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What Investors Want to See in Startup Business Plans

Jose Vasquez | Posted 05.18.2015 | Business
Jose Vasquez

There are many things investors want to see in a business plan, and you'll have to cover all of them if you want a chance at success.

Your Business Needs a Legacy

Kara-Anne Cheng | Posted 05.06.2015 | Small Business
Kara-Anne Cheng

As entrepreneurship gets more and more popular in recent years, it seems almost impossible to make your business stand out naturally.

Equity Crowdfunding Is Dead -- Long Live Equity Crowdfunding

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 05.05.2015 | Small Business
Victoria Silchenko

In life, whatever it is we are seeking will not arrive in the form we are expecting. Such is the case with raising equity in a post JOBS Act market -- something that fascinated but at the same time confused many business owners.

Setting Up a Small Business That Works With Your Life Plan

Melinda Emerson | Posted 04.24.2015 | Small Business
Melinda Emerson

Most people have a plan for everything these days -- a business plan, marketing plan and even an editorial calendar for their blog. It's not easy to sort out what you actually need initially in business, but I'm telling you your first focus should be on having a life plan.

My 5×5 Plan for the Next 12 Months

Natalie MacNeil | Posted 03.30.2015 | Small Business
Natalie MacNeil

Centering your energy around 25 things per year is a great way to equip yourself with immense focus and clarity around what's to come.

3 Proven Ways for Female Entrepreneurs to Turn a Good Idea Into a Good Income

Kari Warberg Block | Posted 03.23.2015 | Small Business
Kari Warberg Block

Starting without cash in the bank is possible, but it takes an approach that is both practical and inspired. Since my business journey began with little more than an idea, I wanted to share three pieces of advice with you for making it big when starting with nothing...

Business Plans: Mapping Your Road to Success

Nina B. Ries | Posted 03.23.2015 | Small Business
Nina B. Ries

When I work with startups, I am invariably asked whether they "really need to bother with a business plan." Small businesses owners pose the same question.

Does My Company Have What It Needs to Be Expanded Internationally?

Darilyn Aquino | Posted 03.14.2015 | Business
Darilyn Aquino

For the export to be successful we should obtain a realistic response to the questions that will help us to assess the real situation of the company and whether if the company has a real export potential and capacity.

Failing to Plan Is Planning to Fail

Ira Kalb | Posted 03.14.2015 | Business
Ira Kalb

Challenging goals keep everyone interested, help to avoid boredom, and motivate people to reach their potential. If too easy, goals will bore and demotivate people. I

7 Questions to Help You Determine the Best Business Strategy to Scale Your Business

David Finkel | Posted 03.10.2015 | Business
David Finkel

The whole idea of this process is to help you intelligently iterate your business strategy until you find the right formula that works, at which point you feed that strategy with focused energy and enjoy the ride up the scaling curve.

A Massive Oversight Creative Entrepreneurs Leave Out of Their Business Plan

Emily Nolan Joseph | Posted 02.11.2015 | Business
Emily Nolan Joseph

Gabi likes to say how art therapy is as important as a gym membership, and I'd like to agree. Art therapy exercised my mind in a creative way, and I left the meeting with a canvas that acts as a map for my future decisions.

12 Ways to Profit And Get Ready for 2015

Steve Sipress | Posted 02.09.2015 | Business
Steve Sipress

Here is a quick checklist of actions I'd be taking if I were you, so you can start the new year off on the right foot and get a running start towards reaching your goals for 2015.

A Perspective on When a Business Plan Adds Value

Marty Zwilling | Posted 01.06.2015 | Business
Marty Zwilling

As a startup mentor and investor, I am approached regularly by aspiring entrepreneurs who assert that business plans are a waste of time. They cite so...

Roadmap to Leaving Your Corporate Job and Starting a Creative Business (Part 2 of 6)

Sumeera Rasul | Posted 12.28.2014 | Small Business
Sumeera Rasul

Now that you have taken some of those steps, you're ready to start visualizing what your business will look like with a one page business plan.

5 Tools to Rock the Hell Out of Being an Entrepreneur

Britt Bolnick | Posted 12.03.2014 | Business
Britt Bolnick

Entrepreneurship or owning your own business is NOT for the faint hearted. I've done more inner work, faced more fears, and stretched myself WAY more in building up my business to success than I have doing any other SINGLE thing- EVER.

5 Signs You're Ready to Start Your Own Business

Gillian Small | Posted 12.02.2014 | Small Business
Gillian Small

Starting a new business, be it big or small, is far from easy. In the early stages you will inevitably drift between periods of certainty and uncertainty about your decision. You will feel like you are constantly swaying with the wind of opinions from your peers.

Three Ways to Help Your Startup Grow and Flourish

Julia Neumer | Posted 10.25.2014 | Business
Julia Neumer

Congratulations! You've discovered a valuable solution, developed a mission with purpose, implemented a business plan, and now you are running a successful startup.

Savvy Entrepreneurs Plan Both Business And Product

Marty Zwilling | Posted 10.17.2014 | Business
Marty Zwilling

Most technical entrepreneurs I know demand the discipline of a product specification or plan, and then assume that their great product will drive a gr...

Balancing Creativity Against Business in the Music Industry

Patrick Hess | Posted 09.22.2014 | Business
Patrick Hess

The single biggest challenge for an artist regarding the music business is the eye-opening truth they discover as they pursue their dream. The business side of music always reveals gut-wrenching realities.

Key Steps to Not Fail in the Internationalization of Your Company

Darilyn Aquino | Posted 09.01.2014 | Business
Darilyn Aquino

The internationalization is not a simple step, since it requires time for planning, evaluation and implementation. Before taking the leap into foreign markets, we must take into account the following factors.

8 Ways to Build an Epic Business Idea

Bobby Umar | Posted 08.24.2014 | Business
Bobby Umar

Before you quit your day job, invest tons of cash and try desperately to get on Shark Tank, only to be embarrassed by them, you may want to engage in a few gut-checks.

How to Succeed in Business: the First Steps

Jack Nadel | Posted 07.30.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

I'll begin where the majority of successful entrepreneurs begin--"follow your passion." It may be a shopworn phrase, but this advice is as valid today for how to succeed in business as it was a hundred years ago, and it has certainly proven true for me.

How Aspiring Entrepreneurs Can Stand Above the Crowd

Marty Zwilling | Posted 07.17.2014 | Business
Marty Zwilling

As a mentor to startups and new entrepreneurs, I continue to hear the refrain that business plans are no longer required for a new startup, since inve...

4 Traps To Avoid In Business Plans For Startup Tech Companies

Jose Vasquez | Posted 02.01.2014 | Small Business
Jose Vasquez

Business plans can attract new investors to your idea, or they can serve as an excellent platform if you're seeking grants. No matter what your eventual goals are, having a solid business plan is absolutely essential.

Social Strategy for Socially Savvy Female Entrepreneurs: A Modern Primer

Penina Rybak | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Penina Rybak

It used to be that when we heard the word social, it brought to mind etiquette. Table manners and related stuff our grandparents tried to instill in us. Ways of doing things for, and interacting with, other people, which Anne Landers wrote about.