Small Business Help and Advice on Starting a Small Business

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Learn How to Start a Small Business

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) uses any business with less than 500 employees in some industries or less than 100 in others as part of its small business definiton. Success is not measured or guaranteed by the number of people you hire, though. You do not need to be a genius or have an advanced degree in order to start and run a successful small business. You do not need to work 80 hours a week or sink every last penny you have into your business. You will, however, almost certainly need some help and you will definitely need a plan. After all, we are all familiar with the dream, but what about the reality? Most people realize that starting and running a small business can be incredibly rewarding, both from a financial and personal standpoint, but not nearly as many people know how to start a small business, or understand what risks, challenges and decisions lie ahead for anyone who wants to start a small business. This website aims to give future entrepreneurs information, ideas, help, motivation, and advice a head start toward learning how to start a small business and pursuing their small business dream. You can do it and we can help!

Startup

Start Up

Before you make your first sale, there is a lot of groundwork to be done. Researching your market, writing a business plan, choosing a business structure, and obtaining any necessary permits or licenses are just a few of the many practical concerns that you will need to address. Learn how to get started.

Loans

Loans and Grants

Coming up with the money to start a small business is a challenge every aspiring small business owner and entrepreneur has to face. Small business loans, grants, and creative ways of financing your venture are all available to you. Knowing where to look, what to look for, and what to do is a big part of the battle.

Banking

Banking

Keeping you business finances separate from your personal finances is a must. A small business bank account can help you do that. Not all small business checking accounts are created alike in terms of fees, minimum balances, and requirements. We compare and help you pick the right banking solution for you.

Insurance

Insurance

It can be dizzying shopping for your own health insurance, life insurance, disability plan, dental coverage, vision care, plus any insurance you need to carry for the business itself. If you are coming from the nine to five world, you might need some help navigating the small business insurance waters.

Ideas

Ideas and Opportunities

You have an entrepreneurial spirit and you know you want to be your own boss, but maybe you are not quite sure how to translate that into a business. Coming up with a new product or a twist on an existing one, offering a service, or buying a franchise or other existing business are some of the ways you can get started.

Advertising

Marketing

You started your new small business so now you need to get the word out. There are many ways to promote and market your new venture, from quick and low cost to time consuming and expensive. We examine a number of traditional and not so traditional ways to promote a small business both online and offline.

Software

Software

Small business software can help you get things done. Accounting software, CRM applications, inventory management, time tracking, and other kinds of programs exist that are aimed at small businesses. There are free and open source programs you can download online as well as boxed and Web based software solutions.

Services

Services

Most small business owners have to wear many hats. There are many small business services you can take advantage of to help you along the way. Consulting, business plan and proposal writers, payroll services, equipment leasing, and more are all available and make starting and running a small business a little bit easier.

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