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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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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 »

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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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The Basics of Small Business Loans [WEBINAR]

by Sabrina Parsons

What do you need to know about small business loans before you apply? A lot! You have a lot of options, and there are a lot of variables in the equation that determines whether you’ll qualify for the loan you’re applying for (or whether that loan is even a good fit for you and your... Read more »

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11 Words of Wisdom for Your Business

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 eleven quotes shared by today’s entrepreneurs, influencers, authors, and speakers. Maybe they’ll inspire you to stick with... 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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Want to Build Brand Loyalty? Remember, Everyone Loves Free Stuff

by Gene Marks

I have something very embarrassing to admit. Last Christmas we received a fruit basket from our local Japanese restaurant. It was a thank you for being one of their “best customers,” according to the card. Admittedly, we must rank up there. My wife and I pretty much get takeout from there every week. At another... Read more »

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6 Must-Read Tips for Running a Successful Kickstarter Campaign

by Scott Huntington

  If you want to start a business, it seems the ideal way to get started would be to have people give you their money solely on the basis of your idea. This is, essentially, how Kickstarter works. Seems too good to be true? In most cases, it probably is. Unless you’re campaigning for a... Read more »

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How to Write a Market Analysis

by Michael Kerr

The market analysis is one of the most important parts of any startup strategy. Do it right, and you will have a clear idea of the path down which you are headed. A good market analysis will enable you to lure investors, sidestep pitfalls, and most importantly, attract customers. Bear in mind that all businesses... 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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4 Tips to Create a Killer Slideshare Presentation – 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 »