Working lateEntrepreneurs are special people.  They have the drive, the endurance, and the fortitude to thrive on the dramatic ups and downs that invariably come with starting and growing a successful small business.  The triumphs are easy to celebrate with your team.  The setbacks can sometimes make small business owners feel isolated and overburdened with responsibility.  At times like that, it is helpful to know that others have been there before, and have struggled with, and overcome similar challenges.

The INC Magazine How I Did It series is a collection of stories from entrepreneurs, investors, and innovators that chronicle their “personal and sometimes emotional” paths to eventual success.  It includes interview articles as well as videos that let you hear the story directly from the source.

The series contains dozens of stories covering a wide variety of industries. For example, you can read about Subway’s successful expansion, how Foursquare adjusted its product to meet user demand, how Yelp mounted a successful turnaround after an initial flop, how Vanguard turned the Mutual Fund Industry on its head, and many, many more.

The series is full of useful tips and encouragement for small business owners of every type.  So, the next time you’re frustrated by a setback, or are puzzling over how to take that next big step for your business, spend some time looking through How I Did It.  If nothing else, the stories will let you know that you are not alone.

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Working late by Alan Cleaver, on Flickr

Lisa Hephner

Lisa Hephner

My name is Lisa, and I'm the Vice President of Knowledge, responsible for the management of corporate, product, competitor, marketplace, legal, and regulatory knowledge, and creation and dissemination of knowledge tools using these assets to PaySimple prospects, customers, employees, and partners.

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