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How Bacon in Your Ice Cream and Peanut Butter on Your Pizza Can Mean Money in Your Pocket

Getting creative and surprising about what your restaurant menu offers is one way to set yourself apart from the competition.

4 Tests to Fail-Proof Your Business Idea

Before pumping every last dime and ounce of sweat into launching your business idea, test it out with these four strategies.

How to Capture a Trend-Setting Business Idea

Following trends can be dangerous, but if your business idea is ahead of the curve, you can expect success.

What Salvador Dali and Jeff Bezos Have in Common

Think more like an artist and you'll unleash the kind of creativity and forward thinking that makes the greatest entrepreneurs thrive.

What Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' Can Teach You About Stealing Ideas

No matter how much 'you know you want it,' chances are your business idea is not original. Here's what you can do to stay out of legal trouble.

How to Turn Your Business Idea into a Business Model

Once you have a business idea, it's time to get to the real work of getting it off the ground and running. Here are three ways to get started.

Why Brainstorming is a Waste of Time and What You Should Do Instead

There are other more productive ways to come up with business ideas. Here are five effective alternatives.

Out of Fresh Business Ideas? Try This.

Everyone has experienced a dry spell when it comes to generating ideas. Here are seven steps to keep your idea well full.

Richard Branson on the Best Places to Find Inspiration

Getting inspired to start a new business means paying attention to the world around you. Here's how Virgin's CEO seeks out his own inspiration.

How to Sell a Product: 5 Ways to Sell Itself

With so many brands to choose from, customers often want to go with what they know. Here are five ways to make your product do its own marketing.

5 Steps to Safeguard Your Product From Patent Theft

Filing a patent isn't enough to protect your idea. It's important to consider how competitors might find a way around your patent and take action in advance. Here's how.

Creating a Prototype Immediately and 4 More Business Tips From the Week

Read the best tips of the week from Entrepreneur.com, from why you should build a prototype early to why you need a team of "front stabbers."

How to Protect Your Business Idea Without a Patent

You don't have to fork over thousands of dollars in legal fees to safeguard your business idea with a patent. Here are some affordable easy steps to help ensure you're protecting your ideas from theft.

3 Games To Help You Generate Business Ideas

Coming up with business ideas should be fun. Here are three games you can play anywhere -- whether walking through store aisles or out for a jog -- that will turn your mind into an idea factory.

5 Essential Ingredients of a Winning Business Idea

Not all ideas make it to market -- no matter how great they seem. How to tell if your idea has legs? Here are five key qualities every good concept should have.

Want to Harness the Power of the Crowd? Consider These Tips

Crowdsourcing is altering the way companies come up with innovative ideas and accomplish large and small tasks.

Creative Problem-Solving Strategies to Test Your Business Idea

How to use an approach called 'design thinking' when you're creating a new product or business.

Have an Idea for the Next Kale Chip? 3 Tips for Success in the Natural and Organic Industry (Infographic)

The fast-growing natural and organic products industry has plenty to offer hungry startups.

Is It Time to Let Go of Your Business Idea?

Four tips to help you know if your idea has run its course.

How to Motivate Creative Employees

Four tips to help you inspire creative employees to share new business ideas.

Pinterest Reaches Two Startup Milestones: One Good, One Bad

Pinterest gets sued, Facebook adds voice messaging to mobile apps, why Indonesia is ground zero for Twitter use and more social-media news.

Zipcar Timeline: From Business Idea to IPO to $500 Million Buyout

A timeline of the car-sharing service, from inception through public offering to buyout offer.

Mark Cuban on the Value of Hard Work and Other Tips This Week

How to find ideas, make use of holiday downtime and more: our best tips of the week.

How to Find New Business Ideas in Everyday Life

Three tips to help you find new business opportunities in unexpected places.

How Positive Thinking Can Make You a Better Problem Solver

The science behind how negative feelings can actually prevent you from thinking clearly and making creative decisions. We speak with Prof. Barbara Fredrickson, who studies how to reframe adversity and be more effective.

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