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Bootstrapping a startup sucks (and here’s why you should do it)

Let’s go back in time<p>Back in 2012, my old co-founder and I had an idea to start a brand new code school called Steer where we taught people on …

6 Money-Saving Tips for Bootstrapping Small Businesses

Entrepreneurs often embark on the journey of building a business with a grand vision in mind — one in which the company flawlessly grows from …

3 Reasons It May Be Time to Sell Your Business

This story appears in the May 2014 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>The phone rings. It's Sergey from Google, Marissa from Yahoo or Tim from Apple saying, "I'd like to buy your business … is a zillion dollars enough?" And just like that: The decade of workaholism and takeout food has finally paid …

How to Have a Meeting That Isn't a Complete Waste of Time

A badly managed meeting can suck away time, energy and money without being productive for anyone. But it is avoidable: Here's what you should and …

Why You Should Consider Taking a Break From Your Job

<i>Jennifer Cirpici is a Dutch graphic designer and blogger.</i><p>Designers are often people who are stubborn, full of drive, and either good or bad at planning, but not in between. Designers can also be hard workers.<p>Actually, designers are odd people to understand. We think a lot about everything, we …

Why You Need to Become a Better Storyteller

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Politicians tell a lot of stories in their campaign speeches, and there's a not-so-secret reason why: if you convey your message through a dynamic story or metaphor, it has a better chance of resonating with your audience than if you were …

Why Entrepreneurs Should Focus On Building Just One Product

<i>JT Marino and Daehee Park are the founders of Tuft & Needle, an e-commerce mattress startup cutting out the industry gimmicks and markups.</i><p>As a startup, every day is a battle against distractions—meaningless or nice-to-have ideas from customers, team members and advisors—that may throw you off …

3 Essential Questions to Consider Before Taking the Leap

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you are at a crossroads -- wondering whether you should stay at or go from a company post -- don’t make this big life decision unless it is on your terms and for the right reasons. Statistically, you have a better chance of being …

6 Ways to Enhance Your Email Signature

1. SigBuzz<p>2. WiseStamp<p>3. Antvibes<p>4. Hancock.it<p>5. Blank Canvas<p>6. Email Stationary<p><i>This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum,</i> …

PressFriendly launches ‘virtual PR firm’ so startups don’t need to hire an agency

PressFriendly is debunking the pervasive and incorrect notion that startups need PR people.<p>It is a startup itself, building software that replaces many of the functions of a PR firm. Today it launched a platform that takes startups through the process of media outreach and helps them be smarter …

The 5 most important things I’ve learned working for a startup (and watching Anchorman)

Two years ago, I joined a startup. I was the first employee, actually. I had absolutely no clue what to expect and even less of a clue as to what I was doing.<p>The truth is, joining a startup kind of feels like joining a crazed gang. You aren’t entirely sure what’s going to happen next and how you’re …

8 Tasks You Should Delegate Today

This story appears in the January 2014 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>When Matthew Levey launched his all-natural beef-jerky company in 2010, he and his two co-founders rode their bikes to as many New York City grocery stores as they could to conduct in-store demos and sign up new accounts. After …

Is Your Product a 'Vitamin' or 'Painkiller?'

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Is your startup building a "painkiller" or a "vitamin" for your clients? In order to get their attention and build a sizable business of scale, "painkillers" are a must.<p>We all need to take a critical look at our businesses from the …

What I Wish I'd Known Before I Franchised My Company

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Considering franchising your company? In this business, you'd better be ready to listen to others' experiences.<p>Franchisors agree that individuals looking to franchise their businesses should look to established voices in the franchising …

Why You Should Sell First, Build Later

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>While many startups are focused on being the fastest to launch their product and get it to market, I have taken a different approach - one focused on the sale, not development.<p>For my startup Alumnify, a platform focused on alumni …