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Archive for March, 2007

New StartupNation.com Homepage & Global Navigation on the way

StartupNation.com users have been telling us what they want and we’ve been listening. Now you shall receive! The new StartupNation.com is days away from being introduced, including improved navigation!! Here’s a smattering of some of the requests StartupNation regular users have made: “Give me a great sense of the huge amount of stuff available without [...]

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The Tipping Point For Your Small Business

Malcolm Gladwell’s book The Tipping Point talks about the Broken Windows Theory. The theory says if a neighborhood looks run down with broken windows & graffiti, people will believe nobody cares & will also not take care of the neighborhood. Soon the relatively minor problems of broken windows and graffiti will lead to more serious [...]

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are eBay insertion fees getting out of control?

Last night I started thinking about my overall pricing strategy. Do I want to focus on cheaper items or more expensive items? What are the positives and negatives of each? I want to grow sales dollars to continue getting increased incentives from my suppliers, but selling expensive items is so challenging on eBay because of [...]

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First Impressions

All businesses need an identity. I’m talking logos, web sites, packaging, catalogs etc…These things are very important because they often make the first impression about your business. This is especially true in today’s business environment, where it is not unusual to sign up a new account without ever speaking to them – much less meeting [...]

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Congratulations to an Entrepreneur

One of our customers was just named Entrepreneur of the Week by Inc.com, the online version of Inc Magazine. John runs DesignAShirt.com. We love to see our small-biz customers grow and prosper — it’s why we’re here. Congratulations, John! Andrew Field is President of PrintingForLess.com, known by its thousands of happy customers as "America’s Print [...]

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Photos and a Contest Make for a Happy Friday for Entrepreneurs

We’re constantly, all the time, every day, never stopping making improvements to Startupnation.com. In other words, we’re your normally typical entrepreneur. It’s one of things that make StartupNation so uniquely valuable to people starting their own businesses. We’re a startup company ourselves! So, what’s up for today? A killer enhancement to the StartupNation Marketplace AND [...]

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The Power of eBay Live!

Last week I asked my readers to join the discussion and comment on what they thought of eBay Live, and if they were planning to attend this year. Here’s my two cents: eBay Live is extremely worth your while. Its a crazy three and a half days, and you may get a little exhausted or [...]

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Guest blog about The Power of Nice

A week ago, we interviewed Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval on our radio show. They run the advertising agency, Kaplan Thaler Group. You can learn about the interview and listen to it here. You probably know of Linda and Robin’s work… the AFLAC duck, the Herbal Essences "Yes! Yes! Yes!" commercials. Or how about [...]

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The true mark of an entrepreneur

Everyone, including us, raves about the first-and-foremost quality of an entrepreneur… you know what it is… PASSION. But alas, that may not be true. Lately, our idea of the true mark of an entrepreneur has evolved. It’s actually something else, something that’s behind any and all action that an entrepreneur might take – and it’s [...]

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The Angel Honey Pot Continues to Grow

According to the 2006 Angel Market Analysis released today by the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire, the angel investor market experienced steady growth in 2006, with total investments of $25.6 billion, an increase of 10.8 percent over 2005. This is an irrefutable statement about the fact that the money is [...]

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Congratulations to an Entrepreneur

One of our customers was just named Entrepreneur of the Week by Inc.com, the online version of Inc Magazine. We love to see our small-biz customers grow and prosper — it’s why we’re here. Congratulations, John! Andrew Field is President of PrintingForLess.com, known by its thousands of happy customers as "America’s Print Shop." He works [...]

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Salespeople

If you read the title and are still reading, you must have salespeople in your company. For all of us who interview, hire, train, coach, and manage salespeople, Seth Godin’s recent blog post reflects what I have thought for years. He doesn’t use the phrase "service heart mindset" but that is another way of looking [...]

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I”m claiming my blog

I’m claiming my blog for Technorati. Technorati is a blog search engine that will allow more people to find the information I write in my blog: <a href=”http://technorati.com/claim/tnmdrzx34m” mce_href=”http://technorati.com/claim/tnmdrzx34m” rel=”me”>Technorati Profile</a>

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Club Entrepreneur – The Power of a Network

No matter what business you’re in, whether it be eBay, a restaurant, a magazine, or really any business in the world, you need to network with other entrepreneurs to help you become successful! Last night, we held our second monthly meeting for Club Entrepreneur, a rapidly expanding organization that encourages the free exchange of ideas [...]

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Who’s Your Partner?

No business is an island. But while we focus heavily on our customers and employees, we sometimes forget another key stakeholder: our vendors. An unfortunate discovery yesterday reminded me that it is our job to communicate our expectations to our vendors clearly and unambiguously, and their job to execute crisply. If we are sloppy in [...]

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Share NCAA March Madness With Your Network

The NCAA Basketball Tournament – “March Madness” – is one of those annual events that is ripe for strengthening your business network. The tourney kicks off this week with daytime games all across the country on Thursday and Friday. Many people will take the two days off and many, many more will be sneaking peaks [...]

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How to Market

Nobody needs a drill. What they need is a hole. The drill is merely the means to the end. In our business, nobody needs brochures or postcards. What they need is to grow their business by communicating more effectively with their customers and prospects. Nobody needs what you sell. What they need is what your [...]

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5 tips for eBay selling

Want to be successful selling on eBay? These 5 tips for eBay selling are a good starting point for your eBay business. 1) Understand your eBay selling costs of doing business eBay selling is not as simple as some people make it out to be. Your are running a complicated business, so treat it that [...]

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