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

Greta Perel, Ph.D. | Posted 11.14.2014 | 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.

What I Learned As a Start-Up Business Owner

Scott MacFarland | Posted 10.16.2014 | Business
Scott MacFarland

It wasn't that long ago when I started my business and was so looking forward to the challenges ahead of me. Little did I know that every day would be a challenge and new ones popped-up all the time that I didn't expect.

5 Signs You're Ready to Start Your Own Business

Gillian Small | Posted 10.02.2014 | Small Business
Gillian Small

Starting a new business, be it big or small, is far from easy. In the early stages you will inevitably drift between periods of certainty and uncertainty about your decision. You will feel like you are constantly swaying with the wind of opinions from your peers.

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.

Is Your Business Challenging Conventional Thinking?

Scott MacFarland | Posted 09.24.2014 | Business
Scott MacFarland

Stop gambling with your business and start challenging conventional thinking. Look for and develop new ideas of doing business. Ask "why not," instead of "why." This will help to pave the way for new ideas to emerge.

How Your Company -- And Your Job -- Will Soon Be Disrupted

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 07.30.2014 | Business
Vivek Wadhwa

What industries will change and who the winners will be in this era of exponential technologies are uncertain. The only things that are certain are that we are in for dramatic changes, and that the old rules don't apply any more.

Stop Chasing Every New Opportunity It's Bad for Business

Ian Altman | Posted 07.21.2014 | Business
Ian Altman

The darn shame with chasing bad opportunities is that occasionally, circumstances change and you end up winning a deal in spite of yourself. Don't let that example lure you into bad behavior.

The Allocation of Talent is a Zero-Sum Game

Andrew_Yang | Posted 03.11.2014 | Small Business
Andrew_Yang

Everyone reading this knows a host of former lawyers, bankers, consultants, academics, or doctors for whom the work or environment was not right, many of whom eventually left the profession or stuck around halfheartedly.

3 Great Reasons to Walk Away From New Business

Ian Altman | Posted 01.31.2014 | Business
Ian Altman

As an outside observer, it sounds like their business is not setup to effectively handle projects they would consider small in comparison to their ideally-sized projects. Sadly, few businesses exhibit the discipline to define when they should walk away from business.

Can CEOs Afford to Be Angry?

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 11.27.2013 | Business
Deborah Sweeney

Trust me -- these issues are minuscule compared to the ones just over the horizon. You have to learn not to get tripped up by every roadblock; otherwise you'll be a hot mess 24/7.

Three Questions to Evaluate New Business Opportunities

Ian Altman | Posted 11.03.2013 | Business
Ian Altman

Elements of this image licensed from veer.com   Over the holiday weekend, my wife and I were planning an outing with our children. As is often th...

WATCH: How To Start A Business By Lying To Yourself

Posted 07.24.2013 | Small Business

America's small business climate is tough, but author AJ Jacobs says there's one simple way for entrepreneurs to give themselves a leg up -- self-delu...

Not LinkedIn? -- Think Again, Even If You Hate It

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 09.07.2013 | Business
Fiona Hotston Moore

LinkedIn does not have global take-up, but it is getting into all sorts of places where you might want to be.

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.

Unfinished Business... Or Why I Left My Office Jobs

Amanda Brewington | Posted 06.03.2013 | Detroit
Amanda Brewington

When something needs to be accomplished I would rather stay up late and get something done in one day rather than spend two days doing something. This is why I didn't fare well in an office setting. And now I know why.

Failure and Redemption

Steve Blank | Posted 04.28.2013 | Business
Steve Blank

We give abundant advice to founders about how to make startups succeed yet we offer few models about dealing with failure. So here's mine.

Mompreneurs: New Baby? New Business!

Women & Co | Posted 03.10.2013 | Small Business
Women & Co

The following three women not only started businesses that benefit the masses, they also used their pregnancy and maternity leave to hone their big ideas and transform them into reality.

Huge Share Of New Businesses Started By Immigrants

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 05.08.2012 | Small Business

There are still plenty of entrepreneurs in America. But more and more of them are actually coming from somewhere else. Immigrants were twice as li...

No Experience? Think Again! Confessions of a Female Entrepreneur: Street Cred

Michele Colucci | Posted 06.05.2012 | Women
Michele Colucci

We women spend a lot of time working for our family, for our friends and for our passions. We need to take ownership of our successes, experiences, and accomplishments in our "other" jobs.

Five Ways to Get Clients Now

Dorie Clark | Posted 04.24.2012 | Business
Dorie Clark

We all want to build a sales pipeline. You know -- plant the marketing seeds, nurture them, and watch them bloom into lucrative clients six months, or a year, or five years from now. But what if you can't wait?

Is It Time To Be an Entrepreneur?

Marc Joseph | Posted 04.10.2012 | Business
Marc Joseph

Are today's entrepreneurs desperate and opening a business because they just can't find a job? Let's hope not, because that is almost a guarantee your business will fall into the two thirds that fail.

Establishing Credibility as a New Business

Andrea Sittig-Rolf | Posted 01.10.2012 | Business
Andrea Sittig-Rolf

Being self-employed can be rewarding, but it's often challenging when you're starting out. To get a new business off the ground, you need customers, but customers aren't easily willing to put their trust in a newbie. It's a catch-22 -- and nobody wants to be the guinea pig.

Small Business Lending 'Finally Turning The Corner': PayNet

Reuters | Posted 12.17.2011 | Small Business

(By Deborah L. Cohen) - Startup activity is expected to pick up this year and into 2012 as sectors such as amusement and recreation services continue ...

SEO: An Open Letter to CEOs and Boards of Directors

Larry MacDonald | Posted 09.25.2011 | Technology
Larry MacDonald

Search engine optimization? CEOs and board members, as well as managers of international companies wrote me asking why they should be concerned about ...

Women Entrepreneurs: Trapped Within Glass Walls

Lesa Mitchell | Posted 07.11.2011 | Business
Lesa Mitchell

Women who could be high-growth entrepreneurs make up our most crucial source of untapped talent. It's time to start tapping on those glass walls.