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Articles, Checklists & Resources to Help You in Your Success

To get you up and running with your new business, SUCCESS brings you tips, strategies, inspiration and insights in this new Entrepreneurial Toolkit. You'll read why now is the right time to start a business and the personal benefits of entrepreneurship. The toolkit is an ongoing component of SUCCESS.com, offering an array of articles with time-tested principles as well as new features posted throughout the month.

Looking for some help or inspiration? Check out the SUCCESS Start Small Win Big entrepreneur challenge!

Inspiration

Inspirational Articles

Teen Entrepreneurs: The New Normal

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High school students want to change the world with their inventions, and they’re getting real-world experience (and funding) to make just that happen.

In the 96 years since three men formed a collection of after-school business clubs in Springfield, Mass., and called it Junior Achievement, entrepreneurship courses geared to high school students have come a long way.

The 5 Emotional Challenges You’ll Face as an EntrepreneurKnow how the risk of starting a business from scratch can weigh heavy on the mind behind the idea.
Darren Hardy: Goal-Setting Doesn't Work(And Santa Claus doesn't really exist either)
The Road to Your FutureTake control. Start your own business... now.
Entrepreneurs, Start Your EnginesThe greatest economic expansion in the history of the world is about to begin!
Entrepreneurs are in the Driver's SeatWhy now is the best time for creating your most successful future
How to Start a Business While Maintaining Your Life18 questions to prepare you for the entrepreneurial journey
Quiz: Do You Have the Entrepreneurial Mindset?A self-assessment tool for you
Brian Tracy: It's Easier Than EverThese three key components can help you become an entrepreneurial success story
Why You Should Start Your Own Business TodaySix reasons to become an entrepreneur

Resources

Resources Articles

Checklist: Get Your Small Business Started

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Questions to ask yourself and answers from SUCCESS.com resources.

Starting a new business comes with no guarantees. While risks are unavoidable, you can vastly improve your chances of succeeding with proper planning. Use this checklist from the Small Business Association to help you get started. Poor planning is actually the No. 1 reason for small-business failures, so make sure you are prepared.

13 Key Habits to Help You "Seize the Day"Personal development statesman, Paul J. Meyer, shares his "baker's dozen" on how to get the most out of life.
Web Extra: Win-Worthy Web ToolsCheck out these tested tech tools for greater productivity.
Essential Sites for Small BusinessesSmall Business Adminstration resources and more
25 Books for SuccessRead these, achieve more.
Reading List: The Best Books of 2014From this year’s 60 reviews, we’ve chosen 9 standout titles.
Fun (and Sometimes Free!) Online Tools for Small BusinessesDon't miss out on these helpful web resources
Make Your Small Business Better in 12 WeeksJoin the SUCCESS Start Small Win Big entrepreneurial challenge to win prizes

How To Guide

How To Guide Subjects

Rohn: 7 Personality Traits of a Great Leader

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The qualities of skillful leadership

If you want to be a leader who attracts quality people, the key is to become a person of quality yourself. Leadership is the ability to attract someone to the gifts, skills and opportunities you offer as an owner, as a manager, as a parent. Jim Rohn calls leadership the great challenge of life.

What’s important in leadership is refining your skills. All great leaders keep working on themselves until they become effective. Here’s how:

How To: Motivate Your Sales StaffGet creative with contests, commissions and bonuses to inspire your team.
How to Become a Sought-After Expert5 tactics for becoming a recognized expert
How to Build a Facebook Page for Your FranchiseSocial Stage CEO Brandon Lee shares the tools available for creating your local business page
Guy Kawasaki: How to Gain Followers on Google+In this excerpt from Guy Kawasaki's new book, the original Apple evangelist shares his insider tips.
More 1-on-1: Kevin Harrington on Top 10 Qualities of a Hot SellerShark Tank entrepreneur shares his secrets
How To: Brand Yourself Increase results and become kind of a big deal by building your personal brand.
How To: Maximize MeetingsHow to Banish Boring and Up Productivity
Exhibiting at a Trade Show?How to maximize returns from your investment
Reinventing a BusinessDoes your business need a new lease on life?

Types of Business to Consider

Types of Business to Consider

Business to Consider: Consulting

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Consultants coach clients in everything from management and human resources to image, media and the best ways to implement computers/technology. Not only do consultants possess expertise in specific areas, they also must be able to impart knowledge and generate value for their clients.

Business to Consider: Direct Selling/Network Marketing
Business to Consider: Franchise Opportunities
Business to Consider: Microbusiness
Business to Consider: Online Opportunities
Business to Consider: Real Estate Investing
Business to Consider: Service Startups