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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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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How to Bring the Holiday Spirit of Giving into Work

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 »

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The Best Places to Start a Business in 2015

You’ve no doubt heard what they say in real estate: location, location, location. When you’re looking to start a business, it rings just as true. Knowing the easiest place to set up shop with the highest chance of success, is key no matter what field you’re in. Over time, through development and expansion, the best... Read more »

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6 Creative Ways to Figure Out If You’ve Got a Good Business Idea

So you have a great idea for a business, right? This is the one that will change everything, and put you on the map. You’ll become a sought-after investor, or maybe you’ll buy a vacation home in a sunny, tropical locale and bask in your newfound fame—and it’s all thanks to this game-changing business idea.... Read more »

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10 Entertaining Things to Check out While You’re Waiting in Line Today

Good morning and Happy Black Friday! Another year, another Thanksgiving, followed by today – Black Friday – a major holiday shopping event in the United States (and outside of it), with most retailers featuring big discounts, crazy opening hours, and special offers through out the holiday weekend. Last year, Thanksgiving weekend saw 54.7 billion in retail sales... Read more »

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Here’s to You, Women in Business

If you’re an active part of your city or town’s community, you may have noticed a sudden spike in the number of activities and events relating to business and entrepreneurship. That’s because we’re now in the midst of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW); a week wholly dedicated to inspiring people to unleash their ideas and take the... Read more »

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Top 10 Free Online Classes for Small Business Marketing

A lot of small business owners know their fields and industries like the back of their hand—it’s why they are so good at what they do. But when it comes to marketing your business, there might be a few (or more than a few) gaps in your formal education or training. That’s okay, because a... Read more »

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What to Do When You Need a Disaster Loan

When disaster strikes in your area and your business is affected, what’s next? For many small businesses, the future can be extremely uncertain. During the process of rebuilding, most small business owners will ask themselves if it’s time to apply for a disaster loan, or if that is a viable option for them. Let’s go... Read more »

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Ten Tools You Can Start Using Today to Maximize Your Productivity

Everyone wants to be productive. In fact, most people are looking for ways to become more productive than they already are. Just this morning, we posted about ways to be productive even during your down time and I have to say, having tried the Pomodoro Technique myself, I can vouch for the efficacy of that method.... Read more »

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Ask an Entrepreneur: Can I Really Start a Business in 30 Days?

Are you looking for advice on getting your business up and running quickly? Scroll down for expert tips. If you like them, share this on Twitter with the hashtag #30DayChallenge. Got a question for one of the entrepreneurs mentioned below? Skip ahead and leave it in the comments. Do you have questions about starting a... Read more »

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What Defines Your Company Culture?

Company culture is a hot topic lately, and for good reason. Recent research shows that especially among younger generations, people want their employers to not only provide them with an income, but meaningful work, and a positive environment. We’ve all heard the famous phrase: Culture eats strategy for breakfast. In short, your company culture determines much of... Read more »