Starting a Business

Real Truth About Selling Your Invention

While I’m on a roll with questions (re: my post here yesterday), here’s another one that comes up a lot. Specifically, it came up this week in Ask Entrepreneur: Question: How can I approach investors for my invention? My patent professional says I should look for capital. I have no idea what it would cost...


Business Idea: A Shortage of Digital Coaches

Another new idea over the weekend; a gap that isn’t filled: Here’s what I haven’t found: people who charge $100 an hour to hear what you do and how you do it and then show you how you could do it better. People who organize data and put it in the right place. People who...


Top Ten Myths of Entrepreneurship

Guy Kawasaki had a guest post from Scott Shane late last week. I would have noted this earlier on this blog–because it’s a direct hit–but I was on airplanes all day. The post is titled Top Ten Myths of Entrepreneurship. Scott Shane is author of The Illusions of Entrepreneurship: The Costly Myths That Entrepreneurs, Investors,...


NY Times Looks at a Startup Cafe

Whoops, I’m sorry. I linked to the first of this series when it came out, but I was caught in a holiday mood on Dec. 19 when the second one was published. This is a series by Brent Bowers in The New York Times looking at three startups, first now and then six months later....


Startup Ideas: Give Guy What He Wants

Given that I post here some of my own startup ideas and startup ideas that might work for you, I’m happy to refer this last workday of 2007 to Guy Kawasaki’s list of what he wants for Christmas in 2008. One of the best ways to build your startup is to fill a need, and...


Resources to Help You Start a Restaurant Business

People love to eat. We find the social environment of restaurants the perfect break from cooking, and relish the adventure of tasting new menus. If you’re seeking the life of haute cuisine, and are wondering how to start a restaurant, we’ve listed our resources and tools that will help you effectively write a restaurant business...


Kick-Start Your Concept

Start your business plan with a quick assessment. Even for an ongoing business, take the time to step away from the business and look at the basics. Do your business numbers make sense? One of my business school professors used to refer to this process as finding out “is there a there there?” For a...


Top 15 Startup Questions

1. What kind of person makes a successful entrepreneur? Research of successful entrepreneurs has documented that successful small business people have certain common characteristics. This checklist cannot predict success, but it can give you an idea of whether you will have a head start or a handicap with which to work. How do you measure...


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