Why Being Lazy Might Be the Secret to a Successful Startup

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With all of the talk of disruption, it’s easy to believe that reinventing the wheel is the only way to have a successful startup . There’s a lot of pressure to innovate and create, but that’s not the only way to make a truly great business that has staying power. In fact, being “lazy” and copying a model that’s already … Read More

How Millennials Are Unlocking the New World of Startups

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Millennials And Their Startups It’s every parent’s hope that their children have a better future. For Generation Y, that future is more achievable than ever before for startups — but it doesn’t come without its challenges. Late last year, the Wall Street Journal published the findings of a study from Harvard, Stanford and the University of California. Stats showed that … Read More

The 3-Step Approach for Testing Out Your Business Idea

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Let’s say you wake up one day and decide the world needs a better mop, and you’re just the person to make it. Before setting out, you interview prospective customers. “Are you looking for a better mop?” you ask someone. The person searches his memory for all the times he’s wrestled with a mop or hated the smell of it, … Read More

Business Plans: A Step-by-Step Guide

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A business plan is a written description of your business’s future, a document that tells what you plan to do and how you plan to do it. If you jot down a paragraph on the back of an envelope describing your business strategy, you’ve written a plan, or at least the germ of a plan.   Business plans are inherently … Read More

Starting Your Business: 4 Apps That Really Help

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Starting Your Business   There is an app for just about everything these days even for starting your business. Groceries, taxis, black cars, valet parking, haircuts, even tailors and dog walkers can all be ordered on demand from your smartphone. There’s even apps that can make starting a business from your smartphone easier than ever. From crafting a business plan to fundraising and … Read More

Buying a Business vs. Starting A Business

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One of the most serious career choices you can make is whether you will be on the clock for someone else or work for yourself. But don’t be fooled: working for yourself doesn’t always mean starting a business. It’s not easy to come up with the right idea and the right amount of money to transform yourself into an entrepreneur … Read More

Creating a Marketing Plan for Success

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Marketing Plan Everyone knows you need a business plan, yet many entrepreneurs don’t realize a marketing plan is just as vital. Unlike a business plan, a marketing plan focuses on winning and keeping customers; it’s strategic and includes numbers, facts and objectives. A good marketing plan spells out all the tools and tactics you’ll use to achieve your sales goals. … Read More

How to Pick the Right Team for Your Startup

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If you’re putting a team together for the first time, there’s a good chance that you’ve already got a few people in mind for your startup. But, before you start rallying the troops and investing big, it’s important to know what the DNA of a winning startup team looks like — and how you can avoid common (but fatal) mistakes. 1. … Read More

5 Startup Lessons That Saved Me 5 Years

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Starting a business is tough. Everyone knows this. And, I’ve learnt it the hard way. I’ve built a fair number of products and even successfully brought five of them to market. “Five products” might sound like a lot at first, but it’s actually nothing compared to the number of products and ideas I’ve dismissed. Dismissing bad or even “good” ideas … Read More

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Becoming an Entrepreneur

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Have you been dreaming about dropping everything and starting your own company as an entrepreneur? Ask yourself these five questions before quitting your job and becoming an entrepreneur. 1. Are you prepared to be an entrepreneur? You might have been dreaming about becoming an entrepreneur since you were young, with visions of one day running your own (extremely profitable) lemonade stand. Over time, … Read More