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6 Things You Think You Need to Start a Business--but Really Don't | Inc.com

What does it take to start a successful business? It's not what you think. All the advice you've learned from experts, books, magazines, and websites like this one might be completely wrong.<p>At least that's the view from Brian D. Evans, and he seems like he should know. He's a serial entrepreneur …

Entrepreneurship

7 Top Trends in Venture Capital | Inc.com

As managing partner of Blumberg Capital, David Blumberg is a respected investor, with two decades of experience investing in early-stage tech startups. I recently interviewed him on the top trends affecting venture capital in the current market. His uncanny insights into upcoming trends could be of …

Internet of Things

5 New Year's Resolutions for Entrepreneurs | Inc.com

Lose weight? Go for Michelle Obama arms? Those kinds of resolutions are for the everyday person. Possibly because many entrepreneurs tend to underemphasize "work-life balance," for better or for worse, most entrepreneurs will devote most of their energy to meeting business goals in the new year. …

Small Business

How to Run a Startup While Working Full Time

It’s not unusual for entrepreneurs to work two jobs at the same time, at least during the launch phase of their startup. They have their full-time …

The 5 Pillars, or 'Fingers,' of Successful Entrepreneurship

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurship is not easy. According to the April 2014 Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, 0.28 percent of adults per month started a new business in 2013.<p>Out of those new businesses, the majority will not survive. So what sets …

11 Businesses You Can Start in Your Pajamas

Learn from these entrepreneurs that ditched the office to cut overhead expenses, be closer to family, and enjoy, as one entrepreneur put it, the "10-step commute."

Commuting

What Wealth Isn't

How do you define wealth?<p>Perhaps one reason so many Americans find it difficult to build wealth these days is that they are aiming at the wrong target. They get lured by decoys — things that might seem like wealth, but in the end do not have its true staying power.<p><b>False indicators</b><p>The following are …

5 Time-Consuming Tasks Small-Business Owners Should Outsource

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Overhead can overtake small businesses in a hurry. But too many business owners impede their revenue growth doing <i>everything</i> just to save a few bucks.<p>Strategic outsourcing solves this dilemma.<p>Many entrepreneurs reject outsourcing because …

5 Ways to Let Employees Drive the Success of Your Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It's common to encounter a boss like this -- someone who hires a person because of certain qualifications and expertise but then goes out of the way to try to prevent this staffer from contributing or succeeding. Indeed it's this bad boss …

10 Lessons Every Entrepreneur Must Learn

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As entrepreneurs, we all follow our own path. For some, the rise to financial success is a long, slow, painful process. For others, things just seem to magically fall into place. I believe that the latter isn’t a result of magic, however, …

7 Hard Truths About Life That People Don't Like to Admit

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>While people generally like to think they're in touch with reality, the truth is that many of us shield ourselves from certain unpleasant facts to make us happier and more productive.<p>Users on Quora recently discussed the question: "What is an …

10 Things to Do So Apple Doesn't Reject Your App

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Apple recently released the top 10 reasons for rejecting apps in the seven-day period ending Aug. 28, 2014. While it’s just for a seven-day period, it’s indicative of what developers end up doing wrong.<p>Fifety eight percent of the apps are …

5 Ways Writing a Book Can Help Your Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>With self-publishing becoming easier, more and more entrepreneurs are able to reap the rewards of writing about their business. Putting pen to paper – or fingers to keyboard – can instantly give you credibility, position you as an expert …

8 Slow, Difficult Steps to Become a Millionaire

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>LinkedIn Influencer, Dharmesh Shah, published this post originally on LinkedIn.</i><p>Money of course isn't everything. Not by a long shot. Where your definition of success is concerned, money may rank far down the list. Everyone’s definition of …

3 Unconventional Tips on Building a Startup

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The Internet offers billions of pages of entrepreneurial enlightenment – the glamourous fundraising rounds, the billion-dollar acquisitions, the profiles of founders that have it all. Yet most businesses fail.<p>Startups are trying to buck …

5 Tips for Getting the Maximum Value from Your Startup | Inc.com

So, you've decided to sell your startup. That's good, as all business relations must come to an end, and if you have an exit strategy planned, that means that your business is doing well and that your exit will be a positive one.<p>However, there's a big difference between selling your business for a …

Small Business

Hire for Potential Not Experience by Asking These 5 Key Questions

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The people you hire directly affect how successful your business becomes. As the technology industry quickly expands, businesses are on the hunt for qualified candidates who can take their company to the next level.<p>But to find the right …

15 Signs You're an Entrepreneur

This story appears in the August 2014 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>Pressed to describe the stereotypical entrepreneur, which words would you use? Passionate? Dedicated? Optimistic? Sure, those apply. But insecure and troublemaker are more accurate, according to 'treps who know a success when …

5 Tips from Entrepreneur Pros on Starting a Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Starting a business can be a daunting proposition. There’s so much unknown that most entrepreneurs can find themselves creating a patchwork of systems and processes in order to get their business off the ground.<p>But, with all the …

8 Surging Startup Industries to Watch

The forecast is looking sunny for hungry entrepreneurs who want to get an idea off the ground.<p>According to a recent Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business …

Macaw - Stop writing code, start drawing it

Product design is one of the most sought after fields nowadays. In order to design products a design must have a grasp of the whole creative process, …

6 Things You May Not Know About Tencent

<i>Thomas Clayton is the CEO of Bubbly, a social media startup backed by Sequoia Capital, SingTel Innov8, and JAFCO.</i><p>China’s Internet giant, Tencent, is a dominant force in the online and mobile market across China, with a market cap above $100B.<p>The company is best known for its top social offerings:<p>QQ …

What 21 Extremely Successful People Were Doing At Age 25

Others are driven enough to reinvent themselves, changing careers and industries, and continuously push until they find the thing that works.<p>Billionaire Mark Cuban, for example, faced hardship when he first started, writing in "How To Win At The Sport Of Business" that "when I got to Dallas, I was …

Success

Facebook bought WhatsApp for its global reach—except in the world’s biggest mobile market

Facebook just placed a $19 billion bet on the mobile messaging service WhatsApp, which has grown to a staggering 450 million monthly users in only a few years—many of them in fast-growing international markets like India, Brazil, and Mexico. But there’s one market where WhatsApp has failed to make …

WeChat

10 Personal Finance Tips From Hip-Hop Lyrics

Though popping bottles and brandishing Bugattis may not be thoughtful investments, beyond sonic displays of reckless spending hip-hop can be a surprising source of sound financial advice.<p>Among the most fruitful verses is Hip-Hop Cash King Kendrick Lamar’s on the otherwise-unmemorable “YOLO.” Amid …

5 Critical Tips That Will Help You Get Your Mobile App Noticed And Downloaded

In many ways, increasing app visibility is much like developing a paid and organic search campaign, using data on how consumers interact with apps to seek them out to maximize apps' chances of getting noticed and downloaded.<p>In a <b>recent report</b> from <b>BI Intelligence</b>, we unpack just how crowded the app …

Apps

9 Lessons From A 10-Time Startup Failure

<i>“Nine out of ten businesses fail; so I came up with a foolproof plan — create ten businesses.”</i>— Robert Kiyosaki<p>Well spoken by Kiyosaki.<p>But what’s it like to live through 10 failed startups and still come out with a 3 million dollar company?<p>Meet Kurt Theobald, Co-Founder and CEO of Classy Llama.<p>Yes …

4 Things Most Successful Entrepreneurs Have in Common

Starting a business is always risky, and success is never guaranteed. Yet, entrepreneurs thrive every day. Although there is no one-size-fits-all …

It's High Time For The 4-Day Workweek

With Labor Day around the corner, I have a suggestion for America’s employers that I think would make their employees happier and more productive: Offer them a four-day workweek.<p>Giving staffers one weekday off would be especially appealing to the biggest chunk of the American labor force – …