The Real Reason You Should Audition for Shark Tank

The chances of making it on Shark Tank are slim indeed. Maybe you’ll be one of the lucky few to make it on the show and land a deal, but the true benefits lie the process of preparing to audition.

Amethyst Tagney |

How to Start an Online Business in 4 Steps

We’ve come a long way since Amazon sold its first book online in 1995. If you’ve been wondering how to start an online business, here's how you can pick which business model is right for you and how to get started.

Briana Morgaine |

Forecasting Models: What You Need to Know

Forecasting should be a regular part of your process—not something you do once, or once a year. But how do you know if your forecast is reliable?

Tim Berry |

6 Reasons Your Small Business Should Use a Professional Employer Organization

Managing employees can be overwhelming for new business owners. Partnering with a professional employer organization, or PEO, can help you when it comes to providing benefits and human resources help.

Elizabeth Ballou |

How to Build a Boss Brand [Part I]

Want to fast track your business success? Here's how Katrina Julia combined all she learned into a smart approach to helping businesses start and grow.

Katrina Julia |

The Benefits of Being Unproductive

Doing less in order to be more productive might initially appear to be a contradiction—but there's a difference between being busy and being productive.

Matthew Hughes |

Should You Launch a Writing Business in 2018?

Starting your own writing business is easier than ever, but making it work as a full-time gig is still challenging. Here's how to start a writing business in 2018.

Samantha Engman |

Entrepreneur Quiz: Do You Have What It Takes to Succeed?

How do you know if you're ready to become an entrepreneur? Starting your own business is a big step, and it's important to make sure you've got the necessary drive, experience, and support network. Take our entrepreneur quiz to find out!

Jonathan Michael |


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

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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.

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