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The customer may not always be right, but there's never an excuse for treating someone poorly.

How to Run a Business in Prison (Orange is the New Black, Season 2)—Minor Spoilers

by Jonathan Michael

The Netflix original series, Orange is the New Black, takes a gritty, poignant, and hilarious look at life inside a women’s federal prison. The show premiered in 2013 to critical acclaim, and in June 2014 Netflix released all 13 episodes of its second season. The show recently won the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Comedy... Read more »

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What I learned from appearing on Shark Tank

What I Learned From My Appearance on Shark Tank

by Lisa Furgison

It’s not everyday that a television producer handpicks you to appear on ABC’s hit show “Shark Tank,” but that’s what happened to entrepreneur Kelly Costello. Costello is the founder of Puppy Cake, a company that sells boxed cake mix for dogs. It’s a lot like the do-it-yourself Betty Crocker cake mix, except the ingredients are changed... Read more »

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Business ideas

Is Your New Business Idea Worth Pursuing?

by Arlene Soto

I have so many new ideas for my business. How do I determine which ones are the best to pursue? Most business owners want their business to grow, and often growth includes consideration of new products or services. Sometimes, though, brainstorming new possibilities interferes with maintaining the core business by distracting the owner from focusing... Read more »

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What I wish I knew before I started my business

What I Wish I’d Known Before I Started My Business

by Lisa Furgison

If you’re about to start a business, you’ve probably read several how-to books looking for advice on how to be successful. While researching is a great first step, there are some lessons that you won’t find in a book. You need to hear from business owners who have been in your position, who started a... Read more »

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Running a business can be like running a marathon- goals can be your mile markers a long the way.

The Importance of Setting Goals in Business

by Arlene Soto

Why is it important to set business goals? Goals are powerful—they can focus attention on achieving desirable outcomes. In business, one desirable outcome would be profitability. Profitability does not happen without making sales, plus correctly managing expenses. Employees prefer to know what management expects them to accomplish, and goals provide that direction. The human brain... 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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10 Ways to Turn a Business Idea into a Reality

by Scott Gerber

Coming up with great ideas is easy. It's putting those ideas into action that's difficult. Read more »

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Here’s An Idea: Make Money From Your Empty Office Space

by Tom Reynolds

Whether you have an empty desk, a vacant office in your building or even a dedicated room in your house, don't sit on valuable space when you could be making it work for you. Read more »

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Startup time management

Logging Time: The Ambitious Entrepreneur’s Savior

by Matt Clark

For entrepreneurs, wasting time is akin to sneaking snacks while on a diet. You might spend a few minutes checking email, a few minutes on this project, a few minutes on Facebook, or a few minutes “learning” by reading useless articles. Before you know it, you’ve put in a 10-hour day accomplishing nothing. The solution? Keep a time log for seven days. Read more »

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Head, heart and hands: Three essentials for startup success

by JasonS

Starting up a business requires a diversity of assets. First-time entrepreneurs often feel anxious when they think about all the factors that must play a role if their ideas are ever to get off the ground. In their minds, success or failure seems to hinge upon finding deep-pockets funders, expert mentors, willing publicizers and other... Read more »

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Living the Music: Being in Music Doesn’t Mean You Have to Starve

by Tyree Harris

We all know the story: the local band that tears up the hometown bars, but never gets any big publicity; the independent rapper who sounds just like that one famous guy, but never gets shows bigger than 15 of his good friends huddled inside a small basement; the best singer in your choir class, now... Read more »

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Listen Up Newbies: Best Advice for First-time Entrepreneurs

by Tim Berry

You find yourself standing on the brink of your first try starting your own business. Looking downwards into confusion. Passion? Perseverance? The idea? The plan? What comes first? What’s most important? There’s a world of advice out there, lots of it conflicting, contradictory advice. Far too much to use and digest. I just discovered Jim Price‘s... Read more »

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5 Industries Ripe for Innovative New Ideas

by Christa Avampato

So you want to start your own business, or at least build a product or service and see how it goes. Congratulations! The desire to follow this lead is the first step in a wonderful venture adventure. Some entrepreneurs find their way to this place based upon an idea they have for a new product... Read more »

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Dreams of Growth and Expansion Could Turn Into A Nightmare

by Leander Jackie Grogan

Small business owners often dream of expansion, growth and enhanced profitability; those strategic moves and timely tweaks that catapult their operation to the next level of success. I say dream because it’s the official 2nd step in the popular business transformation model called Appreciative Inquiry (AI), introduced by management theorist, David L. Cooperrider, back in... Read more »

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What Every Woman Business Owner Needs to Know to Succeed

by Tara Hornor

It’s a tough world out there, no matter the industry of a business, and it takes a thick-skinned person with persistence and tenacity to be successful in any small business. For women, some of the challenges can be especially difficult. In the U.S. we have come a long way from the Women’s Right Movement in... Read more »

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Thinking Outside The Box

by Cidnee Stephen

Do you ever find yourself lacking creativity in your marketing? Let’s face it, it’s always easier to follow the leader, or the masses rather than come up with some form of originality. The great thing about mavericks such as Steve Jobs or Richard Branson, is that they show us what the power of creative thinking... Read more »

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Business Plan

Don’t Hide A Bad Business In a Well-Written Plan

by Tim Berry

I’ve received one of those emails again, in which somebody is asking me to help with a business plan that is a sure thing except that nobody who hears about it believes in it. So if there were just a great business plan … I feel the need to post again something I first posted... Read more »

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The Entrepreneurs Equation

How Writing a Book is Like Launching a Business

by Carol Roth

Got an idea that you just can’t shake?  That idea could manifest itself as a business or a book.  I have spent a lot of time talking about how entrepreneurs should approach a new business and have found that there are a lot more parallels between starting a business and launching a new book than... Read more »

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Start an Informational Product Business — Step by Step Guide

by Rishi Shah

This is a guest post by Rishi Shah. He is the CEO of Flying Cart, an easy way to create an online store. Over 10,000 successful small businesses use his service. Photo by 10ch Do you have knowledge that other people need? BOOM! Start an informational product business! What is an informational product business? Read more »

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5 Ways to Test an Entrepreneurial Idea

by Tim Berry

Writing for the Harvard Business Review, entrepreneur Scott Anthony offers Nine Ways to Test an Entrepreneurial Idea. I like his list.  Some are obvious, and some are surprising, all are useful. Here are my five favorites. This is all quoted directly from the original, but I’ve cut down the explanations. Talk to a prospective customer... Read more »