6 successful women share how they defeated 'impostor syndrome'

Women entrepreneurs often have to overcome the challenge of cultural stereotyping and gender bias, especially when it comes to raising capital. Yet we also need to be aware of how our own mindset and pre-conceptions can stop us achieving our goals. Even the most successful entrepreneurs can struggle with imposter syndrome and women are particularly susceptible to this form of self-doubt, especially when working in a male dominated field. In this article, six members of the Young E...

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...

6 phrases that will help you sell your ideas

It isn't just what you say that matters; it's how you say it. Different words may have the same meaning yet convey a subtle difference in connotation and by choosing your words carefully you can increase the influence your presentation has on your audience. Whether you're pitching your ideas to clients, colleagues, potential investors or supporters, finding the right words for maximum impact is crucial. Here, Judith Humphrey shares six phrases you can use to convince your audience by communicati...

Lean market validation: 10 ways to rapidly test your startup idea

One of the top reasons for startup up failure is lack of product/market fit. And that's because first-time entrepreneurs often make the mistake of launching a new business based on assumptions, without testing the market first. While you may be excited about your new business idea, if you don't get enough paying customers you'll struggle to make a success of it. Yet, with the right process "even inexperienced entrepreneurs can bring amazing products to market with excited buyers," writes Jim Sem...

More than $1 billion in new capital has been earmarked for women entrepreneurs. Here's where to find it

Despite outperforming their male counterparts, the odds are stacked against most female founders when it comes to raising venture capital funding. The fundraising process can be gruelling for any entrepreneur. And, in a male-dominated industry, women also face a potential minefield of gender stereotyping and biased attitudes. When pitching to investors, they're often held to different standards than their male counterparts and are treated differently or asked different questions. Some inves...

How entrepreneurs can fight climate change and build a profitable business at the same time

Younger consumers are already driving a trend towards profit with purpose. And with an increasing sense of urgency about pollution and the consequences of climate change, it's a growing trend that's set to become the norm, says entrepreneur Nicolas Brusson. Although entrepreneurs have a duty to build profitable businesses, as global citizens "it is also our duty to engage with the challenge of climate change at a meaningful level, not just as a cursory CSR exercise," says Brusson. Here, he ...

How to lead a team more skilled than you

As a founder, CEO, manager, or team leader you don't have to be the smartest person in the room. Hiring the best talent is crucial for the success of any business and you may find yourself leading a team of experts who are smarter than you. Rather than feeling feel intimidated by their knowledge and skills, you need to learn from them and give them the tools they need to succeed. With that in mind, this article shares some top tips on how to "manage talent efficiently, to optimize your team's st...

The beginner’s guide to cost per acquisition (CPA)

Knowing how to measure the effectiveness of your online advertising campaigns is essential for any business and cost per acquisition (CPA) is one of the most important metrics for calculating the return on your investment. Whether conversion is represented by a sale, click, registration, or download, "the best way to measure your content's converting capabilities and, in turn, its resonance is cost per acquisition," writes Clifford Chi. Here, he shares an overview of how to calculate your CPA an...

7 tips to declutter your calendar (and make time for what matters)

We'd all like to be more effective and more efficient, yet it often seems there just aren't enough hours in the day to achieve all of our goals. When you take stock of how you're spending your time however, you may find you can reclaim several hours each week to focus on the most important tasks on your to-do list. And you could also clear some space in your schedule for doing more of what you love. Here, Stav Ziv shares some top tips from career coaches, consultants and other experts to he...

Calling all women founders: Participate in Inc.'s 2019 female entrepreneurship survey

Inc. and Fast Company want to hear from female entrepreneurs for their 2019 survey on the State of Women and Entrepreneurship. Last year 279 female founders shared their experiences and opinions about financing, business culture, identity, politics, personal sacrifices, and more. And the results of the joint survey revealed some surprising findings. The results of the new 2019 survey will be featured in the October print issues of both magazines, as well as appearing online, and participants can...

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