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4 Things That Will Scare Investors Away

Looking for Money? These 4 Things Will Scare Investors Away

by Lisa Furgison

Whether you’re trying to borrow money from a colleague or land the financial backing of a venture capitalist, there are certain traits that can scare even the hardiest of investors away. Finding startup funds may be one of the toughest things you’ll do as an entrepreneur, so if you have an interested investor you should... Read more »

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Joi Ito Nails It On Business Planning In This TED Talk

by Tim Berry

Here’s some great insight on the evolution of business plans and business planning, from Joi Ito, Director of MIT’s MediaLabs: Ito urges us to follow a compass rather than a map. Instead of planning out every exact points before you start, allow yourself to make the decisions you need as you go in the general... Read more »

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How to Find the Right Accountant For Your Business

4 Steps to Find the Right Accountant for Your Business

by Lisa Furgison

You might not have a full list of employees on the payroll yet, but many small business owners find they have a need to turn to an accountant for financial help from their very beginning of their new venture. Whether you need assistance filing taxes, want someone to act as a financial advisor, or need... Read more »

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How to Inspire Employees

How to Inspire Your Employees

by Caroline Cummings

Have you ever heard the following statement?: “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” It’s a quotation from the French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and Adam Bryant—The New York Times... Read more »

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15 Things to Blog About

by Tim Berry

(Note from Tim: I post here every Wednesday and I’ve posted more than a thousand posts since I started this blog on Entrepreneur.com in 2007. Today I’m proud to offer this space to Melinda Emerson, “The Small Biz Lady,” who is the author of this guest post.) It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced business... Read more »

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Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast

by Caroline Cummings

The New York Times' columnist Adam Bryant sums it up in his book by saying that “culture is the X factor that will determine who wins in the long run.” Read more »

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Easier to Teach an Innovator

It’s Easier to Teach an Innovator to be a CEO…

by Tim Berry

Who do you want running a startup: an innovator or a CEO? Read more »

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Why You Should Keep Your Day Job (For Now)

Why You Should Keep Your Day Job (For Now)

by Kelly Gurnett

It can be frustrating and tiring, but the fact is that building your business up while you retain a steady paycheck is the smartest way to do things, both for your finances and for your ultimate happiness. Read more »

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Top CEOs Reveal Their Secrets to Innovation and Growth [WEBINAR]

by Caroline Cummings

Join our free webinar with Adam Bryant, The New York Times bestselling author and “Corner Office” columnist, to learn the secrets of top CEOs and how your small business or startup can create a culture of innovation. Read more »

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How to Create a Successful Etsy Shop

by Lisa Furgison

Thinking about selling on Etsy? Stephanie Maslow talks about the lessons she learned getting her jewelry shop off the ground and earning money. Read more »