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How to Make Freelancing Work for Future Entrepreneurs

For would-be entrepreneurs, freelancing can serve as a crucial first toe in the water.

5 Lessons From Oprah's 'Startup'

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.

How to Know If a Business Partner is Right for You

Attorney Nina Kaufman on making sure you and your partners have what it takes to start a successful business together.

How to Find a Manufacturer For Your Product

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.

Where 'Shark Tank' Goes to Poach Young Entrepreneurs

Starting up when you're 13 may not be easy, but for some it could mean landing big bucks -- as ABC's hit show 'Shark Tank' looks for fodder on school campuses.

6 Steps to a Successful Business Launch

How the founders of Tender Greens turned farm-fresh fare into a $16 million business -- and you can, too.

How High is Your Entrepreneurial Pain Tolerance?

Getting through the often arduous startup period can be difficult for any entrepreneur — let alone someone who's starting up for the first time. Here's how to get equipped for the long haul.

5 Tips for Surviving Your Startup's First Year

One of the riskiest times for any business is when it's just begun. Here are five key steps to take to make sure your startup survives that tough first year.

The One Simple Task That Will Help Your Startup Succeed

Many startups fail because their founders don't take the time to talk to potential customers before opening. Here are a few tips on getting feedback effectively.

A Good Mentor Will Tell It Like It Is

For many new businesses, finding the right advisor can make all the difference. Here are five qualities to seek in an ideal mentor.

Startup Basics: How to Master the Fundamentals

Stick to these four proven principles to keep your business growing -- and successful.

A Roadmap to Self-Reliance for Solopreneurs

One isn't always the loneliest number. In fact, it may be all that's needed to operate a successful business.

The Risk-Averse Entrepreneur's Guide to Startup Success

Thinking about starting a small business? Here's a step-by-step guide for how to launch your business in a low-risk way.

Five Simple Ways Startups Can Save Money

So you're launching a business on a shoestring. Here are a few money-savers that you may have overlooked.

Entrepreneurs: Are You a User?

Did you start your business after creating a product for your own use? If so, your chances of landing venture capital and finding business success are better than for other types of startups.

A Quick Guide for 'Solopreneurs' at Tax Time

The tax-filing process for a one-person business can be intimidating the first time around. These tips will alert you to some of the nuances.

The Four People You Need on Your Team

Forget fantasy sports. This is the real-life team you should have in place for your business to thrive.

How to Spread the Word About Your Business

Serial entrepreneur Jen Groover shares her advice to entrepreneurs about creating product awareness.

Is Starting a Business an Art or a Science?

When it comes to launching a business, should you trust your gut or employ a more analytic approach? Professor Steve Blank and behavioral economist Kay-Yut Chen square off.

How to Make the Move From Big-Business Employee to Small-Business Owner

Follow these six steps to help make the transition from corporate employee to entrepreneur.

What Are You Willing to Do to Launch Your Business?

Sometimes, it's not a question of how brilliant your startup idea is, but what an entrepreneur is willing to do to get through the tough times.

Three Lessons a Serial Tech Entrepreneur Learned from Bill Gates

Naveen Jain shares the insights he gleaned from the Microsoft co-founder, and how he used them when starting his own businesses.

A Complete Resource Guide to Start a Business in 2012

Use this list of free -- or almost free -- tools to turn your business idea into a reality in the new year.

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