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Should I Start a Business?
How do you know if you should start a business? It can be difficult to decide whether or not starting a business is the right decision. Here is a collection of articles to help you determine if you should start a business.

5 Reasons to Start Your Business Part Time
Starting a business part time can be a good way to test out the waters of entrepreneurship. Here are five reasons to give it a try.

How to Start a Small Business
Nine of the most important areas to consider when you start your own small business, including developing a business idea, conducting business research, selecting a business structure, choosing a business name and setting up your accounting system.

Business Plan Help for the Overwhelmed Small Business Owner
If you are struggling to write a business plan, help is here! This guide will explain why a business plan is a must-have for most small businesses, walk you through some of the most important background information you need to collect for your business plan, and help you get started with a business plan outline.

10 Powerful Small Business How-To's You Need to Follow
Feeling overwhelmed by the process of starting a small business? This guide that includes 10 easy-to-follow tutorials will streamline the process and help you get your business up and running quickly.

Small Business Licenses, Permits and Regulations
Registering your business and acquiring the necessary licenses and permits is an important part of starting a business. This article provides a list of resources for each state.

How to Bootstrap Your Small Business from the Ground Up
Bootstrapping can be a great way to stretch a limited amount of money in your small business and do more with less. These tips will help you bootstrap effectively in any stage of your business life cycle.

Character Traits of Successful Small Business Owners
Successful business owners possess common traits that help them achieve success. Here are some of the most common and powerful character traits that describe small business owners who have started successful businesses.

6 Ways to be a Happier Small Business Owner
Have you lost your happiness as a small business owner? These tips will help you put the smile back on your face.

How to Write a Mission Statement for Your Small Business
Use this step-by-step guide (with examples) to writing a meaningful mission statement that clarifies what your business is all about.

9 Common Mistakes That Make Your Mission Statement Useless
Make sure you avoid these 9 mistakes in order to create a useful mission statement for your small business.

Is Having a Passion for Business Enough?
Having a business passion makes sense and has proven to be a key factor for many successful small business owner, but passion alone is not enough to make a new business successful. Here are some of the other factors that can set you on the path to small business success.

Three Reasons to Slow Down the Business Start-up Process
You may be tempted to rush through the business start-up process because you're excited, but that's can be dangerous. Here are three reasons why.

Top 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting a Business
Starting a business is exciting ... and scary. One of the best ways to boost the excitement and shrink the fear is by being prepared. While it's difficult to plan for every possibility and challenge that may occur, you can get yourself on the path to success by taking time to consider these five questions before jumping in with both feet.

What Motivates You?
Understanding what motivates you before you start a business can help you be more mentally prepared for the challenges you will face. Here are some tips for identifying your motivation and using it during the business startup process.

Small Business Startup Mistakes
Starting a business isn't easy. There isn't a fool-proof plan to reach small business startup success, but here are 10 of the most common mistakes to avoid as you start your business.

How to Overcome the Fear of Failure
The process of starting a business can be filled with fear. Use these tips to overcome the fear of failure and push through to success.

How to Boost Your Chances of Success When Starting a Business
Small business success is not easy to achieve, but it is possible when you have a plan. These tips will help you boost your changes of starting a successful small business.

Get Started with Goal Setting in Five Steps
Goal setting tips to help small business owners get started with goal setting, focus on the specifics of what they hope to accomplish, and start to put their plan into action.

Backward Goal Setting
Goal setting doesn't have to have a million moving parts. It can be as easy as starting from the end and working backwards. Here's how to do it effectively.

SMART Goal Setting 101
SMART goal setting is a popular technique for validating your goals. Here is an introduction to SMART goal setting that will help you maximize goals in your business.

Four Common Small Business Goals to Inspire You
Small business goals help you accomplish more in your business. This look at some of the most common small business goals will inspire you and provide resources to get you started.

SMART Goal Setting Worksheet
This SMART goal setting worksheet will help you measure your business goals against the SMART criteria in order to determine if your goals are achievable and worthy of your time.

5 Common Small Business Goal Setting Mistakes
Do you know what not to do when it comes to goal setting? Find out which five big mistakes you should avoid when setting goals in your small business.

SMART Goal Examples
SMART goal setting is an effective process for setting and achieving your business goals. Review these examples that provide clear and easy-to-follow SMART goal examples.

Goal Setting and Tracking Software
A list of goal setting and tracking software to help you create, track and achieve your most important goals.

10 Powerful Goal Setting Steps
Goal setting is an important part of starting and owning a business. These 10 powerful goal setting steps will help you achieve even your most ambitious business goals.

30-Minute Goal Setting Cheat Sheet
Small business goal setting doesn't have to be time intensive. Use these tips to set a quick and easy small business goal.

How to Set the Stage for Successful Goal Setting and Achievement
Goal setting tips for creating an environment that will help you be successful in reaching your small business goals.

5 Reasons to Attend Live Small Business Conferences
Small business conferences provide a number of benefits that can't be found through online events. Here are some of the biggest reasons to attend small business conferences, trade shows and other live networking events.

How to Get Value from Small Business Conferences
Small business conferences are packed with opportunities for learning, connecting and growing. Follow these tips to make the most out of the next conference you attend.

The Best Business Ideas of 2012
Here are 47 of the best small business ideas from 2013 in the following categories: home-based businesses, low-cost businesses, green businesses, technology-related businesses and pet-related businesses.

How to Get and Stay Motivated
Get motivated to accomplish the most challenging goals on your list, and learn how to stay motivated when the going gets tough, with these motivation tips.

Resources for Women in Small Business
Here is a collection of 47 resources for women in small business to explore in order to learn, grow and develop business opportunities. The resources listed here include professional organizations, networking groups, informational websites, conferences and events, government organizations, membership clubs and support groups.

Five Ways to Go Green in Your Small Business
Going green is smart business for small business. These five ideas for going green will not only help the environment, but your business, too.

10 Business Success Tips for Young Entrepreneurs
Some of the world's most famous and profitable businesses were started by students. Microsoft began in Bill Gates' Harvard dorm room, Google got its start on the Stanford campus as the computer science project of doctoral students Sergey Brin and Larry Page and thousands of other student companies thrive in every industry.

Starting a Small Business 101
Starting a small business requires determination, motivation, and know-how. Here's a list of available resources to provide you with the know-how to have a successful small business startup.

Break the 5 Barriers to Starting a Business
If ever there was a better time to start your own business now would be it. Entrepreneurs today have access to a wealth of knowledge, a variety of support sources and reduced startup costs.

8 Simple Rules for Rating a Business Opportunity
So you think you have found the one business opportunity that will bring you freedom, fame, and plenty of profits? Does it meet the 8 simple rules? Before you run out and cash in your life-savings, stop and separate your emotions from the small business opportunity

Inspirational Women of Business
Women-owned small businesses continue to be the shining light in the current market. The following women in business have overcome great odds and serve as a beacon for all those to follow.

Pink Slips To Deposit Slips
The path to small business ownership needs to be cautiously viewed with honesty and introspection. To make the best decision to enter the world of business start-ups, your About.com Guide for Small Business Information has assembled the critical success factors to transition from employee to entrepreneur.

Business Name Styles
There are hundreds of styles and trends in business names, but six rise to the top as the most common business name styles. Consider these popular styles as you decide what name is right for your business.

6 Keys to Avoid Part-time Business Disaster
Part-time businesses allow entrepreneurs to "test the waters" and see if the business is viable while still earning a full-time paycheck. But there are many traps to avoid when moonlighting. Learn the 6 keys to avoid part-time business disaster.

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