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4 Easy Ways Businesses Can Reduce Operating Costs

Want to lower your operating expenses without making drastic changes? Here are 4 easy ways to spend less money within your business.

Kim Whitley |

5 Questions Loan Officers Ask Seasonal Businesses

A loan can help seasonal businesses keep on top of their cash flow, even during offseason—but be sure you can answer these 5 questions before applying.

Steven Cohen |

5 Ways Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) Can Increase Your Profits

Fulfillment by Amazon can increase your profits as an ecommerce seller—if you do it right. Here are 5 ways using FBA can help you grow your business.

Ashley Coblentz |

How to Survive “The Amazon Effect” as a Small Ecommerce Business Owner

The desire to have what you want immediately is what the ecommerce industry has coined "The Amazon Effect." Here's how to survive it as a small business.

Jake Rheude |

Top 10 Most Expensive Mistakes New Restaurant Owners Make

Every new restaurant business owner is bound to make mistakes—and some are more costly than others. Here are 10 restaurant mistakes to avoid in the early days of running your restaurant.

Mudita Singh |

7 Ways Small Companies Can Out-Innovate Big Corporations

Innovation has the power to drive even the smallest businesses to success, but is it enough to help them take on the biggest corporations? When it comes to innovation, here's how small business can use their size as an advantage.

JT Ripton |

How to Write an Executive Summary + Video

Your executive summary is the doorway to your business plan—after looking it over, your prospective investor is either going to throw your business plan away, or keep reading. Here's how to write an executive summary that sets your business plan apart.

Tim Berry |

16 Ways Grow Your Business Without Spending Money

Want to grow your business—without spending a lot of money? Here are 16 free or low-cost growth strategies you can put into place right away.



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.

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