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December 2011

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December 2011

Entrepreneur | December 2011
December 2011
Entrepreneur Magazine

How to Bootstrap Your Business

Starting up a business is a full-time job. So how do you manage it when you already have a full-time job? Here's how a few entrepreneurs juggled both to payoff.

Nine Easy Tips to Automate Your Finances and Avoid Late Payments

Consider this quick step-by-step guide to put your bill paying and personal financial management on autopilot.

Building a Business on Solving an Aching Dilemma for Women

Day2Night's convertible shoes offer women a fashionable heel height for any occasion.

Lime Fresh, a Slower Alternative to the Fast-Casual Franchise

At Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, customers are encouraged to linger. And the concept caught the eye of Ruby Tuesday, now a licensee.

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How One Business Is Expanding Beyond Its Local Market

What is your company doing that takes you outside the comfort zone?

How Luxury Hotels Are Bringing Back Business Travelers

Promoting value over opulence is a strategy that's helping upscale properties woo clientele.

Tabbedout: A Mobile Payment App for Restaurants and Bars

This new app enables restaurant and bar patrons to cash out their bill via smartphone, simplifying the process for customers and servers alike.

How Many Bytes Do You Need for Your Data-Storage Buck?

Kilo, giga, tera -- figure out how to manage your data-storage with this advice from a data-storage expert.

Review: Mini Computers for Business

The newest miniature desktop PCs are priced right, easy on your utility bill and really pack a wallop.

How to Increase Social Sharing to Generate More Leads

Everything you need to know about generating leads you learned in kindergarten.

10 Industry Trends for Franchises in 2012

From burgers to child care to staying fit, our annual list of trends in the franchise world shows where to consider putting your money to make money.

Toy Maker Makes a Difference in Honduras

Tegu puts toys to work to build a better future for homeless kids.

Four Sleek Networking and Storage Tools

When it comes to your IT infrastructure, you need not only top-notch performance and capability, but good looks, too.

Three Reasons a Buyer Might Pay More for Your Business

Before you decide to put your business up on the block, make sure you fully understand how much what you're offering is worth to buyers.

How an Ex-Ballet Dancer Succeeded by Thinking Outside the Barre

When Hollywood called, a former New York City Ballet dancer turned to the web to keep her back-home fitness clients on track.

How to Weigh Your Options When Deciding on Financial Products

Household brands like Office Depot, Sam's Club and Google are offering financial products, but are they the way to go for your business?

Ya, Mon: A Franchise for Hydroponic Equipment

A hydroponic equipment outlet brings production of medical marijuana to light.

When to Let Employees Work from Home

Telecommuting can be a vital recruiting tool, if you plan ahead and create the right culture for your company. Here's how.

How to Create a Succession Plan for a Franchise Business

Passing a franchise from one generation to the next can be fraught with complexities. A smart succession plan will ease the transition.

Chris Brogan on How to Make December Your Secret Power-Work Month

Think you'll be able to have downtime during the winter holiday season? Think again.

Will This Payment App Make You Ditch Your Wallet?

Kuapay, a new smartphone-based in-store payment app, aims to eliminate credit cards once and for all.

A New Way to Crowdsource Customer Feedback

Napkin Labs gives businesses access to crowdsourcing and some big ideas from their most devoted fans. Consider this case study with a Boulder, Colo., startup.

Crunching the Numbers on Mobile Payment Systems

Looking into mobile payment applications for your business? Consider this comparison of the leading systems.

Business Trends From 2011 We're Sick Of

From daily deals to Ashton Kutcher, some of the trends not #winning this past year.

On Zaarly, You Can (Usually) Get What You Want

This San Francisco startup is a matchmaker for renters and owners.

Get Out of Town With Wanderfly

This New York-based travel inspiration service offers recommendations that can send users packing.

Unlimited Editions With Blurb

This do-it-yourself book publisher helps users publish bookstore-quality tomes.

Happiness Pays Off With Kiip

Kiip relies on the games we play to connect marketers with potential customers.

Portable Design With Poketo

A startup founded by two artists puts art in people's pockets (and on their backs).

How to Survive the Peaks and Valleys of a Seasonal Business

Think launching a startup is challenging? Consider the life of the seasonal business owner: It's all start, restart, rinse and repeat.

Starting a Business to Fund Your Startup Idea

With their dream venture as motivation, Nate Casey and his partners opened a web-consulting firm to raise capital.

Undergrads Clean Up With an 'Indoor Outhouse' Business for Pets

A pair of college students dream up a product that gives pets some relief.

Building a Business on Regifting

With Shift My Gift, recipients can donate the money Aunt Gladys wanted to spend on them instead of having to find space for yet another useless tchotchke.

A 2011 Holiday Shopping Trend Snapshot

What retail forecasters expect from online customers during the holiday spending season this year.

How Do I Deliver a Really Good Toast at the Holiday Party?

The Esquire guy goes on a fact-finding mission to unearth the perfect words to accompany a hoist, whether it's to toast the accomplishments of employees or the tanking of a rival.

How Never Summer Shredded the Snowboard Industry With Innovation

The 15-year-old company was chugging along before its founders chucked long-held conventions and completely reconceived the design of the snowboard.

Three Companies Carving a Niche in Snow Sports

These small businesses are keeping the powder (and the industry) fresh.

Snowboard Upstarts Break New Ground

The snowboarding industry is on fire, as evidenced by these two newcomers proving it with their own spin.

Editor's Note: Lessons Learned, Opportunities Created

Entrepreneur Magazine's Editor-in-Chief Amy Cosper reflects on 2011 as a turning-point year.

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