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Recent trends, advice, and resources for business plans and early stage business development.

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Writing a Solid Business Plan: Fundamentals and Principles

I’ve worked as a business plan writer since 2006, and it’s been a remarkably fun and fulfilling career for me. I get to see entrepreneurs of all sorts, from all over the world, live out their dreams.

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Silver Lining: The Good News About a Bad Economy

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From Layoffs to Innovation: How Economic Downturns Spark New Business

It’s hard to go a day without hearing a report of another major corporation laying off workers. Layoffs are painful for everyone involved, especially...

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How to Make Your Side Hustle Your Main Hustle

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Making the Leap from Side Hustle to Full-Time Entrepreneur

2022 was the year of the side hustle. Recent data from Zippia show that 45% of working Americans have a side job, and that percentage rises to 70%...

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Can You Use ChatGPT to Write Your Business Plan?

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The Robots Are Coming for Our Jobs. Here’s Why We’re Not Scared.

When an esteemed colleague told me about ChatGPT about a month ago, I was well into the Christmas spirit and not interested in assessing the risk...

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Can you afford your SBA loan? Check out our startup business loan calculator

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How Much Will My Startup Cost?

One of my favorite aspects of financial modeling is that it is a logic puzzle. You take one piece of data and figure out how it is related to other...

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Market Research Was Once Much More Difficult Than It Is Today

15 min read

Best Tools For Market Research in 2023

Market research has progressed significantly in the last few years. Information that was once difficult to obtain is now just a mouse click away. In...

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What businesses work for an E-2 Visa? Almost anything!

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The (Relative) Simplicity of the E-2 Investor Visa, a Versatile Immigration Option

There’s a lot to love about the E-2 visa. It’s available to citizens of more than 80 treaty countries. There’s no annual cap limiting how many...

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What is Your Entrepreneur Personality Type?

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What Your Personality Type Can Tell You About Being an Entrepreneur

Personality tests can be controversial. Some people swear by them, while others think they’re no more valid than horoscopes (and your opinion on...

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What is an SBA Loan (& is it Right for You?)

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Is an SBA Loan the Best Way to Fund Your Business?

A business loan, particularly one backed by the Small Business Administration (SBA), is an excellent way for entrepreneurs to launch a new venture....

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Looking for a Business Idea? The answer might be staring right at you!

4 min read

How the Power of Observation Can Help You Unlock the Next Big Business Idea

You have the drive, the skills, and the entrepreneurial spirit. You want to be your own boss and build something. Maybe you’re already a business...

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The Art of the Pitch Deck: Timelines & Objectives

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How to Clearly Communicate Your Goals & Objectives in a Pitch Deck

Note: This is the second post in our "Art of the Pitch Deck" series, in which we examine the various slides of a typical pitch deck and discuss...

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Take the first bite of an elephant

6 min read

Get it Down on Paper! The First Step to Starting a Business is, Well, Starting

We’ve all been there. You’re on your way to work or lying in bed trying to sleep when inspiration strikes: you have a million-dollar business idea!

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Masterplans named Top 5 Business Plan Writer & an interview with William Dean, VP of Immigration

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Masterplans Named 'Top 5 Business Plan Writer' (for the 5th Time!)

For the fifth time, EB-5 Investors Magazine named Masterplans a “Top 5 Business Plan Writer.”

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Resources for Veteran Entrepreneurs (and Veteran-Owned Businesses)

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20+ Resources for Veteran Entrepreneurs

Did you know that FedEx, GoDaddy, Nike, and Enterprise-Rent-A-Car were all founded by veterans? According to the Small Business Administration,...

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Do better things really come to those who wait?

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4 Things to Think About When Deciding if It’s a Good Time to Start a New Business

Whenever I’m out in the real world, I tend to shy away from talking about what I do. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love what I do. But it can be...

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Visualize Your Future Business! Create a Fake Ad!

3 min read

Unsure if Your Business Idea is Any Good? Try Making a Fake Ad

A great business idea sometimes strikes you. Then, it may consume your thoughts when you can’t sleep. Later, it can full-on haunt you.

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