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May 2017 / 82 posts found

17 Accessible Small-Business Ideas in 2017

by Manuela
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Maybe you’re looking to supplement your full-time income with a side business. Or perhaps you’re finished with the 9-to-5 and ready to be your own boss. In either case, coming up with a killer small-business idea is the first step on the path to entrepreneurship. Focus on your strengths, skills and experience. You can perform at a higher level earlier on if there’s less of a learning curve. And starting a business that you have passion for gives you a better shot at success and lowers the chances of burnout. A detailed business plan will help, too. We’ve identified some [...]

6 Things You Need for a Successful Real Estate Business

by spainops
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Many people interested in having a little more freedom look to pursue real estate. Whether you’re interested in being an agent or investing in properties, it can be an excellent way to make money and maintain the flexibility of working from home. Before you begin this journey, however, there are a few things you’ll need to do. 1. Hire a Lawyer You likely won’t understand all the laws and legal proceedings in real estate, even if you’ve earned your real estate license. What’s more, you could run into serious problems like deposit disputes from your renters or contract disagreements. That’s [...]

This First-Time Novelist Wrote About Startups, and Learned Some Vital Truths About Entrepreneurs

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Reader Resource Apply now to be an Entrepreneur 360™ company. Let us tell the world your success story. Get Started » The startup world, with its penchant for outlandish perks, overblown valuations, inscrutable jargon and big egos talking about disrupting industries and changing the world, is ripe for satire. Doree Shafrir does just that with her debut novel Startup. The story follows three central characters: Mack, a high flying young founder of a mindfulness app; Katya, a reporter for a tech publication; and Sabrina, the wife of Katya’s editor and a writer herself who is doing her best to get [...]

5 Tips for Securing Client Data

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Your clients are the most important assets you have if you want to give your business any chance of being a success, so you should always consider securing their personal information just in case your home business runs into any future problems. When you run a business from home, you’ll always have paperwork lying around with client information present, and if you want to keep your home office and client information secure, you will not only need to prevent criminals from physical access, but you will also need to prevent other potential problems from occurring. Here are some changes you [...]

13 Ways to Ensure You Always Hire the Right Person

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Here at Palo Alto Software, we take hiring pretty seriously. I should know—we just wrapped up a lengthy hiring process within the marketing department. After months of searching, dozens of interviews, and sifting through countless resumes, we finally hired a new managing editor for Bplans. This prolonged interview approach wasn’t due to a lack of qualified candidates, but rather a strong desire to make sure that the candidate we chose to fill the role was a great fit on all levels, from a skill set match to alignment with our company culture. We put a lot of time and effort [...]

10 Tips for Establishing Yourself as an Influence Marketer

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Influence marketing involves businesses developing relationships with influential people (especially online) in order to help create greater awareness and visibility of their services or product. Rather than targeting the market as a whole, influence marketing focuses on certain key individuals. It has become one of the most effective strategies to reach customers and build brand awareness. Hiring a social media influencer with a strong online presence can be an effective way to build product or brand visibility and appeal. But how do you establish yourself as an social media influencer? In order to shed some light on the subject, Small [...]

5 Key Investment Tips for Startup Owners

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Starting a new business can be expensive. In addition to business fees, licenses and registrations, you also need to purchase equipment and materials. This can be a lot of money out of pocket, but with the the right saving and investing strategies, you can open a business with minimal financial stress. Investing is a challenge for many people. Because investments involve some kind of risk, it can be scary to get started on an investment plan. Fortunately, there are many tips and tricks you can use to start saving and investing your money so you can open your dream business. [...]

7 Types of Cyber Attacks Are Threatening Your Small Business Right Now

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If you’re the owner of one of the estimated 28 million small businesses in America, you need to include cyber security as an important part of your business toolkit. Almost half (43 percent) of cyber attacks target small businesses. The threats are growing and changing as fast as online technology, and following are the types of cyber attacks criminals are plotting against your small business right now. Types of Cyber Attacks The Denial of Service (DoS) Attack A DoS attack is a kind of internet piling on. These attackers send enough information and data all at once from multiple computers to overload [...]

5 Strategic Ways I Generate Astounding Business Ideas –

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— Every successful entrepreneur possesses pads or files stored with hundreds of ideas. If there is anything most entrepreneurs are searching for, it is that next ‘big’ idea that would revolutionize the globe to make them world-famous, extremely wealthy, and then put them on that revered list together with the creators of Google, Apple, sliced bread and sticky notes. Ok. Ok. My goals might not be that ambitious, but I know every entrepreneur is looking for amazing business ideas that would generate massive income – and if that idea sparks an industry revolution, so much the better. From experience, I now know no [...]

How to Stay Focused at Work When a Personal Crisis is Waiting at Home

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Between social media, email, and office gossip, it’s already hard enough to stay focused at work. But when you throw in a personal crisis on the home front, it becomes even more challenging to stay on task. You know you have to put personal issues away and deal with your work responsibilities, but how? The Challenge of Staying Focused In his book titled Thinking, Fast and Slow, author Daniel Kahneman discusses how the human brain is split into two systems, which he calls System 1 and System 2. “System 1 is the involuntary, always-on network in our brains that takes [...]