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Gwen Moran

Gwen Moran is a freelance writer and co-author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Business Plans (Alpha, 2010).

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7 Frugal Startup Tips from Millionaire Entrepreneurs

7 Frugal Startup Tips from Millionaire Entrepreneurs

Even the most successful business owners pinched pennies when starting up -- and many still do. Consider their money-saving advice when starting a business.
August 21, 2012 in Startup Basics
Need to Vent? Forget the Couch, Startup Moves Therapy Online

Need to Vent? Forget the Couch, Startup Moves Therapy Online

With digital diaries and video chats, PrettyPaddedRoom.com offers online counseling for woman and a "nice play to go crazy."
August 19, 2012 in Health & Fitness
4 Lessons for Overcoming Setbacks from Food Network Star Guy Fieri

4 Lessons for Overcoming Setbacks from Food Network Star Guy Fieri

What the Food Network host learned about listening to his customers after he lost his first restaurant in a fire.
August 17, 2012 in Grow Your Business
Investors Bank on the Appeal of a Startup's Design-Focused Office Products

Investors Bank on the Appeal of a Startup's Design-Focused Office Products

Even with the e-commerce site still in beta, the startup drew $6 million in venture capital in February.
August 16, 2012 in Magazine
Finding Business Success in a Farm-Inspired Food Niche

Finding Business Success in a Farm-Inspired Food Niche

How Green B.E.A.N. Delivery grew its membership-based organic farm and food-delivery business.
August 15, 2012 in Profiles
How Customer Data Can Help Build Better Marketing Campaigns

How Customer Data Can Help Build Better Marketing Campaigns

Online service Windsor Circle uses customer purchase histories to help small businesses improve their email marketing.
August 13, 2012 in Apps & Software
Can You Be a Tough Boss Without Being a Jerk?

Can You Be a Tough Boss Without Being a Jerk?

Four rules to avoid crossing the line from tough to mean.
August 8, 2012 in Leadership
3 Olympian Strategies to Get Gold-Medal Tough in Business

3 Olympian Strategies to Get Gold-Medal Tough in Business

The performance strategies that help elite athletes power through tough times can also help 'treps persevere in business. Here are three you should adopt now.
August 6, 2012 in Growing Your Business
Olympic Training Tips for Coaching Employees to Greatness

Olympic Training Tips for Coaching Employees to Greatness

Just as Olympians need great coaches to reach their highest potential, your high-performing employees need coaching to do the same. Here's how to get started.
July 31, 2012 in Managing Employees
A Retail Extreme Makeover Provides Sweet Rewards

A Retail Extreme Makeover Provides Sweet Rewards

A Chicago cupcake company’s experience offers lessons on renovating an affordable, but neglected retail space.
July 30, 2012 in Retail Center
How to Think Like a Gold Medalist

How to Think Like a Gold Medalist

The same strategies Olympians use to outwit mental obstacles can work in business as well. Here are tips to overcome three of the toughest psychological challenges.
July 26, 2012 in Leadership
Are You Surrounded by

Are You Surrounded by "Yes" People? 3 Steps to Straight Talk

Tips for making your team feel comfortable to tell you what you need to hear, instead of only what they think you want to hear.
July 24, 2012 in Leadership
3 Tips for Leading Your Business During a Personal Crisis

3 Tips for Leading Your Business During a Personal Crisis

Business lessons from a resilient entrepreneur who fought his way back from a brutal attack.
July 20, 2012 in Leadership
Remember These 8 Rules Before Sending Out Your Next Invoice

Remember These 8 Rules Before Sending Out Your Next Invoice

Not getting paid fast enough? Incomplete, incorrect or unclear invoices could be to blame. Here's how to get it right.
July 9, 2012 in Billing and Collections
Retail Decor Tips from the Star of 'Tabatha Takes Over'

Retail Decor Tips from the Star of 'Tabatha Takes Over'

The outspoken business-makeover specialist Tabatha Coffey of Bravo reality show fame dishes on how to keep customers coming back.
July 9, 2012 in Retail Center
SnagFilms Lands Another $7 Million in VC for Indie Flicks

SnagFilms Lands Another $7 Million in VC for Indie Flicks

A look at how the startup is using technology to draw attention to independent films -- and who is funding the concept.
July 8, 2012 in Profiles
How a Hammock-Maker Helps Campers Go Green

How a Hammock-Maker Helps Campers Go Green

A startup that works with environmental nonprofits and makes sustainable practices a critical component of success.
July 7, 2012 in Profiles
4 Ways to Find Your Next Revolutionary Business Idea

4 Ways to Find Your Next Revolutionary Business Idea

As you reflect on your business this holiday week, consider these strategies to generate new ideas that will grow your business.
July 4, 2012 in Finding Ideas
How One Startup Is Making Comparison-Shopping Even Easier

How One Startup Is Making Comparison-Shopping Even Easier

Priceonomics scours the web for the best prices to create an objective guide for consumers,
July 3, 2012 in Success Stories
Five Steps to Get Your Business Finances in Order

Five Steps to Get Your Business Finances in Order

Establishing solid corporate and accounting strategies from the start is critical when launching a business. Consider this advice to get off on the right financial foot.
July 2, 2012 in Starting a Business
Startup Helps Fend Off Car Repair Ripoffs

Startup Helps Fend Off Car Repair Ripoffs

BodyShopBids clears the confusion around disparate car-repair quotes
July 2, 2012 in Success Stories
Six Signs You Need a Break From the Startup Grind

Six Signs You Need a Break From the Startup Grind

Here, reminders you need to start now to take (at least a little) time out for yourself to prevent burnout.
June 29, 2012 in Lifestyle
Telltale Signs You Have a Workplace Bully

Telltale Signs You Have a Workplace Bully

How to spot and stop an office bully from chasing away talent -- and damaging your small business.
June 20, 2012 in Managing Employees
From Major Crisis to Comeback, What One Startup Learned

From Major Crisis to Comeback, What One Startup Learned

How entrepreneur Annette Giacomazzi handled a triple threat to her business and her life, and still managed to come up out on top.
June 14, 2012 in Leadership
Four Rules for Innovative Leadership

Four Rules for Innovative Leadership

Yesterday's leader can become tomorrow's laggard without innovation and reinvention. Here's how to always stay ahead of the competition.
June 12, 2012 in Leadership
Doing Good One T-Shirt at a Time

Doing Good One T-Shirt at a Time

Sevenly serves its causes through the sale of limited-edition T-shirts.
June 7, 2012 in Success Stories
Big Investors Are Helping Trippy Go the Distance

Big Investors Are Helping Trippy Go the Distance

Backed by author Tim Ferriss, singer Jason Mraz and Randi Zuckerberg, Trippy lets you tap the wisdom of your social network for in-the-know recommendations.
June 6, 2012 in Venture Capital
How PowerVoice Is Cashing In on Paid Tweets

How PowerVoice Is Cashing In on Paid Tweets

PowerVoice enables social media personalities to promote brands for bucks.
May 31, 2012 in Success Stories
Mom's Startup Success Story:  'Open Table' Reservation Service for Babysitters

Mom's Startup Success Story: 'Open Table' Reservation Service for Babysitters

A social media answer for helping parents find reliable, trusted babysitters -- fast
May 24, 2012 in Success Stories
How a Pile of Student Debt Inspired a Venture-Backed Startup

How a Pile of Student Debt Inspired a Venture-Backed Startup

ReadyForZero racked up $4.5 million in funding to help consumers pay their bills.
April 16, 2012 in Venture Capital
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