Entrepreneur: Latest from Sara Wilson http://www.entrepreneur.com The latest small business tips and advice from Entrepreneur.com. en-us Copyright 2014 Entrepreneur.com Inc., All rights reserved. Entrepreneur.com webmaster@entrepreneur.com (webmaster) 5 Business Thu, 04 Jun 2009 00:00:00 GMT What to Know Before Hiring a Freelancer Use these 6 tips to get the most from temporary talent. Thu, 04 Jun 2009 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/202070 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/202070 Use these 6 tips to get the most from temporary talent. Laid Off? Find Your Next Big Opportunity Learn from 2 entrepreneurs who found upside in the downturn. Thu, 04 Jun 2009 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/202074 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/202074 Learn from 2 entrepreneurs who found upside in the downturn. Free Marketing Via Social Networks Make the most of your time online. Thu, 04 Jun 2009 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/202076 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/202076 Make the most of your time online. Get Thee to a PR Firm These entrepreneurs knew it was time to hire a PR firm when. Tue, 19 May 2009 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/201746 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/201746 These entrepreneurs knew it was time to hire a PR firm when. Something From Nothing A look at how life leads to business. Tue, 19 May 2009 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/201752 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/201752 A look at how life leads to business. Make it Big--Locally Taking your business far and wide doesn't have to mean crossing state lines or landing national accounts. Fri, 10 Apr 2009 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/201200 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/201200 Taking your business far and wide doesn't have to mean crossing state lines or landing national accounts. Loans for Local Producers A new option for independent local producers. Fri, 10 Apr 2009 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/201226 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/201226 A new option for independent local producers. The Worst Ideas That Made Tons of Money Sometimes it's better to be lucky than smart. Fri, 10 Apr 2009 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/201234 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/201234 Sometimes it's better to be lucky than smart. Think Like a Negotiator Knowing how to negotiate is always important, especially when cash is tight. Wed, 08 Apr 2009 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/201110 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/201110 Knowing how to negotiate is always important, especially when cash is tight. Think Like a Negotiator Knowing how to negotiate is always important, especially when cash is tight. Wed, 08 Apr 2009 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/202786 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/202786 Knowing how to negotiate is always important, especially when cash is tight. Call for Ideas: The Next Big Thing <p>Increasing unemployment figures mean that layoffs are abundant and jobs are hard to come by, but they also mean innovation and new ideas. For many, the ideas are flowing. And, fortunately, there are avenues to channel that energy. If you&#039;ve got a great idea for a gadget, gift or accessory, you might want to test if it&#039;s a winning one by registering for The Next Big Thing, a national product search contest held by the Dallas Ma Mon, 23 Mar 2009 11:25:45 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218410 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218410 <img alt="next-big-thing1.jpg" src="/blog/images/next-big-thing1.jpg" style="margin: 0pt 20px 20px 0pt; float: left;" width="208" height="208" /><p>Increasing unemployment figures mean that layoffs are abundant and jobs are hard to come by, but they also mean innovation and new ideas. For many, the ideas are flowing. And, fortunately, there are avenues to channel that energy. <br /><br />If you&#039;ve got a great idea for a gadget, gift or accessory, you might want to test if it&#039;s a winning one by registering for The Next Big Thing, a national product search contest held by the Dallas Ma You <em>Can</em> Start a Restaurant in a Down Economy In an industry so unforgiving, what's the recipe for starting a restaurant in a recession? Tue, 17 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/200810 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/200810 In an industry so unforgiving, what's the recipe for starting a restaurant in a recession? Laid Off? Check Here If you're looking to get off the ground, these are the first steps. Tue, 17 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/200820 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/200820 If you're looking to get off the ground, these are the first steps. When to Lower Your Price Point You'll pay the price if you swing the wrong way when navigating the price point waters. Thu, 12 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/200710 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/200710 You'll pay the price if you swing the wrong way when navigating the price point waters. Green Products Expo NYC <p>There&#039;s nothing quite like a room full of entrepreneurs to lift one&#039;s spirits. Just when stock market lows were getting me down and doubts about how helpful the Economic Stimulus Plan would actually be for entrepreneurs were sinking in, I shut off the computer and headed to the Green Product Expo in NYC. There, I reveled in the energy and optimism of entrepreneurs. Never mind that they&#039;re in the thick of things, serving as the first line of defens Thu, 26 Feb 2009 07:26:17 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218378 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218378 <p><img class="mt-image-left" style="FLOAT: left; MARGIN: 0pt 20px 20px 0pt" alt="green-expo.jpg" src="/blog/images/green-expo.jpg" />There&#039;s nothing quite like a room full of entrepreneurs to lift one&#039;s spirits. Just when stock market lows were getting me down and doubts about how helpful the Economic Stimulus Plan would actually be for entrepreneurs were sinking in, I shut off the computer and headed to the Green Product Expo in NYC. There, I reveled in the energy and optimism of entrepreneurs. Never mind that they&#039;re in the thick of things, serving as the first line of defens Charity: water Founder Extolls Power of Twitter <p></p> <p>Last week, I blogged about Twestival, a first-of-its-kind event that brought people together from all across the globe to raise money for charity:water. While it was heartwarming and inspirational to see so many people gather for a single cause and know that the money was going to a most deserving non-profit whose mission is to bring clean, safe drinking water to developing nations, what makes it especially of i Wed, 18 Feb 2009 13:41:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218367 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218367 <p><img alt="charitywater.jpg" src="/blog/images/charitywater.jpg" style="margin: 0pt 20px 20px 0pt; float: left;" /></p> <p>Last week, I blogged about Twestival, a first-of-its-kind event that brought people together from all across the globe to raise money for <a href="http://www.charitywater.org/" target="_blank">charity:water</a>. While it was heartwarming and inspirational to see so many people gather for a single cause and know that the money was going to a most deserving non-profit whose mission is to bring clean, safe drinking water to developing nations, what makes it especially of i Capitalize on Nostalgia Sometimes all it takes to find the next big idea is a dash of the old. Mon, 16 Feb 2009 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/200166 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/200166 Sometimes all it takes to find the next big idea is a dash of the old. The Power of Twitter <p> Ever doubt the power of Twitter or wonder what exactly its purpose is? Those still skeptical should take a look at Twestival, a global event that took place yesterday. Volunteers organized the events in 185 cities in a mere three weeks, tweeters tweeted about the events to get the word out and countless numbers gathered on the day of in cities across the globe--from Shanghai to Taipei to Brisbane. And at the center of it all was charity:water, a non-pro Fri, 13 Feb 2009 08:10:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218361 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218361 <p><img alt="twitter-twestival.jpg" src="/blog/images/twitter-twestival.jpg" style="margin: 0pt 20px 20px 0pt; float: left;" /> Ever doubt the power of Twitter or wonder what exactly its purpose is? Those still skeptical should take a look at Twestival, a global event that took place yesterday. Volunteers organized the events in 185 cities in a mere three weeks, tweeters tweeted about the events to get the word out and countless numbers gathered on the day of in cities across the globe--from Shanghai to Taipei to Brisbane.<br /> <br /> And at the center of it all was charity:water, a non-pro Build a Billion-Dollar Business It starts with strategic thinking and thoughtful growth. Here's an inside look at how two successful businesses went from zero to $1 billion. Fri, 13 Feb 2009 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/200100 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/200100 It starts with strategic thinking and thoughtful growth. Here's an inside look at how two successful businesses went from zero to $1 billion. Beginner Bad Habits To keep yourself and your startup afloat, dodge these three dead zones. Fri, 13 Feb 2009 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/200136 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/200136 To keep yourself and your startup afloat, dodge these three dead zones. Build a Billion-Dollar Business It starts with strategic thinking and thoughtful growth. Here's an inside look at how two successful businesses went from zero to $1 billion. Fri, 13 Feb 2009 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/202814 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/202814 It starts with strategic thinking and thoughtful growth. Here's an inside look at how two successful businesses went from zero to $1 billion. 5 Ways to Spur Employee Creativity Stagnation is a bad thing. Keep your employees engaged with these ideas. Thu, 12 Feb 2009 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/200048 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/200048 Stagnation is a bad thing. Keep your employees engaged with these ideas. Feeding the Anti-Tipping Movement Do tip jars have you crying uncle? Some restaurants are testing the no-tipping waters. Wed, 11 Feb 2009 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/200038 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/200038 Do tip jars have you crying uncle? Some restaurants are testing the no-tipping waters. 10 Tips for Getting Your Business on Reality TV From pitching your humble beginnings to finding the right point person, we've got the picture-perfect tips to get your business in the spotlight. Thu, 05 Feb 2009 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/199944 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/199944 From pitching your humble beginnings to finding the right point person, we've got the picture-perfect tips to get your business in the spotlight. Laid Off in 2008? Start a Business in 2009 3 budding entrepreneurs share how they made the most of their recent job losses. Wed, 21 Jan 2009 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/199706 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/199706 3 budding entrepreneurs share how they made the most of their recent job losses. Tech Hotbed: NYC Wall Street may be taking its lumps, but tech is flourishing in the Big Apple. Mon, 19 Jan 2009 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/199584 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/199584 Wall Street may be taking its lumps, but tech is flourishing in the Big Apple. Survey Confirms Entrepreneurship is Alive and Kicking <p>If the state of the current economy leaves you uncertain about the future, don&#039;t despair. Instead, take a good look inward and remember how you came to be an entrepreneur. After all, it appears that even when unemployment is on the rise, sales are on the decline and the dollar is, well, just simply degenerating, the spirit of entrepreneurship still shines through.A new survey commissioned by Elance and Microsoft Office Live Wed, 14 Jan 2009 14:58:30 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218328 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218328 <img alt="entrepreneur-alive.jpg" src="/blog/images/entrepreneur-alive.jpg" style="margin: 0pt 20px 20px 0pt; float: left;" width="208" height="208" /><p>If the state of the current economy leaves you uncertain about the future, don&#039;t despair. Instead, take a good look inward and remember how you came to be an entrepreneur. After all, it appears that even when unemployment is on the rise, sales are on the decline and the dollar is, well, just simply degenerating, the spirit of entrepreneurship still shines through.<br /><br />A new survey commissioned by Elance and Microsoft Office Live SBA's Women's Procurement Program Ruling Stalled <p>On Monday, the Small Business Administration announced that it was extending the comment period on the Women&#039;s Procurement Program until March 13, 2009. The original comment period was Oct. 1, 2008, through Oct. 31, 2008.&nbsp;This is good news for those who might have missed the opportunity to submit their opinion regarding the SBA&#039;s September proposal, which increased the number of industries in which women-owned small businesses reportedly are underrepresente Wed, 14 Jan 2009 14:02:17 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218326 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218326 <img alt="sba.jpg" src="/blog/images/sba.jpg" style="margin: 0pt 20px 20px 0pt; float: left;" width="208" height="208" /><p>On Monday, the Small Business Administration announced that it was extending the comment period on the Women&#039;s Procurement Program until March 13, 2009. The original comment period was Oct. 1, 2008, through Oct. 31, 2008.&nbsp;This is good news for those who might have missed the opportunity to submit their opinion regarding the SBA&#039;s September proposal, which increased the number of industries in which women-owned small businesses reportedly are underrepresente New Leadership in the SBA For a while now, we&#039;ve been in limbo as we have waited with bated breath to see who would officially take the helm of the Small Business Administration. In August, we heard that President George W. Bush had named Sandy Baruah as the acting administrator of the SBA but never saw the day that he officially claimed the position as "administrator." On Friday, President-elect Barack Obama shed some light on the future of the SBA with his nomination of Kar Tue, 23 Dec 2008 12:30:38 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218302 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218302 <img alt="ent-sba.jpg" src="/blog/images/ent-sba.jpg" style="margin: 0pt 20px 20px 0pt; float: left;" width="208" height="208" />For a while now, we&#039;ve been in limbo as we have waited with bated breath to see who would officially take the helm of the Small Business Administration. In August, we heard that President George W. Bush had named Sandy Baruah as the acting administrator of the SBA but never saw the day that he officially claimed the position as "administrator." <br /><br />On Friday, President-elect Barack Obama shed some light on the future of the SBA with his nomination of Kar The Cost of a Price Hike When it's time to add fees, be clear about what and why. Thu, 18 Dec 2008 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/198960 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/198960 When it's time to add fees, be clear about what and why.