5 Ways to Boost Your Entrepreneurial Confidence | Bplans

“You have two minutes to convince me why I should invest in your company,” my professor said. About seven years ago I delivered my first pitch. I was a sophomore in college back then. Never had I ever imagined I would spend three consecutive weeks practicing for a two-minute presentation. I was scared to death. […]

A Standard Business Plan Outline [Updated for 2017] | Bplans

This article is part of our “Business Planning Guide”—a curated list of our articles that will help you with the planning process! Editor’s note: We’ve updated this article for 2017. Start from the very beginning understanding that your business plan ought to be specific to your business needs and objectives. Every business ought to have […]

13 Tips to Open a Successful Coffee Shop | Bplans

This article is part of our Cafe Business Startup Guide—a curated list of articles to help you plan, start, and grow your cafe business! If you’re like me, you begin each day with a cup of coffee. It’s not an improbable assumption, given that 68 percent of coffee drinkers (and I assume you’re one of […]

How to Make Product Pages That Sell | Bplans

Product descriptions are meant to convince customers to buy things, right? But if a shopper can’t find your product description, it will never work its magic. That’s why you need to make sure that your product descriptions pop up higher in the search rankings. But how do you do that? Writing a good product description […]

How to Keep Your Startup Safe From Cyber Attacks | Bplans

October is national cybersecurity awareness month and it’s a good reminder for entrepreneurs to take a look at their online vulnerabilities, particularly in light of the recent Equifax breach and the slew of cyber attacks we saw earlier in 2017. Dr. Crispen Cowen of Leviathan Security Group recently shared his Top 6 Ways to Protect […]

Business Term Glossary | Bplans

To start and run a business, you often need to understand business terms that may not be well defined in a standard dictionary. Our glossary of business terms provides definitions for common terminology and acronyms in business plans, accounting, finance, and other aspects of small business. A B C D E F G H I […]