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10 Mistakes to Avoid When Launching Your Startup | Inc.com

When your team is preparing for launch day, things are bound to get hectic. In the chaos, don't a mistake that will haunt your company for months or even years to come. We asked a panel of 10 entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council to name some of the common mistakes that can hobble a startup …

Customer Service

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One of the things I often hear from companies recruiting candidates is that there's a talent shortage. But award-winning author and sales management expert Lee Salz views it differently: The talent is out there, you just have to know what you want (and how to find it).<p>Lee Salz wrote the book <i>Hire</i> …

Employment

Business Planning and Strategy: 5 Things You've Overlooked | Inc.com

"Your strategy (market, customer, etc.) is the foundation while the hard edge (supply chain, distribution, etc.) supplies the tactics by which you execute that strategy."<p>However--and this is essential--without the third side of the triangle, the human side, even the best strategies and tactics fall …

Business Strategy

5 Ways Classic Psych Can Help You Build Stronger Teams | Inc.com

When it comes to hiring, the theory suggests that job candidates jobs are likely motivated to work to fulfill one of three core needs: economic, social or achievement. The problem is that while companies all want to hire those with the need to achieve, they only consider those who first have an …

Employment

The New Approach to Get Customers Banging on Your Door

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Serving as HubSpot’s CEO since the company’s inception, Brian Halligan is a senior lecturer at MIT and the author of two books on marketing strategy.<p>Halligan got his start in sales and marketing by cold calling until his “fingers bled,” …

Marketing

11 Proven Ways to Improve Your Marketing | Inc.com

You could sit around and wait for inspiration to strike. (It happens sometimes.) But here is a more proactive approach you could take to increase your revenues. Feel free to employ any or all.<p>1. <b>Conduct tiny</b> <b>experiments.</b><p>Your resources are limited and there is no guarantee that even the most brilliant …

Marketing

Innovators, Watch Out for These Invention Killers

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Inventors are problem solvers. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t be inventing. But ask anyone who has gone through the process of turning an idea -- even a great one -- into a marketable commodity: The list of problems is just …

Inventions

The 4 Things Every Customer Wants

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The landscape of customer loyalty has new contours: Customers get terrific service in pockets of their life and use those experiences to judge every other sales exchange. Customers also have more choices than ever before and therefore …

Customers

3 Steps to Turbocharge Your Startup | Inc.com

So your startup is growing at 20 percent a year? Great. Can you double that?<p>The executive board of Black Duck Software recently asked that question. In response, the company, an open source software project management dashboard maker, hired Lou Shipley as CEO. The six-time entrepreneur, who had …

Startups

Need Guidance at Your Startup? Create an Advisory Board Keeping These 3 Things in Mind.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There are always two sides to the coin when it comes to getting investment capital or going public for entrepreneurs. While some like the angel investor or capital funding route, others prefer to keep their business private so they …

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs: How to Recognize Depression When It Hits | Inc.com

One of the most important moments for me since starting Launchpad came last summer and fall. My close friend and co-founder experienced a family tragedy that kept him out for much of 2013. On top of feeling emotionally shaken to the core by that experience, I knew our company was not prepared for …

Entrepreneurship

How To Set Goals For The Life You Actually Want

It’s time to stop setting the wrong goals and start using goals to determine the journey, not the destination.<p>It’s a commonly accepted sentiment that setting goals will lead you to success.<p>Many of us believe life will be better by reaching those goals, so we make our plans, put our nose to the …

Wall Street

3 Things a CEO Should Never Delegate | Inc.com

Entrepreneur Dan Shapiro is a three-time CEO who has raised more than $30 million in venture capital. In 2011, Google bought one of his startups, Sparkbuy. Since then, he's worked at Google. He's writing about these experiences in a forthcoming book called <i>Startup CEO Secrets</i>.<p>How does any of that …

Leadership

The 6 People Every Startup Needs

This story originally appeared on FOX BUSINESS<p>There’s no magic bullet for startup success, but your team can often make-or-break it, says entrepreneur Bernd Schoner.<p>Schoner, who has a Ph.D. from MIT and was co-founder of RFID technologies startup ThingMagic, sold his company to Trimble Navigation …

Startups

6 Practices to Boost Your Chances of Success in Life and Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We all define success differently. For some, it might be the ability to purchase a nice car or take a fabulous vacation. For others, it might mean being able to provide for one’s family. I think it’s important to take the time to …

Self-improvement

Top 32 Quotes Every Entrepreneur Should Live By

The nature of being an entrepreneur means that you fully embrace ambiguity and are comfortable with being challenged regularly. Especially when having to go out for startup fundraising. Choosing this career path is completely irrational because the odds of succeeding are dismal, but most succeed …

Top 10 Legal Mistakes By Early-Stage Entrepreneurs

<i>“To a start-up, cash is like the jet fuel on a plane–something you don’t want to run out of at the wrong time.” — Andrew W. Buffmire, Attorney at Law</i><p>Once in awhile the attorneys do know best. This week I interviewed Andrew Buffmire, attorney for Michael Best & Friedrich LLP’s Salt Lake office. The …

8 tips for creating the perfect pitch deck (from someone who's raised $75M)

Creating a pitch deck is hard, especially when you’ve never done it before. If you’re a first-time entrepreneur like I was when we raised our series $15 million first round for Bigcommerce back in 2011, then you’re probably excited, nervous, and anxious about raising your first round of …

6 Things a Successful Startup Needs | Inc.com

What are the keys to startup success and how can you know if a startup is likely to succeed? A study by Inc. magazine and the National Business Incubator Association found the failure rate to be as high as eight in 10 businesses, so it is a worthy question to ask before investing significant time …

Product Management

5 Reasons Why You Will Remain A Wantrepreneur

<i>Rahul Varshneya is the co-founder of</i> <i>Arkenea Technologies</i> <i>and a mobile strategy advisor. He can be contacted via Twitter</i> <i>@rahulvarshneya</i><i>.</i><p>Aspiring entrepreneurs often don’t even start up. The reasons are aplenty, but if you can get over these five, you have got a chance to start your first venture.<p>You …

Great Management Questions from Paul Graham, Jim Collins, and Other Business Leaders | Inc.com

There’s no Superman versus Iron Man face-off between questions and answers over which is the better tool for innovation. But if there were, questions would be winning. Questions ignite imaginations, avert catastrophes, and reveal unexpected paths to brighter destinations. Jim Collins, Marshall …

Leadership

The Art Of The Pivot: 6 Ways To Make A Big Change

How do you reinvent your company or yourself without dinging your credibility? Here are the moves that make up a successful pivot.<p>Sometimes in life, it becomes clear that you’re on the entirely wrong path.<p>Whether it’s a business that’s floundering or a career that is increasingly intolerable, your …

Luxury Travel

3 Innovative Methods to Prevent Leadership Blind Spots | Inc.com

<i>"The important and difficult job is never to find the right answers, it is to find the right question." Peter Drucker,</i> The Practice of Management <i>(1954)</i><p>When Clayton Christensen, the famed Harvard Business School professor, was an MBA student at the school, he had a habit of writing down the best …

Innovation

How to Be More Self-Confident: 5 Tips | Inc.com

I just listened to one of the most interesting interviews I've ever heard on NPR, It was a talk with Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, authors of <i>The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance--What Women Should Know</i>.<p>The interview and book are about women and self-confidence, but the advice …

Self-improvement

15 Things Successful People Do on Monday Mornings | Inc.com

Monday mornings are the most critical time of the workweek, as they set the stage for the day and week ahead.<p>"Because you've stepped away for a couple days, these back-to-work mornings are the most memorable for the rest of the week," says Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of</i> …

Time Management

6 Habits of Great Connectors | Inc.com

The second part of the 1936 Dale Carnegie classic book, <i>How to Win Friends and Influence People</i>, is called "Six Ways to Make People Like You."<p>All these years later, connecting with new people remains a vital skill for any entrepreneur hoping to grow her network. But that doesn't mean it's easy, …

Selling

The 20-Minute Morning Routine Guaranteed to Make Your Day Better | Inc.com

Today sucked. You felt tense, stressed, and sulky.<p>Want tomorrow to be different? Want to be in a better mood the whole day? It's easy: Work out early, for about 20 minutes, before you start your day.<p>You probably already know that exercise is energizing. Researchers at the University of Georgia …

Exercise

3 Beliefs of Highly Successful People | Inc.com

Here at Inc.com, we frequently round up things you can do to be more successful. That makes sense--we all want to know what we can do to achieve more, but as Hubspot founder and CTO Dharmesh Shah recently pointed out in one of his LinkedIn Influencer columns, success isn't just a matter of what you …

Self-improvement