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How to Define Your Company: Capabilities vs. Products | McDonald's Strategy | Inc.com

McDonald's is about to become the largest children's book distributor in the U.K., according to reports in <i>The Bookseller</i> and <i>The Wire.</i><p>Here's how it will work: For a limited time in each Happy Meal, Mickey D's will offer a code for a free e-book in a children's mystery series. The e-book provider is …

McDonald's

In Two Years, This Excel-Killing Startup Grew Sales From $10 Million A Year To $10 Million A Month

Think about it: spreadsheet was invented before most of the world had heard of the PC, much less had one, way back in 1979 when software pioneers Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston, founders of Software Arts, built an app called VisiCalc.<p>Flash forward to 2014, with cloud computing and mobile devices …

5 Top Recurring Billing Apps for Your Business

Whether you’re a one-man operation, a huge corporation or somewhere in between, dealing with <i>recurring billing</i> for your customers is part of the job …

Small Business

How to Get Millions of Customers … on a Shoestring

For the first three years of my company, HootSuite, we spent literally no money on marketing, PR or advertising. As a bootstrapping startup, we …

Stitch Raises $3.25M From Google Ventures And Others To Help Salespeople Close More Deals

Stitch, a new startup that wants to help salespeople close more deals via a mobile, productivity platform, has raised $3.25 million in seed funding from Google Ventures, SoftTech, Freestyle Capital, Foundation Capital, ENIAC Ventures and angels such as Brad Garlinghouse, Tom Conrad, and Eric …

10 Social Media Accounts You Can Learn From

If it seems like everyone is on some sort of social media outlet, that assumption may not be far off. As of September 2013, 73% of adults online are …

Search Engines

This Startup Could Be PR Firms' Worst Nightmare | Inc.com

It's undeniably important to get your name out as a young startup, but it's unlikely that you have the money to hire a fancy public relations agency. It's a dilemma that too many fresh-faced founders find themselves facing. The result? Many reach out to reporters like myself in an attempt to get a …

Startups

How to Spread the Word About Your Crowdfunding Campaign

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>In her book</i> Cash From the Crowd<i>, Sally Outlaw, founder and CEO of crowdfunding website peerbackers, reveals the secrets of funding your business with help from colleagues, peers, family, friends and even perfect strangers through a</i> …

How to Dominate Kickstarter | Inc.com

If you’re looking for the perfect success story for how to dominate Kickstarter and get your project fully funded, look no further than Web Smith and Kevin Lavelle from Mizzen+Main. If you’ve ever thought about doing a crowdfunding project, follow every move they made (and steal with pride!). This …

Crowd Funding

2014 looks bright for entrepreneurs willing to take risks

Entrepreneurs are approaching 2014 with a sense of excitement and trepidation. The past few years have been about survival for many businesses. Investors and financiers have been risk averse. However, with the UK economy predicted to grow by 2.4% in the coming year, businesses are daring to think …

10 Things Business Owners Can Count On in 2014 | Inc.com

We are small business owners. We complain about uncertainty. We don't like surprises. Well, we can stop complaining. Because here are 10 things you can be absolutely certain about in 2014.<p><b>1. Washington gridlock will continue.</b> The Republicans are working to win back the Senate in this year's …

Health Care

35 Unique Backyard Ideas to Steal for Your House

Get away from it all (without leaving your home).<p>There's inspiration to be found in even the most manicured landscapes or stately patios.

Man Walks All Day to Create Massive Snow Patterns (Part 3)

English artist Simon Beck never ceases to amaze us with his large-scale murals of geometric patterns in snow. Each visually breathtaking piece, which Beck manually creates by walking through the snow and leaving behind his track prints, adds a surreal element to its natural landscape. Walking …

Murals

A 3-D Printer That Uses the Sun to Create Glass Objects Out of Sand

Marcus Kayser's Solar Sinter project turns the desert's resources into bowls<p>When design student Markus Kayser wanted to test his sun-powered, sand-fed 3-D printer, he knew the gray skies outside his London apartment wouldn't do. So he shipped the 200-plus-pound contraption to Cairo, Egypt, flew …

10 money-making ideas for 2014

Slide 1 of 12<p>After a stellar year for stocks in the U.S. and other developed markets, what can investors expect in 2014?<p>If the Federal Reserve’s …

12 business books you will need to read in 2014

<i>This originally appeared on LinkedIn. You can follow Adam Grant here.</i><p>One of the highlights of becoming an author is getting to read some exciting books in advance, and hearing early buzz about others. It’s the book nerd’s version of seeing sneak previews of movies before they hit the silver …

Success

The iWallet Is Coming

<i>Post updated to reflect a misstatement about when Apple rolled out self checkout to its stores.</i><p>This week, Apple unveiled the first large-scale integration of iBeacon, a technology that, when coupled with their fingerprint identification system, may be another building block in building a …

Startups need their own stock exchange. So I built one

For centuries, businesses have relied on stock exchanges to trade shares for equity. It’s a system that works well, bringing companies together with …

Startups

5 Free Apps To Get You In The Door, Keep Your Life On Track, And Much More

Why? Because it’s Friday. (And who doesn’t love free apps?)<p>If you’ve lost your keys, can’t wait for the World Cup, or want to keep a better digital diary, this edition of Free App Friday is for you.<p>As always, while they’re free now, we can’t guarantee how long they’ll last–so don’t wait too</b> …

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Big companies could face fines for paying small businesses late

Enterprise minister Matt Hancock said that new legislation could be passed “if it’s needed and if that’s what the consultation shows is required”.<p>“We …

Small Business

Businesses to be eligible for £3,000 broadband vouchers

Small firms will have the opportunity to apply for a grant from a £100m pot for the intiial set-up costs after the success of a pilot scheme earlier …

Small Business

How The Heck Did This Kid Create The Largest YouTube Music Network?

Brandon Martinez, Co-Founder and CEO of INDMusic, is making it possible for artists and labels to generate a sustainable living from online music. In doing so, he has created the largest music network on YouTube. He has also significantly impacted the future of the online music industry.<p>Music …

7 Power Mantras to Help You Through a Difficult Day

Finding lasting happiness seems to be like getting in shape physically. It may feel uncomfortable at first, but the more you do it the easier it becomes. You have to work your positivity muscles daily; if you do it, over time it will become much easier. Soon enough you won't have to try to get …

3 Agreement Types Every Entrepreneur Needs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In my fifteen years of helping small businesses, the most common question I hear from budding business owners is, “What kind of legal agreements do I need?” As a good lawyer, I used to answer with the response entrepreneurs hate most: “It …