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Common Obstacles: Doing It (all) Yourself

After a while of going it alone, it may seem right to hire or partner. Some times it takes people a while to understand when and how to leverage hiring other people to do things that you can do yourself. You’d be able to do it all - if time were not an ever-present variable. There’s a limit to [...]

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Business survival in hard economic times…….

Some GREAT advice from my business attorney, Joan Jakel! Joan says: I have been spending a lot of time consulting with clients and looking at strategies to deal with the down turn in the economy.  Unfortunately, many businesses are struggling and trying to make the best decisions for these times.  I want to encourage each [...]

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Google Enters The Chrome Wars

Hi gang, Well, Google pulled off another surprise yesterday and announced that they have been working on a web browser, named Chrome.  They made the beta available for download to the general public and within 1 day, Google has 1% of the browser market! There are a ton of possibilites here for Chrome to integrate [...]

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The Curse of the Blackberry: A Subtle yet Virulent Anxiety

“In the past 20 years, the lure of instant gratification has gripped the youngest half of our population. For the hooked-up generation-those born after 1970 who are wedded to iPods and the immediacy/pervasiveness of the entertainment industry-it’s a stretch to go backwards to consider the root of things. The gratification of the moment is a [...]

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Common Obstacles: Money Now v Later

In several of the interviews that I’ve done, one of the frequent topics that comes up as an aside, is Money now vs. Money later. Many business owners are torn between the product or service offering money quickly and the development or infrastructure efforts that take short-term money but offer long-term reward. This creates an immediate [...]

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Helping Cedric and Kymberly on The Big Idea

On a recent appearance on The Big Idea with Donny, I was one of three people on a panel. It was our role to help people fed into the show via satellite and phone. It’s a huge challenge to be in the hot seat and be ready to fire away with valuable advice. But it’s [...]

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Bookshelf: The Victorian Internet

I have written on social applications before, but just read this book and it made me re think how we approach technology.  From Amazon: Imagine an almost instantaneous communication system that would allow people and governments all over the world to send and receive messages about politics, war, illness, and family events. The government has tried [...]

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Communication in the Workplace: Quality versus Quantity

“The quality of your communication equals the quality of your life” -          Anthony Robbins  The sense I have developed over the years is that quantity of communication is more important than quality of communication. Of course, this refers to sensible discourse between two parties. It is no good if one spews unlimited information while ignoring [...]

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eBay : Cry Havoc! And Let Slip The Dogs Of War!

Hi gang, “Ohhhhhh,  the sun’s not so hot in the sky today.” “And I can feel summertime slipping on away, yes I can.” -September Grass,  James Taylor Believe it or not,  the title of this post and my man James’ quote are actually related.  You see,  I hate summer.  For my business, and I suspect [...]

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Creating Incentive to Spend

Yes, I too am going to add to the many blogs of how to keep people spending in a downturned economy.  I recently had the opportunity to listen to a trend forecast by David Wolfe of The Doneger Group, one of the premier trend forecasting and creative service providers in the Fashion Industry.  Mr. Wolfe [...]

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Sustaining Great Customer Relationships

Creating strong relationships with customers through your email marketing campaign is critical for maintaining true customer retention. Getting to know your audience, defining your purpose, and providing incentives to turn prospects into customers will encourage a higher return in investment and overall, a better quality campaign. As a starting point, you must find what format [...]

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Startup Attention Deficit Disorder

Scientists are now studying Startup Attention Deficit Disorder – a condition that causes entrepreneurs to start up new businesses mere seconds after they launched their original idea. I know this from experience. I am a S.A.D.D. sufferer, or, as some call us, a serial entrepreneur. As soon as I start one business, I get a [...]

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Twitterers actually aren’t twits

Twitter. It’s ridiculous, right? The distractions of visiting a website to provide updates to your “followers” about where you are and what you’re doing. Sounds like such a waste of time! But alas, I beg to differ. From what I’m learning, it’s one of a variety of really effective vehicles to achieve business goals. Developing [...]

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Get Ready for Big Publicity Activities

Welcome back from Labor Day fellow StartupNation Entrepreneurs! I hope all of you had a wonderful summer full of fun, relaxation and success! But now, it’s time to prepare. Why? The big PR season is ready to start. Not only are there going to be a lot of stories about the political campaigns, economic conditions, [...]

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QVC…1-2-3

It is all about the education of how to choose the right products for QVC…how to present and get products accepted…and how to successfully sell, year after year. For any of you who missed my free QVC tele-seminar the other night, and would like to benefit from the insider information….I am opening the event to the [...]

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Online Tip Jar (from Seth Godin)

As you know, everything we offer at StartupNation – all 175,000 pages of content – is completely free. If there’s any question left as to how we run this business and make a buck, let it be known that it’s through advertising and sponsorship. That’s why I was particularly intrigued by Seth Godin’s recent blog [...]

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Sourcing Details

Sourcing is a major component of a fashion designer’s business.  A company that consistently works to improve their sourcing tactics will inevitably be more successful than one satisfied with its’ sourcing policies and procedures.  For those just learning about the business, sourcing is locating and working with manufacturers of finished garments, textiles, and trims such as [...]

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What is YOUR money mentality?

The number one reason for business, and personal, failure is the “lack of knowledge” about MONEY! As a successful business owner, running a multi-million dollar retail product placement company, I know first hand how being bad with money can be, and how being cash starved is always fatal. I hate to admit that I did have [...]

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Sales grew 186% over last year

I had the opportunity to talk via phone recently with Ashley Seeman. She started a graphic design business, but was only “bumping along”. That’s when one of your fellow StartupNation community members, Erin, swooped in with a recommendation: “Maybe you should check out StartupNation for some help.” Read what Ashley sent over to me about [...]

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Focus on the System, Not the Product

It seems logical the manager’s total efforts should be focused on the product or service itself; that all energy be directed to the work that must be done, the customers who must be found, and the money that must be made. And this is the problem! Focus entirely on these tasks without an overall strategy [...]

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