Ideas and inspiration. These are the starting point for any business whether it is a tiny mom-and-pop or the next billion dollar internet startup. We've recently profiled a set of businesses that are at various stages from just starting out to settled, global success and which cover a range of industries. But they have one thing in common - they all got their start from great ideas and inspiration. Take a look at Barefoot Wines, Ivy's Garden, Bulk Apothecary, Fish Flops and CampusBookRentals. For those of you that haven't yet taken the jump into starting your own business, you can get started with our series on starting a business - the links to the three articles that make up part four (all about naming your business) are below and you can find the links to parts 1 through 3 in them.
- The Name Game: How to pick a business name that will be successful for years to come
- The Yahoo Smart and Simple Guide to Starting a Business: Part 4 - Naming your business
- The Yahoo Smart and Simple Guide to Starting a Business: Part 4 - Resources for Naming
Recent small business articles from Advisor
Tending the talent: Think perennially - a look at the advantages of hiring for experience
Small Business: Big Crime - a nice infographic from Bolt Insurance about the huge costs of fraud and other crimes to small businesses
Which businesses default the most - a surprising look at whether smaller businesses are more of a credit risk than larger ones
The economic history of the world in one picture - a history of economic change through the ages and the big changes happening right now
Tubifi - a new, simple platform for creating business video
Four dumb branding mistakes to avoid - counter examples about branding your company and good advice on how to avoid these blunders
Some other great small business articles from around the web this week.
and finally, an eye-opening blog post about how the global economy is shifting and causing real movement in where opportunity lies.