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facetoavoid

6 Ways to Maintain an Impressive Online Reputation

by Jeremy Gin

Warren Buffett famously said, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” For this reason and many more, there is often no worse feeling for an entrepreneur than to see the brand he or she spent years building tarnished by a bad review online. But take heart! There are... Read more »

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Should you get a patent? What about a copyright? A trademark?

The Top 5 Intellectual Property Mistakes

by Mary Juetten

Disclaimer: This article is intended to be general information and nothing in this article constitutes legal advice. Please consult with an attorney before making any intellectual property or other legal decisions. Everybody makes mistakes, but some can be prevented. Read on to see five common mistakes regarding intellectual property, so you can avoid the pitfalls.... Read more »

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Fundingsources

35 Great Ways to Fund A Small Business

by Angelique O'Rourke

When it comes to funding, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. Depending on where you’re at in your business, what type of funding you are seeking, and the amount you need, where you’ll look can vary widely. We’ve compiled a list from a variety of places to help you research and narrow down the options that... Read more »

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stand out from the crowd

Do You Have What It Takes to Provide Stand-out Customer Service?

by Candice Landau

Almost all businesses have a customer-facing aspect to them. Restaurants have waiters and cashiers. Boutiques have shop assistants. Software companies have project managers, sales people, and sometimes whole customer service departments. Even B2B companies need a point-of-contact to provide solutions. Often, these employees will mean the difference between a company that is perceived in a... Read more »

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bitcoin

Could Bitcoin Fund Your Business?

by Nick Chowdrey

Bitcoin is slowly but surely nosing its way into the mainstream world of business. About a year ago, it was only accepted by a handful of hipster coffee shops and a few artisanal food trucks. Today, huge websites like Overstock and Expedia have hopped on the boat—and the list is always growing.  A constant hum... Read more »

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how to lose an employee in 10 days

How to Lose an Employee in 10 Days [Webinar Recap]

by Caroline Cummings

For our latest webinar, we discussed “How to Lose an Employee in 10 Days,” outlining major mistakes an entrepreneur or CEO should avoid if they want to hold onto valuable employees. I was joined in this webinar by Matt Rissell, the CEO of TSheets Time Tracking. If you’re not familiar with TSheets, they are a... Read more »

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what metrics should you know

9 Metrics Every Entrepreneur Should Know about Their Business Offhand

by Scott Gerber

There’s no excuse for not knowing how much money you are taking in, or how many people have purchased your product. Yet you might be surprised how easily business owners are stumped by questions like these. That’s why we asked nine members from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) what metrics all founders should be aware of—always. Here’s what they had to say: 1. Cash on... Read more »

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Small business accountant is small businses consultant

Your Small Business Accountant: Your Small Business Consultant

by Brandon Chu

Here’s what you know: your accountant can do your taxes. But here’s what you might not know: your accountant can also help you accomplish your business goals. Accountants build up both financial and business acumen throughout their careers, and they’re often willing to share their knowledge with clients. San Francisco-based financial systems advisor Danetha Doe... Read more »

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Oscar de la Renta at Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2015.

The Billion Dollar Fashion Week [Slideshare]

by Angelique O'Rourke

If you follow fashion, you’ll know that we’re in the middle of the season and that Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York was last week (we’re in full swing in London now). If you’re interested in the economics of New York City, you probably knew that too. Why is fashion week so high profile to... Read more »

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intellectualproperty

Intellectual Property 101

by Mary Juetten

Disclaimer: This article is intended to be general information and nothing in this article constitutes legal advice. Please consult with an attorney before making any intellectual property or other legal decisions. Does your business have intellectual property? If someone asked whether or not your business has Intellectual Property (IP) and your answer is “I do not... Read more »

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venturemaze

10 Tips for Finding Venture Funding

by Tim Berry

How do you find venture funding? I have to start with a major negative: if you have to ask if your startup can get venture capital, then it almost certainly can’t. Venture capital is a very rarified atmosphere of high-end startups and emerging businesses with experienced management teams, high potential growth, secret sauce, and so on.... Read more »

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13 Tips to Open a Successful Coffee Shop

by Lisa Furgison

Are you the type who loves their morning coffee? A lot of people combine their love of coffee with their entrepreneurial spirit and open a coffee shop. In fact, in the U.S. there are more than 50,000 coffee shops—52,684 to be exact. According to Statista, that number will jump by about 5,000 within two years. And... Read more »

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heartcup

Should You Serve Fair Trade Coffee?

by Angelique O'Rourke

For many consumers and small business owners in the U.S. and western Europe, the knowledge that the people producing their coffee were usually struggling from poverty, in rural areas, and vulnerable to exploitative practices by powerful middlemen who gave them prices far below market value, is disturbing. People in the western world wondered, is there... Read more »

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Ways to poll your customers

5 Ways to Survey Your Customers Without Annoying Them

by Scott Gerber

Sure, you could email customers after every transaction to evaluate their experience. But that seems clunky and time consuming. In order to figure out the best ways to get the information you need without the hassle, we asked five entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) what methods or tools they recommend for surveying customers. Here’s what they had to say:   1. Wufoo... Read more »

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Funding for Growth

How to Get Funding from Billionaire Investor Mark Cuban, and Other Stories

by Candice Landau

Let’s be honest, when it comes to funding, it’s never as straightforward as business advisors, lenders, backers, and investors might have you think. And, if you’re a small business, it’s unlikely you can afford to pay someone to do all the legal research and nit-picky stuff that the big boys can. You have to get... Read more »

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take a vacation

I Went on Vacation and Increased Our Facebook Traffic by 300%. Here’s How:

by Jonathan Michael

I’m not going to be shy with my opinion on this topic: you need to take more time off of work. I took a week off in August and was able to increase our Facebook referral traffic by over 300%—all while being completely unplugged from work. I want to show you how, but first, let’s take a... Read more »

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Pixar Way.001

The Pixar Way: 37 Quotes on Developing and Maintaining a Creative Company

by Jonathan Michael

In his book, Creativity, Inc., Ed Catmull shares his experience as a manager of Pixar, one of the world’s most famous creative animation studios. More than that, Ed offers a number of starting points to help those that wish to work in an environment that fosters creativity and problem solving, to create it. We’ve collected... Read more »

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unlikely angel investors

How to Raise Startup Funding from Unlikely Angel Investors

by Jessica Magoch

I’m not your average angel. I’m a mom, a full-time sales manager, and recruiter. I’m not active in an angel group. I don’t have an MBA and I don’t live in Silicon Valley. I live in a small town surrounded by farms and I made my first angel investment at 29 because my dad said... Read more »

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bookkeeping

7 Bookkeeping Habits Every Entrepreneur Should Adopt

by Brandon Chu

Badly tracked finances can cause your business a world of problems—from poor cash flow to improper tax filings and beyond. These kinds of problems can put a young business at serious risk. Good bookkeeping habits, on the other hand, can help a business thrive—and not just survive. Dallas-based financial writer and founder of Careful Cents, Carrie... Read more »

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Creativity In book Civer

The Pixar-inspired Guide to Managing a Creative Company

by Candice Landau

Unless otherwise stated, all quotations can be attributed to Ed Catmull.  Creativity needs to be protected. This is never more true than in the workplace, in which a creative culture is something precious and in danger of being stamped out if not nurtured. In his book, “Creativity, Inc.,” Ed Catmull shares his experience as a manager of... Read more »