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I've been hearing a lot about conversion optimization lately. It's mostly good stuff – writing clear copy, focusing on clean designs, creating a strong value proposition, etc. Read More
This is a short story of how a 15 minute Uber ride got me connected to one of the co-founders of arguably the hottest company in Silicon Valley: Palantir. Read More
Once you've got the perfect idea, keep in mind it's no cake walk. Member Peter Boucher provides five guidelines startups need to take seriously in order to propel themselves toward success. All it takes is a little planning, advice and lots of determination Increase your odds.
Are you ready to make the jump? Start by designing your website. A business these days needs a web presence, a unique design and its own market place. We've worked out a deal with Go Daddy that gets you their website builder and a free domain for just one dollar per month. Get this deal.
We all know start-ups have resource constraints, but it’s a misconception that they cannot invest in human capital, it’s often just overlooked. In this MBA for start-ups training, Zulfiqar Deo reports how startups can use HR to their benefit, and in the end, provides a helpful worksheet to help determine where you should start. Download it now.
So, you think you have a business idea?
Well not just any idea has the potential to be a business. A business needs to eventually drive a profit, sustain you and the company created, as the vehicle to do the business from this idea...
With thousands of business ideas to choose from, how do you select the one that is perfect for you? It may not be as difficult as you think. In fact, it is a rather simple process of matching your personal talents with the right opportunity.
We’re exploring a different approach to business planning, and the Pitch-then-Plan 10 slide program by John B. Hess takes an unorthodox approach. His method starts by creating a ten slide business pitch presentation. Then he shows you how to transform that into a full blown plan. It’s a unique method you’ll want to look into. Check it out now.
It’s common for people to pay to have their business plan written and often find them useless after some time. Lorna Barrow looks into reasons why plans are often put to the side. Is it because owners can’t find short term uses? This post offers ways to get your plan to work for you. Read more about it.
Selling is hard work, but when you get creative about closing, it feels a lot less like work. Business-to-business sales trainer Kenneth Daryl Brown talks to us about his experience, and how he came up with 7 closes for successful sales. Close the deal.
Writing a business plan is not always easy so we’re helping you simplify it. Growthink’s Ultimate Business Plan template uses a proven, fill-in-the-blanks method. Open the template in Excel or Word, type in your answers and print out your plan; offered now at a special rate for EFactor members. Get it now.
You've heard it before, SEO optimization, landing page performance and user engagement is important to the future of business. We've pulled together this opportunity for experts to review and improve the performance of your website. Check out how Clever Zebo can help you get more of a return on your investment. Find out how.
What ingredients mix to make the perfect pitch? Being concise, communicating your vision clearly and being able to show your financial potential are considered most important.
Why listening is as important as what you say when delivering your pitch. Bill Galagher draws on one situation that helped turn his business around. He shares what he learned and advice for getting more people to say yes! Read more...
Coming up with a pitch is hard enough, but are you prepared to cope when investors say “no.” Overcoming the feeling of defeat isn’t so rough when you mentally prepare yourself. This thoughtful post by business coach Bill Galagher gives great suggestions for riding out the no’s until they become yeses. He calls it rolling with the punches. Read more. ›
If anyone knows anything about perfecting a pitch, it's Kevin Harrington . In this recap he gives pointers for properly communicating your product (or service), and his advice for arriving at your signature pitch. He emphasizes the need to tease, please and sieze. Get Kevin's Tips...
How do other entrepreneurs prepare to deliver the old business pitch? We caught up with Candice Batts, founder of Social Candi who tells us how she came up with a pitch for her business, and how she prepared to master it. Watch our video tip.
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What should small businesses and start ups consider when it comes to crowdfunding? Attorney at Law and Accelerator mentor Roger Royse gives you a few perspectives from the investor standpoint. In our video reel he shares tips for determining if your business is a good crowd sourcing contender. Watch his advice.
It's our goal to make you look good, so we’re highlighting members of our community that you should know. Say hello to George Deeb founder of Red Rocket Venture Consulting, where he has coached over 300 startups through the funding process. Get to know George and connect with him on his profile. Meet him now.
Preparing for funding isn’t just an activity, it’s a journey. One you ideally don’t want to embark on alone. Funding guru and mentor extraordinaire Jim Solomon shares a little of his own funding insight. Having raised nearly 100 million in 40 years he’s got a few things to say about the subject in this white paper report. Download it now.
Investopedia defines bootstrapping as founding a business with little capital, using personal finances, or from operating revenues of a new company. It’s the hallmark of true entrepreneurial ingenuity according to Dipti Parmar. She offers brilliant insight for using bootstrapping without breaking your piggy bank. Read about smart bootstrapping.
We know you've got great ideas for launching a business, maybe you have a few, but you’re unsure how to focus on “the one.” We'll help you hone in on what's important. Get the know-how, meet the right people and take the leap!
There are various reasons you'd want to consider buying part of a business. Whether it's to give momentum to an existing idea, or to become your own boss, there are a few things you'll want to consider. Katharina Kraetzer, tallies the pros and cons, and how you should go about it. Find out more.
An exit strategy gives your business a goal to work toward even if you don't end up selling. In essence, having a goal is more important than the exit itself. Business and financial strategist Eva Hukshorn shares some of her own opinions about achieving success and then deciding if you should make that big exit. Download the presentation.
Be inspired by watching the story of Mike Flint and his journey with Visionary Airlines. How he finally found to courage to launch his dream and how running his own business scare him more than his death defying passion. You’ll never want to give up your dream after watching this video. Watch now!
With great success, comes great leadership and these top tips brought to you by CEO Worldwide reveal ways to stay ahead of the game in 2014. Be a better leader and attain the success you deserve. Read about being a great leader.
It makes sense to match your IT infrastructure with your business goals. According to member Kate Simmons, it's just one more way to ensure your business reaches ultimate success. Making sure the tech side of your business is always keeping up is a great idea. Get her tech savvy tips.
The growth of your business is all about leveraging the collective experience of your brand and figuring out a way to scale it's growth.
We'll help you find low cost ways to utilize tools, resources and offerings that can help you grow without straining your budget.
Did you know that D-U-N-S stands for Data Universal Numbering System? It's the number that carries with it your business credit profile. Find out why it's useful and why you might strongly consider getting one for yourself. Why get one?
Market credibility refers to the means by which a business validates itself with customers, partners and entities. Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp.'s Small Business Starter package makes it easy to obtain a D-U-N-S number, establish your business credit file, and get listed in D&B Credibility Corp.'s review directory; offered to EFactor members at a 30% discount. Get started now.
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In this day and age, being resourceful is easier than it has ever been. So when we find ourselves in times of financial hardships, it’s probably time to meander from convention and become a thrifty biz. Read more.
The government recognizes the importance of smaller entities, providing tax incentives that encourage more entrepreneurs. Key blogger Kate Simmons let's you in on a few incentives when preparing tax season. Research tax cuts for Small Business and Enterprise in your area. Get some incentive.
We've got links to articles, how-to's and resources you need to handle your business once you've achieved SUCCESS! What do you do now? Find suggestions and solutions on this page.
Every one does it a little different, but there is a general equation you can follow to success. Guest blogger Tori Atkinson shares the necessary steps for reaching your goals and growing your business. Get the recipe and start cooking.
We're inspiring you to fail, because failure leads to success. The sweetest victory is the kind that requires you to reach down deep, forces you to fight and shakes you to the core. Everyone fails, even these famous entrepreneurs struggled before making it big. Be humbled by their road to success.
We all need a little pick-me-up, or some fresh inspiration from time to time, which is why we're always looking to jump start your creativity. Be inspired by these five young entrepreneurs and breathe life back into your efforts. Read about their stories and be inspired.
More likely than not, startup businesses are relying heavily on traffic, and impressions on their websites, so its imperative that they deliver fresh, consistent content that is both engaging and chock full of valuable information. See why blogging rules!
While not completely necessary, having a business exit strategy can help you down the line. Interested in considering what your options are at this point in the game. Read on to find out how. Craft your smartest exit yet...