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5 Ways to Lighten Holiday Season Stress

December is here.  Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday are all behind us.  My inbox is jammed with sales and specials from Vista Print to Saks Fifth Avenue and everything in between.  The Holidays and the New Year are quickly approaching. Is your blood pressure rising just reading this? The holiday season [...]

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The Top, Two Words for Small Business Success

If you are just starting a business, you are probably overwhelmed with information and a huge, “To Do” list. If you are like me and have been in business for several years, you are probably swamped right now with end-of-year activities. Well, whether you are a new entrepreneur or a seasoned pro, it can be [...]

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The Business of MOM and Entrepreneur

This week an article on CNN Money about Jack Dorsey caught my eye, and I could not help but to be fascinated with it.  Jack Dorsey, Twitter Co-founder and CEO of Square, works TWO 8-hour shifts every day.  Dorsey works 8 hours for Twitter and then 8 hours for Square (his latest startup in mobile [...]

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Do Inventors Need 3D Designs or Prototypes?

If you are an inventor in the early stages of development (you don’t have finished samples) and you are looking to sell or license your invention to a company for ongoing royalty payments, you will more than likely need some form of prototype or design to showcase your invention to prospective companies. In reality, most [...]

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Social Media Round-Up

Almost daily there are so many changes to social media and in turn how they impact startup business that it often overwhelming. I am sure that you feel it is hard to keep up. Recently, a few new changes were rolled out across the web and I noticed a couple of patterns that I believe are [...]

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Practice Makes Perfect – So They Say

This week has slipped away from me without everything on my list being crossed off.  This is a tough concept for someone who likes to dot every i and cross every t by Friday mid-day.  There is nothing I can do. The weekend is here, and I have a full docket with my other job [...]

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StartupNation’s 10th Anniversary and 10 Million Served

Here on the eve of StartupNation’s 10th anniversary, we’d like to thank you for your support of StartupNation. Through the years we’ve helped more than 10 million entrepreneurs become more successful. And now we’re upping the stakes, cranking up the volume and pushing it to the max! Introducing StartupNation’s Next-Level Success Club. It’s a game-changer. [...]

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Gerber Hits a Nerve

One affiliation I am thrilled to have made over the years at StartupNation is with Scott Gerber. You may have seen him contributing on our Small Business Braintrust video series (http://braintrust.startupnation.com), or if you’re a Gen Y entrepreneur, you may know Scott in his role as founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council, which is a [...]

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7 Ways to Effectively Market Your Small Business

I’ve been working from home for 20 years (not counting the Kool-Aid stands I set up, and the business I had selling rocks door-to- door when I was 8). When I started my first home-based business, technology wasn’t where it is now. I thought I was so cool when my dad gave me his old [...]

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Growing a Biz & Kids, Part 2

Hello StartUpNation! This upcoming Monday is Columbus Day, and guess what? That’s right – My kids are off of school.  Days off School and School Breaks are a challenge to moms and dads who run small businesses and start-up ventures everywhere.  I am so thrilled because I already secured a plan for Monday with another [...]

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My Love Hate Affair With Twitter

Hi gang, I really love twitter. Actually, I can’t stand it.  What a wonderful tool – and what a waste. I am so conflicted – I am the @chazbono of Twitter users. I’m not going to take the time to explain to you what Twitter is, because you already know what it is.  It’s easy [...]

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Growing A Biz & Kids, Part 1

A few weeks ago, I wrote about moms and dads everywhere being ecstatic over Back to School.  For mom and dad business owners, Back to School signifies schedule, routine, and hopefully, high productivity.  However, Back to School also brings sick days, snow days, school holidays, and winter vacations….Which in turn all limit productivity. Often, as [...]

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AVOID a fast relationship with my inbox!

Last week I attended a business professionals networking event in my hometown.  The event was extremely well attended and actually turned out to be a lot of fun (I am not saying this just because I was on the planning committee).  I met a lot of great contacts and I caught up with some old [...]

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Sleep = Productivity

Over the last few weeks on my own blog, I have covered topics ranging from stress busters to back to school to linked in for moms to past mishaps.  It has been a busy few weeks with back to school, diving into a full schedule, and trying to remain calm, cool, and collected.  Some days, [...]

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Analytics & Quantity v. Quality

For better or worse, we live in a world full of numbers discussion.  No matter where you go, someone is chatting about exact quantities and numbers.  How many calories is that sandwich?  How many RPM’s does that car do?  How much did you earn at your first job?  How many ounces did the baby drink [...]

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Saved! By Automatic Backup

Picture this: It’s late December. You’re planning for the year ahead. You resume your work after dinner. Totally in the zone! But there’s a problem. A major problem. The computer is frozen. Nothing works. You turn it off. You turn it on. Nothing works right. Your files and software are inaccessible, useless. I’m telling you [...]

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Top 3 Getting Organized for Biz Tools

With Labor Day upon us, either most schools are back in session or about to start.  That means Moms and Dads Gone Wild.  Do NOT let your mind get carried away with you…..I am talking about moms and dads all over the country are changing schedules, transitioning into a new routine, and welcoming the occurrence [...]

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