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The art and science of a perfect investor pitch

Professional investors eye businesses with the potential to rapidly grow. Christopher Golis, author of ‘Enterprise & Venture Capital,’ thinks if the potential market of your business is lower than $100 million, venture capitalists would simply pass the investment opportunity. So make sure you can demonstrate a large enough market that can deliver the expected ROI.

Read this, before you speak to any Investor about your startup online business

There is basic information an investor will want to see before they become interested in you and, your online venture. But basically, it’s all about returning tons of money to the investor. It's never about making you a multi-millionaire. If you can answer the following questions honestly, then, you're ready to speak to potential investors.

Do you think you’re a good networker? Four simple tips for effective networking

Just because you network with hundreds of people each week doesn’t mean you’re a good networker. It really comes down to whether you’re doing it correctly. Are you building trust and creating meaningful relationships, or are you making people uncomfortable each time you open your mouth?

The Web Mantra: Usability, usability and usability

Consultants will advise you on how to build a good website, but few will dwell on what not to do. Here is the bad stuff you want to avoid at all costs. In the online world, all that matters is usability, usability and usability.

The world belongs to the askers. Don’t believe me? Well, I have six questions...

Advanced Selling Strategies author Brian Tracey said: “The world belongs to the askers.” The habit of asking must be developed, not only in daily life, but also in business activities. Here are just some of the wonderful things you can achieve in business if you dare to ask. Chicken?

Successful business management is all about marketing, marketing and more marketing. (Three tips and...

If property investment is all about location, location and location, successful business management is all about marketing, marketing and marketing. One of the most common causes of business failures is a failure to understand all there is to know about the market and the potential customer. Entrepreneurs need to gain this knowledge even before developing a product or service. Here are three marketing questions you should ask yourself and answer to succeed in business.

Four tests for e-commerce providers (before they get the gig)

If you’re set to start an online business, your website will become your brand’s bread and butter. Therefore, having the right e-commerce solution is crucial.

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Learn how to generate more leads in one month than most...

Most business owners are constantly on the lookout for a better, easier and faster way to win more business and increase sales. With this FREE REPORT you will learn how to generate more leads in one month than most competitors would in one year. Over 10,000 business owners across 35 different industries have learnt and benefited from the same 3-step methodology you are about to learn within this FREE REPORT from Alex Pirouz.

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Five ways to manage your time by managing yourself, with Helen...

Finding the time to tackle everything is one of the greatest challenges faced by business owners. To help time-starved business owners work smarter and not harder, we spoke with Helen Ebdon. The director of Affirming Business and Executive Coaching, she’s a serial entrepreneur who started her first business at age 25. She’s built and run direct marketing and communications businesses and she’s also the creator of the Take 15 Program for business effectiveness.

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New Zealand’s Xero eyes US IPO, further disruption as subscribers increase...

Xero recently held its annual meeting in Wellington, during which the company revealed some interesting details about its future. As has been widely suspected, the...

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