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business pitch
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10 Ways to Create a Successful Business Pitch

Recently, the term "business pitch" has become as popular as the term "startup." A pitch is essentially a business plan that one presents verbally to potential investors of a business. A shorter summary of the complete pitch is an elevator pitch. The startup owner has to clearly explain the business opportunity to the investors, so...
buying a business
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From Employee to Owner: How I Bought My Business

Every entrepreneur’s story is unique. Many individuals start off with a good idea. This idea allows them to create an offering or product that helps solve a problem facing customers. They acquire the necessary legal assets, including entity formations and tax IDs, so this idea may become a startup, launch, and open for business. What...
Mental strength
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Why Entrepreneurs Need Mental Strength to Succeed

The lure of launching your own business can be enticing; but striking out on your own has a less glamorous side too. There’s a psychological price you might pay for being an entrepreneur. StartupNation exclusive discounts and savings on Dell products and accessories: Learn more here The challenges entrepreneurs face Many entrepreneurs experience social isolation;...
Gen Z
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The Gen Z Guide to Starting a Business

Each generation leaves a significant mark on entrepreneurship. Gen Z is currently entering the working world in a time of great uncertainty amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Many Gen Zers are also watching businesses make significant pivots with their business models and may be inspired to make similar moves. Why wait for a dream job when...
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Ready to Become an Entrepreneur? Ask These 5 Questions First

Entrepreneurship, to an outsider looking in, may appear exciting and glamorous. Business owners get to set their own schedules, work at their own pace and follow their dreams. It’s so appealing that many envious individuals (with an idea and an entrepreneurial mindset!) may feel like it’s time to ditch their 9 to 5 jobs and...
break a whey the lip bar
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StartupNation Radio feat. Break a Whey and The Lip Bar

This episode of StartupNation Radio is brought to you by Pappas Financial On this episode of StartupNation Radio, your host, Jeff Sloan, interviews Jeff Kulis of Break a Whey and Melissa Butler of The Lip Bar. Jeff Kulis is the founder of Break a Whey, an all-natural, high-protein yogurt for all ages. Break a Whey...
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3 Reasons Why You Must Be a Great Leader to Be a Great Entrepreneur

Do you really need to be a great leader in order to become a great entrepreneur? The question of leadership, and how much it actually means to entrepreneurs and their startups, is a hot topic up for debate. Some argue in favor of entrepreneurs becoming leaders first. They may argue that it’s better to work...
Patriot Boot Camp
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Patriot Boot Camp Helps Veterans Launch Tech Startups

After they leave the service, some military veterans choose to pursue entrepreneurship rather than taking a civilian job. But until recently, these vets often had to forge a new path and find startup resources on their own. Several organizations now aim to fill that gap. Patriot Boot Camp offers a three-day intensive program that helps...
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Which 4 Personality Types Make the Most Successful Entrepreneurs?

Whenever I think about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test, I can’t help but compare it a bit to Harry Potter’s Sorting Hat. As soon as it was placed on your head, the Sorting Hat knew which Hogwarts house was the best fit for your future — whether you would spent it being nurtured and educated...
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5 Women Entrepreneurs Disrupting the Wine Industry

One of my favorite quotes about wine is “a bottle of wine is actually alive,” as spoken by actress Virginia Madsen in the film, "Sideways." Her character, Maya, goes on to discuss wine’s continued evolution and complex lifespan. Inside every bottle is a bit of history, from the grapes grown to those who picked them...
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Entrepreneurs vs. Solopreneurs: What Are Your Financing Options?

Working Americans choose to start a business for any number of reasons. There’s increased flexibility and independence, as well as more ambitious goals, like fulfilling a lifelong vision or dream. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, nearly 30 million Americans are small business owners as of 2017. And although those millions of Americans are...
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How Quitting My Job and Becoming an Entrepreneur Unleashed My Creativity

Two years ago, I had it all. I was working for a venture-funded company, we were growing, and I was in a leadership position with a decent equity stake. Honestly, I was living the dream, and I loved it—for a while. But, something just wasn’t right. I can’t tell you exactly when or why I started to feel...
Side Hustle School
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Entrepreneur Chris Guillebeau’s Formula for Creating a Side Hustle in 27 Days

Author, speaker and entrepreneur Chris Guillebeau is best known for his renowned books, "The $100 Startup" and "The Art of Non-Conformity." He is also an expert travel hacker, and host of the annual World Domination Summit in Portland, Oregon. In 2017, he embarked on a new project, Side Hustle School. His latest book, "Side Hustle: From Idea to Income...
personal branding
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The Growing Importance of Personal Branding for Entrepreneurs

For Spencer Rascoff, CEO of Zillow Group, personal branding through social media is a big part of a successful company. “I was focused on corporate culture before it was cool,” he told The New Yorker. “It’s common for me to walk out of a meeting and write on Twitter, ‘Just finished a great meeting with...
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4 Tips for Leading a Startup to Success

The success of young entrepreneurship has been on a steady decline over the past decade, as reported by the Kauffman Foundation. Often, entrepreneurs in their twenties catapult to CEO and founder status without proper training or guidance. Leadership is one of the most important skills needed to build a company, one that reaches success. It...
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7 Steps to Grow Your Business Through SEO

Reading blog after blog on dispelling SEO myths, you finally wonder, "When should I start seriously considering SEO for my startup?" Search engine optimization (SEO) is a term used for when a website makes its mark on the web driving organic traffic by content creation. You conduct this process by optimizing content for spiders to...
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7 Key Terms to Understand Before Starting an E-Commerce Business

E-commerce is big—much bigger than you might think. According to a survey from Pew Research, 79 percent of Americans have made an online purchase, and those numbers are even higher among younger demographics. Because of this, it should hardly be surprising that more and more entrepreneurs are looking to enter the B2C e-commerce world and...