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46 Facts Every Entrepreneur Should Know

With the state of today’s job environment, the notion of entrepreneurship is becoming increasingly attractive. However, knowing where to begin and what to expect are two of the main concerns facing would-be entrepreneurs. The infographic below will give you a good idea of the current entrepreneurial world. We’ve summarized some of its key takeaways here: Read more about 46 Facts Every Entrepreneur Should Know[…]

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How to Make Better Decisions for Your Business

A single decision can be responsible for the success or downfall of your business. That may sound a bit extreme, but the agony of knowing whether or not you made the right choice in any given situation is unavoidable, and something that business owners have to face on a continual basis. Such decisions have the Read more about How to Make Better Decisions for Your Business[…]

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Why Investors Are No Good for Your Startup (and Vice Versa)

Getting people to invest may seem like the logical next step for your startup. But here are some very valid reasons by Tim Berry for why you shouldn’t seek investors’ help: It’s extremely difficult to get investment for your startup, especially if you don’t have previous startup experience. Getting investors involved in your company means Read more about Why Investors Are No Good for Your Startup (and Vice Versa)[…]

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Storytelling: Getting to the Heart of Business Strategy

“Stories are the oldest and probably the best way to communicate ideas, truths, and beliefs. Stories are powerful.” Stories appeal to most—if not all—audiences, and storytelling is the most genuine way you can sell someone the idea of your business. In his post on Lean Business Planning, Tim Berry talks about “stories as strategy”—specifically business Read more about Storytelling: Getting to the Heart of Business Strategy[…]

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Create Your Unique Selling Proposition in 6 Steps

It’s hard to find something unique about your business when there are so many other successful businesses currently operating in your field, and so many new ones springing up. But if you want customers to pick you over your competitors, then finding―and selling―this special something is crucial. You need to make sure that your target Read more about Create Your Unique Selling Proposition in 6 Steps[…]

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The Dos & Don’ts of Choosing a Business Name

Choosing a name may seem like the least urgent and least worrying thing when setting up your business; however, it has the potential to make or break your brand. This list will not go into the legalities of selecting a name—registering, protecting, trademarks or copyright—but instead offers naming suggestions by considering aspects like availability, language, Read more about The Dos & Don’ts of Choosing a Business Name[…]

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Funding options for start-ups & small businesses

One of the most common difficulties for entrepreneurs is financing a business. Whether you want to launch a start-up or small business, money is a fundamental factor. Although it’s an unavoidable obstacle, there are several options (some easier than others) to get you that cash. Loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA) The SBA offers Read more about Funding options for start-ups & small businesses[…]

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The reality of owning & running a business

The thought of business is sometimes laughably the opposite of what it really is. Many pursue the school dream of being an entrepreneur, but few can follow it through successfully. Realize what you’re getting yourself into, and learn what to do to support yourself and your business. WHAT TO EXPECT:  1. Years of little or Read more about The reality of owning & running a business[…]

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Jumping over small business hurdles: Part 2

In the first of our ‘Small Business Hurdles’ series, we dived into the money matter. Although that’s a pretty big obstacle to leap over, there’s something else that’s just as important. After you’ve got a concrete business idea and you’ve done the initial market research, the first thing you need to do is create a Read more about Jumping over small business hurdles: Part 2[…]

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Jumping over small business hurdles: Part 1

Starting up a business is a very admirable yet stressful endeavor. If you’re thinking of creating a small business – or you already have – then you’ll realize that there are several unavoidable challenges to this. In our ‘Small Business Hurdles’ series, we’ll take a look at the major problems that you’ll come across. In Read more about Jumping over small business hurdles: Part 1[…]