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When Your Business Feels Like an Arranged Marriage


Q. I was laid off six months ago.

My Nemisis


Living in the twilight zone has its advantages. In the early days of starting my business, I found the limitations of living in a rural area to be restrictive.

Pre-Money vs. Post-Money Valuation


When a company decides that it must raise capital, a key question that must be answered is how much the company is worth. For example, if the business needs $500,000 to get started and/or grow, how much of the equity in that company should $500,000 command? Once this question is answered, the company will go out and try to find investors.

The Term Sheet's Role in Raising Venture Capital


Entrepreneurs and companies who are seeking venture capital often negotiate with one or more venture capital firms on a number of important issues. These issues include the amount of capital to be raised, the investment terms, etc.

How A Woman Became A Successful Bill Collector In A Mans Industry And How You Can Too!


I have worked in the credit industry for over 17 years now. When I first started out, I only knew a very few women in the industry.

Entrepreneurial Business Plan The Down And Dirty Way


Does the idea of running your own business sound exciting? Do you have a business up and running and want to take it to the next level?After coaching hundreds of entrepreneurs at various stages of their evolution, I've found that the answers to these 5 questions can make or break any endeavor. Of course there are lots of other areas that must be addressed, however these will get you moving in the right direction quickly.

Documenting Partnerships in Your Business Plan


Forging partnerships to improve market penetration has become commonplace, particularly for "new economy" businesses. And, most companies proudly mention their many partnerships in their business plans.

The 7 Major Reasons Businesses Fail and How to Overcome Them


This year, over 800,000 of the approximately 2,000,000 start up businesses will fail!Nearly 1,000,000 of those remaining will fail within 3 years. Why do so many businesses fail? Many studies show that approximately 98% of all failures occur because of the owners.

5?4?3? 2...1?


A streak dating back more than three decades came to an end at midnight on New Year's Eve. For the first time since 1972, as America rang in 2005, "America's Oldest Living Teenager" was not in Times Square to count down the dropping of the giant ball.

Do You Want to Just Survive or Thrive? (Part 1)


You've probably heard this, or maybe you will relate to this personally. Have you ever arrived somewhere and wondered, "How did I get here?" or "Why am I here?"Have you ever wondered if you've missed the boat (with your family on it)?Life is a battle that must be fought if there is to be a favorable outcome for you, as well as those around you that count the most.

Territory Limitations Policies for Franchised Companies


All franchised companies must have Territory Limitations to maintain the peace within their systems. Often the unspoken ethics of territory limitations are blurred with mobile, home based or online franchise companies.

The Use of Common Stock in Venture Capital Transactions


When raising capital for a business venture, a company can either raise debt capital, equity capital or a combination of the two. Debt capital is money loaned to the company at an agreed interest rate for a fixed time period.

Six Steps to Guarantee Your Business Success


Many of us slave away for years for one uninspiring company after another and dream of the day when we can sack the boss and go it alone.If you're contemplating starting your own business then I'm here cheering you on from the sidelines because the best decision I ever made was to walk away from my well paid but oh so frustratingly boring job and start my own business from scratch.

Go Slow to Go Fast - Why Over 80% Of High Tech Startups Fail And What To Do About It


With billions of dollars of venture capital residing down the street on Sand Hill Road, two Stanford professors are attempting to answer a fundamental question "why does it always take longer and cost more to build a hi-tech company than anyone ever expects?" For all the intellect, experience and graduate degrees in the venture capital industry, the sad truth is that 80% of venture capital investments do not pan out. While the reasons for this high attrition rate are too numerous to list here, a simple fact defines every successful investment - the company figures out how to bring in more money than it spends.

Why Most CEOs & Entrepreneurs Fail?


Times are tough. The economy is in a constant state ofupheaval.

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12/14/2017 08:43 AM
Starting Your Own Nail Polish Wholesale Line
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12/11/2017 03:46 PM
Technology Adoption Challenge for SMEs in India
SME's- Their significant role in the Indian economy and the challenges they face. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) at a global level, all over the world, have become the backbone of struggling and developing economies. These are constantly in search of a solution for recession and unemployment.
12/11/2017 10:17 AM
How Your Business Startup Can Take Advantage Of The Holiday Spending Peak
The holidays are here, and your business startup needs to make the most of this selling opportunity. With holiday shopping expected to break $100 billion in online sales, according to a prediction by CMO, your business can take advantage of the holiday season by putting on its best face and generating additional revenue with these holiday promotional tips.
12/09/2017 07:11 PM
Managing Working Capital Effectively
Managing working capital effectively is an essential business discipline, regardless of the stage of business' life-cycle you have reached. During a start-up or growth phase, many businesses grow rapidly, run out of cash and fail. They simply do not keep pace with the business' increasing cash needs.
12/08/2017 04:06 PM
How To Be a Scientist In Your Business and Why It Helps
True confession: I was a scientist. I say that because that's what I did two degrees in, and my early career was spent in that realm. I wouldn't describe myself that way anymore, but there is one thing about science that suited me perfectly.
12/08/2017 11:42 AM
Steps To Start A Mobile Wireless Business In A Hassle Free Manner
Starting a mobile wireless business is simple and quite lucrative at present. However, hiring mobile wireless support service can prove useful.
12/03/2017 09:29 PM
The Problem Is Not Your Service or Product
Clarity is the starting point in all marketing. Who do you serve--specifically? What problem do you solve? Can you say that so they see you as the logical solution?
11/30/2017 08:23 AM
Avoiding Website Headaches, Part 2
We all know we need a web presence. Yet, sometimes finding the right person to create a website leads to unforeseen issues. Second half of my interview with a tech expert friend on how to avoid problems when engaging a web designer.
11/29/2017 04:14 PM
Which Business Ventures Earn the Biggest Profits?
What was your business venture's net profit margin in the previous fiscal year? Was the projected revenue reached? Is cash-flow adequate and are you able to manage your accounts payable? Were you able to buy comprehensive medical and dental insurance? Were you able to deposit $5K or more into your retirement account? Could you afford to take a vacation this year? If the answer to two or more of those questions is no, I respectfully suggest that you think about your business or consulting venture.
11/29/2017 04:01 PM
Tis the Season - For Networking
With the holidays on our doorstep, so too are numerous luncheons, holiday parties and networking receptions. Whether you're an entrepreneur, looking for a career change, or just trying to keep your name out there, attending functions regularly is essential.
11/28/2017 03:05 PM
Crowdfunding Using Fundly
Crowdfunding is more than just raising money. It connects creators and entrepreneurs directly to customers and funders, where relationships can blossom. In social fundraising, the donor gives money as well as an email address and other information.
11/28/2017 10:04 AM
Creating A Positive Reputation For Your Business Startup
Creating a positive reputation from the get-go is the first step in being a recognizable brand that connects with customers. By focusing on your reputation early on, you can ensure your business startup resonates with consumers as well as with angel investors as you look to get off the ground.
11/27/2017 03:35 PM
After Deciding on a Business, Use These Five Steps to Find Your Niche
After deciding on a business idea you wish to pursue, and before starting on a business plan, use these five steps to identifying the niche you want to try to market to. There has never been a time in history when an attempt to sell to everyone has worked for small businesses. Don't fool yourself into believing you will be the first who can sell to everyone.
11/27/2017 10:31 AM
Recalling the Joy of Starting My Own Business for the First Time
Your first business is one you will always remember. Here is the story of how I started a housekeeping business at the age of 22, with little but a rusty van and a couple hundred dollars.
11/27/2017 09:19 AM
Electrical Equipment Manufacturer and Wholesale Supplies Startup Tips
Starting a business is always a stressful thing. If proper planning is implemented before the start then it can become excellent entrepreneurial opportunity especially if you are looking to open electrical measuring equipment manufacturer and supplies wholesale business. If you are not sure how to start the wholesale business in electrical equipment manufacturing and supplies then read the steps.
11/27/2017 08:13 AM
Wolf of Wall Street Tactics To Get Ahead of Your Competition
Did you see the movie "The Wolf of Wall Street"? If you haven't, it's a real story about this guy Jordan Belfort, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, who rose to riches as a wall street broker selling crappy penny stocks and making a killing from other illegal stock market stuff a while back. As I was watching with my wife I actually felt sorry for the guy that eventually lost all the money, power and family he had and was sent to jail for 3 years.
11/22/2017 04:46 PM
Generating Profit for Social Change
Social entrepreneurship is a process by which people build institutions to advance solutions to social issues, such as poverty, sickness, illiteracy, human rights violations, environmental degradation, and corruption, to improve the quality of life. The most appropriate definition was laid forth by Greg Dees, who is thought of as the father of social entrepreneurship education. Greg states that social entrepreneurs create new groupings of people and resources that significantly improve society's capability to address various issues.
11/22/2017 12:38 PM
How to Start Your On-Demand Venture With Uber Modules
Uber The ever-growing on-demand transportation service which revolutionized the taxi industry all across the world. The Uber business model is a huge success that it was adopted in several other ways by many entrepreneurs and brought success to all who applied it wisely in their businesses!
11/22/2017 10:46 AM
Four Suggestions for Developing an Idea for Starting a Business
The first step to finding a business that's right for you is to develop an idea you can become passionate about. Starting a business doesn't require you to develop a new product or process. In fact many successful businesses are started by selling a known successful product or process that is already branded and in demand. If your goal is to start a business, without the involvement of partners, you have to search your inventory of skills as a starting point, for developing a business idea. In fact, it doesn't make much sense to even think about planning until you develop an idea. I offer these four suggestions for how you might develop an idea for your business:
11/22/2017 10:08 AM
How to Make Money Making Homemade Yogurt
The demand for yoghurt within Kenya has been steadily rising since 2009. Despite this the market still stands under supplied. This is one area if well invested in, can make money plus profits monthly. The best thing about yoghurt is that it can easily be made from home.
11/22/2017 10:05 AM
Reap Up to $4000 Per Harvest With Greenhouse Farming
A greenhouse is a structure that is made up of a transparent material covering it up that helps grow plants that need controlled climatic conditions. With the unfavourable climatic conditions experienced in most parts of Kenya, farmers have opted to greenhouse farming as it is the only way by which they can confirm farm yields all year round and eventually make money from them.
11/17/2017 11:18 AM
Family and Friends As a Funding Option
The average cost to start a business is $30,000. In addition, starting a business has proven to be a challenge for many; young and old. What are beginning entrepreneurs who face this situation supposed to do? Well, many have utilized "friends and family" as a financial source. Why not; some may ask. Friends and family normally have their best interest at hand; they tend to be very trusting when it comes to lending and investing in the new entrepreneur business venture. For example, Paul Graham the Vice President of his work on "Lisp" which eventually became the Yahoo Store; raised $10,000 from a close friend. However, Paul Graham really thought about this decision before executing it. His friend not only knew him well; but he was also wealthy and a lawyer. Likewise, Paul received funding and access to free legal advice. It's important to research the advantages and disadvantages of accepting a "family and friend" loan. There could definitely be potential risks and/ or blessings when completing this type of transaction.
11/17/2017 08:13 AM
What Are You Willing To Do To Have Impact?
Do you have a really powerful and vivid dream of the difference you'd like to make in the world, the impact you want to have? Or is your vision evolving? Either way, whether or not that dream comes to life depends very much on the answer to these questions: What are you willing to do to have impact? What are you willing to commit to?
11/16/2017 09:56 AM
How to Form The Culture Of Your Business Startup
Being proactive at the beginning of your business startups foundation can work to develop a culture that employees take pride in being a part of and also help to express your vision into the long term. Waiting until you are a more established business with a team of employees to worry about your corporate culture can have a negative impact on your business as you forget about the very ideals that make your business startup who it is. With a little bit of management and foresight now, you can craft a corporate culture that follows your business startup's vision, values, mission, and expected behaviors.
11/16/2017 09:54 AM
Profits Make the Difference: Social Entrepreneurship
What is a social entrepreneur? In a nutshell, a person who sets up and runs a profitable business enterprise with goals to make a difference in society. A social entrepreneur sets up a business which aims to earn money to support and deliver problem-solving solutions that help people with social issues such as poverty or making a physical or financial contribution to save an endangered species.
11/15/2017 12:23 PM
Funding a Startup Through Strategic Alliances
Entrepreneurs often look to friends, family, their bank account, and even credit cards when funding a startup, but many perhaps overlook the easiest way to generate startup revenue: The strategic alliance. A strategic alliance is a cooperative arrangement between two or more businesses for the mutual benefit all involved businesses. The idea is that each involved entrepreneur or business entity brings something to the alliance which enables a greater opportunity for near-term successes for all parties than the parties might achieve individually.
11/13/2017 02:23 PM
Bootstrapping: Sometime Being a Cheapskate Can Pay Off When Starting Your Own Business
When you take that "leap of faith" and decide to start a business, it may be difficult to obtain funding. This is where a new entrepreneur can really take a lesson from a "cheapskate". ootstrapping is finding ways to pay for the necessary tools to start a business with the lowest possible out-of-pocket expenses. Whether you are starting with small bank loan or what little you have in savings, making every dollar count is critical.
11/10/2017 11:37 AM
The Complete List of Things to Evaluate Before You Open or Invest in a New Venture
Investing your money or time in a new venture without proper analysis is the perfect way to guarantee its failure. Use a well-structured analysis to evaluate and decide.
11/09/2017 08:05 PM
How Good Bookkeeping Can Help Protect & Grow Your Business
INTRODUCTION - Bookkeeping is a vital segment of business. Most accountants are looking at your books after the fact and don't have a handle on all of the detail. As a CPA with over thirty years of experience I can tell you quite frankly that it's not my job to know all of the details. If your accountant does then he is more of a glorified bookkeeper and you're paying accounting rates for bookkeeping services. I have handled either directly or indirectly thousands of small businesses and there is no way for any accountant to have the same level of involvement that a bookkeeper has.
11/09/2017 07:59 PM
New Business Startup Checklist
Failure is not an option, starting out on the right path is. A vast majority of business failures are a result of not knowing the simple steps you can take to steer clear of inevitable obstacles we all face as entrepreneurs. Don't start your journey in the wrong direction. Follow these simple steps towards SUCCESS!
11/09/2017 07:52 PM
How to Self-Publish a Book
A large percentage of the world would like to write a book but only a small percentage ever do. Not to long ago the barriers were almost impenetrable. Today there are virtually no barriers and it has led to an explosion of new authors sharing new ideas, spreading hope and making the world more connected than ever. If you ever thought about writing a book take a look at this article. Maybe it will help you stop thinking about it and start doing it!
11/08/2017 03:19 PM
Lending Benefits of Business Incubators
What does lending benefits have to do with business incubators? Well, business incubators are set up to offer assists with business plans, financial pro formas, work space and can also offer lending for startup and existing ventures.
11/08/2017 12:15 PM
How Does Private Equity Operate?
A few years ago, in order to clear up some misconceptions regarding private equity (PE), the PE industry formed an association called The American Investment Council (AIC). The AIC's primary role is educational, helping the general public have a better understanding of how the private equity industry operates and how it benefits the economy in general via investing in businesses and helping them grow.
11/03/2017 09:58 AM
The Benefits of Buying an Established Business
The dream of business ownership is alive and well these days, especially in Colorado. As of 2015, the state is home to nearly 600,000 small businesses which employ almost 1,000,000 people! Every day you hear about a new start up being launched or a company taking its headquarters to Colorado. Business is good! So for today's discussion, we thought it would be important to address the benefits of buying an established business over starting a business.
11/03/2017 08:12 AM
Who the Bleep Is Running Your Business Anyway?
With your business, you can make a real difference in the world. To do that, you have to be clear about this one thing.
10/31/2017 11:07 PM
5 Common Entrepreneur Mistakes
What Not to Do - It takes time and money to start a new business. Entrepreneurs work hard to get customer or prospects.
10/31/2017 02:57 PM
Implementing Ethics in the Workplace Can Improve Your Restaurant's Finances
What are the ethical principles and problems that can arise in a restaurant business? Let's expand upon that point to examine how the following ethical guidelines can help a restaurant's founder to boost sales and profit in the restaurant business.
10/31/2017 10:52 AM
Startup Funding - How to Write a Pitch That Gets Your Business Funded
Less than 1% startups are successful in roping in angel investors, and a miserly 0.05% garner funding from VCs. With odds that staggering, you want to give your start-up every possible competitive advantage when it comes to getting funded. One way to stand out from the crowd and beat the odds is to write a persuasive investor pitch.
10/30/2017 04:03 PM
5 Strategies to Bring Your App Business on the Right Track
Are you still pondering on the strategies to bring your app business on the right track? Here, we will discuss 5 techniques that shall help you achieve your goal.
10/24/2017 08:55 AM
Don't Be Shy - Just Ask (If They Trust You)
Wouldn't it be great if you knew what your customers and prospects wanted, why they wanted it, when they wanted it, and even what they expected to pay? Sure it would! It would give you a treasure trove of marketing intelligence that you could use to attract new customers and satisfy your current ones.
10/23/2017 04:22 PM
Defining Your Elevator Pitch
Every venture requires an elevator pitch. This can be used for introducing the venture to prospective investors or just to help us focus on its key elements.
10/23/2017 02:49 PM
Entrepreneurship and Its Challenges
The importance of entrepreneurship cannot be over-emphasized. Unfortunately, many are not equipped to handle the challenges that come with being an entrepreneur. This has resulted to failure of businesses and high rate of unemployment. To be sure,focus is needed in the pursuit of success in any entrepreneurial engagement. Once you are focused, you will be able to face any challenges that come your way.
10/17/2017 08:01 AM
How To Become A Thought Leader In Your Industry
Aspiring to become a thought leader in your industry? The article will share 5 actionable steps to becoming a thought leader and developing your very own niche in your area of expertise.
10/16/2017 08:17 AM
4 Easy Ways to Get More Referrals Without Feeling Aggressive
Being a referral based business is not a pipe-dream. It is possible by giving great service and products to your clients and asking them for testimonials and referrals. Some of the most successful entrepreneurs have done this and even though organic business is still possible, it is great when the referral dominoes begin to fall. Your business can thrive on this model but it takes explanatory service and standards to make this happen.
10/12/2017 09:35 AM
How To Start A Business With Sea Freight Logistics
Whether you are operating in manufacturing, service delivery, or product development sectors, effective transportation will prove to be a significant part of your job. It is highly imperative to identify the crucial entities involved in a project, thus finding ways and means to serve them.
10/12/2017 08:08 AM
A Super Success Strategy to Attract Your Dream Clients
Don't spend another dollar on marketing before you read this article! This article could help shift your mindset and your business in a more prosperous direction. It's all about YOU!
10/12/2017 08:08 AM
Your Money Has a Mission
Those of us who are called to business have an opportunity to generate income. And businesses are designed to make money. So if you are in business you should be making money. Is money really important? People have told me that it isn't, but yet we can't even do the necessary things in life without money, like eat, have shelter, or take care of our family. I feel like money is extremely important. And desiring more of it is not wrong. I have heard that "money is evil" but money in itself is not evil. If you take a $100.00 bill and sit it on a table it is not going to do anything evil.
10/11/2017 04:11 PM
ROCK the Space God Has Given You!
As an entrepreneur you have been blessed with space that can help you to increase your impact and income. But are you glowing in your space or are you a dim light that people can barely see? When you step out in faith and ROCK the space God has given you everything can change! You can manifest more clients, more freedom, more fulfillment, and more money!
10/10/2017 03:58 PM
Female Entrepreneurs: Unleash a High-End Mindset and Succeed
As a female entrepreneur you can create high-end programs and attract high-end clients. But first you must have the right mindset that will attract your desires and not repel them.
10/10/2017 03:47 PM
Irish Kickstarter Success: Interview With Co-Founder of Toc Watch
Will Monaghan from Trim, Co Meath along with his co-founder Max Dehne, have achieved something many Irish start ups only dream of. They fully funded their Kickstarter campaign in under 24 hours. I spoke to Will to hear about his experience of starting Toc Watch and his advice for making your own Irish Kickstarter success story.


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