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Reach out and touch someone

One service we provide at my company, Charisma Sciences, is phone coaching. Guys call us from all over the world and we used to just give out our cell phone numbers. This worked for some time but we were losing some international customers. Then I discovered Skype. Skype is a piece of free, peer-to-peer software [...]

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The Mudville Nine

“The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Mudville nine that day, The score stood four to two, with but one inning more to play.” The opening lines of Ernest L. Thayer’s poem Casey At The Bat brought a broad smile to my father’s face just last week as our family gathered for Mother’s Day weekend. After [...]

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Clutter

Search for “clutter” on Google and you get 6,400,000 responses. DON’T PRINT THEM ALL OUT! Stuff accumulates, and while it can seem a constant annoyance, it’s best to deal with it before you can’t find your keyboard and your phone (I speak from experience!) Clutter clearing is part of your work like paying the bills. [...]

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Communication: Part I

This weekend I was in Austin, TX, where Wayne and I were doing a seminar and workshop. The weather was absolutely beautiful, the sky in Texas is vast, and the sunsets were magnificent swirls of atmosphere. Lots of college students, and everyone is SO FRIENDLY. We took our clients out to lunch on Saturday and [...]

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Philly Cheese Steaks

Some of the greatest entrepreneurial inspirations have centered around food. You’ve probably heard the story of the ice cream vendor who ran out of cups one day and rolled up a waffle to hold the ice cream – thus the ice cream cone was born. But do you know the story of the Philadelphia Cheese [...]

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You Gotta Just Wanna

I am in LOVE with the articles on our website that highlight entrepreneurs’ key moves. Each one tells the story of how someone got the inspiration to start their dream business and calls out a specific key move that they made to propel their business toward success. If you haven’t checked out Jonathan Conant’s story [...]

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Starting Up Every Day

My first attempt working at home was in the early 1990′s. My husband was offered a promotion and transfer to my hometown of Philadelphia. My entire family is there. How could I say “no”? I was a partner in a startup public relations company. I bought a brand new computer, learned to use a modem, [...]

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Rewind

Just got back home from seeing a band called the Stereophonics. I can’t hear much out of my right ear. A bottle of wine I’d opened earlier has just enough left for half a glass, and the crisp evening air is wafting through semi-ajar windows. A train is sounding its horn about ten miles away. [...]

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Baseball and the Passion of Starting Up

I had baseball practice tonight. Now this is real hardball, none of this old-guy softball stuff. It’s actually old-guy baseball. I’m playing another season in the over 40 league. As my 44 year old body is aching and I wait for the celebrex to kick in, I’m reminded (painfully) that all baseball players go through [...]

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Amish Inspiration

Sometimes the inspiration for starting your dream business can come from an unexpected direction. Learning from the past can be quite profitable, and life-changing for you as a budding entrepreneur. I was visiting my family in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania this past weekend and one of the “must do” activities for these visits is Achenbach’s Bakery [...]

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What a Weird, Wonderful World

Hi friends, my name is Jonathan. I’m thrilled that Jeff, Rich and the rest of the StartupNation crew have asked me to share my thoughts with the community. Jeff and Rich have at times been big brothers, mentors, financiers, and fellow sushi conniseurs to me, and hopefully I can pass on some of the wisdom [...]

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Entrepreneurs & Guacamole

The greatest thing about being the chief community officer of StartupNation (besides the fact that I have the coolest job title ever invented) is that I get to talk with entrepreneurs every single day. It’s a real hoot! Entrepreneurs are the most fascinating people. The truth is that there are as many different types of [...]

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Being frank about franchising

We’d like to answer a question recently asked of us by one of our community members. How do I identify responsive and fair franchises? -Bill If you’re determined to open a franchise, we recommend that you do two very important things: Go into other locations of the franchise and look around. See how customers are [...]

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Doing your "Homework"

My name is Joan Isabella, and I work at home. I made that decision so I could stay home with my son. My number one job is being a Mom, yet, working as part of a team and contributing to a larger goal is a big part of who I am. I set out to [...]

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Words of wisdom for entrepreneurs

"The more you do, the more you CAN do!" We heard a mom say this to her 8-year-old boy as they hiked gingerly down a rocky trail on Camelback Mountain last week. It was a great mom-son moment. The boy was listening intently, and we were eavesdropping JUST as intently! Two things occured to us. [...]

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Entrepreneurship pays off! But what kind?

We need no convincing–living the life of an entrepeneur is incredibly exciting and gratifying. Recent bloggers agree: I started my own business because I was topped out in my area of expertise AND not pursuing my passion. I realized that the things I did as a volunteer in my spare time could be turned into [...]

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Reporting in from the 2005 SBA Expo!

It’s always amazing to come to the nation’s capital. We’re staying in a hotel that’s on ‘Embassy Row’ just down the way from the Embassy of Togo, and across from the Embassy of Venezuala. Very cool for a couple of boys from Michigan. In any event, we just finished Emcee’ing the kick-off evening of this [...]

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The Faces of StartupNation

What is StartupNation? StartupNation is not a website, or a radio program, or a book. StartupNation is not a resource, a newsletter, or an event series. (these support it, but do not define it) StartupNation is not about us at all. StartupNation is each and every one of you that is reading this blog entry [...]

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Why be an entrepreneur?

In a recent entry, we asked you why you’d choose to work at a big company–basically, why you’d rather by employed rather than be an entrepreneur. We got some really thoughtful responses and we appreciate it "BIG"time! but now, let’s go "small"time. Let’s talk about why you chose the entrepreneur’s path. Why did you start [...]

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We’re looking for Key Moves

Everyone says you can learn from failure. True. But you can also learn from success. And that’s why we created "Key Moves." Perhaps you’ve heard how we feature success stories on our 1-minute StartupNation radio spots airing all over the U.S. (they’re called "Key Moves for Success.") We also feature them on our website–you’ve probably [...]

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