Getting Your Employees to Think like Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs are, generally speaking, smart and innovative people. Getting your employees to think like entrepreneurs can help your company grow and innovate. In fact, most entrepreneurs would love to engage employees who are as passionate about the business as they are. But creating an environment where employees feel like owners is a particularly thorny problem. Entrepreneurs must carefully curate a culture where employees feel like they can implement their ideas without incurring risk or punishment, feel like they can take risk, and personally benefit from the outcome of their actions. Here are some steps you can take as a small business owner to fully engage your employees in an entrepreneurial atmosphere without incurring undue risk.

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Knowing When to Delegate as a Leader

When entrepreneurs and other innovative professionals speak of leadership, these are usually conversations around courage, resiliency, confidence and determination. These are people who are in charge of their enterprise who revel in leading others to success.

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Top 7 Apps Every Entrepreneur Needs

The Best Business Apps for Entrepreneurs

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Creating a Business Plan for Your Startup

How to Write a Business Plan That Sets You up For Success

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How to Achieve Work-Life Balance in Startups

Working at a startup is a full-time commitment, often involving overtime. Several shops in the Bay Area have even moved to mandatory 10-hour days for their employees in order to meet their goals. But it doesn't need to be impossible to have a life outside the office as well. What are some ways you can switch from work mode to your everyday life?

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5 Business Books That Will Change the Way You Think

Some of the Best Business Strategy Books for Entrepreneurs

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Top Seven Areas to Save Money in Small Business

What is the biggest drain of cash from your business? Usually most costs in small business are easy to anticipate such as rent, utility bills, payroll and insurance. But other expenses can quickly creep in, and revenue is always a bit of a soft target to hit. Some small business may struggle with late payments from big clients, or be experiencing a higher rate of staff turnover due to seasonal issues. It’s important to stay on top of these issues, so keep thinking of ways to stabilize your business and consider these steps for saving money in your small business.

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Everyday Routines for Top Business Leaders

Creating a Daily Routine For Business Success

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How to Nail Your Pitch Presentation

So you’ve successfully launched your small business—congratulations! It’s been a long, hard road but you have written your business plan, worked out your financial statements and generally have all your ducks in a row. But once you find a little bit of success, you are very likely to find that you need more money to grow the success of your small business. That means that when you are seeking more money for your startup, you will need to pitch your ideas and execution to new investors. Here are some tips for nailing your pitch presentation to venture capitalists (VCs) or other investors.

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Top Five Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs

People often think that the most successful entrepreneurs were born that way, imagining that they emerged fully-formed as the men and women who lead industry behemoths to greatness or change the world through their creativity and innovation. But the truth is that people like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates or Richard Branson are mere mortals like the rest of us. The other factor that many potential entrepreneurs forget is that entrepreneurship, just like any other business-related skill, can be taught, learned and nurtured. It’s not always the most ambitious or aggressive individuals that emerge as entrepreneurs, who are indeed a rare breed. It may be the C-student who ends up being a multi-millionaire, and not the captain of the football team.

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When to Use Asset-Based Lending

Struggling to figure out how to finance your small business? Consider trying asset-based lending to get the job done. In simplest terms, asset-based loans are just what they sound like—business loans that are based on the tangible physical assets of your small business. This usually means accounts receivable and inventory but can sometimes include less obvious items, such as company vehicles. It’s a pretty simple proposition, but it is important to understand the advantages, challenges and risks of asset-based loans. You are risking your future revenue in order to gain access to more funds today.

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Identifying Your Competitive Advantage as a Small Business

For small business, setting yourself apart from the competition is the key to success. So how do you identify your competitive advantage over other brands in your industry? Here are some concepts and ideas that will help you to define your small business in your market or community.

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Understanding the Legal Side of Starting a Business

Determining the Legal Requirements of Your New Small Business

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Exploring Options for Advertising Your Small Business Locally

You’ve taken the great leap forward and opened your own small business. After working with the Small Business Administration, your lending institution, your partners, and suppliers, you must feel exhausted but also invigorated by the idea of launching your own small business. But now it’s time for the real test of your small business: actually selling your product or service to real people. One of the most critical elements of opening a small business is finding, reaching and communicating with your customers. That means getting the word out. But we’re a long way from just running an advertisement in the newspaper or buying an advertisement in the Yellow Pages. There are now literally hundreds of different ways to advertise locally, so let’s look at the most common methods to help you decide which approach is right for you.

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Affordable Website Design

How to Create an Affordable Small Business Website

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Designing a Strong Brand Logo

How to Design a Logo for Your Business

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A Guide to Fear-Free Public Speaking

Improve Your Public Speaking Skills and Grow Your Business

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