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15 Questions You Need to Ask Yourself Before Launching a Startup

Quora | Posted 07.23.2015 | Technology

Start-up ideas work best when they are based on your ability to access and control the necessary means required for it gain timely traction in the market and then grow to financial sustainability.

8 Tips to Control Your Staffing Costs

David Finkel | Posted 07.22.2015 | Business
David Finkel

Most service and administrative departments can be cut by 1 in 4 with no impact on quality of work. Many can handle 1 in 3 cut with no significant negative impact. Remember, work expands to fill the time, and not all this expanded work creates value.

CFPB Should Shine a Light on Predatory Online Lenders

Brayden McCarthy | Posted 07.22.2015 | DC
Brayden McCarthy

The price of light is still less than the cost of darkness. The same is true in online lending. Let's not forget that when advocating for 1071 implementation.

Who is Small a Business Owner's Top Supporter?

Melinda Emerson | Posted 07.22.2015 | Business
Melinda Emerson

You might be astonished when you realize that, but as a business owner, the most important member of your support system is not someone you contract or hire. No, it's not your accountant, your lawyer or even your assistant.

Being an Entrepreneur is Stressful. Here's How to Cope.

Jamilah Corbitt | Posted 07.21.2015 | Business
Jamilah Corbitt

Growing a business is similar to a high-speed roller coaster -- it has ups, downs, twists, and turns. You're simultaneously thrilled yet horrified, and once the roller coaster ends, you're itching to hop on the next exhilarating ride.

Five Things I Love About Having a Strategic Growth Plan for My Small Business

Helen Callier | Posted 07.23.2015 | Business
Helen Callier

A Leader that works on the business guiding a team to achieve an established vision versus working in the business i.e. hands on in producing a widget or doing the actual hammering. By working on your small business you are in a better position to lead your organization through its mission, goals and strategies.

Pot Investments Versus Angel Investments: It is Time to Worry, Ladies and Gentlemen.

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 07.21.2015 | Business
Victoria Silchenko

The devil is in the data. How else do you explain the fact that $23.3 billion was invested in the marijuana penny stock market last year -- almost as much as the $24.1 billion total of angel investments over the same period.

Why Slowing Down Will Grow Your Business

Saudia Davis | Posted 07.21.2015 | Small Business
Saudia Davis

Doing the same things each day can land you in a rut and being in a rut is never good for business. Take some time this summer to do something you've never done--whitewater raft, swim in the ocean, or volunteer at a homeless shelter. While doing new things can be scary and sometimes intimidating (remember when you started your business?) it also builds your confidence and gives you a little bit of perspective--allowing you to see all things in completely new ways.

Bjorn Pardo: Trust Your Intuition When It Comes to Business Decisions

Jonha Revesencio | Posted 07.21.2015 | Business
Jonha Revesencio

Most people stumble upon their callings when they knew what they're doing isn't something they're meant to.

The Single Most Important Question You Must Ask Before Signing a Contract

Eliot M. Wagonheim | Posted 07.21.2015 | Business
Eliot M. Wagonheim

If you want a better contract, figure out why you'd want out, and then build each of those issues into the agreement. Sure, it will take a little more time to negotiate on the front end, but you won't have to call your lawyer six months after you sign.

My Weight Ruined My Sex Life

Kimanzi Constable | Posted 07.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Kimanzi Constable

I love food. The way it looks, tastes, and makes me feel when I'm eating it. It's not the "good" food that got me in trouble -- it was the junk. I d...

Don't Take It Personally and Other Top Work/Life Balance Tips for Small Biz Owners

Katie Kempner | Posted 07.30.2015 | Business
Katie Kempner

The irony of having your own business, especially starting out - is the feeling of freedom of not having to report to a boss, yet coupled with the feeling you must always be working. For many people with high-pressure jobs, they are missing the freedom and yet still feel the pressure.

Greece, the Troika and Maggie Thatcher

David Morris | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
David Morris

In its policies toward Greece, the "Troika" -- a new shorthand for the combined will of the European Commission, European Central Bank, and International Monetary Fund -- has actively and enthusiastically embraced Maggie Thatcher's social and political philosophy, memorably captured in her chilling assertion, "There is no such thing as society."

Raising Minimum Wage Combats Poverty and Benefits Our Economy

Hilda L. Solis | Posted 07.20.2015 | Los Angeles
Hilda L. Solis

This is a hard issue and an important decision. But in the end, we have to acknowledge that something must be done to combat the rising inequality that is weakening our society. Ensuring that anyone who works full time can support their family is a solid step in that direction.

Tamara Jacobs' Your Ultimate Success Plan is the Get-Off-Your-Ass Book of the Year

Xaque Gruber | Posted 07.20.2015 | Books
Xaque Gruber

Tamara Jacobs knows what she's talking about when it comes to moving ahead in the business world. When Fortune 500 companies like Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Bayer, Merck, Novartis, Revlon, and others need advice with their branding and image, they call Tamara.

3 Amazing Strategies To Becoming Highly Successful

Ramon Nuez | Posted 07.20.2015 | Business
Ramon Nuez

Becoming a highly successful person is not a reactive series of events. There is a purposeful strategy. There is a broader vision or a dream that you must be obsessed with and work towards every day.

The Promise for Minority Businesses to Compete in the Digital TV Spectrum Auction

Senator Catherine Pugh | Posted 07.17.2015 | Technology
Senator Catherine Pugh

Next year, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) will auction off billions of dollars worth of spectrum now used for broadcast television.

Successfully Unsuccessfully Funded: How A Failed Kickstarter Helped My Business

Omar Mamoon | Posted 07.17.2015 | Business
Omar Mamoon

I started DOUGH & CO, my cookie dough business, two-and-a-half years ago. I always had a strong interest and passion for food, and I had saved up some money after working a corporate nine-to-five for several years. The time was ripe, and I was ready to start my own business.

Why Optimism Helps Your Business

Chelsea Berler | Posted 07.17.2015 | Business
Chelsea Berler

I consider myself one of those lucky (perhaps even truly blessed) people who believes I can do anything I set my mind to... and trust me - it was never easy. I grew up on food stamps, was dealt a hand that most people would run away from.... and I still became a successful CEO.

Forward Cities: An Introduction

Forward Cities | Posted 07.20.2015 | Impact
Forward Cities

It is said that Detroit reinvents itself every 100 years. But as Detroit leaders develop a robust innovation ecosystem that can foster entrepreneurial growth, how can it also nurture a diverse array of entrepreneurs and create opportunities for inclusive innovation?

To Rescue Greece, Invest in Skills and Small Business

Sabina Dewan | Posted 07.16.2015 | World
Sabina Dewan

If Greece's creditors seek to help the country eventually stand on its own two feet, it should provide the debt relief that could make Greek products more competitive internationally. Supporting businesses is one side of the equation. The other part is investing in human capital.

5 Types of People That Will Make Your Startup Successful

Jose Vasquez | Posted 07.20.2015 | Business
Jose Vasquez

Building a great team is never easy, but these five types of people can help make your startup a breakout success.

What You're Facing as a Business Owner: The "Stats"

David Finkel | Posted 07.16.2015 | Business
David Finkel

Rather than just throwing multiple people in as the solution, you're empowering them with the systems and controls (i.e. structure) that will help them succeed and help your business make sure that the right things get done at the right times.

The 9 Best Mobile Apps for Running Your Business

Jared Hecht | Posted 07.16.2015 | Business
Jared Hecht

If you're like many small business owners, you rely on your smartphone even more than your desktop or laptop. To ensure they don't miss a beat whether at home, in the car or at a client's office, what smartphone apps do successful entrepreneurs owners rely on?

Mompreneur Spotlight: How to Build a Following & Make a Living on YouTube

Anjali Varma | Posted 07.15.2015 | Business
Anjali Varma

Judy Travis began sharing videos of beauty tips that she recorded on her handheld camera when she was in college. 7 years later, she is a mom of 3 girls, has 5 YouTube channels, millions of subscribers, hundreds of millions of views, and both her and her husband have made a career leveraging her thriving YouTube presence.