Bplans Articles


As a full-time editor and academic mentor at an academic writing service, I have read hundreds of business plans over the years. In order to ensure that a business idea is sound, entrepreneurs should search for product validation by reaching out to their target consumers before sinking huge amounts of time and money into the project.

business business plan employee idea investors product startup team user writing


It takes guts and gumption to leave behind the familiar and secure 9 to 5 job, start something new from scratch, and be completely accountable for its fate.

On average, it takes seven years in the profession to go from entry-level to managing large, complex projects.

business customers entrepreneur find idea learn mentor plan relationship success


3 Tips for a Strong Startup Company Culture [0.16]

Posted on Aug. 14, 2017, 11:30 a.m. by Bplans Articles @ [source]

At BarBend, we like to think we know a thing or two about building strong, healthy bodies—and as a newer business, we’re also interested in creating a strong and healthy company culture.

For example, a value like “recognition” lets prospective staff know that their work will be appreciated, and “warmth” allows these same prospective staff to feel comfortable living a full, emotional life in the workplace.

business core culture customer employees feel staff startup strong values


Everyone knows that a business name is important.

Entering into a market dominated by IBM, Burroughs, DEC, HP, and MassComp, Apple easily stood out—an organic fruit that virtually that everyone has experienced.

business classic clever companies customers descriptive naming plan product Squadhelp


How to Write a Mission Statement in 5 Easy Steps [0.21]

Posted on Aug. 8, 2017, 11:30 a.m. by Bplans Articles @ [source]

I’ve had a 30-year love-hate relationship with mission statements.

In the early years of my business I wanted peace of mind about cash flow more than I wanted growth, and I wanted growth more than I wanted profits.

business customer define employee include mission mission statement unique wanted writing


When you’re passionate about something and deeply committed to seeing it succeed, it can be hard to share control.

For Welker, the difference between passion and obsession lies in one’s need to see something through for the long haul—a quality necessary in a business partner.

business business partner Complementary finding partner partnership potential skill traits vision


When a business owner decides they want to write a book (or do anything else, for that matter), their goal is to be the best.

There are many, many ways to get attention, but in my experience publishing over 500 non-fiction books for business leaders, writing and publishing a book is not only one of the best ways to get attention, it’s one of the most under-utilized by entrepreneurs.

attention author book business entrepreneur expert media owner publishing writing


The 10 Best Films About Finance [0.17]

Posted on Aug. 1, 2017, 4:10 p.m. by Bplans Articles @ [source]

Founder or co-founder of several others, ranging from successful to failure and in-between. I have more info at timberry.com.

between co com failure founder in info ranging successful timberry


4 Reasons You Might Not Want to Be VC Funded [0.20]

Posted on Aug. 1, 2017, 11:30 a.m. by Bplans Articles @ [source]

While there’s a certain cachet that comes with being able to say you raised a round of funding for your startup, realize that it’s a lot of hard work to actually secure venture capital (VC) funding, and there are reasons you might not want to.

Venture capital, while it provides an opportunity to significantly boost your bank account and invest in things that will grow your company rapidly, comes with certain caveats that you need to be aware of.

business customers funding generate investment money startup VC venture capital venture capitalist


How to Start a Bakery: The Ultimate Guide for Bakers [0.19]

Posted on July 31, 2017, 11:30 a.m. by Bplans Articles @ [source]

Are you the one that makes killer cakes for every birthday? Most of her customers find her through word of mouth or learn about her business when they taste one her creations at a local coffee shop.

bakery baking Batiste business customers Green home kitchen plan shop


Since the release of the very first iPhone, everyone has been treating the mobile-first business model as the new gold rush.

Some high profile businesses have heavily invested in their “mobile-first” experience (Uber, Instagram, Zomato Order), while others (Airbnb, JIRA, InVision) deliberately chose to stick with the web app version.

access app building data idea mobile MVP product user web


Are you thinking of launching your business this year?

The bottom line: The climate looks pretty good for people thinking of starting tech businesses that will vie for VC funding, but a trend toward lower dollar deals suggests that founders might do well to consider a variety of funding sources.

Bloomberg funding launching market Report small small business startup trend VC


How to Write an Executive Summary [0.13]

Posted on July 24, 2017, 4 p.m. by Bplans Articles @ [source]

What is an executive summary?

An executive summary is the brief introduction to a business plan.

bankers business business plan executive summary highlight investors plan startup summaries summary


Planning, Startups, Stories Tim Berry on business planning, starting and growing your business, and having a life in the meantime.

Planning helps.

act business entrepreneur helps planning relationship single startups trait uncertainty


In 2013, a Pew Research Center study revealed some sobering insights into the reasons why 34 percent of millennial women weren’t interested in becoming a boss or top manager.

Nicole started her healthy food and mindfulness training business in 2013, though she worked in ad sales and marketing before that.

business companies entrepreneurs entrepreneurship millennial women owned path reason success women


How Founders Can Become Better Leaders [0.12]

Posted on July 18, 2017, 11:30 a.m. by Bplans Articles @ [source]

But have you thought about how your leadership skills and your ability to shape positive company culture can affect your startup’s survival? Think about the costs of poor leadership and company culture left unattended: high turnover, disengaged and less productive employees, and even reduced revenue or financial penalties—just ask Uber how their leadership issues are affecting productivity in light of the recent resignation of their CEO.

culture Dr Bailey founders improve leadership mistakes organization small startup team


If you’re considering making the leap and starting your own business, you’re likely eager to ensure that you’re making a smart decision.

Burch believes that the best thing new entrepreneurs can do when they’re starting out is to have a clear plan for their business.

Burch business business owner entrepreneur feeling idea plan planning small business success


Small business owners know a larger than expected tax bill could put a wrench in their company’s cash flow management, a scenario everyone is eager to avoid.

There are other reasons small business owners get blindsided by their tax bills.

business flow Forecasting fund Gevertzman owners product small tax Taxes


Take Real Steps to Fight Sexism in Tech [0.13]

Posted on July 12, 2017, 2:21 p.m. by Bplans Articles @ [source]

Planning, Startups, Stories Tim Berry on business planning, starting and growing your business, and having a life in the meantime.

VCs must publish the percentage of their funds they invest in women- and non-white-led startups.

business daughters encountered male talk team tech VC women


The Best Way to Handle Customer Complaints [0.11]

Posted on July 12, 2017, 11:30 a.m. by Bplans Articles @ [source]

If you’re thinking about starting up a small business or you’ve just recently launched, fantastic customer service is undoubtedly on your radar.

Starting a new business can be scary.

business call complaints customers difficult handle negative positive product team