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Why startups may fail

Those who are thinking of starting a business in California or elsewhere should know that only 20 percent of businesses survive past the first year. Half of these companies fail because of a lack of funding or ability to generate a profit. This often is due to business owners taking any deals that they are offered when first starting their companies.

Why security is important for new companies

Business owners in California and elsewhere should have a cybersecurity policy from the minute they start their companies. While technology strategy was once an afterthought, it now plays a major role in running a successful company. In many cases, how a company uses technology will dictate how the company operates. This is generally true even if a business isn't in the technology sector.

Reasons why many small businesses fail

A majority of new small businesses in California will fail within the first few years. A whopping 75 percent of startups that receive venture funding fail. Most other types of small enterprises fail within the first 10 years after opening. There are multiple reasons that small businesses fail, and entrepreneurs might avoid these problems with careful planning.

How small businesses can use influencer marketing

Influencer marketing has traditionally been available only to large corporations that command massive capital and huge labor bases. However, the advent of the internet and social media has made influencer marketing available to businesses that are not cash rich, allowing them to tap into this powerful strategy for growth.

Fintech WePay will be acquired by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Californians might be interested in learning that JPMorgan Chase & Co. has agreed to purchase WePay, a financial technology startup. The bank decided to acquire WePay in order to help small businesses with the faster collection of payments.

Leveraging rural areas as a business advantage

Those who are starting new companies may believe that they have to relocate to California or New York City to be competitive. While there are many resources in those parts of the country, a new trend has seen businesses move away from those areas. This is partially because it may be too expensive to operate there.

Lean operations aid startups

California giants Google and Facebook emerged at the outset as startups. Although entrepreneurs have found much success in the state, the creation of new companies has slowed. The launch of Facebook represents that last big success story. Leading companies have become adept at recognizing rising stars and buying them before they create substantial competition, as illustrated by PayPal's purchase of Venmo. In this climate, entrepreneurs hoping to raise their big ideas to prominence need to stretch every dollar and find innovative methods for hiring talent.

Not all new businesses should be called startups

Startup is a popular term in the California business world, so much so that many entrepreneurs and business owners use it to describe almost any new enterprise. But the definition of the term includes factors that are not applicable to all new businesses. A startup is a venture that aims to meet a demand in the marketplace by the development of an innovative service, product, platform or process. Additionally, startups typically have different goals that most small businesses.

Starting a business with little money

Money can be a significant factor for California entrepreneurs who want to start a business. They may believe that they don't have the money to spare or are worried about the risks of spending money to start a company. However, it is important to understand that there are many tasks that a business owner can do him or herself. For instance, it may not be necessary to hire a marketing expert when there are ways to market without help.

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