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

Latest: Advice, Tips and Resources

4 Simple Steps to Valuing Your Small Business
By Russell Smith | April 03, 2024

Calculating your business's value accurately is crucial if you want to sell it or seek investors. Learn four steps for calculating your business valuation.

Crystal Knows All: You’re Being Profiled
By Mark Fairlie | April 01, 2024

Crystal claims it can give you accurate personality insights on customers, prospects, candidates and co-workers to help you sell more and manage better.

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What is a Holacracy? The Holacratic Workplace
By Genia Stevens | March 22, 2024

In a holacratic workplace, there's no traditional leadership hierarchy; team members assume multiple roles. Learn if holacracy is right for your business.

8 Tips to Manage Your Time as a Small Business Owner
By Jennifer Dublino | March 18, 2024

Small business owners are constantly pulled in different directions. Follow these time-management tips to maximize your effectiveness.

10 Scams That Prey on Small Businesses
By Jennifer Dublino | March 15, 2024

Scammers often target small and midsize businesses. Beware of these 10 business-related scams, and learn how to avoid cybercriminals and hackers.

7 Reasons Every Entrepreneur Needs a Branded Email Address
By Sean Peek | March 14, 2024

Don't use personal or generic email addresses for your startup. Learn why you need a branded email address for your business communications.

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In-N-Out Burger President Lynsi Snyder Serves Up ‘Slow-Growth Philosophy’ (Full Q&A)
By Rob Gabriele | February 14, 2024

She took over the company at 27 and “Double-Doubled” its success.

Discover the Unique Selling Proposition of Your Business
By Shane Barker | February 02, 2024

Without a unique selling proposition, you have nothing that distinguishes your company. Learn how to create an effective USP for your business.

Entrepreneurs Love These 13 Tools for Conducting Market Research
By Miranda Fraraccio | February 02, 2024

Here are the best tools for conducting market research.

5 Ways to Make Your Business’s Computing Eco-Friendly
By Julie Thompson | February 02, 2024

Learn five ways to improve your bottom line and create a more sustainable business environment by using practices such as cloud-based computing.

How Businesses Can Support Other Local Small Businesses
By Jennifer Post | January 30, 2024

You've asked your customers to buy local and you should too. Here's why your local B2B purchases have a positive ripple effect on the SMB community.

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What’s a Healthy Level of Business Debt?
By Matt D’Angelo | January 18, 2024

Healthy business debt is often necessary for growth. Learn how to distinguish good and bad business debt and determine a healthy debt amount to carry.

Is it Better to Buy or Lease a Car for Business?
By Max Freedman | January 11, 2024

Should you buy or lease the company car? Here are the pros and cons of each to help you weigh which is best for your needs.

10 Successful Businesses You Didn’t Know Were Run by Women
By Jennifer Dublino | January 03, 2024

Female entrepreneurs own 42 percent of American firms. Check out this list of women-led companies and some great resources for small business owners.

Why Your Small Business Needs an IT Partner
By Mark Fairlie | January 03, 2024

Find the right IT partner and your SMB can take advantage of all current and future business technology, improving service, profit and productivity.

How to Print Postcards at Home With Word Processing Software
By Max Freedman | December 12, 2023

Creating your own postcards at home is not too difficult. Here is what you need and how to do it.

What Is Private Labeling and How Does It Work?
By Stella Morrison | November 15, 2023

You don’t always need to build your own network to create a supply chain for your product. Here are some of the pros and cons of private labeling.

How to Learn From Your Failures: 4 Valuable Lessons
By Thomas Griffin | November 07, 2023

Failure is inevitable as an entrepreneur, so it’s important to develop a healthy attitude about it. Here are four lessons you can learn from failing.

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for Small Businesses
By Jennifer Dublino | November 06, 2023

Learn about the U.N.'s sustainable development goals, including ending poverty and hunger and how small businesses can work toward achieving them.

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International Business Etiquette From Around the World
By Sean Peek | November 06, 2023

Business has gone increasingly global throughout the past several decades. Understanding international business etiquette is key to your worldwide success.

How to Run a Successful One-Person Business
By Bennett Conlin | November 06, 2023

You can create a successful, long-lasting one-person business, but you must overcome obstacles alone. Learn how to help your one-person business succeed.

5 Ways to Reduce Your Business’s Carbon Footprint
By Michael Wood | November 06, 2023

Find out what a carbon footprint is, how to reduce your company's environmental impact and why it matters.

Protecting Your Bottom Line From Data Breaches
By Mark Fairlie | November 06, 2023

If customers can't trust you with their data, it will hurt your bottom line. Find out what you need to do to secure your business’s data.

Management Theory of Robert Waterman
By Sean Peek | November 03, 2023

Thomas Peters and Robert Waterman's theory observations developed foundational points for successful organizations.

Management Theory of Michael Porter
By Danielle Fallon-O’Leary | November 03, 2023

Michael Porter’s theory can help you build a more competitive management strategy for your business. Here is what you need to know.

Management Theory of Frederick Herzberg
By Danielle Fallon-O’Leary | November 03, 2023

Learn how businesses can use Herzberg's motivation theory, also known as the two-factor theory, to better manage their employees.

Outgrowing Your Office Space? Should You Lease or Buy?
By Karina Fabian | November 03, 2023

Here is a list of things to consider before deciding whether to purchase or lease your new office space, including pros and cons of both options.

Inspiration Revealed: 36 Top CEOs Share Their Secrets to Success
By Lauren Kubiak | November 03, 2023

Here are tips from CEOs and business leaders on topics ranging from balancing life and work to building your business team to addressing the competition.

Important Things to Do After Your Trademark Is Registered
By Julie Thompson | November 03, 2023

Registering your trademark is the first step in protecting your brand. Learn what to do next to ensure you're handling the trademark process properly.

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Best Business Newsletters of 2024
By Mike Berner | November 02, 2023

Here is our list of recommended publications that every small business owner and entrepreneur should read.