Business Startups

My Corporate Jobs Prepared Me For Entrepreneurship

Before being bit by the entrepreneurial bug and starting ChefXChange in 2014, I was a pure corporate brat. I graduated from the American University in Beirut with a BSc in Economics in 2004, did an MSc in Economics and Finance at the Warwick Business School in 2005, and started working in the banking sector. I worked at firms, such as UBS and Goldman Sachs, before doing my MBA at the London Business…

Q. What Do Virtually All Small Business Owners Have In Common? A. Hustle and Sacrifice.

The U.S. Small Business Administration reports that this country has 29.6 million small business owners. Together, these owners constitute an army of hard-working Americans striving to build something for themselves, be their own boss and support their families and local economies. Regardless of what industry they're in, be it retail and construction, food and beverage manufacture and hospitality,…

10 Ways a Business Mentor Creates Explosive Results

It's hard to truly grow in business without a mentor. Business mentors provide a sounding board, helping to amplify your results. They help to guide you through the oftentimes-murky waters in the entrepreneurial world while you navigate the storms. They help to mitigate the risks that might occur when you move out past your comfort zone. If you've never considered a mentor in business, then…

Want to Grow a Photography Business? Look Beyond the Picture.

In a point-and-click age, almost anyone can manage a decent photo. Heck, I know people using portrait mode on their iPhones trying to turn their tap-to-focus "skills" into a side hustle. But, if you want to start and grow a photography business and have a chance at making a name for yourself in the industry, you must look beyond the picture. According to IBISWorld, the photography industry…

Agility Matters: Here is How To Make Your Business Knowledge Based

The successful entrepreneur sets objectives and takes risks, is persuasive and persistent, honors commitment, seizes opportunities, and always seeks information. We all know this! This is entrepreneurship 101. But, of course, the devil lies in the details: how do you work on yourself both organizationally and psychologically to harness the right behavior that will get you where you want to go? Most…

5 Strategic Moves Startups Can Make to Build a Brand That Sticks

There’s a lot of competition out there -- for everyone, in every industry. Unless your company is fortunate enough to create its own industry, or to become so ubiquitous that its name becomes a verb (i.e. “google it”), you’re going to encounter some stiff resistance from other companies that do similar things to you. So how do you stand out and ensure that your brand…