Starting a business
With a little hard work, a business plan and a hosting service, anybody can start their own web-based company.
Got a passion in need of promotion? If you need a little help raising money for a cause (no matter what it is), you’ll probably want to take a few notes.
Trade shows are where industry experts and professionals gather to network, show off their wares, and close business deals. Whether you have a great idea you're looking to introduce to the public or just want to break into the industry, trade shows are where to do it.
These companies' mistakes are proof that getting stuck in the old ways comes with a cost.
You've finally gotten your new business off the ground, and now you're tasked with finding the right group of smart, eager individuals to help your venture succeed. You'll want to hire people who are clever, innovative, and unquestionably competent. There's just one problem: You’ve got limited funds.
Scenario: You've been invited to a very important dinner party. This dinner party has all kinds of networking connections, and since you hate your current job, your motivation to succeed is high. You might be an introvert, you might be an extrovert, but it doesn't matter. You must talk to other party attendees and make valuable connections. But before that, you must put on your nicest outfit. After all, attending a dinner party in your pajamas is not exactly kosher.
When we talk about launching a business, most entrepreneurs focus on just that – startup. It's during the first year of business, however, that most endeavors fail, and many business owners begin to report "lack of cash flow" as a primary concern.
You’re a newly minted entrepreneur. You’ve given up the daily 9 to 5 grind, annoying coworkers, and a soul-sucking commute. You’ve taken control of your career and life, and you’re living the dream!
Yet as you read this from your home office, bunny slipper-clad feet on the desk, commanding every aspect of your business, you can’t help but wonder:
“Isn’t Ellen on soon?”
Startups are hard. Building a product is hard. Finding that elusive "product-market fit" is hard. You know what is very really freaking hard? Raising money, when all you and a co-founder have are a shared laptop and some grand aspirations.