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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 website yourself?

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 »

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What’s the Difference Between a Small Business Venture and a Startup?

by Candice Landau

When I hear the word “startup,” my mind immediately begins playing a reel of a bunch of twenty-something year old web developers, huddled together in a retro office somewhere in the SF Bay Area. Drinking beer at midday, laughing about the epic, cool culture they’ve got going, and chatting about the fact that they spent... Read more »

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Do You Know How to Pitch Your Startup in Social Situations?

by Katherine Halek

You’ve struck stones together and you’ve finally seen a spark. You’ve worked hard to develop your ideas and build something worthy of faith and investment. But finding natural ways to pitch your startup may still seem like the most daunting task you’ve faced yet. Your elevator pitch, for all that it can be perfected,  can come... Read more »

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Robin Williams died on Monday August 11, 2014.

[Slideshare] What Robin Williams Taught Us About Life

by Jonathan Michael

As we mourn the death of Robin Williams, I wanted to take a look back to remember the life lessons we’ve learned from some of his most notable performances on film. Featuring images and quotes from Hook, Dead Poets Society, Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Morning, Vietnam, Jumanji, Aladdin, Patch Adams, Good Will Hunting, Bicentennial Man, and... Read more »

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How to Find an Overseas Manufacturer: A Primer on Global Sourcing

by Laurel Delaney

You have a great new product that you want to take global. Now, you need to find someone to manufacture that product. Do you know where to find a manufacturer overseas? I do. Contract manufacturing is when a company arranges to have a local or overseas manufacturer make all or part of the product. Typically,... Read more »

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What Is the Right Age to Start a Business

[Slideshare] What is the Right Age to Start a Business?

by Jonathan Michael

It seems like today’s hottest startups and small businesses are being led by 20-something wunderkinds. So, if you’re over 30, does it mean that it’s too late to start your own business? We asked our Bplans.com executive team, as well as friends on LinkedIn, and they had some interesting answers. “What is the right age... Read more »

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How to Turn Your Hobby Into a Business

by Candice Landau

If what you do outside "work" is your true love, then why not consider making it your career too? After all, you do want to love what you do, especially if you’re going to spend most of your life doing it. Here's the complete guide. Read more »

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Welcome to Summoner’s Rift: Why a Free Start Can be Better for Business

by Ryder Cochrane

At first glance, the business model sounds insane—a game that you can download and play for free. Not a free trial, not on a basic account, the game can be played forever while never spending a single penny on it. You read that right—the game is free. Anybody can play it for as long as they... Read more »

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How to Grow Your Business by Setting Goals [Webinar]

by Sabrina Parsons

We all have goals for our business, but sometimes we forget how important it is to clearly define these goals. This is especially true when it comes to financial goal setting for small businesses, where often financial goals are only vaguely defined or based too heavily on assumptions. Many small business owners may keep a... Read more »

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the art of leadership

The Art of Leadership: 11 Quotes on Leading Well

by Jonathan Michael

Are great leaders born to lead, or have they learned what it takes to be great? Included below are 11 quotes from some of history’s greatest known thinkers and leaders on what it takes to lead well. Featuring quotes from Abraham Lincoln, Homer, Vince Lombardi, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr. and more. Do you have... Read more »