Entrepreneur: Latest from Mike Werling 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 Tue, 08 Mar 2011 14:05:00 GMT Sweet Success: Starting Up in a Downturn One Candy Bouquet franchisee defies the downturn by doing her homework first Tue, 08 Mar 2011 14:05:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/218187 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/218187 A New Franchise Makes Golf Elementary TGA takes the country club out of a country club sport. Tue, 08 Mar 2011 04:52:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/218186 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/218186 Flick of Fate Entrepreneur scores with low-tech game in high-tech world. Tue, 02 Nov 2010 11:03:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/217371 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/217371 The Greening of Golf Being ecofriendly doesn't mean you don't have a great product. Wed, 03 Mar 2010 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/205318 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/205318 Fashion Recycled Leading the ecofashion movement Tue, 02 Mar 2010 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/205280 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/205280 Delivering the Perfect Pour The Br&amp;uuml;t&amp;uuml;l Turtle Tue, 02 Mar 2010 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/205282 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/205282 How to Find the 'Hidden Paycheck' Fringe benefit statements highlight employees' true compensation. Wed, 06 May 2009 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/201510 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/201510 6 Website Fixes to Make Now These simple measures put your site's focus on the customer. Tue, 28 Apr 2009 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/201444 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/201444 Consumer Spending Ticks Up--Kinda <p>For business owners looking for potential good news about the economy, February provides a mixed bag on the consumer front--the most important front for biz owners and the economy as a whole, really. </p> <p>The latest Commerce Department Bureau of Economic Analysis data show a couple of things. One, personal income fell by more than $29 billion, or roughly 0.2 percent, largely due to a 0.4 percen Fri, 27 Mar 2009 14:13:39 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218415 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218415 Uncensored Sales Strategies Uncover a radical approach that delivers what your customers really want. Mon, 23 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/200896 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/200896 Community Banks Weathering Crisis Citigroup&#039;s announcement that it made money during the first two months of 2009 is welcome news on Wall Street, which has been a good-news-free zone for weeks on end. And while Citi&#039;s CEO said the bank is operating at a profit, which led the Dow to surge 300 points by midday, it&#039;s pretty obvious that for the rally to sustain itself, consumer sentiment is going to have to change. <p>What also needs to change is consumer perception of large banking in Tue, 10 Mar 2009 10:23:40 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218392 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218392 Business Books I'd Like to Read A business book landed on my desk recently. But it&#039;s not just any business book. It&#039;s a business book about business books. More specifically, it&#039;s a business book about only the very best business books. It&#039;s The 100 Best Business Books of All Time. According to the book jacket, more than 11,000 business titles are published every Thu, 05 Mar 2009 14:59:50 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218387 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218387 Feds Launch Drive to Increase Lending <p>With the stated goal of generating up to $1 trillion in lending for businesses and households, the Federal Reserve and Department of the Treasury have rolled out their plan to lend up to $200 billion by the end of the month. Part of the Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (the bigger the program, the more words allotted to it), the cash infusion is aimed at "eligible owne Tue, 03 Mar 2009 11:59:37 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218383 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218383 Business Economists See GDP Contraction for 2009 <p>As President Barack Obama prepares to address Congress for the first time as commander-in-chief, the drumbeat of economic news continues to sound ominous. Car makers need more federal help, the Dow dipped to its lowest level in 12 years yesterday, foreclosure news gets worse, consumer confidence plummeted in February to record lows, fourth-quarter retail reports read like bad horror movie scripts, and the Fed chief just announced the U.S. is suffering a "severe contr Tue, 24 Feb 2009 11:18:22 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218374 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218374 Top 20 Bailed Out Banks Hold Line on Lending <p>The Department of the Treasury released its first of promised monthly updates on the state of lending activities at the 20 banks that received the most federal dollars from the Capital Repurchase Program under TARP. The monthly survey is part of the Obama administration&#039;s stated commitment to greater transparency in its efforts to stabilize a wobbly financial system.</p> <p>The survey reports "th Tue, 17 Feb 2009 15:55:35 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218366 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218366 What's the Deal With Friday the 13th? Don&#039;t look now but it&#039;s Friday the 13th. The dreaded unluckiest of days--something to do with the Knights Templar and the Holy Grail. People still act weird when the 13th, which we have every month, lands on a Friday (but people are acting weirder all the time now, so it&#039;s getting harder to distinguish). <p>On the 13th, they go out less. They make fewer decisions. And they shop less. Estimates range from $800 million to $900 million on Fri, 13 Feb 2009 03:13:36 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218360 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218360 Twitter Gets Its Own Book <p></p> <p>I have a confession. I&#39;ve never twittered. Or tweeted. Dang, I&#39;m not sure which I haven&#39;t done. You tweet on Twitter. Can you twitter, also?</p> <p>That little confession right there is the perfect tweet, at least as far as I know: It&#39;s exactly 140 characters, which is the maximum allowed by Twitter, and I didn&#39;t have to use LOL or ROTFLMAO once. OK, maybe those aren&#39;t the best criteria Tue, 10 Feb 2009 16:46:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218355 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218355 Jobs Report Paints Bleak Picture <p>To nobody&#039;s surprise, jobs data from the Labor Department show January to be the worst month for job losses since 1974, which nudged the unemployment rate up to 7.6 percent, worst since 1992.</p> <p>Projections for January&#039;s job losses had been in the 524,000 range. Preliminary numbers show the total to be 598,000. To make matters worse, the November and December numbers were revised downward. The Jan Fri, 06 Feb 2009 12:07:44 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218352 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218352 5 Things Jimmy Buffett Does Better Than Just About Everybody <p>I am a Jimmy Buffett fan. OK, it might be a little more than that. I have a Margaritaville tattoo. For real. It was my first one. You&#039;re darn right it hurt. In fact, I told the needle-wielding tattoo artist, "Um, we can probably stop at Margarita." He said, "Too late. I&#039;ve already got the v done." He may have been lying. But I couldn&#039;t chance walking around with Margaritav tattooed on my chest for the Fri, 23 Jan 2009 12:10:29 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218335 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218335 More Advice for Small-Biz Owners <p>Small-business owners don&#039;t need to be told times are tough. They are living it every day. Some are even thriving in this time of economic unrest. But most are toeing the line and looking for ways to make it through the year-old recession. They&#039;re looking where they can for assistance and advice.</p> <p>One organization is helping business owners in Southern California survive and even thrive. The Santa Ana District Office of the Tue, 20 Jan 2009 15:27:09 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218333 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218333 Advice for Small-Biz Owners <p>It&#039;s no secret there&#039;s plenty of bad news about the economy and the state of business. The recession and its impact on business are making headlines every day. As with any economic slump, plenty of people have plenty of questions about what they can do to survive.</p> <p>One organization is helping business owners in Southern California survive and even thrive. The Santa Ana District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration and its resourc Wed, 14 Jan 2009 14:15:05 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218327 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218327 Best and Worst Jobs for 2009 What do a mathematician and a lumberjack have in common? Other than being on the same list of ranked jobs for 2009, not much. <p>Job portal CareerCast.com wanted to know what the best and worst jobs are (though after today&#039;s job report every job looks pretty good). So the editors there compiled a set of criteria, fed 200 jobs into the formula and ranked them from top to bottom. Their Fri, 09 Jan 2009 15:08:43 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218319 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218319 Worst Sit-Com Employees Ever <p>Television has entertained Americans for more than 50 years. Through those decades, a few shows have focused on employers, but many others have featured businesses by association--by focusing on the lives of employees outside the workplace. And good employees rarely make for funny employees, so the bad ones get the spotlight, and the laughs. I thought I would pull together a small list of some of the worst employees in TV history.</p> <p>This Wed, 31 Dec 2008 12:12:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218309 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218309 Year in Review 2008: Lessons Learned (We Hope) <p></p> <p>As we bid a heartfelt aloha to 2008 and an anticipatory aloha to 2009, we hope, as always, that next year is better than the last. My biggest hope is our capitalistic society is one year older and wiser. That we take and learn from&nbsp;the ruler to the knuckles 2008 delivered. That our forlorn 401(k) plans and our shell-shocked stock portfolios don&#39;t let us forget what happened and the pain involved in fixing things.</p> <p>Dennis Ro Tue, 30 Dec 2008 09:56:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218308 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218308 Conference Attendees Pitch the Editors <p></p> <p>The Entrepreneur Growth 2.0 conference invaded the convention center last week in Long Beach, Calif. Business owners got the chance to hear Robert Kiyosaki speak, attend breakout sessions and mingle with other entrepreneurs.</p> <p>One of the popular sessions was called Pitch the Editors, and it gave attendees the chance to talk to Entrepreneur editors for three minutes. Not a lot of time, you say. Well, it&#39;s about two- Mon, 15 Dec 2008 17:20:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218296 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218296 How Not to Cry Hardship <p>Congressman: "Mr. Auto Company CEO, are you OK? You look a little uncomfortable."</p> <p>Mr. Auto Company CEO: "I am a little uncomfortable, Mr. Congressman. Thank you for asking. My back is bothering me something fierce. The automatic lumbar support mechanism on the private jet&#039;s butter-soft leather seats was broken on the flight here. And my massage therapist had a conflicting engagement. Couldn&#039;t make the trip." Fri, 21 Nov 2008 09:25:33 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218276 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218276 Businesses at the Ready <p>After the smoke clears...</p> <p>That was the message awaiting me when I got home from work yesterday. I live just a few miles from the fire line in Southern California. My wife and I spent Saturday watching local stations, awaiting the latest news on the firestorm. When the evacuation zone reached a street a little more than two miles from the house--the fire was five or six miles away--we packed some bags and got the vehicles loaded just in case. Tue, 18 Nov 2008 11:42:19 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218273 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218273 Rock, Hard Place Inch Ever Closer <p>Retail store owners should be happy. Record numbers of people are looking for part-time jobs this holiday season. The bad news kinda offsets that bit of news, however. </p> <p>Whereas most holiday seasons see people searching for retail jobs as a way to boost their short-term income or as a way to get out of the house for a few months and earn some extra holiday cash,&nbsp;too many of this year&#039;s&nbsp;job seekers are looking fo Tue, 11 Nov 2008 14:06:26 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218265 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218265 Yelp Launches New Marketing Tools for Businesses Thu, 06 Nov 2008 13:58:39 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218258 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218258 The Budget Deficit That Ate the U.S. <p>They say records are made to be broken. But few will be broken with as much vigor and flair as the budget deficit for the just-ended fiscal year, which will be broken by the fiscal year that began Oct. 1 of this year (if Wall Street estimates provided by The Associated Press hold true). This record won&#039;t be so much broken as smashed. And so quickly.</p> <p>Woe be to the Fisc Tue, 04 Nov 2008 11:50:37 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218251 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218251