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...

How to start a digital marketing agency without outside funding

Raising start up capital is one of the biggest challenges entrepreneurs face, yet starting a successful business with no outside funding may be easier than you think. While it doesn't take a lot of money to build your own digital marketing agency, it does take time, effort and commitment. And although some people may see it as a disadvantage, starting out on a tight budget can be beneficial as it helps you to be self-sufficient and to focus on what's essential to the business. Here, Aaron A...

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...

8 pitfalls for freelancers to avoid

  Advances in technology, the increase in co-working spaces and the growing popularity of remote working are allowing more people take up freelancing instead of regular employment. While the prospect of being your own boss—with the freedom to choose the projects you work on and the flexibility of creating your own schedule—may seem appealing, there are some major pitfalls you need to avoid. "Freelancing has a learning curve, and it can be perilously steep," warns Michael Stov...

Brexit survival guide for start-ups and small businesses

The continuing political turmoil and prolonged economic uncertainty around Brexit is already impacting UK businesses, making long-term planning more difficult. Small business growth is stalling amid fears that any "decisions made with confidence today could be ill-advised tomorrow." And, with not knowing what to expect, fewer than a quarter of the UK's small businesses have started adapting their business processes. In this Brexit survival guide, Henry Williams shares the key areas you need to c...

How becoming a mentor could boost your business

A great mentoring relationship is a two-way street, with benefits for those doing the mentoring as well as those being mentored. Being able to learn from someone who has the experience they've yet to acquire can save first-time entrepreneurs a lot of time, stress and money. And having a great business mentor who understands the challenges can have a significant impact on their success. While becoming a mentor requires time and effort, the rewards will be reflected in your own business and charac...

7 smart strategies to retain customers and increase online sales

For any business to grow, it needs to sell more. Yet many companies fall into the trap of focussing so much on getting new customers they fail to effectively address the need to keep those they already have. It's cheaper to retain your existing customers than acquire new ones and it's also easier to sell to your existing customers. So the more customers you can keep and continue selling to, the more likely you are to achieve your business goals. Here, Charles Crawford sh...

Setting SMART goals: The 5 biggest mistakes you can make

To be successful, you need to set goals with a clear outcome in mind and create a plan to ensure you achieve them. Otherwise, your business will lack focus and direction. SMART is an acronym that brings structure to the goal setting process. Writing SMART goals gives you clarity, guides your actions, ensures you can measure your progress, helps you fine-tune your strategy, and improves your chances of success. Here, Felicia Sullivan shares an overview of the SMART goal setting technique and...

8 paradoxical habits of wildly successful people

The best way to become successful is to emulate the practices of individuals who are already highly successful. Yet, discovering what differentiates those who achieve success from those who aspire to be successful isn't an easy task. And that's because the most successful people are "so complex that many of their defining qualities are paradoxical. Rather than an "either/or" set of static characteristics, they're more likely to demonstrate both," writes emotional intelligence expert an...

13 tips for overcoming your entrepreneurial anxiety

While many people dream of renouncing traditional nine-to-five employment for the freedom and flexibility of being their own boss, starting your own business isn't all fun and games. The pressures of financial management, decision making, uncertainty about the future, and the fear of failure can often feel overwhelming. And when you feel overwhelmed it can be hard to take action and get things done. Here, members of Forbes Coaches Council share their top tips for handling the stress and anxiety ...

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