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How to Start Your Own Business While You’re Still Employed

Do you dream of quitting your job to become an entrepreneur? Before you take the leap, consider starting your business while you still have your day job. Here's why this is a good idea, and how to make it work for you.

Pratik Dholakiya |

How to Forecast Sales

Sales forecasting is much easier than you think, and much more useful than you imagine. It’s not about guessing the future correctly. We’re human; we don’t do that well. Instead, it’s about assumptions, expectations, drivers, tracking, and management. Here's how to forecast sales for your business.

Tim Berry |

Do You Need a Business Plan? Scientific Research Says Yes

Do you really need a business plan? What does the scientific research say about business planning—does it actually lead to success? The answer to both questions is yes—and here's how it works.

Noah Parsons |

Are You Cut Out to Run a Kennel or Pet Boarding Business?

Opening or buying a dog kennel or pet boarding business can be rewarding far beyond the potential profits. Here's how to determine if it's a smart business move for you.

Bruce Hakutizwi |

How to Forecast Cash Flow

A profitable business will still fail if you can't pay the bills—so a good cash flow analysis might be the most important piece of a business plan. Here's how to forecast cash flow.

Tim Berry |

A Simpler Plan for Startups

What kind of business plan do you need? It depends on the size of your business, and what you're using the business plan for. Here's how to determine what kind of business plan is right for your startup.

Tim Berry |

What Is a Balance Sheet?

Learn what defines a balance sheet, the importance of a balance sheet in your business plan, and view some balance sheet examples.

Angelique O'Rourke |

How to Create a Successful Crowdfunding Video for Your Startup

Crowdfunding can be an effective way for startups and entrepreneurs to raise funds and to test the market for new ideas, but there are a few secrets to organizing a successful crowdfunding campaign to keep in mind. Here's how to create a crowdfunding video that will help better the chances of reaching your crowdfunding goals.

Emily Ludolf |


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.

Bplans offers free business plan samples and templates, business planning resources, How-to articles, financial calculators, industry reports and entrepreneurship webinars.