Robin Koning

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What Lessons You Should Learn When You Fire Someone

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>One of the dirtiest jobs of being the boss is making the decision to fire someone. No matter how much the employee deserves it, or how necessary it is for your organization to move on, it never feels good to tell someone you are taking …

The Best Way to Ask Friends and Family for Seed Capital

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There is no amount of lipstick that you can put on the problem: You need capital. And if you are like most entrepreneurs, you need capital quickly. It’s the people who have known you the longest who will likely be the first to bet on your …

Looking for a Partner? Learn These 8 Essentials First.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A friend of ours founded a growing and profitable business. She was passionate about the enterprise. Aside from family, it meant more to her than anything in the world. She decided to take on a partner who brought some different skills to …

Why Customer Feedback Trumps Your Gut Every Time | Inc.com

To help explain why customers are more than willing to make you rich, if you let them, let me tell you a quick true story that makes me look like a total idiot.<p>Carl Sewell, one of the nation's biggest car dealers, and I were just about done writing a book about customer service as a business …

Writing

3 Ways to Boost Customer Loyalty | Inc.com

There is a small food processing business called Spring Gully Foods that very few people in Australia, let alone the world, have ever heard of. Started in 1946 by Edward McKee, in Adelaide, the capital city in South Australia, this fourth generation family owned business reached a sad day earlier …

Customers

The Case For And Against Stressful Deadlines

Deadlines, when managed well, can be a motivation–but when abused, can set you back.<p>I have a thing for deadlines. I don’t like to miss them.<p>I once turned in a book manuscript 11 days after giving birth, which may sound extreme, but really isn’t. I had nine months of warning on both the baby and the …

Outsource Your App Development Effectively With These 5 Tips

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Do you have an app idea but don't have the time to develop it? The prudent thing to do would be to outsource to an app development company so that you can get to the market quickly while spending the least amount of money possible.<p>You …

A Company Really Clicks When Mission, Brand and Culture Converge

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>How a company’s mission, brand and culture tie together can signal whether the organization has a successful model to build for the future.<p>All three elements have a specific role and purpose, yet they often may intersect: Indeed, Target’s …

Employment

Don't Make These 10 Startup Mistakes

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Starting a business is difficult. Launching a startup is even more challenging. Aside from facing the challenge of attempting to build a company from the ground up, many entrepreneurs have little prior experience in the business world. …

6 Tips for Leading People As If Their Lives Depend on You | Inc.com

I've had the distinct pleasure of learning how to ice, rock, and alpine climb from one of our country's best-known and most highly respected mountain guides, Art Mooney. I've climbed with Art for seven years, and successfully reached peaks from Nevada to Maine.<p>As I learned more and more from Art, …

Leadership

3 Reasons You Should Be in the Content Business | Inc.com

You are probably wondering: "Why would I want to be in the online content business? Aren't newspapers, magazines, and just about every other 'content business' struggling these days?" Or maybe you are just thinking, "What the hell is content, and what does it have to do with <i>my</i> business?"<p>Fair …

Marketing

Researching What the Competition Is Doing Right: A 6-Point Checklist | Inc.com

It is Business 101: You have to study the competition.<p>When most people hear that, they instantly jump to analyzing the competition to see what it is doing wrong, and what business opportunities it is missing.<p>And that is, indeed, an extremely important thing to do.<p>Finding places that competitors may …

Small Business

3 Ways To Perfect Your Pitch

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As a young entrepreneur I spend much of my life out of the office pitching to investors and potential customers. Despite spending countless hours practicing my presentation, I always get feedback on how I can improve.<p>This past month, I …

The 6 Vital Ways to Engage Users of Your App

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Imagine yourself at a huge Walmart filled with just 15 to 20 categories of items and more th2 million products within those categories to choose from. It would be mind-numbing trying to make a decision.<p>Now imagine this from the point of …

Achieve the 'Innovation Mindset' With These 8 Keys

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Poor Lou Gerstner.<p>A widely respected executive credited with leading RJR Nabisco and American Express to corporate glory, the 51-year-old had just accepted the job nobody wanted.<p>For nearly a century, IBM had risen practically unfettered …

7 Ways to Craft a Great Company Culture on a Budget

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Company "culture” is a major buzzword for big business -- and with good reason. When an executive is leading a large enterprise with financial and human resources, it’s much easier to leverage a massive budget to create company culture. …

Get Comfortable With Big Data in 3 Steps

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>With big data making waves, many of today's entrepreneurs are faced with a conundrum: How to crack into the bottomless well of facts and figures the online world provides us. We know it’s out there. We know it can give us useful …

Attention Service Companies: 5 Ways to Build Your Brand on a Budget

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><b>Q: What is the best and least expensive way for a startup to build a brand for a service oriented company?</b><p><b>A:</b> I love this question. When it comes to being a service-oriented company you are right to want to invest in building a brand and …

6 Great Business Models to Consider for a Startup

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>People often throw around the term business model in discussing startups.<p>But just what is a business model? Which ones work best and why? How do you know if your startup has the right one?<p>A business model explains which consumer pain your …