The About Guide to Starting a Business

Updated August 15, 2016
Ecuadorian bakery owner writing on clipboard

Coming Up With a Business Plan

Every business starts with two things: an idea and a plan. 

Maybe you have the idea of what your business will be selling, or maybe you need a little inspiration on that front. But once you know what kind of business you're starting, you need to put together a solid business plan. And no, that's not something you can jot down on a napkin on your way to ask for a loan. Our Experts can show you how to put together a great business plan that will impress investors and lay a roadmap for success.


Funding Your Business Dreams

You gotta spend money to make money, but it's a rare entrepreneur who has enough cash on hand to cover all their startup expenses. Fortunately, that's where business financing comes in. From banks to SBA loans to crowdfunding investors, there are a variety of ways to finance your business. And as you navigate your options, you'll probably need to learn a thing or two about establishing and building your business credit score...

Choosing a Winning Name

What's in a name? The difference between a successful business or a failed one, potentially. Play it safe, and you'll have a hard time standing apart from the competition; get too clever, and you could leave would-be customers scratching their heads. Our entrepreneurship experts can provide best practices for naming your business, or point you toward free sites that will help you generate a business name.

Location, Location, Location: Finding Your Space

Location, location, location. It's the first rule of real estate, and it can also play a huge role in the success of failure of your business. Whether you're opening a restaurant or just an office, we've got must-read advice on picking the perfect place to hang your shingle and set up shop. And once you've got a location picked out, we'll help you get the best terms on you commercial lease.

The Legal Stuff

How will you incorporate? What permits do you need? How will you insure your business?

No, this isn't the sexy side of entrepreneurship. Many business owners will find it downright boring. But these legal details matter. Our experts will help you figure it all out so you can get back to the fun stuff.