Tags: Start-Up

3:30 min

5 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Quit My Job To Freelance

Just over a year ago, I quit my job as the Director of Communications at a luxury home-design retailer. I didn’t leave for another position or to travel the world — I left to freelance write, edit, and consult. At the time, my only certainties were a massive pay cut and a single client. And, oh yeah, I was…

2:30 min

What It’s Like To Pitch Your Startup To President Obama

When language-learning service Duolingo got an invite from the White House to Tuesday’s inaugural Demo Day celebration of American entrepreneurs, Duolingo leaders expected to meet fellow founders and catch a closing speech from President Barack Obama. Instead, cofounder Luis von Ahn and VP of marketing and international development Gina Gotthilf were asked to pitch their company directly to Obama, as if he…

2:30 min

7 Risks Every Entrepreneur Must Take

Risk-taking is almost synonymous with entrepreneurship. To start and support your own business, you’ll have to put your career, personal finances and even your mental health at stake. For most, the prospect of making your own decisions and being in charge of your own destiny is worth it. But if you’re going to be successful as…

4 min

Dear Younger Me: 4 Smart Things That Would Have Changed My Small Business Life

Running a business was exciting at first. I felt the freedom of controlling my own destiny while working with my closest friends, daydreaming about the next big breakthrough and planning for the day that financial freedom would finally arrive. Unfortunately, I wasn’t prepared for the constant state of struggle and hardship that lay ahead. And as…

2 min

4 Research-Backed Signs You’re Meant To Be An Entrepreneur

While about 43% of American kids and adolescents say they plan to start their own businesses, just 13% of adults in the US are engaged in entrepreneurial activities. So what are the qualities of individuals whose entrepreneurial ambitions survive the transition to adulthood? To find out, researchers at Tufts and Stanford universities spent three years studying more than 5,000…

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