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SWOT Analysis Step 1: How to Identify Your Strengths

As an entrepreneur, you want to know your business inside and out so you can make informed, strategic decisions. To do that, a SWOT analysis is the key. Here's how to perform a SWOT analysis on your business.

Lisa Furgison |

Cash Flow 101: What Is Cash Flow?

Not paying attention to your cash flow? Even profitable companies can fail if they don't have a clear understanding of the cash flowing into and out of their businesses. Here are the cash flow basics, and what to watch out for.

Noah Parsons |

I Just Started My Small Business—Do I Need Payroll Software?

Payday is typically a moment people look forward to. But for many small businesses and startups that are just getting started, it’s a huge source of stress and frustration. Why? Because payday means payroll—and payroll is complicated and takes time. Luckily, automating payroll makes things a whole lot easier.

Jenna Lee |

The Complete Guide to Choosing Your Business Structure

What type of business structure is right for your new business? When it comes to business legal structures, there is no single “best choice"—but this guide will help you choose the right one for you.

Briana Morgaine |

9 Things That Take a Pitch From Good to Great

Only a handful of business pitches are truly great. What sets those excellent pitches apart from the rest? Here are nine things that stand-out pitches have in common, and how to employ them to take your pitch from good to great.

Caroline Cummings |

6 Simple Tricks to Avoid Late Paying Customers

If your business is growing and you've made a ton of sales, it might look on paper like everything is great. But until those customers pay their invoices, you can’t use that revenue to pay your own bills. But what can you do to encourage your customers to pay faster? Start with these six simple…

Meredith Wood |

How to Create an Expense Budget

Being right on budget is usually a good thing, but good management involves regularly reviewing your budget to check on the timing, efficiency, and results of what your business spends.

Tim Berry |

5 Ways to Improve Your Pitching Skills—From a Former Opera Singer

Pitching your business? You can learn a lot from professional musicians and singers. These tips from a former opera singer (and current public speaking coach) will help you nail your investment pitch.

Allison Shapira |


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.