Finished a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign? Go Straight to Amazon

Even if you've already reached your monetary goal on Kickstarter, stay focused: You’re not out of the woods yet. Here's what to do next.

Roy Morejon |

How to Avoid the 5 Most Common Small Business Accounting Mistakes

Managing income and expenses accurately is an important aspect of running a business successfully. Unfortunately, many small businesses make accounting mistakes without even realizing the impact those mistakes can have on their long-term viability.

Avneet Narang |

How to Create Perfect Custom Images for Your Website, Blog, and Social Media

Using high-quality images on your website, social media channels, and blog posts not only makes your brand more appealing—it also drastically improves conversion rates. Here's how to find and create great images for your brand.

Victoria Greene |

How to Manage the Stress of Starting and Running Your Own Business

Throughout your career as an entrepreneur, you’re going to need to prioritize healthy stress management. By tackling that part of your well-being, you’re increasing the chances of being able to thrive under pressure. Here are some principles and tips to keep in mind.

Scott Huntington |

The 4 Corners of a Storm-Proof Startup Strategy

Any number of factors can turn a promising venture upside down. The trick is to construct your business on a solid foundation, so whatever the weather brings, you can withstand it. Here's how to do just that.

Alan Yong |

Developing a Hiring Strategy From Day One

Employees are a company’s most important asset, so establishing a hiring strategy from the very beginning will help ensure your business’s success. Rather than rushing when it’s time to hire your first employee, begin this process at the start of your business venture.  

Sophia Conti |

No College Degree? No Problem—Integrity Is Key to Business Success

A college degree isn't a requirement for being a great entrepreneur. What is necessary? A sense of integrity, and the ability to treat people with respect. Here are the most important qualities you can bring to the table as a business leader.

Donald Lee Sheppard |

Hobby or Career? How to Decide

If you have a talent, there is a great chance that someone out there is willing to pay for it. Still, making the switch from employee to entrepreneur requires a bit of planning. Here's how to figure out if you should make a career out of your hobby.

Maria Cannon |


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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