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Are Entrepreneurs Really Predators?
Schoeniger Gary
4/15/2010
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As entrepreneurship has emerged as a global phenomenon, it is apparent that many popular entrepreneur myths remain. Among them, none is perhaps more common (and potentially devastating) than that of the entrepreneur as a bold risk taker, the flamboyant gambler who bets it all and...

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The Most Profitable Small Businesses
Nelson Brett Farrell Maureen
4/15/2010
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Based on 300,000 companies, most with annual sales under $10 million. One takeaway: Specialization pays off.

Spiking sales might make for good cocktail conversation, but if you don't turn a profit--and keep turning one--you won't be in business very long. With the help of Sageworks, a Raleigh, N.C.-based accounting consultancy and private-company data provider, Forbes assembled a list of the 20 most profitable businesses, on a pretax basis, that aspiring entrepreneurs might launch. At No. 1: offices of Certified Public Accountants, with an average pretax margin of 17.1%. Wired communication carriers (transmission-line operators and the like), which clock an average 10.1% margin, brought up the rear.

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10 Things I Learned From Launching a Company in a Recession
Von Tobel Alexa
4/13/2010
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Two years ago I had an idea for a website. I decided to leave a well paying job, invest all of the money I made post college, and began to start the terrifying journey of building a company. Today, I want to share the ten most powerful things I learned about turning that idea into a business at a time when the economy was at its worst, and capital was scarce. Many of the tips I'm sharing with you were passed down from others who were kind enough to share their experiences and insight with me.

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Four Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting A Business
Johnson Emma
4/12/2010
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Not so fast, Martha Stewart.

OK, you're special. You are talented and one of the best at what you do. But that doesn't mean that you're equipped to run your own business--even one within a field or industry you've been working in or following for years.

To wit: 627,200 new businesses opened in the U.S. in 2008--the same year 595,600 businesses shuttered and 43,546 filed for bankruptcy, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Likewise, 30% of small businesses fail within the first two years and half close shop within five years, according to the SBA.

The fact of the matter is that far too many people launch their own companies for all the wrong reasons and without the tools it takes to succeed. Before handing in your notice and signing a lease on an office, it's imperative you take a hard look at yourself in the salaried eye and ask yourself a few critical questions that could mean the difference between a fulfilling life as your own boss and speed-dialing a bankruptcy lawyer.

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The Next Crop: Grade-School Entrepreneurs
Coster Helen
4/12/2010
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Some world-beaters start young. And they're thinking about more than lemonade stands.

In 1996 Apple celebrated its 20th anniversary, Mark Zuckerberg was in junior high and Jacob Cook--who owns a computer support company--was born.

No, your math is right: Cook is all of 13 years old.

Cook, who lives in Sacramento, Calif., has been an entrepreneur for three years. At age 10 he started buying books and other "low-end stuff" at garage sales and re-selling it on eBay. As he learned more about computers, he started creating video tutorials about fixing tech problems and broadcasting them on YouTube. After he was profiled in a local newspaper, people started contacting him with their own troubleshooting requests. Today he charges up to $30 an hour to help clients erase computer viruses and fix other problems.

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Entrepreneurship News Roundup: Week of 4/9/2010
Ruhe Thom
4/9/2010
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Babson College in Massachusetts is taking an innovative approach in bringing the entrepreneurial spirit into the classroom.

You don’t always need to be born rich to make your life a success story. Take a look at 20 billionaires who made it big through hard work,...

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Getting to Plan B (Entire Talk) - Randy Komisar (KPCB)
Komisar Randy
4/8/2010
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While Plan A may begin the backbone on which an entrepreneurial idea is hinged, succinct data gathering and constant market evaluation more often lead to profit with the next idea in line. The tech sector breeds innovation, says KPCB partner and frequent speaker Randy Komisar, and to do so it is required to accept the numerous fits and starts of the start-up.

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Entrepreneurship: What's in a Name?
Stangler Dane
4/7/2010
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Who is the real entrepreneur? What does it mean to be self-employed?  Dane Stangler examines this question and what it means to be an entrepreneur during these tumultuous economic times.

At the University of Miami a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend an entrepreneurship class with roughly 40 students. Most of them were juniors and seniors, joined by a small number of law students. The course had so far covered the theoretical literature on entrepreneurship, but on this particular day all the students wanted to talk about was their own futures.

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The Billionaires Who Made Themselves and Their Nations
4/7/2010
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Some people are born rich, but it is the self-made billionaires who inspire people more than anybody else. While most entrepreneurs won’t end up in the 10-digit club, there are lessons to be taken from these elites.

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Feeling Blue about Pink Slips
Needleman Sarah E
4/6/2010
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With pink-slip taxes increasing, more small-business owners may be motivated to appeal claims for unemployment benefits filed by former employees who quit or were fired for cause—but such appeals can sometimes backfire.

U.S. employers are required to make regular tax contributions toward unemployment insurance. They're taxed at a rate that varies by state and the size of their payroll. That rate can increase as a business lays off more employees.

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