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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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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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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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Selecting the right employees
The key to operating startups in a small or isolated market or town is to develop the right infrastructure for growth by hiring the best talent.
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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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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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brand
Filed In: Sales & Marketing
Want to build a successful brand? These are the five things you must do.
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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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Deliver on your promises
Small business expert Denise O'Berry explains how perks used to keep customers coming back can actually backfire and send customers running away.
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Despite the proliferation of Web-based DIY travel services, why are so many modern travelers turning to travel agencies and clubs to help plan their getaways?
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Filed In: Business Planning and Finance
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 systems
Filed In: Business Planning and Finance
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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interview
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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franchising
Filed In: Franchising
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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business-stress
Filed In: Business Planning and Finance
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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winning
Filed In: Business Planning and Finance
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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ecommerce
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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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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