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Building a business from the ground up? Find out tips and strategies for starting a successful business of your own.


The Best Start-Up Business Advice Entrepreneurs Never Received (But Wish They Had)

Three pieces of start-up business advice that successful entrepreneurs wish someone had offered them in the early days of their business.

Branding Meets Legal: How to Protect Your Trademark, Logo and Other Elements of Your Brand

Regardless of where you are in the business lifecycle, or what your business goals are, you need to understand the trademark and copyright protections.

Business Plan Basics: How to Write a Business Plan

When you are ready to take the leap into business ownership, one of the most important steps you can take is to make a written business plan.

Business Pitching Fails: What Not to Do

Pitching your business or product idea? Be careful. Just because an investor wants to meet with you, that doesn't mean the deal is done.

7 Books You Should Read Before You Start a Small Business

These books will help you charge forward and learn as you open your small business.

Business Planning 101: Writing your first business plan

Writing your first business plan is a major step in putting your small business on the map and will help you work toward your goals

Choosing Your Company's Legal Structure: Sole Proprietorships vs. Corporations

As a solopreneur, or leader of a small (but growing) workforce, your level of financial accountability all depends on the legal structure of your business.

5 Pieces of Start-Up Advice about Year-One Challenges

Use this start-up advice for solopreneurs and new entrepreneurs to ensure your critical first year of business is a productive and successful one.