Entrepreneur ideas (for bootstrapping)

Having a great business idea is only the beginning of the creative journey every entrepreneur goes on when starting a new venture using their own capital (known as bootstrapping).

For many, obtaining loans and financing to grow their startup can be really difficult. Not everyone can get featured on TechCrunch and go on to obtain millions in venture capital.

Thanks Google for ruining our startup launch!

You spend years building up an online business, working hard to provide a service that gives paying customers great value.

After a while, your company starts attracting corporate clients who need a bit more than what is available on your traditional offering. And, despite limited resources, you have no choice but to expand the service to enterprise level customers.

But this means a lot of work, and it takes months to properly plan, design and implement the new changes. It's infuriating that Google can mistakenly ruin this.

3 most common online startup mistakes

If you're in the process of starting a small online business, then make sure you take a look at these three most common, and damaging, mistakes entrepreneurs make.

Unfortunately, most people tend to make the biggest mistakes early on while their fledgling startup is still very fragile. That's just the nature of business. The hardest part is earning the first dollar - after that it usually gets easier.

The fact is, the vast majority of all online startups fail - or fail to even earn a cent. But, by avoiding these common pitfalls it is possible to radically increase your chances of success and turn a decent profit.

How to startup (online) in one day

Setting up a small business is much cheaper and much faster than it was a few years ago, thanks to the surge in high quality technologies and services aimed at online startups.

Now more than ever, the power to start a new business is in your own hands. Yes, there are still risks. Yes, it still takes plenty of hard work. But that shouldn't stop you.

Here's how you can start your own small/home business in just a single day (assuming you already have an idea of what you're going to do).

3 technologies that make startups simple

Starting a new online business can get expensive and difficult fast; unless you're using the right tools and technologies to simplify things.

Many entrepreneurs find their precious time being consumed by technical problems as they search for the right tech products and services to meets their needs.

Wasting time, money and energy on the wrong Web platform, bad hosting, expensive custom Web development and design, integration with accounting and payment systems, and other 3rd party tools for marketing, can massively increase the risk of failure.

3 great reasons to start an online business today

Check out our top 3 reasons why there's never been a better time to set up an online business than right now.

If you've got an idea that you think will succeed but are hesitating because you are worried about failing and losing money, then get ready to be inspired to start today - right now even.

Sure, the economy is not great, but there are signs of growth, and successful people didn't get that way by sitting around waiting for the economy to improve.

How to set up a company email account on your own domain

A lot of small business owners find that they need a corporate email address on their own work domain, but aren't entirely sure what is required to set things in motion, beyond needing a domain name.

And while using something like mycompany @ gmail.com might be sufficient for the first few weeks, you'll want something more professional going forward - because it promotes you better.

Also, given how much spam arrives from the free email systems, it's unlikely anyone will take email from a hotmail address seriously.

5 essential YouTube videos for online startups

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.

Startup jobs: Weighing equity vs. income

Deciding whether to take a job working for a startup company is a decision that can lead to fabulous riches or years of wasted effort with little to show.

In short, it's a high risk decision.

So how what factors must be taken into account when working out how to take an offer?

This article lists six questions you should ask yourself before considering any job offer - to help ensure you get a fair deal and make the right decision.

5 tech startups you want to meet in 2014

Often, by the time we read about tech startups, they have been around for a few years, have millions of dollars in funding, and are well on their way to becoming successful.

A lot of these startups also seem to be pretty gimmicky, right? They're a nice idea, but are they really all that?

I thought we could make a change and look at a few slightly more early stage businesses that aren't yet household names, but still offer genuine value.

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