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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...
advice
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11 Self-Made Millionaires Reveal the Best Advice They Ever Got

These millionaires and advisors in The Oracles have had some super-smart mentors; so we asked them for the best advice they’ve ever received. Here’s what they told us — and how it led to their success. StartupNation exclusive discounts and savings on Dell products and accessories: Learn more here “You’ll never succeed without me” The best...
Bartesian
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A Q&A with Ryan Close of Bartesian: Creating and Marketing a Game Changer

Bartesian started as a dream for Ryan Close. But in just a few years, his cocktail company had 975% year-over-year growth and more than $50 million in sales. The business is a media darling and has been featured in such publications as Forbes, Esquire, People and others. And not just every product lands on Oprah's...
raising capital
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6 Successful Dealmakers Provide Top Tips on Raising Capital

Bootstrapping will only take your startup so far. Many businesses underestimate how much money they really need to keep going and growing, and they run out of runway. When raising capital, these investor-entrepreneurs and members of The Oracles share their best secrets, tips and strategies. 1. Soul-search For me, it’s all about enthusiasm. You need to show...
entrepreneur
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Don’t Quit and Other Lessons from a Wantrepreneur Turned Entrepreneur

I’ve tried many businesses and side hustles over the past 15 years. I’ve mowed lawns, was a DJ at weddings, negotiated real estate deals, started an e-commerce business, and many others. Some of those endeavors made me money, but others didn’t. Now I have a successful digital marketing agency. People often ask me how I...
bootstrap your side hustle
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How to Bootstrap Your Side Hustle into a 6-Figure Business

How do you successfully bootstrap a side hustle into a six-figure business? Building a wildly profitable business is simpler than you might think. With the right business model and strategy, you can build a successful side hustle that doesn’t require any external funding and turn it into your full-time job.  Here’s how I did it...
social impact profit
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How Startups Can Balance Social Impact and Profit

Professor Henrietta Onwuegbuzie of Lagos Business School claims, “Being purpose-driven helps companies grow faster and make more money.” But what exactly does it mean to be a purpose-driven business, and how can startups balance social impact and profit? StartupNation exclusive discounts and savings on Dell products and accessories: Learn more here Why social impact is...
side hustle
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11 Reasons Why You Need a Side Hustle

Side hustles aren’t new, but they’re more popular than ever. Especially now, with so many ways to make money online, more and more people are deciding to pursue a side hustle.  A 2021 survey from Dollarsprout showed that 57% of Americans have a side hustle. Why is this becoming more common? While everyone has their...
burnout
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8 Ways to Avoid Burnout When Starting a New Business

We’ve all felt burned out at one point or another — that feeling of total fatigue, both mental and physical, which comes from working ourselves too hard. Soon we’re experiencing symptoms like depression and exhaustion, feeling cynical and adrift. It’s ironic that at the point of burnout, the harder we work on something, the more...
crowdfunding tips
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10 Tips on Running a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign for New Entrepreneurs

Over the past decade, crowdfunding has revolutionized the way startups generate capital and secure investment. In fact, in 2019, the global crowdfunding market reached a massive $13.93 billion, with this figure estimated to triple to $39 billion by 2026. It’s no surprise then that everyone wants to get in on the action, and today, there...
program launch
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5 Strategies to Turn Around a Program Launch That Isn’t Working

If you’re a few days into your program launch and you’re disappointed by lack of results, don’t waste your time by wallowing in what you think is failure. Before diving into these five steps, first recognize that no matter the situation, your launch is not a failure. I like to tell my clients that every...
black woman entrepreneur
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How to Build and Fund a Startup as a Black Woman

Securing funding for a startup relies heavily on the connections you have among investors, as well as your ability to attract attention to your business. What happens when those investors are mostly upper-class white men, and you are not? It can be difficult for people of color, women, and working-class backgrounds to find investors for...
habits
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11 Tips to Master Self-Discipline and Rid Yourself of Bad Habits

Warren Buffett said: “Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.” It’s far too easy for bad habits to derail our businesses, health, finances, relationships and happiness. Just one bad habit can be the bad apple that spoils a dozen good ones. Here’s how top entrepreneurs...
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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...
employee to entrepreneur
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Four Ways to Transition from Employee to Entrepreneur

Are you ready to make the leap from an employee to entrepreneur? Maybe you have a great business idea, you hate the rat race of the corporate world, or you just want more professional freedom. Whatever the reason, you may be wondering how you can make the transition a little bit smoother. No matter how...