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Becoming an Entrepreneur

Making the choice on becoming an entrepeneur can be a challenge unto itself. Start here for information on the entrepeneurial lifestyle, types of businesses you can start, and other information you'll need to help you decide if the life of an entrepeneur is right for you.

How to Create a Killer Elevator Pitch
A "killer elevator pitch" is something that every entrepreneur needs to have in his or her back pocket for those critical chance encounters with a potential investor, business partner or ally. Learn the essential ingredients for crafting an elevator pitch that makes a great impression in the most minimal amount of time.

Book Review: Cash in a Flash
The authors of Chicken Soup for the Soul and The One Minute Millionaire team up with a book to help would-be entrepreneurs launch their businesses and see cash flow fast.

How to Know if You are Ready for Entrepreneurship
How to know if entrepreneurship is right for you

How to Start Up While Still Employed
A good hedge against the risks of starting your own business is to start up while you still have a job that pays a regular salary and benefits. If you’re in a position to do that, you’ll have the best of both worlds. There are some simple Do’s and Don’ts that can guide you as you walk a sometimes fine line between your career and entrepreneurship.

Are You an Entrepreneur?
Compare the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs to your own attitudes and habits.

Steps to Starting Your Own Business
Increasing numbers of people are coming to realize that corporate America has changed. If you are among them, here are seven key steps to starting your own business.

Five Resources You Need to Succeed
Anyone can start a small business. But to be one of those businesses that succeeds and continues to flourish isn't so easy. If you're going to start a business that has staying power, there are five resources that you must have in place before you open your literal or figurative doors. From our Small Business: Canada Guide.

So You Want to Start a Small Business?
Thinking of starting a small business? You're on the right track. There's a lot of thinking to be done before you plunge into entrepreneurship. Three basic questions you can ask yourself will let you know whether you're ready for the entrepreneurial lifestyle or not. From our Small Business: Canada Guide.

Starting Your Own Business - Do You Have What It Takes?
Entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes and personality types. Some are full of big ideas while others are better at execution. Some take big risks while others play it more safe. But there are a few things most successful entrepreneurs have in common.

I Have a Great Business/Product Idea: Now What?
The critical steps to get your business or product idea from conceptual stage to the marketplace.

Striking Out on Your Own: Becoming an Entrepreneur
Our Career Planning Guide provides food for thought and links for exploring the decision to become an entrepreneur.

How to Know if You Have What it Takes to be an Entrepreneur
If you’re thinking of taking the entrepreneurial plunge, it’s important to know to what it takes to be successful before you make what could be the biggest financial and emotional commitment of your life. Here five ways to know if entrepreneurship may be right for you.

Swinging for the Fences: Risk, Reward, and Entrepreneurship
Are you a Hank Aaron or a Ty Cobb? A Barry Bonds or a Hugh Duffy? Do you consistently get on base or do you swing for the fences? The answer will tell you a lot about whether entrepreneurship is right for you, and if so, what style will best suit you. Understanding your attitude towards risk and reward is essential for a happy life as an entrepreneur.

Starting a Business Doesn't Have to Take Long or Cost a Lot
Ideas for low-cost businesses you can start quickly.

Kris Ruby's Advice for Young Entrepreneurs:
24-year-old Kris Ruby runs a fledgling social media and PR agency and has advice for fellow entrepreneurs that has as much to do with lifestyle as business -- including eating right and avoiding bad romantic relationships.

Are You Entrepreneur Material?
Tolerance for failure, appetite for risk and other important entrepreneurial qualities from real life figures like Steve Jobs, Anita Roddick and Ben & Jerry.

I Have a Great Idea For a Business. Now What Do I Do?
You've got a great idea for a business. Now how do you get started? From finding the right strategic alliances to business planning to fundraising, here are a clear set of steps to help you get started.

Are You Entrepreneur Material?
Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Do you know what it's like, and are you prepared for the risks as well as the rewards? Our Small Business Canada Guide's interactive quiz will help you assess your attitudes to see if you're ready.

How to Create a Killer Elevator Pitch
A "killer elevator pitch" is something that every entrepreneur needs to have in his or her back pocket for those critical chance encounters with a potential investor, business partner or ally. Learn the essential ingredients for crafting an elevator pitch that makes a great impression in the most minimal amount of time.

Get a Competitive Edge
Defining the competitive environment for your business is a critical step in business planning. This article demystifies the process through free online tools like research reports, social media monitoring, keyword trends and more.

Seek an Edge by Finding Your Niche
The ability to clearly differentiate yourself from your competition is the key to long-term survival as an entrepreneur. Otherwise you end up competing on price, and that's hard to do against larger competitors. In this excerpt from his book, "The Engine of America", former SBA Administrator Hector Barreto offers his tips and some case studies on finding your niche.

Are You Entrepreneur Material?
Tolerance for failure, appetite for risk and other important entrepreneurial qualities from real life figures like Steve Jobs, Anita Roddick and Ben & Jerry.

Failure Makes Choices
Since 80 percent of all new businesses fail within five years, you might as well learn to handle it. In fact, if you can start building this mind - set before you fail the first time, you’ll be ahead of the game.

Do Entrepreneurs Need Good Luck?
Just how much of a role does good luck have in entrepreneurial success? And just how much of a role do we play in making our own luck. Alex Rovira and Fernando Trias de Bes, authors of "Good Luck: Create the Conditions for Success in Life & Business", say that there are five things entrepreneur can do to help create their own luck.

Are You an Entrepreneur?
Compare the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs to your own attitudes and habits.

Keys to Success: Hire Well, Watch Out for Bad Contracts, Fail Fast

How to Get Your Inner Steve Jobs Working
Business communications coach studies Apple CEO Steve Jobs for secrets to innovation

The Facebook Movie Reveals Keys to Entrepreneurial Success & Failure
The movie The Social Network offers excellent lessons in entrepreneurship and how some people fall short as drivers of new concepts.

they are moms who juggle the demands of raising kids and a business.
Mompreneurs are everywhere -- they are moms who juggle the demands of raising kids with the demands of raising a business. While that's no easy task, mompreneurs apply their creativity to earning cash while bringing up babies. But what are some of the best gigs for "work at home" moms? From blogging your passion to freelance writing to affiliate marketing to call center work, these are some of the best jobs for entrepreneur moms.

13 Rules for Creating an Entrepreneurial Game-Changing Company
Silicon Valley investor and author Andy Kessler explains new rules for entrepreneurial success.

Who's Got Your Back?
From coworking to forming a business support group, here are ideas on keeping your motivation strong while working on your business vision.

6 Tips for Deciding Whether to Continue an Entrepreneurial Venture
Entrepreneurs often reach a stage in development of their business where they have to put in additional financial resources beyond what they intended. This brings up a go/no-go decision point.

How to Turn Your Good Business Instincts into Great Innovations
Entrepreneurs often get stuck by not thinking big enough. They need to find ways to allow their impractical ideas to take effect.

Wicked Start Launches Free Service to Make Startup Business Planning Easier
A free online site offers templates and tools to help early-stage entrepreneurs map their product and a path to launch.

Entrepreneurship for Kids
Fostering entrepreneurial values in kids is easy says the author of the new book "Kidrapreneurs."

Unusual Ways to Develop Your Entrepreneurial Side
Some great ways of developing your entrepreneurial side, including meditation, public speaking, volunteering and more.

7 Reasons to Give Thanks You're an Entrepreneur
7 reasons to give thanks you're an entrepreneur including getting to wear whatever you want, making your own hours, taking charge of your success and more.

Twelve Months of Entrepreneurial Resources and Action Plans
Twelve months of tips and action plans on the areas of highest importance to entrepreneurs, including Research, Business Plan, Funding, User Acquisition, Productivity, Customer Service, Pivoting Setbacks, Scaling and taking Stock.

Essentials for the Entrepreneur's Bookshelf
Ten essential books on business planning, marketing, productivity and more.

Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting Your Business
Key questions that entrepreneurs need to ask before starting a business

Why it Pays To Work in a Startup Before Launching Your Own
What entrepreneurs can learn from an apprenticeship at a startup.

Ideas For Consultants Who Want More and Better Work
Book Yourself Solid has for a long time been an invaluable system for consultants looking to book more and better work. A new illustrated edition adds another layer to the useful guide -- offering a visual roadmap to a much more profitable consulting business. Here are some of the highlights of the book.

How to Escape the Rat Race in 2014
You've got the itch. You want to quit your job. You know you'd do great as your own boss. But how...and when? Don't worry -- millions of Americans have successfully made the transition from 9-to-5 to the world of entrepreneurship, and they are out there with lessons to help show you the way.

How to Pivot: Lessons in Reinvention from Successful Startups
The concept of the "pivot" has become, well, central to the wildly popular entrepreneurship bible The Lean Startup. Deciding whether to stay on track or try something new is very much a function of questioning your assumptions and refining your visions of your business.

Conquer Common Entrepreneurial Fears
What's stopping you from taking the entrepreneurial leap? For each entrepreneur, it's different. You may wonder if you have the guts, the savings, or the focus to pull it off. Here are tips on conquering the most common fears that plague new entrepreneurs

Dealing with Entreprenurial Setbacks
Entrepreneurs face many challenges -- some externals and some internal. Overcoming setbacks is all about understanding what you're up against and crafting a plan to get through it. Here are some tips on dealing with setbacks in your entrepreneurial career.

Craft Your Entrepreneurial Resolutions
It’s that time of year when we reflect on our achievements during the past year and look forward to a new one. Here are some tips on crafting do-able New Year’s resolutions.

What Bootstrapped Startups Do Differently
When we talk about "bootstrapped" businesses, we mean business that the entrepreneur built without outside capital.

What All Entrepreneurs Can Learn From the Women's Entrepreneurship Festival
Among tracks including starting a business, growing a business, fundraising and networking, the Women's Entrepreneurship Festival offered lessons to entrepreneurs.

So You Want to Learn to Code
As startups proliferate, more and more entrepreneurs want to be fluent in the language of code. Here are some of the best ways to "learn to code."

Make the Most Out of an Incubator Program
Incubators and accelerators are red-hot in the tech world right now for getting startups off to the right start.

For Brooklyn Food Entrepreneurs, Success is Sweet
Brooklyn food entrepreneurs share the secret to their success during a Brooklyn trade show.

Getting Started
How to choose a business that works for you, including home-based business, franchise opportunities, network marketing, ideas on making money online, making money from home, coming up with a business name, building a simple website, writing a business plan, marketing your business and more.

The Lit Motors Story: Disrupting the Automotive Market
It's not a car, it's not a scooter, but it just might change the way you drive -- the Lit Motors story and CEO Danny Kim.

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