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15 Tips for Dealing with a Client Who Won’t Pay

by Scott Gerber

You aren’t the IRS, but sometimes collecting money becomes an entrepreneur’s job. That’s why we asked 15 entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) what steps they take before going to a collections agency for customers who just won’t pay up. 1. Call daily I had this issue with a deadbeat client. I called them daily and... Read more »

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Episode 1: Business Loans, Website Tips, and the Apple Watch – The Bcast

by Jonathan Michael

Welcome to the Bcast, the official podcast of Each week we discuss the latest news, resources and advice for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Hosted by Jonathan Michael and Peter Thorsson. In this week’s episode we discuss: 10 Things the Bank Will Ask When You Need a Business Loan 5 Things Your Website Must... Read more »


Offering Health Insurance? Questions Small Businesses Should Ask

by Marc Prosser

Unlike businesses with 50 or more employees, the Affordable Care Act does not require small businesses to offer health insurance to their employees. Still, you might consider adding a health benefits package to keep your employees happy, healthy, and dedicated to their jobs. Here are five questions you should ask to determine if health benefits are right... Read more »


Why Meeting Face-to-face Will Never Go out of Style

by Reed Parker

When MeCam set up manufacturing operations in Taiwan, CEO Drew Martin had never been there and had never met the people in charge of the operation face-to-face. Martin would communicate with his manufacturers over email, Skype, and Google Hangouts. Martin explained that his initial feelings about this arrangement were optimistic: “When people asked how many... Read more »


What to Say in Your 1, 5, 10, or 20 Minute Pitch (+ Tips from Successful Entrepreneurs!)

by Angelique O'Rourke

When you’re pitching your business, the time allotted will impact a great deal of what you should do and say. If you’re going to have a five minute time block followed by a Q&A, you will need to approach that differently than if you’re giving a one-minute presentation. So how do you know what to... Read more »


How to Develop Your Business Strategy

by Tim Berry

I love the Michael Porter quote here because it’s so true, and more so the more you dig down into the front lines of real business, such as small business and startups. Strategy is what you’re not doing. My favorite metaphor is the sculptor with a block of marble—the art is what he chips off... Read more »


Time Management Tips and Productivity Hacks for Successful Entrepreneurs [Free Webinar]

by Jonathan Michael

Time is a lot like money, with one important difference. While we can choose to save or spend both of them, we just can’t make more time. What would you do if you had more time? How would you spend it? How can the way you spend your time make you a happier, more successful... Read more »


How to Write a Business Plan in Under an Hour

by Noah Parsons

Most people think that writing a business plan has to be hard. I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be. In fact, it’s possible to write your initial business plan in less than an hour. After all, you’re always thinking about your business and the strategies you’re going to use to grow,... Read more »


How to Start a Green Business

by Mackenzie Fox

Every single day, people throw away colossal amounts of paper, ink, plastic, metal and other reusable materials. That’s just the way many see the consumer cycle, but these substances need not end up on a landfill. Over the past two decades, “going green” has become much more than a simple quasi-environmentalist mantra, or a slogan... Read more »


How Can I Get a Business Loan If My Credit Is Terrible?

by Angelique O'Rourke

The first thing you should know is that even if you are certain that your credit is poor, it is still possible to get financing. It’s not easy, but it is possible. There are options, but bad credit loans are high risk; you probably wouldn’t take them under different circumstances. In this article, I’ll cover:... Read more »


What to Include in Your Pitch Deck

by Noah Parsons

If you’re raising money for your business, having an impressive pitch deck is a key component in your fundraising toolkit. A great pitch deck gets potential investors excited about your idea and engages them in a conversation about your business, hopefully leading to an investment. In this article, I’m going to give you the formula... Read more »


How to Start a Wildly Successful Subscription Food Business From Your Kitchen: The Story of Picky Bars

by Angelique O'Rourke

Jesse Thomas and Lauren Fleshman are a married couple and the co-founders of Picky Bars, a business that makes and sells natural energy bars. Picky Bars was founded in 2010 based on the founders’ mutual interest in athletics and in creating the “perfect” energy bar for athletes like themselves. Since introducing the product, Picky Bars has... Read more »


10 CEOs Who Made Huge Mistakes

by Will Bridges

It’s true that no one is perfect, and this shows itself in the business world as much as it does anywhere else. While entrepreneurs strive to do their best, mistakes are sometimes unavoidable. However, we small business owners can take some comfort in the fact that we’re not at the helm of a massive corporation... Read more »


How Small Businesses Can Effectively Use the Sharing Economy

by Andrew Chapados

Millennials are now filling up the job market and with them has come a different mindset—sharing, caring, and a low level of commitment is trending in Western cultures. While this seems troubling for larger corporations who are looking to keep their payroll stocked with dedicated, lifelong employees, there exists a benefit for smaller, low-staffed companies who... Read more »


7 Strategic Ways to Price Your Products and Services

by Jesse Aaron

Pricing a product or service can be a daunting prospect, especially if you’re at all unsure about how involved the subject of pricing can be. Although there are plenty of strategies you can use to go about establishing a presence within your chosen industry, results will undoubtedly vary. In this article, we’ll go over how... Read more »


From Problem Solving to Organic Pickles: 7 Startup Lessons from an Inspiring Entrepreneur

by Briana Morgaine

We all know the reasons for wanting to start your own business—the freedom to follow your passions, to work for yourself, and to do what you love. But for many would-be entrepreneurs, taking the plunge is difficult. Plenty of wishful entrepreneurs end up in a nebulous shadow world of half-formed business concepts and partially executed... Read more »


10 Ways to Help Your Team Prioritize Their Customer Service Efforts

by Scott Gerber

Let’s face it: You can’t please everyone all the time. It’s important that your employees understands the difference between helping out a happy customer and spinning their wheels with an angry one. That’s why we asked 10 entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) how best to focus your team’s efforts in the right direction when it... Read more »


Why Banks Are No Longer Lending to Small Businesses

by Meredith Wood

Remember the days when you’d need funding to start or grow your business, and you’d get in your car and head down to the bank on the corner? You knew your banker personally, perhaps even had kids in the same class at school, or would often see them at your favorite local restaurant. This personal... Read more »

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9 Pieces of Technology Every Entrepreneur Should Invest in This Year

by Scott Gerber

The technology world is moving fast. While not every new piece of equipment or software can speed up your business, you should stay up to date. That’s why we asked nine entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) what will help them transform their startup this year. 1. An internal chat platform Many companies still rely on... Read more »


How to Create a Unique Value Proposition

by Lisa Furgison

Whether you’re a new entrepreneur or thinking about joining the ranks, one question you’ll have to answer is: What sets your business apart? The answer to that question usually leads entrepreneurs to define their unique value proposition, also called unique selling proposition, or USP. To help entrepreneurs create a value proposition, we’ve written this handy guide to walk you... Read more »