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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 »

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Anna White started an Etsy business and failed for  months before getting steady sales.

4 Mistakes That Will Tank Your Etsy Store

by Lisa Furgison

Thinking about starting an Etsy business? Anna White reflects on why her first Etsy business failed miserably, and what she changed to make it better. Read more »

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A tax audit cost serial entrepreneur Jordan Markuson one of his businesses.

Lessons Learned: How One Entrepreneur Lost His Business After an IRS Tax Audit

by Lisa Furgison

Accounting may seem like a dry business topic to talk about, but one business owner made a few mistakes, was audited, and lost his business. Learn from his mistakes. Read more »

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Aron Susman, the co-founder of The Square Foot, offers advice on vetting vendors.

Lessons Learned: Not Vetting Vendors Can Be a 5-Figure Mistake

by Lisa Furgison

The co-founder of a New York-based startup offers advice from his experience working with bad vendors. Read more »

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Lessons Learned From a Failed Home Business: “If It’s Dead, It’s Dead”

by Lisa Furgison

A Pennsylvania woman tried to launch a home business, but after two years of trying to drum up customers, she shut it down. Learn from her mistakes. Read more »

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Lessons Learned: I Expanded Without Core Principles To Guide Me

by Lisa Furgison

Eric Hannan grew his marketing business too quickly, which ultimately caused its collapse. Learn from the mistakes this young entrepreneur made. Read more »

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Lucinda Cross

Lessons Learned: Without a Business Plan, I Had No Direction

by Lisa Furgison

As Cross realized, you can't start a business by crossing your fingers and hoping it all works out. "Without direction, there is no way you'll accomplish your goals. It's as simple as that." Read more »

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Lessons Learned: How Picking the Wrong Franchise Turned Into a Loss

by Lisa Furgison

An entrepreneur chose a franchise that was a bad fit for him, and lost his money. These are his takeaways from the experience, and his advice on how not to repeat his mistakes. Read more »

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Lessons Learned: How One Entrepreneur Discovered He Was Selling Something No One Would Buy

by Lisa Furgison

Joe Fairless was an up-and-coming vice president at an ad agency in New York City. He was competing with the best of the best in business, but a few years into his fast-paced corporate life, his job wasn’t cutting it. “I wasn’t fulfilled,” he said. “I wanted out. I mentored college students while working at... Read more »

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Lessons Learned: How Choosing the Wrong Partner Cost One Entrepreneur Her Business

by Lisa Furgison

Adi Bittan says every entrepreneur can learn from her first-business mistakes, and offers these tips to new founders considering a partnership. Read more »