The Insider: Business

3 Proven Product Development Strategies for Any Industry

Modify Watches isn't a high-tech business -- but its product development method was borrowed from Silicon Valley.

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Lessons in Freelancing: Diversify Your Client Base!

Freelancers have to diversify -- or risk losing it all. Steph Auteri gives us the blow-by-blow on how she expanded her client base (and profits).

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4 Steps That Help You Score a Spot in a Startup Accelerator

Ethan Austin shares 4 steps that helped secure his award-winning company GiveForward a spot in Excelerate Labs, a startup accelerator.

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My 3 Favorite Pieces of Startup Advice

For entrepreneurs, advice is easy to come by. But it's the advice that's worth following that can change the way you do business.

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4 Tips to Find a Mentor Fit for the New Economy

Gen Y employees want to be leaders, not just employees. Here are 4 ways for Millennials to find mentors who match their ambitions.

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5 Tips to Stop Failing at Social Media Marketing

Putting your business on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms isn't about broadcasting a marketing message -- it's about being likeable.

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Do Young Entrepreneurs Need MBAs to Succeed?

Do you need an MBA to be an entrepreneur? The degree has its rewards, but the groupthink mentality can actually hurt entrepreneurs. Here's why.

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Beat Your Online Competition, No Matter How Big

Yes, Average Joes can still compete online -- but not if they keep overlooking 3 of the most basic strategies for making their online presence count.

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43 Troubling Facts About the Youth Unemployment Crisis

The real facts: 1 out of 2 college grads under age 25 were unemployed or underemployed in 2011. Student loan debt is sky-high. And wages are lower now than 5 years ago.

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How to Embrace Your Quirks (and Attract Better Clients)

So, what do sex writing and career coaching have in common? The secret to finding your ideal client is highlighting what makes you, well, different.

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Can You Handle Working at a Startup?

Working at a startup is not for everyone. Here are the qualities some of your potential bosses require -- no matter how small the job.

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13 Creative Ways to Generate Extra Revenue

Don't let one bad season kill your business. If you get creative about new revenue streams now, you'll be ready for anything.

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How to Get Noticed in the Fashion Industry

When an industry is flooded with competition, blending in means getting lost. For fashion entrepreneurs, attitude and personality are a must.

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Dread Making Sales? A To-Don't List for Selling More

Business success often boils down to sales. But you don't have to be a born salesman -- you just have to avoid these 7 common sales mistakes.

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10 To-Do Items When Pricing Your Product

Before finalizing the price, consider the value. Follow these top tips from ten successful young entrepreneurs.

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Why You Need to Get Obsessed With Product Development

A successful product launch is all in the iteration. Here are four suggestions to help you innovate faster and sell more.

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13 Tips for Writing Your First Professional Development Book

If you're thinking about writing your own professional development book, think again. Knowing your market first is critical.

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How Not to Screw Up a New Business Relationship

New colleague or client? Use the rules of dating to build a relationship: be clear, be communicative, and remember that timing is everything.

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Are You a One-Trick Pony? How to Give Customers More

It's not enough to offer just one "golden" product anymore. Continue selling to existing customers by giving them more of what they love.

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10 Traits Entrepreneurs Share With Superheroes

You spent your childhood learning personal values from superheroes -- why stop now that you're a budding entrepreneur?

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