Starting a Business? First, Read These 15 Startup Articles

Here's an inside, and curated, look at fifteen articles that can level the startup playing field and prepare you for success.

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  1. Three Common Challenges Entrepreneurs Face (and How to Overcome Them)

    Starting a business and becoming an entrepreneur is exciting — it is also terrifying. For instance, the shackles of corporate America can appear comforting in retrospect, especially if you recall the team of experts you once had at your disposal. Undoubtedly someone was there to pay your taxes, provide you with office supplies, fix the office printer; not to mention you may have had peer support from coworkers and the relative stability of ongoing (and paying) work.

  2. 20 Entrepreneurs Share Lessons Learned Their First Year in Business

    Surviving your first year in business — as an entrepreneur — is a true accomplishment. Entrepreneurship can be likened to a high-speed roller coaster — full of highs and lows. But learning and anticipating common business challenges every entrepreneur faces can set your company up for small business success.

  3. 7 Things I Would Tell My Former ‘Startup’ Self

    When I started my first company, in my early twenties, I had a youthful mixture of bravado and blissful ignorance. Business moved fast. Money came quickly. I rested on my well-deserved laurels. Entrepreneurship came somewhat easy … I hadn’t yet attended hard knocks university. Everything seemed so important. Time moved so fast.

  4. 5 Common Mistakes First-Time Founders Make

    When you set off for a hike in the woods you’ll want to take a map to ensure you end up at your final destination. Wouldn’t it be nice if entrepreneurship came with a similar blueprint? Or a startup GPS that could reroute your course when you get a little lost or confused out there … where the wild things are?

  5. 10 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Starting a Business

    I come from an entrepreneurial family, so starting a business was always a given. No lie, almost everyone in my family has a side business going – it’s just something we do, back home in Africa. What wasn’t a given was immersing myself full-time in my business and using it as my primary source of income. This, was new territory.

  6. Bonus: Nine Ways to Overcome Uncomfortable Learning Stages in Business

    When you start and manage your own business you will find yourself in a constant flux of learning. Theorists suggest that there are four stages of learning; once we become aware of how little we know we can then consciously acquire a new skill, then use that skill and finally we get to a point where we can perform new skills with little thought.

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