Vote on how to be succesful

What it takes for entrepreneurs and small business owners to be successful can vary from person to person, and industry to industry. There's no one thing that makes one person succeed and another fail.

But, this is not about everything you need to succeed, this is 'truth gun to the head', pick the single most important contributing factor to success in business.

5 stunningly designed entrepreneur quotes to inspire you

Life as an entrepreneur can be extremely tough, which is why it is important to sometimes pause and listen to inspiring quotes that keep you going.

But it's one thing to read a quote, it's another to see it brought to life by an artist's interpretation. Often, the imagery combined with the quote can have a far more profound effect than the words by themselves.

10 inspirational quotes for entrepreneurs

It's occasionally valuable to take some time to listen to the collective wisdom of entrepreneurs, great personalities, and leaders who have distilled their knowledge and experience into inspiring quotes.

"Get rich quick" vs. "make money online"

I think it's time to dispel the "get rich quick" myth once and for all, and highlight the difference in intent between wanting to make money online through innovation and hard work, and wanting money for nothing.

Top business ideas using crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is a relatively novel way for startups and entrepreneurs to raise money to support their fledgling companies - and sometimes it actually works.

Like most online endeavours, it isn't particularly hard to set up a crowdfunding campaign and start raising small bits of capital from thousands of individuals who find your idea intriguing.

Small business trends in 2015

Keeping abreast of the truly important trends in small business is absolutely vital if you are to grow and remain profitable.

With the pace at which technology moves, how rapidly society changes, how fickle the Internet (& Google) can be, keeping an eye out for what's around the corner can help avoid dangers and make the most of great opportunities early on.

Small business CRM

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) is about reaching out to the right people, convincing them to do business with you, and then maintaining and nurturing that relationship.

Top small business trends (live)

Having access to a great tool like Google Trends means that it is easy to keep an eye on how important brands and services are faring.

Since Google search is so prevalent (weighing in at about 67% in the U.S. and 90% in Europe), monitoring how popular services are trending can give some great insight into which ones are gaining market share and which are losing the race.

How to pitch big new clients

Recently I was fortunate enough to attend a meeting between my startup and one of the largest logistics companies in the country - so that we could pitch our new service.

The size of this client would almost be sufficient to reach sustainability and profitability in one go. Obviously landing a whale in your first pitch as a new startup is the ultimate dream come true, but it can be hard to turn it into reality.

The meeting went ok, but there were some hard lessons learned about how to pitch big corporate clients that my partners and I took away from the experience.

Business technology review

Starting and running a successful small, home or online business these days means that you are going to have to rely on technology to handle most things - if not everything.

There isn't a single aspect of the modern business that doesn't have software, online software, cloud solutions, or innovative hardware and gadgets to save time, streamline processes, maximize efficiency, and save on costs.

The problem, especially for first time business owners, is knowing which technology is the right one for your company, and how to use it effectively to ensure that it provides value and/or good returns.

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