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Dragons, Bootstrapping, and Women in Tech

by Angelique O'Rourke

It’s a story that many of us know all too well: a promising young college graduate sets out into the world—and finds that things are not as they once were. Debt looms, job prospects are lackluster at best, and before you can say “millenial,” you’re back in your parent’s house, waiting tables, wondering what’s next.... Read more »

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Unique Workspace Photos from 11 Entrepreneurs

by Jonathan Michael

No two entrepreneurs are alike. Sure, other articles may suggest that all successful entrepreneurs do the same 12 things before breakfast, but we know better. Some entrepreneurs wake up before dawn, while others burn the midnight oil. Still, many others burn the candle from both ends. Some are precise and methodical in their pursuit of business success,... Read more »

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9 Metrics Every Entrepreneur Should Know about Their Business Offhand

by Scott Gerber

There’s no excuse for not knowing how much money you are taking in, or how many people have purchased your product. Yet you might be surprised how easily business owners are stumped by questions like these. That’s why we asked nine members from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) what metrics all founders should be aware of—always. Here’s what they had to say: 1. Cash on... Read more »

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13 Tips to Open a Successful Coffee Shop

by Lisa Furgison

Are you the type who loves their morning coffee? A lot of people combine their love of coffee with their entrepreneurial spirit and open a coffee shop. In fact, in the U.S. there are more than 50,000 coffee shops—52,684 to be exact. According to Statista, that number will jump by about 5,000 within two years. And... Read more »

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5 Ways to Survey Your Customers Without Annoying Them

by Scott Gerber

Sure, you could email customers after every transaction to evaluate their experience. But that seems clunky and time consuming. In order to figure out the best ways to get the information you need without the hassle, we asked five entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) what methods or tools they recommend for surveying customers. Here’s what they had to say:   1. Wufoo... Read more »

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The Pixar Way: 37 Quotes on Developing and Maintaining a Creative Company

by Jonathan Michael

In his book, Creativity, Inc., Ed Catmull shares his experience as a manager of Pixar, one of the world’s most famous creative animation studios. More than that, Ed offers a number of starting points to help those that wish to work in an environment that fosters creativity and problem solving, to create it. We’ve collected... Read more »

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How to Start a Successful Restaurant

by Lisa Furgison

If dreams of opening a restaurant have filled your thoughts for years, it might be time to sit down and draw up a plan to open your own business. To help you create a recipe for success, we’ve put together a how-to-get-started guide to make sure you have all the ingredients you need to open... Read more »

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5 Sure-fire Ways to Bomb Your Investor Pitch

by Caroline Cummings

Having delivered hundreds of pitches myself (and bombed a few), as well as coaching dozens of entrepreneurs on how to pitch, I’ve definitely seen some doozy pitches. I sometimes wish I’d had a video camera with me to create a funny compilation of all the bloopers—something I might have shared with entrepreneurs on how not... Read more »

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23 quotes on the value and danger of money

23 Quotes on the Value and Danger of Money

by Jonathan Michael

Ask ten people what they think about money and wealth, and you’ll likely get ten different answers. Wealth may not be all that it’s cracked up to be, but at the same time, who doesn’t want a few extra dollars in their pocket? We’ve gathered 23 quotes from some of the world’s most famous authors,... Read more »

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Startups and Entrepreneurship: Beyond the Clichés

by Candice Landau

In his latest video, Tim Berry, founder of Palo Alto Software, discusses the 6 clichés that many aspiring entrepreneurs fall prey to. You can watch the full video near the end of this post or read some of the key points we've extracted from it. Read more »

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Is a Small Business Your Destiny?

by Ryder Cochrane

There is a difference between having a job and having a business. In either case, you are going to be working hard to accomplish your tasks. The key difference is that, when running your own business, you control the product that you work on, and thus the work that you are doing. For a lot... Read more »

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Building Your Business Website Yourself? Get Some Expert Tips First!

by Lisa Furgison

A good website is crucial in today’s business world. If you’re starting a new business, you might not have the cash to drop on a website designer, or your existing business website might be in need of a redesign. That’s okay. You can go online and find a number of template-based websites for an affordable price.... Read more »

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MicroAid: Helping Entrepreneurs Rise Out of Poverty

by Angelique O'Rourke

For those living in extreme poverty in developing nations, even the most entrepreneurial people face challenges. While in recent years, the rise of microloans and microcredit programs have certainly done some good, there are new ideas cropping up about ways to create sustainable change using education, business planning skills, and technology. To learn more, we... Read more »

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[SlideShare] A Brief History of Labor Day…

by Jonathan Michael

When was the first Labor Day? When did it become a national holiday? Who “invented” it? Take a light-hearted look back at the origins of Labor Day, a holiday where we can kick our feet up, enjoy a burger or beer, and celebrate our own hard-working awesomeness. A Brief History of Labor Day: How will... Read more »

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12 Ways to Get Your New Product into a Major Retail Chain

by Scott Gerber

What is one tip you have for getting a brand-new product into major retail chains? Getting a new, untried product into the market is tough. Major retail chains may not want to gamble on something brand new. To learn how other entrepreneurs managed to get their shiny new products into major chains around the country,... Read more »

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The Latest Questions Small Businesses Are Asking

by Arlene Soto

How do I decide if a business idea is likely to be successful? What is meant by “company culture” and how is it important to my business? Do I need to hire a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for my small business? How do I sell my products to the federal government? What's your question? Read more »

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Pause: 10 Quotes on Why You Should Take Breaks, Relax, and Play

by Jonathan Michael

Small business owners and entrepreneurs are almost always working, whether they’re in the office or not. But is it possible that taking time off and resting is better for your business? Here are 10 quotes from famous authors, poets, and speakers on why time away from work could be just as important to your bottom... Read more »

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Think Big, Start Small: The Story of a Startup

by Candice Landau

Today, small businesses and internet startups are popping up everywhere. While this is encouraging for those of us looking to become entrepreneurs, it also means we have a responsibility to start companies that advance our understanding of the world, that fix problems we have created and that help others. ReefCam is one of these companies. Read more »

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How to Write a Company Overview

by Angelique O'Rourke

A company overview (also known as company information or a company summary) is an essential part of a business plan. Your company overview should be exactly what it sounds like: an overview containing all of the most important points about your company. It usually appears after the executive summary. This is typically the shortest chapter... Read more »

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When Is the Right Time to Pay Yourself a Salary?

by Kristen Gramigna

You may be the last on your list of creditors when you’re just starting a business, but at some stage, you’ve got to start earning yourself. Here are seven things to consider in order to determine if now is the right time to pay yourself a salary. 1. You’ve been better than “break even” for one year... Read more »