Thinking of becoming an entrepreneur and starting your own company? Make sure to talk to these 5 people before you start a business.

LisaFurgison

Lisa Furgison is a multimedia journalist with a passion for writing. She holds a graduate degree in mass communications and spent eight years as a television reporter before moving into the freelance world, where she focuses mainly on content creation and social media strategies. Furgison has crisscrossed the U.S. as a reporter, but now calls Key West, Florida home. When she's not conducting interviews or typing away on her laptop, she loves to travel.

Recent Articles Published by Lisa Furgison

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5 People You Should Talk With Before Starting a Business

Thinking of becoming an entrepreneur and starting your own company? Make sure to talk to these 5 people before you start a business. Read more »

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How to Open a Business Bank Account

There’s more to opening a business bank account than going to your local branch and filling out an application. Here’s what you should consider. Read more »

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How to Ask Family and Friends to Fund Your Business

Considering asking your friends and family to help fund a business? Many small businesses and startups turn to family and friends for funding. To do so successfully (and without damaging the relationship in the process), you'll want to follow these tips. Read more »

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SWOT Analysis Step 1: How to Identify Your Strengths

As an entrepreneur, you want to know your business inside and out so you can make informed, strategic decisions. To do that, a SWOT analysis is the key. Here's how to perform a SWOT analysis on your business. Read more »

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How to Create a Unique Value Proposition

What makes your business stand out from the competition? Learn how to create a unique value proposition (also called a unique selling position) to set your business apart from competitors. Read more »

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4 Mistakes That Will Tank Your Etsy Shop

Thinking about starting an Etsy business? Here's why one entrepreneur's first Etsy business failed, and what she changed to make it a success. Read more »

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How to Start a Successful Restaurant

Thinking about starting your own restaurant? We asked successful restaurant owners to offer their tips for starting and running a restaurant. Read more »

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How to Start a Bakery: The Ultimate Guide for Bakers

Are you a baker who is ready to start a bakery business? This guide will give you all the information you need to know in order to learn how to start a bakery. Read more »

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How to Successfully Start a Dental Practice

If your future career is in dentistry, you’re in luck—there are a growing number of opportunities for dentists. To learn about starting a dental practice, read on. Read more »

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How and Why to Collect Customer Email Addresses

Are you collecting customer contact information? Being able to connect with your customers can be extremely beneficial to your new business, especially if you’re keeping a master email list. Read more »

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19 Funding Resources for New and Existing Businesses

To help you secure the capital you need for your business, we’ve compiled a list of the funding resources that every entrepreneur should look into. Read more »

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34 Educational Resources for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

When you’re ready to launch a startup, the name of the game is research. Here is our list of 34 great educational resources for startups to get you started. Read more »

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20 Business Laws Every Entrepreneur Should Know in 2015

To make your life a little easier, we’ve scoured a number of government websites and compiled a list of laws and regulations that affect every business. Read more »

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Help! My Parents Are the Only Ones Reading My Business Blog

Finding affordable ways to market your new business is tough, but if you’ve done some research, “a blog” has probably come up as a possible tool. Statistics show that blogs are powerful to consumers. According to online marketing business LocalVox, small businesses that blog generate 126% more leads than businesses without a blog. That’s a pretty impressive... Read more »

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5 Marketing Mistakes I Made as a New Entrepreneur

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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A Beginner’s Guide to Google AdWords for Small Business

Entrepreneurs are constantly looking for advertising options that provide a good return on investment. Given the dependency on technology, it’s not surprising that online options have become a popular option. One of those options is Google AdWords. Google AdWords is Google’s online adverting platform. You know the ads that show up on the top and... Read more »

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The Ultimate Instagram Guide for Hair Salons

This article is part of our Salon Business Startup Guide—a curated list of articles to help you plan, start, and grow your salon business! Successful hair salons have to stay on top of trends, so it’s no surprise that salon owners and stylists are also embracing the hottest social media trend: Instagram. Instagram is the... Read more »

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18 Affordable Marketing Tactics Restaurants Can Use to Bring in More Customers

This article is part of our Restaurant Business Startup Guide—a curated list of articles to help you plan, start, and grow your restaurant business! The restaurant business will see an uptick in sales this year—according to the National Restaurant Association, sales are expected to hit $709.2 billion in 2015. The report indicates that the recovering economy... Read more »

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A Nonprofit’s Ultimate Guide to Social Media Marketing

This article is part of our Nonprofit Business Startup Guide—a curated list of articles to help you plan, start, and grow your nonprofit business! When it comes to marketing, nonprofits have a few things in common. First and foremost, every nonprofit relies on marketing efforts to attract donors and volunteers. Every nonprofit, no matter how... Read more »

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SWOT Analysis Challenge Day 5: Turning Your SWOT Analysis into Actionable Strategies

Welcome to the final day of our 5 Day SWOT Analysis Challenge! Invite others to take the challenge! Share this article on Facebook or Twitter and use the #SWOT hashtag. By conducting a SWOT analysis of your business, you’re starting your year off right. Our 5 Day SWOT challenge was designed to give entrepreneurs a... Read more »

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