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No Debt for Us, Thanks | Inc.com

When my husband and I agreed to risk our life’s savings so I could open a yarn shop (yes, a yarn shop!), there was only one point of non-negotiation: We would never take on outside debt or invest more of our own money into it. I had to make the business run and grow organically. If I couldn’t do …

8 Tips For Dealing With Difficult People

Like the old <i>Saturday Night Live</i> character, Debbie Downer, some people are only happy when they’re unhappy and bringing down everyone else around them too.<p>Here are eight tips for dealing with difficult people at work.<p>1. Don’t get dragged down—The old saying is “Misery loves company.” The most …

7 Memorable Graduation Speeches by Entrepreneurs and Other Leaders | Inc.com

In 1994, I witnessed perhaps history's most insane commencement addresses, at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass.<p>Connie Chung, then the anchor of CBS Evening News, offered a stream-of-consciousness recounting of a dream she'd had the night before--not exactly a Martin Luther King Jr.-style …

University of Pennsylvania

Self-Employment Do and Don'ts: How to Create the Right Balance

When you are planning to start your new business and become self-employed, you need to know about the things you need to do. But that is not all. You …

The Common Start-up Mistake You Don't Want to Make | Inc.com

I've built five businesses. I teach business. I regularly judge business plan competitions. And I advise both mature and start-up businesses. And there is one thing that everyone always gets wrong about a new venture: timing.<p>I've lost count of the number of spreadsheets I've perused, each one …

Startups

New Start-ups: Here's Your Digital To-Do List | Inc.com

I asked a number of entrepreneurs and experts for the essential things every new start-up must do to establish its Web presence. Here's the digital to-do list they came up with:<p><b>1. Register the domain.</b><br>If you've seen the GoDaddy.com commercials, you know you shouldn't wait long to register a domain. …

Local Search

Top 5 Unavoidable Startup Expenses for a Businesss

Initiating a business is exciting, fun even. But startup dreamers shouldn’t forget the business of starting a business. Sure, it’s enjoyable to pick …

5 Basic Principles of Selling | Inc.com

What is selling, really? Ask ten salespeople you'll get ten different answers. Ask ten executive, you'll get ten more. But what is selling, really? IMHO, selling can be boiled down to the following basic principles:<p><b>1. Selling is 60 percent listening and 40 percent talking.</b><p>When you're having a …

Selling

I Completely Disconnected for 10 Days. Here's What Happened

I woke up one morning about four weeks ago and realized in a flash that I'd hit a wall. Most days I can't wait to get to work. On this day, I …

10 Eye-Opening Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read | Inc.com

As anyone who reads this column knows, I'm a huge proponent of positive thinking. However, positive thinking is delusional unless it's based upon a clear understanding of how the business world really works.<p>Put another way: We can't make the world a better place unless we can first see things as …

Online Marketing Success Gone Wrong? | Inc.com

This story has all of the right components for an instant hit: The hungry entrepreneur and his vision for the ultimate product, his painstaking attention to design, using only the best materials, and his exploitation of a loophole left open by the excesses of giant brands. And, from design to …

Public Relations

Where Great Start-ups Go Wrong | Inc.com

Think of the most influential band of the last 50 years. U2? Nirvana? Led Zeppelin?<p>The consensus in our office is, to no one's surprise, The Beatles.<p>The Beatles' success was obviously not just about the music. Like any disruptive start-up, they counteracted a stodgy culture that was barely ready …

Breakups

11 Inspiring Quotes From Sir Richard Branson | Inc.com

Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group--an empire of more than 400 companies that includes an airline, a mobile phone company, and a credit card company--sat down Wednesday with Inc. editor-in-chief Eric Schurenberg. Their exclusive interview kicked off Inc.'s GrowCo conference in New …

Virgin Atlantic

3 Ways to Pitch Your Idea | Inc.com

Here at The Build Network, we're big fans of leadership guru Daniel Pink (@DanielPink).<p>Thanks to his blog, we learned about Michael Panalon's book, <i>Instant Influence</i>, and published the article "2 Questions That Make People Do What You Want."<p>So when Pink's latest title, <i>To Sell Is Human: The</i> …

Start-ups: 80% of Your Growth Depends on This | Inc.com

Most businesses fail within a few years of starting up. Often, it's because they haven’t successfully identified a market or crafted a good enough plan to capture it.<p>That doesn’t have to be the case, says Les McKeown, a business consultant and serial entrepreneur who spoke at Inc.'s GrowCo …

Business Strategy

Getting to Market: 4 Crucial Steps | Inc.com

You may have figured out what you need to build your business, but bringing it to market is an entirely different challenge. After all, no great idea survives a dearth of customers.<p>To get some perspective on go-to-market strategies, I decided to talk to the founders of DogVacay, a start-up that …

Decisiveness: Three Steps To Making a Decision

Making a decision can be tough, especially when it’s a business decision. You face an almost infinite range of things that you could be doing in your …

The One Thing All Successful Entrepreneurs Have In Common: A Case Study

What entrepreneurs need most of all—above motivation, focus, hope, financing, marketing skill, a brilliant idea, etc.—is desire.<p>Unless you truly want to make something happen, the odds are nothing will. Without that desire, nothing else matters…or occurs. Your life will be filled in other …