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The No-Nonsense Guide to Negotiation http://bit.ly/1Iq1B9K

Most people don't love to negotiate, but it's an essential business skill. Here's how to ease the process.

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How to Find a Business Partner http://bit.ly/1g29TJX

Entrepreneurs have a reputation for trying to do it all singlehandedly.

In the early days of starting your business, you may feel like you’re wearing several hats—too many, in fact.

If this sounds like you, have you considered finding a business partner?

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How to Forecast Sales http://bit.ly/1LQBRSw

"Your sales forecast won’t accurately predict the future. We know that from the start."

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Lean Business Planning with Tim Berry [VIDEO] http://bit.ly/1eANtPc

Did you miss our webinar with business planning expert, Tim Berry? Don't worry! You can click the link above and watch it now.

Learn a faster way to plan, and create a growth strategy for your business.

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What Is a Break-Even Analysis? http://bit.ly/1HxWZJN

Whether we like it or not, the break even analysis is a mainstay of financial analysis. Do you know how to calculate it?

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Self-Employed or Working Part-Time? Here's How to Get Affordable Health Insurance http://bit.ly/1I9my6Q

"Despite government efforts to ease the process for these segments of the population, small business owners are still struggling to provide benefits to employees."

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Copyrights, Patents, Trademarks, and Trade Secrets...How Do You Protect Your Creations? http://bit.ly/1AFcmTZ

You and your business deserve to keep ownership of and take credit for your great ideas and the products you've created.

Do you know how to protect your intellectual property?

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Episode 6: Cameron Hates Our YouTube Ad | The Bcast

This week we talk about our LivePlan YouTube ad with Cameron. Who is Cameron? Well, he hates our YouTube ad.

Plus, we talk to our eCommerce expert, John Procopio (again!), about what to do when a customer gives negative feedback.

#Podcast #Bcast #Advertising #YouTube #Marketing #Retargeting #ConversionRates #ROI #ROAS #SmallBusiness #Entrepreneurs
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4 Steps to Making Your Next Great Idea a Reality http://bit.ly/1RCPTsW

Congratulations! You have a great idea. You and this idea, you’ve got plans.

But, how do you make this great idea a reality?

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Have you stayed up-to-date with our #podcast? Click the links below to listen now!

Episode 3: A #Startup Comic Book Company, #Mentorship, and #BigData - http://bit.ly/1AwAJTN

Episode 2: Business Planning, #ContentMarketing, and #3DPrinting - http://bit.ly/1PQzKEP

Episode 1: Business #Loans, Website Tips, and the #AppleWatch - http://bit.ly/1cjQLWd

Have a question or topic you'd like us to discuss? Email us at Bcast@Bplans.com

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How to Get Initial Traction with a Marketing Budget of Zero http://bit.ly/1QcJ804

“New ideas need audiences like flowers need bees. No matter how brilliant, they will die unless others work to spread them.” - Simon Sinek
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Introduction

We help you succeed in business. We are here to help you, to teach you, and to provide solutions that build and grow your business. We believe that:

  • You are the most capable person to plan, build, and grow your business.
  • Business planning and strategy isn't rocket science; we all just need to learn together.
  • Planning and running a business can be a lot of fun... really!
  • You can be successful doing it.

Bplans contains the largest single online collection of free sample business plans. In addition, it has helpful tools and know-how for managing your business. Bplans includes practical advice on planning, interactive tools and calculators, and a panel of experts who have answered thousands of questions from people like you. Bplans has won several awards as a valuable "plain talk" resource.

Bplans is owned and operated by Palo Alto Software, Inc. as a free resource to help entrepreneurs plan better businesses. Palo Alto Software - The Planning People - develops, publishes, and markets award-winning software. Its products offer task-oriented, "know how" solutions for small-business and home-office entrepreneurs, professionals, and middle managers. The company is a privately-owned corporation in Eugene, Oregon.

Palo Alto Software's Windows-based products include Business Plan Pro and Sales and Marketing Pro. Since 1999, Business Plan Pro has led its category, as reported by NPD Intelect, outselling all of its competitors combined.

LivePlan, the newest addition to Palo Alto Software's catalogue, offers online business planning software as a monthly service. And Email Center Pro, another online application, provides better email management for customer service teams.

Palo Alto Software's founder and president is Tim Berry, a renowned planning expert. He is included in "Fire in the Valley", by Swaine and Freiberger, the history of the personal computer industry. Tim contributes regularly to Bplans and several business focused blogs; Planning Startups Stories and Up and Running. His biography is available at www.timberry.com.

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