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Last August we featured a post with more than 230 online apps for running your business. Since there are hundreds of new apps coming on the market every year, we figured it was time for an update. This year we came up with more than 270 additional apps. Some are completely new since last year, others might have been overlooked, and still others made significant improvements that gained them a spot on the list. Accounting, Billing, Invoicing, Estimating & Contracts
4 Hiring Tips for Your Lean Startup 4 Hiring Tips for Your Lean Startup There’s a ton do when you’re first starting a company. Each co-founder or employee executes several job descriptions jumbled together, and it seems a simple solution to just hire a new person and delegate away responsibilities, never to be worried about again. This becomes especially relevant post-funding, because it suddenly becomes plausible to hire with the intended result of getting more done faster. But this isn't necessarily true, according to Eric Ries, creator of the Lean Startup methodology.
Patents, Trademarks, Licenses: Best Way to Protect Your Brilliant Ideas Patents, Trademarks, Licenses: Best Way to Protect Your Brilliant Ideas Everyone has ideas. What matters is whether you turn those ideas into action. That... and whether you protect the ideas you put into action.
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3 Tradeoffs to Consider Before Partnering 3 Tradeoffs to Consider Before Partnering Omar H. Téllez is founder/CEO of SCHEDit, a "hyper-social" events calendar that recently partnered with to launch My Events. Called "Twitter for events" by Mashable, SCHEDit helps users connect with the right people, the right places at the right time. As entrepreneurs, we typically face more questions than answers. Then, we reach that first moment of glory: We confirm that a) our product does indeed work, and b) there is a demand for it.

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March 2005 (This essay is derived from a talk at the Harvard Computer Society.) You need three things to create a successful startup: to start with good people, to make something customers actually want, and to spend as little money as possible. Most startups that fail do it because they fail at one of these. How to Start a Startup
How to Start Your Business on the Cheap--With Help From the Crowd If you need help turning your brilliant idea for a product or service into a functioning business--and get that help for a pittance--look to the Internet. With more than two billion people online, a lot of talent is out there, and many smart and artistic people are willing to help you make your vision into a reality, often at a surprisingly low cost. But how do you effectively communicate your needs to the hive mind and realize your dream? That's where crowdsourcing websites come in. Most of these virtual marketplaces are purpose-built for funding ideas or creating graphic designs. How to Start Your Business on the Cheap--With Help From the Crowd
How To Hire a Great Developer [FLOW CHART] Thomas Edison once said that "genius" is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. In the world of technology startups, that 99% involves a heck of a lot of coding and wireframing. If you've got an idea for a startup, that's great — but odds are that an idea is all you have. (Well, maybe you have passion and some savings, too.) But you'll need more than that to bring your idea to life — you'll need a developer who can transform your vision into an elegant app or website. How To Hire a Great Developer [FLOW CHART]

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A corporate expense that varies with production output. Variable costs are those costs that vary depending on a company's production volume; they rise as production increases and fall as production decreases. Variable costs differ from fixed costs such as rent, advertising, insurance and office supplies, which tend to remain the same regardless of production output. Fixed costs and variable costs comprise total cost. Variable Cost Definition
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