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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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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 »

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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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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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How to Start a Nonprofit

How to Start a Nonprofit

by Angelique O'Rourke

Starting a nonprofit is one of the most rewarding ways a person can spend their time— and it also requires thorough planning and solid dedication. It’s exhilarating to imagine all that you’ll accomplish when you’re up and running, but there are a number of essential steps you’ll need to take to get you there. When... Read more »

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How to Find the Right Accountant For Your Business

4 Steps to Find the Right Accountant for Your Business

by Lisa Furgison

You might not have a full list of employees on the payroll yet, but many small business owners find they have a need to turn to an accountant for financial help from their very beginning of their new venture. Whether you need assistance filing taxes, want someone to act as a financial advisor, or need... Read more »

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Why You Should Keep Your Day Job (For Now)

Why You Should Keep Your Day Job (For Now)

by Kelly Gurnett

It can be frustrating and tiring, but the fact is that building your business up while you retain a steady paycheck is the smartest way to do things, both for your finances and for your ultimate happiness. Read more »