Bantam Bagels’ Founder Fell Into a Mindset Trap ‘People Don’t Talk About’ After Selling the Now-Defunct Business for $34 Million — Here’s What Happened

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In 2013, Elyse Oleksak, co-founder of Bantam Bagels, got a call from her husband Nick about a bite-sized snack that would set some big plans in motion. "Mini bagels stuffed with cream cheese," Oleksak recalls him saying in her recently released memoir A Shark Ate My Bagel: How We Built Bantam Bagels. "Sort of like doughnut holes, but bagels." Oleksak had heard plenty of ambitious ideas from her entrepreneurially-minded husband in the past, but tiny stuffed bagels were one she could get behind. T ...read more

4 Common Mistakes That Will Spell Doom Your Ecommerce Business

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Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Today, you'll be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn't — at the very least — played with the idea of launching an ecommerce business. The U.S. is the global leader with an estimated 14 million ecommerce sites, and that number will only keep going up as selling online continues to gain traction among everyone from established brick-and-mortar businesses to individuals taking their first entrepreneurial steps.While, ...read more

This Dad Started a Side Hustle to Save for His Daughter’s College Fund — Then It Earned $1 Million and Caught Apple’s Attention

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This Side Hustle Spotlight Q&A features Alchemy Merch owner Greg Kerr, who was working as a musician when he started selling custom pins in 2015. Today, Alchemy Merch is a full-time business that creates custom products for companies including Apple, Nickelodeon, National Geographic, Nike and more, as well as independent artists looking for ways to monetize their artwork in new ways.Image Credit: Courtesy of Alchemy Merch. Greg Kerr.When did you start your side hustle, and what inspired it? ...read more

This Startup Wants to Grow Your Side Hustle For You, While Cutting You a Monthly Check

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Stefan Gehrig's side hustle was doing well — and that became a dilemma.The Melbourne, Australia-based entrepreneur had started a gym bag brand called Knkg, also known as King Kong Apparel, in 2011. It began as a side hustle that scratched an entrepreneurial itch untouched by his academic day job, then grew into his full-time business. But by 2021, he'd hit a wall: To scale up, he needed resources that he didn't have.Meanwhile, in Miami, investor and former PayPal executive Keith Rabois had jus ...read more

Ask Co-Founder of Netflix Marc Randolph Anything: How to Watch

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Marc Randolph, the co-founder of Netflix, joins us for another episode of Ask Marc, a live Q&A series about starting and growing your business. The event will begin on Thursday, April 11th at 2:00 PM ET, streaming on our YouTube, LinkedIn, Facebook and X (formerly known as Twitter) channels.Where can I watch Ask Marc?Watch and stream: YouTube, LinkedIn, Facebook & X (formerly known as Twitter)You can watch on your phone, tablet or computer. Ask Marc will be shown in its entirety on YouTu ...read more

This Insurance Agent Started a Side Hustle Inspired By Nostalgia for His Home State — Now It Earns Nearly $40,000 a Month

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This Side Hustle Spotlight Q&A features Danny Trejo, an insurance agent who started grow-at-home citrus business Via Citrus in 2020.Where did you find the inspiration for your side hustle? I started working on Via Citrus shortly after moving to New York City, inspired by the nostalgia for the citrus groves of Central Florida. I grew up on a large citrus nursery filled with the sights and scents of orange blooms — a vivid part of my childhood that I always cherished. While I had ...read more

‘Don’t Be Afraid to Do Something That Nobody Understands’: How This Entrepreneur Re-Invented His Career and Found Happiness

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Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Chef Joe Gatto isn't your ordinary culinary master. He's also a filmmaker and producer who seamlessly blends his passions to create a one-of-a-kind experience in the form of his show From Scratch.With a background in film production, Joe Gatto's initial career path was far from the kitchen. However, he found his true calling in cooking. "I have a background in filmmaking. That's what I was before I was a chef," Gatto tol ...read more

Enabling Entrepreneurs: Invest Qatar Launches Startup Qatar

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You're reading Entrepreneur Middle East, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media. The Investment Promotion Agency Qatar (Invest Qatar) has launched Startup Qatar, a one-stop online platform that caters for all needs of startup businesses in Qatar.Within only six days since its launch at the Web Summit Qatar 2024 (which, in its first edition, was the largest gathering of startups ever in the Middle East), the platform was able to record more than 3,000 visits."We are quite ...read more

Startup Spotlight: UAE-Based Finanshels Offers A Dedicated Finance Team At Affordable Cost

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Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. You're reading Entrepreneur Middle East, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media. This article is part of an ongoing series covering startups that have been a part of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Innovation Fund (MBRIF) accelerator program.As pivotal as it is to any given business, the task of accounting can often be quite mundane and time-consuming. Add to this the fact that, despite being one of the oldest f ...read more

How to Navigate the Choppy Waters of Startup Valuation

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Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Entrepreneurs often have a deep, personal investment in their businesses, having dedicated years of hard work to bring their ideas to life. However, this emotional attachment can cloud their judgment and make it difficult to objectively assess their venture's worth. They might find themselves attempting to translate personal effort, time and sacrifice into financial value, which can be problematic in the current environm ...read more