All across the country, entrepreneurs are starting, or thinking about starting, small businesses. Yet, the kinds of businesses these resourceful individuals are pursuing are as varied as a map of the United States. Bid on Equipment, the online marketplace, released an infographic last year that shows the kinds of businesses most popular with entrepreneurs and wannabe business […] The post Popular Small Businesses by State appeared first on SmallBizClub.
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You devoted several years of your life to serving your country. Now, you’re transitioning back to civilian life wondering where your next “mission” will take your career. Many military veterans consider entrepreneurial endeavors like small business ownership or franchising. And since you found yourself on the America’s Best Franchises website, you’re probably leaning more to […] The post The Best Franchise Opportunities for Veterans appeared first on SmallBizClub.
Many experts are certain that successful entrepreneurs are the ones with the most inspiration (passion and dream), while others will assert that it’s about more perspiration (working harder). In my experience, both are always required in heavy doses. There are no “can’t fail” shortcuts or “get rich quick” scenarios. That’s why all those so-called million […] The post 5 Key Successes Will Sustain Entrepreneur Inspiration appeared first on SmallBizClub.
Being your own boss sounds great, right? Make your own hours, nobody to tell you what to do, no more office politics. While being an independent contractor, such as a consultant or freelancer, can offer many life-changing benefits over a regular day job, you might want to think twice before you take the plunge. Here […] The post Contractor or Employee? 7 Things to Consider Before Leaving Your Day Job appeared first on SmallBizClub.
Many of us sit in our office cubicles dreaming. Escaping the 9 to 5. Telling the boss you have fired “them.” Packing your bags and not coming back. But most of us never make the step. Daring to dream is where it starts and stops. Doubt creeps in. Fear It is the human condition. Our […] The post The Secret to Escaping Your Day Job appeared first on SmallBizClub.
Startup myth: The one about founders having to work for free to impress angel investors. This supposedly shows passion. Don’t believe it. Investors want people committed to working their startups, and that usually takes getting them paid. I’ve been getting a lot of upvotes on my answer to this question in Quora: How do entrepreneurs […] The post Pervasive Startup Myth: Don’t Work for Free appeared first on SmallBizClub.
Have you ever been at work and thought, “What’s stopping me from giving up this job and starting my own home business?” Most likely, what’s stopping you is fear and uncertainty. Moving from working in an office to running your own business from home is a big step. But the best way to overcome your […] The post 6 Foolproof Ways to Build a Successful At-Home Hustle appeared first on SmallBizClub.
Not all companies should raise (or need) venture capital to succeed. As scholar and former VC Dileep Rao points out, “The reality is that most ventures do not qualify for venture capital and never will.” However, a highly scalable business shouldn’t necessarily avoid seeking capital. In fact, many successful companies have grown to fruition because of it. Ultimately, your company’s […] The post 3 Key Components of Successfully Raising Funding appeared first on SmallBizClub.
Startup budgets, especially in the early stages, are almost by definition extremely limited. A typical startup is usually just a handful of motivated people with a great idea and a vision of making it big. Not having the resources to hire people left and right means that multitasking has become an integral part of startup […] The post Startup Dilemma: Do It Yourself or Hire a Professional? appeared first on SmallBizClub.
It’s painful when you start a new business for the wrong reasons. As a mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs, one of my challenges is to make sure their idea is a match for them. For example, I have a friend who is a self-proclaimed “foody” who wants to start a restaurant, but really has no interest […] The post How to Pick a Business Model That is a Match for You appeared first on SmallBizClub.