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Your Roadmap To Becoming A Successful Entrepreneur

Managing a small business is not an easy victory for all. It demands a different view of life and a unique way of setting goals to ensure success. …

5 Small Business Social Media Mistakes

Small businesses can use social media to boost sales and gain attention from potential customers. Unfortunately, a lot of small businesses make …

6 Rules For Hiring a Team - Small Business Trends

No business grows by itself. Businesses are well-oiled machines (hopefully) that have people, infrastructure, and a set of systems working together …

Give Your Brick and Mortar Store Curb Appeal

If you’ve ever bought or sold a home, you’re familiar with the concept of “curb appeal.” A home with curb appeal looks inviting from the street, with …

Telling Stories Through Content: How 7 Brands Do It With Style - Small Business Trends

Brands. Stories. Profits.<p>Story telling is powerful. Stories help with branding, i.e., making an impression that stands out and sticks in our …

25 Tips for Using Instagram for Business

Instagram is a social channel that let’s you snap photos (and now video), add creative filters and share them with your followers. The photos can be …

Start-up Fundraising Tips from the Front Lines

Successful tech entrepreneur MaryAnn Bekkedahl shares valuable lessons learned when raising investment capital for her organization.<p>VCs and angel investors know that a good idea is nothing without the right people to bring that idea to life. They invest in people as much as they do in products or …

Want Your Employees to Innovate? Split Them Up

More raw brainpower isn't always the answer. In order for your company to innovate, create divisions.<p>If you want to take your company to the next level, making some divisions within your walls may be the best way to innovate and grow--almost like the start-up within. I've seen this work over and …

The 99% Success Formula

Every success formula ever written or published boils down to these seven steps.<p>If you boil down every "success formula" that's ever been devised or published, you pretty much end up with the following:<p><b>1. Know where you're starting from. (A).</b><p>Every journey has a starting place. With the journey …

Essential Entrepreneurial Advice for Every Graduate

Serial entrepreneur and author Steve Blank gave the commencement speech at the University of Minnesota. His advice is relevant for anyone starting up.<p><i>Editor's note: This speech was given at the University of Minnesota and then appeared on steveblank.com.</i><p>I am honored to be with you as we gather to …

6 Surprising Secrets of Truly Great Bosses

The very best managers do the exact opposite of what the average manager does.<p>At best, following conventional wisdom results in mediocrity. Truly great bosses don't just march to the beat of a different drummer, they convince everyone else to march along with them. Here's how:<p><b>1. They put the</b> …

5 Groovy Enterpreneurship Lessons From 'Mad Men'

It's not just cocktails and hookups. No other television show portrays life in a startup the way 'Mad Men' does.<p>If you're watching with the eyes of an entrepreneur, the true star of <i>Mad Men</i> isn't really Don Draper, Joan Holloway, or Peggy Olson. It's not even the 1960s. The true star of <i>Mad Men</i> is …

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Why You Should Write an Annual Failure Report

Beyond the lessons learned, you'll establish a culture that emboldens your employees to take risks.<p>Remember that old Teddy Roosevelt quote--the slightly sexist one you had to write an essay about in high school? It goes something like this:<p>"The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the …

How to Get Started on Pinterest: 8 Boards Worth Creating

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>The following excerpt is from Karen Tiber Leland’s book</i> Ultimate Guide to Pinterest for Business<i>. Buy it now from</i> Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes<p>Before you begin to create new boards on Pinterest, it's smart to consider what types of …

How to Protect Your Personal Finances From Business Risks

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>One of the most misunderstood concepts in the law, especially for small business owners, is how to protect personal wealth. Many business owners get taken advantage of with high-priced asset protection plans that don't provide the …

Ken and Ben Lerer Share Their Top 5 Secrets to Success for Young Entrepreneurs

Young entrepreneurs are always agonizing over how to scale their startups into successful ventures. So, who better to help resolve this conundrum than the powerhouse father and son entrepreneurs and investors behind Lerer Ventures, a New York City-based seed-stage venture-capital firm.<p>The eldest …

How to Overcome Your Biases and 4 More Business Tips From the Week

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>A roundup of the best tips of the week from Entrepreneur.com.</i><p>All of us have biases, blind spots and flaws in our thinking that distort the way we see the world. As an entrepreneur, you have to make decisions every day that impact the …

Tech Startups That Turned Down $100 Million Buyout Offers

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>It's common sense: If someone offers you $100 million, you accept and become fabulously rich.<p>In Silicon Valley, common sense is replaced by an irrational desire to create an extraordinary company like Google or Facebook. For 99.99 percent of …

How to Protect Your Business Idea Without a Patent

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It's natural to fear that your idea might be stolen. But you can't turn your vision into reality without the help of others. Sooner or later, you're going to want to ask an industry expert to evaluate your product or service. You're going …

My First 48 Hours Wearing Google Glass

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>This is the first in a four-part weekly series as I test Google Glass for personal and business uses.</i><p>I was one of the lucky individuals who were invited to be among the first 1,000 non-Google employees to pre-order Google Glass -- …

How to Amp Up Your Office Style on a Startup Budget

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In the startup world, ping pong tables and free swag have become the status quo. But these kinds of lush office accoutrements are not always feasible on a startup budget.<p>Still, it's important for your workspace or office to reflect your …

3 Simple and Creative Alternatives to Using PowerPoint for Presentations

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When you think about creating business presentations, this first thing that might come to mind is Microsoft's PowerPoint software. But some people find creating and viewing PowerPoint presentations to be tedious or not very engaging.<p>The …

4 Business-Naming Tips for Branding Success

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you're just starting up, one of the first -- and most important -- decisions you'll make is what to name your business.<p>It sounds easy enough. Make up a funny name like Google or Yahoo, and you're in business. But nothing is ever that …

The Social Media Hat

Influencer Marketing is “the new black.” Everybody is talking about it, and it seems like all companies (B2B and B2C alike) are dabbling in it. Here …

Social Media

5 Things Your First Investors Must Bring to the Table

The best angels and VCs offer more than just money. Here's what to look for as you shop around.<p>Looking to VCs or angels for the capital to take your start-up to the next level? Proceed with caution--not all investors are created equal. In fact, there are a handful of characteristics you should look …

How I Learned to Lean Forward, Every Day

One secret to my success is a refusal to dwell on the past. Four steps to stay focused on the future.<p>This week marks the one year anniversary of my column on Inc.com. I have enjoyed sharing my experiences and connecting with many of you via Twitter, LinkedIn and via the comments section. I thought …

Entrepreneurship

7 Employees You Should Fire Now

It's a crazy competitive world out there--you can't afford to have employees who aren't cutting it.<p>Some months ago, Apple and Microsoft each parted ways with a high-profile senior executives: iOS software chief Scott Forstall and Windows president Steven Sinofsky.<p>The moves were just weeks apart and …