Starting a business

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Small business lending: The pros and cons of loans

How do you know if a small business loan is right for you? Make sure you know the advantages and drawbacks before you make an informed decision about funding your business.

What you need to get a small business loan

Loans aren’t just for when you’re starting a new business—they can also be a great option for expanding your operations or to fix cash flow issues.

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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.”).

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How to start a business: A complete playbook

Our how to start a business guide has easy-to-follow and practical information covering how to get inspired to start a business, finding the right idea, validating your idea, naming your business, writing a business plan, small business loans and registering your business.

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Overcoming your fear of failure when starting a business

Fear is a big obstacle for a lot of would-be entrepreneurs, but there are ways to make it easier. Read these tips on how to prepare yourself to take that leap so you can focus on your excitement of what’s to come.

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Five ways to be smart with your money while starting a business

When starting a new business, money can be one of the biggest concerns or determining factors for success. Here are five of the best ways to use the capital you have, to help you be smarter with your money when starting a business.

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How to name your business

The name you choose for your small business can have a big impact on its success. This article covers some practical tips to help you choose a name that will make your business stand out and leave a great impression on your customers.

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The marketing mix starter kit for new businesses

There’s a lot of noise out there about the best way to market a business—and as a brand new business, it’s easy to get lost. That’s why we pulled together the best tactics to build an easy-to-follow marketing starter kit for new business like yours.

Real talk: the truth about starting your own business

These days, everything we need to know is a click away. But business journals and statistics can’t always give you the real, honest advice you want (or need) to hear. These six entrepreneurs told us everything they wish someone had told them when they started their businesses.

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Five business mistakes we made (so you don’t have to)

Success isn’t possible without making some mistakes. Five small business owners share the mistakes they made early on when launching their businesses, and tips for how you can avoid making the same ones.

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Passion over practice: How 20-year-old Riley Millican excels as an entrepreneur

Riley Millican’s story as an entrepreneur might not be typical, but his attitude and passion have driven him to succeed. Read his journey of founding the urban adventure camp, City Scouts, and navigating challenges along the way.