The Insider: Business

Terrified of Public Speaking? 5 Sources of Inspiration

Public speaking can be terrifying, even for the most successful entrepreneur. Big Fish Presentations CEO Kenny Nguyen offers 5 inspirational examples to follow.

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7 Real-World Pinterest Strategies That Work

These 7 entrepreneurs are using Pinterest every day to drive traffic, showcase products and engage consumers -- and their stories may help you craft your own visual campaign.

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13 Websites to Help You Save on Startup Costs

Bootstrapping is a lot easier now than it was just a decade ago, thanks to a slew of websites and automated solutions that make an entrepreneur's life a little easier -- and their wallet, a little thicker.

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5 Steps to Stop Overthinking and Start Testing Something New

Too many organizations (especially in the nonprofit world) waste time thinking. This is a recipe for doing.

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3 Steps to Reinvent Yourself After a Disastrous Business Mistake

Michael Margolis had it all -- until he and his then-wife and business partner broke up, leaving their company in shambles. Here's how he recovered, step by step.

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Defying Confucius: Entrepreneurs Struggle With Fear of Failure in Asia

Kiasu is a concept from the Hokkien Chinese dialect that means “fear of losing.” Singaporeans often describe themselves this way, and “it goes deep into the culture,” said Hugh Mason, cofounder of the Joyful Frog Digital Incubator (JFDI).

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Top 5 Startup Myths All Entrepreneurs Should Ignore

Contrary to popular belief, starting a business doesn't require a detailed business plan -- or a generous venture capitalist. Indiegogo's Slava Rubin sets the record straight.

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My 8 Favorite "Ninja" Productivity Tools and Strategies

Productivity doesn't mean doing it all -- it means getting laser-focused on priorities. Erica Dhawan reveals the 8 tools and strategies that help her get through the work day smarter.

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Do You Have What It Takes to Disrupt an Entire Industry?

Where do the most disruptive ideas start? More often than not, far outside the industry mainstream. Here's why.

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Starting Up Vs. Consulting: 5 Lessons for Success

Running a business and consulting are very different. For Allie Siarto, these 5 lessons were crucial to her new company's success -- and to her own journey as a leader.

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The 3 Things Your Friends Should Know About Your Business

Your personal network can be a great source of leads -- provided your friends understand your business and its customers.

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The 16 Reality TV Shows Entrepreneurs Love to Watch

From Jersey Shore to Dragon's Den, these 16 reality TV shows are chock-full of startup lessons, hilarious mishaps and hard-earned business advice.

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Should You Ever Say "No" to a Potential Client?

Some clients just aren't worth the money, no matter how big the check. If you've got a domineering client, read Kenny Nguyen's story before you sign that contract.

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How to Turn Down Invites (But Keep Business Relationships)

Entrepreneurs get a LOT of invites, especially to charitable events. But you have a business to run. How do you turn down an invitation without losing face?

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4 Ways Legal Websites Fall Short for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs always want to save money, but legal websites are not the same as lawyers. Lawyer Peter Minton shares 4 reasons to be cautious about going the cheaper route.

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Top 12 Signs That It's Time to Fire an Employee

Knowing when it's time to fire can be as complicated as knowing who to hire. 12 YEC members identify the "last straw" signs you need to watch out for.

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10 Low-Cost Businesses to Start on the Side

Whether still in school or stuck at a 9-to-5, pick up one of these 10 side gigs, each with low overhead and wide profit opportunities.

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Are You the Next Instagram? How to Create a Purpose-Driven UX

Companies with products that solve problems don't last, but brands that create purpose-driven user experiences stay top-of-mind with customers for good.

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3 Olympic Tips to Train Your Business for the Gold

Most Olympians will never medal, let alone make big bucks, but they train harder than any other athletes on earth. Plenty of businesses could benefit from a similar attitude.

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7 Steps to Seize Changing Opportunities in Your Industry

Disney's Bob Iger hired former Warner Bros. executive Alan Horn as Disney's new chairman -- a smart decision in a struggling industry that all business owners can learn from.

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