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12 Signs You Need to Hire a Manager

by Scott Gerber

When first starting your business you do it all—you oversee every aspect of your company. But as things grow, you eventually have to admit that trying to do everything yourself is no longer effective. However, it’s hard to let go. We asked 12 founders from the YEC to share with us when they knew it was time... Read more »

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Lara Galloway’s Time Management Tips and Productivity Hacks [VIDEO]

by Jonathan Michael

I had the pleasure of co-hosting a free Bplans webinar with Lara Galloway, a business coach and time management expert. In the webinar, Lara offered some excellent time management tips and productivity hacks. She also answered several audience questions, which I’m sure you will find useful for your own situation at home or at work. Lara... Read more »

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Because this isn't going to cut it.

15 Tips for Dealing with a Client Who Won’t Pay

by Scott Gerber

You aren’t the IRS, but sometimes collecting money becomes an entrepreneur’s job. That’s why we asked 15 entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) what steps they take before going to a collections agency for customers who just won’t pay up. 1. Call daily I had this issue with a deadbeat client. I called them daily and... Read more »

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Time Management Tips and Productivity Hacks for Successful Entrepreneurs [Free Webinar]

by Jonathan Michael

Time is a lot like money, with one important difference. While we can choose to save or spend both of them, we just can’t make more time. What would you do if you had more time? How would you spend it? How can the way you spend your time make you a happier, more successful... Read more »

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How to Start a Wildly Successful Subscription Food Business From Your Kitchen: The Story of Picky Bars

by Angelique O'Rourke

Jesse Thomas and Lauren Fleshman are a married couple and the co-founders of Picky Bars, a business that makes and sells natural energy bars. Picky Bars was founded in 2010 based on the founders’ mutual interest in athletics and in creating the “perfect” energy bar for athletes like themselves. Since introducing the product, Picky Bars has... Read more »

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From Problem Solving to Organic Pickles: 7 Startup Lessons from an Inspiring Entrepreneur

by Briana Morgaine

We all know the reasons for wanting to start your own business—the freedom to follow your passions, to work for yourself, and to do what you love. But for many would-be entrepreneurs, taking the plunge is difficult. Plenty of wishful entrepreneurs end up in a nebulous shadow world of half-formed business concepts and partially executed... Read more »

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10 Ways to Help Your Team Prioritize Their Customer Service Efforts

by Scott Gerber

Let’s face it: You can’t please everyone all the time. It’s important that your employees understands the difference between helping out a happy customer and spinning their wheels with an angry one. That’s why we asked 10 entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) how best to focus your team’s efforts in the right direction when it... Read more »

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Yoga? There's an app for that.

9 Pieces of Technology Every Entrepreneur Should Invest in This Year

by Scott Gerber

The technology world is moving fast. While not every new piece of equipment or software can speed up your business, you should stay up to date. That’s why we asked nine entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) what will help them transform their startup this year. 1. An internal chat platform Many companies still rely on... Read more »

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9 Tips for Making Your Offline Advertisements Super Effective

by Scott Gerber

Sure, customers may click on ads when they’re all over their browser windows, but in the age of digital, how can you make sure that your offline campaigns are gaining as much traction? To find out, we asked nine entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) what strategies have worked best. 1. Include a call to action... Read more »

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5 Marketing Mistakes I Made as a New Entrepreneur

by Lisa Furgison

After years of working for micromanaging bosses, working ten-hour days, and feeling completely drained at the end of a workweek, my husband and I decided to call it quits. We left our jobs in the media world and started our own business, McEwen’s Media. Our business is an extension of the work we did for the... Read more »

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The Candy Queen Store: A Story of Struggle and Perseverance for Entrepreneurs

by Anton Fraga

Have you ever noticed that children have a universal desire to play dress up? Kids love to be creative with their sense of fashion: they cover themselves in stickers, wear tutus with rain boots, adorn their heads with flowers and princess crowns. Mel Buchanan, owner of the Candy Queen Store, took notice. With drive and... Read more »

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Webinar Recap: 14 Tips on How to Pitch and Get Funded

by Jonathan Michael

Last week, Bplans members had the opportunity to attend our free webinar, “14 Tips on How to Pitch and Get Funded.” Our featured speaker was Caroline Cummings, the VP of Business Development at Palo Alto Software. As the former co-founder and CEO of two technology companies, Caroline has experienced both start-up failures and successes, and... Read more »

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How to Become Your Own Boss in 2015 (Webinar Recap)

by Sabrina Parsons

Are you unhappy with your current job? Have you always dreamed of being your own boss? Before you quit, you need to create a plan. I had the opportunity to speak with Melinda Emerson, the “SmallBizLady” and America’s #1 small business expert, who took the opportunity to share with us her proven, step-by-step method to... Read more »

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15 Surprising Perks Employees Love

by Scott Gerber

A happy team leads to a good product, so keeping your employees positive should make the top of your to-do list. Below, 15 founders from Young Entrepreneur Council share the surprising perks your employees might really care about. 1. Lunch I never realized how much our employees loved and appreciated lunch until we skipped it for a... Read more »

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9 Ways to Thank Your Favorite Customers

by Scott Gerber

It’s that time again—when we thank our customers for their business this past year and encourage them to stick with us throughout the next. But how can we do this in a more personal, human way than automated thank you emails? Nine entrepreneurs from YEC share their simple but effective ways to show appreciation for their... Read more »

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5 Surprising Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs

by Erin Baebler

There is much written about what it takes to be a successful business owner. Passion, focus, and persistence show up again and again as traits you must have if you want to be an entrepreneur. However, we’ve uncovered some additional behaviors that don’t traditionally go along with the busy life of an entrepreneur but that can be of great benefit. Here are five traits of successful entrepreneurs that might surprise you. Read more »

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13 Ways to Make Customers Desperately Want to Open Your Emails

by Scott Gerber

With so much inbox clutter these days and especially at this time of the year, how can you get more customers to open emails from you, especially emails containing important account information? We asked 13 entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) to share their tips. 1. Do a drip email campaign Your email might not reach everyone on the first send:... Read more »

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16 PR Strategies Every Small Business Should Stop Using Right Now

by Scott Gerber

PR can do wonders for your startup or small business, but not all strategies have proven to be effective. Below, 16 entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) share the one PR strategy they think all startups and small businesses should stop using, and why. 1. Over-the-Top Self-Promotion Press releases are a tool for getting your company’s name out... Read more »

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10 Ways to Develop Your Leadership Team

by Scott Gerber

Leadership development is an employee perk many don’t outright recognize, or greatly appreciate. We asked 10 entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) to explain how they provide their executive team with coaching to help them grow personally and professionally. 1. Split the Cost of a Business Coach The wonderful thing about coaching is that it improves... Read more »

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The new year is fast approaching.

10 Things All Founders Should Do in the Last Months of 2014

by Scott Gerber

Whether or not you can believe it, 2015 is quickly approaching. What have you accomplished? Where has your business taken you? We asked 10 entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) to share how they are spending the end of the year. 1. Saying Thank You Thanking your people. Our professionals are at the center of everything... Read more »