What are the best resources to start a business?

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    #1[TUTORIAL] How to start a business with no money

    [TUTORIAL] How to start a business with no money
    In this video, Trent Dyrsmid, founder of BrightIdeas.co, shares with you the best tip of advice for those who want to start their own business and become successful
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    Brian Romero
    Written on January 11, 2017
    "A great video for discovering how to start a business. Now this video doesn't explain well how to start a business without any money but it's a good business starting idea video. It's just not good for starting without money"
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    #26 Awesome Free Business Name Generators

    6 Awesome Free Business Name Generators
    Choosing a business name can be one of the most difficult parts of starting a business. If you are struggling to identify the perfect business name, there is help available.
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    Steven Robinson
    Written on January 21, 2017
    "Recently, I had started a plan to build upon a business idea that I've had for quite sometime. While my idea was sound and ready to enter the business world, I ran into a fairy substantial problem. What do I name my business? I've never been the best at finding the right name for things and so I went online to see if I could find some help. Luckily for me, I discovered this article called "6 Awesome Free Business Name Generators" from a website called The Balance. After researching each of their suggestions, I came up with the perfect business name! This article has proven to be a real life savor and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a business name."
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    #3The top 7 things NOT to do when starting a business

    The top 7 things NOT to do when starting a business
    Knowing what not to do is equally important as knowing what to do when starting your own business. In this video Evan Carmichael explains some real businesses failures.
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    Gilberto Morán
    Written on February 20, 2017
    "It's really important to understand what went wrong with something in order to figure out how to make things go right. That's the premise of this video. Evan knocks it out of the park and gives new business owners a lot to think about!"
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    #4The Art of the Start 2.0

    The Art of the Start 2.0
    This is Guy Kawasaki's classic, bestselling guide to launching and making your new product, service, or idea a success.
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    Bobby Barnes
    Written on January 18, 2017
    "This book is a great guide for people who want to start a new business. It makes you learn about all the basics and gives you a terrific foundation to succeed."
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    #5The Lean Startup

    The Lean Startup

    The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries serves as a guide through the many changes that a startup brings and how to effectively manage one's budget.

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    Robert Hicks
    Written on March 1, 2017
    "This book, The Lean Startup, has been a blessing for me. It really offered a lot of great advice for starting up my new business that covers many issues on the start up. It is a great reference to go back to if you have a question along the way. Great purchase for sure. "
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    #6The E-Myth Revisited

    The E-Myth Revisited
    The E-Myth Revisited  will walk you through the entire steps in the life of a business from idea infancy, through to the troubling pains of business adolescence and the sweet stage of business maturity.
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    Donald Dean
    Written on February 5, 2017
    "This is by far the most practical guide for people like me who have dabbled in small businesses. I've had some unsuccessful attempts but this book helped me pin point what skill I was lacking and gave a deeper insight on the crucial do's and don'ts of running a business. "
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    #765 free web resources for starting your own business

    65 free web resources for starting your own business
    Want to start a business? Need to improve an existing business? Here is a step by step guide with free web resources that will help you on your way to suceess.
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    Eric Mitchell
    Written on January 13, 2017
    "Starting a new business and not sure where to begin? Inc. has a webpage to get you started. 65 free web resources for starting your own business ill give you more than enough resources to begin your small business journey. Best of all? It's free."
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    #850 Tips for Starting Your Own Company

    50 Tips for Starting Your Own Company

    Here are 50 tips by Entrepreneur Magazine on how to make your business come to life.

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    Roy Meyer
    Written on January 28, 2017
    "The article by John Rampton provides 50 steps to start a company and provides an insight into the process. I like to think that entrepreneurship is the way to go and this article in the Entrepreneur is a really good source of knowledge if you want to test and hone your entrepreneurial knowledge. It tells you what to do and what not to do. So, I think this makes up for a good resource."
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    #9Starting a Business - The U.S. Small Business Administration Guide

    Starting a Business - The U.S. Small Business Administration Guide
    The SBA (U.S. Small Business Administration) has created a free guide for those who want to learn how to start a business and find information to succeed.
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    Billy Perry
    Written on January 2, 2017
    "Anyone who has started a business before knows how difficult it can be, especially at the start. I was the same as most everyone else -- willing to take the risk but not sure how to go about it. Luckily, I stumbled upon this article called "Starting a Business - The U.S. Small Business Administration Guide" from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) website. This was website was extremely helpful to me as it provided a literal treasure trove of knowledge involving the topic of starting a business. Nearly any resource you could think of or want is included here in a way that easy to find. All of the topics you need to research and any question you might have is answered here. There is also a convenient search functionality that allows to find what you need a matter of seconds. If you're looking for resources on starting a business, look no further, as you've just found the holy grail of business resources!"
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    #10Unshakeable

    Unshakeable
    Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook by Tony Robbins is a step-by-step playbook that takes you on a journey to transform your financial life and accelerate your path to financial freedom.  
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    Janice Bell
    Written on April 20, 2017
    "Who does not want to be a better place financially ? I did too. But so many resources scattered around I always felt that I did not have all pieces of the puzzle. But with the step by step playbook "Unshakeable", I can start exactly where I am, set a destination and follow the steps listed Tony Robbins to better success."
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    #11Gamification Design Framework

    Gamification Design Framework

    The Gamification Design Framework is a model by Andrzej Marczewski that contemplates three main phases: defining, designing and building, and refining. On each of these phases, you consider various aspects that will help you create the solution you need.

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    Charles Arnold
    Written on October 27, 2017
    "Gamifcation Design Framework is a design framework help point you to a solution to your problems in business. It is well thought out and has catchy graphics to help drive home the point. It isn't the only thing you need to start a business but it is a nice tool to use a part of a total plan. It fits the topic."
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    #12Dundas BI

    Dundas BI
    Dundas BI is a dashboard, reporting, and data analytics software all on a single business intelligence platform.
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    Edward Scott
    Written on May 28, 2018
    "When they passed the bill that put sex workers back on the streets, because Craigslist killed the personals section, I got a clever idea for a business. Dundas BI was instrumental in helping me set it up. Successful businesses truly depend on communication with one's workers, and Dundas BI helped me get there."
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    #13Tools of Titans

    Tools of Titans
    Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Timothy Ferriss contains the distilled tools, tactics, and tips.
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    Sean Ye
    Written on October 18, 2017
    "This book may talk about the habits and routines of billionaires, but it won't help the average person who wants to start their own business. Maybe once my business is up, going and successful then this book might help improve the business's efficiency, until then do yourself a favor and read something else."
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    #14Idea to Execution

    Idea to Execution
    Idea to Execution: How to Optimize, Automate, and Outsource Everything in Your Business by Ari Meisel and Nick Sonnenberg reveals how a scalable startup is done to perfection. An essential read for any budding entrepreneur, it follows the creative commercial process from inspiration to inception to success, detailing a bold new approach to 21st-century business.
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    Ethan Rose
    Written on October 9, 2017
    "While this book is both interesting and entertaining, it seems very hype-oriented and it uses a lot of buzzwords. The authors almost seem condescending in their advice at times. Automating stuff is great, but most people need to be realistic when comes to actually starting a small business. There is a reason most small businesses fail, and starting a business is all about being practical and efficient. Sometimes startup growth is a lot different compared to small business growth."
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    #15This Entrepreneur's Secret for Going From Bartender to 7-Figures a Year

    This Entrepreneur's Secret for Going From Bartender to 7-Figures a Year
    In the article This Entrepreneur's Secret for Going From Bartender to 7-Figures a Year, Russ Ruffino, founder and CEO of Clients on Demand, teaches you how to grab the right clients who’re going to pay you the right price.
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    Arthur Morris
    Written on October 9, 2017
    "Articles claiming to go from a poor or middle-class person to a multi-millionaire are always sketchy. If it were true, everyone would be making those figures. The article claims you need to find high-paying clients, but that sounds so easy on paper. This article seems aimed at giving a false sense of hope and should be ignored."
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    #165 Tiny Business Habits That Will Make Your Small Business More Money

    5 Tiny Business Habits That Will Make Your Small Business More Money
    5 Tiny Business Habits That Will Make Your Small Business More Money give you five great habits to develop that can help you and your business make and keep more money.
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    Moisés Valdez
    Written on October 9, 2017
    "Wow! 5 tiny things that will keep my business rolling in money. These ideas are so obvious and tiny, you shouldn't have started a business in the first place. "Be frugal" is the first one. What a novel concept... watch what you spend. The remaining 4 are obvious as well."
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    #17Business Popularity 101: How Being Likable Can Grow Your Business

    Business Popularity 101: How Being Likable Can Grow Your Business

    Business Popularity 101: How Being Likable Can Grow Your Business is an article by  Jonathan Chan on the Business 2 Community website that explains how to leverage your likability to inspire trust in your business.

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    Ann Pierce
    Written on January 6, 2018
    "This was a very interesting article to me. Some things I knew, but he made some great points I hadn't thought about, such as his tips about likability. I also like that he uses well regarded sources, such as UCLA, to prove his points. "
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    #18Start a Business - Business USA Questionnaire

    Start a Business - Business USA Questionnaire
    This questionnaire will guide you through the aspects of starting a business and will direct you to all the information you need to get started.
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    Kevin Yi
    Written on March 8, 2017
    "I wanted to start my own business but did not know where to start. I turned to Start a Business - Business USA Questionnaire and wow there was so much help that I am on my way to a new jurney. This site gave me all the information and tools I needed to get started. "
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    #19Gamification Model Canvas

    Gamification Model Canvas

    The Gamification Model Canvas is an agile, flexible, and systematic tool created by Sergio Jiménez. It aids in finding and evaluating solutions based on game-thinking and game mechanics in non-game environments to ultimately develop desired behaviors in consumers/users.

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    Anna Pena
    Written on November 17, 2017
    "The best {type=resources} to start a business is definitely the Gamification Model Canvas. It uses game-thinking and game mechanics in non-game environments to solve problems, which makes everyday situations more fun and challenging. Gamification Model Canvas is based on formal models of game design and experience in gamification projects, which will motivate all of the players in your business."
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    #20Octalysis

    Octalysis

    Octalysis is a gamification framework created by Yu-Kai Chou that lists epic meaning & calling, development & accomplishment, empowerment of creativity & feedback, ownership & possession, social influence & relatedness, scarcity & impatience, unpredictability & curiosity, and loss & avoidance as the eight core drives of gamification.

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    Thomas Jenkins
    Written on November 20, 2017
    "I learned everything I need about starting my own business from "Octalysis." It's written very well so I could understand everything I need! It's written very clearly and perfectly reasonable."
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    #21All in

    All in
    All in: 101 Real Life Business Lessons for Emerging Entrepreneurs by Bill Green gives you 101 key insights and lessons that allowed the author to leverage his flea market business table into one of the largest industrial distribution companies in the country and how he subsequently successfully invested in or founded numerous companies across multiple end markets.
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    Sanvi Powar
    Written on October 17, 2017
    "This book just doesn't help me in what I want to do. I feel like it's very preachy and looks down on me and just expects me to be able to do everything that he did. Overall I don't like this and feel like it's something that won't help, not a good solution at all."
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    #22How The Bitcoin Revolution Will Affect Entrepreneurs

    How The Bitcoin Revolution Will Affect Entrepreneurs
    The article How The Bitcoin Revolution Will Affect Entrepreneurs by Deep Patel talks about the importance of digital, decentralized currencies like Bitcoin, explaining how they fit into the larger trend of globalized decentralization and how you can better navigate these digital currencies.
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    Stephen Burke
    Written on January 9, 2017
    "I was interested in how bitcoin will affect contemporary businesses. I have plans to start my own food truck, and am not sure if I will use bitcoin in the process. This article helped break it down for me so I could really understand the whole problem. "
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    #23H&R Block

    H&R Block

    H&R Block is a tax preparation company that offers different software and services that allow you to file your personal or business taxes easily, ensuring you get the maximum tax refund possible.

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    Varies by plan

    Tammy Moore
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "H&R Block is very thorough and knowledgeable. If you have a complicated tax history and would like to go to the professionals, this would be the place to go. However, you will pay for it. They are extremely expensive to file your taxes so I suggest to try it for a year or two and possibly learn to do your taxes on your own if they are simple enough."
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    #24The 1-Page Marketing Plan

    The 1-Page Marketing Plan

    The 1-Page Marketing Plan is a guide written by Allan Dib for easier and faster business strategy. It is divided into nine squares and shows how to be a marketing hero from zero.

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    Kevin Taylor
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "This bestseller has your recipe for marketing your business. All you have to do is follow it. Others have had great success with these sound marketing principals and ideas"
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    #25Epic Content Marketing

    Epic Content Marketing

    Epic Content Marketing is a book by Joe Pulizzi. It provides step by step process in creating strategies by using stories from Google, social media and mainstream press. 

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    Hansika Khan
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "This isn't what I wanted. It's too specific."
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    #26Ancient Secrets Of Lead Generation

    Ancient Secrets Of Lead Generation

    Ancient Secrets Of Lead Generation: Your Primitive Business Guide To Better Leads With Less Effort is a Business reference, Self-help and Non-fiction book written by Mr Daryl Urbanski. It was published June 25, 2013.

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    Jonathan Duncan
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "As the Dragon Born I knew that I needed to get my blacksmithing skills up to par. The only way I can master that skill is by crafting THOUSANDS of lead weapons. So I picked up this book in Winterhold and it has NOTHING to do with lead. It speaks of leads as if I'm some kind of business savvy shopkeeper. I'm NO Kajit, I sold it for coin."
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    #27Managing Content Marketing

    Managing Content Marketing

    Managing Content Marketing is a book written by Robert Rose and Joe Pulizzi for helping aspiring entrepreneurs. It gives tips on how to manage a business on a smaller scale. 

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    Christian Bryant
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "This is a pretty good book for covering part of the aspects of starting a business. I don't think it's nearly enough to really be able to start a full business, but it would cover a major part of it. It's probably best to have books for different aspects of running a startup, instead of one book covering it all, so this should be a good resource."
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    #28The Greatest Trade Ever

    The Greatest Trade Ever

    The Greatest Trade Ever is a book by Gregory Zuckerman that tells the story of how John Paulson conquered the real estate business in Wallstreet. This will surely inspire readers to take a chance on investments. 

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    James Ryan
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This is a nice book to read, it is a story of How John Paulson defied wall Street and made financial history. I strongly recommend it."
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    #29Brand Relations Management

    Brand Relations Management

    Brand Relations Management: Bridging the Gap Between Brand Promise and Brand Delivery is a Business reference, Self-help and Non-fiction book written by Tony Aperia and Rolf Back. 

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    Josefina Bravo
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "The book gives you excellent options for learning about business and management strategies. The book is packed with ideas to help you achieve sustainability in business practices. "
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    #30The Brand Gap

    The Brand Gap
    The Brand Gap: How to Bridge the Distance Between Business Strategy and Design is a Business reference, Self-help and Non-fiction book written by Marty Neumeier. It was published August 14, 2005 by New Riders.
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    Sofía Cabrera
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "i want to start my own business. this will be my new guideline."
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    #31Think and Grow Rich

    Think and Grow Rich

    Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill is a philosophical self-help book originally published in 1937. This novel explores the challenges of personal developments and how to overcome them.

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    Jacob Berry
    Written on May 22, 2018
    "If you want to find some guideline, something concrete, specific and tangible of how to start a business, this book is very likely to disappoint you greatly. However, if you want a philosophical insight into the idea of personal development and what it takes to become a good/successful businessman, you might have found a good read. "
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    #32Market Wizards

    Market Wizards

    Market Wizards is a Business, Economics, Finance, Reference Book written by Jack D. Schwager. It was published January 1, 1990 by HarperBus.

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    Ajay Patil
    Written on June 4, 2018
    "I would argue that this answer only gives something to help with the stock market and economics. Nothing to do with starting a business."
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    #33How to Start & Run Your Own Bed & Breakfast Inn

    How to Start & Run Your Own Bed & Breakfast Inn

    How to Start & Run Your Own Bed & Breakfast Inn by Ripley Hotch and Carl Averom Glassman is an entrepreneur guidebook published in 1992. This practical book comprehensively details out all the required actions for putting up a B&B business.

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    Russell Peterson
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I read this book and started my how B and B. The money has not stopped rolling in. I got Bill Gates calling me a money wizard after starting my business. This book will change your life and make you so much money. "
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    #34Good to Great

    Good to Great

    Good to Great is a book by Jim Collins that elaborates how a company can start from good to great. There are studies that includes the methods that a company should do in order to succeed. 

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    Lauren Griffin
    Written on May 24, 2018
    "If you are a leader or desire to be one, this is a must read. It's useful for many types of organizations and helpful for everyone from students to management. I highly recommend it."
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    #35Business Planning Guide

    Business Planning Guide
    A curated list of articles that will help you write a business plan for the first time. It includes a free business plan template and over 500 sample business plans from your industry.
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    Danielle Stanley
    Written on May 28, 2018
    "is a very good program that will help you to start a new business. In this way we can design an accurate and efficient business plan.This is a very efficient program for different business managers"
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    #36Splunk

    Splunk
    Splunk offers tools and solutions for business analysis, application delivery, cloud solutions and more.
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    Free- Varies by plan

    Anna Peters
    Written on June 2, 2018
    "Hyatt Innovates and Ensures Seamless Customer Experience With Splunk"
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    #37Starting a Business - My Own Business Institute Course

    Starting a Business - My Own Business Institute Course
    The popular original course is designed for the entrepreneur who wants to start a business. Compromised of 15 sessions, cover the coursework at your own pace and learn the essentials. The content is clearly explained and has an emphasis on learning how to write a business plan.
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    Vincent May
    Written on May 24, 2018
    "this is a god solution in my view. Details are provided in a neat uniform manner and easy to read too."
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    #38[TUTORIAL] How to create a business plan - SBA Course

    [TUTORIAL] How to create a business plan - SBA Course
    In this webinar of the U.S. Small Business Administration, business planning expert Tim Berry helps entrepreneurs and small businesses better understand how to create a business plan.
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    Marilyn Delgado
    Written on June 2, 2018
    "I needed to find the best resource to find out how to start a business for beginners. I found this tutorial called "How to create a business plan - SBA Course." It's a webinar of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The expert who does it, Tim Berry, is really cool and really good at explaining things. I highly recommend this awesome and informative webinar."
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    #39Business Networking Training

    Business Networking Training
    Training courses for grows and manage your offline and online business relationships.
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    varies by plan

    Marie Torres
    Written on May 23, 2018
    "This training course is fantastic, it can help you in different fields of management and its the best way to start creating a business and be successful ."
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    #40Touching from a Distance: Ian Curtis & Joy Division

    Touching from a Distance: Ian Curtis & Joy Division
    Touching from a Distance: Ian Curtis & Joy Division is a Business reference, Self-help and Non-fiction book written by Deborah Curtis. It was published April 4, 1996 by Faber & Faber.
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    Vincent May
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Listening to Joy Division's music and listening and reading Ian's poetry, I think it is easy to forget just how very young he was at the time he started creating, as well as at the time that he got married to Deborah. While reading some of her accounts before and during their marriage, I had a picture of Ian as an insecure and spiteful, narcissistic man. But than it occurred to me just how young he was at the time, and I thought - well, if he acted like a child, it's because he in fact was one. Private photos of them on their engagement and wedding day that are included in this book truly underscore the fact that they were just a couple of children. "
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    #41How to Open and Operate a Bed & Breakfast

    How to Open and Operate a Bed & Breakfast
    How to Open and Operate a Bed & Breakfast by Jan Stankus is a country-style lifestyle magazine originally published in 1986. This practical guidebook explores the necessities in starting a bed and breakfast business.
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    Karen Webb
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I've been wanting to retire and open a business, hospitality is my industry so I thought, how about a bed and breakfast. With this book, I feel like I have a much better idea of all what that would entail, and I can make a much more informed decision."
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    #42How to Trade In Stocks

    How to Trade In Stocks

    How to Trade In Stocks is a Business, Economics, Finance, Reference Book written by Jesse Livermore. It was published March 10, 2006 by McGraw-Hill Education.

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    Zachary Wood
    Written on June 3, 2018
    "A great reference book for learning how to trade stocks and make money as a business. If you have some funds to play around with for a year or two, you could make enough to afford a new house. Beginner's luck is practically a garaundeee. "
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