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Starting a Business

Bravely Facing the Epic Decision of a Career Pivot
Decision-making

Bravely Facing the Epic Decision of a Career Pivot

A serial entrepreneur shares how she came to leave the corporate fold and establish her first business.
Kelsey Ramsden
How to Start a Business Online
Starting a Business

How to Start a Business Online

7 tried and true steps for attracting visitors to your site--and getting them to buy.
Starting a Business: The Idea Phase
Starting a Business

Starting a Business: The Idea Phase

You know you want to start a business, but what do you do next? Here's how to find the perfect idea for your business.
Business Structure Basics
Starting a Business

Business Structure Basics

With this basic guide, you'll be able to select the structure that suits your business best.
How to Buy a Business
Starting a Business

How to Buy a Business

Starting from scratch isn't the only way to get started. Buying an existing business can help you hit the ground running. Here's what you need to know to find a great deal.

Growth Strategies

Be Taken Seriously as a Young Business Leader
Millennials

Be Taken Seriously as a Young Business Leader

Follow these eight steps to prompt (older) employees, colleagues and business associates to respect and value your input and actions.
Abigail Phillips
How to Motivate Employees in Less Than 5 Minutes
Growth Strategies

How to Motivate Employees in Less Than 5 Minutes

Motivating your team can be more art than science, but here are four techniques that work.
Five Steps to Painless Inventory Management
Growth Strategies

Five Steps to Painless Inventory Management

A look at common mistakes entrepreneurs make with inventory, and how to fix them.
Build Your Management Team
Growth Strategies

Build Your Management Team

If the time has come to admit you can't do it all, this guide can help you figure out just who you need on your executive team, where to find them and how to hire them.
Growth Strategies

How to Write a Job Analysis and Description

Make sure you know what you're looking for in an employee before you actually start looking. Use these guidelines to help.

Finance

5 Tips to Keep Cash Flow Strong
Cash-Flow Management

5 Tips to Keep Cash Flow Strong

Owners often don't spend enough time estimating the projected arrival of various revenue streams while considering their deadlines to pay expenses. Here's how to apply the necessary dilligence.
Jesse Torres
The Basics of Money Management
Finance

The Basics of Money Management

Before you start making money, you've got to figure out how you're going to accept payments, establish payment and credit terms, and manage your finances. This how-to will help.
Five Ways to Keep Cash Flow Pumping
Finance

Five Ways to Keep Cash Flow Pumping

For new business owners, getting cash flowing into the business should be priority No. 1. Here are ideas for getting started.
Hate Making Collection Calls? How to Do Them Right
Finance

Hate Making Collection Calls? How to Do Them Right

Since calling late-payers can be painful, make your effort to collect what you're owed as efficient and effective as possible. Here's how.
A Beginner's Guide to Private Equity
Finance

A Beginner's Guide to Private Equity

It may be just what an established business needs, but watch out for ruthlessness.

Marketing

6 Viral-Marketing Lessons to Learn From the Ice Bucket Challenge
Viral Marketing

6 Viral-Marketing Lessons to Learn From the Ice Bucket Challenge

Keep your audience entertained with a video or photo that they want to see.
Gabrielle Boko
How to Sell in 60 Seconds
Marketing

How to Sell in 60 Seconds

When selling, you have one minute to pique your prospect's interest. Here are some tips to make the most of your time.
12 Ways to Increase Online Sales
Marketing

12 Ways to Increase Online Sales

Improve the sales effectiveness of your site with one of these guaranteed ways to turn visitors into buyers.
10 Laws of Social Media Marketing
Marketing

10 Laws of Social Media Marketing

For business owners just getting started, a guide to build brand buzz and boost your bottom line.
Marketing

How to Effectively Use Testimonials

Adding this single element to your website can multiply your profits--and get your customers selling your products for you.

Leadership

New Gen Y Leaders Can Carry the X Factor for Success
Millennials

New Gen Y Leaders Can Carry the X Factor for Success

Millennials who are new to management roles can follow these three tips to achieve better outcomes.
Shirley Engelmeier
Five Steps for Giving Productive Feedback
Leadership

Five Steps for Giving Productive Feedback

It can be a delicate process, but assessing a person's progress can lead to improvement and growth.
10 Honest and Completely Helpful Tips for Hitting a Public-Speaking Homerun
Leadership

10 Honest and Completely Helpful Tips for Hitting a Public-Speaking Homerun

Looking for advice on how to amp up your public speaking skills? Here are a few tips from a pro.
9 Lessons You Won't Learn in Business School
Leadership Qualities

9 Lessons You Won't Learn in Business School

Yahoo's chairman of the board provides his insights on succeeding in the real world of business, especially in the gritty trenches of startups.
Your Fill-in-the-Blank Motivational Speech
Leadership

Your Fill-in-the-Blank Motivational Speech

Select from the following answers for a rallying cry you can apply to any business challenge.

Technology

How to Fix Virtual Team Challenges Before They Happen
Virtual Teams

How to Fix Virtual Team Challenges Before They Happen

Set up processes that build trust, accountability and communication to reap the benefits of having a remote operation.
Chuck Cohn
Five Easy Tools to Build a Website
Technology

Five Easy Tools to Build a Website

You don't have to be a techie to build a website for your business. Here are five affordable resources to get started.
Build a Website for Less Than $500
Technology

Build a Website for Less Than $500

You don't have to delay launch because you can't afford a web developer. Do it yourself!
The Secrets of the World's Most Successful Mobile Apps
Technology

The Secrets of the World's Most Successful Mobile Apps

From Evernote to Instagram to Snapchat, here's a look at how these apps found their early success.
Make Your Website a Daily Destination
Technology

Make Your Website a Daily Destination

5 simple strategies to keep people coming back

Entrepreneurs

Even If Your Goals Seem Out of Reach, Stay Motivated With These 6 Strategies
Motivation

Even If Your Goals Seem Out of Reach, Stay Motivated With These 6 Strategies

Don't lose hope when challenging projects seem to drag on. Use these tips to stay on track.
Stephen Key
5 Time Management Techniques Worth Using
Entrepreneurs

5 Time Management Techniques Worth Using

There's no magic pill you can take to manage your time better. Instead, try implementing these five strategies to get your work under control.
The Myth of Working Hard vs. Working Smart
Productivity

The Myth of Working Hard vs. Working Smart

Can you get to the top without pushing yourself during long work days?
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Put Yourself on the Road to Success With These 5 Principles
Entrepreneurs

Put Yourself on the Road to Success With These 5 Principles

The first step in achieving success is often deciding what it means to you. Following these philosophies can then help you get there.
6 Steps to Becoming Hyper-Efficient
Entrepreneurs

6 Steps to Becoming Hyper-Efficient

If you want success, you have to know how to maximize your time. These three tips will get you there.

Franchises

How to Research a Business Opportunity
Franchises

How to Research a Business Opportunity

Protect yourself by learning what a business opportunity really is, how the government regulates them, and the steps you should take to ensure you've found the best opportunity available.
Sniffing Out a Good Business Opportunity
Franchises

Sniffing Out a Good Business Opportunity

How to tell whether that opportunity is really too good to be true
How to Succeed as the First Franchisee
Franchises

How to Succeed as the First Franchisee

Three steps to navigate your way through a new franchise system--and thrive.
Navigate the Paper Trail
Franchises

Navigate the Paper Trail

You've found the franchise of your dreams. Now the real work begins. Find out what the FDD, financial statements and franchise agreement really mean.