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5 Ways to Market Your Startup on a Dime

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><b>Q. I'm set to launch my first social network startup at the end of February. However, to gain some initial interest, I need to market the site in an inexpensive way. What are some different, low cost ways I can do so?</b> <i><br>-Matt Querzoli</i> …

Marketing

5 Tips for Launching a Side Business

This story originally appeared on FOX BUSINESS<p>While some entrepreneurs quit their day jobs to follow their dreams, <i>U.S. News & World</i> Report senior money editor Kimberly Palmer started a side business because she was worried about the stability of her dream job.<p>"I felt a lot of financial stress …

Small Business

Are You In It For Love or Money?

If you're a serial entrepreneur, the answer is probably money. The pros and cons of serial entrepreneurship.<p>A typical entrepreneur has an idea, starts a company and plays an important part in the operations day in and day out.<p>A serial entrepreneur, on the other hand, is someone who continuously …

Why Small Towns Are Boons for Small Business

Main Street is enticing in more ways than one, from reversing the brain drain to pleasing local clients.<p>With most major companies headquartered in urban hubs such as San Francisco, New York, Boston and Chicago, Main Street is not usually the first place that comes to mind when discussing …

10 Reasons Your YouTube Videos Aren't Popular

Before starting production on your small-business YouTube video, review these tips to help avoid "audience disconnect" and attract viewers.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>The following excerpt is from Jason R. Rich’s book</i> Ultimate Guide to YouTube for Business. <i>Buy it</i> …

Marketing

Starting a Business in 2014? Here Is Your Startup Checklist - Small Business Trends

Each year, the number of new businesses spikes in January as the start of a new year seems like the most natural time to begin a new venture. Whether …

5 Common Business Structures: The Right One for Your Small Business

If you’re getting started in your business ventures, one of the first things you might be thinking about is how to structure your business. Will you …

Sprint’s Framily plan isn’t Amway, but it’s a distant cousin of multilevel marketing

Since writing my post about Sprint’s interesting spin on the family plan on Tuesday, I’ve received a bunch of comments about how similar Sprint’s(s …

From Toddler to Tycoon

Money is the most common stressor in America. So why aren't we teaching kids how to handle it? Time to break out the lesson plan, Pops.<p>Here's what we know about kids who understand finances: they tend to be less materialistic, and they usually feel better about themselves. "We've seen young …

Why business plans aren’t a waste of time

On a regular basis, I am approached by entrepreneurs who assert that business plans are a waste of time. They cite sources like a recent BusinessWeek story, "Real Entrepreneurs Don't Write Business Plans" and this NY Times article. From my perspective as a professional investor and long-time …

Use Customer Cash to Finance Your Start-Up

Airbnb is one of the most celebrated start-ups of the past decade, and its creation story is well-known: In 2007 two design school graduates dusted off some air mattresses and rented out space in their San Francisco apartment to conference attendees who couldn’t find hotel rooms, netting $1,000. A …

Why You Shouldn't Send Your Business Plan to Investors

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Most entrepreneurs think they can get funding simply by sending out their business plan. Unfortunately, this rarely works. Over the past 15 years, my company, Growthink, has developed thousands of business plans for entrepreneurs seeking …

Small Business

Your Playbook to Starting Up On the Cheap: 10 Steps to Launch for Less Than $1,500 (Infographic)

Money is often a perceived barrier to launching a startup. It doesn't have to be.<p>The Founder Institute, an early-stage startup accelerator in Mountain View, Calif., put together the infographic below detailing 10 steps for launching a business for under $1,500. The Founder Institute advocates …

Infographics

How to Attract Talent With Little Cash

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><b>Q: It seems like investors want a team before they provide funding but a startup needs funding before they can attract great talent. So, how can I attract great talent with no capital, so I can present my strong team to investors? It</b> …

Entrepreneurship

Why Your Business Partner Should Be Nothing Like You

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>My business partner and I are polar opposites. He thinks I'm meticulous and I think he's messy and impulsive. But it's because of these differences that our business partnership works well. If it didn't, I doubt we'd have been able to …

Entrepreneurship

10 Reasons Not to Write a Business Plan

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you are one of the new age of entrepreneurs who hates the thought of doing a business plan as a first step in starting your new venture, you will love this message. More and more professionals agree that a better strategy is to explore …

Small Business

How To Change The World (a work in progress) | Kid President

How to Financially Prepare for 4 Big Life Milestones

Many of us fantasize about buying a house, getting married, having a baby, then retiring at 65—specifically in that order. In fact, according to …

57 startup lessons

There are already very good lists of startup lessons written by really talented, experienced people (here and here). I’d like to add another one. I …

How To Make Money Blogging: A Complete Guide

<i>A complete guide on how to make money blogging; from choosing a niche, to launching your blog, building content and monetising.</i><p>Today I’m going to …

How to Advertise Your YouTube Videos

If you're serious about getting your videos seen, it might be time to investigate pay-per-click advertising. It'll cost you, but you'll see results.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>The following excerpt is from Jason R. Rich’s book</i> Ultimate Guide to YouTube for Business.</i> …

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Tips for Expanding Your Business to Another City

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Frank Sinatra famously crooned that if he could make it New York, he could make it anywhere. Business owners know better.<p>This past June, Jonathan Butler and Eric Demby, the masterminds behind the Brooklyn Flea empire, decided it was time …

Entrepreneurship

Should You Raise Equity Through Crowd Funding? - Small Business Trends

Last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued the rules that make equity crowd funding possible. Now that you can, you may be …

What Can Angel Investors Do For You?

Landing an angel is a huge boon to a new company. But you ought to know what to expect.<p>Nothing makes startup founders salivate quite like the thought of a cash infusion. Especially if you utter the phrase "angel investor." But what exactly can angels, who invest their own funds directly into …

Are You Rich Enough? The Terrible Tragedy Of Income Inequality Among The 1%

With Thanksgiving on final approach, too many of us are counting our blessings and thinking of those in need. This is precisely backwards. There is vastly more income inequality among the top 1% than there is in the bottom 99%. Once all the facts are known, even the most crocodilian among us will …

Are We Seeing a Perfect Storm Building for Small Real Estate Investors?

In moving around the Web and reading my news feeds, there is mounting evidence that a perfect storm may be building for individuals and small partnership firms investing in rental property.<p>If you've considered doing something other than riding the stock market roller coaster or settling for tiny …

Real Estate

How to Set Up a Facebook Page for Business

Have you decided that it’s time to create a Facebook Page for your business?<p>Wondering exactly how to get your Page started the right way?<p>Facebook …

Social Media

Enough With The Apps Already!

I hate most iPad and iPhone apps. There, I said it. In this world we live in where jumping on the bandwagon is expected in order to keep up with the competition, every company or artistic project seems to be working on an app. And it’s not a good idea.<p>For one thing there are too many available …

This company wants to help you escape your terrible corporate job

After three years of working at Ernst & Young in London as a management consultant, Dominic Jackman felt unfulfilled and decided it was time for a change. In 2009, he asked his boss for a sabbatical but was told “no.” In the past three months, six of his colleagues had also asked for sabbaticals …

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