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5 Online Marketing Trends to Leverage

To stay on top of the game, businesses have to know the latest trends within online marketing. Here are 5 of the most interesting ones.<p>Online …

A former lawyer who's been running a business remotely for 8 years shares her favorite tools for working on the road

Spotty Wi-Fi, noisy cafes, and constantly changing time zones are all par for the course.<p>But these stumbling blocks haven't stopped Jodi Ettenberg, a former corporate lawyer who left the legal profession to travel in 2008, from working while roaming from continent to continent.<p>Ettenberg sustains …

Equity Crowdfunding Is Here: Now You Can Own A Share In A Startup’s Success (Or Failure)

The most revolutionary portion of the JOBS Act, passed in 2012, goes into effect today. But will it really be a game-changer for small businesses?<p>Nick Tommarello has been waiting four years for this: The day when everyday people can start investing directly in companies over the internet. Today …

Bootstrapping Is Much More Fun Than Investors

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you really want to start a business your way without a boss or professional investor hovering over you, then just fund it yourself or through friends and family, and grow it organically. It’s more possible to bootstrap today …

Small Business

VCs Get Called Out By Small Business Administration Leader

Maria Contreras-Sweet, the leader of the U.S. Small Business Administration, delivered her “State of Entrepreneurship” address at the Nasdaq stock …

10 Ways to Fund Your Small Business

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>During the life of most any business, the owner will need to seek out cash to help with its growth or to keep it going through a rough patch. So, planning how to fund a business is hardly a trivial or brief topic. Indeed, a …

Small Business

5 Stupid Small-Business Finance Mistakes to Avoid in 2016

<i>By Steve Nicastro</i><p>Don't become a small-business statistic.<p>Nearly half of small businesses don't make it past the first five years, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. Optimistic owners may underestimate the costs of starting a business, run up too much debt or have bad personal …

Peer to peer lending is set to explode

I've been a fan of private credit for a long time. Recently, I have once again been exploring the private-credit world, and it seems this market is growing faster than I had thought.<p>With today's banking environment and all the perks of private lending, however, it shouldn't be a surprise.<p>Much of …

How to Obtain Alternative Business Finance for Small Businesses

The inability of small business owners to obtain business loans is well documented. Why banks won't lend and the plight of ailing small business owners consequently are topics well covered in the financial news media. But whilst the bank managers, politicians and those in high places work out a way …

The world's financial literacy is not great. Can we fix it?

Worldwide financial literacy is hugely important to global prosperity, but judging from the results of a recent survey, there's a lot of room for …

Personal Finance

New SEC rules open up equity crowdfunding to the general public

A new door just opened for entrepreneurs to get access to capital in the U.S.<p>The Securities and Exchange Commission voted 3-1 to adopt the next generation rules for equity crowdfunding this morning for entrepreneurs and small-business owners. Equity crowdfunding is the exchange of a piece of a …

Why Entrepreneurs Should Think About Non-Dilutive Financing

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In my more than 20 years of teaching entrepreneurship, I have learned that few aspiring business founders want to talk about the unsexy parts of the process, like when and how to get non-dilutive capital. But I have also learned …

Venture Capital

How George Eliot’s Middlemarch taught Rebecca Mead about life (over and over again)

Like many other readers, I first picked George Eliot's <i>Middlemarch</i> because I had to, as part of an undergrad seminar on the Victorian novel. I was less daunted by its length than by its mass – the extra weight in my backpack, my wrists buckling under its bulk when I tried to read it in bed.<p>As I …

A master list of free tools for lean startups

Any entrepreneur worth their salt will be excited at the thought of accessing free yet functional tools. Been there, done that, and having run from …

startups

Fundbox Secures $50 Million More To Power Small Businesses

Less than six months after announcing a $40 million Series B investment, alternative lending startup Fundbox has closed on another $50 million in funding to provide small businesses with the immediate cash they need to stay afloat.<p>Spark Capital Growth led the round, which brings Fundbox’s venture …

How to Implement a Killer Online-Marketing Strategy for $15 a Week

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When I meet with different business owners, entrepreneurs and marketing executives, I am consistently asked a similar question.<p>“Jason, how can I can generate the most leads at the lowest price point?”<p>There is nothing more …

Marketing

Busting 5 Myths About Small-Business Lending

6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Like your mother and your high school history teacher likely told you over and over again, you can’t believe everything you read on the Internet.<p>With the growing accessibility of information freely available online, modern …

Small Business

4 Harsh Marketing Lessons From 4 Small-Business Owners

6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Made a big mistake? Screwed up? Lost money on your marketing? Welcome to my world. This is what it’s like to run a small business.<p>We don’t have the time or the resources to carefully think through everything. So we do a lot of …

Small Business

Why You Shouldn’t Take VC Money

Let’s start this article with one fact: I do think venture capital has value. I think angel investor dollars have value. When it comes to startups …

Entrepreneurship

Providing working capital solutions for successful small business owners

<b>Financing a rapidly growing company can often present unique challenges-</b><p>A company can be <b>growing “too fast”</b> for a Line of Credit loan limit to keep up …

4 Coupon and Savings Sites that Will Save Your Small Business Money

If you’re like 29 percent of your fellow Americans, you don’t have any money set side for an emergency.<p>Another 21 percent reported to Bankrate’s …

Small Business

16 Tips for Getting 90 Percent of Your Work Done Before Lunch

Don't have enough time in a day? Follow these tips to get majority of your work done in the morning.<p>Imagine this.<p>By the time lunch rolls around, you push back from your desk with a satisfied sigh, saunter off to your car, and drive off to have a leisurely, stress-free lunch, daydreaming about the …

Productivity

50+ resources for female entrepreneurs – The Mission – Medium

<b>a comprehensive list of venture firms, accelerators, angel money, networks and resources targeted towards the female entrepreneur</b><p><b>Angel Money and</b> …

A prominent VC firm just released a great cheat sheet to help you see through startup hype

Last night, the firm, which was cofounded by Netscape inventor Marc Andreessen and has invested in big names like Airbnb, Buzzfeed, Facebook, and Twitter, put up an excellent list of 16 metrics that every startup — and would-be startup investor — should understand.<p>For instance:<p>Have you ever been …

Debt vs. Equity Financing