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When is the Best Time of Year to Launch Your Business?

Is there such a thing as the “best” time of year to start a business? There are 30.2 million small businesses in the United States, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). While these businesses certainly didn't start up at the exact same time, I do wonder if there are certain times of year...
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How To Make Your Startup Bankable

You’ve probably heard it countless times: “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” While it’s always a great idea to think about your long-term personal goals, this adage is even more applicable if you’re venturing into entrepreneurship. Smart planning can go a long way in making your startup bankable. The U.S. Bureau of...
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How to Achieve Startup Success from Day 1

The decision to take the leap into starting your own business is never an easy one, regardless of your experience or industry. But as venture capital (VC) firms grow, with the average seed deal growing from $1.7 million to $4.6 million in the last decade, more and more people are breaking into the startup ecosystem....
second-time startup founders
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5 Real Advantages for Second-Time Startup Founders

As a first-time founder, starting a startup is incredibly difficult. Raising capital, finding product-market fit and acquiring customers isn’t easy. As a second-time founder,  it is a bit easier.  After our first company was acquired, I knew that I wanted to start another company. Working for yourself, especially during the earliest days of founding at...
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Why Taking a Customer-Centric Approach Significantly Reduces Risks and Increases Your Chance of Success

To build successful businesses, entrepreneurs must fall in love with solving customer problems more than their own ideas. Entrepreneurs often rush to build and test their ideas using the lean startup methodology. They are taught and believe that they should “fail fast.” Unfortunately, most entrepreneurs do a great job failing. Harvard reports that 95% of...
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Life of Purpose: Madison Bachman Followed Her Passion to Research Baboons

Rather than follow a conventional path, Madison Bachman pursued a life of passion studying human-primate co- habitation in South Africa in order to find solutions to a growing problem: The battle for existence. By sharing her story, Bachman reminds us that the power of pursuing one’s passion in life and living a life of purpose...
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Top 4 Reasons to Become a Franchisee Versus Launching a Brand-New Business

Have you always wanted to own your own business? Do you crave the flexibility, immense freedom, and sense of fulfillment that coincide with being your own boss? If so, you may be in the process of brainstorming various company ideas that would prove lucrative in the long run. However, wouldn’t it be fantastic if there...
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The Advantages, Challenges of Building a Multi-Founder Startup

Running a successful startup is ultimately a team game—irrespective of whether you follow the single or multi-founder approach. At the end of the day, success depends on how efficiently you allocate resources to solve problems. At a multi-founder startup, this is an art form. As one of the four cofounders of Capchase, we were able...
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6 Accomplished Entrepreneurs Share How to Start a Business with $100

Many would-be entrepreneurs never start a business because they’re waiting for the perfect idea or don’t have enough disposable capital to break out of the rat race. These accomplished entrepreneurs and members of The Oracles share how to start a business with $100: StartupNation exclusive discounts and savings on Dell products and accessories: Learn more here...
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A Step-By-Step Guide to Writing a Killer Business Plan

A business plan is as important to a new business as a map is to a ship, or blueprints are to an architect. A written business plan will guide your actions and keep you focused on your short- and long-term goals. Your business plan puts your aspirations into words (and charts), demonstrating to partners, investors...
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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...
monetizing your true purpose
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Monetizing Your True Purpose: How to Make Money at Anything

By now, you've mastered the importance of cracking your life’s purpose code and finding your purpose. Now, it’s time to discuss monetizing your true purpose. There are five primary reasons people do not achieve their dreams: They never begin. They quit too soon. They make poor decisions, derailing their ambitions. They worry about what others...
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5 Mistakes Derailing Startup Founders

Your startup idea is your golden child – and it should be. But keep blind enthusiasm in check and move forward strategically and realistically to avoid the mistakes that can derail your project. You know that feeling when an idea is so good it wakes you up? You fumble around in the dark for your...
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Trademarking Your Startup: Claiming What Is Yours

Working in a startup comes with its own set of ups and downs, but owning the creative rights to your work should not be one of them. Whether you are in the early stages of the company or have been around for a while, keeping the intellectual property (IP) at your organization’s discretion is a...
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3 Lessons for Balancing a Side Hustle When Launching a Business

Any founder will tell you that starting a new business while working another job (or two for that matter) is lousy. Figuring out what that side hustle, or main hustle, will be to support launching this new endeavor is going to suck up two things in your life: your time and attention. But it’s important...