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Startup advice: Beware of the fakes, the phonies and the frauds

Startups are hard because by definition, you’re trying to do something that has never been done before. There is no roadmap, handbook or “right” …

The Top 5 Reason Every Entrepreneur Needs to Travel More | Inc.com

<b>Creative inspiration</b> - Travelling to international countries, and especially living abroad, can expose a person to new ideas, or highlight new solutions that exist to problems in your home country. By looking at the world through a different lens, you can see more broadly, and this trait will serve …

Stereotypes

How to Conquer Your Fear of Starting a Business

It's all about finding the courage to take the first step.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Fear, uncertainty and self-doubt are all raw feelings people experience when they consider the idea of starting their own business. It's scary. No doubt about that. Entrepreneurs …

Discover Your Passion -- Or 'Ikigai' -- With 4 Simple Tips

Earlier this year, a friend from Denmark shared with me how she felt contented and happy in all areas of her life except for her career. She wasn’t sure what she wanted to do and struggled to discover her passion.<p>The question, “how do I know what my passion is?” is one I have asked myself many …

Ikigai

You Need a Personal Brand. Here's How You Build One.

When people Google you, what will they find?<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>One of the most important aspects of starting a company or career is building your personal brand. That's because your reputation is a crucial part of doing business, both online and offline. …

5 Best Web Practices To Grow Your Small Business Online

We all know that more and more people are utilizing the web when it comes to making a decision on choosing which products and services to buy. And yet, it’s hard to believe that there’s still a good amount of businesses that aren’t honing in on this online trend.<p>In fact, 29% of small businesses …

Small Business

3 Dangerous Entrepreneurial Myths You Need to Ignore

This terrible advice won't actually get you anywhere.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We've all heard the numbers about how hard it is to build a long-lasting business. While there are many factors at play to get there, without effective marketing and sales a business …

4 Sure-Fire Ways for Startup CEOs to Find Their First 100 Customers | Inc.com

Dear Chad,<p>I've just launched my startup. Any advice on landing my first 100 customers?<p>-CEO<p>Hey CEO,<p>When it comes to landing your first 100 customers, you need to forget everything you've heard or read about sales.<p>That's because when you're looking for your first 100 customers, you're playing by …

Customers

Two Critical Things No One Tells You About Becoming An Entrepreneur | Inc.com

Today, being an entrepreneur is a pretty hip thing to be. We hear stories with regularity about disruptive innovators, kidpreneurs making millions before they can drive a car, and humble stay at home parents leveraging their brilliant ideas to bring hoards of cash rolling in.<p>The sheer preponderance …

Not Quite Ready To Start A Company - Consider This Simple Alternative | Inc.com

Every one of us is looking for an edge, that little extra something that will propel us over the top. Startup founders like you and me sit at the precipice of our leap and look for some guidance as we examine the cost/benefit of the jump.<p><b>For those who have never started a company, the decision to</b> …

Show Me the Money! Best Practices for Raising Capital for Your Startup.

If investors can see through you, and it's evident that their money is all you want, the only thing they'll show you is the door.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Raising capital for your start-up is one of the most difficult yet most important parts of being an …

5 Success Tips From 5 Millionaire Moms (and You Can Do Them From the Comfort of Your Home) | Inc.com

After bringing kids into the mix, early morning meetings and late-night work sessions at the office become an even <i>less</i> attractive option than they already were. Missing soccer games, spelling bees, and ballet practices because of Q2 strategic planning just won't do.<p>Rather than exiting the working …

3 Tips For The Newbie Midlife Entrepreneur

Starting a business in midlife can be overwhelming. Entrepreneurs in their 50s and 60s are often advised to invest the hours and energy of someone in their 20s. But they don’t have to.<p>That’s because many of them approach beginning a business with finances and personal lives that are in good shape, …

Middle Age

5 Ways Entrepreneurship Changes Your Life for the Better

In life, it's nice when a person is empathetic. In business, it's a necessity.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When Miko Branch co-founded the curly hair product empire Miss Jessie’s with her sister, she expected it to change her life, but she had no clue it would make …

You Have a Great Idea, But Do You Have the Confidence and Persistence To Build It?

How this health care innovator and his partners built a business that mattered.<p><i>In this ongoing series, we are sharing advice, tips</i> <i>and insights from real entrepreneurs who are out there doing business battle on a daily basis. (Answers have been edited and condensed for clarity.)</i><p><b>Who are you and</b> …

How These Entrepreneurs are Infusing Creativity into Business

These non-tech reliant start-ups are banking on their creative side for success<p>Assistant Editor, Entrepreneur India<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur India, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>The Indian start-up scene has unfolded …

6 Ways to Motivate Employees -- or Anyone -- in Your Life to Do Something

Getting people to reach for more in their lives and work begins with asking them what it is important to them.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Are you able to inspire and motivate yourself, your employees and other people around you?<p>It’s a challenge that everyone from …

14 Podcasts That Will Increase Your Business and Make You More Successful | Inc.com

If you own or aspire to own a business, here's my new list of recommended podcasts for founders and entrepreneurs looking for wisdom on anything from internet marketing, productivity and motivation to virtual assistants, startup growth and scaling. Have one you'd like to recommend? Leave me a …

Entrepreneurship

How to build a company and still have a life, according to 8 startup CEOs

For many of us, work and life are increasingly intertwined. Our emails flash across our wrists and new mail notifications ping all night long.<p>For startup founders, work and life is even more blurred. Their apartment may also serve as world headquarters for their company, and their best friends …

CEOs

This 24-year-old used Snapchat to launch a startup so successful, he turned down jobs at Facebook and Uber — all while fighting cancer

The cancer tumor he's been fighting for the past year while launching his startup is in retreat and the prognosis for a full recovery is good, he told Business Insider.<p>His young life is a reminder that good things often require hard choices, teamwork and, sometimes, fighting with everything you've …

Funding your bliss: mindfulness startups scale up

Joanna Glasner Contributor<p>Joanna Glasner is a reporter for Crunchbase.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Not a minimalist? Startups will gladly store, manage and deliver your items<br>• The state of the unicorn<p>The connected life is not necessarily the good life. Too often, it seems like we are squandering …

How Every Problem Is a Leadership Problem: A Successful Business Boils Down to Great Management

People are the most difficult aspect of any business. The key to success in leadership is continuously improving your customer service and people management skills.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There is a common thought that goes something along the lines of, …

Does Work-Life Balance Even Exist? Let's Ask Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Steve Blank (and Others) | Inc.com

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have welcomed their second child, a daughter named August. So, the CEO and founder of Facebook is taking two months of paternity leave. (It's staggered, so that he'll be out for a month, back for a month, then basically take the month of December).<p>If …

Work-life Balance

The 1 Piece of Advice That Causes 97% of Startups to Fail | Inc.com

Think about the last piece of advice you received about coming up with a startup idea. It probably went something like this:<p>"Pick an industry, any industry. Don't worry if you don't know anything about the industry. It's likely better if you don't. Do some customer research. Find a problem. Fix the …

Entrepreneurship

Choose Your Mentors Wisely: 3 Traits to Look for in a Great Mentor

Having a good mentor can be helpful. Having a great mentor can change your life.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As an entrepreneur, you will consistently encounter new obstacles, both large and small. How you deal with them will either derail you from your path or push …

25 Top Podcasts That Will Spark Your Entrepreneurial Vision

Listening to a podcast while going to and from work is a rare example of successful multitasking.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Ever heard anyone say that the trend is your friend? Sure, if something is getting a lot of attention, you probably should examine it …

5 essential tips to sell anything to anyone, according to a 'Shark Tank' Shark

Most people don't realize how important selling is — unless your paycheck depends on it!<p>Every time I mention selling, I always hear, "It's not for me", "You have to have knack for sales", or ;"I just can't do sales" — but this can't be farther from the truth.<p>Salespeople aren't the only ones selling …

China is overrun with unicorns

Since the beginning of 2017, China has seen its fair share of unicorns. No, not the national animal of Scotland. We're talking about startups valued …

After 3 Years of Rejection, He Raised $2 Million in 60 Days. Here's How.

After a constant chorus of 'no,' this entrepreneur found funding from an unlikely source.<p><i>In this ongoing series, we are sharing advice, tips</i> <i>and insights from real entrepreneurs who are out there doing business battle on a daily basis. (Answers have been edited and condensed for clarity.)</i><p><b>Who are you</b> …

Founder of India's Biggest Fintech Startup Has 5 Golden Steps To Success

"The way I look at it is build for India, build for the world."<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur India, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>Vijay Shekhar Sharma, the poster boy of Indian startups, is a man who has proven time and …