managing

Marketing Sweat Equity: Getting Your Startup’s First Sales—Without Spending Money on Consultants and PR

by M Rafiq

As a startup founder, you're probably looking for ways to cut costs wherever possible. Fortunately, sweat equity can help make up for a trim marketing budget. Read more »

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5 Mistakes I Made When Starting My Business (So You Don’t Have To)

by Jordan Fried

The mistakes you make while starting your business can be both annoying and costly. Learn what pitfalls to avoid from one successful entrepreneur who has been there before. Read more »

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This Is How to Optimize Your Business Blog: 14 Powerful WordPress Plugins

by Robert Mening

You might be considering starting a blog as part of your content marketing strategy—or maybe you already have one. These must-use WordPress plugins will help you get the most out of your blogging efforts. Read more »

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14 Defining Traits That Could Make or Break Your Success As an Entrepreneur

by Briana Morgaine

What traits are key to success in entrepreneurship? These entrepreneurs share the most important characteristics that have contributed to their business success. Read more »

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Turning a Failed VC Pitch Into a New Connection and Future Business

by M Rafiq

Securing funding is, in many ways, more difficult than launching the actual business. Find out how one entrepreneur turned a failed VC pitch into a future opportunity. Read more »

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My Startup Was Hacked: What I Did Right (and Wrong)

by Paul Peters

If your business encounters disaster, how should you respond? One successful entrepreneur shares what he did right, and where he went wrong. Read more »

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6 Tools to Help You Manage a Remote Team

by Cosette Jarrett

In the last few years, remote work has become an attractive solution for employees and employers alike. However, managing a distributed team can be a challenge. Here's how to manage your remote team. Read more »

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Don’t Want to Plan? Just Do a Sales Forecast

by Tim Berry

Not interested in writing a business plan? Do a sales forecast instead. With regular review, a sales forecast will prove an invaluable tool to help you manage and grow your business easily. Read more »

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What Traits Should You Look for in Your Startup’s First Employees?

by Andrew Deen

When you hire for your startup, you aren’t just bringing on an employee—you’re bringing on a partner, coworker, and a piece of the foundation on which you're building your business. Here's how to get it right. Read more »

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Restaurant or Food Truck: Which Is Better for a Beginner?

by Adrian Cordiner

With the rising popularity of food trucks comes a hard choice for would-be food service entrepreneurs: Is it better to start a restaurant, or a food truck? Here are the considerations for each. Read more »

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How to Get 70 Percent of Your Invoices Paid Instantly

by Marija Odineca

Nothing is more inconvenient to small businesses than clients who pay late. However, once you know the most common reasons for late payment, you can strategize. Here's how to get your invoices paid immediately. Read more »

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5 Tips, Tricks, and Hacks for Better Work Focus

by Paul Peters

With access to an endless supply of information at our fingertips comes the difficulty of maintaining focus—especially at work. Here's how to get back on track, and avoid derailment in the first place. Read more »

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A Beginner’s Guide to Mobile Marketing Strategy

by Rachel Jones

Does your business have a mobile marketing strategy? If not, you run the risk of falling behind. Here's how to design a mobile strategy for your business. Read more »

funding

Using Invoice Factoring to Safeguard Your Cash Flow

by Rachael Grinnell

If you have clients or customers who take forever to pay, this can cause cash flow problems for your business. Fortunately, solutions like invoice and spot factoring can act as a safeguard, to help protect your cash flow against future disasters. Read more »

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11 Tips for Creating a Long-Term Strategic Plan

by Jodie Shaw

Strategic planning is a management tool that guides your business to better performance and long-term success—and it's not as intimidating or difficult as it sounds. Read more »

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Potential Pain Points When Starting a Small Business

by Jackson Cooper

Owning your own small business can be hugely rewarding, but there are inherent challenges that you'll have to face. Here's how to navigate them successfully. Read more »

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Tax Tips and Deductions for Restaurant Owners

by Brendon Pack

Do you own (or plan to open) a restaurant? Restaurant owners are eligible to take advantage of a number of tax-saving strategies and deductions, and these tips will make the process easier. Read more »

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Take Time to Pause and Reflect on What You’re Grateful For

by Angelique O'Rourke

Every year has its ups and downs, and small business owners know this better than most. They also know it’s never a bad idea to count your blessings. Read more »

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

by Jonathan Michael

10 quotes from famous authors, poets, and speakers on why time away from work is vitally important. Here's to time off, relaxation, and a bit of play! Read more »

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How to Improve Financial Metrics That Matter

by Colin Tierney

Even if you don't currently need a loan, consider looking at your business through the eyes of a lender. What could you improve? Here are the financial metrics to watch. Read more »