4 Tips for Creating an Offline Experience That Builds Brand Loyalty

There is a lot of planning that goes into executing an offline event to make sure that it goes off without a hitch. If you’re convinced that a pop-up shop could be just what your startup needs, there are some things to keep in mind during the planning process to ensure its success.

Manish Dudharejia |

How to Start a Business When You’re Starting Your Whole Life Over

Starting your own business, especially for the first time, is a major life transition—and even positive transitions are by definition stressful. If you're considering starting a business after a major life transition (you've been fired, you're getting divorced, and so on), here's what to keep in mind.

Katherine Swarts |

How to Write a One-Page Business Plan

If you've been putting off writing your business plan, you're not alone. Writing a business plan can seem like a daunting task, and lots of entrepreneurs avoid it for this reason. Instead, try building a one-page business plan. Here's how to do it, and a free template to help you get started.

Noah Parsons |

Get a Business Credit Card to Build Your Startup’s Credit

Building business credit creates more financial opportunities for your business. Banks, lenders, and other suppliers all rely on business credit reports to assess the creditworthiness of your company. Here's why having a business credit card matters.

Jacob Lunduski |

6 Tips for Mothers on Starting a Business

Starting a business can be an exciting and sometimes intimidating prospect, especially when you’re a mom. As you navigate the world of being a business owner and juggling the demands of home and family, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Purusha Rivera |

4 Essentials of the Growth-Oriented Business Plan

Strategy in your growth-oriented business plan serves as a reminder of what’s most important. Hint: It's not about what you're doing; it's all about what you're not doing.

Tim Berry |

13 Tips to Ensure Your Small Business Is Paid On Time and In Full

Making a big sale is exciting, especially for a new business. But getting paid late, spending time and money chasing overdue accounts, or worse yet, not getting paid at all, can destroy a business. Here's how to make sure you get paid on time.

Anne MacRae |

The Key Elements of the Financial Plan

Whatever type of business plan you're writing, there are a few key financial items that you should definitely include. Here's what they are, why they're important, and how you should create them.

Trevor Betenson |


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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