Entrepreneur3 min de lecture
Reopening In A Pandemic
Adozen years ago, JAY FOREMAN (right) started a company that makes toys, including classics like Tonka trucks, Care Bears, and Lincoln Logs. It’s called, appropriately, Basic Fun! But last summer, it was not fun at all when he told his nearly 80 empl
Entrepreneur2 min de lecture
Thawing A Freeze On Growth
As franchisees, Neal and Nimesh Dahya (pictured, from left) were all about rapid growth. After first taking over corporate-owned Applebee’s locations in 2009, the brothers discovered their knack for restaurant management and, in the years ahead, grew
Entrepreneur5 min de lecture
Your Network Is Everything
Chip Gaines loves people who say yes. “People who say yes to life, yes to hard work, and yes to risk, but who aren’t yes-people,” he writes in his new memoir, called No Pain, No Gaines. But he also knows how to say no, to great effect. He and his wif
Entrepreneur4 min de lecturePsychology
Manage Your Fear
I have been spending a lot of time over the past few months talking to people about why they hesitate to start something new, and their answer is often the same: They’re afraid. I can relate. I’ve built and sold multiple businesses, selling my last c
Entrepreneur4 min de lecture
Get Started Now!
I started my first side hustle at my kitchen table more than 20 years ago. At the time, I was broke, inexperienced, and overwhelmed. Where to begin? The answer is so simple that it’ll sound stupid: You make the decision to begin. Everything stems fro
Entrepreneur3 min de lecture
Creating Success Through Community
After a successful corporate career, Toya Evans wanted to take control of her professional life. So in 2016, along with her two daughters, Lauren Williamson and Chanel Grant, Evans opened up a Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Prince George’s County, Marylan
Entrepreneur1 min de lecture
Fastest-growing Brands
A year like no other, 2020 brought unique challenges that most businesses had never thought to plan for. But many franchisors rose to meet them in impressive ways, and many even managed to keep growing. In this list—our annual fastest-growing-franchi
Entrepreneur3 min de lecturePsychology
Turn Up the Positivity
Q My company had a very rough 2020. I have high hopes for 2021, but how can I get my team excited without overpromising? —JESSICA, PITTSBURGH AFTER EVERYTHING that happened in 2020, inspiring hope with a cliché seems, well, clichéd. But as I’ve navig
Entrepreneur2 min de lectureInternet & Web
Boost Your Sales Online
For the full videos, VISIT ENTM.AG/SMART TIFFANY CASTAGNO wants to expand her Pittsburgh-based HR firm, Cephr Consulting, into new markets, but she doesn’t know where to start. Here’s how digital marketing expert TERRY RICE addressed two of her bigge
Entrepreneur3 min de lecture
5 Reasons Why Florida Is the Best Place for Business
Where your business is physically located can be the determining factor for whether you have access to the skills, facilities, and other vital resources you need to thrive. As it turns out, one of the best places for businesses to start or relocate i
Entrepreneur2 min de lectureTechnology & Engineering
From Each Solution, a New Challenge
Where do great business ideas come from? Sometimes, out of previous business ideas. That’s what happened to Dawn Dickson, who went from selling shoes to reinventing the vending machine. It began in 2011 when she launched Flat Out of Heels, roll-up ba
Entrepreneur2 min de lectureComputers
What If Email Wasn’t for People?
Imagine this alternate universe: Email addresses were never assigned to individual people. Instead, they were assigned to groups of people—maybe because they’re part of a team or are working on a project together. What would have happened as a result
Entrepreneur7 min de lectureSmall Business & Entrepreneurs
How Small Businesses Can Solve Big Problems
Software and snacks seems like a crazy combination,” Julia Collins admits. But in truth, it’s just the beginning of a crazy-big idea. Collins is the founder and CEO of Planet FWD. Its focus on software and snacks can be seen in two ways—the practical
Entrepreneur4 min de lecturePsychology
Entrepreneurship Is a Mindset
I often say that starting a company is like jumping off a cliff and building an airplane on the way down. It’s a vivid metaphor that contains a lot of truths. First, you’ll need courage and optimism. You have to believe you can pull it off. Next, you
Entrepreneur3 min de lecture
We Know Less Than We Think
Meetings had to happen in the same room. Relationships were built on specific experiences. Work demanded certain specifications. Then a global pandemic proved us wrong. I first realized this in COVID-19’s early days. I have two young boys, and they d
Entrepreneur2 min de lecture
What Do Franchises Need from a Payment Processor?
Fifteen years ago, Tom Epstein launched Franchise Payments Network for one simple reason: He didn’t see any vendors catering to the franchising industry. “Franchises are all about creating consistency for the customer, but we didn’t see anyone offeri
Entrepreneur7 min de lecture
The Joke’s on Nobody
The scene opens in hell. We see flames. We hear screams. Then the camera closes in on Satan himself—big horns, giant pectorals, bright red skin—as he slumps over on his throne. His phone buzzes. He glances at the screen. “You’re a match!” it says. Sa
Entrepreneur2 min de lecture
Finding Power in All Your Passions
I always assumed I’d work in academia, but then I took a ballet course in my 30s. I did it on a whim while getting my Ph.D. in English, thinking it might be fun. Instead, it was transformative. It empowered me to identify as an artist and to redirect
Entrepreneur4 min de lecture
Find Your Idea
Are you a shaky dreamer, an idea machine, or a hopeful founder? As I’ve coached many entrepreneurs over the years, I’ve found that everyone tends to fit into one of these categories. Shaky dreamers have an idea but lack the confidence to move forward
Entrepreneur10 min de lecture
Can A Pandemic Pivot Outlast The Pandemic?
Ryan Combe sat at his desk, staring through the window at a gloomy winter in Ogden, Utah. The year had started with such promise. After investing some $60,000 in business acquisition, his consulting company, Better Way Franchise Group, hit a hot stre
Entrepreneur2 min de lecturePsychology
Interviewing from Afar
“People are in all sorts of states right now, physically and mentally. It’s helpful to recognize that and connect with candidates at the most human level. Roommates and relatives do come into video view sometimes, and this always unnerves a candidate
Entrepreneur12 min de lectureCrime & Violence
This Brand Is Your Brand. This Brand Is My Brand?
Vortic is a watch company. But in 2015, that description was overly generous. It was more like two guys working out of a storage closet with $40,000 from a Kickstarter. To make ends meet, one of those guys also had a corporate job at Walmart. They as
Entrepreneur2 min de lectureComputers
The Rise of the Smart Board
When Peter Handy meets virtually with customers, video chat just won’t do. He runs Bristol Seafood, an upscale fish-supply startup, and wants to wow them with new fillet cuts and food presentations. So instead of sitting at a computer, Handy stands i
Entrepreneur2 min de lecture
Getting More from Less
“We used to spend thousands of dollars on social media advertising, but we’ve recently developed a brand ambassador program. We enlisted our loyal and enthusiastic customers to help spread the word about our company in exchange for discounts and swag
Entrepreneur2 min de lecture
The Waiting Is Over
ABOUT TWO years ago, Max Skolnik and Jessica Lynch (from left) were at SXSW in a room packed with entrepreneurs of color discussing how to improve access to capital. A woman stood up and said, “You’re talking about adding seats to the table. We don’t
Entrepreneur3 min de lectureTechnology & Engineering
“How Can I Help You?”
Christine Schindler was obsessed with handwashing way before COVID-19 came along. In 2017, as foodborne illness outbreaks were plaguing businesses like Chipotle and wreaking havoc on public health across the country, she understood how to solve the p
Entrepreneur2 min de lecture
Hire for Talent, Not Geography
WILL COMPANIES’ work-from-home policies remain in place, even when COVID-19 ends? Back in March, only 38 percent of corporate decision- makers said yes. A few months later, that number rose to 67 percent. (Both surveys were done by 451 Research, a di
Entrepreneur3 min de lecture
Can There Be Two Tinders for Clothes?
When Madison Semarjian was a college freshman, she had an idea for an app: It would be like Tinder, but for clothing—using AI to learn her personal style, and then pulling together outfits from a wide range of retailers that she could swipe left or r
Entrepreneur2 min de lecture
Oversharing Will Be the New Sharing
IN TIMES OF CRISIS, experts often have the same advice: Be transparent. There’s good reason for that. “People see the news; they can read the writing on the wall,” says Ana Mendy, a partner with consulting firm McKinsey & Company. “Transparency is ho
Entrepreneur3 min de lecture
The Office Culture, Now at Home
Vital Proteins is no ordinary supplement company, so founder Kurt Seidensticker didn’t want it to feel ordinary, either. He is a former NASA engineer who started his collagen protein business in 2013. It went on to define its category and get acquire
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