Antonio Segovia

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The Complete, 12-Step Guide to Starting a Business

Everything you need to know about how to start a business.<p>There are no limits on who can become a great entrepreneur. You don't necessarily need a college degree, a bunch of money in the bank or even business experience to start something that could become the next major success. However, what you …

This Retailer Went From Zero To $2 Billion In Four Years

The few startups that grow rapidly to over $1 billion in revenue are almost never in retail, they’re usually in technology or other industries. Retailers that grow so fast are normally unsustainable, I try not to even comment about them.<p>Except for this one. I can’t recall ever seeing anything like …

eCommerce

Why You Don't Need a Business Plan (And the 1 Thing You Need Instead)

It's a mentality, not a piece of paper.<p>There are a great many entrepreneurs who sit around all day brainstorming the perfect idea.<p>First of all, no great business comes from a long day of sitting at your desk wondering what will work. Great businesses are the product of trying, failing, iterating, …

Entrepreneurship

'Shark Tank' Judges Say Successful Entrepreneurs Share These 5 Traits

We asked the judges to weigh in on which characteristics can lead to wealth.<p>2 min read<p>Succesful entrepreneurs consider themselves mavericks and disruptors -- people who shatter the status quo. And it's true that most of them made their fortune by thinking differently.<p>But the truly successful may …

Entrepreneurship

Why Steakhouses Are Obsessed With Beef From This 97-Year-Old Family Business

<b>Henry Davis glides</b> his knife through a 40-ounce tomahawk ribeye, its bone running from his fingertip down to his elbow. He cuts into the meat to check how the chef at Spencer’s steakhouse in downtown Omaha has cooked it. It’s a touch more than rare, and the cool, marbled center is exactly to his …

Family Business

5 Best Web Practices To Grow Your Small Business Online

We all know that more and more people are utilizing the web when it comes to making a decision on choosing which products and services to buy. And yet, it’s hard to believe that there’s still a good amount of businesses that aren’t honing in on this online trend.<p>In fact, 29% of small businesses …

Small Business

Want to Get More Clients? Get More Specific About How You Can Help, Not More Generic.

You can only help people who recognize they have a problem.<p>6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Last time we talked about organizing your service offerings and giving prospects a clear understanding of the possibilities in working with you, which, in my mind, is …

Business Strategy

Six Fundamental Business Lessons Every Entrepreneur Can Learn From Walt Disney

His success is all the more amazing when you learn how many times Walt Disney failed.<p>5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Everyone knows Walt Disney. Almost everyone has been to a Disney park somewhere, seen a Disney movie (live action or a cartoon) or knows some …

Walt Disney Company

The Next Billion-Dollar Startups 2017

Every year for the past three, Forbes has gone looking for 25 young U.S. companies with a strong shot at reaching a valuation of $1 billion or more. Last year’s list included hot companies like the crowdfunding site GoFundMe, online retailer Boxed and innovative home seller OpenDoor. This year, …

Startups

Why Happy People Cheat

A good marriage is no guarantee against infidelity.<p>“Most descriptions of troubled marriages don’t seem to fit my situation,” Priya insists. “Colin and I have a wonderful relationship. Great kids, no financial stresses, careers we love, great friends. He is a phenom at work, fucking handsome, …

Relationships

To Get People to Really Want to Buy Your Product, You Must Focus on the 3 P's

Side-hustling pro Chris Guillebeau explains that when you're presenting an offer, you want to make sure to give people all the pertinent information they need to make a purchase.<p>7 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>Editor’s Note: In</i> <i>"Tough Love Tuesday,"</i> <i>we’re</i> …

Entrepreneurship

The smartest things I did when starting my own business

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.<p>As a 28-year-old, my experience as an entrepreneur may not be the same as if you’re …

Entrepreneurship

Branding For Small Businesses Made Simple

There’s a lot of content out there that is written to help small business owners do their own marketing, but it’s often written by marketers who are adept in things like analytics, content marketing, and technical jargon. It may be written using terms you don’t understand and business processes …

Marketing

5 Steps to Side Hustle Your Way to a Lucrative Dream Career

The gig economy means there's no need to quit your daydream.<p>When I started hauling junk as a way to pay for school, I had no plans to make it a career. But when my little startup got so busy that I had to duck class to take calls, I realized my side hustle had serious potential. Little did I know, …

Entrepreneurship

The 15 Biggest 'Shark Tank' Success Stories of All Time

Entrepreneurs who make it onto a “Shark Tank” episode have the opportunity to introduce their company to a viewing audience of 7 million potential …

The Top 3 Things Exceptional Leaders Never Delegate

Here’s a confession: I used to be a control freak. In 1-800-GOT-JUNK?’s startup days, I had my hands in <i>everything</i>. Some tasks I was OK at; others I definitely should have left to the experts (budgeting, for example). But as the founder, I was scared to let go. It was only after a period of …

Leadership

25 Top Podcasts That Will Spark Your Entrepreneurial Vision

Listening to a podcast while going to and from work is a rare example of successful multitasking.<p>7 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Ever heard anyone say that the trend is your friend? Sure, if something is getting a lot of attention, you probably should examine …

Entrepreneurship

MBA vs. Startup -- What's the Better ROI for $100,000?

If you had $100,000 and two years of time, would you launch a startup or enroll in an MBA program?<p>Recently someone asked me a really good question: should I get an MBA or try to launch a startup? My question back to him, and anyone thinking about starting their own company, is the following: if you …

Entrepreneurship

To Be Successful, Be Patient With Your Imperfections

Mistakes are a part of life.<p>1 min read<p>This story originally appeared on Lewis Howes<p>It’s true. It’s OK to make mistakes.<p>Even though I’m learning and growing daily, life is still challenging. The more I learn, grow and become better, new challenges present themselves to me.<p>I am learning, over and …

Self-improvement

Why Amazon Still Acts Like a Startup (Even Though It Makes More Than $100 Billion a Year)

When companies reach a certain level of success, they often take their foot off the gas pedal. Here's why Jeff Bezos thinks that's a very bad idea.<p>Since the beginning, Jeff Bezos has been reminding his team that at Amazon, it is always Day 1. Every year, he reinforces the company's commitment to …

Business Strategy

The Book Every Entrepreneur Should Read This Year

Want to create a product, a business, or a movement that lasts? 'Perennial Seller' is your blueprint.<p>Failing fast is a popular concept. So is creating a minimum viable product. In the internet economy, speed is everything.<p>Or not.<p>What if you want your products, your services, or simply your thoughts …

Self-improvement

Having a Good Idea Is Not Enough. Here's How to Turn Yours Into a Valuable Business

Steal these tricks from innovation consultants to help develop your idea into a million dollar business<p>You have a killer business idea. You're excited to bring it to the world. But how do you make it happen? How does the seed of an idea actually help you know how to build a successful business? You …

Entrepreneurship

5 Secrets to Launching a Great Entrepreneurial Product (While You're Still Employed)

Following these five steps can help you launch a great product while still holding down a day job.<p><i>By Kirill Bensonoff, founder and CEO of Unigma and ComputerSupport.com.</i><p>It's tough to launch a great product. I have successfully launched multiple IT-related products and tech-enabled services, but I …

Product Management

Why Entrepreneurs Don't Need Business Experience to Start Their Own Company

Shaun Neff never had a full-time job before he started his company, and it worked out okay for him.<p>1 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>On this episode, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars spotlights designer Shaun Neff, who talks about the power of …

Entrepreneurship

Don't Just Sell a Product, Sell an Idea

The founders of Motto chat with Mario Armstrong about the importance of investing in your business idea.<p>1 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When you're starting a business or trying to monetize your passions, you might not think it's worth investing big money in …

Thought Leadership

10 Life Rules for Millennials Serious About Becoming a Millionaire by 30

Combine an early and focused start with a decent job, a side gig and disciplined spending. You can't miss.<p>8 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I’ll be honest. The future may seem bleak if you’re a millennial. That’s why you may think that it’s impossible for you to …

Personal Finance

15 habits of self-made millionaires, from a man who spent 5 years studying rich people

Success doesn't crop up overnight. All self-made millionaires had to start somewhere.<p>Much of their transformation from ordinary to seven-figure status can be attributed to "rich habits," a term coined by Thomas C. Corley, who spent five years researching the daily habits of 177 self-made …

Learning These 7 Tough Skills Will Immediately Improve Your Entire Life

<b>These essential skills are never</b> <b>taught</b> <b>in school, but they will</b> <b>pay dividends</b> <b>for</b> <b>your entire life.</b><p><i>“Anyone who stops learning is old whether at 20 or</i> <i>80.Anyone</i> <i>who</i> <i>keeps</i> <i>learning stays strong.” — Henry Ford</i><p>We often focus only on learning skills that are directly pertinent to our jobs during the busy …