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How to Build Your Startup Without Hiring a Single Employee

Expectations have never been higher--not just from investors but from talented people, too. Here's how to create your way into business.<p>Ten years ago, I raised money with a PowerPoint presentation. Today, the expectations of investors are much higher. Investors want to see working products with …

7 near-monopolies that are perfectly legal in America

True monopolies were outlawed in 1890 in the U.S. after Congress passed the Sherman Antitrust Act. This law was designed to protect consumers from large companies that sought to use their dominant market position to engage in anticompetitive business practices. The bill also gave the federal …

This Is How You Stand Out, According to a Harvard Professor and Gary Vaynerchuk

Being able to recognize, leverage, and manage this one thing separates companies that succeed from those that fail.<p>Most businesses understand publishing content is a smart strategy to generate leads, nurture existing customers, and ultimately earn customer loyalty.<p>But even though they get that …

How to Increase Your Sales Using These 8 Google Analytics Reports

Google Analytics provides hundreds of different metrics.But that’s also part of the problem: There’s too many!You’d need days or weeks to completely …

Analytics

How to use trends to launch a business

Social media has created a society largely driven by “meme culture” and trends. The Snapchat hotdog, for instance, has recently been seen all over most social media platforms and has in turn led to large usage statistics for the video overlay.<p>Viral trends make consumers want to pay and engage with …

The Craziest Things That Have Been Funded on Kickstarter in 2017

From an air pollution pen to a robot arm -- check out some of these successful out-there campaigns.<p>Kickstarter is a great way for entrepreneurs to get funding for their out-there ideas. And when it comes to crowdfunding -- no idea is too crazy. You’d be surprised at some of the things people are …

17 Apps Every Entrepreneur Needs in 2017

Long before you can afford a staff to help you do more you can afford apps that help freak out less.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you’re like most people in business today, there always seem to be a million things on your to-do list and you don’t know where to …

Apps

How a First-Time Founder Went From Zero to $23 Million With No Venture Capital

This underdog can help us learn to block external influences and pursue our passion.<p>Do you ever get Nonsexual Crushes on people? It's not a physical attraction - maybe you just love their intellect or charisma. Nonsexual crushes are the cheerful cousin to evil envy - you wish them no ill will, you …

This Flowchart Helps You Find Your Leadership Style

If you ever have to step up and manage people, it can be pretty difficult to figure out the best way to do it in a way that both works with your …

How a Tiny Company With No Marketing Built the No. 1 Product on Amazon

It's a lesson in how to sell $14.8 million worth of product in a single day with no advertising.<p>Last July, Amazon touted the success of its second annual Prime Day promotion in a press release, rattling off how much stuff people bought in different categories:<p><i>90,000 televisions</i><i>2 million toys</i><i>1</i> …

Remember These 4 S's for Startup Success

Forget all the other acronyms and theoretical business quadrants. All you need for startup success are these four S's.<p>Business school was (and continues to be) an expensive learning experience, and what I remember most was that every professor claimed their stake to significance by naming or …

The 5 Stages Startups Must Go Through to Make That First $1 Million

What stage of business is your startup in?<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We all want our startup businesses to hit that coveted $1 million per year in revenue. The unfortunate truth is that only 4 percent of us actually make that goal.<p>This past year my company scaled …

Business Strategy

How to Give Your Content Wings: We Analyzed 11,541 Viral Articles from 2016 to Uncover the Secret Formula

I’ve been blogging for more than 10 years. After launching and growing multiple successful blogs, there’s one thing that doesn’t change — the amount …

Infographics

33 startups to watch in 2017, according to VC investors

Who better to ask than the startup experts, the VCs that watch the industry, guide the startups, hear their pitches, and invest in them?<p>So we reached out to a handful of top VCs and asked them which young or growth-stage startups will boom in 2017.<p>We asked them to particularly focus on …

Startups

10 Free Tools for Successfully Managing Your Personal Brand

Do you Google yourself and find another person with your same name? Do you want to keep your personal life separate from your personal brand? Do you …

Social Media

10 Ways to Increase Your Small Business Sales - Small Business Trends

Want to make more sales for your small business in 2017? There are many different paths you can take to increase your business’s sales. And members …

Small Business

10 Profitable Side Business Ideas For Designers

Good things come to those who hustle, but experienced hustlers know that this lifestyle can be just as nerve-racking as it can be rewarding. While one month you’re bathing in a myriad of opportunities, only concerned with having more hours in a day, the next you’re faced with absolute silence, …

Small Business

10 Reasons Why Your Startup Idea Is Terrible And Won't Get Funded

As a venture capital and angel investor, I get bombarded with proposals to invest in startups. Many of them are terrible and just not fundable by angel investors or venture capital funds. Here are 10 common mistakes I have seen startups make that have resulted in their inability to raise</b> …

Startups

5 Beginner Search Engine Optimization Hacks For Small Business Owners

There's no denying that Search Engine Optimization, commonly referred to as SEO, is a key skill to learn if you want to increase your small business's odds of being found online by potential customers. The higher your business ranks for keywords in your industry, the more customers will find your …

9 Things to Note Before Launching a Facebook Coupon Offers Campaign

Facebook Offers campaigns are a great way of promoting your products and/or services. It has been proven that social media campaigns are 60 percent …

How to Crowdfund Without Going Broke and Irking Your Backers

Crowdfunding products have unique challenges. Read on for the ins and outs of launching a product.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may …

Instagram Ads: What Marketers Need to Know

Are you active on Instagram? Have you considered experimenting with ads? To find out how Instagram ads work, I interview Jenn Herman. More About This …

Social Media

Influencer Marketing Done Right (And Wrong)

<b>How to produce a successful marketing campaign, generate ridiculous return on investment and grow your business. And what to avoid so you can save a tremendous amount of time, money, energy and brand equity.</b><p>We, at Global Yodel Media Group, have a global influencer network with a social reach of …

Crowdsourcing Customer Acquisition: A Cost-Effective Way To Gain Customers For Your Startup

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur Middle East, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p><i>This article was co-written with Morrad Irsane, co-founder and CEO, Melltoo.</i><p>Our startup, Melltoo, hit an important milestone in June this year, when …

7 Steps to build core team for your startup in early days

I have attended as a speaker for a startup conference recently, few people were asking me about how to build core team, I thought it is worth to …

7 Ways to Save Your Business Thousands of Dollars Each Month

Keeping expenses down makes you a lot calmer when thinking how to boost revenue.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Every small business owner worries about money. Sometimes that means cutting corners where you shouldn’t, or not paying yourself what you deserve.<p>But I’m …

Small Business

10 Success lessons from Brian Chesky – “Airbnb Founder and Billionaire” for entrepreneurs

Share37<p>Tweet<p>Share43<p>+11<p>Shares 81<p>Growing up, Brian Chesky never envisioned himself as an entrepreneur. Instead, the Airbnb co-founder came up with the …

Startups

The 14 Phrases Every VC Wants to Hear in Your Pitch

<i>This article is part of</i> Tools of the Trade<i>, a weekly series in which a variety of experts share actionable tips for achieving fast and effective</i> …

Cigar Shop Business Plan Business Plan - Executive summary, Objectives, Mission, Keys to success

• Home<br>• Business Plans Handbook<br>• Business Plans - Volume 05<br>• Cigar Shop Business Plan Business Plan<p>Cigar Shop<br>BUSINESS PLAN<p>Follow City-Data.com founder on our …

14 Slides you must have to raise funding for your Startup

When it comes to raising fund, most of the startups find it difficult to sell the idea to investors. It’s quite hard to explain the brand you created …