Angelique O'Rourke

Angelique is a copywriter at Palo Alto Software. She is interested in business ethics, social enterprise and nonprofit ventures, and likes to envision innovative ways businesses can make a positive impact in the world. She has a background in anthropology and performing arts. Follow Angelique on Google+.

Recent Articles Published by Angelique O'Rourke

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Are You Mentee Material?

You’ll find that experts in most fields recommend getting a mentor. Whether it’s in the business world (including here on Bplans), the arts, academia—you name it, and a thought leader in the space will refer to the benefits of seeking a mentor. But then what? If you approach a distinguished person that you can learn... Read more »

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What Does It Take to Start a Comic Book Business? With Brian Wyrick of Robot Paper

What goes into the creation of a comic book? And, how do you successfully start such a niche publishing business? To get an insider’s perspective, we sat down with Brian Wyrick, the editor and publisher for Robot Paper, a comic company. Brian, who is also the COO of Raidious, a digital agency for content marketing, is one busy... Read more »

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

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 »

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

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 »

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

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 »

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Q&A with Business Incubator Co-founder Joe Maruschak

A business in its early stages can often use a leg up, whether in the form of wise words from a mentor or an introduction to a strategic partner. When you’re first starting out, you may not know who to connect with, or indeed how to do it. This is where incubators come in. Incubators... Read more »

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Expert Robbie Kellman Baxter Reveals How to Generate Recurring Revenue and Grow Your Business (+ GIVEAWAY)

Growing a company, generating recurring revenue, and creating loyal customers is no mean feat, regardless of your budget, or the number of employees at your disposal. Robbie Kellman Baxter, author of “The Membership Economy,” has discovered one way to do this, and that’s by becoming a “membership company.” For most people, the word “membership” implies involvement... Read more »

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Why My Crowdfunding Campaign Failed

Crowdfunding has a reputation as an accessible way to secure funding for startups and small businesses. It’s quick and easy; just throw up your video, backers start investing their money, and you’re set. Anyone can do it, right? The truth is, it’s far from that simple. For every story of someone whose project went viral... Read more »

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10 Tools to Design Your Best Product Yet

This month we’ll be giving away 3 copies of Jon Kolko’s book, “Well Designed: How to Use Empathy to Create Products People Love”—it’s the first book on the list below. To enter the giveaway simply scroll to the bottom of this article and follow the instructions. Good luck!   Are you interested in designing your... Read more »

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Free Invoice Templates You Can Use Right Now

If you’re a freelancer or independent contractor, chances are you’re familiar with how time-consuming the invoicing process can be. If you want to get paid, invoicing is not something you can set aside. The real question is, how can you do it faster? And, how can you do it more affordably, without having to turn to... Read more »

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How to Start an Etsy Shop

If you’re someone who is both creative and entrepreneurial, you might be considering Etsy as a way to monetize a craft that you truly love doing. If so, you’ve come to the right place. Etsy is a popular eCommerce platform for everything handmade, from custom jewelry to baby clothes. It’s a robust online market place, with... Read more »

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How to Start a Franchise Business

A lot of people are drawn to franchising. If it’s right for you, it can be a road map to profitable business ownership. You can get in on a great idea or successful business that has a track record of success and a strong brand, and still run the business yourself. Franchise expert Joel Libava... Read more »

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The Biggest Business Fails of 2014 and How to Avoid Them

Every year, a few businesses make bad decisions or mistakes publicly. Sometimes they recover quickly and no one notices. Other times, the blunders are nothing short of newsworthy. We’ve gathered up some of the worst fails of 2014 and included some helpful tips on how to avoid them yourself. Walmart asks its employees to purchase... Read more »

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6 Forward-thinking Businesses That Are Making the World a Better Place

As we begin the year, it’s always helpful to look back and reflect on the things that went particularly well. While it’s easy to learn from others’ mistakes, there’s a lot to be said for emulating ideas that work. These businesses all share key qualities that make them admirable, including innovation, sustainability, creativity, and social responsibility. Warby... Read more »

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Bplans Briefcase: Business Stories to Keep You in the Know

Where can Syrian entrepreneurs find startup funding? What U.S. industry is becoming more pet-friendly? Here are interesting news stories about innovative small businesses, surprising PR choices, and a business competition opportunity in the Middle East. Penda improves health care in Kenya Why they made headlines: The Kenyan capital of Nairobi is becoming known as a... Read more »

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15 Videos for an Inspiring Start to 2015

Video is everywhere, and as inexpensive and ubiquitous devices change power dynamics, people are now able to share new ideas from around the world more easily than ever before. Because we frequently come across excellent content, we’ve compiled a list of 15 inspirational videos that should help motivate you to succeed and dream big in... Read more »

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Business Owners Share Their 2015 New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year again—you’ve no doubt been spending time on vacation and with your loved ones, and now it’s a new year and you’re getting back into the swing of things. Of course, being an entrepreneur, you’re also doing some reflection. How did 2014 go for you? The start of the year is... Read more »

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A Few Things to Think of Doing at Work Next Holiday Season

With the holiday season in full swing, you might be looking for some creative ways to liven up old traditions in your office. Maybe your office needs a fresh way to bring the giving spirit of the season into your typical holiday activities. Here are some simple things your company can do to foster a... Read more »

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It’s Not All Progress in the World of Business—Although We’re Making Strides

Which venture capitalist thinks that middle-income workers aren’t making enough overtime? What recent Supreme Court decision could affect your manufacturing business? From a summit on media in the Middle East to a huge new funding opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs in Nigeria, here are fascinating business news stories from the U.S. and around the world. The... Read more »

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The Latest Business News to Help You Plan for the Future

Every week we select some of the more interesting news stories. The ones we pick are aimed not only to keep you abreast of what is happening in the world, but that will hopefully give you inspiration and ideas that you can use to start, run or manage a better business. And of course, that... Read more »