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Can You Turn Your Passion Into a Profitable Business?

Can You Turn Your Passion Into a Profitable Business?

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Not all passions make for a good business. Chris Guillebeau, author of "The $100 Startup," offers insights for aspiring entrepreneurs who seek to make a living doing what they love.
August 16, 2012 in Starting a Business
5 Lessons From Oprah's 'Startup'

5 Lessons From Oprah's 'Startup'

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Oprah Winfrey's OWN network might be faltering, but don't count out the woman with the Midas touch. Here's what any entrepreneur can learn from her recent startup struggles.
August 15, 2012 in Starting a Business
Video: Ginger + Liz and Their Vision for Healthy NailsPlay Video

Ginger + Liz and Their Vision for Healthy Nails (Video)

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When Ginger Johnson and Liz Pickett set out to rid nail polish of toxins, they found a flawed beauty industry in need of a makeover. See how they're making their mark.
August 10, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs
Video: Paperless Post and Its Vision for Artful InvitesPlay Video

Paperless Post and Its Vision for Artful Invites (Video)

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Upending the paper invite isn't the only goal for this company. Changing the way people communicate is the larger challenge for young visionaries Alexa and James Hirschfeld.
August 8, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs
How to Find a Manufacturer For Your Product

How to Find a Manufacturer For Your Product

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Choosing the right manufacturing partner is one of the most important decisions to make as a startup. Here are tips to find a winner right out of the gate.
July 31, 2012 in Product Development
Video: No Money for Ads? How to Win CustomersPlay Video

No Money for Ads? How to Win Customers (Video)

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Allison O'Neill, owner of children's retail shop Bundle in New York, partners with about a dozen similar small businesses to compete against the big players. Hear her story, plus expert tips.
July 30, 2012 in Starting a Business
Video: People's Pops and Its Vision for the Way We EatPlay Video

People's Pops and Its Vision for the Way We Eat (Video)

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The U.S. may be awash with sweet treats, but these ice-pop makers have given the tired category a makeover.
July 25, 2012 in Starting a Business
From Starving Artist to Young Entrepreneur: Conor McCreedy on Making Creativity Pay

From Starving Artist to Young Entrepreneur: Conor McCreedy on Making Creativity Pay

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From artists to chefs to designers, making money is still considered taboo. But when you want to make it big in fashionable industries, being able to earn a buck is often key.
July 24, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs
3 Reasons to Skip the Business Plan

3 Reasons to Skip the Business Plan

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Starting a business is like a prizefight, you can project a path but the road is still full of surprise punches.
July 22, 2012 in Your Business Plan
How to Become Risk Savvy

How to Become Risk Savvy

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Sure, starting and running a business comes with risks. But a savvy entrepreneur knows how to minimize them by taking calculated risks instead of crazy ones.
July 21, 2012 in Starting a Business
Why Your Business Needs an Operations Plan

Why Your Business Needs an Operations Plan

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If you're sailing your boat without a rudder, you're going to lose control when the water gets rough. A growing business needs a sound operations plan to survive.
July 18, 2012 in Your Business Plan
Video: How Loosecubes Aims to Change Where We WorkPlay Video

How Loosecubes Aims to Change Where We Work (Video)

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Campbell McKellar describes her vision for a different kind of co-working space -- one where individuals get to choose where they work.
July 17, 2012 in Starting a Business
Video: The Biggest Legal Mistake to Avoid in PartnershipsPlay Video

The Biggest Legal Mistake to Avoid in Partnerships (Video)

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About to strike a business partnership? Attorney Nina Kaufman shares advice on how to do it right.
July 12, 2012 in Legal Basics For Startups
6 Tips for Making It Work as a Part-Time Entrepreneur

6 Tips for Making It Work as a Part-Time Entrepreneur

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When starting up, easing your way into entrepreneurship can pay off down the road. Here are some ideas for making that transition bearable.
July 7, 2012 in Starting a Business
Five Steps to Get Your Business Finances in Order

Five Steps to Get Your Business Finances in Order

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Establishing solid corporate and accounting strategies from the start is critical when launching a business. Consider this advice to get off on the right financial foot.
July 2, 2012 in Starting a Business
Simple Sales Tips for Growing Your Customer Base

Simple Sales Tips for Growing Your Customer Base

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In this book excerpt, Steve Blank and Bob Dorf outline lean methods to get customers to spend more, and to send referrals your way.
June 27, 2012 in Starting a Business
6 Steps to a Successful Business Launch

6 Steps to a Successful Business Launch

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How the founders of Tender Greens turned farm-fresh fare into a $16 million business -- and you can, too.
June 25, 2012 in Startup Basics
Video: Juggling a Startup and a BabyPlay Video

Juggling a Startup and a Baby (Video)

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More high-profile female entrepreneurs are showing they can start a successful company -- and a family. Here's a look at one fashion designer trying to do both, plus expert tips.
June 25, 2012 in Women's Center
Tristan Walker on Life After Foursquare

Tristan Walker on Life After Foursquare

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The location app's former head of business development discusses where his next job as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Andreessen Horowitz will land him.
June 20, 2012 in Profiles
Taking the Plunge into Entrepreneurship

Taking the Plunge into Entrepreneurship

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Harnessing your energy after a layoff can be the bridge to starting your own business, even in a challenging economy.
June 20, 2012 in Starting a Business
Why  Eco-Conscious Entrepreneurs Like Method View B Corp as a Badge of Honor

Why Eco-Conscious Entrepreneurs Like Method View B Corp as a Badge of Honor

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Three entrepreneurs, among the first to certify their businesses as B Corps, share how it has affected their companies and offer advice on the process.
June 18, 2012 in Legal Basics For Startups
How to Craft a Business Plan That Will Turn Investors' Heads

How to Craft a Business Plan That Will Turn Investors' Heads

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When asking anyone to help fund your startup, you'll at least need a business plan first. Here's what it should include.
June 15, 2012 in Your Business Plan
How to Sell Your Startup's Long-Term Vision

How to Sell Your Startup's Long-Term Vision

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Three tips for motivating your employees and investors to buy into the big picture.
June 13, 2012 in Leadership
Startup Owner's Manual: How to 'Get' Customers

Startup Owner's Manual: How to 'Get' Customers

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Now that you've launched a mobile app or retail website, it's time to 'pull' customers toward you. Here's how.
June 13, 2012 in Starting a Business
Video: Motivating Employees to Work As Hard As YouPlay Video

Motivating Employees to Work As Hard As You (Video)

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As a startup entrepreneur, Amy Yazdian felt she had little leverage to demand perfection from her staff. Hear how she learned to get employees fired up, plus expert tips.
June 12, 2012 in Starting a Business

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