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YEC Members Offer Tips on Taking Your Business to the Next Level

YEC members are experts in many fields. From technology to food innovation, they’ve started successful and forward-thinking companies across a variety of industries. Through this experience, they’ve gained first-hand knowledge of the challenges of starting and sustaining a business. This week, our members offer insight into how to take your business to the next level through collaborations, storytelling, raising money and more.

How Embracing New Collaboration Opportunities Can Improve Your Business

Most entrepreneurs will tell you that new business partnerships add tremendous value, improving your business and providing opportunities that may have gone overlooked. Recently, YEC'er Bobby George of Montessorium published an article in Forbes that shared why it's important to embrace the possibilities of a changing business climate and stay open to collaborating with companies different than your own. He writes, "Aligning yourself with a certain type of company may be a source of inspiration for future efforts, and will give you a more in-depth understanding of your company's product, marketing style and media presence."

10 Signs It's Time to Stop Adding Product Features

Although it’s tempting to keep adding new features, at some point, you need redirect your team’s resources and focus on refining your core product instead. But how do you know when that time has come? In this article from The Next Web, YEC members reflect on when it's time to stop product additions to focus solely on their products.

YEC contributors: Nicole Munoz, Start Ranking NowAlexandra SkeyRallyonAndrew LaffoonMixbookJason Thanh LaMerchant Service Group, LLC & K5 VenturesTony ScherbaYetiDave NevogtHubstaff.comBrooke BergmanAllied Business Network Inc.Cody McLainSupportNinjaJohn RamptonDueAshu Dubey12 Labs

How to Tell a More Powerful Business Story

You've heard it time and time again. One of the most challenging hurdles all entrepreneurs must overcome is how to sell themselves. It's vital to the success of your company, yet many founders struggle to ariticular why they’re interested or why their business matters. In this Forbes article, YEC member and LogicPrep co-founder Lindsay Tanne shares her tips on how you can harness the power of storytelling in your own business.

10 Revealing Ways to Vet Your Executive Hires

Executive hires require more vetting than a few reference calls, arguably because they are the most important type of hire for your business. With a wealth of experience and industry contacts, executives have a huge impact on shaping the future of your company. That's why our recent Inc. article offers you the best practices to measure whether or not that executive is the right fit for you.

YEC contributors: Brett FarmiloeMarketing AuditorsLea Woodward, Inspiring VenturesAndrew Fayad, eLearning MindJared BrownHubstaffChristophor Jurin, Construct-Ed, Inc.Christopher Kelly, ConveneElle Kaplan, LexION CapitalMiles JenningsRecruiter.comCostin Tuculescu, AnyMeetingPeggy Shell, Creative Alignments.

Raising Money? Don't Make These Mistakes

Nothing takes your business to the next level like raising a round of funding. Raising money is equal parts challenging and thrilling. Yet many startup founders make common mistakes that can be detrimental to the success of their business. YEC'er Andrew Thomas, co-founder of SkyBell, wishes to change that. In his piece published by Inc., Andrew shares the seven biggest lessons he's learned while raising millions as well as some feedback from other founders and investors.

Want to Bost Productivity? Try These 10 Unique Habits

You see the articles every day: "Boosting Productivity Requires X,Y,Z" or "Avoid That Afternoon Slump With These Productive Tips." After trying out new habits, you wonder why it didn't work for you. Individual minds work differently, so not everyone will benefit from the same productivity formula. In our latest Inc. article, we asked ten YEC members what practices work best for them. Maybe one of their unique habits will be just what you're looking for.

YEC contributors: Darrah Brustein, Network Under 40 / Finance Whiz KidsFan Bi,Blank LabelMarcela DeVivo, National Debt ReliefDoug Bend, Bend Law Group, PCDavid Ciccarelli, Voices.comObinna Ekezie, Wakanow.comBrian Smith, S Brian Smith GroupZach Robbins, LeadnomicsJared Brown, HubstaffJayna Cooke, EVENTup.

Keep an eye out both on our blog and around the web for more great content from YEC members, who regularly share their best practices and insider tips across the Internet.