American culture loves to celebrate the entrepreneurial breed – those daring men and women willing to take calculated risks to create new enterprises that will grab the nation’s imagination along with its pocketbooks. Those who reach the pinnacle of entrepreneurial … More
Guest blogger Sheri Atwood, founder of SupportPay by Ittavi, the first-ever automated payment platform to help parents who live apart manage child support and share child expenses. Prior to starting SupportPay, Sheri was a successful marketing and product executive with Fortune 500 … More
Pippa Middleton‘s 2012 party-planning book Celebrate was such a flop that the royal sister parted ways with agent in March. But that’s not stopping Pippa from forging ahead with her career: She has now set up her own company and hired a group of top-notch accountants. What’s the party-planner planning? More
About a year ago, I finally decided that it was time to quit dreaming and start writing fiction. As with most of my endeavors, I learned as I went: I honed my writing skills, and learned how to edit my own work as well as utilize graphics programs, such as Photoshop and Gimp. Eventually, I published my own ebook. More
It’s the quintessential American concept: Start a business from a simple idea, and then watch it explode into a multimillion-dollar corporation.
Of course, most people who decide to become entrepreneurs have a plan. A little money, perhaps. And maybe some contacts.
When you’re just launching a business, no one blinks an eye if you’re balancing your own books, cleaning the office bathrooms or taking packages to the post office yourself. But the day will come when you’re going to need some help. Because no one’s ever been able to squeeze more than 24 hours out of a day, and your hours are literally too valuable to waste on small stuff. More
Let’s be honest: A lot of rich guys sound awful. They’re reclusive (Howard Hughes) or partisan (the Koch brothers and George Soros) or extravagantly out of touch (Larry Ellison, docking his yacht a block away from homeless encampments). That’s why the obituary for the founder of the the billion-dollar 99 Cents Only chain is so refreshing: He was married to the same woman for 55 years, he drove a Prius he bought 13 years ago, and had lived in the same modest house for five decades. Delightfully, the modest mogul’s name was Dave Gold. More
In the wake of the global recession, the American employment market has undergone a significant transition. This is part of an international trend, as individuals turn toward self-employment, contracting, and entrepreneurship as ways of earning a living. In fact, according to Quartz, it is estimated that more than 40% of the U.S. workforce will be working independently by the year 2020, equating to more than 60 million citizens. This entrepreneurial spirit was evident throughout the recession, as the Small Business Association (SBA) reports that approximately 27.5 million independent ventures were operating in America during 2009. More
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While the global economy has been blighted by prolonged periods of recession and sluggish growth since 2008, not all industries have suffered adversely. Take the social gaming industry, which has showcased considerable growth and has even threatened to supersede the popularity of traditional video gaming. More
If I can point to the one thing that probably led to over $1,000,000 worth of mistakes that I’ve made in my businesses (and I have the debt to prove it), it was that I spent little, if any, time documenting agreements. More
When you hear the words “Tory Burch,” the remarkable power of branding comes to mind. After all, her double T medallion which graces most of her shoes, bags and earrings is recognized internationally. I dare say, it may just be a few years before it is on the same level as the Chanel double C’s. So you would think the woman behind this massive brand would have been Ms. Confident from the beginning. But as I found out last night when Burch spoke at the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Graduation ceremony, that was hardly the case. More
Americans once watched admiringly as celebrities like Bob Geldof and U2′s Bono took the stage to alleviate hunger among the world’s poor.
But today the game has changed: the world’s impoverished economies have become the world’s emerging economies, with growth rates already outpacing the U.S.—and a slew of lingering socioeconomic problems. More
Saving receipts for business expenses is crucial for all business owners. In an article published by Entrepreneur Magazine, 7 Tips for Keeping Receipts Organized for Tax Time, author Mark J. Kohler explains how one real estate broker learned this lesson the hard way and found herself in tax court. In the case of Ong v. the Internal Revenue Service, Betty Ong was unable to produce receipts for thousands of dollars worth of deductions. Regardless of whether the transactions were legitimate, Ong had no leg to stand on without the receipts, and the IRS won easily. More