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8 Ecommerce Mistakes that are Costing You Sales

Ian Mills | Posted 09.30.2014 | Small Business
Ian Mills

Converting visitors to buyers is one of the most important components of a successful ecommerce business because increasing this conversion rate has a...

The 5 Pearls of Wisdom Not Taught in MBA Programs

Wendy Reese | Posted 10.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Wendy Reese

I took a "weekend warrior" certification. I liked yoga, but I didn't want to teach it. About the time I did that, we hired a new teacher who was very committed and I never had to teach.

I'm a Great Big Kid With a Business. But I'm Not Supposed to Act Like One!

Rick Clemons | Posted 10.01.2014 | Small Business
Rick Clemons

It's 2014 and according to the Small Business Administration there are over 23 million small businesses in the United States. From my perspective that...

3 Things to Unlearn Today to Create a Thriving Business You LOVE

Tiana Patrice | Posted 08.01.2014 | Small Business
Tiana Patrice

I have to admit, one of the best decisions I could have done for myself and as a mom is becoming a mompreneur. It hasn't been easy, but it's been so w...

Word Of Mouth: Real World "Going Viral"

Cassie Hughes | Posted 10.01.2014 | Business
Cassie Hughes

In the era of digital marketing, brands are increasingly focused on the latest trends from memes to consumer-generated content to mobile everything. F...

5 Things To Know About Starting Your Own Business

Alexis Meads | Posted 10.01.2014 | Small Business
Alexis Meads

The flow of my days, quality of my work and sense of fun and meaning in my life look very different now than they did when I started.

Are You Treating Social Media as an Afterthought?

Nika Stewart | Posted 09.30.2014 | Business
Nika Stewart

Studies show that the biggest mistake entrepreneurs and businesses make on social media is not investing enough. Though experts continue to espouse the virtues and benefits of social media, many businesses and thought leaders have failed to make it a priority.

Can You Trademark a Sound?

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 09.30.2014 | Business
Deborah Sweeney

The first successful application for a sound mark was registered in 1978 and was filed by NBC. Thirty-five years out, it is still a notoriously long and difficult process. So when I'm asked by another business owner if they can trademark a sound, I always have to give a "yes, but..." answer for the following reasons.

Giving Small Businesses a Bigger Chance

Venture For America | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact
Venture For America

By Kate Catlin, Venture for America Class of 2013 How Internet Companies Could Potentially be Good for Your Favorite Local Boutique Instead of Just R...

A Philanthropist and a Nonprofit ED Walk Into a Bar...

Steven Crandell | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact
Steven Crandell

The philanthropist sighs and says she has money to give, but no nonprofit will agree to carry out her intent as she envisions it.

Build a Community Around Your Business Quickly

Brian Ainsley Horn | Posted 09.29.2014 | Small Business
Brian Ainsley Horn

Marketing your business online is like marketing it in the real world -- if you can't convince customers to come to your store, you bring your merchandise to them. You have to be dynamic and sensitive to the market.

If My Kids Ever Appeared on Shark Tank

Greg Schwem | Posted 09.29.2014 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

My kids' current favorite show is Shark Tank, where budding entrepreneurs pitch ideas to a team of corporate tycoons who double as potential investors. While listening to concepts for, among other things, collapsible kayaks and colored fur spray for dogs, my daughters vigorously interrogate the television.

Why Your Business Needs a Tennis Player

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 09.29.2014 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

We've all been part of a group or team where everything clicked. Everyone knows things a great team needs -- leadership, ownership of solving problems, camaraderie and integrity.

It's Time to Quit

Dean Soukeras | Posted 09.28.2014 | Small Business
Dean Soukeras

I've been in the self-employed game and startup world my entire adult life. And unless I get an incredible offer from a company that I admire (you know who you are), I'll probably always work for myself.

The Apps We Use to Run Our Startup

Lauren Rotman | Posted 09.28.2014 | Business
Lauren Rotman

We are happy to share our must-have apps below. We have no affiliation to these companies, no kickbacks, just our pure honest opinion on what we pay for and use on a monthly basis.

The Magic Bullet of Crowdfunding

Marc Prosser | Posted 09.28.2014 | Small Business
Marc Prosser

If you're thinking about investing via a crowdfunding platform, do it with only money you can afford to lose, and realize that you have a high probability of losing your money.

Start Early to Be an Entrepreneur

Jack Nadel | Posted 09.28.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

In many ways, an entrepreneur's career is like a football game. Both combine a swift pace with a highly competitive atmosphere. The "game" is divided into four quarters. In the first quarter you assess the other team's strengths and weaknesses based on your scouting report.

The Calculated Entrepreneur

Heather Rosen | Posted 09.27.2014 | DC
Heather Rosen

Every day I meet people who dream about starting their own business, but wonder if they have what it takes. Some have been in corporate jobs for year...

How the Small Compete with the Big

Venture For America | Posted 09.23.2014 | Impact
Venture For America

By Taylor Sundali, Venture for America Class of 2013 "Would you be able to have my website open by September?" "Won't it cost a lot of money?" ...

Beat Procrastination Before It Beats You

Alex Charfen | Posted 09.25.2014 | Small Business
Alex Charfen

So why is it that not even the entrepreneur is immune to procrastination?

What I've Learned About Putting Profits First

Josh Patrick | Posted 09.27.2014 | Small Business
Josh Patrick

I've written many times about why profits are more important than growth. It's funny how the people who respond negatively to these posts are advisors or people who used to be in business.

6 Scary Questions You'll Have to Face When You Start Your Own Business

Jose Vasquez | Posted 09.27.2014 | Small Business
Jose Vasquez

Before you start building your dream company, you'll need to face these six difficult questions.

The SHEvolution Is Coming

Faith Popcorn | Posted 09.24.2014 | Business
Faith Popcorn

This trend is changing the world, and I'm thrilled. At first, it tiptoes in quietly. On stilettos. Then suddenly and seemingly out of nowhere, comes its deafening blast. Women are rising. Never before have we so aggressively, efficiently, fearlessly and successfully pursued our goals.

There Is No Right Way, Just Write

Michelle Ghilotti Mandel | Posted 09.24.2014 | Women
Michelle Ghilotti Mandel

To anyone who wants to be in many places at once, write. To everyone who doesn't think they're a "good writer," write. To those wanting to connect to their soul and inner wisdom, write.

How to Find a Business Mentor

Yun-Fang Juan | Posted 09.24.2014 | Small Business
Yun-Fang Juan

Quite a few entrepreneurs have asked Fundastic how they can find a business mentor to help them through the journey of creating a successful company. The answer is surprisingly simple!