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Ready to take the leap into entrepreneurship? Make sure you master this checklist first. more...

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With the dark days of economic collapse and turmoil in the rear-view mirror, this annual snapshot into our entrepreneurial behavior has enough evidence to support signs of a steady, modest recovery. more...

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There are a lot of ways to fund your startup business, and all of them require savvy planning and careful execution. Here’s easy-to-understand, practical advice on the daunting task of determining the value your business before approaching potential investors. more...

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You’ve filed the articles of organization, but defining the way your LLC will operate has just begun. An operating agreement defines how your business will function and operate, and there’s no such thing as a “one size fits all.” Here are four key questions to consider when establishing the details of this key document.  more...

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As you prepare to form your limited liability company (LLC), you’ve probably heard that the state where you file the paperwork makes a difference. Some states offer LLCs more financial advantages than others, and that means you should carefully weigh your options before filing. Here are some of the factors to consider.  more...

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As technology continues to change the way we do business, many entrepreneurs have embraced mobile business opportunities—businesses that can be run from a vehicle, tablet or smartphone. Mobile businesses give entrepreneurs the flexibility to set their own hours and be their own boss, and they may save thousands of dollars annually in office expenses and overhead associated with a fixed-location business.   more...

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No company that succeeds in today’s competitive business environment gets there on its own. True leaders rely on the expertise of others, and one of their favorite resources is blogs. Blogs are written by some of the most well-respected experts in their fields. They’re free. And if you post a question, you just may get an answer directly from the guru. more...

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When Len Bosack and Sandy Lerner started the company that became networking giant Cisco while working at Stanford University in the mid-1980s, the husband-wife team probably did not anticipate a messy breakup. However, the cofounders of the technological powerhouse had a very public falling out that forced Lerner to leave the company. Their nontraditional partnership illustrates the difficulties in breaking up with a cofounder and how this dissolution can be an unpleasant (and sometimes costly) process. more...

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 When is doing what you love just a hobby...and when should you take the leap to start your own endeavor? If you’re toying with the idea of quitting your regular gig, here are a few things to consider to ensure your passion has everything it needs to thrive.

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Qualified consultants can earn handsome fees in exchange for information, analysis and recommendations. Some consultants do manage to work from home in their PJs, but it’s not all bunny slippers and billable hours. Being a successful consultant takes discipline, professionalism, a professional network and, most of all, expertise in a valued (and underpopulated) field. more...

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