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Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Spark Minute identifies five factors that set ready entrepreneurs apart. How do you measure up? Here are just two:
Save your company thousands of dollars with these penny-pinching tips. On a shoestring budget (and what entrepreneur isn't?), it really pays to scrimp and save.
Just because you don’t have tons of money doesn’t mean you’re not able to test your would-be winning idea. AOL Small Business offers five useful tips that show how to test your own market without hiring expensive outside firms. For instance, here’s just one tip: Make your survey user-friendly.
One of our most popular posts continues to be Anne Zelenka’s classic list of “ 10 New Ways to Make Money Online .” The ideas and strategies she suggests there are still good ones, but they’re not the only ones available. As the Web and its opportunities continue to evolve, and web workers continue to invent new niches for themselves, there are always more new ways to make money. When you look for new revenue streams, think about what you do well.
**Earn money from your own blog or website** The key is to generate as much traffic as you can, and to have your visitors click on ads and affiliate links. The more people visiting your site, clicking on ads, and buying affiliate products, the more income you can earn.
StartupDigest- the email newsletter that helps you stay informed about the best startup events in your city- was founded by Christopher McCann when he wanted to know about the best startup events in his area. It started with one email to his friends and now StartupDigest has over 100,000 subscribers in just over a year. It now employs a number of staff all over the US and 80 curators all over the world. I talked to Chris about how he set it up, developments in Silicon Valley and asked him which startups currently excite him. StartupDigest emails you the best startup events every Monday. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
How To Know Your Side Project Is Ready To Be A Startup The word startup seems to be used too loosely in this day and age. Some people think something built in a weekend or over the course of time on the side is a full fledged startup, when it is often just a side project. Building things is great, more people should do it and do it often.
When starting out, financial forecasts may seem overwhelming. We'll help you conquer the numbers with this easy-to-follow guide to forecasting revenues and expenses during startup. Forecasting business revenue and expenses during the startup stage is really more art than science. Many entrepreneurs complain that building forecasts with any degree of accuracy takes a lot of time--time that could be spent selling rather than planning. But few investors will put money in your business if you're unable to provide a set of thoughtful forecasts.
Follow this guide to maximize your visibility in regional markets. Local search engine optimization can be just as time consuming and competitive as “regular” SEO. The same rules apply -- you need to have good content and quality links. However, the tactics are slightly different in specific areas. Local search is essential to small businesses. In 2010, Google revealed that the proportion of Google result pages that show a map is one in 13.
Say you're the head of social media for a franchise operation like Starbucks or State Farm Insurance, and you're trying to coordinate all of your company's social media campaigns, not only at the international level, but locally as well. Not only do you want corporate HQ engaging customers, but you want local owners to do the same as well. Of course, that comes with its own set of issues. How do you make sure people at all levels have the tools they need to manage multiple social presences?
Beverly Cornell is the marketing and social media director at Mango Languages, a provider of self-study language learning products that teach actual conversation skills and culture, now available in 28 different languages. Learn more at mangolanguages.com . Long gone are the days when announcing a new product was simply a matter of putting together a news release, sending it off over the wire and counting on major news outlets to spread the word.
I did a little bookmark scrub this morning and thought I would share the remaining content of my "Online Money" folder. To warn you, there are certain things that I don't like and never bookmark so: What's NOT included: Taking Paid Surveys, Getting Paid to Surf the Internet, MLM, Contest Sites, "Buy my DVD, CD, Audiobook", etc. What IS included: Things you can use to legitimately make money online - Everything from Getting Paid to review software to good ole' Adsense. Infolinks - Infolinks is probably the highest paying option for your in-text advertising. On DLM, you will see underlined links scattered throughout articles. Those are a function of Infolinks and without disclosing too much, it's been a great source of income.
Editor’s note : The following guest post is by bestselling author and former venture capitalist Peter Sims . His next book, from which some of this article is exclusively drawn, is Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries . His last guest post for us was on how Google is becoming more like Microsoft . He can be found on Twitter @petersims . When I was in business school, one of the most common things I would hear people say was that they wanted to do something new—like start a company or take an unconventional career path—but that they needed “a great idea” first. That always surprised me a bit, especially at an entrepreneurial hub like Stanford, since most successful entrepreneurs don’t begin with brilliant ideas—they discover them .
Business owners reveal the expenditures that paid off -- big-time. Salaries, technology, supplies. Every day, you spend money and time on your business.
9 Ways To Disrupt And "Hipmunk" An Industry hipmunk [hip-muhnk], 1. verb: To bring sexiness and simplicity into an existing industry with a fresh approach that delights people. Example: The real estate mortgage industry really sucks. Someone should hipmunk it. 2. noun: Startup funded by Y Combinator that makes it easier to find flights. The word disruption is thrown around way too much.