've had it shipped to you. Now what? A fulfillment by Amazon (or FBA) business can be a great route to consider—and here's how to get it right.

Andrew Ilisin |

Becoming Your Own Boss: A Bplans Checklist

You've always wanted to work for yourself, but you're not quite sure how to make it happen. Sound familiar? If so, keep reading. This checklist will walk you through the process of becoming your own boss.

Briana Morgaine |


Free Resources for Entrepreneurs

Business Plan Template Download

Stuck looking at a blank page? Get to know the general layout of a standard business plan with this free template.

One-Page Business Pitch Template

Validate a new business idea, or quickly develop your business strategy by starting with a one-page pitch. Do this before you plan!

Tim Berry's Guide to Starting a Business

Expert guidance on starting a business from business planning authority Tim Berry.

The Art of Pitching for Funding eBook

Need Cash? Pitching expert, Caroline Cummings, shares pitch techniques, secrets and tools in this easy-to-read guide.

Free SWOT Analysis Template

Develop smart strategies to grow your business by conducting a simple SWOT Analysis. Start with this one-page template.

"Start, Run & Grow Your Business" ebook

Tips and advice for entrepreneurs and business owners looking to take their company to the next level.