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Home business idea for woman in Pennsylvania

One of the initial aspects of taking that first step to start a small business is trying to determine whether your business idea will be profitable. Creating a business plan is absolutely the thing to do in order to figure this out. An early benchmark as you begin the research to create that business plan [...]

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Scissor-runners are cut out to start a small business

My bride-to-be Suzanne coined a phrase at a congratulatory dinner we were having last evening at our favorite Italian restaurant “joint”. She called herself a scissor-runner. There’s no question about it. She’s bright, intelligent, beautiful and does not like rules. It’s not that she especially wants to make her own rules, she just doesn’t like [...]

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“No budget” marketing strategies

So many startups, so little money. No matter what size business you run you’ve got to make every dollar count. Simply throwing money at a problem is not a smart way to grow your customer base. But grow you must! You’ve got 2 choices: 1) guess 2) research Guessing is very fun. It’s called the [...]

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A small business startup needs that work life balance

When we launched the entrepreneur forum in the StartupNation community pages on our website we did a whole lot of planning & strategizing in advance. After a month of the beta version of our community going public, there is a great deal that we have learned. Much of what we anticipated is happening just as [...]

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Lunchtime: I’m in the sales pipeline for small business

A glimpse into the lunch hour of a typical customer: Here’s what happened in my world over the past 60 minutes. I was touched by several small businesses, reminded why I do business with some & not others, hooked by a store’s grassroots word-of-mouth promotion, paid a premium price for a premium product & was [...]

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