8 surefire ways to grow your business in 2019

Finding new opportunities for growth is a challenge, especially when you're dealing with competing priorities and obstacles that stall your progress. To reach your goals, you need to sit down and think about your business as a whole and consider which aspects of the business are working well, what isn't working, and what else you can do to drive growth. At the annual EY Strategic Growth Forum, some of the world's leading entrepreneurs share their top tips on what it takes to build a sustainable ...
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Create a business plan for fewer hassles and faster growth

There are several good reasons for writing a business plan before launching any new venture, even if you're not looking to attract investors. A business plan is an effective tool for setting out your goals and how you're going to achieve them. And while it may take time and effort to create, a well thought out business plan provides an effective roadmap for your business and improves your chances of success. Here, John Lavelle shares some top tips on how to create a "low friction busin...
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How financial modeling helps startups

Before investing time, effort and money into launching a new business, you need to know whether it's financially viable. Creating a customized financial model is a key element of effective business planning. It helps you to identify strengths and weakness in your business, anticipate problems that may affect your cash flow, make informed business decisions, and plan for the future. And a solid financial model is also a pre-requisite if you're looking to raise funding. Here, Kate L. Harrison shar...
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4 things I've learned from running a startup for 10 years

No one succeeds alone. There's a proverb that says "it takes a village to raise a child" and founding a company is a lot like raising a child. It requires the input of an entire community to gain experience, learn and grow. And while there's no "one-size-fits-all" guide to success, there are some universal truths that can help you steer your new venture in the right direction. Here, artificial emotional intelligence pioneer Rana el Kaliouby shares what she's learned about four key...
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A post-Brexit future for entrepreneurs: How to navigate an uncertain climate

The U.K. can still maintain its reputation as a prime destination for startup founders—despite continuing uncertainty over its future as a major European hub for innovation. While there's much debate about the outlook for foreign investment, talent acquisition, and the flow of data, the UK should still be seen as "a fantastic ground for innovation and business development," says Ivan Mazour. Here, he shares how entrepreneurs can effectively navigate the current environment to avoid potential stu...
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Just do it: How to work when you really don't feel like it

As an entrepreneur or business owner, you can't avoid tasks that need to be done just because you don't feel like doing them. Procrastination is the enemy of productivity. And it's procrastination, rather than lack of motivation, that's the main obstacle to achieving your goals. You don't have to feel like doing something to actually do it, says entrepreneur, founder and CEO Aytekin Tank. Here, he explores the reasons why people procrastinate and shares some top tips on how to stop pro...
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10 things I hated about your business pitch

A great business pitch is a fine balancing act and many entrepreneurs make mistakes that ruin their chances of securing funding. If outside investment is the only way to get your new venture off the ground, you want potential investors to be as excited about the business as you are. Yet along with your confidence and enthusiasm, you also need to demonstrate your competence and credibility. Here, Tim Berry shares the10 things he hates the most when they come up in business pitches so you can...
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The complete, 12-step guide to starting a business

There are more opportunities than ever for starting your own business and while you need passion, persistence, and dedication to succeed, there are plenty of free or low-cost resources available to help you get to grips with the practicalities of starting and growing a business. Starting with the most basic question: Why do you want to start a business? Matthew McCreary shares here everything you need to know about starting a business in this 12-step guide to becoming a successful business owner...
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How to define your target market

The better you understand your target market, the better you'll understand how and where to reach the people most likely to buy your products or services. Defining your target market is one of your most important tasks as an entrepreneur as it lays the foundation for every aspect of your overall marketing strategy. "The right target market increases your chances of success because you can communicate better with a well-defined group," writes Tim Berry who shares here his top tips for accurately ...
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