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Starting a New Business

Just Do the 'Thing'

Johnathan Cardillo | Posted 12.30.2014 | Small Business
Johnathan Cardillo

"Fear is debilitating" -- as cliché as this phrase may be, it's something you should remind yourself of every day of your life if you are or want to be a business owner. This post was inspired by a good friend who told me exactly what I needed to hear a few years ago when I was looking to launch a business.

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.

Test Any Business Idea for Less Than $400

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 11.05.2014 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

You've got a great idea for a new store, app or restaurant. Should you quit your job and invest before doing basic marketing research? It's amazing how many businesses are started on a hunch or feeling. Instead, budget $400 in some general digital marketing tactics to test the waters out by doing the following.

How This Woman Launched A Sweet New Career After Being Laid Off At 57

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 06.20.2014 | Fifty

Barbara Schechter of New Jersey was 57 when she lost her job of 30 years as a marketing professional. Instead of letting it get her down, though, she ...

How to Succeed in Business: the First Steps

Jack Nadel | Posted 07.30.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

I'll begin where the majority of successful entrepreneurs begin--"follow your passion." It may be a shopworn phrase, but this advice is as valid today for how to succeed in business as it was a hundred years ago, and it has certainly proven true for me.

The Risk I Was Willing To Take After Turning 50

Jeannie Borin | Posted 04.14.2014 | Fifty
Jeannie Borin

So many things had me start a business after turning fifty. I must have had something powerful hit me to work as hard as I did and want more. I am a college counselor and had an interest in everything college admissions, but it was more than that. I wanted to prove something to myself and the timing was right.

How Big Is Something That Doesn't Exist?

Amy Radin | Posted 11.25.2013 | Business
Amy Radin

Innovators, especially in established organizations, need complementary characters around them, people who can help sustain commitment and who have the tolerance for ambiguity that allows innovators to work through the messy process of building the next great thing.

Entrepreneurs: Ditch Your Marketing Plan and Focus on Your Game Plan

Ciara Pressler | Posted 06.04.2013 | Small Business
Ciara Pressler

In my work launching new businesses (or fixing businesses that have plateaued), one place I see entrepreneurs in every industry get stuck, frustrated, or misguided, is in attempting to apply old models to new business.

Skunks, Pop-ups and Hybrids: How to Build a Team of Innovators

Daryl Twitchell | Posted 05.06.2013 | Business
Daryl Twitchell

There is never a shortage of new ideas. But there is always a shortage of great talent to reveal their commercial potential. Lucky for the daily innovator, smart people want to work on promising projects. It's a character trait you can use to advantage when building a team.

A Business Owner's Guide to a Happy Year: Nine 'Resolutions' for Creating the Best Odds for Success in 2013

Bill McBean | Posted 03.12.2013 | Small Business
Bill McBean

Often, entrepreneurs don't make the best planners. We are action-oriented people. But by taking a long hard look at a few critical pieces and putting a plan in place right now, you can have a much more prosperous year.