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ExportBookbyLaurelDelaney

From Market Research to Writing Your Export Business Plan

by Laurel Delaney

Below is the final extract we will be publishing 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... Read more »

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8 Quotes That Will Motivate You to Make a Plan and Stick to It

8 Quotes to Motivate You to Make a Plan and Stick to It

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 eight inspirational quotes from some of history’s greatest minds. Maybe they’ll inspire you to stick with what... Read more »

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What It Takes to Get Angel Investment

5 Essentials for Angel Investment

by Tim Berry

Three months ago I posted Securing Angel Investors in this space. I was responding then to a request that I explain the process step-by-step. But I’m afraid I skipped the first and, for some, the most important step. Before you begin, it’s vital to determine whether you actually have a solid investment opportunity, regardless of how good... Read more »

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Thinking About Buying a Franchise? Consider These Pros and Cons

by Scott Gerber

Like any other business, there’s a lot to consider when purchasing a franchise. Does starting your own business yield more long-term rewards, or is buying a franchise a better choice? To find out, we asked eight founders from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) their thoughts on the subject. Here are their answers are below. Q: I’m thinking about buying a franchise.... Read more »

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How to Write a Nonprofit Business Plan

by Angelique O'Rourke

Starting and running a nonprofit is an exhilarating experience, but it also requires thoughtful planning and execution to be successful. Nonprofit organizations share many overlapping needs with traditional for-profit ventures, including the need for a good business plan. At some point in the process of starting or managing your nonprofit, you will probably realize that... Read more »

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Starting a Hair Salon

How to Open a Successful Hair Salon

by Lisa Furgison

Planning to open a hair salon? Check out these tips from a salon owner with 40 years in the business. Read more »

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What Should All Entrepreneurs Know Before Starting Their Very First Business?

by Candice Landau

We've turned to entrepreneurs and experts to get you the best answers to this question. Whether you're starting a business for the very first time or are starting a business for the third time, there are some things that it can't hurt to remember. Read more »

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7 Quotes from Famous Americans About Business and Success

by Jonathan Michael

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again,... Read more »

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3 Types of Export Business Plans

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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The non-dilution clause from my investor contract.

How to Pick the Right Attorney For Your Startup

by Caroline Cummings

Picking the right attorney in your startup is as important as picking the right business partner. You can’t underestimate the importance of selecting an attorney who “gets” your business model, your market opportunity, and most importantly, your fundraising and exit strategy. Read more »

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How to Grow Your Business and Get Qualified Leads with Your Blog

by Dan Stelter

“Businesses with websites of 401-1000 pages get 6x more leads than those with 51-100 pages” says inbound marketing thought leader Hubspot. Now, you don’t have to churn out 401 blog posts to get real business from your blog, but you get the point. Your results get better with a stronger commitment. Unfortunately, people often don’t... Read more »

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How to Forecast Sales

by Tim Berry

Sales forecasting is much easier than you think, and much more useful than you imagine. It’s not about guessing the future correctly. We’re human; we don’t do that well. Instead, it’s about assumptions, expectations, drivers, tracking, and management. You review and revise your forecast regularly. Since sales are intimate with costs and expenses, the forecast... Read more »

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Guide: How to Start a Successful Photography Business

by Lisa Furgison

If you have some creative photography chops, you might want to open your own business. You’re not alone. Photography is a popular profession and hobby right now—and that’s the problem. In the past decade, camera gear has become more affordable and consumer friendly, and as a result, everyone is a photographer. But, that doesn’t mean you... Read more »

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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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4 Things You (and Every Small Business) Should Know About Taxes [FREE WEBINAR]

by Jonathan Michael

Do your quarterly taxes fill you with the dread of what you don’t know, or do you feel confident when it comes to reporting your numbers to the IRS? Join us on Thursday, July 10 at 11:00am PT / 2:00pm ET for this free webinar presentation by Zach Olson, the founder and CEO of Tax... Read more »

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How some users actually feel about LinkedIn Showcase Pages

Should You Use LinkedIn Showcase Pages? – Level Up Fridays

by Jonathan Michael

Every Friday I’ll provide basic tips on how to improve the way you promote your business online and increase your audience engagement. There’s one important element missing though, and that’s your voice. What tactics are you trying? Are they working? Tell us about them in the comments below. It’s Friday, so kick your feet up, grab your... 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 »