Starting a Business

How Small Business Gets Started… and Keeps Running [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Why does someone become a small business owner? And once they become one, how do they spend their time? How does our newly mobile working environment play into that? In this infographic, we explore what tasks take up the most of a small business owner's time and how they manage them, in and out of [...]
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Steve Blank on Launching a Lean Startup

Posted In LEADERSHIP PROFILES

Steve Blank, a retired serial entrepreneur, has had his share of hits and misses: He founded the business software firm Epiphany, which was later acquired for $329 million, and he's also started duds, such as the video game company Rocket Science. Based on his experiences, Blank (pictured) developed a startup philosophy, which he shares in [...]
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The Harried Lifestyle of the Small-Business Owner [VIDEO]

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The lifestyle of a small-business owner often reads like the plot of a Hollywood blockbuster: There's boundless action, enduring suspense, and constant drama. Mix in a few laughs, the obligatory blood, sweat, and tears, and at that point, who needs Bruce Willis? The exploits of a small-business owner can make even the most hair-raising antics [...]
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How to Start a Hyperlocal News Website

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Print newspapers may be in a downward spiral, but hyperlocal websites seem to be heating up. Online independent community news sites — West Seattle Blog, The Batavian, and Baristanet, to name a few — have built substantial readerships and profitable relationships with advertisers in some very small geographic regions. Want to start your own hyperlocal [...]
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3 Startup Ideas on the Rise (and 3 on the Way Out)

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The long-term outlook for your chosen industry is an important thing to consider when you’re deciding whether to take the plunge into small-business ownership. Getting stuck holding last year’s bag while the market moves on to bigger and brighter things isn’t exactly a path to success. With that in mind, here’s a look at three [...]
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Pet Smart: 4 Startup Ideas for Dog Lovers

Posted In MARKETING

You love your own canine companion, so recently you started thinking about running a dog-related business. It’s a potentially lucrative niche: More than 46 million U.S. households include at least one dog, and people’s spending on their Fido, Fifi, or Fluffy has increased over the past several years. In fact, Americans spent more than $48 [...]
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How to Choose the Right Location for Your Shop

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Aspiring retailers, take note: What you sell may not be as important as where you sell it. Choosing the right location is often crucial to creating a successful store, because customers won’t stop or come inside unless they feel comfortable in the neighborhood. Here are four tips to help you pick the perfect site. Determine [...]
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5 Great Podcasts for Small-Business Owners

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Looking for inspiration? Apple’s iTunes store offers hundreds of thousands of free audio and video podcasts on just about every subject under the sun. Many of these topics, from increasing your chance of getting an SBA loan to overcoming your creative fears, can help you run a better business. Here are five of the best [...]
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