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American-success
Filed In: Your Career and Staffing & HR
As if being a successful entrepreneur wasn't hard enough, immigrant entrepreneurs must combat stereotypes, cultural differences, and language barriers.
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idea-concept
In part 1 of a 2-part series, Melanie Haselmayr outlines the first steps you must take to solidify your new business idea and turn inspiration into reality.
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business-prisoner
Filed In: Business Planning and Finance
A prisoner of hope is a business leader unknowingly trapped in a deceptive world where reality is masked by that person's wishful desire to succeed.
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employment contract
Many business owners wonder whether they should hire on a 1099 (independent contractor) or W2 (permanent employee) basis. The right answer requires careful consideration.
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Diver
There are parallels between learning to dive and taking the plunge into entrepreneurship. Every new entrepreneur should consider these lessons.
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No
When starting out in business, we often feel we have to say yes to any opportunity. But to succeed you must learn to say no!
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working-together
When an company has a shared sense of purpose among workers and leadership, there is a unified understanding of why the organization exists -- and what matters.
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karate
Small business expert Denise O'Berry tells us we're wasting our time by trying to listen to the advice of every marketing expert out there. It's time to learn a better way.
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tech-savvy businessman
Want to get found online? Learn some basic but effective strategies that can help your company cultivate a positive online reputation and rank higher in Google search results.
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Suggestion box
No matter what type of business you run, it's important to encourage customer feedback. Here's why the good old suggestion box will never become obsolete.
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business meeting
Filed In: Getting Started
When negotiating, making assumptions about the other party can ruin your advantage. Learn what to do instead.
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Some-Assembly-Required-Businesses
Filed In: Getting Started
Here's a new breed of business model that combines cloud-based services, Internet reach and social media to attract audiences and build profitable businesses.
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business decision
Filed In: Business Planning and Finance
Many business leaders discount research and data and make business decisions based largely on gut instinct. Should we make big calls based on gut or data?
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crowdfunding
If traditional bank loans and venture capital aren't up your alley when it comes to financing your small business, consider crowdfunding. Here's why this form of funding might be a great option.
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Selecting the right employees
It might seem easier to launch a startup in a big city like New York and Los Angeles, but it's possible to start a successful business in a smaller town, too.
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Marijuana
Today's tech entrepreneurs want to take pot somewhere it's never been, and they have the skills and resources to do just that.
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raving fans
Small business expert Denise O'Berry explains how you can take a not-so-stellar customer situation and turn it around.
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brand
Filed In: Sales & Marketing
Want to build a successful brand? These are the five things you must do.
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Accounting
Filed In: Finance
Small business expert Denise O'Berry explains how to make sure you stay on top of cash flow, along with the steps you should take if you discover a gap.
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Breaking piggy bank
Do you have a great idea for a business, but you're short on cash? If you own a qualified retirement account, you can use this to fund your new business.
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