Start a Business

Thinking about how to start a business? You’ll need funds. And a business plan. And to incorporate. Find tips and tools on these and other important elements of starting a business.

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Why Small Data Matters to Your Small Business

Data mining is now more accessible than ever for small businesses—and its insights can help drive customers through your sale...

Start a Business

My Weird Business: Hendo Hoverboards

It's not a gimmick, and it’s not Back to the Future Part II. The hoverboard is really here, and, if Greg Henderson has a say,...

Business Basic Structure »

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Infographic: Should You Buy or Rent Your Office Space?

Small business owners should consider everything from financial stability to the local real estate market to determine the best...

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Small Business Checklist: Scouting Out a Location

Here’s your guide to finding the perfect spot for your small business.

Business Start Up Financing »


Should You Charge Late Fees?

You may be offering too much stick and not enough carrot.


7 Lease Negotiation Strategies

Tips from the pros

Business Plans »

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What Is the Best Small Business Advice Your Father Gave You?

Sometimes Father does know best. Here are the secrets to success dads shared with their sons.


What Your Small Business Can Learn From TOMS Shoes

Learn to build charitable work into your business model with TOMS’ visionary One for One model.

Franchising »


Why You Should Buy a Franchise

Based on your personality, your long-term business goals, and your experience, owning a franchise could be a great fit for you.


What No One Tells You About Franchising

Prepare for franchise ownership with these franchising secrets no one else will tell you

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Eight Small Business Ideas with Big Opportunity

Are you thinking about starting your own small business, but aren’t sure where to begin? Here are eight small business ideas ...


Working from Home: Tools to Help You Succeed

Here are a few of NFIB’s favorite tools to help keep you and your team focused, accountable, and collaborative when you’re ...

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