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How to Start a Farm: Your Complete Guide to Success

If you're wondering how to start a farm, you've come to the right place. This guide will walk you through every stage of starting a farm, from finding land to financing and beyond.

Candice Landau |

How to Make Sense of Your Small Business Financial Statements

The profit and loss statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statement are some of your most powerful tools for understanding your business's health. Here's how to use them.

Caron Beesley |

6 Aspects of Digital Marketing No Entrepreneur Can Afford to Ignore

You can't expect to master digital marketing by just using every available tool—you’ll want to develop a more thorough digital marketing strategy and plan.

Shay Berman |

Why There’s Never Been a Better Time to Become a Consultant (and 15 Insights for Success)

Many businesses turn to consultants because they can’t do everything in-house anymore—so there’s never been a better time to start a consulting business.

Elaine Biech |

SWOT Analysis Challenge Step 4: How to Identify Threats

Every business owner, no matter what stage, should conduct a SWOT analysis on their business. Here's how to determine your threats, so you can be prepared and reduce risk.

Lisa Furgison |

SWOT Analysis Step 3: How to Identify Opportunities

A good entrepreneur is always on the hunt for new opportunities—and one of the best ways to identify opportunities is to complete a SWOT analysis.

Lisa Furgison |

How to Solve the Biggest Shipping and Fulfillment Challenges of 2019

If you’re an ecommerce retailer, here are some of the shipping and fulfillment challenges you may encounter, and how to handle them.

Aaron Chichioco |

10 Tips for Finding Outside Investors for Your Business

Do you know how to get outside funding? Here are 10 tips to maximize your chances of success and figure out what kind of funding is best for your business.

Tim Berry |


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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