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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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Grab Your Partner

You don’t have to do it all yourself. In fact, you can’t. Entrepreneurs all have a certain amount of maverick "I can do it alone" attitude, but real success comes when we can step aside and allow others to play important roles. We do it all the time here at StartupNation. The guests that we [...]

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Now Hear This!! (or you can listen later)

Are you a TIVO person? Recent surveys say that people with TIVO watch MORE tv than those who only watch their television shows live. I find that fascinating. What about how you listen to radio? Do you listen to StartupNation Radio live over the airwaves? Did you ever wish you could hear that great piece [...]

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Hate your boss? Start Your Own Business.

The number one reason that people change jobs is their immediate supervisor. The company can be crumbling around you but if your manager is treating you well, you are likely to stick around – and flourish. On the other hand, you could be at one of the best companies to work for, but if you [...]

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How to be a market leader

Question: What do Microsoft, Martha Stewart, and "Double Your Dating" all have in common that make them market leaders? Answer: They own a platform When Microsoft was starting out, their mission statement went something like: "Computing power is moving inexorably to the desktop. To succeed, we must own the desktop." Smart move, that. Microsoft and [...]

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Dodge Phishing and Pharming Without Phreaking Out!

Chances are good that you don’t have a dedicated IT guy in your home office. So it’s up to you to stay on top of the latest news about how to protect your computer and yourself from criminals and overzealous marketers. I found this Network World site that explains many of the dangers. Just this [...]

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Who’d have thunk he’d write back?

Who knows what was going through Joey Hawilo’s mind when he sent an email to Mark Cuban? Joey is on the board of the Entrepreneur’s club here at U of M. They’re planning a conference for the spring, and are looking for keynotes. In a move that could be described as either bold or naive, [...]

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The power of ‘Word of Mouth’

Have you seen the results of a study done by Intelliseek and Forrester this fall? The study indicates that word-of-mouth is far and away the most powerful way to influence the decision making of customers. To quote, "Consumers are 50 percent more likely to be influenced by word-of-mouth recommendations from their peers than by radio/TV [...]

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Extra Credit

Like my cell phone and briefcase, credit cards are such an integral part of my life that I forget what life was like before I had one. In speaking with some of my younger friends here in the University of Michigan Entrepreneurs club and elsewhere, I realize that a LOT of 18-20 year olds don’t [...]

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Are You Waving a Red Flag Outside Your Office?

An accountant can really help you figure out what tax deductions you qualify for, and mine has suggested a myriad of things I didn’t know were deductible. I suggest if you don’t have an accountant, you consider hiring one. The Sloan Brothers offer this advice on how to choose the right accounting service. With that [...]

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Running late for the meeting

Every now and then, we throw a scenario your way–a common scenario from everyday business dealings. Here’s one that’s ever present, and some of us are more guilty than others: Being late for a meeting. While most of the time, we’re the ones testing peoples’ patience, this weekend we were the victims. We had set [...]

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Podcast Poolside Business Meeting

I’m at the inaugural Podcast conference in Ontario, California and it’s extremely fascinating. Podcasters from all over the world have converged on this town in the mountains east of Los Angeles to meet one another and discuss & learn the business model of this new podcasting phenomenon. In case you need to get up to [...]

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