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Happy first day of December! It’s December and the end of the year is in full-swing. Don’t go into the holiday travel season without the December Book-of-the-Month: Business Adventures by John Brooks.

December means that its holiday time. No matter what holiday you celebrate it’ll...

Female celebrities are breaking the stereotypes of Hollywood and diving into the world of business. Check out how these women are using their fame, fortune, and power to start their own companies. From media production to makeup, these Top Female Celebrity Business Owners are doing it all!

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With only a few weeks lefts in 2017, it’s time to get organized now! The holidays are around the corner and you don’t want to be scrambling at the end of the year. Use these Small Business Organization and Tax Tips to End 2017 to help you keep the end of the year stress to a minimum.

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Small Business Resources for Women

17 Nov 17 Posted by: Margaret Mallonée
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If you’re a woman looking to start a business, you need to make use of all the Small Business Resources for Women.

It’s 2017, and more than two-thirds of new business owners are women....

November’s Book-of-the-Month: The E Myth Revisited

6 Nov 17 Posted by: Margaret Mallonée
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It’s that time of the month again! Our November Book-of-the-Month is The E Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber.

As we head into the end of 2017 and transition into the holiday season, there’s no better way to kick back and...

The Top Mom Entrepreneurs of 2017

11 Oct 17 Posted by: Margaret Mallonée
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To help you get inspired, we’ve collected success stories from some of the Top Mom Entrepreneurs of 2017, or mompreneurs.

There is no question that starting your own business is tough. It requires a lot of time, dedication, effort, and money. You’re putting your financial stability, job security,...

Young Entrepreneur's Start-Up Advice

22 Sep 17 Posted by: Margaret Mallonée
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Young Entrepreneur's Start-Up Advice — The best advice, helpful tips, and questions for the aspiring, young business owner.

To help you decide if you're ready to start a business, we’ve compiled the best young...

Entrepreneur Start-Up Tips for Owners

18 Sep 17 Posted by: Margaret Mallonée
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Entrepreneur Start-Up Tips - How to Keep Your Bottom Line from Going Bust When Starting a Business

Entrepreneur Start-Up Tips - Congratulations—you’ve decided to take the plunge and make your dream a reality by

How To Buy A Business Opportunity

27 Jul 17 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
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How To Buy A Business Opportunity is not an easy question to answer off the top of my head.  I get asked this question at least once a day hence this blog post to better define my live calls I've had with potential buyers considering self-employment.

How To Buy A Business Opportunity: Business...

Commercial Property Renting Tips For Your Business

8 Jun 16 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
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Commercial Property 101: Leasing commercial space can be hugely beneficial for your business and a great way to cut down your overheads.

However, there are lots of things you need to consider before leasing a commercial property to ensure that you’re making the right decision for your business....

StartUp Financing More Options = More Sales

28 Mar 16 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
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StartUp Financing: Are you having trouble getting people to buy your expensive products or services? Whether you are offering a business opportunity or a franchise, you are not alone.

StartUp Financing: Even after your target audience is sold on the worth...

Funding Business Franchise Opportunities

29 Dec 15 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
in Start-Up
Funding is the lifeblood of any business. The principle reason entrepreneurs put off starting their own business is lack of it. Raising funds from venture capitalists, friends and family is fraught with danger and is often very time consuming. Funding your business by mortgaging your home is risky too....

Franchise or Business Opportunity Which To Buy?

14 Dec 15 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
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Who are the types of people who buy a business opportunity or small franchise According to people in the field, this type of career move appeals to a wide range of personalities. If you’re worried that you don’t have what it takes, relax....

The Best Gadgets, Software and Apps for Entrepreneurs

25 Nov 15 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
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Looking for the latest gadget, most awesome software and talked about apps to give the entrepreneur in your life for the holidays? Or are you an entrepreneur looking for ways to simplify, consolidate and manage your crazy day? For the 2015 holiday season, here are 15 of the best gifts–gadgets, software...

Start-Up Insurance for Business Franchise Opportunities

4 Nov 15 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
in Start-Up
Getting a start-up from dream to reality is a 24-hour-a-day job for months. There is so much to do: lining up suppliers, marketing for customers, getting funding, hiring the right staff. The nuts and bolts of a launch take time, energy and money. And anxiety: “Have I forgotten anything?” What about...

How Pre-Order Sales Can Fund Your Project

25 Jul 15 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
in Start-Up
Short on cash for your startup idea? Not sure if there’s enough demand for your product to make it worthwhile? Pre-orders could be the answer. Here is a closer look at the advantages of setting up a pre-order system to test interest and to collect funds to help you go forward. Why a Pre-Order? Pre-orders...

The Top 10 Reasons to Buy a Business Opportunity or Franchise

6 Jun 15 Posted by: admin
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Starting your own small business is part of the American Dream, right up there with owning your own home. But getting from the idea stage to reality is fraught, with many hazards along the way. So, explore the top 10 reasons to buy a business opportunity or franchise with us. Statistics tell the sad...

Fund Your Start-up or Business Opportunity

21 May 15 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
in Start-Up
At almost some point in your intrepid entrepreneurial career you will find yourself in the need of the financial wherewithal to fund a the start-up or business opportunity you desire to get off the ground.  Maybe it is "off the ground" per say, but needs an infusion of cash to really start producing....

Top Reasons Open Web Development Business

10 Apr 15 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
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Top Reasons To Open A Web Development Business Are Many! This past couple of years I've begun to see many sectors perform well while others faltered. One sector, Web Development seems to be pretty steady if not in a growth pattern.

Top Reasons Open Web Development Business - Hence this blog...

FREE Logo Design for Your Small Business in Ten Minutes or Less

25 Oct 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Thanks to industry leader LogoMaker, creating a logo design for your business opportunity, distributorship, licensee opportunity or other small business is easy, fast and FREE! All it takes is three easy steps: 1) Choose your icon 2) Use the design tool to create your logo 3)...

Affordable Business Opportunity Startup and Other Expert Advice When YOU Need It Most

16 Sep 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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We’ve talked a lot in these pages about just how important it is to have a mentor to guide you in buying, starting and growing your own business opportunity or other small business enterprise. In fact, study upon study where entrepreneurs have been asked what helped them most in becoming successful shows...

New Insight on the Top Three Reasons Entrepreneurs Start Their Businesses

22 May 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Contrary to what many of us might think, a new report suggests that the vast majority of entrepreneurs who start a business are

Cruises Inc. Business Opportunity Giveaway for Teachers Starts Now!

3 May 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Are you a current, laid-off or retired teacher who is looking for an additional source of income or the opportunity to pursue a second career in the exciting and high-demand travel industry?...

The Most Common Start-Up Tax Return Error

26 Mar 13 Posted by: admin
in Start-Up
Did you start your own business this year? Don't forget that your tax returns are due on April 15th, which is less than a month away! The IRS shared with James Markham of Ernst & Young that the...

Five Quick Tips for Coming Up with a Business Name

20 Mar 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Part of the excitement of starting your own small business is coming up with a cool or clever business name, one that your potential customers will remember and that brands you positively in...

If You’re Looking for a Small Business to Buy, What Are Your Startup Funding Options?

25 Feb 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Start-Up
As you will soon see when browsing BusinessOpportunity.com, there are literally hundreds of great businesses for sale, and they take many forms. While some of the

Franchise Ownership Part 2

21 Feb 13 Posted by: admin
in Start-Up
Following my last post, "Franchise Ownership Part 1,” let's continue our journey discovering what it takes to buy and own a franchise. More specifically, here’s what to look for and a list of some...

Franchise Ownership Part 1

6 Feb 13 Posted by: admin
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Being very connected has its benefits because now we can access information that guides us toward an informed and educated franchise-buying decision more readily than ever before. The social networks in particular are an excellent resource to validate and exchange ideas and experiences on or about franchising....

Managing Your Business Opportunity, Franchise or Other Small Business Online

30 Jan 13 Posted by: admin
in Start-Up
It has never been easier to start and run a successful business, or so history tells us. Recession brings many negative things to bear on Americans, but one of the few silver linings of hard economic times is...

New FREE Business Structure Wizard Helps Entrepreneurs

15 Jan 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Start-Up
What will it be? A LLC (Limited Liability Company)? A C- or S-Corporation? How about a Sole Proprietorship? Even a Non-Profit Corporation? Or maybe a Partnership or LLP (Limited Liability Partnership) would be more appropriate? Confused about how to organize your new or existing business venture? Join...

Startup Calculator Helps You Assess Your Total Business Opportunity Investment

26 Nov 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Start-Up
Now your total business opportunity or franchise business opportunity startup investment doesn’t have to be an unexpected and unwelcome surprise thanks to an easy-to-use startup calculator provided by the Wall Street Journal. Designed to take much of the guesswork out of the startup process,...

Two Men and a Truck Founder Encourages Prospective Franchisors to Learn from His Mistakes

28 Oct 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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In a recent article on Entrepreneur.com, a founder of the hugely successful moving franchise, Two Men and a Truck®, opened up about the critical missteps he, his brother and mother made when they were first starting out. “We were not prepared at all for franchising,” Brig Sorber, the franchise’s CEO,...

Women Execs and Start-up Success…Is There A Connection?

15 Oct 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Start-Up
According to a new report, there very well may be. Entitled “Women at the Wheel: Do Female Executives Drive Start-up Success?” and conducted by Dow Jones VentureSource, the study found that venture-backed companies with female executives at the helm are more likely to be successful than those...

October Web Chats to Help Women Start or Grow a Business

2 Oct 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Start-Up
Business opportunities for women abound, and women-owned businesses in particular are on the rise. In fact, about 30 percent of small businesses today are owned and operated by women, compared to just 5 percent in 1970. It’s an accomplishment worth celebrating, especially during the month of October,...

Launch of Google for Entrepreneurs Provides Encouragement and Support

27 Sep 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Start-Up
Marking its first annual Google for Entrepreneurs Week, Google announced the launch this week of Google for Entrepreneurs, a website that will serve as a hub for all of the company’s ever-increasing efforts to support startups and entrepreneurs worldwide. The focus of the site will be three-fold: 1....

50+ Prospective Entrepreneurs, October 2 Is Your Day!

24 Sep 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Start-Up
Are you retired and/or age 50 or older and thinking about starting a business or even buying a business or licensee opportunity, distributorship or small franchise of your own? Well, you’re far from alone. In fact, if and when you take that step, you’ll be among thousands of ambitious, like-minded and...

New Mentoring Program Helps Young Start-up Entrepreneurs

6 Sep 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Start-Up
Are you a young, ambitious and energetic young person who believes that starting or owning a business opportunity, franchise or other small business is your destiny? If so, this Labor Day weekend marked the launch of a great resource for you, and it’s free. Spearheaded by the Young Entrepreneur Council...

NYC Seminar Is a Must for New Entrepreneurs

13 Aug 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Start-Up
If you live in or near New York City and are thinking about starting your own business or buying a business or licensee opportunity, distributorship or franchise, then SCORE’s upcoming seminar, entitled “Starting Your Business: What You Need to Know,” is designed specifically for you. Taught by experienced...

70% of Entrepreneurs Say They Would Encourage Others to Start a Business Today!

3 Aug 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Start-Up
The opportunities to own your own business abound, whether it’s starting one from the ground up, buying an already existing one or opting for a proven successful business opportunity or small franchise. But is it really such a good idea to start a business of your own when the economy is still so, dare...

Baby Boomers, the Time to Start Your Own Business Is Now!

3 May 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Start-Up
An article on Monday’s Businessweek.com points out that business ownership among entrepreneurs between the ages of 55 and 64 is up significantly over the past 15 years. And although there is some degree of speculation as to why that is, one thing is pretty clear, as explained by Ting Zhang, an economist...

Broadband Saves Start-ups More Than $16K

20 Apr 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Start-Up
A new report by the Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA) and the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) illustrates how entrepreneurs can save well over $16K with high-speed broadband Internet. The analysis examines the top ten ways that broadband can create significant cost savings...

New Non-Profit Helps Vets Start Their Own Home-Based and Franchised Businesses

18 Apr 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Start-Up
VetPower.org is a new non-profit charitable organization that gives America’s veterans the opportunity to start their own home-based or other small businesses, business opportunities or franchises. Founded by Kevin Humes and Frank Campanaro―two of America’s leading veterans advocates who are themselves...

Seven Rules for Finding an Angel Investor to Fund Your Startup

8 Mar 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Start-Up
If you’re an entrepreneur with a great idea but you’ve exhausted all your personal resources for startup funding―as well as your friends and family―it might be time to look for an angel investor. Angel investors are wealthy individuals who are willing to invest anywhere from a couple of hundred thousand...

Free Small Business Advice & Mentoring

27 Feb 12 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
in Start-Up
SCORE mentors deliver FREE, confidential, valuable advice for your business needs. Whether you are a start-up or an existing business, our mentors will help you reach customers and achieve your goals. A nonprofit association dedicated to encouraging the formation, growth, and success of small business...

15 Great Business Opportunity Trends for 2012!

5 Jan 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Start-Up
Once again a new year presents us all with the chance to reinvent ourselves and set an exciting new course toward prosperity by taking control of our own futures. If that includes, for you, starting your own home-based or other small business or franchise, you’ve come to the right place! The list...

Which Little Pig Are You?

30 Nov 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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When the stock market fell in 2008 and panic ruled the land, Dave Ramsey wondered what was wrong with him that he just wasn’t afraid. “I was not vulnerable to the mess that seemed to be looming,” he says. “I was like the little pig who built his house of brick, not hay or sticks.” In his new bestselling...

Innovation Accounting: A Necessary Part of Any “Lean Startup”

1 Nov 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Start-Up
In his recently released New York Times bestseller, “The Lean Start-up,” entrepreneur and master business start-up blogger Eric Ries lays out a host of business strategies that have caught the nationwide attention of prospective and current business owners alike.  The basic supposition of Ries’...

Why America Needs Small Business Entrepreneurs and the Policies to Support Them

1 Sep 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Start-Up
Entrepreneurship in America is a vital source of employment, economic growth and innovation.  In fact, it’s one of the few things that continues to make our nation great and that will ensure we remain globally competitive for the foreseeable future.  Policymakers and pundits alike would agree that encouraging...

Six Key Things to Think About Before You Go Into Business with Your Spouse

8 Jun 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Start-Up
Mixing business with pleasure, they say, is never a good idea.  But millions of home-based and other small business owners who run successful businesses with their spouses would disagree.  Despite these success stories, the truth of the matter is that it just doesn't make sense for everybody. So before...

New News on Credit Ratings

27 May 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Start-Up
If you're in the market for a business opportunity or other small business or franchise, your credit standing may very well be a critical part of your ability to get started and stay afloat, especially during the first year.  That’s why it’s so important for you to understand what your personal credit...

Solving the Entrepreneur Equation

23 May 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Start-Up
If you’re an entrepreneur who is marketing a home-based or other small business opportunity or franchise to others, making the investment of time and resources into any prospect is somewhat of a risk.  And let’s face it, your hard work doesn’t always pay off when someone you thought would be a good fit...

Business Opportunities Answer Baby Boomer Retirement Concerns

15 Apr 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Start-Up
A recent Associated Press-LifeGoesStrong.com poll shows that baby boomers are seriously worried about their finances as they approach retirement age.  In fact, many believe they will have to work longer than they anticipated or fear they will never be able to retire at all. Born between 1946 and 1964,...

More Than One Million Small Businesses Slated to Score with SCORE and Deluxe

4 Apr 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Start-Up
SCORE is America’s leading source of FREE and confidential small business advice for entrepreneurs, offering both online and in-person counseling out of its more than 350 locally based offices nationwide.  The non-profit’s 13,000-strong volunteer team of mentors represents more than 600 business skills...

To Name or Not to Name (Your Business after Yourself)…That Is the Question

11 Mar 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Start-Up
Okay, so you’re getting ready to launch your own home-based or other small business venture.  Half the fun is naming it, right?  Although there are some rules that pretty much everyone can agree upon―don’t pick a name that’s too close to something that’s already been done or one that’s easily misunderstood...

The Top 10 Reasons Why Businesses Fail

21 Oct 10 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Start-Up
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, your chances of making it in business for five years or more are roughly 50/50.  Okay, so the odds could be better, but they could be a whole lot worse too.  As is true with so many things in life, much of how you perceive your odds depends on your...

America Needs Small Business Opportunities Too!

11 Oct 10 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
in Start-Up
As the economy went south at the end of 2008, businesses around the country – large and small – were hit hard. Many large companies laid off thousands of employees (CitiGroup, AT&T) and others went completely under (Circuit City, Lehman Brothers). With the big guys going down fast, it’s easy to imagine...

The Cupcake Trend: 5 Tips To Launching A Successful Specialized Business

3 Aug 10 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
in Start-Up
Everywhere you turn, people are snacking on cupcakes. What began as a cute novelty is now a bona fide trend that is popping up everywhere. Instead of going out for coffee or a drink, people head to their local cupcake shop to socialize with friends. Sometimes the next best thing can over saturate...

Preparation Key When Securing Small Business Loans (Part 2)

20 May 10 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Start-Up
“According to a survey by Arthur Anderson Enterprise Group among businesses with up to 19 employees that got (startup) funding, the sources were: 68% bank business loans, 22% leasing, 16% vendor credit, 12% credit cards, 9% private lenders, 6% personal bank loans, 3% private stock sale,...

Preparation Key When Securing Small Business Loans (Part 1)

19 May 10 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Start-Up
In today’s economic climate, obtaining a small business loan, and even a simple bridge loan to make payroll, can be a monumental task.  While I can’t show you ways to “beat the system”, I can show you how you can stack the deck in your favor by doing some up-front preparation.  Getting the proper...

Why You Should Get Legal Advice

7 Dec 09 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
in Start-Up
Seeking sound legal advice when buying a business opportunity is a critical step one should take before signing anything. Consultation with a legal expert who can answer your questions while guiding you is worth the time and money. In addition, legal experts can review and evaluate documents before you...

What Are The Disadvantages of Buying A Business Opportunity Versus A Franchise?

30 Nov 09 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Start-Up
While a Business Opportunity can have a lower threshold of entry investment with a fairly good shot of success, it doesn’t mean you’ll end up winning if you buy a Business Opportunity system versus a franchise system. In fact, a Business Opportunity has a couple of major pitfalls of which you should...

Characteristics of a Successful Entrepreneur

6 Oct 09 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Start-Up
There are many factors that go into whether or not a small or home-based business is a success or a failure. Competition, the economy, or just bad luck could all play a factor in how far a business goes. The most important element however is still the person or group of people that started the business...

Top Five And A Half Reasons To Start A Business

28 Aug 09 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Start-Up
Deciding to break away from the pack and walk out on the corporate world to start your own business is a big decision. You know it will require more work and dedication, and it comes with a high risk that you must face without the safety net you may have had when working inside another company. I believe...
 
   

I had the pleasure of chatting with Shawn Pigg, CEO of Hotels Etc. for BusinessOpportunity.com's Podcast series that will be released very soon on our new Digital Platform.  Here is the transcript from that call for our regular RSS feed subscribers who get all of our posts first.

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