Securing Second and Third-round Venture Capital Financing

Widget sales are booming ? the competition is scrambling, demand is up, and the books are finally treading water. Your core management team has big ideas for the future of Widget Inc. Opportunity is abundant; but how will you fund that next big leap?As your start-up matures, obtaining second- or... Read More

Self-Esteem and the Entrepreneur

Isn't it funny how people think that being self-employed is so cool? They think that you get to take lots of vacation time and spend all of the profits. What they don't realize is that you put in outrageous amounts of blood, sweat, and tears to get there. They don't... Read More

If It Was Easy Everybody Would Do It

Q: I started my business about a year ago and everything is going fine. We're growing and making a profit, but the stress of running the business is really starting to get to me. I spend more time worrying than working. Sometimes the pressure is almost more than I can... Read More

Entrepreneurs Just Get Better With Age

Q: I'm thinking about starting a business after I retire next month. I'll be 65. Am I too old to start a business? -- Milton A.A: Milton, congratulations on your pending retirement. I find it admirable that after many years of hard work you are thinking about starting a business.... Read More

Opportunity Does Not Knock

Q: I'm graduating this year with a degree in business and would like to start my own business rather than get a corporate job. I have a few business ideas, but none of them really gets me excited. Should I just put my business plans on hold and get a... Read More

Veteran Entrepreneurs Are Growing In Ranks

When I'm not running my own business, writing articles about business, speaking to groups and organizations about business, or consulting with companies who want my advice about the running of their business, I teach a weekly class on the subject of (care to guess?) starting and running a business.To quote... Read More

How Good Is Your Big Idea

Q: I want to start my own business. I have tons of business ideas that all sound great to me, but my husband is not so sure. He says that we need to figure out a way to test my ideas to pick the one that has the best chance... Read More

Before the Business Plan

Purveyors of conventional wisdom would have you believe that the very first thing you ought to do when setting up a new business is to create a business plan.It doesn't matter whether you are selling odds and ends on eBay from your living room or something larger and more complex,Business... Read More

Do You Have What It Takes?

I think it's fair to say that not everyone is cut out to be a successful business owner, now some of you maybe disputing this statement but hear me out.I'm not saying that if you put a person in the perfect business environment that they won't succeed but how often... Read More

The Danger Of Hate

As you have shown an interest in starting a business of your own it would be safe to assume that you want to change your life. You want more money - more control over your life - more respect. But just as we each have a dream, we also have... Read More

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Differentiation Strategies for Franchise Companies

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PTO; Justification of the Means and the Ends

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Oil Change Guys History; Part III

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10 Secrets of Successful Entrepreneurs

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Find Out If You WILL Be Successful As a Franchisee?

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What Kind of Business Should I Start?

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Your Company Needs A Mission Statement; Make It Count

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Franchise Business and Franchise Businesses

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Business Is No Guarantee of Riches

Q: I'm thinking about starting a business since that seems... Read More

Starting Up and Keeping Going

So you had that fantastic business idea, the one that's... Read More

Fear of Failure

Of all the real or perceived impediments to success, the... Read More

Solving the Million Dollar Mystery: 4 Steps To Create A Turn-Key Business

You're a smart, hardworking entrepreneur, and you're moving fast. You... Read More

Are You Sure You Want To Start Your Own Business? Part Two of a Series

Why, exactly, do you want to go into business for... Read More

Entrepreneurs Just Get Better With Age

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The Business Leader as Ultramarathoner

Have you ever heard of an ultramarathon? A standard marathon... Read More

Become a Recognized Authority in Your Field - in 60 Days or Less!

You don't have to be rock-star famous before you are... Read More

Traits and Skills of Successful Internet Entrepreneurs

There are certain traits and skills that many successful online... Read More

Cut to the Quick - What is an Entrepreneur? The Inside Story

Enjoying the title of entrepreneur is a hollow feeling.If you... Read More

Should You Write Your Own Business Plan?

If you are just starting a company and looking for... Read More

Do You Want to Just Survive or Thrive? (Part 1)

You've probably heard this, or maybe you will relate to... Read More

Surviving the Three Pitfalls of Business Ownership

The morning sun sheds its brilliance and warmth... Read More

New Rules

Last week I was working with one of my small... Read More

Why eBay Is A Smart Choice For Entrepreneurs

Attention entrepreneurs: If you think the search for the ultimate... Read More

Identifying the Right Venture Capital Firm Partner

Venture capital firms are comprised of individual partners. These partners... Read More