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August 2011

Entrepreneur | August 2011
August 2011
Entrepreneur Magazine

Quirky: The Solution to the Innovator's Dilemma

At the age of 24, Ben Kaufman already has a successful startup track record. With Quirky, he's tapped into the power of open innovation and created a place where anyone can become an inventor.

Don't Forget to Wipe

Q: How do I manage the growing number of mobile devices in my business and keep my network secure?

A Look at the Best Online Accounting Tools

Small-business accounting is moving online, where it's becoming cheaper, more powerful--and a lot more confusing

Ways to Back Up Your Smartphone

You know how important it is to back up your business computers--but what about your smartphones? Here are some of the best services and apps for preventing loss.

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What 4G Is All About and Why You Should Care

Why it might make sense for your business to embrace the next generation of mobile now.

A New iPhone App Gives Local Businesses Marketing Muscle

Local business marketing goes mobile via MerchantCircle. How it works for one computer-repair shop that makes house calls.

A Touch of Improvement: A Look at the New Microsoft Mouse

Microsoft's new mouse brings the touch control of a smartphone to the keyboard's right hand.

Nine Reasons Your Site Isn't Driving Sales

To make your website an extenstion of your sales staff, create content that educates visitors and helps convert them into leads. Serving is the new selling.

Chris Brogan on Social Media Traps

The popular blogger explains how to save time and be more effective with online connections.

How and Why One Company Chose to Organize As a 'B Corp'

A B corporation designation can help back up a nonprofit's 'doing good' rep. Is it right for your social venture?

Five Retirement Plan Options for Your Business

From IRAs to profit-sharing plans, learn which option is best to consider for your company's future.

How to Boost Your Business Credit Score

Knowing what your credit report means is critical to your business and personal life.

Free App Satisfies a Text Obsession

Freespeech co-founder Greg Neufeld didn't like the messaging app for the iPhone--so he created one.

Building a Home Decor Business on Recycled Bicycle Parts

A Texas designer uses her passion for sustainable living to strike out on her own.

Digital Agency Launches its Own Successful Mobile App

Two co-workers convinced their boss to nurture a location-based app in-house.

From Business Idea to Successful Startup in Three Months

How Zaarly quickly brought its concept to market, complete with celebrity investment and lots of buzz.

The Benefits of Bringing in an Advisory Board

Whether you have a startup or an established business, outside expertise can help you grow.

How to Enter a Room and Network Like a Pro

Consider these tips to make a lasting impression on new connections, before a meeting even starts.

Finding Customers Ahead of a Startup Launch

Lining up buyers in advance of launch can be challenging for a new company. But finding the right ones--and capitalizing on them--can go a long way toward ensuring early success.

Why You Should Think Twice Before Posting Anonymous Comments Online

Four reminders that entrepreneurs have a responsibility to own their words in the digital age.

Savvy Marketing Turns a Hobby into a Successful Business

How the founders of the YOLO Board have glided to the front of the stand-up paddling crowd.

Franchises Hop on the Food-Truck Trend

Cooked up by epicurious entrepreneurs, the mobile food business is starting to whet the appetites of established companies.

Taking Care: Franchise Success Stories from the World of Child and Senior Care

The caring business is booming. Here's a look at two franchisees in the niche.

How Charley's Grilled Subs Sandwiched Its Way to Franchise Success

The backstory on Charley Shin's remake of a Philly tradition.

From Navy Jumpmaster to PostNet Franchisee

A retired sailor sheds her sea legs and finds solid ground--and financial freedom--as owner of a franchise.

Co-creation: How to Harness It For Your Business

Co-creation is turning consumerism into teamwork, enabling buyers to be part of a company's innovation.

Meet the Inventors and Influencers of Quirky

The crowdsourced consumer-product company relies on a host of active community participants. Here are a few standouts.

Ways Inventors Can Get Stuff Made

Maybe you don't want to give up the rights to your brilliant idea. We understand. Here are some options for inventors.

How Wildfire Helped One Small Business Power Its Social Media Campaign

Original Joe's adds fuel to its online marketing strategy using a tool from Wildfire that helps businesses boost their social media status.

Need to Rent Stuff or Have Stuff You Want to Rent? SnapGoods May Be for You

This rental site thrives on the philosophy 'Why buy when you can borrow?'

How to Prepare for a Surge in Website Traffic

Don't let a website crash ruin your reputation. Optimize your site before traffic surges hit.

Roost: A One-Stop Social Media Shop

This new social media tool can help businesses create time-saving online marketing campaigns

Why and How to Build Customer Relationships with Website Comments

Tap into the social nature of your website's visitors to boost relationships with customers and your company's reach.

How to Protect Your Intellectual Property Rights

Created as a pressure release for patent office overload, the controversial America Invents Act may give big business the edge in securing patents. Here's a guide to protecting your intellectual property rights in the post-act age.

A Business Traveler Vents His Rental Car Road Rage

While planning trips can be tedious, at least the reservation process is modernized. Unless, of course, you are renting a car.

Four Fast-Growing Niches in the Travel Business

Have a passion for the travel business? Consider these four niches that are quickly winning over weekend warriors.

The Top 30 Franchises in the Business of Caring

Use our list of 30 child-, health- and senior-care franchises to find the right opportunity for you.

Camping's Extreme Makeover

Luxury tents, king-size beds, gourmet chefs, Wi-Fi. Welcome to the new business opportunities of not really roughing it.

Six Tips for Surviving a Cyber Security Threat

How to thwart threats to your company's computer system.

Cybercriminals: A Look at Their World and Their Threat to Business

A disturbing look at the far-reaching depths of the cybercriminal network--and what you can do to make sure the bad element stays out of your company.

Jargon: Debtcade

The period directly following the noughties, it refers to 2010 to 2019, a decade of extreme consumer and governmental debt. Coined by Adam Roberts, an editor for The Economist.

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