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Why You Shouldn't Wait to 'Feel Ready' to Make Your Business Leap

Kate McCready | Posted 01.17.2015 | Women
Kate McCready

Are you waiting until you 'feel ready'? Ready to break out of your current career? Ready to go out on your own? Ready to start that business you've always wanted to start? Ready to shift the direction of your business to that thing that feels right in your gut? Ready to take a leap?

Be a Bulletproof Freelancer: Three Rules for the First Six Months

Greta Perel, Ph.D. | Posted 01.14.2015 | Business
Greta Perel, Ph.D.

Leaving your daily grind to strike out on your own? Great! Freelance work can be one of the most rewarding, lucrative, and fantastic careers ever. But getting past the first six months is, hands down, the hardest part of freelance work.

Does Everybody Think You're Crazy?

Mary Ann Johnstone | Posted 01.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Mary Ann Johnstone

One typically frantic yet tedious day, I found myself running around, exhausted and unhappy when suddenly I realized I had been waiting for someone ...

What's Behind You Is Not Important

Tammy Kahn | Posted 01.14.2015 | Business
Tammy Kahn

As entrepreneurs we all swing for the fences, and sometimes we hit a grand slam, sometimes it's a single or a double, and sometimes, we strike out. In fact, the only guarantee is that there is none.

5 Things to Consider Before Starting Your Business, From a Cookie Dough Entrepreneur

Omar Mamoon | Posted 01.12.2015 | Small Business
Omar Mamoon

I'm in no position to tell anyone to quit their job and start their own business, but if you've ever considered leaving it all behind to start your own thing, here are some crucial things that I've done in my life that have helped me come to a place where I was ready.

Paycheck Financing: A Great Way to Bootstrap Your Startup

Sramana Mitra | Posted 01.11.2015 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

I would go so far as to say that most aspiring entrepreneurs ought to start their entrepreneurial journey while sitting inside a corporate umbrella. Especially for technical people, it allows for the enhancing of their technical skills, while also developing the bricks needed to build a venture.

Do These 5 Things to Get Great (Free) PR For Your Startup

Jonathan Long | Posted 01.03.2015 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

After spending months or even years working around the clock your product or service is ready to hit the market. Regardless of what your startup aims to provide or solve, one thing is consistent -- you need press, and lots of it.

How to Fund Your Startup -- With VCs, Angels and Crowdinvesting

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 01.03.2015 | Business
Victoria Silchenko

"Every one of my books had killed me a little more," - this profound and highly personal quote by American author Norman Mailer has become one of my f...

What NOT To Do When Starting A New Business After 50

Buck Wargo | Posted 12.30.2014 | Fifty
Buck Wargo

The allure of starting a business is strong. That's part of the American dream for many, especially those in their 50s and older who are looking to leave their lifelong jobs in the corporate world or retire from a small-to-midsize company. The reality is that 27 percent of start up businesses fail within the first year and are at continued risk after that first year.

Staying on Track: Six Tips to Avoid Business Failure

Elinor Robin, PhD | Posted 12.29.2014 | Small Business
Elinor Robin, PhD

Yes, clearly, some businesses are a bust. However, you don't have to ever join their ranks. There are some things you can do now to put and keep your business on the right track.

The Business Model Canvas Gets Even Better -- Value Proposition Design

Steve Blank | Posted 12.24.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

Product/Market fit now has its own book. Alexander Osterwalder wrote it. Read it. The Lean Startup process builds new ventures more efficiently. It h...

Early Influences Can Open Up the Future

Jack Nadel | Posted 12.23.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

Entrepreneurs not only provide us with critical innovation and keep us at the forefront of global markets, they also create ways to gain financial independence. So why has the percentage of start-ups in the U.S. dropped significantly in the last 35 years?

Roadmap to Leaving Your Corporate Job and Starting a Creative Business (Part 1 of 6)

Sumeera Rasul | Posted 12.22.2014 | Small Business
Sumeera Rasul

Last winter, while talking to one of our designers, Isobel Schofield of Bryr Clogs, it hit me how many of us still sit at our corporate desk jobs dream of creating a life that gives us more freedom and control.

6 Surprising Ways Having Bad Credit Hurts

NextAdvisor.com | Posted 12.21.2014 | Money
NextAdvisor.com

It's been said many times that having a low credit score can hurt your finances. In addition to the recognizable consequences, there are a few lesser known, but still hazardous, effects bad credit can have on you.

6 Things To Do When Starting a Business with Your Sibling

Lauren Jessen | Posted 12.16.2014 | Small Business
Lauren Jessen

Having the opportunity to start a business with a sibling is pretty special. Make a concerted effort to be great business partners and siblings, and enjoy the process.

The Daily Lives of Entrepreneurs

Jamil Bouchareb | Posted 12.12.2014 | Business
Jamil Bouchareb

Co-owning a young catering supply company, Restaurantware in Chicago that's appeared in the Inc 500 for the first time this year, has been one hell of...

Take the Quiz: Are You Ready for Your Own Business?

Greg J. Stone | Posted 12.05.2014 | Small Business
Greg J. Stone

I believe that passion and persistence trump brains and talent any day. Genius and fancy degrees may help, but I'd bet on a person of average intelligence with deep commitment and superior drive.

Watching My Students Grow

Steve Blank | Posted 12.03.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

"You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself." Galileo Galilei One of the great things about teaching is that while...

The Woodstock of K-12 Education

Steve Blank | Posted 11.23.2014 | Education
Steve Blank

Describing something as the "Woodstock of..." has taken to mean a one-of-a-kind historic gathering. It happened recently when a group of educators cam...

10 Game-Changing Ideas on Entrepreneurship from Peter Thiel

Kiyan Rajabi | Posted 11.19.2014 | Business
Kiyan Rajabi

Thiel's talk heavily focused on the concept of zero-to-one innovations -- revolutionary inventions like the first airplane or home computer, which require "intensive, vertical, zero-to-one progress" -- and how to get there.

Dream, Girl: How One Film Is Inspiring Girls to Go for Their Dreams

Erin McKelle | Posted 11.12.2014 | Women
Erin McKelle

Meet Erin Bagwell: She's the director and creator of Dream Girl, a film that is encouraging girls everywhere to become leaders and realize their entrepreneurial dreams. This documentary is redefining what it means to be a businesswoman.

Why HR, PR, and IT Are Worthy Startup Investments

Julia Neumer | Posted 11.11.2014 | Small Business
Julia Neumer

Money is tight, especially as you continue to build your startup. We know as well as the next entrepreneur that the bottom line is always top of mind. However, there are a few particular areas in which you should focus on early to secure future success.

How to Think Like an Entrepreneur -- The Inventure Cycle

Steve Blank | Posted 11.09.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

The Lean Startup is a process for turning ideas into commercial ventures. Its premise is that startups begin with a series of untested hypotheses. The...

4 Reasons Older Entrepreneurs Hold All The Cards

Margaret Manning | Posted 11.04.2014 | Fifty
Margaret Manning

When I told my friends and family that I was quitting my marketing job at a well-respected global company to start Sixty and Me, I was greeted with confused looks. After all, at age 64, I was supposed to be 'winding down' and preparing for retirement.

Why Founders Should Know How to Code

Steve Blank | Posted 11.03.2014 | Small Business
Steve Blank

A startup is not just about the idea, it's about testing and then implementing the idea. A founding team without these skills is likely dead on arrival.