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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Why IT service providers need the right parachute

If you had to jump out of a plane, which would you prefer to have on your back: a parachute or a big square of silk? The latter may help slow your fall to earth but could just as easily make a nice tablecloth or some drapes. The moral is: when you’re in trouble you […]

Tell us your small business “StartUp Story” for a chance to win $10,000!

At Hiscox small business insurance, we work with start-ups and other small businesses every day by offering policies like professional liability insurance direct and online in real-time and now we’re giving these companies a chance to tell their story and win $10,000 and other valuable prizes.  Tell everybody your start-up story and share your advice for other small […]

Top mistakes for small business startups

Remember Donald Rumsfeld’s infamous comments about “known unknowns” and “unknown unknowns”? He left many people scratching their heads but I reckon a lot of entrepreneurs can have some sympathy with Rummy. After all, when a problem hits, which small business owner hasn’t wanted to smack their forehead with their palm because they knew “I should […]

MyStartupStory: Pete Cashmore, Founder and CEO of Mashable

Pete Cashmore, Founder and CEO of Mashable offers advice on starting a business and making the leap and shares some of his own startup experiences. In this installment of My Startup Story, Pete Cashmore also talks about his passion for technology and how the most intimidating part of starting his business was learning about the paperwork and legal requirements that come along with […]

America’s small business sector is tiny?

The US is the home of the bootstrapping entrepreneur, full of classic rags to riches stories about enterprising people who built their fortunes from the ground up.  There are small businesses all across the country starting up each day.  So, it was a little surprising to see that the US actually has the smallest small […]

Don’t have the ‘million dollar’ original small business idea?

Don’t worry, most start-up businesses build on an existing product or service When starting up, you don’t have to think up a killer new idea. In a recent survey we discovered that 77% of new startups we surveyed were not based on original ideas, but had simply fine-tuned an existing one. None of them, however, were […]

Why are fewer people choosing self-employment?

Fewer people are choosing to be self-employed according to a recent article in USA Today that cites  the current number of the self-employed is down 2.1 million from the December 2006 peak of 16.6 million (Bureau of Labor Statistics, August 2011).  To say a lot has changed in the US employment landscape over the past […]

MyStartupStory: Scott Belsky, CEO and Co-founder of Behance

In this week’s My Startup Story (presented by Hiscox Small Business Insurance), Scott Belsky, co-founder and CEO of Behance (, the world’s leading platform for creative professionals, shares some of his own startup experiences and offers advice to startup entrepreneurs who want to make their idea for a small business a reality.

Professional liability insurance: an offensive line for your small business

Running your own business is like quarterbacking a football team: everyone looks to you for direction, inspiration and the right play calls to make it to the endzone. But, just like a QB needs lineman to protect him, every company needs protection, to give you the time and space to make the right decisions. Think […]

Why it’s smart to buy insurance before you launch your small business

Learning from those who have seen it all before is one of the smartest things you can do as an entrepreneur. So here’s a heads up: in a survey we conducted of small U.S. businesses, 72% said a startup should have small business insurance from the moment it’s launched. The 501 small business executives who […]


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