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Start an eBay business, don’t miss the Express

You probably know we’re into eBay; it helps people start up their own businesses every day – we’ve appeared at consecutive eBay Live events and hosted online seminars on how to start an eBay business. So why is today the day to think again about starting it up as an eBayer? How about eBay Express [...]

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Born To Be An Entrepreneur

“Luck” may be part of a direct translation of the company’s name, but Geely Automotive founder Shufu Li seems to have been born with an entrepreneurship gene. When you are born to peasants and raised in rural China, that’s pretty incredible. An article in the Detroit Free Press by Carol Cain tells his story. "I [...]

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War of words: ‘Vetting’ a business idea

We often blog about interesting language creeping into the business vocabulary… words like "flesh out," which brought out all the linguaphiles. Well, this next one we think we resolved without your help. But maybe we’re wrong–that’s for you to comment on. In this case, the explanation was staring us in the face for many years. [...]

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How to ask for help and get results

As you might expect, we get a great many emails from entrepreneurs who march to the beat of the StartupNation drum. Carin is one of those people. Unfortunately, Carin has recently run into tough times and sent us an email asking for help. (see her email below, provided here with her permission.) The question we [...]

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Ditch your day job!

As our most recent newsletter stressed, there’s got to be a way for you to get out from the grind, ditch the drudgery of that day job, and do something YOU LOVE with your precious time!!! Our lead article indicates that over 80% of the businesses that will open for business next month will be [...]

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Windows or Mac?

The Consumer Electronics Show is currently underway in Las Vegas, and Mr. Gates keynoted with much ballyhoo about Vista, the new version of Windows that is set to replace XP later this year. This got me thinking… You’re about to launch a small business – let’s say five to ten employees max. Do you go [...]

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Consultants of every kind

In a world of dog psychologists, feng shui gurus, and astrologists, it seems like these days there’s a consultant who’s an expert on anything and EVERYthing! That’s not necessarily a bad thing. For example, we recently got an email from an entrepreneur who’s developed a consultancy specifically and solely for coffee shops and how to [...]

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Searching for a Success Principle

Why do we entrepreneurs educate ourselves? Sparing you a diatribe on knowledge theory, I’ll cut to the chase: For those who succeed, education is a supplement to, but not a replacement for, drive and self-belief. There are scores of great business books and theorists out there. In addition to the StartupNation book, I’ve found inspiration [...]

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Know your ”most valuable purchasers”!

A recent Nielsen/Netratings study indicates that a approximately 18% of online buyers account for almost a whopping half of total online spending. Nielsen/Netratings nicknamed this group of active and loyal buyers ‘most valuable purchasers’ or ‘MVPs’. And the takeaway is that you’ve got to know who these customers are. If you are conducting ecommerce, make [...]

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Another clever holiday promotion

This holiday promotion we received demonstrates how clever and creative you can be in the electronic medium. It’s from a company we respect a lot called Enlighten, based in Ann Arbor, MI. If you’re trying to think of viral opportunities online, there’s much to learn here. now this wouldn’t be chump change to create, but [...]

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A Dish To Pass

At this time of year, you might bake cookies, or make Aunty Betty’s Crab Dip to take to a gathering. I’ve been considering the significance of the dish we choose to pass. When you taste something really good, you remember who brought it. You might even ask for the recipe. Back to business: What you [...]

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Park Moms, Inc.

We label people. Even ourselves. But it’s a good idea to remember your waitress may also be a biochemical engineer; Your mailperson may be a former radio personality (I know one!). One of the things people always say when they work alone at home is that people think they are just looking for a real [...]

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Why more people will start up

Have you read the most recent BLS report? If you’re like most people, you don’t even know what a BLS report is! BLS stands for "Bureau of Labor Statistics," and this government office puts out a quarterly report on trends in labor in the U.S. The big news from this quarter’s report isn’t the expected [...]

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My favorite holiday promotion yet…

(Entry by Rich Sloan) The deluge of holiday promotions is getting overwhelming. Offers for free shipping, unheard of discounts, etc., are EVERYWHERE! One recent promotional mailing, though, actually stopped me in my tracks. It was clever, different, and made me smile. It was from the local optical shop where i’d had an eye exam and [...]

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Holiday Shopping Tips From StartupNation

StartupNation Radio is your secret to holiday shopping. Okay, nobody else at StartupNation is making that claim, but my holiday shopping is almost done, and I couldn’t have done it without StartupNation. If you listen to any or all of the StartupNation radio shows online, you can learn about starting and running your business so [...]

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New stuff every day? We’re listening.

I love a website that has something new on it each day that I visit. If I know that a site will have something fresh for me every day, that’s one that I’ll revisit constantly. This is going to happen at StartupNation.com. We already do crank out a ton of great entrepreneurial content: articles, radio [...]

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On The Verge of Something Big

You think you have everything in order. You created a plan. You’ve made the contact. Things look good. And you are just waiting for the big deal to come through. And waiting. And waiting. I think The Verge is the most exciting place for an entrepreneur. But if you stay there too long, it’s a [...]

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Finding the ”where” of success

In Rich Karlgaard’s book, Life 2.0, he focuses on how people have transformed their lives by moving to a new city, town, tract of land. In reading the book, it reinforced our belief that it’s key to pursue the things that make you happy and then build a business around that. Basically, the book argues [...]

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And You Thought You Had Problems!

I asked Jeff Landers from www.offices2share.com to forward some of the entries they received in the "Home Office from Hell" contest I wrote about a couple of weeks ago. These are my personal favorites. I laughed out loud at many of them, so thought I would share. • When my wife runs the washing machine [...]

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