Starting a Business

The Starting a Business channel helps you navigate the complex world of a startup. Curious about venture capital and business ideas? Look no further.


Mike Marts, the AfterShock editor-in-chief and co-founder, looks back at the diverse roster of titles and genres published by the new company.

Selling your products online takes more than buying a domain name. Build a brand that your customers love with these tips.

No child needs a lemonade stand to make money, these days.

Online businesses have a lot in common with their traditional counterparts. But taking the web by storm is no easy feat! Here are some pitfalls to watch out for.

Gone are the days when a small business could get by without a website. Today, your online presence can make or break your business.

Starting an online business can be overwhelming at times. Try using these resources to make the process easier.

In the past, you practically had to get an MBA to learn how to write a business plan. But investors today value plans that are sharp and to the point — and you can easily figure it out online.

From Disney and Mattel to Apple and Amazon, countless U.S. business staples have started in someone's home. The Internet only makes this feat easier. Could your home be the incubator for the next big online company?

Is it true that online businesses have lower startup costs than traditional companies? Sometimes. Etsy shops are fairly cheap, but it'll be a different story if you're trying to launch the world's next great technology.

Licensing seems so arbitrary — why do you need a license to catch a fish, for example, but not to be a parent? Sometimes, though, you need to follow the rules and get one. Is selling things online one of those times?

Some dot-coms were flat-out terrible ideas, while others were simply ahead of their time. What's the story behind these online companies with real-world failures?

The idea of an incubator sounds like something forged in the dot-com boom of the late 1990s, but the business incubator concept dates back to 1959. Could a tech incubator be better than starting your business alone?

If you've had to work for someone to earn your weekly paycheck, the idea of being your own boss may seem incredibly liberating. Thanks to the rise of e-commerce, it's easier than ever to start your own business — as long as you have a few skills.

You have a great idea for the next disruptive technology, but you sure could use some cash and advice in order to attract a big-pocket investor. Could an accelerator be the answer?

Congratulations, you're opening your own small business. You'll face many decisions along the way, and one of the most important is determining the best business structure.

Forming a limited liability company (LLC) for your business -- a popular option -- may be to your tax advantage. Find out whether it is right for you.

Late one night, it finally hits you -- the idea that's going to make you rich! But first you want to incorporate your company to limit your personal liability. What does incorporation mean, and how do you get it done?

It's important to know how to promote your landscape design business. Learn about how to promote a landscape design business in this article.

If you love dogs and would like a job with flexible hours you might be interested in learning how to start a dog walking business. Learn about how to start a dog walking business in this article.

You really would like to help recovering addicts get on their feet and you'd like learn how to start a recovery house. Read this article to help you learn about how to start a recovery house.

You'd like to start a title loan business because you heard that it can be very lucrative. It's not that easy to start one, but here's how to start a title loan business.

You'd like to start a tree service, but are not sure how. Once you've read this article about how to start a tree service, you'll be ready to go.

You'd like to know how to start an animal sanctuary for the increasing number of abandoned and homeless animals in your neighborhood. This article will show you how to start an animal sanctuary.

If you know how to start fish farming you can have a profitable aquaculture operation. Learn about how to start fish farming in this article.

If you're interested in buying items wholesale and selling them to the public, you will have to get a wholesale license. Learn about how to get a wholesale license in this article.