How to Write a One Page Business Plan | Bplans

If you’ve been putting off writing your business plan, you’re not alone. Writing a business plan can seem like a daunting task, and it’s an easy one to avoid. But it doesn’t have to be. An easy way to start your business plan is with just one page. There’s really not a lot of differences between […]

How to Write a Business Plan in Under an Hour | 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! Most people think that writing a business plan has to be hard. I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be. In fact, it’s […]

How to Write a Market Analysis | Bplans

Doing a market analysis might sound overly daunting and formal, but don’t be dissuaded. It’s actually really important, and it’s not all that complex. A market analysis is the process of learning the following: Who are my potential customers? What are their buying and shopping habits? How many of them are there? How much will […]

Industry Guides | Bplans

Do you already know what kind of business you want to start? You’ve come to the right place. Or, maybe you’re looking for a little industry inspiration—that’s fine too! Our industry guides will walk you through the process of starting a business, with specific attention to the unique requirements of your chosen industry. You’ll be […]

Market Research Resources | Bplans

This article is part of our “Business Startup Guide” – a curated list of our articles that will get you up and running in no time! Most every organization will benefit from even the most elementary market research. If it does not provide new information, it will confirm what is known. When you’re starting your business, […]

Interested in Writing for Bplans? | Bplans

We’re dedicated to giving our readers the most relevant and useful information on how to start a business. For the past 15 years, Bplans has been one of the top small business resources for entrepreneurs and business owners all over the world. More than a million people visit us each month looking for business planning […]

Starting a Business

There are more than 28 million small businesses in the United States, making up a whopping 99.7 percent of all U.S. businesses, according to the Small Business Administration. When you consider some of the most popular reasons to start a business, including having a unique business idea, designing a career that has the flexibility to grow with […]

Business Plans

If you are thinking about starting a small business, you most likely already know what a business plan is and have heard that you need one. But do you truly understand the purpose of a business plan? Does it really matter if you have one for your small business? And how can you create a […]

Customer Service and Customer Loyalty

At its most basic level, customer service is an organization's ability to supply their customers' wants and needs. But this definition leaves out the transactional nature of customer service, and it’s this transactional aspect that drives customer loyalty. "Customer loyalty exists when a customer chooses to do business with a company even when a less expensive, more convenient, […]