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Yes, you should write a fucking business plan.

Just because you’re a startup, doesn’t mean you won’t need it.<p>I know business plans aren’t in vogue. They’re not popular. Many of the startups that I …

98 Best Motivational Quotes to Make You More Successful

Need a boost of inspiration? These quotes will give you the spark you need--and motivate you to reach even greater heights.<p>Motivational quotes can make a surprisingly big difference, lifting your spirits when you're down and encouraging you to even greater heights when you've hit a plateau.<p>That's …

WTF Is MRR? Tech's Most Jargony Acronyms Explained.

If talk turns to a company’s TAM, and you're, like, WTF, consider yourself DOA.<p>In the 1987 film “Good Morning, Vietnam,” the late Robin Williams butts heads with a grouchy lieutenant over his irritating knack for abbreviations. “Seeing as how the VP is such a VIP, shouldn’t we keep the PC on the …

Startups

14 Milestones of Parenthood

It's a wonderful journey, and no matter how old your children are, these undeniable phases of parenting will ring true.<p>Volumes have been written about children's developmental progress—when they first roll from front to back, sit, walk, utter their first words, and countless other baby benchmarks. …

20 Motivational Quotes To Help You Succeed

Being a business owner, you must have gone through different challenges and difficulties in successful business functioning. At this stage, you have …

Here's the salary you have to earn to buy a home in 19 major US cities

In the market for a home?<p>Mortgage website HSH.com has updated its estimate of how much annual income a household would need to buy a home in major metropolitan areas in the US, according to third-quarter 2015 data.<p>Housing prices in Los Angeles have jumped, increasing 14% since last quarter. And for …

Real Estate

How to Build a Compelling Marketing Plan for Your Startup

This is the 2nd installment of a 3-Part Series on how to build a compelling and investment-worthy business plan.<p>This 3-part series is intended to illuminate what goes into developing a superior business plan-one worth funding. I hope that you enjoyed Part I of the series last week. In this …

Marketing

Who wants to be an intrapreneur? Seven must-have traits

Intrapreneurs, entrepreneurial spirits who prefer to work for an employer, should be open to risk and masters of persuasion<p>Intrapreneurs are entrepreneurial spirits who prefer to play an active role in helping their employer to innovate and grow rather than run the risks associated with starting …

Startups

5 Essentials for Succeeding in Any Business You Choose

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Finding success as an entrepreneur can often come with a number of challenges. No matter what industry you are in, or how long you have been working at it, there will always be obstacles to overcome and challenges that come your way. …

Small Business

6 Things Entrepreneurs Should Learn From Mark Cuban

Shark-infested waters: what you can learn about swimming in the treacherous currents of entrepreneurship.<p>Mark Cuban: wildly successful entrepreneur, savvy media presence, and source of great startup and leadership lessons.<p>But don't just take my word for it. Another guy who feels this way is Ed …

How to Calculate My Monthly Take-Home Salary

To calculate your monthly take-home salary, you just need some information about your tax situation and payroll deductions.<p>If you get a new job, …

10 Pricing Strategies That Can Drastically Improve Sales

This story originally appeared on Help Scout<p>Utilizing smart pricing strategies when selling products, services or subscriptions is a must to succeed in a competitive marketplace.<p>The worst thing you can do is to try to wing it when it comes to pricing. Many entrepreneurs and marketers make this …

Customers

What’s in all that e-cig vapor?

Wander into a vape shop in the mall or online, and you can find a smorgasbord of flavors: cotton candy, vanilla custard, even Unicorn Milk or Katy Perry’s Cherry.<p>Flashy flavors have helped e-cigarettes, designed to vaporize a nicotine solution, grow into an industry with an estimated $3.5 billion …

Does Your Business Plan Answer These 6 Questions?

The right questions can give your company – and your business plan – the focus it needs. The answers can also give future partners and investors confidence in your venture.<p><b>1.</b> <b>What problem are you going to solve?</b> Explain what you do, why it’s important and why it’s not available anywhere else.<b><br>Read</b> …

Small Business

5 Sacrifices Every Entrepreneur Must Make

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Every entrepreneur starts out with big dreams and excitement. As an entrepreneur, you control your own destiny, and with the right ideas, the right skillset and unflinching dedication, you can build wealth or establish an enterprise to …

Entrepreneurship

How To Never Get 'No' For An Answer In Business

There are many lessons that I’ve learned in starting nine different companies over the last twenty years, but there is one lesson that I preach to aspiring entrepreneurs at the Founder Institute and Founder Lab more than any other.<p>No is not an acceptable answer. If you ask a question and get a …

Shark Tank Star Lori Greiner's 10 Tips for Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It’s one thing to have a business idea. It’s quite another to act on it.<p>Just ask Lori Greiner. Long before her days as a bonafide startup guru, the Shark Tank star would often come up with a product idea, not pursue it, and kick herself …

Entrepreneurship

Most Small Business Owners Fail to Track These Three Metrics

How to plan and forecast key financials for growth<p>As a small business owner, you understand your business' financials inside and out. You probably lose sleep at night worrying about your sales. You're passionate about your business succeeding, and you've invested your life's work into it. But, …

12 Ways To Ensure Your Email Marketing Packs A Serious Punch

Is your email marketing not getting the results you want? Follow this 12-point checklist to make sure your email marketing packs a wallop.<p><b>Email is</b> …

21 Ways to Achieve Wealth and Success

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In his book, <i>Rich Habits -- The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals</i>, Tom Corley outlines several habits that distinguish the wealthy from the nonwealthy.<p>It got me to think, How many people operate on autopilot and don’t stop to …

Self-improvement

5 Important Tax Season Tips For Startups

It’s tax season and a good time for business owners to take a look at their accounting system, tools and processes to make sure they’re doing everything they can to maximize income and minimize taxes. Startup founders and small business owners generally concern themselves with growth and …

How 'robo-investing' is managing money for the masses

<b>"Robo-investing" - using computer algorithms rather than humans to manage your investments - is a white-hot sector attracting lots of start-up cash.</b><p>There are now several companies here in the US promising that their algorithms can get more bang for your investment buck at a fraction of the price …

Investing

A List of Costs Associated With Buying Our Home

<i>by Vanessa</i><p>In December, my husband and I bought our first house. Our house cost $500,000 on paper, and in real life we spent exactly …

The 6 Key Components Of Writing A Business Plan

Having prepared a good business plan before starting your venture can often be the difference between startup success and failure. I am not saying you need a 50 page detailed report, as investors don’t typically have the time to read them anymore. But, it is more about taking the time to think …

Small Business

6 Ways to Save Money on Amazon that You Probably Never Knew

Not too long ago, you believed that making money with a blog was impossible. But after seeing dozens of income reports from other bloggers, you …

7 Tax Deductions Every Parent Should Know About

Everyone wants to save money, and parents are no exception. But when it comes to filing taxes, did you know there are certain tax breaks that apply just for parents? Even if you feel like you're spending more than saving, having a child can actually help you save some cash during this tax season.<p>As …