How to Get to Market Fast and ‘Lean’ – Developing Your MVP!

Got an amazing business idea, but unsure as to how to turn it into a functioning enterprise?  Watch our on-demand webinar with Kevin Siskar, CEO of investment platform Finta as he discusses the best ways to get to market quickly and lean. In this session, Kevin will lean on his experience founding multiple startups and running Founder Institute NYC to offer steps that founders can take to validate their ideas, create an MVP and start earning real revenue in the quickest way possible.  *Based on our best-selling book, Start Your Own Business, we have launched a new on-demand start-up course, providing you with a step-by-step guide to starting your own business. Whether you’re ready or just thinking about it, get started for free here. Read_More Related posts: Free Webinar | July 1: How to Get to Market Fast and ‘Lean’ – Developing Your MVP! 5 Steps on How to Start a […]

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Free Webinar | July 20: Working with Co-Founders and Splitting Equity

Join us as we chat with Anthony Rose, CEO of SeedLegals, to discuss how to best choose a co-founder who can help you build a successful and profitable business. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! July 2, 2020 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Considering bringing on a co-founder to launch your new business? Join us for our live webinar with Anthony Rose, serial entrepreneur and founder & CEO of SeedLegals, as he discusses how to best choose a co-founder who can help you build a successful and profitable business.  Key takeaways:  The pros and cons of bringing on a co-founder  How to choose a co-founder who complements your skill sets How to split equity and structure your business  Register Now Anthony Rose is the Founder & CEO of SeedLegals, an insight-driven automated platform that lets founders […]

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Is My Idea Any Good?

Do you have an idea for a business? Join seasoned entrepreneur and startup mentor, Gabe Zicherman, in this informative webinar to help you turn your idea into a winning idea. He’s helped bring thousands of ideas to life in his role as Director of the Founder Institute. During the webinar, Gabe will cover: What it takes to turn your idea into a successful new business. Develop your concept and figure out your market opportunity Get the right resources to make it happen. *Based on our best-selling book, Start Your Own Business, we have launched a new on-demand start-up course, providing you with a step-by-step guide to starting your own business. Whether you’re ready or just thinking about it, get started for free. Read_More Related posts: Free Webinar | June 17: Is My Idea Any Good? Free Webinar: Nailing Your Competitive Advantage Got an Awesome New Business Idea? Here’s […]

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Free Webinar: Nailing Your Competitive Advantage

Got a great business idea? Join Rich Vogel, Founding Partner of venture firm Loeb.nyc, who’ll discuss the importance of nailing your competitive advantage to build a successful new business. Rich will discuss different ways that founders can bring something new to the table, whatever the idea—and how to pivot existing ideas and concepts in the new normal. During the webinar, Rich will cover: Assess your competition Establish your unique selling proposition Understand your competitive advantage *Based on our best-selling book, Start Your Own Business, we have launched a new on-demand start-up course, providing you with a step-by-step guide to starting your own business. Whether you’re ready or just thinking about it, get started for free. Read_More Related posts: Free Webinar | May 7: How Do We Navigate the Doom and Gloom and INNOVATE Through Crisis? Free Webinar | June 12: Using Fintech to Advance Your Retail Growth During The […]

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What It Takes to Launch a Successful Online Clothing Brand in 2020

June 30, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Per usual, clothing brands like Nike, Zara, Adidas, Hermes and H&M were some of the most popular in 2019. What about 2020, though? In spite of new, obvious obstacles, with the right business plan and brand, a new online clothing company could rise to the top of the pack this decade. Start with a sound business plan If you look on pretty much any site that offers new business advice, one of the top suggestions listed is to create a business plan. Making a plan may sound uninteresting, but it’s one of the most necessary aspects of launching a successful ecommerce clothing brand. A well-written business plan is essential, especially if you need to find investors and lenders. It’s also necessary for you to understand your short- and long-term goals and make sure you stay on track. […]

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5 Steps on How to Start a Business and Get It to Market, Quick and Lean

June 29, 2020 12 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. You’ve had a great business idea, you’ve already developed your target customer and determined the size of your market, and now you need to figure out how to reach your clients. You need to get there fast — if you drag your feet, you’ll fail to gain momentum while eating up your capital and may watch your competitors fly right past you. This is where many founders stumble. It’s hard to strike the right balance between getting your product to market quickly and taking the time to prepare yourself for a successful launch.  Startups are agile and can rebound from mistakes easier than large corporations, but the competition is fiercer. So if you don’t get a head start going to market, other businesses may end up dominating your niche even with an inferior product, just because […]

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How to Kickstart Your Capital Funding

Learn the tactics and strategies from a serial Kickstarter who has raised millions. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! June 29, 2020 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Obtaining the capital necessary to build a business is more challenging than ever. If your product is a prototype or if your SaaS solution is a napkin sketch, the usual venture markets are no longer options for funding. What’s more, an early-stage funding source will probably cost you a considerable amount of equity and control. If you want to bootstrap your business as long as possible, crowdfunding could be for you. Hear Startup Story Live speaker Emma Rose Cohen, founder of Final and creator of the Final Straw and Final Wipe, unpack the strategy and tactics she used for two Kickstarter campaigns that resulted in more than 2 million dollars in […]

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Zak Williams, Son of the Late Robin Williams, Is Willing to Get Personal for the Sake of Public Mental Health

June 29, 2020 11 min read There’s no perfect time to launch a new product. Zak Williams knows this better than most. The 37-year-old serial investor, entrepreneur, mental-health advocate and son of the late, legendary Robin Williams has helped fund or advise numerous startups in the lfestyle and AI space over the past several years. But with PYM (aka Prepare Your Mind), the purportedly stress- and anxiety-reducing dietary-supplement chew he helped innovate and is bringing to retail this August (the website will start taking preorders today), the stakes are different. Williams is the face and name both behind PYM and up front in its marketing and presentation. The product is an extension of his own, personal journey toward self-healing and sobriety in the wake of his father’s passing in 2014. And his goal is to get PYM chews directly to as many consumers as possible to help counter a national epidemic of mood disorders and […]

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Don’t Believe Your Own Hype

Take Lessons’ CEO talks about the realities of starting a business and walking the fine line between self-promotion and humility. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! June 27, 2020 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Steven Cox is the founder and CEO of Take Lessons, a venture-backed startup that connects students with instructors of the arts, academics and foreign languages, locally and online. #ThePlaybook host David Meltzer talks with Cox about the origins of Take Lessons. Cox also discusses the realities of entrepreneurship and how they differ from the myths. Cox offers lessons of his own, advising entrepreneurs to believe in themselves, but not their hype — to not take their self-promotion too seriously and to be able to see that they can be wrong at times. To do this, Cox suggests, entrepreneurs should wear both the “founder” and “investor” hats […]

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3 Things You Need to Know Before Starting a Delivery Service Business

June 26, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Online food delivery is a natural progression of ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft that use crowdsourced labor as the delivery provider’s own infrastructure. The pandemic has caused a spike in demand due to health concerns and shelter-in-place. The hiring spree is eye-popping: Instacart announced in April that it’s hiring 300,000 shoppers while Amazon is looking to employ 175,000 new workers for its fulfillment centers and delivery network. Walmart is adding 50,000 people for distribution and FedEx is hiring 35,000 workers. Related: 105 Service Businesses to Start Today Entrepreneurs may consider starting a delivery business in their city. Startup costs can be low by using independent contractors and by licensing an appropriate app. Demand is certainly high. If done right, an operator may coordinate with grocery chains and distribution centers to sync systems. Or a small business […]

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Free Webinar | July 1: How to Get to Market Fast and ‘Lean’ – Developing Your MVP!

Learn steps that founders can take to validate their ideas, create an MVP and start earning real revenue in the quickest way possible. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! June 23, 2020 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Got an amazing business idea, but unsure as to how to turn it into a functioning enterprise?  Join us for a webinar with Kevin Siskar, CEO of investment platform Finta as he discusses the best ways to get to market quickly and lean. In this session, Kevin will lean on his experience founding multiple startups and running Founder Institute NYC to offer steps that founders can take to validate their ideas, create an MVP and start earning real revenue in the quickest way possible.  Register Now *Based on our best-selling book, Start Your Own Business, we have launched a new […]

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Free Webinar | June 17: Is My Idea Any Good?

Learn what it takes to turn your idea into a successful new venture. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! June 11, 2020 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Do you have an idea for a business? Join seasoned entrepreneur and startup mentor, Gabe Zicherman, in this informative webinar to help you turn your idea into a winning idea. He’s helped bring thousands of ideas to life in his role as Director of the Founder Institute. During the webinar, Gabe will cover: What it takes to turn your idea into a successful new business. Develop your concept and figure out your market opportunity Get the right resources to make it happen. Register Now *Based on our best-selling book, Start Your Own Business, we have launched a new on-demand start-up course, providing you with a step-by-step guide to starting […]

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4 Tips for Starting a Business in an Economic Downturn

June 8, 2020 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. COVID-19 has forced millions of companies to reassess their business models, but what about the businesses that are still just ideas in the minds of aspiring entrepreneurs? As mass layoffs and desperate bailouts dominate the news, few people are talking about what it’s like to launch a business in the current climate.  But like other crises throughout history, the coming recession will create genuine opportunities for founders. As Michael Loeb, founder and CEO of Loeb.nyc, said, “Moments like these are like forest fires. The blaze will cripple some businesses, but they will also provide the heat to release new seeds into the soil. Many amazing companies have been born from the ashes of economic downturns and market crashes.” The 2008 housing and financial crash saw people in the U.S. seeking affordable accommodation without long-term commitments. That’s when Airbnb emerged as […]

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Market Optimization Is the Way to Boost Your Late-Career Startup

June 4, 2020 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. An employment crisis for older workers is looming. We are facing an upheaval in work options like no other in our lives. We can’t wait for the cavalry. It’s not coming. How you position yourself for what’s coming — how you optimize your position in the market — will be critical to how you live through it. We need to create independent platforms for generating work and income on our own terms. A late-career small business of your own may be just the right solution for you. If you are considering your own small business, there are ways you can plan resiliency into your model. Ask yourselves: How can we be proactive and position ourselves to take advantage of as many options as we can? You need to create your own solutions, ones that have value to the communities and markets […]

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The Best Business Funding Options for Immigrant and Refugee Entrepreneurs

June 3, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Although the streets of America have never actually been paved with gold, the pervasive dream of “making it big” here persists among newcomers. Thousands of successful American entrepreneurs weren’t born in the U.S., and there shouldn’t be a wall between immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs and business financing.  According to Fundera, 28 percent of all “main street” businesses are owned by immigrants. These businesses are the kinds of providers most people visit all the time – grocery stores, nail salons, restaurants, clothing and liquor stores and more. Nearly half of all business growth from 2000 to 2013 was due to immigrant business owners. Related: The Immigrant Entrepreneurs Behind Major American Companies (Infographic) If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur who doesn’t have a long financial history in this country, here are the funding sources you should know about.  Grants for Refugees and Immigrants For immigrants who […]

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How to Start a Limited Liability Company (LLC)

May 26, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When choosing a small business structure, many owners go for a limited liability company (LLC) because of the protection from liabilities it provides. If you’ve thought about starting an LLC, follow this guide for step-by-step information.  What is a limited liability company? LLCs are a type of business entity that are similar to corporations in many ways. As the name suggests, LLCs provide personal liability protection to their owners. They also boast a lot of flexibility in management, taxation, and the allocation of profits and losses.  As a company, an LLC can own assets and bank accounts; sign leases, loans, and other contracts; and file a lawsuit or be sued. Since it’s legally a separate entity from its owners, no one person is liable for business obligations or debts. Related: Need a Business Idea? Here Are 55. A step-by-step guide […]

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Older Workers Must Be Proactive About Their Future

May 21, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Rick Terrien is the author of Ageless Startup: Start a Business at Any Age, via  Entrepreneur Press. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound. The world has changed. This is not a drill. Older workers are especially vulnerable to being left behind. No matter what our career is, we are all facing a new normal in our work life. There are more than 100 million people in the U.S. between the ages of 40 and 65. All of us need to consider new options to create value and work in the future. If older workers wait for help, we will likely find ourselves waiting a long time. We need to get ahead of this entire problem, not just the immediate issues this crisis presents. Planning for the recovery means taking stock of where you will be working 10 or 15 years […]

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4 Ways to Determine If Now Is the Right Time to Launch Your Business

May 19, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Ideas for startups are often clouded in uncertainty during the best of times. In the midst of unprecedented global uncertainty, you might think it’s best to shelve any such plans for the time being.  In reality, it could actually be the best time ever to launch. With the growing demand for new ways to work and sell in light of health concerns and desire for new ways to access in-demand products, your startup idea could be just what’s needed. Here’s how to decide. Ask whether your business idea is in demand Over the course of the last two months, it has quickly become clear what type of gaps exist between what’s needed during right now and what’s actually available. Quick searches uncover where there are supply chain issues and a lack of domestic manufacturing for much-needed products and for services […]

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What It Takes to Build a Business, Starting With the ‘Eureka!’ Moment

The co-founder and CEO of LeagueSide talks about how his company is helping to strengthen youth sports communities in a creative way. May 9, 2020 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Evan Brandoff, the co-founder and CEO of LeagueSide, shares his thoughts on the early stages of building a business and the precise steps he took to scale LeagueSide nationwide. From his “ah-ha!” moment to his experiences with accelerator programs, Brandoff breaks down how he and his co-founder cultivated their idea and the most valuable lessons he has learned along the way. Brandoff and The Playbook host David Meltzer chat about a range of topics including what really differentiates an innovator and entrepreneur, the high risk tolerance it takes to rapidly scale a business and why ignorance or naivety can occasionally benefit entrepreneurs. Related: How Long Does It Take to Form a New Habit? Read_More Related posts: 3 Unparalleled Benefits of […]

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How to Expand Hiring in a New Business

Five strategies to broaden your startup’s talent-recruitment options. May 1, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Most new entrepreneurs are eager to expand as quickly as possible. They see growth as the fuel necessary to succeed, and to achieve growth, you need to invest in more resources and a further reach. However, if you aren’t careful, expanding too quickly can work against you. So how can you scale up your hiring efforts without running into long-term problems that could threaten your business? The Problems With Hiring Too Quickly Let’s start by looking at the main problems with hiring too quickly and hiring too many people: Expenses. Employees are one of the largest expenses a new business will face, and if you aren’t careful, their costs can quickly overwhelm the business. If you’re suddenly tripling your staff, with little groundwork or revenue to support that […]

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