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The Pros and Cons of Running a Subscription Service

by Josh Ludin

When my roommate and I returned home one day from work, there was a box sitting on our doorstep. With great excitement, we picked up the package, only to find out that while it was addressed to our apartment, it was sent to a name that neither of us recognized. Like anybody would, we immediately... Read more »

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Be the 25 Percent: 25 Tips to Make Your Startup a Success

by Rob Young

It will come as no surprise to learn that the majority of startups fail. But thanks to research by Shikhar Ghosh, a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School, we can at least put a number to the failure rate—75 percent—and hopefully avoid becoming part of it. With three quarters of venture-funded startups failing to succeed,... Read more »

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If I register a sole proprietorship or a partnership, how will I pay myself?

by Candice Landau

If you’re asking this question with taxes in mind, you should know that the structure of your business decides how you will be taxed and how you can withdraw money from the business. It’s not just a question of ethics, it’s a legal question and you’re right to be asking it. If you’re already in... Read more »

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What You Absolutely Cannot Afford to Forget When Pricing Your Products

by Candice Landau

Pricing products correctly is an art. It requires an awareness of the market as it currently exits, the vision and ability to see a market as it could or will exist, and the logic to decide on a figure that will cover costs, send a message and maximize sales. Because there is no definitive guide to pricing, it is more worthwhile to get an accurate idea of how your price will affect other areas of your business. Read more »

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14 Business Resources Every Entrepreneur Should Know About

by Lisa Furgison

There are a ton of great resources available for entrepreneurs, but most of the time you don’t hear about them unless a fellow business owner mentions one. So, we asked dozens of entrepreneurs to tell us the one business resource that helped them the most. From their feedback, we’ve compiled a list for you. You’ll... Read more »

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The Pitfalls of Not Having an Export Business Plan

by Laurel Delaney

Below is an extract from Laurel Delaney’s book “Exporting: The Definitive Guide to Selling Abroad Profitably.” This book was published in December 2013 and is available for purchase online. If you would like to find out more about the author, the book, or about exporting in general, Laurel’s blog is an excellent source of information.... Read more »

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7 Strange Yet Innovative Online Subscription Services

by Ryder Cochrane

The premise is simple: sign up for the service, pay the company, and each month the product will show up at your door. The business model has been around for quite some time, but recently, the market for these monthly services has expanded. With expansion inevitably come new products and services, and none of them... Read more »

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I’m Almost 29, Is It Too Late to Start a Business?

by Candice Landau

It’s Monday again and you’re back at your desk at work, wondering why you still haven’t started your own business; why you’re still having to compile reports of things you have no interest in; and where you went wrong… I’m here to help so grab a coffee, forget the report and the emails, blank out your own critical inner voice (and your boss’s voice if possible) and listen up. Read more »

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Mid-Week Inspiration: 10 Quotes from Entrepreneurs & Influencers to Motivate You

by Jonathan Michael

Forget about a “case of the Mondays.” Most weeks, it’s Wednesday when you start to wonder why you’re doing what you do. To get you through hump day with a little more pep in your step, we’ve gathered ten quotes shared by today’s entrepreneurs, influencers, authors, and speakers. Maybe they’ll inspire you to stick with... Read more »

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Hannah Meuser, a social media strategist, shows you what not to do on your social sites.

4 Social Media Mistakes Your Business Should Avoid

by Lisa Furgison

When it comes to social media, many entrepreneurs are self-taught. You’ve learned your way around Facebook and Twitter with personal accounts, so you figure you’re good to go when it comes to a business account. Your experience will help, but there are some unspoken rules in the social media world that you might have missed... Read more »

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What do investors REALLY want?

by Candice Landau

Hundreds of episodes of Shark Tank and Dragon’s Den have taught us that if you do not know your business inside-out and if you don’t come across as capable of running your business without the ongoing guidance of your backers, you’re not going to stand much of a chance. In this post we will answer 3 questions: What do Investors Want? Should you perform market research before pitching? Will an investor steal your idea? Read more »

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9 Compelling Reasons to Start a Business (+ BOOK GIVEAWAY)

by Jonathan Michael

The following article is an adaptation from the book “Own Your Future” by Paul B. Brown with Charles F. Kiefer and Leonard A. Schlesinger. Paul B. Brown is a long-time contributor to The New York Times and a former writer and editor for BusinessWeek, Forbes, and Inc. Want to win a copy of the book? Scroll to the... Read more »

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Garry Polmateer says you shouldn't bid on every project that comes your way.

Starting a Business? Don’t Bid on Every Project

by Lisa Furgison

When Garry Polmateer started a consulting firm in 2010, he and his small team of employees were hungry and eager to make it in the business world. Their business, Red Argyle, helps small businesses utilize a cloud-based sales program called SalesForce. In the beginning, Polmateer was bidding on every project he could find just to... Read more »

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Start Ups and IRS regulations

What Every Startup Business Needs to Know About IRS Regulations

by Ben Sutton

  Have you ever heard the saying, “Asking for forgiveness is easier than asking for permission?”  Whoever said that must not have been talking about the IRS. In my experience helping hundreds of small businesses get up and running, I’ve found that prevention is the key to avoiding unwanted interaction with federal and state tax agencies.... Read more »

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The Business of Waste Management

Smells Like Money: The Business of Waste Management

by Jonathan Michael

With the bright lights of Las Vegas reflecting in his rearview mirror, Keith Ferguson listened to his wife, Cheryl, who was convincing him to finally start his own business. “Why don’t you do it? Just do it,” he remembers her saying. “If it doesn’t work out in 6-8 months, then you can just go back to... Read more »

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Who to Talk to Before You Start a Business

5 People You Should Talk With Before Starting a Business

by Lisa Furgison

There’s a short list of people you should talk with before you move forward with bigger steps like applying for a bank loan or looking at commercial space. Read more »

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How Getting My MBA Helped Me Thrive as an Entrepreneur

by Allison Berliner

There is a tendency in the start-up community to be skeptical towards MBAs. In an industry that lauds performance metrics to constantly track progress, there’s something fluffy about a professional degree that is not a prerequisite for anything. Unlike medical school or law school, you don’t need an MBA to go into business. Since much... Read more »

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6 Reasons Your Small Business Will Fail (And How to Avoid Them)

by Mike Kamo

According to Small Business Administration research, only half of new businesses survive for the first five years and only one-third of new businesses are able to survive for 10 years. The inverse is compelling as we can conclude that if only 50% of new businesses survive for the first five years, then the other 50%... Read more »

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What to Look For in a Business Partner Square

What to Look For in a Business Partner

by Allison Berliner

Surrounding yourself with the right people at the right time is crucial for hitting milestones. So how do you know when you are working with the right people—or, more importantly, with the wrong people? Read more »

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Katherine Long, a new business owner, offers tips to make your business idea a reality.

You’ve Got an Idea for a Business, Now What?

by Lisa Furgison

We’ve put together a to-do list for all the hopeful entrepreneurs out there. When you’re ready, this list will guide you through the planning stage. Read more »