Gaining Financing for a Franchise is Getting Easier

It is easy to see why getting franchise loans may be somewhat easier than gaining financing for other types of small businesses. Franchises, to some degree, come with their own set of marketing research and sort of a ready-made business plan that takes a lot of work out of the business owner's hand. It also mitigates a lot of risk for the lenders.

The Ultimate Small Business Start-Up Checklist

Launching a new business venture can be exciting—and more than a little exhausting. Follow these eight startup steps to help make sure you're as prepared as possible:

Are You Still Using Your Personal Bank Account for Your Business?

For the small business owner, there's typically little separation between business and personal. You bring your work home (or you may even work from home). You've probably invested your own money in the business, or skipped a pay check or two to keep the business going.

7 Success Tips for Creating a Home-Based Business

Home-based businesses comprise one of the fastest growing business segments today. People love the idea of being able to be their own boss and work from the comfort of their own home.

Why Kickstarter Campaigns Fail

Plenty of entrepreneurs have found success with their crowdfunding campaigns. Failure though, is always a possibility—even when the end is in sight and it seems to be a sure thing. Crooked Bottle, an aspiring local brewbub, learned that lesson the hard way.

Business Licenses 101

Starting a business involves a great deal of filling out and filing the appropriate paperwork to get up and running. A lot of it is fun to work on—picking a business name, logo, color scheme and location—but there's also plenty of legal work that new small business owners need to think about.

Boom in the Bay: Could Tampa’s Business Incubators Become a National Model?

With this sudden boom in business incubators, many local residents and people around the nation are wondering: Is this new trend good for startups or is it just a fad? Here are some things to consider.

Franchising: The Advantages and Drawbacks

There are many advantages to buying a franchise over starting a business from scratch. Ordinarily a franchise offers the owner a degree of security and stability, with help, advice, and support at hand should any problems arise. There are drawbacks, however, such as the restrictions on what you can and can't do with the business being a prime example.

Startups Need to Embrace Zero Paid Media Marketing

The power and influence of paid media advertising, including print ads, TV commercials, radio, and even online digital campaigns is waning, in favor of unpaid earned and owned messaging from your website, social media, key market influencers, and existing customer word-of-mouth. But startups need to remember that even zero paid media doesn't mean that marketing is free.

Franchise Opportunities and Negative Reviews

You're researching franchise opportunities and you see a negative review. What does this mean to you as a potential franchisee? What does it tell you about the business?

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