Business Guides and Articles

Whether you’re just in the beginning stages of starting your own business, or you’re a seasoned entrepreneur with multiple businesses in your portfolio, we have various guides and articles to help you run and improve your company. We have guides to help businesses in all stages, on topics such as:

  • Obtaining the necessary business licenses and permits
  • Managing your own accounting
  • Defining your target market
  • The importance of business planning
  • Getting ready to sell your business
  • Finding and pitching to investors
  • Best practices for applying for a small business loan
  • How to hire the right employees

We add new guides and articles regularly and are also open to industry professionals and business owners contributing to our online library. If you would like to contribute an article please email [email protected].

Eric Otterson

San Diego's No. 1 for Startups Now What?

San Diego's No. 1 for Startups Now What? Last week Forbes  named…
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Meet San Diego’s Digital Mafia

Meet San Diego’s Digital Mafia Where do you go when you want…
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What Tech Startups Are Doing to Survive in San Diego

Plenty of successful companies exist in San Diego. But when…
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Local Startups Could Use Some Kickstarting

Local Startups Could Use Some Kickstarting Does anybody really…
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My Impressions: San Diego Startup Scene (1yr in)

The following is my perspective on the San Diego Startup ecosystem…
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the San Diego Tech Scene

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the San Diego Tech Scene Does…
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How Active Are Angel Investors Outside of Silicon Valley?

It all started last July. We decided we were going to raise a…
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Connections with Existing Businesses Help Expand the Entrepreneurial Environment

Connections with Existing Businesses Help Expand the Entrepreneurial…
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5 Ways to be a Better Mentor

Mentoring is hard. Mentoring is also a more significant part of the economy today than since, perhaps, apprentorship in the craftsman age. Why? The rise of entrepreneurship and the freelance economy is similar to the craftsman age since as the very structure of the economy undergoes massive transformation, workers are increasingly required to find their own means of making a living. During the Industrial age, most labor was focused on optimizing repeatable tasks. Repeatable tasks are taught. Mentoring was more focused on developing leadership qualities, responsible for corporate management. See Blank’s Sloan vs Durant. Today’s mentoring must teach leadership, too, but additionally, the nature of entrepreneurship.