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side hustle
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5 Lessons This Entrepreneur Learned Building a Side Hustle

Like many entrepreneurs, I knew I wanted to run my own company from early on. I received an MBA, then spent several years in management consulting, which helped me learn how top executives think, what works in strategy and how to run a business. I planned to use this experience to seize future entrepreneurship opportunities,...
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Want to Launch a Business? Here’s a Step-by-Step Startup Checklist

If you’re starting a business, you’re probably focused on the product or service you’ll sell, but there are other essential tasks you’ll need to tackle, too. Not only do these tasks help establish your business as legitimate and professional, but they can also help your business as it grows and seeks investment capital or small...
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How to Spot the Difference Between a Million-Dollar Business Idea and a Dud

The startup life is built on the notion that anyone has the power to make it big with the right idea and a lot of hard work. Technology continues to level the playing field for innovators and creatives, providing new opportunities for ambitious entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs must be able to communicate their stories quickly and effectively...
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Choose a Profitable Niche for Your Business in 3 Simple Steps

You have an exciting new business idea and have been studying how to start a business. But have you chosen a niche yet? Focusing on a niche allows your business to excel and become known for that particular thing. While it may seem counterintuitive to limit your target market’s size, this is exactly what most...
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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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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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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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3 Excellent Ways to Bootstrap Your Startup’s Product Launch

You’ve finally decided to embark on the entrepreneurial journey of your dreams and be your own boss. Congratulations! Now that you're in the planning stages, you've likely started thinking about how you’ll fund your dream company. While bootstrapping isn’t for everyone, starting a business with your own funds keeps you from relying on investors for...
six-figure side hustle
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This Entrepreneur Shares How to Start a Six-Figure Side Hustle

Plenty of side hustles can earn you a bit of side income, but only some have the potential to reach six figures per year, especially if you’re working a full-time job, too. After growing my own side hustle to multiple six figures per year, I’m going to share how to brainstorm and launch your own...
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The Secret Behind Unicorn Success of StockX? Start Before You’re Ready

The following is excerpted from "Big Little Breakthroughs: How Small, Everyday Innovations Drive Oversized Results" by Josh Linkner, courtesy of Post Hill Press. When you think of the most influential leaders in the $366 billion global footwear industry, you probably imagine luxe designers such as Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, or Louis Vuitton. Or maybe you...
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When is the Right Time to Launch Your Business?

If you’ve ever aspired to start your own business, you know how exciting the idea can be. It’s easy to get carried away thinking about all of the possibilities of a business you’re passionate about, and how you can develop that business to make those aspirations of running your own company a reality. But smart...
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5 Essential Steps for Launching a Successful Online Business in 2021

The pandemic has made life difficult in innumerable ways, but it has also presented business opportunities to savvy entrepreneurs. Company closures left spaces for startups to fill, and the unprecedented environment prompted the creation and development of specific markets. For example, IBM’s U.S. Retail Index estimates that the coronavirus and resulting social distancing measures have accelerated...
side hustle
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Why Recessions Are a Good Time to Start a Side Hustle

The truth is, recessions happen, and they happen often. Since 1900, the U.S. economy has averaged one recession about every four years. They’re not so regular as to be predictable and they cause real economic damage, but they don’t halt business and entrepreneurship entirely. In fact, according to a 2009 study by Dane Stangler for...
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...