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Getting Started

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Hiring the right person does not require endless rounds of candidate interviews. These steps will help you target the best candidates for the job.
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What do you need to know to franchise a business successfully? Start by asking yourself these questions to figure out if you're ready to start a franchise.
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As a venture capital and angel investor who has heard many pitches, I've compiled a list of mistakes and things to avoid if you're an entrepreneur seeking angel or venture financing.
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Negotiating a deal in a systematic, conscious way is both an art and a science. Here are 10 of the most common mistakes to avoid making in a negotiation.
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Business owners need to find a balance between creative innovation that spurs company growth and business systems that keep a company running smoothly.
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Many people are launching their own coaching, consulting, or service business. Duct Tape Marketing's John Jantsch shares seven important steps to building a winning practice.
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Yahoo recently announced a new offering that allows any small or growing business to establish an e-commerce store quickly and easily.
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We've all got our breaking points as small business owners. Nellie Akalp asks other successful business owners their secrets to battling stress and staying sane.
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Warren Buffett is one of the greatest investors of our time and the quintessential self-made man. Learn his 10 smart financial habits that can put you on the road to similar success.
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How do you instill the best values and practices in your team to make sure your business runs smoothly when you're away?
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Before you start a business, be sure to ask yourself these six questions to make sure you're really prepared for entrepreneurship.
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These six great quotes from Yogi Berra actually have practical applications for entrepreneurs who are trying to sell their businesses.
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Filed In: Innovation and Operations
The face of manufacturing is fundamentally changing in America. TJ McCue shares stories as he travels across the country taking the pulse of 3D printing.
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Learn how to evaluate online payroll and traditional payroll software for your business.
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Eleven successful business owners share which entrepreneurial thought leaders they follow regularly -- and who you should be reading.
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The moment you decide to start your own business is one of sheer joy. Unfortunately, starting a new business also takes a lot of time.
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LLCs get all the flashy headlines these days, but there are still some great reasons to structure your small business as a corporation.
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Startup businesses don't have the benefit of hindsight, or much experience in the workings of Murphy's Law. Mike Kappel explains how his first major business purchase nearly sunk his business at the start.
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With so many countries, so many options, and so many factors to consider, where does an entrepreneur looking to plant roots in Asia region even start?
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As an entrepreneur, you have specific skills that make you successful. But as your company grows, you need to hire employees with complementary skills.
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