Content Can be a Lonely, Useless King | Bplans

You’ve probably heard the phrase: “content is king.” This morning I read “The idea that ‘content is king’ in blogging is total bulls***” by Mack Collier on The Viral Garden. He’s got a stark reminder there–a picture of an empty theater–that content doesn’t mean diddly if nobody sees it. Many bloggers view their blog as […]

Bplans Quiz: Are You Entrepreneur Material? | Bplans

Do you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur? Starting a business isn’t for the faint of heart. Take our quiz to determine if you have the right mix of leadership, experience, support, planning, and dealing with difficult obstacles (including yourself). We’ll analyze your results, and provide recommendations for the steps you should […]

26 Businesses You Can Start for Free | Bplans

You’ve always wanted to start a business. You’re tired of working for someone else, and you’d love the flexibility and responsibility of running your own company. The trouble is, you don’t have a whole lot of starting capital—or any, for that matter. Which probably means you’re out of luck, right? Wrong! Here are 26 businesses […]

85 Essential Startup Resources You Should Know About | Bplans

These are the tools that we know, love, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend—many of them we use ourselves. Use them to propel your startup into success and growth. Listen to COO of Palo Alto Software, Noah Parsons, share his favorite online tools on the fourth episode of The Bcast, Bplan’s official podcast (at 13:17): Click […]

Raise an Entrepreneur With These 36 Genius Toys | Bplans

I don’t have children yet, but when I do, I know I’m going to want to make sure they’re intelligent, creative, compassionate, and self-confident—probably what every non-parent hopes for, right? Wishful thinking aside, I do still want to raise children who feel the world is their oyster. I don’t want to bring up ruthless little […]

How to Write a Business Plan [Updated for 2017] | Bplans

This article is part of both our Business Startup Guide and our Business Planning Guide—curated lists of our articles that will get you up and running in no time! If you’ve reviewed what a business plan is, and why you need one to start and grow your business, then it’s time to dig into the process […]

What Is a Business Model? Business Models Explained | Bplans

Airbnb is a well-known example of the marketplace business model. Understanding the problem you are solving for your customers is undoubtedly the biggest challenge you’ll face when you’re starting a business. Customers need to want what you are selling and your product needs to solve a real problem. But, ensuring that your product fits the […]