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Is Your e-mail Getting Through?

I’m not talking about whether it arrives in someone’s mailbox. I’m talking about the contents of the message you are sending. Does the recipient know why you sent it? What they are supposed to do about it? A recent survey by Information Mapping Inc. revealed that 80 percent of those surveyed think e-mail writing skills [...]

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Certain words are creeping into your vocabulary…

First of all, can you name the musical from which the headline of this blog entry hails? Sorry to get fancy on you! Now, to the topic at hand, for all of you language gurus out there (particularly those of you who are entrepreneurs), I have a question about words that constantly get rejected by [...]

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Do IT Pros Speak a Foreign Language?

I’m addicted to my computer. I don’t’ fully grasp how it works. I do know that I like to use it all day long and I’m really unhappy when it doesn’t work. So, I was comforted to come across this survey of workers from Wales in my internet travels. You may want to print it [...]

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I”ll Tell Two People and They”ll Tell Two People

Brandi, who sells big and tall men’s clothing, was an inspiring guest on the StartupNation radio show talking about her EBay store. My fellow blogger, Joel, also wrote about how she created her company so she could spend more time with her son. But something else struck me about her story. I couldn’t help repeating [...]

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The future: global micro-brands

Walking the Via del Corso here in Rome, an American is exposed to all sorts of designers and boutiques that are uniquely Italian. You can find the same spirit in the Soho area of New York and on Haight Street in San Francisco, but secretly and quietly, this spirit is going global. The micro-brand is [...]

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Fleshing out our latest promotion

Well, the "Fleshers" have it. They’ve won the battle (see previous entry, "War of words"). Thanks for the corroboration folks! (did i spell that right?!). Now, to flesh out our latest promotion, I wanted to call to your attention the opportunity we’ve created jointly with Overstock.com, Microsoft, and Bobvila.com for all you home-based entrepreneurs. We’re [...]

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Lagniappe

With fabulous memories of New Orleans during better times, I was reminded last night of a New Orleans’ term , “lagniappe.” It means “a little something extra,” like an extra cherry on top of the sundae, or the prize in the cracker jack box. The word is used mostly in Louisiana and Southeast Texas, but [...]

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Powered by Entrepreneurial Spirit

The power is out at StartupNation headquarters right now. Word is that someone cut a power line & it may be up to 5 hours before electricity is restored. So, do we take the rest of the day off? Go for a long walk, or take a nap? It was fascinating to see the StartupNation [...]

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Reinventing yourself and your business

Milton Hershey, David Bowie, and Bill Bradley did it. “Madonna” and “The Donald” have made careers of it. We were talking about entrepreneurs in many fields who reinvented themselves once, twice, or on a regular basis. Here’s a list of some of the ones we mentioned, and I hope you will add some of your [...]

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Summer of ’05: we will miss you

The leaves on the ground and the Michigan football victory on Saturday aren’t the only reminders that fall is upon us – there are also the roving masses of new and returning students here in Ann Arbor, and the almost complete unavailability of thefacebook.com as we all pound its servers uploading photos of ourselves from [...]

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Happy New Year!

Kindergarten began this week and I’m hoping that it means I have more time to spend building my company. So far, it has meant more trips to Target and bigger piles on my desk. My life is changing and I’m anxious to see how it changes my work. My schedule is in a state of [...]

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Behind the Scenes in the StartupNation Radio Studio

It’s 25 minutes until StartupNation Radio hits the airwaves for this week’s show. We’ll be broadcasting all over the country and the phone lines will jam up within minutes once the show begins. But right now it’s just Heather Cohen, our star associate producer and myself with our engineer Paul Roy in the studio. The [...]

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Home Based Business Tips

Starting a business has never been easier. The internet allows you to reach a global market and setting up a business in your home is an extremely popular way to test the waters in the evenings & on weekends. Before I joined the StartupNation team in early 2004 I ran a home based recruiting business [...]

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An eBay Businesswoman Takes Care of Her Son

One of my favorite “start your own business stories” is of Brandi Ramos in southern Illinois. An army veteran, single mom with an autistic son, Brandi was motivated to start an eBay business so that she could earn a living while spending time at home with her son. But what to sell? She simply started [...]

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Welcome to the Sandwich Generation

I think I can safely mark in my calendar that yesterday I became an official member of the Sandwich Generation. My son started kindergarten and while he was there, my sister called from the hospital to say my Mother’s doctor thinks we should consider a nursing home for both of my parents. To boot, kindergarten [...]

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Rehiring Employees

I was always told that once you leave a company to work for a competitor, you can’t return. Have times changed? A couple years ago, a friend quit his job to work for the competition. Within a week, he was back at his original job. The first job paid less, but the new company was [...]

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Everyone Says They Want the Big Order

Everyone says they want the big order. But beyond all the techniques and tricks of the trade you’ve heard about how to crank up your sales, here’s an ever-looming challenge entrepreneurs have to deal with: Would you take an order–sell, basically–a product or service only once it’s clearly developed, locked, loaded, and ready to go? [...]

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