You are the creative mind behind your business. The entrepreneur. The genius. Certainly, you shouldn’t have to spend a lot of energy on mundane organizational tasks... More »Set Up and Organize Your Space and Tools for Success
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Run a cost analysis for your business as you start it up: Part 8 of the Smart and Simple Guide to Starting a B …Yahoo! Small Business Advisor - Mon, Feb 3, 2014 6:13 PM EST
This is the single most important thing you are going to do, because at this stage – before you have committed to anything - it is the way to stave off future financial problems by getting out ahead of them. So take you time and try to think of everything. More »Run a cost analysis for your business as you start it up: Part 8 of the Smart and Simple Guide to Starting a Business
A lot of online entrepreneurs start at square one, hoping they’ve found a product or service uniquely well suited to Internet marketing. And then there are the grand centenarians of the retail world—companies with brick and mortar in their blood that nonetheless make a youthful, entrepreneurial leap into Cyberspace. More »Langston’s: A 100-year-old Online Store does E-commerce Right
Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork… There are very few people who relish this side of creating a business, but it can be dangerous to ignore. Consider your options for getting all the licenses in order, and putting in place any other legal details before you open your doors. More »How to structure your business correctly: From sole proprietorship to C-Corp
Holiday For Strings: Online store puts customer service and entrepreneurial spirit together to play a sweet tu …Yahoo! Small Business Advisor - Thu, Jan 16, 2014 11:58 AM EST
If you play a string instrument, just think of yourself as a kid and Strings and Beyond as a candy shop. Need a set of J86 Phospor Bronze D’Addario strings for your bajo sexto? (That's a huge Mexican 12-string guitar so hefty that traditionally the guy who makes it jumps up and down on it a few times to make sure it's strong enough before putting it up for sale. Great in a bar fight!) More »Holiday For Strings: Online store puts customer service and entrepreneurial spirit together to play a sweet tune.
We acquired PartyPail and its then-current product inventory for right around $10,000. It had a focus on baby showers and first birthday celebrations. The purchase also included a list of vendor relationships we could tap into, and marketing data from the website analytic tools that helped us start working on turning the business around with proper search marketing techniques. More »PartyPail: Having fun fixing up an ecommerce business
[Part two of a series – The Yahoo Smart and Simple Guide to Starting a Business. Part one is here: Is it time to start up that startup business? and The Yahoo Smart and Simple Guide to Starting a Business: Part 1- Goals, Values and Ideas and Resources for the Yahoo Smart and Simple Guide to Starting a Business: Part 1- Goals, Values and Ideas] More »The Yahoo Smart and Simple Guide to Starting a Business: Part 2: Defining your business concept.
Learning to code is all the rage these days, but not in one place that matters a lot: U.S. schools. U.S. students already significantly lag their global counterparts where math and science skills are concerned. But computer science is in even worse shape: Of 12 technical subjects examined in a recent study by the National... More »Schools Aren’t Teaching Kids To Code (Here’s Who Is Filling The Gap)
One of the most widely accepted "rules" of business is to avoid controversy. Someone must have forgotten to tell Nick Palmisciano, Tom Amenta, and Tim Kennedy—three of the founders of Ranger Up, a hugely successful web site devoted to military gear and fearless advocacy. More »Ranger Up Markets Military Gear—and an Unapologetic Lifestyle
For any business, it’s important to accurately estimate supply and production costs. If cost estimates are inaccurate, you can’t price your product correctly, which will lead to a faulty prediction of your potential profit. Don’t let this chain reaction be the kiss of death for your new company. More »Getting A Good Fix On Your Costs: Smart and Simple Guide to Starting a Business Part 8
Quick, when I say Finland what do you think of? No, not Angry Birds. If your next response happens to be Finnstyle.com, that means Ben Horn is doing his job right. More »Conquering an Ecommerce Niche: A love affair with the Finnish Aesthetic
There are lots of sayings to highlight how getting going early can really lead to success. ‘The early bird catches the worm,’ ‘…early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.’ But what about the other end of the day? New research suggests that night owls may actually be more successful than morning people. More »5 Things Successful People do in the Evening
Sports can break your heart. Think of the Mighty Casey striking out. Think of the Brooklyn Dodgers moving to L.A. Think of sports fans living so far from their home-team's stadium that the local TV station doesn't carry the games. Worse yet, how are those fans gonna get the gear? Gameday Merchandising's Ecommerce division has an app for that. More »Gameday Merchandising takes In-Stadium Sales to a new level—Online
Meet the million-dollar-a-year business where bacon is meat candy—and buying it is big fun. More »The Bacon Freak Is Here: $1 Million per year from Bacon, a Sense of Humor and an Online Store
Being named Ohio’s “entrepreneur of the year” in April was enough to confirm for Zach Green that quitting his job as an Eli Lilly brand manager to start his own business was the right move. But seeing the announcement of his award in the paper alongside the news that his former employer would lay off 30 percent of its sales force “was the ultimate validation,” he says. More »A firefighter’s plan to save lives and employ brothers
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