Yes, You Can Still Bootstrap Your Startup From Zero to Millions of Users.

Yes, You Can Still Bootstrap Your Startup From Zero to Millions of Users.

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The past decade has seen a significant rise in startup ecosystems on a global level. From the U.S. to Israel to France, Brazil and India, the number of startups worldwide has exponentially increased. But the number of VCs? Not so much. Nowadays, fewer and fewer startups are obtaining venture capital funding, and bootstrapping is becoming far more common.

Interestingly enough, founders tend to have mixed feelings about bootstrapping their startup because of concerns about growth. With the costs of maintenance, subscriptions and other basic expenses, is it even possible to bootstrap a startup to millions of users?

Absolutely. There’s a method to working strategically with what you have, and it requires patience, resourcefulness and accountability.

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The Ultimate Guide to Event Branding

by Ronnie Higgins

What makes an event “must attend”? Is there a well kept secret to persuading your attendees to keep coming back — preferably with a friend or colleague in tow?

If you aren’t prepared to double your budget or hire celebrity keynote speakers, branding is a smart way to stand out — without breaking the bank.

Branding is more than just your logo or catchy tagline. According to Jaleh Bisharat, Eventbrite’s Chief Marketing Officer, a brand is “the mental shortcut we all use — consciously or subconsciously — to simplify the way we think about anything that crosses our path.”

It’s why we think safety for Volvo but not Honda; or how TED Conference came to be known for fresh ideas.

So what makes an event brand great? And how can you create a brand that resonates with attendees? First, let’s examine the essential qualities yours should have.

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9 Ways to Market Your Small Business During the Holidays

by Cynthia Johnson

9 Ways to Market Your Small Business During the Holidays

It’s holiday season! And by “season” I mean months of costumes and celebrations and eating … lots and lots of eating. Many of the big holidays are already behind us, like Halloween, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. However, Christmas, Chanukah, and New Year’s Eve are still ahead of us. Most of probably won’t be celebrating all of the upcoming holidays, but collectively, your customers will, and they’re all opportunities to push out more sales.

And to eat, of course. Never miss that opportunity.

Now is the time to get organized. Here are nine things that you have to do now to be more memorable this holiday season.

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Turn Your ‘Passionpreneur’ Project into a Money Maker. These 4 Entrepreneurs Did Just That. Turning something close to your heart into something that makes you money may not be as difficult as you think.

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Turning something close to your heart into something that makes you money may not be as difficult as you think.

Truth be told, ideas and talk are cheap. No one is remembered for a solution he or she never followed through on. Most entrepreneurs who have realized success, in fact, have gone to incredible lengths to turn their big idea into successful businesses.

Fortunately, there are all kinds of ways to get your foot in the door and begin a “passionpreneurial” venture. Here are four entrepreneurs who learned what works and what doesn’t the long, hard way, but changed their industry’s very outlook in the process.

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The One Leadership Trait That Will Ensure You Succeed at Anything You Do

by Matthew Toren

The One Leadership Trait That Will Ensure You Succeed at Anything You Do

Very few things are certain in entrepreneurship. Regardless of how much your preparation or previous experience, obstacles and events you never considered are bound to creep up. Things will not go as planned. And while that does not mean a lack of planning is okay, it does mean that you need one critical leadership trait to survive and thrive — not just in entrepreneurship, but in all you do.

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7 Tips to Build a Business While Working a Day Job

By Grace Bluerock

7 Tips to Build a Business While Working a Day Job

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Many people dream of leaving their nine-to-five jobs to start their own businesses. Many successful entrepreneurs had to keep their day jobs until they reached a point in their businesses when it was feasible to quit. This transition time can be stressful and difficult, especially when you don’t enjoy your job, but it doesn’t have to be.

While ambition is important, it is not always enough to move you forward. Maintaining your motivation and drive during your transition from employee to entrepreneur is crucial. It’s easy to veer off course and get discouraged during this transitional phase. Here are some actions you can start taking immediately while you’re still at your day job that will keep you on track and moving forward.

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How My Father-in-Law Disrupted the Soap Dish: His 5 steps for designing a better version of anything.

By Andy Raskin

 
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A few months ago, my wife and I stayed overnight at her parents’ house. The following morning, as I entered their shower, I noticed a bar of Irish Spring floating next to the tiled wall, as if suspended mid-air.

That was the moment I knew my father-in-law had achieved a goal he set three years earlier: designing a muck-less soap holder.

Had anyone else’s father-in-law told me he was pursuing such a goal, I surely would have dismissed him. But this was Bernie Cohen — my father-in-law — a highly respected Miami dermatologist, yes, but one whose string of successful entrepreneurial side projects dates back to when you were still in diapers.

If you’re an aspiring inventor or entrepreneur — or just fascinated by how you take a common household object and make it a whole lot better — here’s what you can learn from how he did it.

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The Power Of Compounding: You Can Achieve Anything, If You Stop Trying To Do Everything

By Darius Foroux 

Do you have a long list of goals, desires, and wants for your life? Do you want to learn more? Earn more? Improve your skills? Get the most out of your relationships? Live better?

All those things are good. Life is about moving forward and making consistent progress.

However, there’s one important thing about all this working, hustling, striving, and achieving more: You can’t do everything at the same time.

That’s common sense, right? You only have so much time and energy. So if you take on too many things, you end up spread too thin.

Instead, it’s much more effective to focus your effort on one thing.

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10 Regrets Most Entrepreneurs Eventually Face

By Jayson DeMers

10 Regrets Most Entrepreneurs Eventually Face

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From the time you first start thinking about owning your own business to the day you open the doors, entrepreneurship seems like an exciting, challenging, gratifying experience. Even the stressful moments have a bit of magic to them; you go to work, knowing that your mistakes will likely be little more than temporary setbacks that teach you lessons about how to conduct your business.

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30 Ways to Become a More Successful Entrepreneur

By  Neil Patel

Whether you’re just starting out or are an old pro, who doesn’t want to be a more successful entrepreneur?

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Owning your own business gives you a sense of freedom and empowerment. You can build things and watch them grow.

Entrepreneurs make decisions for themselves, realize their creative visions, and develop lasting relationships with other entrepreneurs, customers, and vendors.

It’s a great way to live. That’s why I’ve founded so many companies — I can’t get enough.

That’s why I’ve put together these tips to help you to become more successful.

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