Entrepreneur Corner

By Anurag Bansal | Start-up & Entrepreneurship tips for those with 'Million Dollar Ideas' and the passion to 'Change the World'. Curated opinion and guides to start and sustain a high growth business - a must read magazine to follow for startups and entrepreneurs.

How to Validate Your Business Ideas Without Spending a Dime

Here are two extremely cheap (read: free) ways to test ideas.<p>Last night in the shower, you had an ingenious idea for a new business. You rushed to the desk to write it down, with water still dripping down your back. Your [insert the brilliant thing] is going to change the universe! It’s time to …

Entrepreneurship

A 12-Step Guide to Picking a Name for Your Startup

<i>This piece originally appeared on AllBusiness.</i><p>Finding the right name for your startup can have a significant impact on your success. The wrong name …

Small Business

The Biggest Mistake New Entrepreneurs Make When Coming Up With a Business Model

Having an innovative product is nice--but providing exceptional service is the core differentiator.<p>I'll never forget how my dad supported me when I dropped out of college to build my junk removal business. As one of the top surgeons in Canada, he could have been embarrassed; after all, he expected …

Customer Service

5 Ways to Pick a Killer Name for Your Company

1. Call the Company What Everyone Else Does<p>If no one is actually using the name you picked, take it as a hint—and pay attention to what people are …

A/B Testing

7 Reasons Your Great Idea Isn't Enough to Be Successful

It's great to be a visionary, thinker, or a dreamer--but none of these matter in the business world if you can't execute.<p>As a small business and startup advisor, I find that entrepreneurs often love to talk about their latest idea, but not their execution.<p>Like most investors, I'm convinced that …

Entrepreneurship

15 Great Businesses You Can Start While Keeping Your Day Job

According to a Pew Research Center study, self-employed Americans, of which there were 14.6 million in 2014, accounted for 10 percent of our total …

10 Quotes Every Entrepreneur Should Know and Live By

What do entrepreneurs need more than anything else? Brain fuel. The creative brain is one that is constantly fed.<p>So why not learn from giants of entrepreneurial thinking. Consider re-writing one of these 10 powerful quotes and posting it in an obvious place for a couple of days. Stand on the …

Success

Why You Shouldn’t Start a Business Alone

<i>This piece originally appeared on AllBusiness.com.</i><p>Starting and running a business is a big responsibility—and an even bigger headache. Between …

Entrepreneurship

How to Build a Business When You Can't Quit Your Job

Most of us get the urge to become an entrepreneur at one point or another. We may be called to create something from scratch, or lead a team of people or just earn money without having to answer to a boss. Whatever the motivation, the urge strikes us, but only a fraction of us ever take that …

Entrepreneurship

Here’s What You Need to Ask Yourself Before Starting a Business

<i>The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

Entrepreneurship

10 Things Your Team Needs From Your Leadership

As leaders our most valuable assets are our employees, not our customers. We must take care of our employees so they will be inspired to take care of our customers. Yet, so often out of our own needs and desires, we forget the people who work for us, focusing largely only on getting numbers. Out of …

Leadership

37 Secrets Only Successful People Know

Everything you need to know about business, collected into a single handy article.<p>The business of business isn't really all that complicated. While there is, of course, specific knowledge required for specific industries, this post encapsulates everything that you'll need to know to survive and …

Leadership

Have Great Tech Skills? 14 Business Ideas for Before You Quit Your Day Job

Eventually you will leap... but sometimes it does make sense to look first (if only so you'll know exactly where to leap).<p>I'm a huge fan of entrepreneurs. I'm a huge fan of people who start their own businesses.<p>But I'm also a huge fan of dipping your toes in the water before diving completely …

Web Design

50 Free Apps To Make You An Incredibly Productive Person

Communicate with ease, tame your schedule, and get things done with these great tools.<p>You’re running a million miles an hour, trying to hold down a tight schedule full of tight deadlines on a tight ship. From messages to meetings to managing meddlesome minutiae, these 50 apps can help you work …

8 Phrases That Will Instantly Boost Your Reputation at Work

In order to gain the admiration of your co-workers, think about the best way to show them appreciation.<p><i>This story first appeared on The Muse, a Web destination with exciting job opportunities and expert career advice.</i><p>When we were younger, we heard “use your words” all the time. And maybe it’s time …

Leadership

21 Unusual Facts About Sundar Pichai, Google's Surprise New CEO

Google's appointment of a new CEO surprised many -- see what you know about Sundar Pichai.<p>Larry Page just announced that Google has become part of a new parent company called Alphabet Inc. As part of the deal, Google's iconic co-founders Page and Sergey Brin stepped out of their roles within …

Google

9 free things rich people do that make them more successful

Have you ever you wondered how certain people have gotten so successful?<p>Sure you have.<p>A great idea, motivation, persistence, and a little luck helps, but most successful people share certain habits.<p>Here are nine habits that have helped place them on the top:<p>1. They meditate.<p>Ray Dalio, the founder …

Success

You Will Find Time for Anything You Are Committed To

Rather than focusing on the immediate task, think about the overall outcome that this task will lead you toward. It's much easier to get excited about the ultimate outcome and see how today's task ladders up to your desired result.<p>Are you procrastinating right now? This article will help you …

Productivity

F-U-N-D-E-D: New rules mean you, too, can be a startup owner

Beginning Friday, crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo can give the public the chance to be startup owners, not just donors.<p>So you want to be the next Marc Andreessen? Friday could be the day when you start trying.<p>New federal rules will allow the American public at large to go online …

Venture Capital

How to Become an Angel Investor

More stories from Startup Toolkit:<p>Guide<p>by<p>Nick Nikolaiev<p>Co-founder @Casual<p>A comprehensive guide to tap into the world of angel investing. Practical …

10 Reasons You Haven’t Started Your Business and Why They’re Just Excuses

Everyone dreams of being the proud owner of a successful multimillion-dollar business someday. Why you haven’t started your business today is not …

Entrepreneurship

Seven quick tips for starting your company off strong

After having started seven businesses over the last 10 years and as an enterprise ambassador for The Prince’s Trust, I have been fortunate to view startup businesses and entrepreneurs in a variety of contexts. Below are seven lessons about starting up I have learned along the way.<p><b>1. Don’t start out</b> …

Best Advice I Ever Got: There's Still No Substitute for Hard Work

7 Powerful Lessons Kids Can Teach Us About Entrepreneurship

Kids have a lot to teach us about being in the business world. Are you listening?<p><i>"When you fall off your bike, the best thing you can do is get back on."</i><p>Little gems like this are so familiar to each of us. These life lessons are passed down from generation to generation, and I bet every parent …

Business Strategy

8 Habits to Foster a Remarkable Career

How an advertising industry icon keeps Allstate ahead of the game.<p>"I've wanted to be in advertising my whole life." So says Lisa Cochrane (pictured, center), Senior Vice President of Marketing at Allstate Insurance Corporation. She's not joking: when most fifth graders get a book report assignment, …

Ontario

7 Questions to Ask of a Potential Co-founder

Can you endure insane hours and incredible stress together? Ask these questions to find out.<p>Thanks to the intensity of start-up life, you're likely to spend far more time with your co-founder while you're getting your company off the ground than you do with your spouse. And just like in a marriage, …

Business Strategy

Top 10 Business Plan Templates You Can Download Free

Why reinvent the wheel? Get a professional business plan template at no cost.<p>OpeWriting your business plan. Ughhhh.<p>It's definitely not the most exciting part of starting a business. In fact, if you're like a lot of entrepreneurs, you're probably going to find yourself pulling a few all-nighters to …

Small Business

Six horrible excuses for not chasing your entrepreneurial dreams

Do you have dreams that keep getting pushed to the side, and every time they are revisited you make another excuse as to why it’s not the right time to chase them? Successful entrepreneurs all have one thing in common – they pushed the excuses aside, not their dreams.<p>While there are countless …

6 Reasons Why Your Elevator Pitch Isn't Working

Whether you’re a hopeful entrepreneur trying to find investors to help you start your business or a seasoned business leader introducing your enterprise for the first time, you’ve only got about 30 seconds to land a great first impression, and your elevator pitch is the best tool to get the job …

Entrepreneurship