"The first three versions of the business plan were not viable, since expenditures exceeded revenue. This tends to be a very bad model for business. By the time I got to version four (which included a restaurant and a bar on the same premises as the miniature golf course), the numbers started to make more sense." More »Urban Putt: Turning a vision into a viable business
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The classic secret to small business success is hard work and lots of it. It's just like the secret of success in gymnastics. How does a gymnast get to the Olympics? The answer is exactly the same as the punchline to the old joke about how you get to Carnegie Hall: Practice. More »Gymnasts Flip Over Facility In North Alabama: Huntsville Gymnastics a classic small business
Every successful business starts with a vision. Every unsuccessful business does too. How can you tell whether your dream is destined to succeed? And once your new business is operating, how can you keep that dream on track? We asked three successful entrepreneurs how they came up with the idea for their businesses. What led them to make the decision to go ahead and commit time, money and energy to turning that dream into reality? How they knew their vision could become a viable business? More »Keeping the Dream Alive: Turning your vision into a viable business
This companion article to our introduction to finding your startup goals, ideas and values is a practical exploration of these issues and can be used as a worksheet to help you find the answers to these questions for yourself as you go about starting up your own business. More »The Yahoo Smart and Simple Guide to Starting a Business: Part 1- Goals, Values and Ideas
The decision to start a business is only the first step of a valid business plan More »Is It Time To Start Up That Startup Business?
Resources for the Yahoo Smart and Simple Guide to Starting a Business: Part 1- Goals, Values and IdeasYahoo! Small Business Advisor - Wed, Feb 26, 2014 4:36 PM EST
The final part of this first week of our Smart and Simple Startup Series is a resource list. The following articles all have information about planning and thinking about your startup business. More »Resources for the Yahoo Smart and Simple Guide to Starting a Business: Part 1- Goals, Values and Ideas
RangerUp has launched a crowdfunding campaign to bring in veterans, train them, and help seed them as they launch their own small businesses. More »Operation RangerUp: Crowdfunding to ensure the success of ex-military entrepreneurs
This is the resource guide – a list of links and resources – to accompany our articles on understanding your costs when starting your business. You can find the over view here, and the workguide here. Please read both – the overview will help you understand the issues and give you a grounding before you dive into the workguide to build the costs section of your budget. More »Resources for researching and understanding fixed and variable costs for your business
Paint Nite: Startup gives masterclass in using social media and a smart online presence to grow very fastYahoo! Small Business Advisor - Wed, Feb 12, 2014 1:51 PM EST
The idea is beautifully simple. A Paint Nite event is scheduled at a bar or restaurant, usually on an “off” night, when the place will welcome a take-over by a large, organized crowd. Each participant is given a paint-proof apron and seated before a stretched canvas propped up on a table easel, alongside a collection of paints and brushes. More »Paint Nite: Startup gives masterclass in using social media and a smart online presence to grow very fast
You are the creative mind behind your business. The entrepreneur. The genius. Certainly, you shouldn’t have to spend a lot of energy on mundane organizational tasks... More »Set Up and Organize Your Space and Tools for Success
Run a cost analysis for your business as you start it up: Part 8 of the Smart and Simple Guide to Starting a B …Yahoo! Small Business Advisor - Mon, Feb 3, 2014 6:13 PM EST
This is the single most important thing you are going to do, because at this stage – before you have committed to anything - it is the way to stave off future financial problems by getting out ahead of them. So take you time and try to think of everything. More »Run a cost analysis for your business as you start it up: Part 8 of the Smart and Simple Guide to Starting a Business
A lot of online entrepreneurs start at square one, hoping they’ve found a product or service uniquely well suited to Internet marketing. And then there are the grand centenarians of the retail world—companies with brick and mortar in their blood that nonetheless make a youthful, entrepreneurial leap into Cyberspace. More »Langston’s: A 100-year-old Online Store does E-commerce Right
Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork… There are very few people who relish this side of creating a business, but it can be dangerous to ignore. Consider your options for getting all the licenses in order, and putting in place any other legal details before you open your doors. More »How to structure your business correctly: From sole proprietorship to C-Corp
Wondering how to spot a future entrepreneur? Look for the smart teenager who keeps getting into trouble with the law. A new study of successful self-employed people finds that “a mixture of learning aptitude and ‘break-the-rules’ behavior is tightly linked with entrepreneurship.” More »Bad teenagers make good entrepreneurs, study says
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