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How To Know If Your Dumb Idea Will Change The World

Box SVP Sam Schillace shares how he quickly and cheaply experimented on an app no one wanted–that became the basis for Google Docs.<p>In 2005, along with colleagues Steve Newman and Claudia Carpenter, Sam Schillace created a browser-based word processor called Writely. A Silicon Valley darling, it was …

What are Investors looking for?

This may include something as intangible as a feeling about a business concept – maybe they are having a good day and are feeling generous, or a …

How to get the right valuation for your company

The controversial undervaluation of the Royal Mail last year cost British taxpayers over £750 million. It also severely dented the reputation of …

Life-Cycle Financing of your Entrepreneurial Company

They either fail within a few years or they get acquired by larger businesses. Either way, your entrepreneurial business needs financing to continue …

4 Tips to Help You Close Your Next Big Deal | Inc.com

We asked members of the Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) to share their most effective tactics for closing a deal.<p><b>Be Selective</b><p>"We are vigilant about the types of clients to work with. The sooner you can separate the problem clients from the great ones, the better off you'll be. Choosing who you …

San Diego

50 Best Websites for Entrepreneurs | Inc.com

There are many websites out there that can help entrepreneurs grow a bigger, better business--but there are many more time-suck websites. How can you tell the difference? By depending on a cheat sheet for the best websites for entrepreneurs.<p>Here, a cheat sheet of 50 to get you started:<p>The name says …

Entrepreneurship

New Online Businesses Should Steer Clear of These 5 Mistakes

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The Internet can be a gold mine for your business. U.S. consumers spent $42.75 billion online during the 2013 holiday season, with $1.2 billion spent online on Black Friday alone.<p>Taking your products or service online can open up a very …

10 Ways Entrepreneurs Think Differently

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs are a unique breed of people. While some people sit and fantasize about the glamor of being their own boss and creating their own business, those in the thick of business ownership understand that even considering all its …

The 4 Habits You Need to Be Successful

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The most successful people in this world maintain and master good habits. They realize what they do on a daily basis and where they direct their energy deeply matters when it comes to reaching their goals.<p>The habits you have picked up …

5 Effective Hiring Tips for Early-Stage Startups

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You don’t have much of a company without a strong, dedicated team. Yet, the hiring process can be challenging, from sourcing candidates, screening and interviewing them to making the final evaluations.<p>The competition for candidates today …

You Just Came Up With A Great New Business Idea - So Now What?

It might happen when grocery shopping at the supermarket, while you are at the salon getting your hair done, or as you are driving down the road: a new business idea hits you, and it doesn’t let you go!<p>While you might feel the urge to drop everything else and jump on it, you should think rationally …

The next great startup: Why selling to businesses beats selling to consumers

With the world buzzing over Apple’s reveal this month of the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch, it’s hard to believe that this multi-trillion-dollar tech …

4 Tips for Naming Your Business in a Mobile and Social World | Inc.com

What's in a business name?<p>In the not so distant past, a startup entrepreneur could slap together an adjective and a noun describing his or her business, do a trademark and business name search, and be ready to print business cards in no time.<p>These days, however, finding a name that differentiates …

Small Business

7 Terrible Naming Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Your company name will get used more and last longer than any other investment you make in your business. It’s important that you get it right the first time.<p>Here are some of the biggest naming mistakes I’ve seen entrepreneurs make and …

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<b>Connect and Sell to Local Businesses Course</b><p>Unlock The Power of Cold Emailing to Create Business Opportunities<p>71 lectures, 11+ hours of content<br>• Tap into lucrative markets to grow your business<br>• Learn to create a clockwork system for developing new leads and prospects to grow your business<br>• Be equipped w/ …

Business Development

The One Mistake That's Killing Your Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>LinkedIn Influencer, Alex Banayan, published this post originally on LinkedIn.</i><p>In business school we’re shown case studies about Apple, Starbucks, and those other big guys – but the idea that their marketing methods are "best" is the …

Why Business Planning Will Never Be Out of Fashion | Inc.com

A prevailing opinion in the tech community is that business plans are for dinosaurs and nimble startups no longer need them. When I started Fundastic about a year ago, I listened to this advice and jumped into incorporating my company and started building the product. In the process, I also …

Business Planning

5 Big Mistakes to Avoid When Asking for Money | Inc.com

Entrepreneurs often want to know how they can tap into the billions of dollars in private investment capital available and increase their odds of getting funded.<p>Avoiding these five big mistakes can help you increase your odds of success, while reducing the amount of equity that you have to give up …

Small Business

6 Extraordinary Lessons in Business from Self-Made Billionaires | Inc.com

Billionaires are a whole other class of people, right? They must be smarter than the rest of us. Stronger. Luckier. Better.<p>What if I told you billionaires are just like you--and that at one point, each of the fabulously wealthy people in this column struggled through challenges and issues much the …

Entrepreneurship

4 Ways to Prepare for Uncertainty in Business | Inc.com

If you've been in business for decades, you understand that circumstances change and unforeseeable events occur. While you can't read the future, you can make smart choices to prepare well for it. Not only will this provide you peace of mind, but you're more likely to respond quickly and …

Management

How to Build Your Startup's Kitchen Cabinet | Inc.com

There are countless parallels between political life and start-up life: a scrappy team working doggedly for something they believe in, a fundraising lift that often seems insurmountable, an unshakable sense of urgency to avoid losing (figuratively or literally). Entrepreneurs could learn a lifetime …

Leadership

How to Take Your Startup Global (on a Shoestring Budget)

<i>Alec Lynch is the founder and CEO of global crowdsourcing startup DesignCrowd.</i><p>If you run a startup or online business (or have an idea for one), there’s a good chance the opportunity for your venture is a global one.<p>However, conventional startup wisdom seems to be: start local, then go global. …

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