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5 Crucial Steps Before Your Startup

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Getting a business off the ground is a demanding mission and a task that requires a specific set of skills. You might have an idea for the next big thing, but it won’t be worth a paper it is written on if you don’t roll up your sleeves. Making a plan and putting ideas in black and white is sometimes much easier than carrying them out.  On the brighter note, others have already been where you are now, and steps you need to take are visible in the ground.   Do the research Before you can start assembling a business [...]

These 5 Tips Will Change the Way You Deal with Rejection as a Small Business Owner

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Rejection in business is something you simply can’t avoid. Even the most renowned business owners have experienced rejection and failure on the way to dominating within their industry. Being tenacious in the face of rejection instead of throwing in the towel can lead to your business thriving instead of crumbling. How to Deal With Rejection As a Small Business Owner Here are a few ways to deal with business rejection: Remember, Business is Business Taking rejection personally is the worst thing you can do. Separate your self-worth from your business results. If your self-confidence is impacted by every business dealing, you’re likely [...]

19 Green Business Ideas for Eco-Friendly Entrepreneurs – Stocks Review

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September 5, 2017September 5, 2017 Zsuzsanna Pengo      If you are eco-friendly and want to start a business, keep reading about green business ideas for eco-friendly enterpreneurs. Insider Monkey recently published an article about this topic giving us some very useful tips. You may be tired of working for someone else and you are wondering what kind business would be the perfect you, since you are eco-friendly. There is always a certain degree of risk when starting a business, and I guess that’s the reason why so many people give up [...]

11 In Demand Business Ideas Without Capital in the Philippines – Stocks Review

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September 5, 2017September 5, 2017 Zsuzsanna Pengo      Are you interested in in demand business ideas without capital in the Philippines? Insider Monkey recently published an article about this topic giving us some very useful tips. You may be tired of working for someone else and you are wonderiung what kind business would be the perfect you, since you are on the budget. There is always a certain degree of risk when starting a business, and I guess that’s the reason why so many people give up on their dreams. They’re [...]

7 Things to Ask About an Online Funding Marketplace Before Taking Out an Application Online

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Getting the right funding for your small business allows everything to run smoothly. Choosing an online funding marketplace can streamline the process. Here are seven things you need to ask before you sign up. Things to Ask About Online Funding How Do You Pick Your Lenders? The process is simple. You start by supplying some basic information through a secure internet connection. Next, a short phone call confirms your info and matches you with a lender. A short application is usually all that’s required after that to get a loan. Make sure a lender walks you through the process. Asking [...]

Top Ten Best Online Business Ideas

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If you want to start a business, stop thinking of the traditional business models and venture into online businesses. Provided you have a laptop, an internet connection and the requisite skills, online businesses can be a piece of cake. What’s more – they are easier to start and they require minimum capital compared to offline businesses. The list below gives you a variety of online business ideas that you can choose from. 10. Resume And Cover Letter Writing It is common knowledge that an excellent resume and a well written cover letter can land you a well paying internship or [...]

How to Start a Business While in College

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Of course the stories of bright entrepreneurs who started businesses while in college are legion. Michael Dell started Dell Computers while living in the dorm, Mark Zuckerberg famously started Facebook while still an undergraduate at Harvard, and Fred Smith wrote a paper at Yale that would later become the blueprint for FedEx. But the thing is, while many collegiate entrepreneurs have Facebook in the back of their mind when they look to start a business, that probably won’t happen. What can happen though is that you can launch a fine, side business that does indeed help pay the bills. Here’s [...]

10 Legal Challenges That Startups Face

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Posted by Editorial Staff in General Business, Startups On Startups have become quite commonplace in global commerce. The reason for this is that there is a fresh generation of entrepreneurs that have undertaken an effort to leave the corporate sector and branch out on their own. Through this model, a plethora of Startups have been founded across the globe in unique industries that have increased the global citizen’s quality of life overall. Before deciding to start a Start Up, it is wise that you consider the legal issues that you may face. Consider the conversation below when trying to figure [...]

The Truth about Small Business Ego: 7 Ways to Avoid It

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Most small business owners need a good amount of ego to have the courage and commitment to start a company. Without a lot of positive early reinforcement, they need to have the confidence that comes with a strong ego to succeed. However, as the company grows, this oversized ego can also get in the way and ultimately hurt the company. Here the symptoms and what should be done to remedy the situation: Signs Your Ego is Out of Control 1. You Only Hire People Worse Than You Your ego wants you to be the smartest person in the room. It [...]

50 Small Business Ideas for the Homebody

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Want to start a business from the comfort of your own home? There are plenty of business opportunities out there for homebodies. So if you’re looking for a way to make some money without having to be away from home most days, here are 50 ideas. Stay at Home Business Ideas for the Homebody Virtual Assistant Virtual assistants work on a contract basis with different businesses and individuals. They can handle a multitude of tasks remotely including email responses, scheduling and social media. Blogger If you’re a skilled writer, you can start your own blog and then make money through [...]

Small firms, big ideas: the contenders for glory at European green business awards

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Aisling Byrne, Nu Wardrobe; Paddy Healy, Size/U and Vincent Farrelly, AquaRoot, who will go forward to the Climate Launchpad European finals in Cyprus. Photo: Orla Murray.; (left) a computer representation of the size-calculating onesie produced by Size/U Small firms, big ideas: the contenders for glory at European green business awards Independent.ie IT was a trip to India and seeing the 'dark side' of the fashion industry which prompted Dubliner Aisling Byrne to co-found The Nu Wardrobe, an online platform which allows fashionistas to share and swap clothes. http://www.independent.ie/business/small-business/latest-news/small-firms-big-ideas-the-contenders-for-glory-at-european-green-business-awards-36129357.html http://www.independent.ie/business/article36129356.ece/4d15a/AUTOCROP/h342/2017-09-14_bus_34554248_I1.JPG…

How to Successfully Break the Rules of Business

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Sometimes traditions take root because they’re the most effective and efficient way of doing things. But how can you move ahead if you are stuck on a wheel of repeating the same old systems? In short: you can’t. There’s a real benefit to becoming a rule-breaker, especially when it comes to breaking business rules. Here are a few ways you can grow your small business by stripping yourself of old habits in exchange for new systems and strategies. Transform into an agent of change Innovation has never happened by repeating past behaviors. Hitting rinse and repeat, and falling into the [...]

Is Passion Enough to Make Your Business Succeed?

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To succeed as a small business owner and an entrepreneur, you need passion. That’s what led me to start my business, BlueVine, four years ago. BlueVine, which is based in Redwood City, California, offers online working capital financing to small- and medium-sized businesses in many industries. My company provides convenient access to funds for everyday business needs, from covering payroll to procuring supplies, to dealing with emergencies and taking on unexpected business opportunities. I grew up knowing about these business challenges. I know how insufficient cash flow can cause headaches for a small business owner. My father ran his own [...]

6 Tips for Staying Healthy at Work (When You’re a Small Business Owner)

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If you are a new or established business owner, you know how busy work can be. Do you take the steps to stay healthy amidst the craziness? Knowing how to stay healthy at work is one of the best ways you can boost your business. Sure, there have been times I haven’t taken care of myself throughout my 30 years as an entrepreneur. But, I know how important it is to put my health and well-being first. Without my health, I wouldn’t be able to accomplish nearly as much as I do. Why does your health come first? This might [...]

10 Startup Tips from Affordable Franchise Coffee News

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If you’re thinking about starting your own business, you could learn a lot from Coffee News, hailed as one of the most affordable franchises operating today. Take a look at these 10 tips for startups from a small business now grown to international success. Tips for Startups Start by Solving a Common Customer Problem While waiting for a lunch order at a favorite cafe in her hometown of Manitoba, Coffee News founder, the late Jean Daum, ended up reading the back of a sugar packet to pass the time. At that moment, she realized restaurant customers needed to have something to [...]

Learn From Amazon: How to Tap Into Underserved Markets

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Retail stores are closing in large numbers. Despite the fact that, according to at least one study Gen Z shows a preference for shopping in stores some of the time, at least 22 brands are closing locations in 2017. At the same time though, dollar stores are on the rise. What does this tell you? For starters, it confirms that the way consumers shop has fundamentally changed. They have grown more discerning and have more choice. High end consumers are willing to pay a premium for luxury products and services, as we’ve seen with everything from Tesla to Peloton and [...]

Should I Open a Franchise or Start a Business?

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The feelings of ownership and fulfillment that come with entrepreneurship are only beaten by the rewards that pay out if your venture succeeds! But there are drawbacks, too—namely a lot of work and risk. It’s because of these pros and cons that so many ask the question: Should I open a franchise or start my own business? There’s no blanket answer because you need to consider several things before taking the next step. After starting Kenneth Burke Media and getting into the tech startup scene with Text Request, I have a good idea of what it takes to start your [...]

The Ultimate Start-Up Guide Explains What Not to Do to Succeed

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Usefulness Content Freshness You want a start-up that survives the critical early phase and "The Ultimate Start-Up Guide: Marketing Lessons, War Stories, and Hard-Won Advice from Leading Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors" can help you get there. Written by two experts and consultants who have seen it all in the start-up scene, this book guides readers through those critical first steps to launch and away from those traps that leave many start-ups doomed to fail. The Ultimate Start-Up Guide: Marketing Lessons, War Stories, and Hard-Won Advice from Leading Venture Capitalists and [...]

The Four Elements To A Successful Business

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Over the many years I have spent in business schools and continuing education programs, one of the most remembered items I recall are the four elements of a successful business. I would like to give credit where credit is due, but I can not recall who told me about these lovely little tidbits or in what venue I learned them. To this day, I can clearly recite these four concepts as I have lived by them for many years. The first is that you must ALWAYS tell your customer / client / patient / whatever what you plan on doing [...]

Running a Business Comes with Challenges. Here’s How to Bounce Back

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For every exhilarating moment of business ownership, there are challenges to test your fortitude. Some of those challenges will put stress on your business — and yourself — more than others, and bouncing back after such a challenge can be crucial in your long-term recovery. Recovering from a financial setback Ask any business owner about their fears, and they’ll probably mention something about money. It can be hard to recover from a financial setback, especially if that setback was due to your own mistake in judgement. It’s important to get your finances in line as quickly as possible to protect [...]

How to Create a Customer-First Company

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What’s the deciding factor between whether your business has satisfied or unsatisfied customers? In many cases, it’s customer-first marketing, reports the MarketingSherpa Customer Satisfaction Research Study. The poll of over 2,400 customers aged 18 to 81 and up says a “customer-first” approach is a big factor in customer satisfaction. Customer-first marketing means more than just sending personalized emails or segmenting your marketing offers to different demographics. It’s sort of an expanded approach to the old marketing saying, “Sell the benefits, not the features.” (In other words, instead of telling the customer what’s so great about your product or service, explain [...]

10 Sources Where Successful Business Ideas Come From

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Using these 10 sources where successful business ideas come from doesn’t guarantee that you will be the next Steve Jobs, but occasionally they can help you strike gold when you least expect it. Regardless of whether you are just starting your own small business or you are the owner of a multinational corporation, successful business ideas are always welcome. When thinking about successful business ideas, people always imagine Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison, or Bill Gates. Unfortunately, the hard truth is that a vast majority of us doesn’t even begin to reach the height of genius those men possess and coming [...]

Master the Art of Digital Marketing for Your Small Business with These 3 Crucial Tips

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Over the past few years, digital marketing has become a major priority for many small businesses. Previously a “nice to have”, digital marketing is now a “must have”. The proliferation of social media and online services like Google into our daily lives means that the vast majority of small business target customers can now be reached online. One issue with digital marketing for small businesses is figuring out which channels to concentrate their efforts in. Digital marketing is growing increasingly broad as relatively new social networks like Snapchat continue to redefine an evolving landscape. Meanwhile SEO strategies have to be [...]

10 Steps to Starting a Small Business as an Owner Operator Truck Driver

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Online shopping is at least partially responsible for trucker’s wages jumping 5.7 percent since last August.  This is a good time to start a small business as an owner operator truck driver. Here are 10 steps to getting your license and getting your big rig out on the open road. Becoming an Owner Operator Truck Driver Think About What the Job Entails Trucks.com reports that you’ll make a median $52,079 driving a rig. That’s a lure for sure. Still you need to take some time to consider what being an owner operator is really all about. You need to have [...]

Young Troublemakers Who Rise (and Fall) as Entrepreneurs

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In light of the recent troubles of Mr. Shkreli and other scandal-ridden entrepreneurs like Travis Kalanick, the former Uber chief executive, and Parker Conrad, a founder and ousted chief executive of the multibillion-dollar human resources software firm Zenefits, the question is whether youthful rule-breaking might have foreshadowed not only their rise, but also their fall. Photo Martin Shkreli leaving federal court in Brooklyn last month as a jury deliberated in his fraud case. Credit Louis Lanzano for The New York Times It is perhaps not surprising that longtime rebels like Mr. Kalanick — who has boasted of being among the [...]

Using Technology to Improve Your Business

by Manuela
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You’ve done your research, purchased the best technology solutions and trained your employees how to use them. But you have an inkling that you aren’t using your tech infrastructure to the fullest. In fact, you’re pretty sure there are products you’ve never even opened. This is all too familiar for many business owners. To get the most out of your business technology, consider the following tips: Understand What You Have As your business has grown and changed, so has your technology. It’s a good idea to take a look at what technology everyone in your organization uses and what they [...]

How to turn your brilliant idea into an actual business

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(Illustration by Sam Island) Two years into starting a travel photography business, Nicole Smith still wasn’t making any money. A mother of two with a house and mortgage, she was past the point in her life where living on a friend’s couch and surviving on Kraft Dinner seemed acceptable. She had been self-financing her company Flytographer (2017 STARTUP 50: No. 16) up until then with her life savings accrued from her former (and lucrative) job as a marketing manager with Microsoft. But funds were running out and Smith had some tough decisions to make. At that point, most entrepreneurs [...]

50 Small Business Ideas You Can Start on Instagram

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You already know that Instagram can be a great platform to market your business. But did you know that you can also build an entire business around the platform? While many businesses will eventually require you to have a website or other offerings, there are plenty of different businesses you can get started with nothing more than an Instagram account. Here are 50 of them. Instagram Business Ideas Instagram Influencer One of the best ways to make money from Instagram is by becoming an influencer. To do this, you need to build up an audience in a specific niche — [...]