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Southwest Airlines Ticket Winner #2!

AND THE 2ND WINNER IS… Our congratulations go to davenny! You are our 2nd lucky entrepreneur to win two free round trip tickets on Southwest Airlines through our "Work Hard. Play Harder." Contest. davenny is a power networker as evidenced by both his high level of activity right here in the StartupNation community and his [...]

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The Scheherazade marketing plan – 1001 Arabian nights

The ultimate customer retention strategy can be found in the story of Scheherazade & 1001 Arabian Nights. Do you know the story? King Shahryar decides that all women are inherently unfaithful, so he has each wife murdered after the wedding night. This goes on for three years. The king’s wazir (the guy who beheads the [...]

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Must-have tool for a home business

Music! I had a home based business for over 12 years and there are many essential tools for success. But one that is overlooked is your music strategy. Music can inspire you when you need inspiration, calm you down when you need to take a deep breath & count to ten, transition you in & [...]

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Southwest Airlines Ticket Winner!

AND THE WINNER IS… (drumroll) Our congratulations go to bridalchic! You are our first lucky entrepreneur to win two free round trip tickets on Southwest Airlines through our "Work Hard. Play Harder." Contest. bridalchic is a part time entrepreneur and started it up with a company called The Bridesmaid Party after being in the bridal [...]

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Ten Steps to opening a lemonade stand

We are trying to teach our 6 year old the value of work. We are hopeful to raise a young man with a strong work ethic and desire to succeed. It’s much easier said than done. So when I offered him the job of cleaning up some lawn debris for cash that he could use [...]

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A small business loan with a twist

Catch 22. You have a terrific idea for a profitable small business. You need some startup cash to get it rolling. Or maybe you’ve started your business and an influx of cash will take it to the next level. Problem is, you haven’t been in business 2 years yet so banks aren’t likely to give [...]

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Entrepreneurs need to turn it off to turn it on

Entrepreneurs often don’t but they especially should. And when they do, they don’t really, at least not completely. (I’m reminding myself of Yogi Berra’s famous quotes – my favorite: "If the fans don’t come out to the ball park, you can’t stop them." I’m talking about time off. Small business owners are in severe need [...]

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Your small business needs more Cowbell!!

“Guess what?? I got a fever! And the only prescription … Is more Cowbell!!” Ohhh YES !!!!! The contributions that the late night tv show “Saturday Night Live” have made to our society are so bountiful! As we’re heading into the long Memorial Day weekend, I’m beginning to get into a festive mood. My mind [...]

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StartupNation is JOM’n

Have you joined the StartupNation community yet? We’re the nation’s fastest growing online group of people starting and growing their dream business. Over a thousand of you have been one of the first to join our new community initiative. Now we’re on a mission to double the size of the community. If each of us [...]

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Even a home based business needs a team

I was watching the Detroit Pistons defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 7th & final game of their NBA 2nd round series Sunday afternoon and I started thinking of entrepreneurship. (This is not unusual, as I think about entrepreneurs, the businesses they start & the lives they lead all day long) Here’s a bit of [...]

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Top 10 Reasons to join the StartupNation Community

Here we go! Today’s Top 10 List. The top 10 reasons to create a profile & join the StartupNation community … 10 You’ll be hangin’ with really smart people who’ll help you with that idea for starting up & growing your dream business 9 If you join & create a profile by June 1 you’ll [...]

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Loving my cell phone leads to startup business ideas

A StartupNation community member recently asked “What’s your favorite office supply?” on the community forum. At first glance it seemed like a very silly question & even a sillier topic for discussion. But the question has stuck with me for a few weeks and I really thought about it as I bought a new cell [...]

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A “normal” day for an entrepreneur

• Caffeine-up • Follow up with customers • Analyze website traffic • Move forward on strategy for growing customer base • Tweak strategy for growing customer base • Manage accounting activity • Re-caffeinate • Gain inspiration from a teammate (or the StartupNation community) • Analyze sales • Walk the dog (home-based businesses only) • Shipping [...]

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Cool Company of the Day: VocationVacations.com

Alright, those of you who want to start up a business but have no experience doing the actual kind of work that that business entails… this one’s for you: Vocation Vacations. They’re based in Oregon but serve up job stints all across the country (and beyond) at the kinds of businesses people typically only dream [...]

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