Starting a Business

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5 Tips for Launching a Successful Online Dating Site

Posted In MARKETING

You’ve always had a knack for matchmaking at dinner parties, so why not offer your talent to a wider market by launching an online dating site? When done right, these sites can be lucrative and require minimal effort to maintain. Markus Frind, founder and CEO of PlentyOfFish, says he brings in more than $10 million a [...]
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4 Ways to Turn Your Urban Homestead into a Business

Posted In GOING GREEN

Chicken coops, vegetable gardens, and rainwater collectors are popping up in backyards across the U.S., as a new breed of DIYers known as urban homesteaders strive to become more self-sufficient. From growing their own apples to knitting their own winter sweaters, these resourceful city folk are working to become less dependent on others — and, [...]
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How to Start a Baking Business Without a Commercial Kitchen

Posted In STARTING A BUSINESS

Most state laws mandate that any food products sold to the public must be prepared in a commercial kitchen. But opening a retail bakery is a big investment for an unproven business. For example, when Erin McKenna founded the vegan bakery BabyCakes NYC in 2006, she was out some $38,000 in startup costs for construction, [...]
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Business Coach Pamela Slim on How to Escape Your Office Cubicle

Posted In LEADERSHIP PROFILES

Pamela Slim is a business coach, author, and speaker who helps frustrated employees break out of their corporate jobs to start their own businesses. Her blog Escape From Cubicle Nation ranks among the top career and marketing sites, and her similarly titled book is selling well, too. She has nearly 24,000 Twitter followers. We asked [...]
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Fostering More Female Tech Entrepreneurs [VIDEO]

Posted In LEADERSHIP PROFILES

When it comes to women working in Silicon Valley technology businesses -- particularly women at the helm -- the numbers remain painfully small. Less than 5 percent of tech startups are founded by female entrepreneurs, estimates Shaherose Charania, co-founder and CEO of Women 2.0, an organization that helps foster female tech entrepreneurs. We can bicker [...]
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8 Great Small Businesses from TV Land

Posted In STARTING A BUSINESS

We've already tipped our cap to some of the brilliant entrepreneurs of the big screen. Television has created some memorable small businesses over the years, too. Some of them might not make recommended models for your business, but they should at least be good for a laugh (or cry). Bluth Banana Stand Industry: Food Key [...]
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8 Cities that Support their Small Businesses

Posted In LOCAL

Whether you're looking to relocate or expand your company, you should consider taking a closer look at municipalities that are doing a good job supporting their local small businesses. Here are eight entrepreneurial hot spots worth considering for your next move (especially if you like the South). Besides having lower costs of living, high numbers [...]
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Are You Financially Ready to Quit Your Day Job?

Posted In MONEY

Your entrepreneurial spirit is ablaze and you're ready to plunge into the uncertain world of self-employment. But is your bank account equipped to relinquish the security of steady income? If you can say “yes” to the following entrepreneurial money milestones, you may be ready to quit your day job and start your own operation. You [...]
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