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Avoid the 7 Deadly Tax Sins
How you've tracked cash flow, expenses, and managed your money will all matter a lot during tax time. So make you avoid these 7 deadly sins!
10 Totally Legit Businesses You Can Start for...
Whether you're starting a side business while still employed elsewhere, a student or homemaker looking for extra income, or unemployed and trying to figure out what to do, there are plenty of opportunities for you to start up a side business inexpensively. It's unlikely any of these will make you a living in the first few months, but they all have the potential to grow into full-time careers. We'll take a look at 10 such opportunities and, most importantly, tell you what to do with the $20!
How to Make Money Online (Without Spending a...
Making money online used to pretty much require you to have your own Web site, products to sell, and some marketing savvy. But a whole new generation of dot-coms have arisen that will pay you for what you know (and who you know) without you having to be a web designer or a marketing genius.
Sole Proprietorship Vs. LLC Vs. Corporation
What business structure makes sense for you: sole proprietorship, LLC, corporation or something else? Start here with some definition.
How to Make Serious Money with an Amazon...
You've probably heard before a bunch of hype about how much money you can make with affiliate programs. Maybe you've even set up a site yourself, only to find that after buying the domain name, a few bucks a month in hosting, software or a web designer to design your site, etc., that the piddly affiliate fees hardly even covered your cost. Well, here's the hype-free way to really make money with an Amazon.com affiliate site. And it'll only take a day to make the site. The secret? Read on.
Breakeven Analysis: What You Should Know
If you can accurately forecast your costs and sales, conducting a breakeven analysis is a matter of simple math. A company has broken even when its total sales or revenues equal its total expenses. At the breakeven point, no profit has been made, nor have any losses been incurred. This calculation is critical for any business owner, because the breakeven point is the lower limit of profit when determining margins.
Create Your Own Summer Job: 6 Ways to Make...
Summer's here, and opportunities for quick money abound. If you're a recent graduate, a teacher or student off for the summer, or anyone else looking for some quick cash, summer's a great time to start a business. With a little money, some hard work, and a lot of entrepreneurial spirit, you can start turning a profit immediately. And all of these ideas are things you can still walk away from in September if you want to.
The Beginner's Guide to Joint Venturing
Depending on what you want from your business and how fast you want to get there, joining forces to create a more powerful presence in your market may be an attractive option. Joint ventures can help you grow the amount of business you do and the size of the projects you take on without growing the actual size of your business.
Crafting a Solid Content Marketing Plan
Advertising was a simpler thing before the advent of the Internet. Now, your messages compete with millions
5 Secrets for Effective Social Media Management
How do you use social media to promote your business without tearing out your hair? Here are five tips on doing just that.
Tips for Delegating
Too much on your plate? Maybe it's time to delegate. From systems to tools to ideas, here are some ways to accomplish more.
What Religious Freedom Bills in Indiana and...
All across the nation, a number of states are toying with so-called "Religious Freedom" bills. Proponents
The New Business Owner's Guide to Pricing...
One of the most difficult, yet important, issues an entrepreneur must decide is how much to charge for his product or service. Here are some methods. Page 2.
The Problem with Network Marketing and...
It never ceases to amaze me the extreme polar views on the topic of network marketing and MLM. Some people are passionate about it in the extreme, and there are even top celebrity authors like Robert Allen, Mark Victor Hansen, and Robert Kiyosaki doing it and advocating it. Yet, in many circles, you might as well declare yourself a leper as admit to being in network marketing. So what's the problem?
4 Questions Before You Launch That Start-Up
We'd all love to have a few million dollars to start our business, but the reality is that for most entrepreneurs, you have to prove your concept first before anyone will put up that kind of money. But most businesses require some sort of initial capital for things like inventory, marketing, physical facilities, etc. If you don't have the money yourself that you need to open your doors for business, here are some options to explore.
Keeping Up With Technology
If you want to compete in today’s business world, then, it’s important to keep up with technology in order to get the most out of the technology you have, to keep abreast of emerging new technology, and to find the information that will help you make the right buying decisions.
10 Ways to Spot a True Network Marketing...
There are a few network marketing opportunities that are just scams. There are far more that may be well-intentioned, but have a poor track record, for any number of reasons. So how do you separate the wheat from the chaff? Here are ten tips to help you pick the right network marketing opportunity for you.
What Is Doing Business As (DBA) a Fictitious...
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Instagram Turns 4: Are You Making the Most of...
Instagram turns four years old this month! Are you making the most of the potential of this incredibly popular social network?
How Old is Too Old To Change the World?
Think you have to be young to start a business? Think again as the stories of Martha Stewart, Justine Bateman, Reid Hoffman and Colonel Sanders prove.
7 of the Funniest Parodies of the Startup Life
We're dead serious about entrepreneurship -- except when it comes to seriously hilarious startup parodies. Check out seven of the very best right here.
Make Money Online with a Blog: 4 Solid...
Learn the 4 essential strategies for monetizing your blog: advertising, selling services, affiliate marketing and information products.
How to Create a Great Name for Your Business
A great business name is the beginning of a great brand. It should be memorable, easy to use, and create a certain feeling when heard. Here's a quick how-to on creating one and making sure it's not already used.
Want to Work Less and Make More? Discover the...
Do you want to continue working 50, 70, 100 hours a week the rest of your life? Good! Neither do I. Do you want to be able to take time off whenever you want to, without worrying about what's going to happen to your business? So do I! In order to do that, you're going to have to start creating income streams that do not require your direct involvement. Passive income will allow you to earn more and work less.
17 Things to Consider When Choosing a Business...
There are many factors to consider in choosing the location for your business. In addition to cost, you must consider whether your location is important to your customers, your employees, and even potential investors. Each of these groups has different concerns about the location: convenience, safety, prestige, traffic, and more. Determine your priorities, keep an open mind about your options, do your research, and get ready to make one of the most important decisions about your business.
How to Start an LLC in 7 Easy Steps
The Limited Liability Company, or LLC, has in recent years become the most popular legal structure for small businesses wishing to incorporate. The exact requirements vary slightly from state to state, but setting up an LLC is a relatively simple process that can usually be done in an hour or less.
5 Ways You Can Actually Make Money From Home
From affiliate marketing to information products to blogging, here are a number of ideas on making money online from home.
The Pros and Cons of Debt Financing
Debt is borrowing money from an outside source with the promise to return the principal, in addition to an agreed-upon level of interest. Although the term tends to have a negative connotation, startup companies often turn to debt to finance their operations. In fact, even the healthiest of corporate balance sheets will include some level of debt. The most popular source for debt financing is the bank, but debt can also be issued by a private company or even a friend or family member.
How to Escape the Rat Race in 2015
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.
2014: The Year in App News
From Canva to Instagram to the new iPhone and more, these were the top stories for entrepreneurs from the world of apps in 2014.
Can You Afford to Start a Business?
You’re confident you’re sitting on the next million-dollar idea. Whether you’ve already secured funding or just trying to figure out what it will take to get started, an accurate estimate of start-up costs is necessary to reasonably predict financial performance in the first few quarters. Of course every business and every industry have different cost requirements, but these steps can help you start the number-crunching.
How to Contact Your Secretary of State Office
Links and phone numbers for the Secretary of State offices of all U.S. states and territories. Secretary of State offices register corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, business mergers and acquisitions, and articles of dissolution.
The Ten-Step, One-Day Strategic Plan
The Ten-Step, One-Day Strategic Plan
7 of the Most Important Things to Focus on in...
7 great strategies for growing your business in the new year, including finding new opportunities, learning to code, doing more with less and more!
How to Land Your First Client
Consulting is a big—and growing—business. The market for consulting services is estimated to be between $130B and $150B annually, and professional consultants are among the highest paid workers, earning more than many doctors, lawyers and other professionals. So how do your break into consulting?
6 Questions Your Marketing Strategy Should Answer
Creating a great product or service is one thing -- now how are you going to get customers? Here are the core questions your marketing strategy should address.
7 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.
Does Your Start-Up Need a Credit Card?
Entrepreneurs frequently encounter difficulties managing their cash flow as a result of seasonal credit demands and time gaps between capital needs and revenue realization. Lines of credit accommodate the seasonal credit demands of your business along with ups and downs in your cash flow. They also enable you to purchase inventory in anticipation of future sales.
9 Futuristic Inventions You Won't Believe...
Bionic eyes, hoverboards, cloning, product replicators -- these incredible sci-fi inventions actually exist! Learn about the companies making them happen.
Entrepreneurs You Should Know: Ingvar Kamprad...
Thanks to the decline in the dollar, IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad is now, according to some, the wealthiest person in the world. What started as a person-to-person business selling everything from pens to picture frames has grown to over 200 stores in 31 countries, employing over 75,000 people and generating over 12 billion in sales annually. IKEA is still privately held by Kamprad, who flys coach, takes the subway to work, and drives a ten-year-old Volvo.
How to Know if That MLM Opportunity is a Scam
If you're considering an MLM (multi-level marketing), CDM (consumer direct marketing), or network marketing opportunity, ask these six questions.
Writing a Business Plan - Financial Projections
Creating financial projections for your startup is both an art and a science. Although investors want to see cold, hard numbers, it is tough to predict your financial performance three years down the road, especially if you are still raising seed money. Regardless, a short- and medium-term financial projection is a required part of your business plan if you want serious investors’ attention. Here are some tips for crafting solid financial projections.
Writing a Business Plan - Company History
The business plan background, which follows the executive summary, should detail your company’s history. This part will vary, depending on how developed your business is. Overall, this section of your business plan should give an interested investor a better idea of who you are and how this business idea came about.
Entrepreneur Success Story: Brian Scudamore of...
Brian Scudamore started his company 1-800-GOT-JUNK? in 1989 straight out of high school with $700 and a beat-up old pick-up truck. Today they have 95 franchise partners across North America with a true national presence — they are in 47 of North America's top 50 cities. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? will do about $32 Million in 2004 — not a bad return on a $700.00 investment!
How to Create a Realistic Business Implementati...
Even the most well-thought-out business plan is just a stack of paper if it isn’t coupled with a plan for implementation. This is the portion of the business plan where you’ll clarify objectives, assign tasks with deadlines, and chart your progress in reaching goals and milestones. Here are some guidelines for successful business plan implementation.
4 (Silly) Reasons People Fail to Follow Up
You can easily differentiate yourself from your competition by making the effort to follow-up with your prospects and customers. Don’t take it for granted that they will call you. Be proactive and contact them.
The Value of a Business Mentor
Your friends and family, the Web, periodicals, and even casual acquaintances can provide you with a steady daily flow of information regarding news, industry developments, and opportunities. Industry analysts, consultants, employees, and good networking contacts can share their expert knowledge with you regarding particular situations and needs you may encounter. But only a mentor can truly share wisdom with you on an ongoing basis.
Budding Entrepreneurs Seek to Build a Legal...
As Washington State sets up legal marijuana trade, here are some of the opportunities and challenges for entrepreneurs wanting to deal in legal weed.
Writing a Business Plan - Business Concept and...
It is crucial that your business plan states your business concept and value proposition. Since this part of the business plan follows the executive summary and company history, readers already should have a general idea of your company. The business concept, however, comprises your vision of the company, explaining the value your product or service will bring to the customer, why you are especially qualified to offer it, as well describing your offering's uniqueness and growth potential.
Your First Business Tax Return
It’s your first year in business, and tax time has arrived. How does the new business owner prepare for getting those returns filed accurately, timely and achieving the most favorable results for the business?
Why Every Business Plan Needs an Exit Strategy
The final portion of your business plan outlines your exit strategy. It may seem odd to develop a strategy this soon to leave your business, but potential investors will want to know your long-term plans. Your exit plans need to be clear in your own mind because they will dictate how you operate the company.
8 Growth Strategies for Your Business Plan
Potential investors who read your business plan will want to know how you plan to grow your business once it is off the ground. This entails more than just demonstrating how your revenue will grow. The growth strategy section of your business plan is about proving to others that you have a plan for bringing your product to new customers and new markets, and perhaps even introducing new products.
The Right Way to Start a Company While Still...
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.
Business Startup Idea: Home Caregiver
Home Caregivers are among the US Labor Department's list of fastest growing jobs from 2000 to 2010 and the only non-computer related job in the top 10 on that list. According to analysis by SeniorMag.com, demand should continue to grow in large numbers through 2015.
4 Elements of a Successful, Profitable Website
By capturing your visitors’ names, growing your list of email addresses and sending relevant, responsible email to your customers and prospects, you are building a relationship with them. In any business, the relationship is the intangible, powerful force that creates loyal, repeat customers.
Entrepreneur's Glossary A-L
A list of common words and acronyms related to entrepreneurship and small business.
19 Things to Learn From a 30-Year-Old...
Ryan Allis, founder of iContact, produced a 1,248 slide PowerPoint deck of his learning from life and business. That's a lot of slides to go through -- but we did it, just to give you the gems.
4 Ways to Start a Business With No Money
Do you really need money to make money? Here are four great tactics for starting up with little to no cash.
Essential Web Resources for Entrepreneurs
The entrepreneur's essential reading list on passive income, startups and technology, starting a small business, marketing and podcasting.
I Have a Great Idea For a Business. Now What 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.
Using a Private Mailbox
If you office from home, you may want to consider using a private mailbox. And while most people may think of going to the post office for a post office box, using a private mailbox provider offers additional advantages for small business.
Lessons from Network Marketing
In 2000, 55% of American adults reported having, at some time, purchased goods or services from a direct selling representative. Although the industry has a high turnover rate among reps, the practices of those who are successful at it provide lessons for all of us, regardless of our business. See what the top network marketers can teach you about your business.
Intellectual Property 101: Patents, Trademarks,...
Not every successful business is built around an original idea, and not every good idea ends up with a business built around it. But when you do have an innovative idea, patents, trademarks, servicemarks and copyright protect your idea and give you time to develop it into a business.
How to Get Your Inner Steve Jobs Working
Business communications coach studies Apple CEO Steve Jobs for secrets to innovation
Business Legal Organizational Structures
This article describes the differences among the six basic business organizational structures used by for-profit businesses in the United States.
Interpreting the Cash Flow Statement
A cash flow statement, along with the balance sheet and income statement, are the three most common financial statements used to gauge a company’s performance and overall health. The same accounting data is used in preparing all three statements, but each takes a company’s pulse in a different area.
Ben & Jerry's - The Men Behind the Ice Cream
Ice cream is a sweet treat that few can resist. Although vanilla is the most popular flavor in the U.S., there are a seemingly endless number of varieties and manufacturers. One of the best-known purveyors is Ben & Jerry’s, the brand synonymous with funky flavors like Cherry Garcia and Chunky Monkey and a groovy Vermont vibe.
Choosing a Business to Start
The traditional approach to entrepreneurship has been to research the market, identify a need, and create a business to fill it. In recent years, the mantra,
Before You Apply for a Business Loan
A bank or government agency (such as the U.S. Small Business Administration) are two common sources of funding for your startup venture. If you go that route, here’s a checklist of the things you’ll need to do and think about to prepare for the application process.
When Writing an Executive Summary, This is Key
The executive summary is the introduction to a formal business plan. It summarizes the business proposition, key financial projections, where the business stands at present and elements that are critical for success. Remember this is the first thing a potential investor will read. If your executive summary doesn't grab his or her attention, then he or she probably won't bother reading the rest of your package.
Want to Be a Sole Proprietor? Here's What It...
So you want to go into business for yourself? Run your own show? Being a sole proprietor is the easiest way to get started in business, but there's still more to it than just getting business cards printed and sticking up a web page. You may not need a formal business plan, but this checklist will help you make sure you've at least given some thought to the many complexities that may arise.
A Business Plan Template For Every Type of...
Find a business plan template for retail, restaurant, startup business in more in this guide to finding a great example for your business planning needs.
Private Lending: An Alternative Funding Source
It happens everyday. Well-prepared entrepreneurs are walking into the banks with brilliant business ideas with well developed business plans — and are walking out empty-handed. For individuals who do not want to give up a certain percentage ownership in the business as is often required by venture capitalist and deal with the angel investors who may demand a board position or significant day-to-day control, the private lender may be an alternative worth considering.
Make Money Online With Affiliate Marketing
How to make money online by building a successful affiliate marketing business, including tips on choosing products and building an audience.
17 Inspiring Quotes from Famous Entrepreneurs
Looking for some inspiration? See what some of the world's most famous entrepreneurs have to say about entrepreneurship.
Leadership, Communication and Recognition are...
Ten rules about how managers can lead people in the workplace to better performance and healthier lives.
How to Workout While You're At Work
Are you a desk-bound entrepreneur? If so, then you have to get a little extra exercise to make up for the fact that you're sitting all day. Exercise will also reduce stress, increase your energy and clear your mind. But the gym can seem like a waste of time. It's not the 45 minutes working out that's a problem -- it's the additional 45 minutes of prep, travel and cleanup. Well here are eight simple exercises you can do to build strength, tone and flexibility without leaving your office.
Business Proposal Templates Help Freelancers...
Ruben Gamez started his company, Bidsketch, to provide contractors easy-to-produce yet elegant-looking business proposal templates that would streamline the job-bidding process.
How to Know if You are Ready for Entrepreneurship
How to know if entrepreneurship is right for you
Failure is Essential in Business. Here are 3...
Maybe you have to fail to succeed, but you can learn to fail better. Here are some tips from experienced entrepreneurs.
The Seven Deadly Sins of Powerpoint Presentations
It’s not surprising Powerpoint© slideshows have become the norm for visuals in most business presentations. They are quick to produce, easy to update and effective to inject visual interest into the presentation. However, they can also spell disaster even for experienced presenters. The key to success is to make certain your slide show is a visual aid and not a visual distraction.
The Business Plan: Not Just a Blueprint
Business planning is a vital component of starting and growing a successful enterprise. Many different templates and variations of business plans exist, so you must choose the right one for your purpose and your enterprise. Having a business and knowing what to do with it are very separate issues and creating a well-executed business plan for the right reasons will enhance the odds that your venture will be one of the ones to succeed.
What Every Entrepreneur Can Learn from Walt...
Disney is one of the most recognized brands in the world, but few know as much about the man behind the Magic Kingdom, not to mention the hundreds of animated cartoons, countless feature films and endless toys that bear his name. An influential innovator and entrepreneur in the mid 20th century, Disney went from sketching a rabbit (yes, a rabbit) to running a multi-billion dollar empire.
What Bootstrapped Startups Do Differently
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Starting a Business Doesn't Have to Take Long...
Ideas for low-cost businesses you can start quickly.
Henry Ford - Founder of Ford Motor Company and...
Henry Ford was not the inventor of the automobile, but his innovations in assembly-line techniques and the introduction of standardized interchangeable parts contributed to making the United States a nation of motorists and produced the first mass-production vehicle manufacturing plant.
Three Ways to Grow Your Business
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Guy Kawasaki Explains The Art of the Start
Guy Kawasaki talks about his book, The Art of the Start, and how entrepreneurs can use its lessons to grow their businesses.
Top Franchise Opportunities
So you want to open a franchise -- here are some of the top opportunities in hospitality, food, retail and more.
How to Come Up With a Great Business Idea
Where do great business ideas come from? Here's a few starting places to come up with the business idea of your dreams.
Interpreting the Balance Sheet
The information provided here allows you to calculate several financial ratios that measure company performance. Additionally, current balance sheets should always present data from at least one previous period, so you can compare how financial performance has changed.
Boost Your Small Business's Bottom Line Through...
Small businesses are losing profits because they're not paying enough attention to simple management techniques. An author explains how to cut costs while increasing revenues.
Howard Hughes: The Aviator, The Innovator, The...
Howard Hughes was once the most talked-about entrepreneur in the world - legendary for his bold business
8 Things You Can Trademark (and 6 Things You...
Trademarks are a way of registering a brand name for a product, service or company. This helps protect consumers by preventing brand confusion and companies by preventing competitors from attracting your rightful customers by using a similar brand name. Learn more about what qualifies, what doesn't, and how to file one.
This Entrepreneur is Rolling in Dough...Pizza...
After working in his family's plumbing business, an entrepreneur starts a mobile pizza truck business focusing on the Long Island catering market.
Do 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.
Tips for a Successful Freelance Marketing...
An experienced marketing communications consultant and freelancer shares tips
Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting Your...
Key questions that entrepreneurs need to ask before starting a business
Oprah Winfrey - About.com Readers' Most Admired...
In a recent poll, About.com asked readers to select the entrepreneur they most admired. Was it Bill Gates? Richard Branson? Donald Trump? Nope -- Oprah Winfrey stood out head and shoulders above the rest. Read Oprah's story and some of the things that make her so admirable.
10 Direct Mail Order Ideas to Boost Your Response
A lot of direct mail pieces get thrown straight in the trash. Making yours stand out in the right way can help prevent that and improve your response rate.
Donald Trump - Billionaire Real Estate Tycoon...
Donald Trump has a long list of accomplishments. While he may be best known in pop culture for The Apprentice, he built his reputation and his fortune (and lost it and built it again) in commercial real estate.
6 Things Successful Entrepreneurs Do Differently
While each entrepreneurial success story is different, certain qualities separate great business ideas from the thousands that try and fail.
Cash (Flow) Really Is King
One of the most important lessons entrepreneurs have to learn, often painfully, is that cash really is king. I'm not talking about paper money -- I'm talking about cash flow. Simply put, it doesn't matter how much money is coming in the future if you don't have enough money to get from here to there.
Information Products are Key to Part-Time...
New book explains how to start a part-time business creating information products and selling them online.
Question Key Assumptions in Your Business Plan
Questioning key assumptions when you are writing your business plan.
Growing Pains in Small Business
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Make Money While You Sleep with a 'Muse' Business
Dream of creating a strong source of passive income? A look inside a successful muse business inspired by Tim Ferriss's book The Four Hour Work Week.
Wayne Huizenga Biography
Wayne Huizenga is the only person in history to have founded three Fortune 500 companies, and six NYSE-traded companies. Huizenga is founder of the third largest U.S. waste disposal company, Republic Industries; the global leader in video entertainment, Blockbuster Entertainment; and the country's first and world's largest publicly-traded automotive dealership, AutoNation. He's also currently the owner of the Miami Dolphins football team.
Helping Seniors Travel and Caregivers Enjoy...
The first step for anyone starting a company is to focus on a market niche that has growth potential. One entrepreneur has combined several into one: an aging population, an increase in wealth and disposable income, and a societal desire for travel and mobility.
Writing a Business Plan - Management and Human...
Your business plan should include a description of your organizational structure, including your management and human resources capabilities, philosophy and needs, the number of employees you intend to hire, how you will manage them and your estimated personnel costs.
Juggling Multiple Streams of Income
I made a pretty long list of personal New Year's resolutions for 2003 - lose weight, be more thoughtful, spend more time with family, exercise more, stop procrastinating, etc. - a pretty typical list. But when it came down to my business, I found that I was pretty quickly able to boil it down to just one, and that was to try to somehow find the right balance in the paradox between finding and maintaining focus vs. generating multiple income streams.
Setting up a Side Business Can Be Risky Unless...
A small business CPA warns entrepreneurs to set up their corporate entity at the outset of their business, not once things are motion.
Applying for a Small Business Loan? Bring These...
Business owners who present their financial statements to a lender will usually present a full set of financial statements to the lender. These include a recent balance sheet, a profit and loss statement, a statement of cash flows, and notes to the financial statements. The statements, prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, usually give a realistic picture of the business activity for the period in question.
Entrepreneurs Often Squander Time, Money and...
Entrepreneurs often fail because they focus on things other than shipping products, do too many things at once, and squander financial resources. Internet executive and startup advisor Rob Kelly explains how to get out of the trap.
Top 10 Tips for Outsourcing Success
Entrepreneurs and small businesspeople are always looking for creative ways to accomplish more of their business goals for less money. One strategy that can help you save time, money and frustration as you start and build your business is to outsource as much work as possible to skilled, but cost-effective, external service providers.
Intrapreneur or Entrepreneur?
Every effective worker has Intrapreneurial traits that may or may not culminate in an Entrepeneurial life. How close are you to becoming an Entrepeneur?
3 Easy Questions to Help You Be a Networking...
Networking is less about meeting new people than having them remember you after the fact. So how do get someone to remember you from the other ten people he met that very same night? Try these three simple questions to make a lasting impression.
Choose the Right CPA for Your Business
CPAs are more than just individuals who do your yearly taxes. They can advise you on a long list of other services, which may include advice on your accounting system, financial, retirement, estate and tax planning. CPAs are part of a business owner's professional team along with a banker and a lawyer.
Mary Kay Ash - Most Outstanding Woman in...
The founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics created a business that has helped some half a million women fulfill their dreams of business ownership. A best-selling author and powerful motivational speaker, Lifetime Television named her the Most Outstanding Woman in Business in the 20th Century.
Writing a Business Plan - Market Analysis
You may possess all the confidence in the world that yours is a perfect product with a clearly defined customer base. If that’s the case, you’ll need to figure out how you’re going to get your product into the hands of those customers. That’s where the marketing analysis section of your business plan comes into play.
Turning a Profit by Improving an Old-Line...
A young entrepreneur takes his experience in retail kitchen cabinet sales and his brother's e-commerce and search engine optimization know-how, and together they launch an online business that broke even in six months and is headed for $1 million in sales in its second year.
Writing a Business Plan - Operations Strategy
A business plan should include an assessment of your production and operations strategy. Operations have a steep learning curve, but many successful companies, such as Wal-Mart, have grown by leveraging their operational infrastructure.
Entrepreneur's Glossary M-Z
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It's Not Too Late to Send Logo Gifts to Clients
ePromos.com, an online promotional products company, offers fast-turnaround ideas for businesses that haven't gotten their client gifts yet.
7 Ways to Wow Clients Who Visit Your Office
When a visitor comes to your place of business, what's their perception? Often, small business owners overlook the value of making a good impression.
Starting Your Own Business - Do You Have What...
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.
Going Into Business for Yourself
Lately, for individuals the. Entrepreneurs.
Equity Financing - Is It Right for Your Small...
There are a few different ways to raise funds for your startup. The traditional path is debt financing, which involves taking on a bank loan or private loan. A different approach is to seek equity financing by issuing stock in your company. In essence, this option allows you to sell shares of your company to investors, injecting your business with cash and leaving the investor with the chance to make a high return.
Small Business Loans: All About Microfinance
Small business loans don't always come from a bank -- find out how microfinance and microloans can help your business grow.
Patents 101
Patents are a way of registering an original invention that offers the inventor protection from imitators for a limited period of time. Learn more about what qualifies, what doesn't, and how to file one.
Entrepreneurial Success Story: Chipotle
Chipotle is a delicious, and very lucrative, fast-casual restaurant chain and entrepreneurial success story. Read on for more about this entrepreneurial success story.
Quick Tips for Women- and Minority-Owned...
Increasing numbers of women and minorities are becoming entrepreneurs. Numerous government programs are available to help, but these entrepreneurs need to understand the process of becoming a certified enterprise to take advantage of many programs.
5 Great Cash-Generating Ideas for Budding...
From blogging your passion to freelance writing to affiliate marketing to call center work, these are some of the best jobs for moms to make money from home.
Interpreting the Income Statement
An income statement is a means for measuring a company’s financial performance. Part 2 of 3 on using a financial statement as a management tool.
Social Media Influence: Content Strategy
There's definitely more to social media marketing than meets the eye. As we learned in Part 1, it's critical to identify influential members of your ecosystem in order to begin monitoring and cultivating them.
Hiring Freelance Workers in Your Business
As your business grows, you will increasingly need to hire people to duplicate your skills, as well as bring in complementary skills that you and your current team don't possess. For growing businesses, hiring freelancers is an attractive alternative to hiring full-time employees, especially in the areas not directly related to your core business.
Financial Planning Tips for Business Owners
An insurance professional reveals the top mistakes business owners make and how to avoid them.
Working with a Business Mentor
Once you have chosen your mentor, the fun has just begun! A great mentor will become not only your advisor, but likely your friend and confidante, as well. That doesn't happen instantly, though. Building trust and personal interest takes time. You set the tone at the outset of the relationship by demonstrating your commitment to the process. How, then, can you best establish the base on which to build a solid mentoring relationship?
Solving the Million Dollar Mystery: 4 Steps to...
Many entrepreneurs have built a successful business but been unable to really enjoy it because the business can't run without them. They end up trapped by their own success. It's also hard to sell a business that relies heavily on the owner just to function. And you can forget about running multiple businesses if you can't get them to the point that they run themselves day-to-day. Guest author Stephanie Frank lays out 4 simple steps to stop doing everything yourself and start delegating.
Selling Techniques that Get You in the Door
How to get appointments and close more business
Mo Money Mo Problems? How To Bring in More Cash...
Don't let your business run you -- find out how to master cash flow and make more profit.
Why Business Plans Don't Get Funded
Your business plan is very often the first impression potential investors get about your venture. But even if you have a great product, team, and customers, it could also be the last impression the investor gets if you make any of these avoidable mistakes.
What Entrepreneurs Should Know About Crowdfunding
Joseph Jaffe discusses his latest project, a marketing book successful crowdfunded on Kickstarter.
Leveraging Social Networking Sites to Generate...
Where services such as Friendster, MySpace and Connexion have been successful bringing singles and groups together based on affinity and mutual interests, business-networking services are now offering a parallel experience in the professional world. Along with LinkedIn are such offerings as Ryze (www.ryze.com) and Tribe.net (www.tribe.net). This use of online, friend/associate-based networking will prove to be one of the most valuable business tools the Internet has yet provided.
Lorenzo Borghese: The Bachelor Prince, the...
Even without a title of “prince,” Lorenzo Borghese would not fall into the category of “pauper.” Recently in the news for his appearance on ABC’s The Bachelor: Rome, Borghese is following in his grandmother’s footsteps as a cosmetics entrepreneur and has created his own line of luxury bath and grooming products – only these are for pets.
A Mastermind Group's Brainpower Can Help Your...
Benefits of joining a mastermind group.
Niche Marketing: Targeting the Best Prospects
Occupying a niche means you won't be competing with a lot of similar businesses solely on price. And because you will be selling products and services that are customized to the specific needs and predispositions of a select group of people, you can often charge more. Your products and services serve a market that can't easily find alternatives.
How the Affordable Care Act Affects Entrepreneurs
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Business Process Management is Key for Small...
Creating business processes isn't just for the Fortune 500. A very small business can't get larger without understanding and documenting its core processes.
How to Find a Small-Business Lawyer at a...
Finding a lawyer can be difficult for small businesses with small legal budgets. An emerging directory offers a customized approach that may help.

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