Business Planning Articles

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    5 Reasons Why You Should Start With Your Exit in Mind

    by on November 6, 2014

    During the critical early years of starting and growing your business, your top priorities will always be sales and marketing. However, there is an additional small but critical decision that business owners forget to make a priority as well: How you will one…

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    How Much Money Do You Need to Start a Business?

    by on October 2, 2014

    You can have the best business idea of the century, but your cash register probably won’t be doling out angel’s wings (to quote It’s a Wonderful Life) the day you open. Every new business should allow time to work out the kinks, learn from mistakes, and…

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    Ready to Start a Business? Here’s What It Will Cost

    by on September 29, 2014

    Data from the Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy confirm what many small-business owners already know from personal experience: Most small businesses are started on a shoestring budget. Based on 2007 Census data, 70 percent of entrepreneur…

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    4 Business Rules You Can Safely Break

    by on September 17, 2014

    When it comes to certain aspects of running a business, such as withholding employee taxes, it pays to follow the rules. In other areas, however, straying from standard practices might be a smart move.

    Here are four business rules you can break — and, in …

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    How One Entrepreneur Is Empowering Youth

    by on September 8, 2014

    Amy Amoroso, jeweler and owner of AnoMalY by Amy in Evanston, Illinois, didn’t plan to teach young people how to run their own businesses. “A woman approached me about seven or eight years ago and said, ‘My daughter would really like to learn to make jewe…

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    SWOT Analysis: What Is It and How Does It Help Your Business?

    by on September 1, 2014

    Launching a new business venture is a major undertaking, and it’s vital that you do your research to make sure you’re prepared. When you’re sizing up the competition and developing a marketing plan, conducting a SWOT analysis is an effective way to identify po…

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    How to Determine Your Market Profitability

    by on June 25, 2014

    When it comes to market profitability, not all industries are created equal. According to Bloomberg’s Industry Leaderboard, while Apple commands the largest percentage of the computer hardware market, that market ranked No. 51 (of 60) in terms of profitabil…

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    How to Determine and Use Your Market Growth Rate

    by on June 25, 2014

    A business performs a market analysis to identify its customers along with their various needs and wants. A crucial aspect of a market analysis is finding the market growth rate, which refers to the rise in sales among your customer base over a given period …

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