A good team of investors can be the foundation of your startup’s success, but a bad one can obliterate even the strongest ideas. Investors can provide more than capital to your business — they can become resources for organizing, marketing, and realizing ideas. Knowing what to look for in an investor and being able to attract the best kind of investors are vital skills for any new entrepreneur.
With the economy still far from recovered, it seems like a less-than-ideal time to start a new business. Yet right now is actually the perfect opportunity to dream big, follow your passion and create your own path to success.
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No entrepreneur is without a smartphone or tablet anymore, it seems. In fact, it’s hard to remember what, exactly, we did before we had the ability to stay on top of everything from operations to pitch deck edits on the fly (or in the middle of a family vacation — hey, it happens!). But with the proliferation of “apps” — particularly those targeting business owners and their employees — it’s hard to know which ones are worth the download.
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We’ve all heard it before: network, network, network. Of course, in a professional environment, it’s necessary to make connections to get your name into the public consciousness. We hunt for relationships and networking opportunities so much that we sometimes forget the most basic and efficient way to connect: a simple “hello.”
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Ask The Entrepreneurs is a regular series where members of those involved in the Young Entrepreneur Council are asked a single question that aims to help Lifehack readers level up their own lives in the areas of management, communication, business, or life in general.
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When I was 18 years old, I met a fellow entrepreneur through MySpace. He took me under his wing and taught me the ins and outs of entrepreneurship. Through him, I learned firsthand how to build a successful business. I can confidently say that without his help, I would not be the man I am today. I was fortunate to have this experience early on in life and because of it, I not only help out other young entrepreneurs, but I never stop looking for a new connection to make.
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What is one type of business that an aspiring entrepreneur could create with just $100 in their pocket?
An entrepreneur could start buying generic domain names for $10 and sell them to companies that could benefit from them. I started out this way, with 10 names at $10 each. This turned into a multimillion-dollar company that now develops domain names into living, breathing companies. - Aaron Pitman, API Domain Investments
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Aaron Pitman, president and founder of API Domain Investments, agrees. "Freedom is my driver," he says. "I always wanted to be able to call my own shots, be in charge of my destiny, and have the ability to set my own life."
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From humility to ability to stay focused anytime, 12 start-up founders share the traits they consider hallmarks of great leadership.
A positive mindset defines a great leader. If you don't buy into a bulletproof mindset of positivity, you won't make it as an entrepreneur. Business is constantly filled with ups and downs; if the captain of the ship is always positive, he will influence others to feel the same.
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16. Domain Name Industry Will Explode Again
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