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Want to Start a Business? Hone Your Sales Skills

If you really want to succeed as an entrepreneur, you need to start learning the ins and outs of business. An important place to start is by building your sales skills. Here are the top sales skills you need as an entrepreneur.

Mike Monroe |

What Is a Franchise?

If you're looking to start a business, you might have considered franchising. But first, what is a franchise, and how do you start one? What are the benefits and risks of franchising? We'll go over them in this article.

Joel Libava |

Free Invoice Templates to Help You Get Paid Faster

Whether you’re a freelancer or running your own small business or startup, you’ve got to get paid—preferably on time. A simple, professional invoice can make all the difference. Here are some free invoice templates you can use to easily create your own invoices.

Angelique O'Rourke |

How to Get the Most Out of a Sample Business Plan

The basic idea of a sample business plan makes perfect sense. If you haven’t done a business plan before, a sample plan gives you an instant idea of what you should include, how to structure it, even what to write. Here's how to get the most out of a sample business plan.

Sabrina Parsons |

Practical Market Research Resources for Entrepreneurs

Are you starting a business? One of the first things you'll need to do is market research. Here are a few top market research resources to get you going.

Noah Parsons |

How a Buyer (or User) Persona Can Improve Your Business

A buyer or user persona is a fictional character that represents a business’s customers or potential customers, based on what you know about their demographics, behaviors, and what motivates them. Here's why you need a buyer or user persona, and how to create one.

Noah Parsons |

How to Start a Real Estate Business

Wondering how to start a real estate business? If you’re organized, ambitious, goal-oriented, and personable, real estate could be the career for you. Here's what to consider when starting a real estate business to optimize your chances for success.

Candice Landau |

5 Essentials for Starting a Business in 2019

Is 2019 the year that you finally start your own small business or startup? There are a lot of good reasons to consider starting your company this year. You don’t necessarily need a degree in business or finance to be successful. You can do it—and here's how.

Diane Gilleland |


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.