Starting a Business Articles

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    5 Ways to Benefit from Bootstrapping

    by on February 23, 2012

    You’ve got the beginnings of what could be a beautiful product, and are anxious to introduce your idea to the market. There’s just one hangup: funding. Or more precisely, the lack thereof.

    If you’re short on funds, but don’t have any offers of venture capital…

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    The Top 3 Challenges of Running a Web-Based Company [VIDEO]

    by on February 6, 2012

    Whether you’re a full-time professional seeking a new career path or a part-time hobbyist looking to generate supplemental income, the allure of launching your own web-based company can be immense: The costs are low. The hours are flexible. And the office spac…

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

    by on February 6, 2012

    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 …

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    Steve Blank on Launching a Lean Startup

    by on January 17, 2012

    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 hi…

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    How to Find Your Own Angel Investor

    by on January 17, 2012

    An angel doesn’t need wings and a halo to be your savior — at least insofar as your small business is concerned.

    “Angel investors,” as wealthy private-equity investors are often known, contribute significantly to small businesses and startups. Accordi…

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    The Harried Lifestyle of the Small-Business Owner [VIDEO]

    by on January 9, 2012

    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 Willi…

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    4 of America's Best Startup Incubators

    by on December 21, 2011

    You have a fantastic idea for a business, but not enough cash or connections to get it off the ground. A startup incubator or accelerator may be the ideal solution. These programs provide initial seed funding (in exchange for an equity share), support, mentori…

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    How to Start a Hyperlocal News Website

    by on December 20, 2011

    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 relati…

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