7 Things Every Entrepreneur Should Do Before 7 a.m.

by Serenity Gibbons via Entrepreneur.com 

Entrepreneurs are a unique breed of people. We like to do things our way and are known for our almost obsessive attraction to habits. But, there’s a good reason for that. Habits help us achieve our goals, keep us motivated, eliminates wasted time, and improve our lives altogether.

Arguably, the most important habit for an entrepreneur is their morning routine. After all, if you start your day off on the wrong foot, how productive, motivated, and focused are you going to be for the rest of the day?

To make sure that you start your day off on the right foot, here are seven things that every entrepreneur should before 7 a.m...

3 entrepreneurs who tapped personal inspiration to launch businesses

by Cindy Bates via Business Journal

Entrepreneurship is part of the fabric of America.
Since the nation’s birth, people have taken their dreams and transformed them into goods and services, which have, in turn, created millions of jobs and tremendous economic opportunity. Today, approximately 550,000 new businesses are started each month; more than six million annually...

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17 Apps Every Entrepreneur Needs in 2017

by Deep Patel via Entrepreneur.com

If you’re like most people in business today, there always seem to be a million things on your to-do list and you don’t know where to start.

You need to conduct research, streamline collaboration, increase communication, sell your wares, reach your fan base, log your time and keep track of your accounts, to mention just a few. How the heck will you do it all? Well, there’s an app for that.

In fact, there are quite a few. Here are the top 17 apps every entrepreneur should be downloading to make the most of each day...

Entrepreneurs: You May Just Find the Next Big Idea in Existing Ones

by Glenn Llopis via Entrepreneur.com

A December article in the Wall Street Journal carried the headline “The Economy’s Hidden Problem: We’re Out of Big Ideas.” Interesting article, but I disagree with the premise. I don’t think it’s big ideas or even new ideas that we need. What we need is to reinvent the things we’ve already tried.
That’s the economy’s real hidden problem: the unseen (and therefore untapped) opportunity in existing ideas. Leaders with an innovation mentality see opportunity in everything. And everything includes ideas that aren’t new or big.
Many people don’t see that because they don’t enjoy the tough part of taking ideas all the way to the end. We’ve become complacent looking for immediate success, not understanding what’s required to succeed in a world where you constantly need to reinvent yourself...

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4 Emotional Struggles You Must Confront as an Entrepreneur

by Kimanzi Constable via Entrepreneur.com

Entrepreneurship can be a wonderful path to a life of freedom. You have the opportunity to earn an income doing something you love. You can help the people your business serves. Entrepreneurship is not for everyone, but if it is for you, you can accomplish your major life goals.

A lot of what is written and talked about when it comes to entrepreneurship is a pretty picture of nothing but good days, success and cool opportunities fulfilled. The reality is that life is not always pretty. Building a successful business is a real struggle to stay motivated to do the work required to succeed. Here are five struggles that you must address and have a plan to deal with...

Saving your family history through curated interviews

Story on Bright Buffalo Niagara 2016 presenter, Memory Fox
by Grove Potter, University at Buffalo

Simplifying the process of recording interviews with elderly family members is a core principal of a new startup launched by two graduate students in the School of Management at the University at Buffalo.

MemoryFox is an app for smartphones and tablets that helps people interview family members with a series of questions, and then stores the recording on the computer cloud. The goal is to guide people through the process of saving family history — and make it easy...

5 Business Trends That Will Take Off in 2017

by Jeffrey Hayzlett via Entrepreneur.com 

Last year, 2016, is in our rear view mirror, so it’s time to look to the trends in 2017 that will change how we do business: For instance, in my travels around the country to conventions and keynote speech engagements, I've noticed that the faces of the audiences keep getting younger, regardless of the industry.

While it’s no secret that millennials have taken over the workforce -- according to Census Bureau data, they are now the largest living group -- how we groom them for leadership is a test many of us will face in 2017.  Sure enough, a Bersin by Deloitte report has predicted that 2017 will be a disruptive year, during which more than three million company chiefs are set to retire, leaving those jobs wide open for up-and-coming young professionals...

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4 Things Every Entrepreneur Needs to Do the First Week of the New Year

by Lyneir Richardson via Entrepreneur.com

Now that the holidays are over and the new year is in full swing, it’s time to head back to the lab to formulate fresh, smart, and effective ideas that will grow your organization.

Whatever the size of your firm, whether you’re B2B or B2C, and regardless of the industry in which you operate, here are four must do’s that you need to launch if you’re aiming to increase profits and market share over the next 365 days...

The 5 Marketing Trends to Keep Your Eyes on for 2017

via Entrepreneur.com 

As we’ve seen repeatedly this year, it’s always hard to predict the future. But companies try every year, from budget projections to planning marketing strategies. Though we’d all like to be clairvoyant enough to know what the next best thing will be, it’s incredibly hard to accurately predict new trends well enough to get a jump on the competition. There are, however, trends that we can assume will continue over the next year.
Here’s our pick for trends to keep an eye on for the upcoming year...

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Venture Capital (But Were Afraid to Ask)

by Zach Ferres via Entrepreneur.com

Venture capitalists are gradually reining in startup investments, a trend toward normalization since the spike in global venture activity that began in late 2013. A combination of collapsing global economies, negative interest rates and all the hype surrounding high-growth startups in the digital age resulted in monster valuations for plenty of young companies.
Consider the unicorns of late 2015.
Venture capitalists have bankrolled about $15 billion per quarter in 2016, suggesting a cooling-off period in startup investment. These investments have declined slightly from a peak of about $20 billion per quarter in mid-2015...

10 Inspirational Must-Read eBooks to Accelerate Your Entrepreneurial Success

This holiday weekend is a great time to unwind, kick your feet up, spend some quality me-time, and check out these 10 inspirational eBooks. We scoured hundreds of eBooks and narrowed it down to 10 that are sure to stimulate your mind and help you on your personal/professional journey. 

Even when you’re knowledgeable, there’s always something you don’t know that could be the ticket to the life you desire. “Knowledge is Power” as they say, so PowerUp! From leadership gurus in depth advice to concise checklists, you’ll be well on your way to taking your growth to the next level. With these free resources, you’ll learn more about success, communication, decision-making, leadership, having confidence, goal-setting, productivity, and work-life balance.

Get ready to snuggle up with some high quality, free content over your extended weekend...

How to Write Off Startup Costs

by Mark J. Kohler via Entrepreneur.com

Knowing which startup costs you can write off is important for any business owner.

In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Mark Kohler explains how to maximize write-offs for your startup and track them properly. 

Tracking everything related to your startup from day one is essential to get the most money back.

Once your business makes its first sale, it's no longer in startup mode. Once you're out of startup mode and making money, you can start writing off expenses...


What Makes Great Entrepreneurs Think Differently?

by Brian Hughs

Think outside the box. Take risks. Turn obstacles into success. We’ve all heard these motivational platitudes before. So, why do so many of us struggle to actually apply them to our daily business lives?
Our mindset dictates what we believe to be possible both in life and business. Yet the way we think can either be our greatest asset or our biggest detriment. It’s easy to read or hear “think outside the box,” but it can be much more difficult to put this advice into action!

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5 Keys for Building a Business without Money

by Michael Glauser via Entrepreneur.com

“I want to start a business but I don’t have any money.” I hear this statement over and over again as I work with aspiring entrepreneurs. Many of them have sound ideas, but feel they need a lengthy business plan and a large amount of cash to get started. The reality is, most successful entrepreneurs end up bootstrapping their business. If you are passionate about what you are doing, there are always ways to get things done with limited resources. Here are five keys successful entrepreneurs use to build thriving companies...  

4 Ways to Thrive as an Entrepreneur Outside the Valley

by Brian Ardinger

Startup communities around the world are leveling up. The opportunities once found only in prominent startup ecosystems can now be seen everywhere, and savvy entrepreneurs are taking advantage.

I’ve experienced this shift first hand. Having moved to Lincoln, Neb., from stints in Hong Kong and Silicon Valley over a decade ago, I can attest that the opportunities for entrepreneurs have dramatically grown in “fly-over country."

Cities like Lincoln (and Omaha and Cincinnati and Kansas City and on and on), have begun to pull together the tools, resources, networks, and foundational support needed for the next wave of technology entrepreneurs -- what Steve Case refers to as The Rise Of The Rest. This “rise” is real in Nebraska and other places...

21 Ways to Market Your Business Online

by Robert Adams

Our nascent fascination with search stems back to the internet's earliest days when algorithms didn't reign supreme. Back then, it was far simpler to be found on the web. It didn't require all of the technical know-how, breadth and awareness of hundreds of ranking factors in order to be discovered relevantly in an online search. 

No, back then it was far simpler.

However, today, with the evolution of Google's core search algorithms, and in the wake of major adjustments that have gone by names like Panda, Penguin and Hummingbird, being found on the web has become likened to obtaining a doctoral degree in physics or mathematics...

5 Insights Into Venture Capital Entrepreneurs Need to Know Now

by: Lydia Belanger

Venture capital-backed investment activity peaked in 2015, but analysts don’t expect that 2016 will live up to last year’s record in terms of deals or dollars. In fact, the past three months saw the lowest activity of any quarter over the past two years.
In the U.S., seed funding has become especially hard to pin down, according to Venture Pulse, a report released this week by KPMG International and CB Insights. A smaller proportion of deals are early-stage, though the median size of these deals is rather high. Meanwhile, large-sum late-stage deals are less common than they were a couple of years ago.