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The Startup Turning Point: When You Need to Ask for Help

The Startup Turning Point: When You Need to Ask for Help

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The stories of entrepreneurs who needed just one big breakthrough, and the four scenarios that got them there.
November 12, 2013 in Starting a Business

How an Idea Partner Can Help Launch a Million-Dollar Startup

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For our series College Treps, Chris Norton discusses how an idea partner can help an entrepreneur separate million-dollar ideas from total duds.
November 12, 2013 in Starting a Business
On Starting Up From Three Veteran Entrepreneurs

On Starting Up From Three Veteran Entrepreneurs

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You may think you know what tough is, but these three vets can tell you a few stories.
November 11, 2013 in Startup Basics
3 Steps for Assembling a Startup Dream Team

3 Steps for Assembling a Startup Dream Team

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You may have a great idea, but your company's fate depends in large part on the strength of your team.
November 6, 2013 in Managing Employees
10 Reasons Not to Write a Business Plan

10 Reasons Not to Write a Business Plan

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Writing a business plan isn't for everyone. Here are ten strategies you might be better off trying first.
November 6, 2013 in Your Business Plan
Why Too Many Startups Run Out of Money Too Fast

Why Too Many Startups Run Out of Money Too Fast

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Many startups run out of money soon after they launch, missing out on success before they even have a fighting chance.
November 5, 2013 in Marketing Basics
Why Entrepreneurs Should Organize Into 'Reefs'

Why Entrepreneurs Should Organize Into 'Reefs'

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When joining a community of other entrepreneurs, look for businesses that share your long-term goals, even if they are in different industries.
November 4, 2013 in Growth Strategies
Live Your Brand Tour: Entrepreneurs Across the U.S. Take Us for a Spin

Live Your Brand Tour: Entrepreneurs Across the U.S. Take Us for a Spin

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You may have been "with the band" in college, but these days, you're probably more interested in being "with the brand." Check out our weekly series on branding across the country.
October 31, 2013 in Branding
5 Essential Ingredients to Doing What You Love For a Living

5 Essential Ingredients to Doing What You Love For a Living

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Following your passion will only get you so far. You also need a good plan in place to turn your dream into a reality.
October 23, 2013 in Startup Basics
Richard Branson on The Art of Asking For Advice

Richard Branson on The Art of Asking For Advice

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When you're just starting out, asking the right questions to the right people can be your difference between failure and success.
October 21, 2013 in Startup Basics
Want to Turn Huge Startup Profits? Here's Why You Need to Be Patient.

Want to Turn Huge Startup Profits? Here's Why You Need to Be Patient.

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If you've got a new product on the market, face the facts: It will probably take about 1,000 days before you see a profit.
October 18, 2013 in Startup Basics
Why Startups Launch in 'Stealth Mode' and Others Don't

Why Startups Launch in 'Stealth Mode' and Others Don't

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The pros and cons of operating under stealth mode before launching a company.
October 17, 2013 in Startup Basics
When Starting Up, These 6 Things Can Wait

When Starting Up, These 6 Things Can Wait

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Part of becoming profitable quickly is knowing what matters now and what can be pushed back several weeks or months
October 15, 2013 in Your Business Plan
5 Ways to Build Momentum For Your Business Idea

5 Ways to Build Momentum For Your Business Idea

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A good business idea needs a healthy dose of momentum to get it going. Here are five steps to help you get there.
October 10, 2013 in Business Ideas
5 Places Your Great Ideas Are Hiding And How to Set Them Free

5 Places Your Great Ideas Are Hiding And How to Set Them Free

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Business ideas are buzzing all around you. It's just a matter of knowing where to look and how to uncover them. Here are five places to start.
October 4, 2013 in Business Ideas
Reddit Founder on Startup Success: Identify a Genuine Need and Fill It

Reddit Founder on Startup Success: Identify a Genuine Need and Fill It

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Alexis Ohanian on the importance of creating a new tech product or service that solves a problem in people's lives.
October 1, 2013 in Startup Basics
Why You Should Ditch Your Billion-Dollar Business Ambitions

Why You Should Ditch Your Billion-Dollar Business Ambitions

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In starting up, founders often set their sights too high. Here's why you should start a $1,000 business instead.
September 25, 2013 in Business Ideas
Do You Have the Moxie to Be a Parallel Entrepreneur?

Do You Have the Moxie to Be a Parallel Entrepreneur?

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Forget serial entrepreneurship, founders who start up more than one company at a time are all the rage these days. See if you're cut out for the multi-business hustle.
September 24, 2013 in Startup Basics
How to Kick Fear in the Teeth

How to Kick Fear in the Teeth

Many entrepreneurs have many fears, but you must overcome them to find success. College Trep Atin Mittra describes his top fear-stomping tactics.
September 24, 2013 in Startup Basics
A Smarter Approach to Non-Disclosure Agreements

A Smarter Approach to Non-Disclosure Agreements

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While non-disclosure agreements can help protect you, be careful about how you use them.
September 23, 2013 in Legal Center
If I Knew Then: Serial Entrepreneur Reveals Why Second Place Isn't Good Enough

If I Knew Then: Serial Entrepreneur Reveals Why Second Place Isn't Good Enough

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For our series 'If I knew then,' co-founder of HotelTonight Sam Shank opens up about what he learned during his entrepreneurial journey and offers up advice to aspiring entrepreneurs.
September 18, 2013 in Startup Basics
3 Steps to Deciding if Entrepreneurship Is Right For You

3 Steps to Deciding if Entrepreneurship Is Right For You

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Sometimes starting a business seems like the best antidote to having a boss and job you don't like. But there's more to it than that. Here are three key factors to consider.
September 17, 2013 in Startup Basics
Safeguarding Your Brand? Avoid Intellectual Property Landmines

Safeguarding Your Brand? Avoid Intellectual Property Landmines

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Your idea isn't the only thing that needs protection. Your name, your logo, your images and your sounds--are the intellectual property that makes your business your own.
September 16, 2013 in Legal Center
What's the Next Kale? How Business Owners Can Capitalize on Food Trends

What's the Next Kale? How Business Owners Can Capitalize on Food Trends

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Stemming from the nation's current obsession with kale are some important lessons for business owners about how to latch onto trends.
September 10, 2013 in Finding Customers
Incorporating? Avoid these 5 Mistakes

Incorporating? Avoid these 5 Mistakes

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Deciding when to put an Inc. at the end of your company name can seem like a big step, but those three letters can offer some precious protections.
September 9, 2013 in Legal Center

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