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10 Trends That Could Change Your Business

From crowdsourced shopping to mancessories to new ways to get green: The 10 trends that will define opportunity next year.

Are You Ready to Launch?

Three key questions to ask yourself before you start your own business

Business Planning for the 'Lean Startup'

This next-generation strategy calls for planning--and revising--as you go.

The Four Keys to Raising Capital

Address these four points clearly and confidently, and your investors are likely to buy in.

Success Stories

Get inspired by these entrepreneurs who have taken their idea and made it a success.
The 'Aha!' Moments of Famous Inventors (Infographic)

The 'Aha!' Moments of Famous Inventors (Infographic)

by Catherine Clifford
A look at the realizations that inspired the founders of Apple, Ikea, WhatsApp and other massively successful businesses.
July 31, 2014
5 Books That Reveal the Secrets of Your Entrepreneurial Heroes

5 Books That Reveal the Secrets of Your Entrepreneurial Heroes

by Dorie Clark
Here are five must-read books that show what entrepreneurial success really takes, and how we can apply the principles of the best to our business.
July 21, 2014
9 Things Exceptionally Smart Entrepreneurs Do to Be Successful

9 Things Exceptionally Smart Entrepreneurs Do to Be Successful

by Thomas Oppong
The difference between success and failure often comes down to these actions.
July 21, 2014
Jump on an Idea Quickly With These 5 Tips

Jump on an Idea Quickly With These 5 Tips

by Eric Schiffer
Great entrepreneurs don’t catch lightning in a bottle and leave it on the table.
July 15, 2014
2 Risky Pivots You Probably Haven't Heard About

2 Risky Pivots You Probably Haven't Heard About

by Eric Siu
Steve Jobs wasn't right about everything. Sometimes, you really need to listen to what people want.
July 15, 2014
How a Former Denny's Waitress Amassed an Empire of Over 75 Denny's Locations

How a Former Denny's Waitress Amassed an Empire of Over 75 Denny's Locations

by Jason Daley
At age 16, Dawn Lafreeda began working at Denny's as a hostess. Three decades later, she's the largest single-owner franchisee in the system.
July 11, 2014
Nasty Gal CEO Sophia Amoruso: 'Wisdom is Earned Through Experience, Particularly Mistakes.'

Nasty Gal CEO Sophia Amoruso: 'Wisdom is Earned Through Experience, Particularly Mistakes.'

by Nina Zipkin
The fashion-retail founder explains why entrepreneurs shouldn't be afraid to veer off of the prescribed track, why it is okay for them to make mistakes and how founders should strive to be like Indiana Jones.
July 10, 2014
Iterate or Eliminate? When You Need to Go Back to the Drawing Board.

Iterate or Eliminate? When You Need to Go Back to the Drawing Board.

by Jake Gibson
When do you stick with an idea, and when do you eliminate it altogether? As an entrepreneur, this can be a life-or-death decision for your startup.
July 7, 2014
5 Hidden Ways Your Summer Vacation Pays Off for Your Business

5 Hidden Ways Your Summer Vacation Pays Off for Your Business

by Jeffrey Hayzlett
Getting away can help you come back stronger than ever. Here's how to use time off to the fullest.
July 7, 2014
5 Tips from Entrepreneur Pros on Starting a Business

5 Tips from Entrepreneur Pros on Starting a Business

by Mike Templeman
Starting a business can be a challenge and often entrepreneurs need guidance in various areas. Here five established founders reveal their tips for getting a new business off the ground.
July 7, 2014
4 Ways to Build Trust Quickly

4 Ways to Build Trust Quickly

by Dorie Clark
Entrepreneurs don't have years or even months to build trust. To get sales quickly, they need to act quickly.
July 7, 2014
Ka-Ching: Making Money Online

Ka-Ching: Making Money Online

by Joel Comm
With the online world taking over our lives, here is how entrepreneurs can cash in.
July 7, 2014
Richard Branson's 5 Fashion Startup Secrets They Don't Teach You in Business School

Richard Branson's 5 Fashion Startup Secrets They Don't Teach You in Business School

by Richard Branson
It can be difficult to make an impact in the fashion industry, but following these steps will get you off to the right start.
July 7, 2014
Take a Page From Hollywood, Improv Your Next Brainstorming Session

Take a Page From Hollywood, Improv Your Next Brainstorming Session

by Steve Yastrow
Actors often improvise during scenes. Entrepreneurs should be imploring this same tactic for brainstorming sessions.
July 3, 2014
5 Places to Look on Social Media for New Business Ideas

5 Places to Look on Social Media for New Business Ideas

by Gabie Boko
For entrepreneurs looking to dive into the startup world, turn to social media for brainstorming new venture concepts.
July 2, 2014
50 Signs You Need to Start Your Own Business

50 Signs You Need to Start Your Own Business

by John Rampton
An entrepreneurial type reads the signals and suddenly realizes it's time to make the leap and ready a launch.
June 27, 2014
Simple Yet Powerful Business Lessons From a Broke Entrepreneur Turned Multi-Millionaire

Simple Yet Powerful Business Lessons From a Broke Entrepreneur Turned Multi-Millionaire

by Carol Roth
Some wise words that you can put into practice at your own startup endeavors.
June 23, 2014
Test Your Idea With These Simple and Inexpensive Steps

Test Your Idea With These Simple and Inexpensive Steps

by Adam Callinan
Before you spend big money on bringing your product to market, make sure there is actually a market for your product.
June 18, 2014
5 Fast-Growing Industries Ripe for Entrepreneurs

5 Fast-Growing Industries Ripe for Entrepreneurs

by David Nilssen
No one knows the future but, sometimes, you can make a very educated guess where things are headed.
June 16, 2014
How Entrepreneurs, Such as Daymond John, Learn to Improve Their Game

How Entrepreneurs, Such as Daymond John, Learn to Improve Their Game

by Laura Schaefer
Startup life is fraught with peril, but it's one space where prior experience really helps. These business owners share how their business expertise evolved.
June 10, 2014
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