Top 5 for Entrepreneurs & Business Owners – April 30, 2013

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Let’s cut through the noise and get back to simplicity because you have a business to run!

There’s so many sites and so much news out there it can be hard for a busy entrepreneur to cut through the noise and get the best ways to help out his or her business. The Top 5 presented by CEO Blog Nation distills the best information for entrepreneurs and business owners from across the web to help out your business. We focus on 5 categories: (1) Tips and advice (2) Guest Post/Blogs (3) News (4) Guides and (5) Events.

Business Tip: Answering Questions from Customers (via What if Aesop Owned a Business?) – A blog can be leveraged in numerous ways for entrepreneurs and business owners. One of the ways is to answer customer questions.

Guest Post:  5 Tough Lessons Every Entrepreneur Must Learn (via Under 30 CEO). It may take time and a lot of hard work to be able to taste your first harvest. The success of an entrepreneur depends on several factors and it is important that you have the right foundation before you even start out with a business. Hence, you have to know and imbibe yourself with the traits of success to prepare yourself for the struggle. Here are some of the best things that small business beginners should do.

News: Entrepreneurs’ confidence reaches the highest level since the quarterly survey was initiated (via Kauffman Foundation) – Early-stage business owners’ confidence is climbing, according to the first-quarter 2013 Kauffman/LegalZoom Startup Confidence Index, released today by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and LegalZoom. Eighty-four percent of entrepreneurs said they are confident or very confident in their companies’ prospects for profitability in the next 12 months, which is the highest confidence level since the survey launched early last year and reflects a 1 percent increase over the fourth-quarter 2012 survey.

Guide & Advice: How to Melt a “Snowball Project” (via 99u) – Stop implementing everything, and only do the absolute essentials of your product for it to work.

Event: 2013 Content Marketing Strategies Conference – May 7-9 in California

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