funding
Michael Seiman1

9 Creative Ways to Finance a New Product-Based Business

by Scott Gerber

When launching a new product, getting the right funding is key. But other than traditional sources, like loans, venture capital, and angel investments, how can you get the cash you need to grow? Some people would say, “Easy—crowdfunding.” But that’s just the tip of the creativity iceberg. We asked nine company founders the following question: What is one creative... Read more »

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Tim Berry of Palo Alto Software

What Makes a Sales Forecast Credible?

by Tim Berry

So for me, what makes a sales forecast credible? It starts with product market fit. I want to understand the story of the need, and not necessarily big numbers, but who needs this and why. That’s the beginning. Is this really believable? That’s important. Beyond that, how the numbers grow. I want to see a... Read more »

funding
How to Figure Out the Amount of Investment Money Your Business Needs

How to Gauge The Amount of Startup Cash You Need

by Lisa Furgison

Learn how to gauge the amount of startup cash you need from an experienced entrepreneur. Read more »

growing
A Starter Guide to Project Agreements

A Starter Guide to Project Agreements

by Kelly Gurnett

Get everything in writing. It’s a mantra I followed often in my former job as a paralegal, and it’s one that’s been essential to my success as a freelance writer and editor. If there’s one big mistake that new entrepreneurs make (apart from not charging enough for their services), it’s failing to get a formal,... Read more »

growing
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 »

starting
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 »

starting
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 »

starting
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 »

starting
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 »