Insights

Articles and tips to help you run your business better.

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Registering your business

Registering your business can seem complicated, but with the right information it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. This article covers what you need to do to get it done right.

Finding small business loans

This article covers everything you need to know about small business loans—whether you need one, the types available, how to qualify, and where to find one that’s right for you.

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How to write a business plan

Despite trends away from formal business planning, having one helps you get financing and makes your business more viable. This article covers how to write a business plan, with free templates to get you started.

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Finding the right small business idea

When it comes to finding the right small business idea, there are a few factors to consider. This article covers different approaches to finding business ideas, and how to tell if yours is an idea that’s worth pursuing.

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How to get inspired when you want to start a business

If owning a business is your dream but you haven’t found your big idea yet, the first step is to find inspiration through the entrepreneur community. Learn how to move from the abstract (“Hey, wouldn’t it be cool to run a business?”) to reality (“I know what it takes to launch a successful business.”).

Data analysis for small businesses: It’s easier than you think

Data doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are some easy ideas for collecting and analyzing data that will help you better understand your customers and increase sales.

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Five crucial questions to ask before hiring your first employee

Ready to hire some help for your small business? Here’s what you need to know to be prepared for your first employee.

Five tools to turn your smartphone into your office

One of the quickest ways to get organized and be more productive is to maximize your smartphone’s capabilities. Check out five great smartphone tools that will put your business right into the palm of your hand.

10 ways to grow your business organically

Growing your business doesn’t always need to cost a lot of money. Here are some ways to boost your customer base organically using tools you already have.