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Create a Business Plan for Fewer Hassles and Faster Growth

You're bound to run into hassles while starting your business. But, writing a business plan can help reduce friction and make the process run more smoothly.

John Lavelle |

How to Start a Brewery: Growing Your Own Craft Beer Business

Want to learn how to start a brewery? This guide will tell you everything you need to know about starting a brewery, from planning, to licensing, and more.

Anthony St. Clair |

4 Networking Tips for New Nonprofits

Starting a nonprofit is challenging—and when it comes to successfully running a nonprofit, networking is important. Here are 4 tips for nonprofit networking.

Kevin Xu |

How to Find Beta Testers to Validate Your Business Idea

You can't know for sure if everyone will be as excited about your new business as you are. But, getting beta testers to validate your business idea can help.

Scott Miraglia |

5 People You Should Talk With Before Starting a Business

Thinking of becoming an entrepreneur and starting your own company? Make sure to talk to these 5 people before you start a business.

Lisa Furgison |

Why Bootstrapping Might Be the Best Way to Fund Your Startup

Most startup funding resources focus on getting investment or loans—but the reality is that the majority of startups are bootstrapped. Here's what bootstrapping looks like, why it's a good thing for startups, and where the money actually comes from.

Tim Berry |

How to Open a Business Bank Account

There’s more to opening a business bank account than going to your local branch and filling out an application. Here’s what you should consider.

Lisa Furgison |

How to Apply for an EIN: Federal Tax ID Number

A federal tax ID number is also known as a federal employer identification number—also called an EIN or FEIN. Here's how to figure out if you need a federal employer identification number, and how to apply for one.

Angelique O'Rourke |


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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