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5 best YouTube videos for online startups

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There's a stack of really mediocre instructional clips on everything from writing a business plan, understanding the science of marketing, or improving SEO and ranking higher in Google.

You could probably spend weeks combing through everything, but like most entrepreneurs you probably don't have the time.

That's why I've collected five of the most useful and important YouTube clips to help you get the basics right - especially when it comes to ensuring your business and website get the most from the Internet.

College course outline for Internet startups

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Being an entrepreneur is something that should be encouraged and nurtured in everyone from an early age - especially in a country like the U.S. where the economy relies on small business.

Every school and university should offer a range of courses designed to empower young people to take an idea and turn it into a profitable enterprise, with confidence and competence.

Sadly, most educational institutes seem intent on sticking to dry, academic curricula that might teach young minds how to think, but don't prepare them for the harsh realities of the real world.

How to create your own business opportunities

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Isn't it frustrating that some people just seem to have that entrepreneurial knack - opportunities just seem to go their way again and again?

Is it because some entrepreneurs are just luckier than others, or are they doing something that puts them in the path of opportunity more frequently than the average person?

Regardless of what type of industry you are in, this article will highlight a few strategies you can use to find more opportunities, and take full advantage of them.

5 tips to survive without Google

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Organic search traffic from Google is so valuable that many businesses come to rely on it as their primary source of income.

And while it may seem that the sun will never set on high converting organic traffic from the search giant, you might want to think about what would happen to your enterprise if the flow dried up.

I've experienced both the frustration and despair of losing Google traffic to an unknown and unexplained penalty (only large, important businesses get the information they need to recover in a matter of days or weeks), but have also seen how other businesses have thrived without Google entirely.

What grumpy cat can teach you about creating a million dollar business

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In case you haven't already heard, there's a little kitty out there with feline dwarfism that earns more than you do.

Grumpy cat, according to Wikipedia, seems to be raking in millions of dollars, and this might strike you as odd given how difficult it is to start a successful enterprise these days.

Top small business startup tips for 2014

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Every year the relentless march of new technologies and services aimed at startups changes the business landscape.

As an entrepreneur, or SME owner looking to expand, it's important to know about emerging trends & technologies (and services) in order to make the most cost-effective and productive decisions.

What's most interesting about 2014 is that it is a year in which two huge changes (cloud & mobile) start to reach maturity.

Why Google is bad for small business

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Think of the Internet economy as a farmer’s field full of little green plants. Each plant represents a business, and the stuff that makes them grow is traffic (just like rain makes real plants grow).

Now, imagine that in between the rain clouds and our fledgling plants, there is a huge funnel that collects the rain and pours it over the field. Let’s call this funnel Google.

Google’s job is to make sure that all the sprouts get a fair share of water (provided they are of good quality), and that any weeds that are harmful to the ecosystem aren’t watered. All day long Google funnels rain onto various different plants in order to help them grow.

3 best fiverr gigs for small business

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Fiverr is an online marketplace offering a huge range of services (from the sublime to the ridiculous) that startups and small businesses can utilize, for only five dollars.

If you're wondering what business service could possibly offer any value for only $5, then you are in exactly the same boat I was.

Most of the services (called gigs) that are available on fiverr are probably not even worth the five bucks they charge. But, if you are willing to dig a bit deeper, there are a few gems that can save you a lot of time and money.

How to prepare yourself to make a small business loan application

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"Here are some great tips from Mike Hourigan on what to do before making a small business loan application."

The key to getting approved for a loan lies in preparation!

Getting a lender to invest in your small business is challenging, but with the right tools, you'll be able to clearly demonstrate how taking a chance on you is a wise financial move for the lender.

5 tips to increase your chances of getting a small business loan

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"If you are trying to get a small business loan then the following tips from Mike Hourigan will definitely help improve your chances of making a successful loan application."

Getting approved for a business loan may seem incredibly challenging at first glance - after all, it was just a few years ago that even business owners with impeccable credit scores and impressive track records were getting turned down.

But, with the economy slowly but steadily shaping up, lenders are beginning to cautiously approve more and more loans.