Planning a business

Assessing your readiness, choosing a business structure, market research and writing a business plan.


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Considering entrepreneurship

The benefits of starting a business and being your own boss.

Developing your business idea

Turning your idea into a profitable business model.

Writing a business plan

Business planning basics, templates and sample plans.

Buying a business or starting your own

The benefits and challenges of buying an existing business versus starting one from scratch.

Types of business ownership

Determining whether incorporation, partnership or sole proprietorship is right for your business.

Choosing a location for your business

Selecting a retail or commercial space, renting, leasing or working from home.

Small business survival statistics

Research and statistics on small business successes, plus tips to avoid common pitfalls.

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