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Start & Grow Your Small Business Step By Step

Entrepreneurs absolutely have to be scoreboard watchers. By that I mean you must know the statistics (the score) that are critical to your business. We are maniacs about that here at StartupNation. One of the data points that we pay close attention to is our website analytics. We monitor and chart and graph the number [...]

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A New Site for Everything Productivity

Your personal productivity can have a huge impact on the success of your business. If you are an entrepreneur, your personal life and professional life probably jumble up into one big pile for you to sort through on a daily basis. That’s why today I am recommending that you add LifeRemix to your feed reader. [...]

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Financing The Start Of Your 50+ Business

 Even with the most disciplined cost control and effective collection of money your business can run short of cash.  As a matter of fact, this is a fairly constant situation when you are growing your business. To provide the capital to launch and grow three businesses over the past twenty years, two of them after [...]

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Enter StartupNation’s Home-Based 100 Competition!

StartupNation's Home-Based 100 The Home-Based 100 is the first annual ranking of the best performing home-based businesses in America. But no matter what size your home-based business is, you can enter & win. There are 2 categories of competition: 100 Best Performing – if your business is large & has the revenue to prove it, [...]

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Sketchcasting

Sometimes an idea comes along that is so simple yet so brilliant, I can’t help but talking about it. Today, that idea is sketchcasting. What is sketchcasting? Sketchcasting takes the concept of giving a presentation at the whiteboard and puts it into a simple video format so that you can easily share your ideas in [...]

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Marketing your franchise (or small business) to a moving target

My uncle and small business owner, Mark Burris, could be your typical 21st century businessman. Let's take a look at his typical morning (pulled from his "IdeaBlog"): Tuesday, July 31. "It’s 5:50a as I write this, and I’m watching via iTunes last night’s “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” 23 minutes with no advertising, only [...]

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Starting a business question from a blog reader

I began answering this question from one of my readers, and then just figured I might as well turn this into a blog post so others can benefit from it. The following question was asked: Q: I was wondering if you would mind taking time and jotting down a few pointers for me to follow [...]

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Does your eBay business run without you?

For most people, their eBay business dominates their lives… Day in and day out, business owners are working IN their business, looking for new products to sell, listing items for sale, answering customer service emails, organizing their inventory, packaging up orders…. Does this sound like you? It used to sound like me, but it doesn’t [...]

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Learning From Others

One of the challenges faced by anyone running a start-up or small business is learning what you need to know, before your lack of knowledge trips you up big time. Reading business books and accessing online info like StartupNation are two important ways to learn. (Have you checked out 10 Steps to Grow Your Business lately?) [...]

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Who do your kids hang out with?

When I read this from Seth Godin, my first thought went to parenting. Contagious    Andrew Field is President of PrintingForLess.com, known by its thousands of happy customers as "America‘s Print Shop." He works and lives along the Yellowstone River in southwest Montana.

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Faxes for the Landline-less

This is a quick gem for today: I don't have a landline. (Yes, in our house, we have 3 Nextel cell phones, in 3 area codes, but not a single landline.) So when a client needs an invoice faxed or wants to fax a print project markup to me, I end up having to get [...]

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Graduate from college … and buy a franchise?

An article in today's NY Times, Don't Go West Young Man … Buy Yourself a Franchise Instead,   asks a very interesting question. Should recent college graduates without any real-world experience forgo corporate America and buy a franchise? Our research shows that less than 1% are currently doing that. But that doesn't mean it isn't [...]

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Using Multiple Contact Lists

Always remember that with the web, your content needs to be relevant to each reader. It has to be less about selling and more about providing. One way to do this is to maintain multiple contact lists or list segments. Not every message you send will be relevant for every customer. With web technology you [...]

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Reunions

I got a notice last week for my 30th high school reunion. (Please keep the age jokes to yourself…) I’m not sure if I’m going to go. I live 5 hours worth of air travel away, and have important meetings already scheduled on the same day. Beyond that, I’m not sure how I really feel about it. [...]

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Unleash Your Passion

I've been lying awake at night… unable to sleep. It'll be 2:00 in the morning and I'll get up and walk around the house, attempting to tame a mind that is racing with ideas. Does this happen to you? To be a true entrepreneur, it should. World-renowned entrepreneurship expert Michael Gerber, author of "The E-myth", [...]

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How NOT to Promote Yourself Online

I had always thought CEOs were really busy people—at least too busy to be wasting their time on internet chat board. But apparently I was wrong! John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, proved himself to be the internet's most high-profiled troll recently. He anonymously posted to online chat boards, hyping up his own company and [...]

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