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10 YouTube Videos Every Entrepreneur Should Watch. Eight Questions To Ask Before You Start A Business. Are you thinking of starting a web business? Starting a PPC Management agency? Setting up your own site and selling things, or building a web publishing empire? Before you start, ask yourself the following eight questions. The advantage of this Q&A is that you can quickly see if the idea you’re going to throw your money and soul into is likely to work. 1 .

Define what service the business provides. Try to focus. McDonalds could, no doubt, provide up-market meals, but they focus on selling quick, cheap food. That is what they do. 2. Who are your customers? Create a mental image of your typical customer. 3. What is your unique selling proposition? If your customers can buy the same services for less elsewhere, or more easily, they will.

Starting a Business: Advice from the Trenches. If you’re like thousands of other designers, programmers and other creative professionals out there, at one point in time you’ve considered starting your own business.

Starting a Business: Advice from the Trenches

Unlike most, you’ve gone against common sense and decided to open shop for yourself. And not just freelance full-time, mind you, but file for the company name, get some stationery, and wade through the legal mumbo-jumbo. Maybe even get a real office with a water cooler. This article offers real-world advice from the trenches of a small start-up, and is applicable to designers, web developers, copywriters, usability experts and all manner of service providers.

Freelancers take heed: there are several items that are just as pertinent to your profession. Is Starting A Business Safer Than Your Job? [Infographic] Share:

Is Starting A Business Safer Than Your Job? [Infographic]

Create a Killer Business Plan - Martha Stewart Community. You've got the idea, now package it well!

Create a Killer Business Plan - Martha Stewart Community

The way you present your company and vision will determine whether you get the right financial partners and the right deal. Marketing Your IdeaLife is marketing. We're constantly being pitched to as consumers, yet we also market our products, our ideas, and ourselves personally and professionally. But where do so many early-stage entrepreneurs go wrong? Starting a Business: Advice from the Trenches. What do you love? 106 Excuses That Prevent You From Ever Becoming Great. The following is a rare guest post, this time coming from Tommy Walker.

106 Excuses That Prevent You From Ever Becoming Great

45 Kick-Ass Resources for Online Entrepreneurs. Few people talk about this great productivity tip… You will reach your goals faster and easier if you’re willing to learn from others.

45 Kick-Ass Resources for Online Entrepreneurs

Using brilliant, well-crafted resources created specifically for online entrepreneurs improves your online productivity. Below I have a long list of resources, most of which I’ve used myself. The rest come highly recommended from my mentors and online business friends. Enjoy the list. How to Start a Startup. March 2005 (This essay is derived from a talk at the Harvard Computer Society.)

How to Start a Startup

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. A startup that does all three will probably succeed. And that's kind of exciting, when you think about it, because all three are doable. If there is one message I'd like to get across about startups, that's it. The Idea. The U.S. Small Business Administration. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie.

How to Build an Incredibly Lazy (and Successful) Business. Progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things.

How to Build an Incredibly Lazy (and Successful) Business

—Robert Heinlein I’ll be the first one to admit it: I don’t like working hard. I go out of my way to be as lazy as possible. I have a hard time doing stuff that I don’t want to do. And even the things that I really don’t mind doing, I’m just not driven enough to pursue them full force. And yet, I’ve still managed to build a pretty successful business, deliberately going out of my way to not put in too much effort. 10 Biggest Entrepreneurs of 2011. Embed this infographic on your site!

10 Biggest Entrepreneurs of 2011

<a href=" src=" alt="10 Biggest Entrepreneurs of 2011" width="500" border="0" /></a><br />From: <a href=" Do a quick search for important entrepreneurs. Do you see any wrinkles on those faces? You sure don’t—some of them might even still have baby fat. Inc. does a yearly list of the top 30 entrepreneurs under 30. Matt Mickiewicz, 99designs Co-Founder—27 Years Old Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowski, Dropbox Founders, 28 and 25 Years Old Founded 2007 Located in San Francisco 50 employees No official revenue released Lets users access and share files from nearly anywhere using a file sync cloud 3 months in, landed $7.2 million in funding from venture capitalists and individual investors The how-to video posted on Digg boosted beta waitlisting from 5,000 to 75,000 people in a few hours Available in English, Spanish, French, German and Japanese 25 million users 1 million files saved every 5 minutes Plans up to 100 GB of storage.

Is Starting A Business Safer Than Your Job? [Infographic] How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.