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Lessons in Startup Survival from the Downturn
Starting a Business

Lessons in Startup Survival from the Downturn

Startups large and small have sprung from downturns. Here's how they've managed.
How to Start a Business in a Recession
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How to Start a Business in a Recession

Economic cycles come and go, but businesses must thrive in good times and bad. Fat Straws Bubble Tea's Terry Pham launched during a recession and survived two downturns. Learn how Pham and other entrepreneurs made a go of it in tough times.
Beyond the Food Truck: Six Ideas for Mobile Food Businesses
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Beyond the Food Truck: Six Ideas for Mobile Food Businesses

If you want to start a food business, but don't have the dough for a full restaurant, check out these mobile options.
An Entrepreneur With a Cheeky Message and a Social Conscience
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An Entrepreneur With a Cheeky Message and a Social Conscience

Sir Richard's delivers free condoms to developing nations, trading on the buy one, give one away model made famous by TOMS shoes.
How to Use Social Media to Build a Following -- And a Business
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How to Use Social Media to Build a Following -- And a Business

Before the paint even dried on her new shop in Montreal, one entrepreneur took to the Web to build a community -- and later, a record opening.
Diana Ransom
How to Take a New Product from Just an Idea to a Business
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How to Take a New Product from Just an Idea to a Business

Scott Hamlin, the founder of the innovative upcycling company Looptworks, shares his views on the importance of knowing who your customers will be, how you're going to distribute your product and what makes it meaningful and different.
New Options in Home Office Furniture
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New Options in Home Office Furniture

We explored the hidden corners of the market for higher-end office furnishings. Here are our picks for the right mix for your home workspace.
Jonathan Blum
Hanky Panky: Building a Business on Empowering Women
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Hanky Panky: Building a Business on Empowering Women

How two friends created a multimillion-dollar lingerie business through the decades.
Rosalind Resnick
How to Estimate Startup Costs
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How to Estimate Startup Costs

Get an idea of how much money you'll need by creating three quick lists and making a few educated guesses.
Tim Berry
How to Navigate the New Patent Law
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How to Navigate the New Patent Law

The age-old patent system is set to be reformed. Here's how the new law might change how or whether you get a patent.
Diana Ransom
Ex-Ballplayers Offer Coffee's Answer to Chew
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Ex-Ballplayers Offer Coffee's Answer to Chew

Two former baseball players throw a curve at the consumer quest for caffeine. From our Business Unusual file.
Matt Villano
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Docstoc's Jason Nazar on Entrepreneurs and Fearlessness

A successful Internet entrepreneur talks about why fear can't be a factor when starting a business. Entrepreneurs come in all varieties, Jason Nazar says, but one quality they all share is that they're willing to take risks that others aren't.
Why I Got Owners Insurance for My Home Business
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Why I Got Owners Insurance for My Home Business

In writing about business insurance for a home-based business, I realized I needed it. Here's the story of what I learned, and the type of insurance policy I got.
Carol Tice
Pivot or Persevere? The Key to Startup Success
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Pivot or Persevere? The Key to Startup Success

Perseverance can be overrated as an entrepreneurial trait. Knowing when to change course to test out a new approach might be even more important.
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