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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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Do better things really come to those who wait?

7 min read

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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A look inside the topsy turvy world of financial modeling (it's not all smoke & mirrors)

6 min read

Bottom-up or Top-down: Which Financial Modeling Approach Is Better?

Any business plan or investor pitch would be incomplete without a financial model. It is used to convey a company's projected performance over time,...

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What to do while you're NOT writing your business plan

4 min read

How Will You Spend the Time You Save by Hiring Masterplans?

A quick internet search might leave you with the sense that you can create a business plan in “less than an hour" and in "four easy steps!” Wow, you...

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Why do your customers buy? Jobs-to-be-done & your business plan

5 min read

Jobs-To-Be-Done Will Make You Rethink Competitive Advantage

Writing or updating a business plan for an existing business can be rewarding and eye-opening, but you might consider taking a different approach...

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The Four Types of Business Plans

7 min read

What Is A Business Plan (& Do I Really Need One?)

You’ve been thinking about this for a decade. You are going to open the perfect coffee shop.

You've worked at three different cafés in the last nine...

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8 ways to launch a startup & how to use them

3 min read

Top 8 Ways to Fund a Startup

You have a lot of different options for capital, including bootstrapping, credit cards, business loans, friends & family, crowdfunding, angel...

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How to to understand a business plan's cash flow statement

1 min read

What is the cash flow statement (and why it matters)

If your home-grown business plan financial model is super tripped out with tons of drivers and interlocking financial statements, you can pat...

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What is Mezzanine Funding & Startups Use It

3 min read

What is Mezzanine Financing (And Is It Right for Your Business?)

Most entrepreneurs know about the traditional types of funding: debt or equity. But did you know there’s something that combines the two? It’s...

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