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Archive for 2007

Web 2.0 Stuff

Yesterday we interviewed a candidate for a software developer position. When we got to the part of the interview where we ask if he has any questions for us, he asked me “why haven’t you updated your blog in a while?” I dug it a little bit and found out that part of his due [...]

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New Year’s Restitutions????

While most of you are thinking about your goals for the upcoming year, I am going through emails and semi-anonymous notes from friends and family members that offer suggestions of what I should do in 2008. Here, apparently, is my list of restitutions for 2008: Do not refer to hours or aimless web surfing as [...]

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go green

More than 40 million Boomers are all about ‘green’

Heads up, business owners. AARP just concluded a study among 30,000 boomers that shows a strong leaning toward green products and services. According to the study, 70% of boomers say they feel a responsibility to make the world a better place. Sounds to me like, if you haven’t already, you better kick your eco-conscious messaging [...]

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A Printer Cartridge in a Pear Tree?

In just a few days, they (and by they, I, of course, mean the global powers-that-be who control the media’s light holiday feature-type articles) will release their treasured summation of what the 12 Days of Christmas would cost in today’s dollars. I looked over the list. Unless you run a small organic farm and are in [...]

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Teenage phenomenon runs photography business

If you troll the StartupNation website for inspiration, look no further. Signe Brewster, one of our youngest members and a winner in the StartupNation Home-Based 100 "Most Slacker-Friendly" category, has done it, already. Unlike so many people who create obstacles to starting it up, Signe has made the leap and opened for business. While many of her [...]

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Home Business Lessons They Taught Wrong in Kindergarten

Is it just me, or are all the cute little lessons you learned in kindergarten just not applicable when you become a home entrepreneur? Remember to share… When you’re an entrepreneur you need three forms of identification, a face-to-face meeting, a confidentiality agreement with a no-compete clause and a patent pending application just to share an idea! [...]

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Start your own franchise business – Part 2

Last month, we talked a little bit about the attributes necessary to turn your home based business into a franchise … you can find that post here. Well, what about branching out from the home based sector and becoming a franchisor of any type of business? According to Frandata and reiterated by Mark Siebert in [...]

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Another Slight for Startup Stella? I Think So

Well. Well. Well. A few days ago I was looking over the Startup Nation Home-Based 100 and tried to locate any mention of Startup Stella. Nope. No mention. Not a word. You’d think I had an "in" around here. So, I did what any other insane entrepreneur would do, I called up Startup Nation headquarters [...]

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Critiquing Facebook’s new “Beacon” service

If you haven’t read about it already, Facebook is breaking new ground with their "Beacon" feature that associates purchases with purchases and creates member endorsements alongside ads.   Here’s a press release that describes the service: http://www.facebook.com/business/?beacon What do you think of this? getting on your "privacy" nerves? a good service to consumers trying to [...]

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Holiday Selling Tactic #493: Provide Lagniappe

If you’re in retail, ’tis the season for milking the moment for all it’s worth. This is retail make-it-or-break-it time. Wondering if you’d like to contribute ideas here for holiday selling tactics that make the most of the last days of 2007, a time when people have saved money for purchases and are now ready [...]

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Your Home Based Business: A Franchise?

I have to start by commending all of the businesses that participated and ranked in StartupNation's inaugural Top 100 Home Based Businesses. It's a true testament that working from home can be fun, productive and profitable. Let's take a birds' eye view at your businesses for a minute. Do any of these traits describe your [...]

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Home Is Where The Boomer Business Is

 I’ve been excitedly awaiting the results of the new Homebased 100 contest.  As a regular contributor to the Boomers Back In Business blog and forum, and a coach of Boomer entrepreneurs myself, my attention has been particularly drawn to the winners in the Boomers Back In Business category.  What a wonderful variety of businesses are [...]

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Startup Story

Maybe it’s the soft spot in my heart for anyone brave or foolhardy enough to try a startup in the Rocky Mountain West, an area not known for its abundance of resources for entrepreneurs. Or maybe it’s my admiration for someone who goes out and does what others say can’t be done. Either way, I [...]

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Making a statement about home-based businesses

For the past four months, the StartupNation team has been engrossed in its boldest initiative yet – creating and publishing the first annual ranking of home-based businesses in America. Finally, after all of this effort, the 2007 StartupNation Home-Based 100 ranking results are now published at our site, and what a collection of incredible businesses it [...]

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2008 Franchisee Satisfaction Awards – Franchise Business Review

For the third year running, Franchise Business Review is hosting the Franchisee Satisfaction Awards. Each year, we pay tribute to the franchisors that are "doing it right" – putting their franchisees first and focusing on the things that matter most.. If you're interested in seeing the franchises that ranked highly in 2007, you can see [...]

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A Day For Yourself …

It's been a long few weeks … Let's recap: Wk of Oct 8 – Business travel, home very late Friday night, up first thing Sat am for UNC/USC game (6 hr round trip drive) Wk of Oct 15 – In town until Wed. Thursday – Sunday in Los Angeles for the West Coast Franchise Expo. [...]

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The Run-in, A Splice of Life from Home Entrepreneurship

There are only a few situations less horrifying to the home business entrepreneur than running into… the former co-worker. Uggghh. I  just had that situation this weekend. These run-ins always begin the same way for me… I drag my sorry keister out of bed a little too late. Then, I realize we’re out of milk… [...]

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Healthcare – If you want to learn about it, read on…

The small business people over at Wells Fargo recently asked me to moderate a panel on the topic of healthcare and the costs and impact healthcare has on small businesses. For some, healthcare may be the stumbling block that keeps them from ever endeavering into entrepreneurship – the dayjob’s health benefits are too much of a [...]

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The No Bull Prizes for Home Entrepreneurship

It’s that time of year again, time for the Nobel Prizes—a series of awards given to the best and brightest scientific minds. But… excuse me all the way to Oslo and back… did you notice any categories for Home Business Entrepreneurs? Well, then. I would like to award my first-ever No Bull Prizes for Entrepreneurs. [...]

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