Business Planning

Value Proposition

How to Develop and Evaluate Your Startup's Value Proposition

It's not enough to be able to do, make or provide something: It must be worth something to potential customers
Business Plans

Expert Advice: 10 Tips to Craft a Strong Business Plan

A business plan writing expert weighs in what to include and what not to include to create a winning business plan.
Ideas

5 Tests to Figure Out If Your Business Idea Has Legs

Consider these questions to help you determine if your concept will pan out into a successful enterprise.
Business Planning

4 Goals Every Small-Business Owner Should Set in 2015

Here are some easy changes entrepreneurs can make for a more productive year ahead.
Efficiency

Adopt 4 Tactics to Turn 2015 Into a Launchpad for Productivity

Elite performers -- whether fighter pilots, actors or athletes -- spend time visualizing processes, ticking off items on checklists and predicting obstacles, all in their mind.
Marketing

The One New Year's Resolution All Business Owners Should Keep

There's something you can start doing today that could save you a lot of headaches in 2015.
Business Plans

First Steps: Writing the Executive Summary of Your Business Plan

This quick guide offers tips that will help you create the executive summary for your business plan.
Business Plans

First Steps: Writing the Marketing Section of Your Business Plan

This quick guide offers tips that will help you create the marketing section for your business plan.
Business Plans

First Steps: Writing the Financials Section of Your Business Plan

This quick guide offers tips that will help you create the financials section for your business plan.
Business Plans

Startup Business Forecasts Are Not Black Magic, Just Smart Business

You need these projections to set internal goals and milestones, and to measure your progress toward reasonable success objectives.
Business Planning

What You Celebrate About 2014 Can Tell You What to Focus on in 2015

Don't guilt-trip yourself about enjoying the holidays and you might be surprised just how much work you get done.
Growth Strategies

4 Steps to a Breakout 2015

In this difficult economic environment, it's still possible to have a profitable, growing business. Follow these four steps.
Business Plans

Risky Business: 6 Potential Pitfalls of Writing a Business Plan

There is a downside to putting your business plan on paper. Learn the risks and learn how to protect your interests.
Success Strategies

The Key to Every Successful Business is Agility

Companies, especially startups, die as a result of complacency. There are four things winners do better.
Goals

Do You Know How You Really Did This Year?

Without established goals in place, you're just guessing based on feelings. Make next year different.