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Making a Business Plan Work

A business plan is a strategy for survival that looks at your company today (understanding your surroundings) and then into the future. Your business plan will help you prepare if you include these elements [more…]

Basic Parts of a Business Plan

When you’re putting together a business plan, divide the plan into these basic sections — which every quality business plan should have: [more…]

Business-Planning Checklist

You have a number of essential tasks to complete before you write your business plan. Having a clear picture of your goals and how to attain them is at the core; but consider the other factors on this [more…]

Business Plans For Dummies Cheat Sheet

A well-developed business plan is critical for any start-up business. To develop a thorough business plan, research your customers and competition; avoid mistakes that lead to business failure; and know [more…]

Reasons Why Small Businesses Fail

Many different conditions can cause a small business to fail; some of the major reasons may be down to one or a few of the following. Safeguard your business by making sure you don’t fall into any bad [more…]

Checklist of Small Business Planning Essentials

When planning your business make sure that you have all the elements covered so that you can achieve optimum performance and results – ensure you don’t miss out any of these planning essentials: [more…]

What Makes a Business Work?

The successful running of a business is made up of certain major factors and elements, allowing it to adapt, survive and ultimately grow. These key elements should feature within any progressing business [more…]

Major Pieces of a Business Plan

Business plans are made up of several uniquely important corporate factors and processes. The following are the major elements of a company's business plan documents: [more…]

Business Plans For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Having a stable, thorough and thoughtful business plan can help you to boost your business and survive in the long term — whether your company is in the UK or elsewhere. When drawing up your business plan [more…]

Six Groups That Do Business with a Business

Six main groups are intimately connected to the life of a business. Knowing who they are, what they expect and how you’re interacting with each of them is essential. [more…]

Paying Attention to Profit in Your Small Business

Your small business is designed to make a profit — even if you’re not making one yet. Managing the financial aspects of profit requires special skills and powers of recognition. The following list offers [more…]

How to Make the Most of Your Small Business’s Assets

The assets of your small business drive your financial picture to a large extent, so you need to know how to manage those assets to maximize their use to you. Use the tips in the following list to help [more…]

How to Plan Ahead for Your Small Business

As the owner or manager of a small business, of course you’re very busy, but it pays to step back and plan for your financial future. Take the time to forecast, plan, and budget. Have your Controller [more…]

Critical Issues in Need of Social Entrepreneurial Action

If you feel like you need to do something to make the world a better place, but you aren’t sure what that should be, consider the following four areas. Each of these is a critical issue currently boiling [more…]

Translating Your Entrepreneurial Ideas and Passion to a Social Enterprise

You have the drive, you have the compassion to help the world — so how do you turn that energy into a successful for-profit or nonprofit enterprise? Here are five steps for transforming your vision into [more…]

Secrets to Becoming a Successful Social Entrepreneur

Each successful social entrepreneur is unique, and they all travel their own particular paths to success. However, research has uncovered many traits shared by most if not all of them. Cultivate these [more…]

Social Entrepreneurship For Dummies Cheat Sheet

You want to make a difference in the world, but you don't know where to start or feel overwhelmed by the amount of work to be done. Here you find a list of ideas for social enterprises — problems needing [more…]

Ten Secrets to Consulting Success

Many different ways exist to become a more efficient consultant, however, some are better than others. Incorporating the following methods into the way you do business will keep you way ahead of the consulting [more…]

Building Your Consulting Business with Current Clients

While you’re throwing money and time at marketing your consulting business don’t forget your current clients. They’re your best source for new consulting business because they know you and your quality [more…]

How to Build an Effective Consulting Web Site

When putting together a first-class Web site for your consulting business, your goal is to create a professional image, make the site easy to navigate and enhance client contact. Try these Web site building [more…]

How to Form Strong Relationships with Your Consulting Clients

As a consultant, the relationships you build with your clients are key to your success and they should be built on the strongest foundation of respect and honesty. Maintain the highest code of ethics and [more…]

Consulting For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you’ve decided to become a consultant, stay ahead of the competition using tested techniques. A professional Web site and a commitment to your clients will increase your chances of referrals and add [more…]

Network Marketing For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you’re thinking about joining a network marketing company, ask some key questions to find the out if the company meets your standards and fulfills your expectations, and look for sure signs the network [more…]

How to Avoid Franchising Legal Pitfalls

If you’re considering starting a franchise, or already have, remember to do your homework regarding franchise law. You don’t want to get stuck in a franchise agreement without knowing the facts and where [more…]

Managing Your Personal Life as a Franchisee

Starting a franchise is hard work and the pressure can sometimes affect you and your family. The support of your loved ones is important so put time aside to spend with your family. Remember that you have [more…]

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