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Hot Off the Presses – Coffee Houses are Hot Business Ideas!

Read an article today from a well respected authority suggesting "hot businesses to start today"…. One of those "hot" ideas….."start a coffee shop". A what?!?! You’ve got to be kidding! With Starbucks and 10 other major brands on every corner in every community, how can that be a hot business idea? Starbucks has taken a [...]

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Weasel Words

Maybe it’s political correctness run amok. Maybe it’s a desire to avoid accountability. Whatever the cause, the business world is full of weasel words: evasions, exceptions, and buts. Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like it is getting harder to find people or companies who will say what they mean in a clear, straightforward, [...]

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Institutional Sludge

As most of you know, we travel a great deal for our business endeavors with StartupNation. There’s no denying it, air travel is just undeniably stressful at times. However, we recently traveled on one of those “no frills” airlines and found to our surprise that the experience was less stressful than it tends to be [...]

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Numbers Game

Headline: "Autodesk Inc. reported its revenue for the fourth quarter on Tuesday, and also said it will restate financial results for past years. The San Rafael company (NASDAQ: ADSK) hasn’t reported its profit or loss in recent quarters because it is looking into its stock option grants to employees. On Tuesday, the company said it [...]

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How to REALLY make money with your eBay business

After speaking at eBay’s annual convention and training event eBay Live last June, one thing became very clear to me… So many eBay sellers had blinders on when it came to what was really going on with their eBay business. As an entrepreneur selling on eBay, you tend to have this deep urge to see [...]

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Business Owners Need to Know When and How

I blogged earlier in the month about a contest that we ran at StartupNation.com and the overwhelmingly “I LOVE THIS CONTEST” reactions we received. I was surprised and surmised that the combination of competition and learning is what appealed to the StartupNation community of entrepreneurs. Give an entrepreneur a challenge while telling her that she’s [...]

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Business Startup Good Ideas & Bad Ones

The StartupNation.com community is rockin’ powerful. How do I know? I often am contacted by a community member who finds that their forum comments show up in a Google search for their company name or website. This is good, no? Well, it depends. If your comments are positive, encouraging, smart & provocative and add value [...]

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How Do You Know?

In response to my post on Delusional People Nikole asked: "I now have employees, who are representatives of my name, working for me. And how do I know they are going to do the best job possible?" Her question about "how do I know" is a great one! Here at PFL we have been talking [...]

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Flexibility

Penelope took a break from her desk today and went outside to let her dog get some fresh air. While she was outside, I snapped this picture of her stretching, with the Absaroka Beartooth wilderness in the background. It reminded me that in a high-growth company, flexibility is essential. Everybody needs to be willing to [...]

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The Top Ten Email Marketing Tips

Let’s begin with the most important information first. Here is a Top 10 Countdown on the important tips for anyone managing the email marketing process from my perspective. Tips Five through One will be coming next week! #10 Build Your List at Every Opportunity Build your list at every opportunity you have. If you have [...]

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The Genesis

Just wanted to welcome you to the Email Marketing Tips & Advice blog on StartupNation. I’ll be posting here at least weekly with best practices, tips, and tricks for building your list and turning your prospects and subscribers into lifetime passionate evangelizers. Cheers, Ryan Allis

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The Small Business Family

I’m reminded today that all of life is about relationships with other humans. StartupNation headquarters is not the bustling place that it normally is today. It’s because many of our team members are not here in the office today. Oh, the ones who are here are every bit as bustling as they normally are, but [...]

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Delusions

I’ve recently had to deal with some delusional employees. In all three cases, they thought that they were top performers, worth double or more their current compensation. This, even though two of the three had been here for less than a year, and had average performance at best. But they had told themselves stories. In [...]

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The Importance of Convenience as a Small Business

I think I’m turning into a convenience freak. I suppose it’s not all that surprising. For those of us who are really important people, our time is limited and we need to take best advantage of every possible minute. (OK, I’m not actually important at all – but still, I do try to fit as [...]

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How to get your customers to hate you.

A couple weeks ago six of us were on our way to a long-awaited vacation in Hawaii. The first air leg was Bozeman to Salt Lake City. Due to fog in SLC, we were late getting off the ground in Bozeman. Nonetheless, we landed in SLC 10 minutes before the departure time of the SLC-Honolulu [...]

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Entrepreneurs vs Business Owners

Is there a difference between an entrepreneur and a business owner? Can you be one and not the other? Or be the other and not the one? Or be neither and still be self employed? Does it make any difference what you are, or probably more importantly, what you call yourself? There’s an interesting discussion [...]

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Do you have a People Strategy?

I’m a big believer in "first who, then what." (From the wonderful book Good to Great) This means that having great people in place is more important than having a super-duper strategy. Why? If you have a great strategy but you don’t have the people who can execute on that strategy, you’re out of luck. [...]

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Tennis and Small Business

I’m a tennis player. Well, let me rephrase … I play tennis. I played last night as a matter of fact. Two hours of singles against guys younger than me. Not bad for a dude with a titanium hip. At this point in my tennis “career” it’s extremely important for me to understand what my [...]

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Entrepreneurs Capture the Flag for Smarts & Prizes

We’ve been running a daily contest the past two weeks at StartupNation.com (there are still 2 days left!) and awarding daily prizes leading up to a Grand Prize drawing. The winner gets $1,000 to go toward starting and growing their small business. The really cool thing is that we have been getting overwhelmingly “I LOVE [...]

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