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.

Business Ideas »


What Industries are Ripe for Entrepreneurs in 2015?

Startup opportunities abound in these six industries.


Quiz: What Type of Small Business Owner Are You?

Find out if you’re more of a freedom seeker, passionate creator, struggling survivor or legacy builder.

Business Basic Structure »


Small Business Checklist: Scouting Out a Location

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


1 Question, 3 Answers: When Is the Right Time to Transition From Food Truck to Storefront?

Making the move from the street to a bricks-and-mortar location

Business Start Up Financing »


6 Lessons a Small Business Can Learn from Uber’s Triumphs—and Failures

The fast-growing car service startup has done a lot of things right. It has also made some big mistakes.


Small Business Book Club: "Growing a Business"

Find your market and create a scalable business model before raising capital—these lessons helped this small business owner b...

Business Plans »


New Year’s Resolution: A Business Innovation Audit

Take a deep dive into your business to identify the areas you can most improve on this year.


Off-Season Tips For Landscaping Businesses

Here are some suggestions for keeping your landscaping business busy during the colder months.

Franchising »


How to Exit a Franchise

Here’s what you can expect – and what you need to do – when it’s time to sell your franchise business.


Four Hot Franchise Sectors for 2015

Is 2015 the year you'll open a franchise business? Here are four hot franchise sectors to consider.

Home Based Business »


Zoning Laws Are Annoying

But fail to follow local zoning ordinances, and your small business could fail before it even begins.


How to Start a Business in Phoenix, Arizona

The sprawl of one of the fastest growing cities presents small business with opportunities and challenges.