Your business plan: Do the financials add up?
Your business plan: Do the financials add up?

The financials section of a business plan is where you document the numbers and convince investors that your company is a good risk.

December 5th, 5:52 pm
How much personal savings should you have before you start a business?
How much personal savings should you have before you start a business?

Conventional wisdom is that you should have up to 12 months of living expenses put away before you start your own business, although the figure depends on a few factors.

June 7th, 2:38 pm
Uncle Sam extends a helping hand on the Web
Uncle Sam extends a helping hand on the Web

Among the online resources are key government publications, forms, statistics and regulatory data that can help you plan for your small business.

September 27th, 9:38 am
Common startup mistakes to avoid
Common startup mistakes to avoid

No matter how much research and preparation you do, you will make mistakes when you start a business, but the common errors listed here may help you avoid a few.

September 19th, 3:52 pm
How to write the right job descriptions
How to write the right job descriptions

Creating a clear job description before you begin the hiring process can help you choose the best candidate from a pool of applicants.

August 16th, 8:03 am
Naming your business to spell success
Naming your business to spell success

Naming your business should be done carefully because this is a decision that you will have to live with for a long time.

February 23rd, 3:50 pm
The new rules for dot-com startups
The new rules for dot-com startups

The hypergrowth needs of fast-growth startups have turned the old rules of venture financing on their ear.

June 7th, 2:39 pm
Writing a partnership agreement
Writing a partnership agreement

A partnership agreement can give you a framework for defining each partner's obligations, and settling the conflicts, disagreements and other issues that occur in every relationship.

July 28th, 5:34 am
Hiring: Do you know how to pick them?
Hiring: Do you know how to pick them?

Your business is growing and you're bringing in employees to expand your business. What could possibly go wrong? The answer is, a lot, if you don't hire the right people.

November 20th, 5:25 pm
Coming up with a winning business idea
Coming up with a winning business idea

Developing a business idea is a matter of creating a vision, leveraging your strengths and determining what the market needs. These three steps should get you started.

November 6th, 5:45 pm
Incorporate out of state?
Incorporate out of state?

One of the first questions you're likely to face when you decide to incorporate is where to locate your corporation.

July 28th, 5:34 am
Basics of a limited partnership
Basics of a limited partnership

Limited partnerships are typically used for real estate investing or in situations where a business is looking to finance expansion.

July 28th, 5:34 am
Basics of a limited liability company
Basics of a limited liability company

A limited liability company (LLC) has the liability protection of a corporation but the tax status of a partnership.

July 28th, 5:34 am
Basics of a general partnership
Basics of a general partnership

If you have business partners, you have the option of forming a partnership instead of incorporating.

July 28th, 5:34 am
Overview: Corporations
Overview: Corporations

While incorporation requires more paperwork and expense than sole proprietorship, it does give you one critical benefit - protection from liability.

July 28th, 5:34 am
Basics of a C Corporation
Basics of a C Corporation

The main difference between a C Corporation and other business structures is that a C Corporation files and pays corporate income taxes directly.

July 28th, 5:34 am
Choosing a board of directors
Choosing a board of directors

If you have chosen to organize your company as a corporation, you are legally required to have a board of directors.

July 28th, 5:34 am
Basics of a non-profit corporation
Basics of a non-profit corporation

The primary benefit of being a non-profit (or not-for-profit) corporation is that you are exempt from paying income taxes.

July 28th, 5:34 am
Basics of a sole proprietorship
Basics of a sole proprietorship

Sole proprietorship is the quickest and easiest business structure to adopt. If you don't incorporate and don't have a partner, you are automatically a sole proprietor.

July 28th, 5:34 am
Basics of an S Corporation
Basics of an S Corporation

S Corporation status gives you the liability protection of a corporation, and allows you to pay taxes on the same basis as a sole proprietor or partnership, that means you pay tax at the personal rate and your profits are your salary.

July 28th, 5:34 am
Basics of a professional corporation
Basics of a professional corporation

Groups of certain professionals can form corporations knows as professional corporations or professional service corporations.

July 28th, 5:34 am