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Entrepreneurship

From ideation to starting your own business, this section provides expert advice and solutions from entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs.

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22 Branches of Business Management
By Max Freedman | November 26, 2020

Breaking down the different types of business management can be tricky, but determining the key characteristics of each is a great way...

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Customer Development for Small Business: An Essential Practice
By Jeff Solomon | November 25, 2020

Customer development is essential for launching new ventures that address market needs.

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How to Learn From Your Failures: 4 Valuable Lessons
By Thomas Griffin | November 25, 2020

As an entrepreneur, you'll encounter failure. Here's how to maintain a healthy perspective

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Shop Small: Business.com's Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide
By Haley C. Hanlon | November 24, 2020

We are proud to present business.com's ultimate small business holiday shopping guide featuring 48 amazing small businesses, as well as our hand-selected gift recommendations from each company.

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How to Stay Motivated to Start a Business
By Simone Johnson | November 24, 2020

What's your motivation for starting a business? Here's how to find and sustain your drive for business ownership.

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How to Run a Successful One-Person Business
By Bennett Conlin | November 20, 2020

Running a business on your own is doable, but it's important to remain patient when building it.

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Forum Etiquette: Guide for Online Forums
By Mona Bushnell | November 18, 2020

This simple set of guidelines will help you garner more high-quality responses to your posts online.

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7 Critical Building Blocks for Small Business Success in 2021
By Zaheer Dodhia | November 17, 2020

Whether you're planning to start a business or in the process of building one, you need to know these seven steps to establish the foundation of your enterprise and avoid pitfalls.

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The 5 Most Popular Types of 501(c)
By Deborah Sweeney | November 17, 2020

If you're considering starting a 501(c) organization, you should know the different options and the criteria for each.

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How LaFlore Paris Became the Most-Funded Female-Owned Business on Kickstarter
By Kiely Kuligowski | November 16, 2020

LaFlore Paris co-founder Natacha Seroussi shares her tips on being successful on crowdfunding sites.

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Should You Buy or Lease an ATM?
By Jennifer Post | November 13, 2020

Consider these six things before deciding if your business should buy or rent an ATM.

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What Have We Learned? Business Lessons From COVID-19
By Brian Wallace | November 11, 2020

Do the work now so your business will still be around later.

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What Is a Shareholder Agreement?
By Sammi Caramela | November 11, 2020

With a shareholders' agreement, your corporation can avoid legal issues and challenges.

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With COVID-19 Rising, Small Businesses Expand Health Coverage
By Donna Fuscaldo | November 05, 2020

Despite a slowdown in business due to the pandemic, small businesses are stepping up, making sure employees have health insurance.

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Small Business Boom: 'Pandemic Founders' Will Determine the Next Beloved Tech Brands
By Jay Bregman | November 04, 2020

2020's business founders are starting up with a fresh perspective, determining who the next beloved tech brands will be.

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Why Your To-Do List Isn't Working (and the Agile Tools You Should Use Instead)
By Andrea Fryrear | October 30, 2020

Traditional to-do lists can't help us navigate an ever-shifting mountain of work, because they don't force us to focus on what really matters. Here's the Agile way to really get things done in four...

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What's the best book on leadership and motivating your team?
By Mary-Alice Miller | 67 Answers | Last Activity on October 29, 2020

There are a ton of books out there on the subject, but does anyone have any recommendations. I've heard the Balanced Scorecard is good, as well as Seth Godin's Tribes, though they probably are...

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How to Become a Freelancer
By Arjun Kohli | October 28, 2020

Freelancers have a ton of freedom in their careers. Here are seven steps to take to become a freelancer.

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Leading With Transparency Promotes Customer Loyalty
By Austin Mac Nab | October 26, 2020

Companies that embrace transparency as a core business value find that it leads to consumer trust, loyalty and business success. Here are four areas businesses can be transparent with customers.

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P90X Creator Tony Horton Is Building a New Business From the Ground Up
By Adam Uzialko | October 26, 2020

The renowned fitness expert has left behind the resources of a large company to launch his own venture, Power Nation.

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Elevating Expectations: 6 Ways Product Quality Affects Your Brand
By Sammi Caramela | October 22, 2020

Improve your customer retention, build brand trust and boost your ROI by focusing on your product quality.

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How Embracing Change Fuels Pioneer Sports' Growth
By Donna Fuscaldo | October 07, 2020

Pioneer Sports co-founder Tom Falcone didn't let the pandemic stop his company from growing, even when demand for after-school sports programs came to a screeching halt.

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How can I get a struggling new hire more equipped to take over my previous role?
By jim sheldon | 3 Answers | Last Activity on October 06, 2020

I have an assistant that was hired to replace me but she has no known business experience and wants to take over but does not want to do the work required. She always has an excuse for why she didn't...

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The 5 Biggest Challenges to Starting a Business (and How to Overcome Them)
By Dave Thomas | October 02, 2020

Starting a business is a difficult endeavor. It is critical to identify your challenges and set a plan for how to tackle them.

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19 Essential Tools for Building a Successful Business Plan
By Scott Gerber | September 29, 2020

These resources can reduce the time and effort it takes to write a comprehensive plan.

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How Your Life Experiences Can Inspire Your Business and Help It Grow
By Simone Johnson | September 25, 2020

Learn how Mixed Up Clothing owner Sonia Kang's multicultural background, nursing credentials, and flair for fashion both inspired and saved her business.

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Despite COVID-19 Challenges, Brighter Days Are Ahead for the Middle Market
By Nicole Fallon | September 24, 2020

According to a new report by KeyBank, COVID-19 has shaken middle market businesses, but they're surviving and, in many cases, getting back to a state of normalcy.

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Have you ever worked with a business coach?
By Lynn Kretschmer | 23 Answers | Last Activity on September 23, 2020

I am interested in hiring a business coach, but I have my doubts if they can bring me real value. I want to know from others who have worked with coaches, what were your expectations out of the deal?...

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7 Steps to Starting a Business
By Chris Porteous | September 21, 2020

The businesses that stand the best chances of surviving into the future are those that don't risk it all on a single "big score." They play the long game and manage risk frugally.