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Archive for September, 2007

Senior Managers: Build or Buy?

At PFL, we focus hard on developing leaders from within. A number of our senior people were originally hired into entry-level positions, and worked their way into positions with progressively greater responsibility. Nonetheless, I think a company needs to bring in some amount of outside talent in order to get fresh approaches and diverse experiences. [...]

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Home Biz Entrepreneurs Unite!

We, the undersigned members of the fastest growing occupational group in the world, if not the universe, in order to form a more perfect union… or at least keep our friends, family members and business associates from hassling us on a regular basis… do hereby and forthwith, establish this, the Home Business Entrepreneurs’ Bill of Rights. [...]

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Invention is the Necessity of Mothers

Lately, I’ve been trying to learn new ways to inspire creativity by reading books by leading innovation experts and it hit me like a sack full of Rubik’s Cubes: No wonder the greatest product ideas and the most amazing businesses are cooked up in home offices and garage laboratories. Some traits that stir the creativity pot [...]

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How Do You Do, Oh Home Biz Guru?

Who is your home business guru? You’re too kind… No, really, besides me? Almost everyone who woke up, went to work, smelled the coffee (that you had to make yourself because your co-workers never make fresh coffee… errrr!!!), looked around the cubicle, and said, “there has to be something better than this,” has a business [...]

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What’s Life Like As a 50+ Business Owner?

If you’re like a growing number of Boomers, you’re quite interested in exploring starting your own business. But running a small business seems so different from what you’re used to in the corporate world, that you may be wondering: “What exactly is life like when you run your own business?” There is some variation in [...]

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Unlocked Apple iPhone sells on eBay for $1500

Since a 17 year-old New Jersey kid figured out how to unlock the iPhone to work on any service carrier, not just AT&T (watch the YouTube video that has been viewed almost 600,000 times), people are popping up everywhere trying to leverage the situation for all it's worth, and what better place to do so [...]

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The Truth About We-Business

As home business entrepreneurs, it’s a question we always ask ourselves: How will I know when my business is really a success? How do you know you’re through the Dip, as Seth Godin calls it? I’ll tell you how: When your spouse, family, and friends begin to refer to your business in the collective, “We,” [...]

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All hail The Routine!

What is the secret power of the home business entrepreneur? What is the secret of her efficiency? Of his productivity? It is “the Routine.” This ability to multi-task our multi-tasking is our superpower. Our friends and family sense that the power of the Routine gives us the ability to accomplish more things in one hour [...]

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Sign of the times – Internet advertising to sail past radio

On the one hand, I’m a radio guy. On the other hand, I’m a web guy. StartupNation bridges the two universes with it’s nationally syndicated radio program for entrepreneurs and with it’s advice-rich website. The news today that online ad spending will soon surpass the radio advertising spend is not surprising, but it is a sign [...]

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Go back to the beginning

Remember when you first started your business? Why did you do it? What made you think it would be successful? What problem did it solve for people? How was it going to provide a return on your investment (both time and money)? So often, as entrepreneurs we forget all these things. We get so caught [...]

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Nothin’

I saw the whole thing happen. It came at me in slow motion. Frame-by-frame. Like witnessing a train wreck, I was powerless to stop it… Last weekend, I met with some other hard-working home entrepreneurs at the neighborhood park. We do it as regularly as possible. It’s a chance for us to pull ourselves out of our basement [...]

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Just Three Brains

Despite a myriad of thinking patterns and a full range of individual behaviors among those who share this world with the home business entrepreneur, I am convinced that our spouses and significant others rely on only one of three brains. How do I know? Do this experiment: Tell your husband or wife that you are quitting [...]

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Why Are You in Business?

A long vacation provides a much-needed break, but still affords opportunities to get interesting perspectives on how entrepreneurs view their businesses. We just spent a week with extended family on a beautiful island off the coast of British Columbia. A couple of lessons popped up, despite my desire to just take a break. First: the couple [...]

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