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Should You Serve Fair Trade Coffee?

by Angelique O'Rourke

In a global market where the buyers and sellers of coffee are often half a world away from those who grow and maintain the plants themselves, do you know what those worker’s lives are like? Are the working conditions safe, are they getting a wage that reflects their contribution? What about the farms, are they... Read more »

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Ways to poll your customers

5 Helpful Strategies for Unobtrusively Surveying Customers after a Sale

by Scott Gerber

Sure, you could email customers after every transaction to evaluate their experience. But that seems clunky and time consuming. In order to figure out the best ways to get the information you need without the hassle, we asked five entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) what methods or tools they recommend for surveying customers. Here’s what they had to say:   1. Wufoo... Read more »

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Funding for Growth

How to Get Funding from Billionaire Investor Mark Cuban, and Other Stories

by Candice Landau

Let’s be honest, when it comes to funding, it’s never as straightforward as business advisors, lenders, backers, and investors might have you think. And, if you’re a small business, it’s unlikely you can afford to pay someone to do all the legal research and nit-picky stuff that the big boys can. You have to get... Read more »

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take a vacation

I Went on Vacation and Increased Our Facebook Traffic by 300%. Here’s How:

by Jonathan Michael

I’m not going to be shy with my opinion on this topic: you need to take more time off of work. I took a week off in August and was able to increase our Facebook referral traffic by over 300%—all while being completely unplugged from work. I want to show you how, but first, let’s take a... Read more »

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The Pixar Way: 37 Quotes on Developing and Maintaining a Creative Company

by Jonathan Michael

In his book, Creativity, Inc., Ed Catmull shares his experience as a manager of Pixar, one of the world’s most famous creative animation studios. More than that, Ed offers a number of starting points to help those that wish to work in an environment that fosters creativity and problem solving, to create it. We’ve collected... Read more »

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unlikely angel investors

How to Raise Startup Funding from Unlikely Angel Investors

by Jessica Magoch

I’m not your average angel. I’m a mom, a full-time sales manager, and recruiter. I’m not active in an angel group. I don’t have an MBA and I don’t live in Silicon Valley. I live in a small town surrounded by farms and I made my first angel investment at 29 because my dad said... Read more »

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bookkeeping

7 Bookkeeping Habits Every Entrepreneur Should Adopt

by Brandon Chu

Badly tracked finances can cause your business a world of problems—from poor cash flow to improper tax filings and beyond. These kinds of problems can put a young business at serious risk. Good bookkeeping habits, on the other hand, can help a business thrive—and not just survive. Dallas-based financial writer and founder of Careful Cents, Carrie... Read more »

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Creativity In book Civer

The Pixar-inspired Guide to Managing a Creative Company

by Candice Landau

Unless otherwise stated, all quotations can be attributed to Ed Catmull.  Creativity needs to be protected. This is never more true than in the workplace, in which a creative culture is something precious and in danger of being stamped out if not nurtured. In his book, “Creativity, Inc.,” Ed Catmull shares his experience as a manager of... Read more »

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what is a balance sheet?

What Is a Balance Sheet?

by Angelique O'Rourke

If you’re in the process of starting a business or writing a business plan document, you’ll have heard the phrase “balance sheet” mentioned, or maybe you’ve seen one in a sample business plan. The balance sheet is one of three essential parts that form the bedrock of a company’s financial statements: cash flow, balance sheet, and... Read more »

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Starting a Restaurant

How to Start a Successful Restaurant

by Lisa Furgison

If dreams of opening a restaurant have filled your thoughts for years, it might be time to sit down and draw up a plan to open your own business. To help you create a recipe for success, we’ve put together a how-to-get-started guide to make sure you have all the ingredients you need to open... Read more »

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moneybomb

5 Sure-fire Ways to Bomb Your Investor Pitch

by Caroline Cummings

Having delivered hundreds of pitches myself (and bombed a few), as well as coaching dozens of entrepreneurs on how to pitch, I’ve definitely seen some doozy pitches. I sometimes wish I’d had a video camera with me to create a funny compilation of all the bloopers—something I might have shared with entrepreneurs on how not... Read more »

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gender equality

#NotEqualYet: The Infographic

by Sabrina Parsons

We’ve come a long way toward gender equality, in the workplace and elsewhere, but every day, there are still women feeling the negative effects of sexism in their lives. One of the arenas where change has been slow and large disparities still exist is the workplace. Especially for working moms in the United States, navigating... Read more »

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#notequalyet

#NotEqualYet: The Reality of Gender at Work

by Sabrina Parsons

It’s easy to think we’ve achieved gender equality. Women, so iconic we know them by first name and initials—Oprah, Hillary, RBG—have shattered much of the glass ceiling. The floor is coated with shards, but there is still work to be done. Equality is not a world in which Hillary Clinton’s pantsuits receive more attention than... Read more »

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how to lose an employee in 10 days

[FREE WEBINAR] How to Lose an Employee in 10 Days

by Jonathan Michael

Employees form the heart of any company, so attracting and holding onto the right ones can make or break a startup or small business. Matt Rissell, CEO of TSheets, outlines his secrets for success in the employee-focused arena. The leader behind a fast-growing and innovative technology company known for customer and employee love, Matt Rissell has... Read more »

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lineofcredit

Don’t Run out of Cash: Get Help with a Business Line of Credit

by Tomer Michaeli

What is a credit line, anyway? Every small business experiences cash flow challenges. Since cash flow fluctuations are a natural part of doing business, rather than trying to avoid them, an alternative approach would be to actively manage your cash flow. In this article, we will discuss an important tool for cash flow management—the line of... Read more »

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23 quotes on the value and danger of money

23 Quotes on the Value and Danger of Money

by Jonathan Michael

Ask ten people what they think about money and wealth, and you’ll likely get ten different answers. Wealth may not be all that it’s cracked up to be, but at the same time, who doesn’t want a few extra dollars in their pocket? We’ve gathered 23 quotes from some of the world’s most famous authors,... Read more »

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Startups and Entrepreneurship: Beyond the Clichés

by Candice Landau

In his latest video, Tim Berry, founder of Palo Alto Software, discusses the 6 clichés that many aspiring entrepreneurs fall prey to. You can watch the full video near the end of this post or read some of the key points we've extracted from it. Read more »

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Is a Small Business Your Destiny?

by Ryder Cochrane

There is a difference between having a job and having a business. In either case, you are going to be working hard to accomplish your tasks. The key difference is that, when running your own business, you control the product that you work on, and thus the work that you are doing. For a lot... Read more »

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Building your website yourself?

Building Your Business Website Yourself? Get Some Expert Tips First!

by Lisa Furgison

A good website is crucial in today’s business world. If you’re starting a new business, you might not have the cash to drop on a website designer, or your existing business website might be in need of a redesign. That’s okay. You can go online and find a number of template-based websites for an affordable price.... Read more »

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expert cash flow tips

6 Expert Troubleshooting Tips to Improve Your Cash Flow

by Brandon Chu

Cash flow is king. It flows into your business from satisfied clients who pay your invoices, and it flows out as you pay employees, suppliers, and others who serve your business. And, if you play your cards right, some of that cash flows into your own pockets as a return on your investment in your... Read more »