Starting a Business


12 Tips for Starting a Business for Less Than $1,000

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Starting a business requires a ton of money, right? Sometimes it does. If, say, opening the next McDonald’s in town is your heart’s desire, you’re going to have to downsize your dream unless you have some serious cash ($750,000 minimum). But it’s also quite possible to be your own boss with a far more modest [...]

8 Startup Ideas for Baby Boomers


Americans between the ages of 55 and 64 have a higher rate of entrepreneurial activity than those between the ages of 20 and 34, according to a study conducted by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, which is dedicated to small-business and entrepreneurial growth. Perhaps this is because these baby boomers recognize that their 81 million [...]

Looking for Help? Attend a Startup Weekend


Have you heard about the Startup Weekend events going on around the world? There’s probably one coming to a city near you. If you’re an entrepreneur, a Startup Weekend event may be just what you need to validate your ideas, refine your business plan, and launch your company. What Is It? Startup Weekend is a [...]
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Business Documents: What to Keep and What to Toss

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Thanks to digital technology, record retention is easier and cheaper than ever before. Nevertheless, a lot of business still gets done using old-fashioned paper, and it is essential that you hold on to key business documents. As a small-business owner, you will accumulate plenty of these things. Some are important; others, not so much. Here's [...]

Real-Life Shark Tank: How to Find Angel Investors in Your Own Backyard

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The popular TV show Shark Tank is drawing mainstream attention to a funding strategy that innovators and entrepreneurs have used for years: angel investing. The competition for large-scale funding on a national level, of course, is fierce. Looking for an angel investor in your own backyard can be an easier row to hoe. It facilitates [...]

5 Businesses You Can Start With Little or No Money

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Even for the most passionate entrepreneurs, finding startup capital can be a huge issue to overcome. Businesses such as restaurants, retail stores, and manufacturing plants often require too much money for the average person to get their hands on. However, many other types of enterprises can be launched on the cheap. Here are five businesses [...]

What Do Technology and Chocolate Have in Common?


For Todd Masonis and Cameron Ring, starting a chocolate-making business hasn’t differed too much from launching a technology startup. The Stanford University friends co-founded Plaxo, an online address book, almost a decade ago and sold it to Comcast for over $150 million in 2008. Shortly thereafter, Masonis and Ring began dabbling in chocolate. They wanted [...]

Preparing to Pitch Your New Invention


Entrepreneurs with inquisitive and lively minds often come up with ideas for inventions, but they don’t always know whether the concept is worth developing — or how to develop it. One option is to submit the idea to a so-called “inventor service firm,” many of which promise to help develop, patent, pitch, and even market [...]