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A business partner is often an essential component of launching a startup — just as important as a good business plan and lots of capital. If you have a partner, they will shoulder some of the burden and responsibility, provide an additional cash boost, and ensure that you have someone with whom you can discuss ideas.

Any old business partner won’t suffice, though. You need someone who ticks the right boxes and has — as Liam Neeson would say — a very particular set of skills.

1.They Have Their Own Ideas

Is it true that they are doomed to fail?

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It’s often said that most startups are doomed to fail. In fact, it’s become a cliché at this point and like a game of telephone, the facts get lost over time. I’ve seen claims that up to 90% will fail in the first year, making you wonder how there are any successful businesses left.

In truth, around 20% will fail in the first year, 50% by year 5, and 70% by year 10. It’s not quite as concerning as you might think, and if you understand why these businesses fail, you can avoid becoming part of that statistic.


Great leaders inspire their employees. They are loved and respected, and their staff are more likely to give their all. The difference between a bad leader and a great leader could be the difference between success and failure.

If you want the good times to roll, you need to know how to be a good leader, and the following tips can help you with that.

1. Be Passionate

What is qualitative research, what does it entail, and is it something that a small business owner should be thinking about? These are the questions that will be addressed by myself and Clark Murray in this extensive guide.

The guide covers all of the basics, including:

  • Areas of Research: There are three areas covered in this guide, including qualitative research, quantitative research, and Big Data. The goal of these three areas of research is the same, but they refer to different areas and it’s important to know what those differences are.
  • Focus Groups: Although focus groups have an old-fashioned vibe…

There are two states of existence for a freelancer: too much work or not enough work.

Both are stressful, but the latter is definitely the worst one. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re hitting a dry spell, there will always come a time when you need to find new clients and new projects. When that happens, the following tips might help you out.

1. Use the Right Sites

Magic Spoon is huge right now. It’s one of the fastest-growing health food companies in the United States and the interview below was conducted at the height of its popularity.

If you’ve ever wondered how founders of successful companies get to where they are, and what sort of techniques they employ to remain there, this is the guide for you.

Here is just a summary of the many things that you can learn:

  • Do You Need a Unique Idea? How many great ideas do you have for a business? Write them down, plot them out, and then ask yourself how…

A good idea won’t guarantee investment, and you can’t just book a spot on Shark Tank every time you need a little capital. Getting investment can be just as difficult as launching and growing your business, but there are a few ways that you increase your chances of success.

1. Use Social Media to Your Advantage

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Everyone knows that sitting down all day and working from morning until night isn’t healthy. But as any freelancer and entrepreneur will tell you, it’s not easy to give up, reduce your hours, and start spending several hours at the gym every day.

So, what happens when you work all day and just don’t have the time for fitness regimes, yoga classes, and everything else that seems to be commonplace among modern office workers and professionals?

Here are a few tips to help you.

It’s Not all or Nothing when it Comes to Exercise

Successful people aren’t born. They are made. They try, fail, struggle, suffer, and, eventually, their personalities are molded, strengthened, and they adapt certain traits and characteristics.

Everyone is different, and this applies to successful people as well. Some are extroverted go-getters; others are introverted opportunists. But if you look close enough, you’ll find a number of similar characteristics that exist in most successful people, including:

An Unwavering Self Belief

Many entrepreneurs struggle with productivity. They don’t work as hard as they can or as much as they should, and no matter how hard they try, they keep falling into the same patterns of procrastination.

They desperately search for answers, ways in which they can become more productive and more efficient, but more often than not, they look in the wrong places. Because, contrary to what you might think, productivity is about focus and not time.

Why Productivity is About Focus and Not Time

Sabir Semerkant

Founder, GROWTH by Sabir | Vaynermedia Alum (GaryVee) | Growth Hack Your Business & Scale to the Moon | Contact Me

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