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How to Accept Payments From Your Customers

How to Accept Payments From Your Customers

by Keah Kalantari

We all know how challenging it is to take a great idea and turn it into a real business. You need funding, a business plan, a website, a business model—the list goes on and on. But have you thought about the little things, like how you’re actually going to take payments from your customers? You... Read more »

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Alex Brola - Check Maid

6 Tips for Coming Up With Your Million-Dollar Business Idea

by Michael Kerr

When I was a kid, I knew exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up. I was going to be the next Boris Vallejo! (You know, the famous fantasy and sci-fi artist who always painted ripped, shirtless men and buxom, bikini-clad women atop flying dragons and Pegasuses… Yeah, I wanted to be him.)... Read more »

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Andrew Laffoon

11 Things Only Parents Can Teach Their Kids About Business

by Scott Gerber

There are certain things that parents are uniquely equipped to teach their children. Most of those things, of course, are not about business. Yet, many of them can be applied to the working world. Below, eleven entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) share lessons they plan to teach their kids, and/or lessons they learned best from their parents.   1. Never Quit As entrepreneurs, we face the highest of highs... Read more »

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Ryan Ausanka-Crues, the CEO of Palomino Labs, talks about what went wrong with his Kickstarter campaign.

Lessons Learned: Why My Kickstarter Campaign Failed

by Lisa Furgison

Plan to do some fundraising on Kickstarter? Hear what tanked one entrepreneur's campaign before you set up a fundraising page. Read more »

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How to Manage a Day Job and a Side Hustle (Without Going Nuts)

How to Start Your Business and Keep Your Day Job (Without Going Nuts)

by Kelly Gurnett

Testing out your idea for a new business before you quit your day job is always a wise idea. It gives you a chance to make sure you really enjoy working for yourself and that your business is economically viable, while still allowing you the financial security of a steady paycheck. It can be a... Read more »

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Entrepreneurial Ambitions at a High Point

Americans Are Quitting Their Jobs and Pursuing Entrepreneurship

by David Nilssen

The number of Americans quitting their jobs is at a 5-year high, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Entrepreneurial activity has also been on the rise as of late, according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor. Could these trends be related? I’d say so. During the recession, Americans were staying put in their jobs even... Read more »

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What No One Ever Tells You About Business Failures

by Tim Berry

The mythology of failure rates is greatly exaggerated, I think. Not that you’re not going to do it anyhow, just like I did, but, for the record, you know they say seven out of ten startups fail within three years, and that comes from research that was done. But more and more there is an... Read more »

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Serengeti Management-Gazelles

The 5 Types of Employees You’ll Find on Your Startup Journey (and How to Manage Them)

by Michael Kerr

Several years ago, when I was just starting out as an entrepreneur, a friend introduced me to a concept he called “Serengeti Management.” His premise was that, as a new employer, I was going to have to deal with any number of different personalities, each represented by a creature you might find roaming the plains... Read more »

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Elizabeth Saunders

13 Ways to Surprise and Delight Your Customers Today

by Scott Gerber

From handwritten notes to just-baked cookies, a simple gesture can go a long way toward shoring up customer loyalty in a competitive marketplace. Even just a quick phone call can do more to earn your customers’ long-term trust than any coupon or discount code—really. To find out which methods have been most effective for my... Read more »

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Lack of market research sunk Zanade Mann's business, but she learned from her mistakes and you can too.

Lessons Learned: Lack of Market Research Sunk My Business

by Lisa Furgison

Zanade Mann has always had an entrepreneurial streak. It all started when she was 8 years old: The young entrepreneur started selling candy bars door-to-door, and never lost the bug. Like many entrepreneurs, she wound her way through the corporate world for a few years, with a stop in the insurance industry. When she was... Read more »