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Your Brand Plan Is More Important Than Your Business Plan

If people don't know who you are and what you represent, they won't do business with you

Why should you care about branding? Because these days, everyone will Google you before they visit your restaurant, buy your products, hire you to perform a service, loan money to you or invest capital in your new or existing venture. Any time you interact with people ...

by Areva Martin  | March 01, 2018 12:00:00
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Business Plans: A Step-by-Step Guide

This guide outlines the most important parts and what should be included in an effective business plan

A business plan is a written description of your business's future, a document that tells what you plan to do and how you plan to do it. If you jot down a paragraph on the back of an envelope describing your business ...

by Entrepreneur US Staff  | November 04, 2017 06:00:00
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Why You Should Create a Monthly Business Plan

Assess your business every 30 days

You wouldn't ever get on a plane with a pilot who doesn’t have a flight plan, so how can you go to work without a business plan?You need a plan, and it shouldn’t be an annual plan—it should be monthly, says Jordan ...

by Tracy Byrnes  | January 01, 2017 12:00:00
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25 things to do now for better business in 2017

Whether 2016 was rough or a banner year, there’s lots you can do now to make next year better

As 2016 winds down, it’s time to start planning for 2017. For business owners, this means getting financially prepared for the new year by following 25 ways in order to keep your business up-and-running for the long haul. 1. Revisit your business plan.If ...

by John Rampton  | November 25, 2016 09:00:00
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The 6 questions your business plan must answer

If your product's uniqueness can’t stand up against your competitor's copy, you’re in trouble

The other night we were talking with a group of young people when one person said that she wasn’t able to start a business because she couldn’t qualify for a loan. As you can imagine, several of us chimed in that we didn’t ...

by Doug and Polly White  | November 14, 2016 05:00:00
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7 steps for writing the perfect business plan

Writing it well is like writing your success story

Every business needs to have a written business plan. Whether it’s to provide direction or attract investors, a business plan is vital for the success for your organization. But, how do you write one? recommends that a business plan must include the following:However, ...

by John Rampton  | September 07, 2016 10:00:00
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5 tips for starting a successful business

Do not make the mistake of overthinking and overanalyzing it all.

When you start your own business, you are certain to hear a lot of different advice. Most of it will come from people who do not know the first thing about running a successful company. Turn to the internet, and you will ...

by Stephanie Abrams Cartin  | July 10, 2016 08:00:00
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How to start a small business in 6 steps

These smaller tasks make the to-do list bearable.

A great small business always starts out as an idea, but you have to transform that idea into action. That is where many individuals can start to feel overwhelmed. It is understandable to freeze up at the deluge of things that are required ...

by Matthew Toren  | June 21, 2016 09:00:00
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Why every small business needs a backup and disaster recovery plan

Because BDR solutions keep businesses safe when trouble strikes.

As a digitally active business in 2016, you cannot afford to lose your data. Whether at the hands of a natural disaster, human error, or cyber attack, data loss is costly and extremely risky. That is why you need a backup and ...

by Larry Alton  | June 04, 2016 09:00:00
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Fortune favors the prepared mind

Before you start your business, be mindful of where mistakes could be made.

It is no secret that risk is going to be a factor in any entrepreneurial endeavor. Depending on the market, risk could be so high that it deters entrepreneurs from entering. Risk is always going to be present, but there are ways ...

by Gerard Adams  | June 02, 2016 01:00:00
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Should entrepreneurs study entrepreneurship?

Because the other side of the entrepreneurial story is not so rosy, as testified by some of the country’s successful ‘treps and alumni of AIM’s Master in Entrepreneurship program.

This is an edited article from AIM’s ME program.The stereotypical entrepreneur is almost always characterized as self-made—someone with a great idea for a product or service who worked tirelessly to realize the dream, and made it grow and flourish. The stereotype credits ...

by Entrepreneur Staff  | May 31, 2016 05:00:00
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The essential guide to writing a business plan

Remember: It's a journey, not a sprint.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” If you are starting a business, you should have a business plan regardless of whether you are bootstrapping it or looking for outside ...

by Carolyn Sun  | March 31, 2016 09:00:00
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10 SME techniques and other tips

Seasoned entrepreneur shares his strategies in managing a business.

Like most corporate executives, owners of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) guard their business secrets zealously, sometimes to the point of not wanting any publicity for their companies. Among other reasons for shunning the spotlight, they fear that copycats might steal their ...

by Jimbo Owen B. Gulle and Jimbo Owen B. Gulle  | August 26, 2015 04:00:00