Startup Basics

The Incubator Bringing Washington D.C.'s Entrepreneurs Together
Startup Basics

The Incubator Bringing Washington D.C.'s Entrepreneurs Together

1776 Washington D.C.'s is 15,000-square-foot 'incubation platform' that includes an accelerator and co-working space.
Grow Your Business

Biggest Mistakes: What Artsicle Learned from Its First Hire

When co-founders Scott Carleton and Alex Tryon of the art-rental and purchase platform needed help around the office, they soon learned that preparation and clarity are key in hiring employees.
How to Design a Business Card That Gets Noticed
Startup Basics

How to Design a Business Card That Gets Noticed

If you don't have the money to hire a professional designer, here are several tips to help you create your eye-catching business cards.
3 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Naming Your Business
Naming Your Business

3 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Naming Your Business

Here's a look at three entrepreneurs who have changed company names and the lessons they learned.
When and How to Lease Equipment
Startup Basics

When and How to Lease Equipment

The pros and cons of leasing office equipment for your business.
The Essential Elements of Building an E-Commerce Website
Startup Basics

The Essential Elements of Building an E-Commerce Website

From assessing your customer's needs to registering a domain, here's what you need to consider before you start selling online.
Startup Hiring: The Basics of Pre-Screening Job Candidates
Startup Basics

Startup Hiring: The Basics of Pre-Screening Job Candidates

What to look for in a candidate's resume and application.
7 Qualities to Look For in a Lawyer
Legal Basics For Startups

7 Qualities to Look For in a Lawyer

Once you have a list of attorneys to consider, be sure to watch what they say and do before you sign them on.
The 4 Essential Elements Inventory
Startup Basics

The 4 Essential Elements Inventory

Inventory management might not be the most exciting part of starting a business, but it's one of the most important.
Young Entrepreneurs

Want to Start Up? Get a Job First

Student entrepreneur Brian Ballan on the importance of gaining industry experience before launching your own business.
Startup Hiring: How to Craft the Best Job Posting Matches the Job
Startup Basics

Startup Hiring: How to Craft the Best Job Posting Matches the Job

Crucial tips for recruiting the best job candidates.
Taking on Risk, Embracing Rejection and Other Startup Lessons From the Trenches
Startup Basics

Taking on Risk, Embracing Rejection and Other Startup Lessons From the Trenches

What you can learn from the most successful entrepreneurs when faced with these common startup challenges.
Hiring Temporary Employees
Startup Basics

Hiring Temporary Employees

If you need help only through a busy season, consider working with a temporary-help service. Here's what you need to know about working with a staffing firm.
A Powerful City Finds Its Entrepreneurial Groove
Location

A Powerful City Finds Its Entrepreneurial Groove

With a crop of startups and hot new accelerators, Washington, D.C., finally has "density" when it comes to entrepreneurs.
Perfecting the Art of Cold Calling
Startup Basics

Perfecting the Art of Cold Calling

Dread the idea of calling prospects you haven't met yet? Using these tips can make cold calling easier for beginners.
Forget Silicon Alley. Stars Head to Houston for Pitch Contest
Location

Forget Silicon Alley. Stars Head to Houston for Pitch Contest

The Rice Business Plan Competition, set for April, is the biggest student competition of its kind -- and a symbol of Houston's thriving entrepreneurial side.
Why Over-Optimism Can Crush Your Company
Leadership

Why Over-Optimism Can Crush Your Company

While painting your startup in the best light can generate attention from the media and investors. Just be careful to not to start also believing the hype.
Startup Basics

Save or Pay Off Debt? How to Weigh Your Options

Social entrepreneur and educator Steve Mariotti on the importance of a thorough analysis when it comes to your startup’s finances.
10 Questions to Ask Before Family and Friends Become Business Partners
Startup Basics

10 Questions to Ask Before Family and Friends Become Business Partners

Thinking about bringing loved ones into your business? Before you take that leap, here's what you need to know to protect your relationships and your company.
What a Language-Translation Platform Learned From TechStars
Startup Basics

What a Language-Translation Platform Learned From TechStars

VerbalizeIt facilitates global conversations with translators. Here's a look inside their time in the TechStars incubator program in Boulder, Colo.
A Peek Inside Houston's Startup Scene
Location

A Peek Inside Houston's Startup Scene

A low cost of living, diverse population, and deep ties to energy and life sciences are just a few of the perks for new ventures blowing out of H-town.
Startups Bubbling Up in Houston
Location

Startups Bubbling Up in Houston

Austin isn't the only Texas town launching new companies. Here's a look at what's happening in H-Town, five years since the financial crisis.
Defining Your Business Goals
Startup Basics

Defining Your Business Goals

When you're just starting up, it's a good idea to set goals for your company and align them with your personal goals as well. Consider this advice for setting goals that are realistic for you.
10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Small-Business Attorney
Legal Basics For Startups

10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Small-Business Attorney

A quick guide to finding a legal professional that is the right fit for your business.
Incorporating Your Business
Choosing a Business Structure

Incorporating Your Business

When starting your business, it's worth taking the time to think through which legal structure will be best for you and your business. Here is some guidance on the basics.
Quirky Startup Perks: 'A Mating Call' for Tech Talent?
Motivation and Retention

Quirky Startup Perks: 'A Mating Call' for Tech Talent?

Between bacon-wrapped cash, winery outings and a year's supply of PBR, startups are rolling out all the stops for top talent.
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