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Holiday Madness: Small Business Survival Guide

Roshell Rosemond | Posted 12.25.2014 | Small Business
Roshell Rosemond

For small business owners the holidays can be a challenging yet financially lucrative time of the year. As a result, the entrepreneurs that have a plan, deploy staff effectively, and make necessary adjustments are able to maximize this time of year. Here are four tips to survive peak season...

Make 2015 the Year You Finally Launch Your Own Startup

Don Tapscott | Posted 12.17.2014 | Business
Don Tapscott

In addition to creating jobs, new companies are the foundation of the economy and the source of much innovation. They also create the new goods and services on which our standard of living is based.

6 Tips to Keep You Motivated While Building Your Business on the Side

Kara Stevens | Posted 12.09.2014 | Small Business
Kara Stevens

While I fantasize about quitting my 9-5 nearly every day to work for myself, I know that my business is not ready; I still need the income from my full-time job to invest in building a strong and sustainable foundation for my future of self-employment.

Before You Quit Your Job To Become An Entrepreneur, Read This

| Rahul Varshneya | Posted 12.08.2014 | Small Business

You could be sitting on the fence with an idea or a desire to start your own business. Inspiration comes through many different sources and not all re...

5 Things Goal-Oriented People Want To Accomplish In Retirement

Moira McGarvey | Posted 12.03.2014 | Fifty
Moira McGarvey

Unlike several generations before, those headed into the retirement years today are taking very different paths. Where people who retired at the end of the last century might have been content to play golf or cards and take the occasional trip, today's active baby boomers have big and diverse plans. And what's most interesting is that they are not passive plans.

Top 20 Small Business and Entrepreneurship Books of 2014

Erica Nicole | Posted 11.26.2014 | Small Business
Erica Nicole

What do successful entrepreneurs read? Here's an inside look at this year's most talked-about books and hidden gems -- YFS Magazine's roundup of the best books for startups, small businesses and entrepreneurs.

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

Kate McCready | Posted 11.17.2014 | 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 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.

Does Everybody Think You're Crazy?

Mary Ann Johnstone | Posted 11.14.2014 | 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 Fennell | Posted 11.14.2014 | Business
Tammy Kahn Fennell

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 11.12.2014 | 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 11.11.2014 | 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 11.04.2014 | 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 11.05.2014 | 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 10.30.2014 | 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 10.29.2014 | 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...