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By Jay Hartenbach, co-founder and CEO of Medterra CBD. getty I’ve read many articles about how to start a company with your “life-changing idea.” It goes like this: A scrappy entrepreneur has a life-changing idea, creates a business plan and hires the top talent. Together, they sail off into the sunset with all their riches. This
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Svetikd | Getty Images More than one-third of the American workforce freelance amid the Covid-19 pandemic, contributing $1.2 trillion to the U.S. economy, a study by Upwork revealed Tuesday. This was a 22% increase since 2019 and it was fueled in part by an influx of younger, highly-skilled professionals seeking flexible alternatives to traditional employment. 
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Young business woman working selling online. Entrepreneur owner using smartphone or laptop taking … [+] receive and checking online purchase shopping order to preparing pack product box. Packing goods for delivery to customer. Online selling. E-commerce. Online Shopping getty For many people, the Coronavirus pandemic has been a chance to reassess their life choices. For
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“Shark Tank” investor Daymond John told CNBC on Tuesday that he believes his new effort with Lowe’s to help diverse entrepreneurs can have widespread appeal — and a big impact.  “You can get a million applicants, hopefully. I want people to step up to this,” he said on “Squawk on the Street.” ”When you talk about diversity … you’re
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A store displays a sign before closing down permanently in Arlington, Virginia. OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images States are poised to raise taxes on businesses starting next year and cut jobless benefits for workers as the coronavirus-fueled downturn continues to stress unemployment systems around the country. Industries like bars and restaurants that were hit hardest
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By Evan Varsamis, entrepreneur and founder/CEO at Gadget Flow, investor, and marketing advisor at Qrator Ltd. getty The most important call to action feature for any crowdfunding campaign is the pledge reward chart. If you don’t organize the pledges in a way that’s sustainable for your brand, you’ll never reach the desired goal you wish
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Pedestrians wearing protective masks walk by a sign displayed outside a retail store in Harlem, New York City, saying it’s going out of business. Noam Galai | Getty Images Yelp on Wednesday released its latest Economic Average Report, revealing business closures across the U.S. are increasing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic’s economic toll. 
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By John Brackett, founder of Smash Balloon, the world’s leading social media feed plug-ins for WordPress. getty Do you want to grow your business? If so, you should start by listening to what your customers have to say. Feedback from the people who visit your website can help you make smart decisions about creating content, promoting
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By Thomas Griffin, co-founder and president of OptinMonster. Entrepreneur, investor and software expert. Helping you be a better leader in your organization. getty Today’s new normal is hitting many industries pretty hard. Travel, food service, traditional retail, manufacturing and construction are just a few that have faced significant downturns. Some are starting their upswing, but experts
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Sign venture capital on a paper and glasses. getty After a venture capitalist hears a startup pitch and does some due diligence, he or she will draft an investment memo. The document may be five to ten pages long and provide analysis on the pros and cons of the opportunity, along with a recommendation for the
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Research shows that people are more likely to invest in online communities during (or in the wake of) crisis, trauma, or major life changes, so the current crisis is offering many business owners the unprecedented opportunity to build community around their brand.  Done well, this not only serves the individuals in these communities, it also
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No crisis affects companies equally. But for one human connection consultancy, Covid-19 has been an incredible blessing. That’s not to downplay the damage the pandemic has done. The U.S. Census Bureau’s Small Business Pulse Survey showed 83% of small businesses have experienced either a “large” or “moderate” negative effect. Entrepreneurs are struggling with everything from
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CEO of ECA: CEO and CFO executive search and consulting for private equity backed companies. Author of book Evidence-Based Recruiting.  getty I work with private equity firms for a living. Over the years, I’ve interacted with hundreds of entrepreneurs who have sold their companies to these investors. Some of these entrepreneurs are happy about selling their
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At a young age, Lela Kelly became a single mother of two children on welfare. After many late nights, hard work and determination Lela worked her way to earn her law degree from University of California and began balancing corporate law by day and parenting by night. After several years of practicing law, Lela began to feel the
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Telling someone that you won’t be able to work with them doesn’t start with the words you say to the potential client. It starts with the conversation that you have with yourself. There are four questions you must ask yourself before taking on a new customer or project to gain clarity around your enthusiastic “Yes!”
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