Business Online Journal
By: Joshua Lombardo-Bottema
Published: December 16, 2016, 7:00 pm
The market is changing.  As technology advances, work demands increasingly follow us into our personal lives. According to a study by, Americans on average are adding approximately two hours to each workday with 65 percent of respondents saying that their employers expect them to be available outside of work hours through phone or email. Smartphones have us constantly connected. The sandwich generation is splitting their time between raising children and caring for aging parents while the economy makes it necessary for many households to have two incomes. According to Brigid Schulte, author of New York Times best-selling (Read more...)

By: Jennifer Xue
Published: December 16, 2016, 12:00 am
Nirmal Gyanwali, the founder of a Sydney-based web design agency Nirmal Web Studio, shared with us on how being Nepalese influences his business philosophy. While it may sound more spiritual than business-sounding, it makes much sense. Interestingly, this philosophy is universal and quite a simple concept. It is common knowledge that most people prefer dealing with honest and ethical businesses. Customers favor kind and attentive service providers with overall positive attitude. Moreover, stakeholders appreciate businesses with clear vision and mission. In a nutshell, Nepalese culture focuses on humility and doing good to others or —in business— stakeholders. The ultimate (Read more...)

By: Pejman Ghadimi
Published: November 19, 2016, 12:00 am
I’m often told how lucky I am to be able to converse with the 200+ successful entrepreneurs we’ve interviewed in the Secret Entourage Academy. As a successful Serial Entrepreneur myself, I find it quite easy to relate on a uniform level to many of those incredible people I interact with every day. Part of what makes our interviews so compelling, powerful, and exciting is that I’ve shared many of the same struggles and successes, so I know the right questions to ask each person in order to really understand their processes for success. However, throughout this journey, I have (Read more...)

By: Editorial Staff
Published: October 19, 2016, 11:00 pm
Strategic partnerships are nothing new. Companies have been working together for mutual benefits for a long time for a profitable future, with teams like Starbucks and Google, Spotify and Uber, and McDonald’s and Coca-Cola.  Though they're large-scale examples, they're examples of how strategic partnerships can work for both companies.  Here are five ways that a strategic partnership can help you grow your business. 1. Access to new customers Being in a strategic partnership means access to new customers, embedded in this is an opportunity for free advertisement. When you’re paired with another business, you’ll be able to (Read more...)

By: Nate Kristy
Published: October 17, 2016, 3:00 pm
How many software solutions, Web applications, or plug-ins do you sign into daily to run your small business? The answer is probably more than you think. My guess is that you use a minimum of five tools regularly, without even thinking twice. And that’s the beauty of technology. In the tech-driven world, there’s an available solution to enhance nearly every process in a small business, including accounting, project management, payroll, customer support, document management, and, of course, marketing and sales. Small businesses today have the advantage of growing their sales and managing their operations much more resourcefully than they (Read more...)

By: Felix Tarcomnicu
Published: October 16, 2016, 6:00 pm
Most startups fail within the first year struggling to find early traction. Getting your first customers is always challenging and also a significant milestone for any startup. No matter how great your business idea is, if you don’t have customers to validate it, you don’t have a sustainable business. The importance of early adopters Early adopters are a unique kind of customers, and they are invaluable to a startup. They understand that there will be errors in the first versions of your product, they don’t need testimonials, and they’ll offer valuable feedback so you can build the tool in (Read more...)