Expert Tips on Raising Capital

Richard Singer, co-founder and CEO of RaiseCapital.com and RaiseCapital TV, both outlets for entrepreneurs with start-ups, or existing businesses, to connect and share ideas with an array of investors regardless of geographic location, says that besides a killer business plan and concept, there are keys to attracting funding. He shares a few tips for success: … Continue reading

FamilyPreneurship: 10 Tips for Working with Family

Becoming an entrepreneur is hard enough as it is, but imagine owning a small business and you need to discuss a problem with an employee… and it’s your little brother. When you throw family into the mix it becomes even more complicated to effectively run a business.  There’s an emotion level not found in other … Continue reading

Women – Time to Take The Plunge

There are more women entrepreneurs in the U.S. today than ever before, but until the recent worldwide financial crisis, it was still a different set of rules for women than for men. Can women entrepreneurs come out of the global recession having reset those rules? Absolutely! Before the onset of this economic breakdown, women entrepreneurs … Continue reading

Hiring a Friend: Help or Hurt You

When it comes to being small business owners and entrepreneurs we all know that the one way to grow is by outsourcing or delegating responsibilities to employees.  However, cash-strapped these “employees” sometimes turn out to be friends who offer to do it on the cheap or volunteer. While  it’s wonderful to have an extra  pair … Continue reading

My Favorite Pieces of Website Advice

As I’ve worked with many small business owners over the last few years, I’ve developed some lines that seem to work well. Of course I won’t be sharing those lines that didn’t seem to work so well 😦   But here are a few pieces of advice related to a Website for you to take, or leave, as you see … Continue reading

The Perfect Interview Question

How to Tell If A Candidate Is An Ideal Fit For Your Company Wouldn’t it be great to ask one specific question that uncovers at least four areas of your candidate’s general personality, giving you an idea of their overall behaviors, traits and values? Well, you can. On your next interview guide the conversation towards … Continue reading

Bing – The New Google? – Probably Not!

If you don’t know, Bing is the new version of MSN. MSN was the number three search engine on the market. Yahoo was number two, then of course the mighty number one is Google. Will Bing replace Google’s dominance in the search engine arena? Probably not anytime soon. Let’s approach this by the numbers.  Here’s a … Continue reading

Top 10 Reasons To Start Your Business In A Down Economy

Everything is cheaper – From raw materials to real estate, these are the lowest prices you’ll see. You can hire more and better-qualified people – Obviously… People are looking to change suppliers if they can find one offering a better product or service for a lower price. Ownership equals tax incentives related to business deductions … Continue reading

Top 10 Most Common Mistakes that Entrepreneurs Make

No Business Plan – If you rely on instinct to guide your business instead of a written plan, you’re headed for trouble. A plan helps you see where your company is, where it’s going, why and how you’re doing along the way. 2. No Sales Plan – Without a sales plan, you lack the ability … Continue reading

Top 10 Reasons to Write a Business Plan – Part One

You have a GREAT idea for a new business – one that you’re convinced will be the next BIG thing and your raring to go. But wait – an advisor you respect and trust has told you that you MUST have a Business Plan before you proceed. Do you listen to her? Here are my … Continue reading

Choosing Your Legal Structure

Have you revisited your legal structure lately?  Most business owners start out a a sole proprietorship because it is the easiest entity to operate.  However, after putting some thought and consideration into the different options, many change their structure.  There are a number of different structures that may be more suitable, including S-corporation, LLC, C-corporation, … Continue reading

Leadership Styles – There’s More Than Just One!

Many managers mistakenly assume that leadership style is based on personality rather than choice. Instead of choosing the one style that suits their temperament, they should ask which style best addresses the demands of a particular situation. There are six basic leadership styles. Each derives from different emotional intelligence competencies, works best in particular situations, … Continue reading

Who Really Owns Your Domain Name?

Do you own the domain name for your company? To answer this question, rephrase it to this…..Are you, the owner of your company, the administrative contact for your domain name? If not, you really don’t own your domain name, the person who is the adminstrative contact owns the domain name. That can be a very … Continue reading