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Women’s home based businesses rock!

The facts are in. Women are just as likely to be successful entrepreneurs as men. But we all know that women and men are from different planets. So what is different about the women who are starting businesses than the men? I really don’t know. I really want to know. Do women have specific entrepreneurial [...]

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What does it take to be the leader of a startup?

Good heavans, its been awhile since I blogged. Midterms were two weeks ago, along with a push to launch some new backend stuff at my businesses, then I took a much-needed spring break. In any case, while on vacation, I was contemplating what it takes to be the leader of a startup. 1. Visionary: the [...]

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Movie lines that motivate the entrepreneur

Starting a business is hard. Yes, we believe that everyone should own their own business. Yes, it’s actually easier than ever before as the internet has changed everything. The average cost to start a business these days is only $6,000 – that’s extremely do-able! But nobody ever said it was easy. That’s why we believe [...]

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Free beer – an outrageous viral marketing idea

Did your mood just pick up? Are you smiling? We have an “Outrageous” board here at the StartupNation office where all of our team members are encouraged to write ideas on how we can better deliver fantastic value to our community. It’s called the “Outrageous” board because we’re supposed to write down anything that comes [...]

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Cool Company of the day: Foot Petals

This one was recommended by a StartupNation community member with sore feet apparently – a problem a lot of women (and men) deal with. The Cool Company of the day is Foot Petals, the brainchild of Tina Aldatz, who experienced the proverbial "necessity is the mother of invention" phenomenon. The product line is Tina’s invention [...]

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What’s in your office?

What is the oddest, most out-of-place item in your office? Whether it’s at home or a commute away, we all end up with stuff we never meant to have. My pet item is a can of spaghettios. I worked at a radio station in Philadelphia and after a couple of part time jobs, and a [...]

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Get a massage and a franchise business opportunity

Oh boy, do I need a massage. Now, truth be told, I always feel like I need a massage. I mean, who doesn’t? Seriously, I’m asking. Do you feel like you need a massage – right now? I’ll just bet that the overwhelming answer to that question is … YES! I smell a small business [...]

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Autistic teen has lesson for small business owners

They say that luck is where preparedness meets opportunity. And if you need a story to illustrate the point, here’s great one. The 17-year-old student manager of the Greece Athena High School basketball team, had his first opportunity to actually play in a game. The team was well ahead, so the coach put him in. [...]

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Cool Company of the day: Prosper.com

By our own experience and by the sheer volume of callers we talk to on our Radio Show, it’s clear that raising money is one of the most intimidating and difficult parts of starting up a business. That’s why we’ve chosen Prosper.com as today’s Cool Company. Prosper.com is a new kind of source of money [...]

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A Reminder: Don’t Ignore Your Life Plan

I generally dislike forwarded messages, especially the ones that tell me to forward them immediately to ten people or else I’ll probably go to Hell. If I dislike them, my husband despises them. So I was very surprised when he forwarded this one to me. I’m sharing it with you because it reminded me that [...]

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Small business tip: Don’t lie

A company as big as Radio Shack takes its integrity very seriously. The New York Times reported (subscription required) that Radio Shack’s chief executive resigned yesterday after revealing that he had lied about his education background. Here’s a quote from Leonard H. Roberts, Radio Shack’s executive chairman, "When our company’s credibility becomes based on a [...]

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Are Traditonal Marketing Strategies Still Best?

A recent survey about marketing to marketers examined how marketers want to be contacted. It claims they do not want phone calls, they prefer an e-mail with links. They say they don’t want cold calls or face to face meetings. What the survey didn’t examine is how effective the e-mail strategy really is. I know [...]

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Cool Company of the day: Dogmatic for dogs

The Westminster Show that aired this week was another glowing example of just how crazy we all are about our dogs… We’re included in the craze – we have 7 (yes, seven) dogs total in our respective homes. And one of the most common things people do with their dogs is treat them like … [...]

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