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.

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A cupcake business is a tasty, fun business to start. Learn how to start a cupcake business in this article.

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Would you like to start a cleaning business with no money? Learn how to start a cleaning business with no money in this article.

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If you want to start a group home business, find a location, get licensed, find funding, hire staff, and finally, fill your home with residents. Learn how to start a group home business in this article.

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When making an employee check stub, include check information, work hours, deductions and salary information. Learn how to make employee check stubs in this article.

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The key to evaluating any business venture is to determine its profitability. Learn about how to determine profitability in this article.

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It's possible to start a business with no money. Learn how to start a business with no money in this article.

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If you'd like to start a radio station you'll need to apply for a permit, decide how much power you need, buy the equipment and recruit broadcasters. Learn how to start a radio station in this article.

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Getting the idea for a new business is easy. Finding the cash to start it is something else. So where do you get some startup capital?

By Dave Roos

Whether you're Amazon.com superstar Jeff Bezos or an acupuncturist looking for more clients to stick needles in, a business Web site is imperative. What are you waiting for?

By Jacob Silverman

Starting a new business sounds great, right? From now on, you're your own boss. But if you aren't careful, you could run into trouble.

By Dave Roos

The simple idea behind PayPal, using encryption software to allow people to make financial transfers between computers, has turned into one of the world's primary methods of online payment.

By Ed Grabianowski, Chris Pollette & Stephanie Crawford

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Marketing plans are a must if you want your product or service to reach a broad audience. Learn about positioning, placement, and everything else that goes into a professional marketing plan.

By Lee Ann Obringer

Now that you've decided you want to start your own business, you need to figure out a play of how to cover all of your bases before you take the plunge. A good business plan can help you organize your new business. Find out how to create a business plan.

By Lee Ann Obringer

When you're starting a business, capital is the long and short of it. You've got to spend money to make money, but before you can spend it you have to acquire it.

By Lee Ann Obringer

A freelancer in need of creative space? The boss of a new business? Either way, you need of place to put your desk.

By Lee Ann Obringer

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Business ideas require a great deal of planning in order to bring them to life. Do you know what it takes to start a successful business? Learn about business ideas and how to turn a business idea into a working business.

By Lee Ann Obringer

What does it take to put together a nice and effective e-commerce website? Is it a lot of money? Sometimes. Is it a lot of skill? Many times. Is it a lot common sense and patience? Always!

By Lee Ann Obringer & Melanie Radzicki McManus

C-corporations, S-corporations, limited liability companies, sole proprietorships, partnerships... These are just a few of the legal structures utilized in the business world, and each one has different legal and financial ramifications.

By Michael Molnar

Want to be your own boss? Franchising gives you the opportunity to own your own business while skipping some of the more detailed steps. Learn all about franchising and how you can become an owner.

By Lee Ann Obringer

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Venture capital is the first step to setting up a new business. Learn about venture capital and how to acquire it.