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The Life Cycle of an Entrepreneur

What is an entrepreneur? Are entrepreneurs born or made? The truth is that entrepreneurship is something you can only learn to be good at. Are entrepreneurs born or made? It’s a business variation on the old nature/nurture theme, but still a valid question. You’d be mistaken to think that some of the most successful start-up founders were […]

New Year but Little Cheer: Small Business Owner Confidence Remains Low

It was tough for small businesses in 2012, but it would seem that many entrepreneurs think this year is unlikely to be much better. Two major small business confidence surveys – the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Optimism Index and the Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index – plunged late last year and […]

For Some Entrepreneurs It’s a One Person Show

The number of one-person businesses grew by 415,000, or nearly 2%, in 2010, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. More and more Americans are choosing to become their own bosses, according to government data. There are now over 22 million of these one person companies in this country and they are […]

5 Ways to Help Your Small Business Surive in a Tough Economy

Despite some reports that the small business outlook is optimistic, the data says otherwise and the impact of small business on the recovering economy continues to dwindle. According to a report, the foothold that small businesses had leading up to the 2008 start of the recession has been slowly decreasing. As hiring has decreased in […]

Making New Year Resolutions for Your Small Business

A new year brings a new set of goals for small business owners, but what types of business goals should you make? Should your goals be open ended? It’s early January: the refrigerator is finally free of the last of the Holiday leftovers and the decorations are safely boxed up, so it must be that […]

Don’t Let Failure Drag Your Small Business Down

Small business owners must overcome obstacles on a regular basis. Those that succeed learn to turn these obstacles into assets. As an entrepreneur, every failure you encounter is actually an essential building block in your future success. What’s important is being able to recognize that. As the inventor Alexander Graham Bell said: “When one door closes, another opens; […]

Every Entrepreneur Has Their Hero

Every entrepreneur has their hero, the person who helps to inspire them and whose words of wisdom they turn to during the dark days. Heroes come in all shapes and sizes and we look to different people to help guide us in different stages and aspects of our lives. Some people might look to Einstein […]

Has Generation Y Lost its Entrepreneurial Spirit?

Many young people are unwilling to pull up their roots and move far away for a job that might offer a better salary, but not much security. An article in the New York Times earlier this year coined the phrase “the Nowhere Generation” for today’s twenty-something’s. The number of them moving to another state has […]

Increased Sleep Leads to Increased Productivity in the Workplace

Putting in extra hours of work might sound like a good idea, but are you really being productive in overtime? Do you crave a latte and a second donut by 9.30am? Do you ‘zone out” during conference calls or get frustrated because you can’t kick your brain into gear when you need to make a […]

Five Reasons Why Small Businesses Fail

Setting up your own small business takes guts and half fail within the first 5-years. That’s because as many start-ups fail as succeed: around half of all new firms go out of business within their first five years according to Bureau of Labor Statistics compiled between 1994 and 2010 show. Having a good idea, lots […]

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