Ransomware: A Survival Guide for New Businesses

Ransomware now comes in many flavors—and dealing with it after the fact will cost you time and money. Here's how to deal with an attack (or prevent one in the first place).

James Mawson |

How to Build a Healthcare Startup

The adoption of new digital technology means the healthcare industry is growing—and with that comes new opportunities, as well as increased competition. These 7 tips will help you build a successful healthcare startup.

Rose Martin |

How to Start a Successful Online Clothing Business

Want to start your own clothing line? Here’s a checklist of must-do tasks that will help you prepare, starting right at the very beginning.

Richard Meadow |

The Pros and Cons of Founding With Friends

Should you start a business with a friend? To help you decide if you can “make it” as business partners, take a look at these pros and cons of founding with friends.

Andrew Deen |

4 Ways to Improve Your Online Storefront

Your website is your store—and if your store isn’t in order, your ability to leverage the high growth of sales online will be threatened. Here's how to optimize your ecommerce site.

Chelsea Trautman |

How to Write a Business Plan in Under an Hour

Does the idea of writing a business plan sound drawn-out and intimidating? It doesn't have to be. It’s possible to write your initial business plan in less than an hour—and here's how.

Noah Parsons |

How to File Patents in Multiple Countries

Patent laws are country specific, which means a U.S. patent won’t protect your invention everywhere. Here's how to file a patent in multiple countries.

Kanika Sharma |

Extremely Valuable Tips for Creating a Financial Forecast During the Early Stages of an Entrepreneurial Journey

Creating a thoughtful forecast can be time-consuming, but it will help you to make informed decisions. These tips will help you build a financial forecast.

Cobus Vurren |


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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