How to Get Your First 100 Customers for Any Business

You've just launched your business, and you need your first 100 customers—like, now. Here's a strategy that will help you get there.

Johnathan Grzybowski |

How Social Entrepreneurship Is Changing Businesses

Social entrepreneurship is on the rise—a growing number of startups are launching with the intention of helping to bring about positive change. Here's how it works.

Matthew Hughes |

How to Pitch to Investors in 10 Minutes and Get Funded

Sometimes you only get 10 minutes to pitch your business idea to investors. Here's a pitch format that has worked successfully for both veteran and first-time startup CEOs to secure funding.

Caroline Cummings |

5 Ways Creative Entrepreneurs Can Keep Motivated

If you’re a creative entrepreneur and have big “smart” goals for your business that you’re determined to reach, these tips will help you get there.

Keren Lerner |

Why Do Shoppers Abandon Their Carts—and What Can You Do About It?

A customer wouldn't just abandon a full cart of groceries in the middle of a supermarket—so why do they abandon shopping carts online? Here are some reasons why abandoned carts happen—and how to fix it.

Dmytro Tkach |

Choke the Churn: How to Prevent Employee Turnover in Startup Businesses

Losing and replacing employees is expensive. Here's how to reduce employee turnover (or "churn") in your startup business and build a strong company culture.

Billie Peacock |

How to Start a Business—Even If You’re Drowning in Debt

Don't let debt get in the way of your dream to start a business. Here's how you can start a business while still paying off your student loan debts, or any other personal debts you might be repaying.

Andrew Josuweit |

Target Marketing: What Is It?

Everybody talks about target markets and taking aim, but not everybody does it. Target marketing is the only effective way to optimize marketing resources.

Michael Kerr |

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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