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home-based businesses
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The Value of Home-Based Businesses to Economic Recovery

The challenge of America’s economic recovery, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, is to spread it to every community – and especially those that have been historically excluded. The key to meeting that challenge is to appreciate the civic and economic value of an overlooked resource: home-based businesses. There are about 16 million home-based...
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TechBytes: Solutions-Based Advice From Dell for Entrepreneurs (Episode 5)

On this episode of StartupNation TechBytes, Dell Small Business Director Mobolaji Sokunbi and StartupNation CEO Jeff Sloan talk about how the Dell for Entrepreneurs program provides invaluable insight for small business owners. Among the highlights: how the pandemic reshaped the entrepreneurial ecosystem the increase in cybersecurity issues due to remote work Dell's solutions-based advice Dell's...
food trucks
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Trucking and Cooking: 5 Tips for Aspiring Food Truck Entrepreneurs

Are you an aspiring mobile chef or food truck entrepreneur? If so, then maybe it's time to make the switch and finally become your own boss. And to make that transition a little smoother, startup platform Zen Business put together 5 of the best tips from successful food truck entrepreneurs. Check them out! Tip 1:...
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Why Grit is Essential to Your Success as an Entrepreneur

For entrepreneurs building a business, the initial startup stage is an exhilarating time: you’re energized by your idea and engrossed in building the business. It feels like it’ll always be fun. The hard truth is that in building any business, there are peaks and valleys. When you hit a valley, it can be difficult to...
Workplace perks
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Company Culture: The Workplace Perks That Impress Top Performers

With websites like Glassdoor acting as a Yelp for workplaces, more companies than ever are looking to outdo their rivals in a bid for top employees. Many modern companies are leaning away from the “all-business” mentality, in favor of fostering relationships and engagement with their staff. With this shift comes a variety of workplace perks encouraged...
startup growing pains
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How To Avoid These Common Startup Growing Pains

You’ll occasionally hear that everything worth doing is difficult. This isn’t true. Many things worth doing are fairly easy, such as powering TVs down when you’re done watching them or sorting trash for recycling. If we instead contend that most things worth doing are difficult, we get closer to the truth — and it’s a...
business competition
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What I Learned Competing for Startup Money

Regardless of the type of business you’re starting, you need some money. Even if you plan to bootstrap, you still need to raise enough to live on and probably a small amount for operations. Considering that it takes most startups a few years to become profitable, budget for four to five years where you’ll need...
Goldfish Swim School
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Turning Passion into a Career: Entrepreneur Shares Lessons Learned

Unlike most entrepreneurs, my main goal as a young adult was not to eventually start a business – it was to go to the Olympics. I spent years competitively swimming. I had perfected the techniques of swimming and mastered operating under pressure and, after a successful competitive streak remaining undefeated in high school and qualifying...
conferences
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4 Ways Conferences Can Support Long-Term Success   

As business owners, we tend to put the day-to-day of our business first at the expense of personal and professional growth. Many business owners have achieved their success through years of training and development. While it may need to be put on the back burner from time to time, business owners should still commit to...
startup or corporation
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Where Should You Work? A Tech Startup or a Tech Corporation

Tech employees are often met with a difficult dilemma: choosing between a startup or a corporate company. As the top employers of tech professionals, corporations and startups are always on the hunt for the best talent. Many prefer the stability of a job in Big Tech, but more and more tech professionals are making the...
entrepreneur lifestyle
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5 Foundational Pillars for a Successful Entrepreneur Lifestyle 

Being an entrepreneur isn’t a job. It’s a lifestyle built around your businesses. You have to be all in, fully engaged, and willing to do whatever it takes to make your business successful. However, beyond the nuts and bolts of starting, growing and running your own business, you must first build a foundation for the...
AI-First Culture
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Want to Stay Ahead of the Curve? Here Are 4 Ways to Build an AI-First Culture

The artificial intelligence (AI) of today and tomorrow will look very different from the AI from yesteryear. To embrace its limitless opportunities, businesses need to adapt an AI-first culture. StartupNation exclusive discounts and savings on Dell products and accessories: Learn more here How to adapt an AI-first culture Looking toward the future It’s 2030. Laura...
customer service
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How Blindster’s Kyle Cox Started From Scratch With a Strong Customer Focus 

Many entrepreneurs have many beginnings, endings and renewals woven in their stories. The path of any entrepreneur is rarely a straight line. I started Blindster with the firsthand knowledge of the sometimes wayward road self-employment can take and the successes that can present themselves when one least expects it. Striking out on my own  My entrepreneurial...
culture
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5 Ways to Revamp Your Company’s Culture

If you want your business to be a place where people would love to work, you should focus on your company’s culture. A startup’s culture should be something that isn’t just stated; it’s engrained into your vision, mission and purpose. If you’ve focused on outward growth and expansion, it’s time to look internally. Here are...
entrepreneurship is changing
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5 Ways Startup Entrepreneurship Is Changing

In the last decade, there hasn’t been a better time to talk about upcoming changes to startup entrepreneurship than right now. COVID-19 has changed where we work and how we work. Big brands (like Apple) and their focus on user privacy have changed how businesses market and advertise. And the Great Resignation is just one...
diversity
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How Your Startup Can Implement Effective Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Practices

Much of the dialogue about diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) plans in the media has been focused on established businesses that frankly have the ability to reengineer current strategies, integrate DEI communication into current communication plans, and leverage their organization’s leadership to focus and drive initiatives. Startups and entrepreneurial businesses, however, are most likely starting...
healthy culture
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A Healthy Work Culture = Happy Employees, Happy Customers

Roughly 25 years ago, I teamed up with Dr. Larry Patterson to found Eye Centers of Tennessee (ECOTN). When we launched the business, you could count the number of people who believed in our venture on one hand, and probably have a digit or two left over. That didn’t deter us, and we jumped into...
Great Resignation
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The Great Resignation Is Helping Startups Thrive

By now, you’ve likely heard of the Great Resignation. The term has recently dominated news headlines, as it’s impacting the American workforce across virtually every industry. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic sparked a seismic shift in existing workplaces and will certainly play a distinct role in the future of work. While it seems as though the...
popongo
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Entrepreneurial Spirit Drives a Mission to Connect People With Popongo

America truly is the land of opportunity, especially to people who grow up in third world countries and fight adversity every day while seeking to create a better life for themselves and their loved ones. Creating Popongo was one such opportunity, a chance to challenge myself as well as fill a need and connect  people....
entrepreneurs
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Entrepreneurs: How to Focus Ruthlessly and Win in 2022

New and aspiring entrepreneurs often fall victim to impatience and imperfection. When something’s not working perfectly to their standards (or worse, fails), they take it personally and don’t know how to move on to better iterations after the setback. But that’s what startup life is all about. To win, you have to learn how to...