Ideas For Starting A Small Business

Put A Brand To Work For You

-+*Franchises provide an excellent business opportunity in the service industry because they are uniform and branded.  A consumer can see a logo on a store or online that they know and trust, and they will be more likely to shop there than to go with a lesser-known store.  While not everyone shops at chain stores or eats at corporate or franchised restaurants every day, the reality is that almost any

The Franchise vs. the Startup

-+*Making the decision to open your own business is a major life event. Starting a new venture of this kind can be exciting as well as rewarding. The first step to becoming a business owner is choosing the type of company that you would like to run. This business can be something that you have wanted to start up yourself or you can go with an established franchise. Both involve

How To Build The Perfect Business Website

-+*Nothing replaces a website in terms of how the Internet surfing public will perceive your company.  You should never cut corners when putting up a quality site that really encapsulates your very best.  However, doing this is not a complicated process.  As long as you have the right look, layout, functionality and user-friendliness, then you are well on the way to seriously establishing yourself in the online marketplace.  However, if

Are You Ready To Start A Franchise?

-+*A franchise is not nearly as risky as starting a business from scratch, but you will pay dearly for the extra padding that a good opportunity will provide.  Franchise fees, equipment, working with approved suppliers, sticking with prescribed products and services, conforming to brand image and being held to specific procedures and policies are just a few examples of what can be expected when signing a contract.  While this may

How To Minimize Risk And Fund Your Business

-+*You have many choices when it comes to getting funding for your business.  You can participate in government backed programs, you can appeal to investors, ask family or friends for help or seek out traditional banks and lenders.  You can also use your own savings and resources as well.  No matter how you get your money, you want to make sure that you are keeping your risk to a minimum

Talk To Franchisees About What To Know

-+*If you are at the point where you are focusing on a narrow list of potential franchise opportunities, then you are ready to start talking to other owners.  Their opinions, suggestions and advice will serve to be an excellent barometer of whether or not a particular franchise is worth investing in or not.  However, it’s important to talk to a few different owners in order to get a really good

How To Become An Online Freelancer

-+*Starting an online freelance business is easy, doesn’t require any money to get started, and you can immediately begin to market your skills to clients who need projects completed right away.  There are opportunities for writers, designers, bloggers, office assistants, accountants, photographers and customer service representatives.  These are just a few of literally thousands of different kinds of opportunities that you can make money from, and all you need is

Bring Your Idea To Life Using Crowdsourcing

-+*Think about how crowd sourcing can connect you with the money you need for your small business, and it may be easier to obtain than a traditional loan. This process involves working with multiple investors who share the risk and pony up smaller amounts of money instead of one or two funding the whole project. There are a few good websites that allow seekers to connect with funders, create a

Be Your Own Boss The Easy Way

-+*Imagine starting a business that has already been tested to be successful, includes all of the things you need to get set up, and access to help and support is only a phone call away.  This is exactly what getting connected with a good franchise offers, and there are more opportunities to choose from than ever.  If you are ready to venture out on your own, determine your own destiny

Choose Your Calling When Starting A Business

-+*Starting a small business is your golden opportunity to find something that you truly love doing, enjoy doing and can see yourself doing for the rest of your life. If you are considering breaking free from the grind of your current job or career track, make absolutely sure that whatever business you decide to build is something that will give you pride, joy and satisfaction. As you are thinking of

Your Idea May Stick One Day: The Story Of Post-It Notes

-+*Spencer Silver and Art Fry are responsible for creating a phenomenon in the form of sticky little pieces of paper that are found almost anywhere. Dr. Silver accidentally discovered a reusable adhesive and Art Fry realized its practical use as a self-sticking way to leave notes, bookmark pages and keep reminders visible. After years of trial and error, enduring many failures and being rejected, the idea came on and the