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March 2012

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March 2012

Entrepreneur | March 2012
March 2012
Entrepreneur Magazine

Barbara Corcoran's Leadership Style: Rainbows and Steel-Toe Boots

Case study: Barbara Corcoran's business management style is uniquely her own.

Looking to Borrow? An Audited Financial Statement Can Help

Paying for audited financials may help you get credit and reduce interest rates.

Freedom in a Fashion Franchise

Apricot Lane franchises operate as true boutiques. And they're growing fast.

A Platform for Stylepreneurs: Pinterest Meets Online Department Store

With StyleOwner, fashionistas can help style-challenged friends and monetize their social networks

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Skincare Startup's Lesson for Online Brands: Looks Matter

The owner of a skincare line wises up to a basic tenet of packaging and watches online sales take off.

Five Tips For Avoiding a Tax Audit

Before you file your taxes, watch out for these common red flags that could draw unwanted attention by the IRS.

One Tool for Managing All Your Business Schedules

With Genbook, you can spend less time on your schedule and more time on business.

Three Ways to Use QR Codes for Business

These small companies turned the now-ubiquitous QR code into a new sales machine.

Five Low-Cost Tools for Fast Cash Transfers

Give the heave-ho to services that charge big bucks to move your money around.

A Hot Business Idea -- Between the Sheets

Inspired by athletic wear, two former coaches develop high-performance bedsheets.

Tech Exec's Family Inspires a Senior-Care Business

Using easy-to-understand technology, Independa helps seniors stay well on their own.

After a Post-9/11 Slump, an Entrepreneur Turns to Franchising

Greg Carafello was at his flagship location on Sept. 11. He escaped after the second plane hit. Not only did he lose his main branch, but also his best friend.

App Development Methods Decoded

Not sure what 'waterfall,' 'agile' or 'scrum' are? Here we explain the three most popular app development processes.

A New App for Reporting Customer-Service Issues

Tello notifies business owners when customer service reviews are posted.

Paying for Tech Help With Future Royalties

An entrepreneur sees the funding light when she agrees to pay her engineer in royalties based on future sales.

How Stageit Is Becoming a Must-Have Commerce Tool For Music Entrepreneurs

Musicians can streamlive shows to virtual concert-goers through a hassle-free online auditorium.

Connecting Nonprofits With Pro Bono Help

Many nonprofits can't afford the help of designers and copywriters. CrowdSpring's volunteer program offers a solution.

Three Questions to Ask Potential Acquirers

Being well-informed about potential acquirers doesn't require a crystal ball, but it can help fund your future.

How Your Business Can Get on Siri's Radar

Make sure your business garners love from the iPhone's new voice-activated search assistant.

For Business Travelers, Big Chains Often Offer Familiar Comforts

Though he usually goes local, our business-travel columnist can find reasons to visit some uberbrands.

Jargon: Bacon Job

Definition: A project with no shortage of volunteers; a plum position.

Four Powerful New Cameras That Are Good for Business

Today's rugged digital cameras deliver production-quality images that leave smartphone photos in the dust.

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 Write Off Your Car or Truck for Business

It's tax season -- time to ponder that annual conundrum: How much of my vehicle usage can I claim as a business expense?

How to Find Your Authentic Voice on Social Media

How do you engage customers on social media--without sounding like you're marketing to them? Let the Esquire guy be your guide.

How to Raise Cash With Crowdfunding

Sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo attract hobbyists and wannabes, but they can also help aspiring raise up to the five or six figures.

The Top New Franchises of 2012

New franchises are holding their own against older competition

A Dorm-Room Startup on an Environmental Mission

A student entrepreneur vows to make an environmental impact with his online wedding invitations.

A Dad's Cautionary Advice Led to a Growing Family Business

After a near-accident while training for a marathon, an entrepreneur develops a line of identification gear for outdoor athletes.

How to Find More Time in Your Day

Find yourself getting bogged down in the day to day of your business? Put these goals to work to move your marketing and business prospecting ahead again.

Five Ways to Find Leads from Facebook

On Facebook, behind every business lead is a flesh-and-blood individual

Where to Look to Raise Cash For Your Business

When local options fail, it's time to cast a wider net. Here are ways to expand your funding search.

Six Books on Leadership Worth Actually Reading

No one springs forth from the womb a fully formed leader--but some books can shorten the learning curve

CEO Case Studies: A Role Model and a Cautionary Tale

One to study if you want to lead well. Another if you want to fail miserably.

Leadership Lessons from the Top of the Org Chart

Forget the so-called gurus. Learn from the people worth quoting.

Editor's Note: The Zen Zone

In this issue, we take an in-depth look at leadership -- and what it means to entrepreneurs.

The New Trends and Technologies Driving Design

Innovation in the way products are designed, manufactured and delivered is spelling opportunities for small businesses of all types. Learn how forward-thinking entrepreneurs are putting them to work.

Step-by-Step Through a Website Makeover

A winery moves into the 21st century with a website redesign.

Designing a More Work-Friendly Workspace

A company ditches its traditional office for a cost-effective space that better reflects the way it does business.

How Motorcycle Designer Erik Buell Got His Vroom Back, Post Harley-Davidson

The trailblazing entrepreneur followed up a disastrous collaboration by launching a new company, a showcase for innovative racing bikes. But can it get the funding it needs?

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