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Bartering in Small Biz – How does the “Nation” feel?

I love to write fun posts about the exciting life of a mompreneur, managing time better, balancing entrepreneurship & kids, and organizational suggestions, BUT this week, I am too busy for a little fun.  It happens to the best of us, and this week I am GUILTY as charged.  I over-scheduled, over-planned, and over-committed myself.  [...]

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5 Questions to Ask When Hiring An SEO Copywriter

You realize that your site is not showing up in the search engines for your top keywords, and your competition is stealing your sales. It’s time to hire a search engine optimization (SEO) specialist to help you rank higher online. But before you hand out your hard-earned cash for SEO services, beware! There are many [...]

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A brand new scheduling challenge for myself & YOU

Happy Mother’s Day! Remember when I ditched my cel phone for spring break with my family a few weeks ago?  The results were more than I expected. All parties involved seemed to be fairly impressed with the results. Well, I have a new mompreneur challenge for myself and some to-do list pointers just in time [...]

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New Video Series from StartupNation: “Small Business Braintrust”

We’ve launched a great new source of content for you at StartupNation.com. It’s called, The Small Business Braintrust(TM) and it’s been extremely well received by our audience beta testing. While the audience beta testing included only my mother, I’m pretty sure she doesn’t have any special biases. Basically, the Small Business Braintrust is a video [...]

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Three Big Startup Environments

Silicon Valley isn’t the only place that has investors, mentors, and billion dollar companies. The East Coast has Boston and New York City looking to even the playing field so that startups aren’t all forced to move out west if they want to grow. All of these spaces are growing together as innovation gets easier [...]

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The New Trend in Tradeshows for Inventors – “the Micro-Show”

Not too long ago, inventors and entrepreneurs had limited options available to them in regards to exhibiting their products at tradeshows. They could either attend one of the smaller inventor-related tradeshows, or they could go to a large national product tradeshow and exhibit alongside large, established companies. The first option offered very limited exposure for their [...]

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Do you ever ditch your smart phone?

As a mom and entrepreneur, I straddle my time between 2 different departments for lack of a better explanation.  I have my business goals, obligations, and deadlines/timelines, BUT I also have a responsibility to my family. Most importantly, I need to make it a priority to enjoy real-time with my sons.  I am not who [...]

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Is Your Business Ready to Scale?

There are a few very important questions to ask yourself before you can grow. There’s nothing worse than scaling a business and realizing that you weren’t ready for it. Do I have enough team power? Your team needs to be ready for the increased amount of pressure from your stakeholders, including managing new customers and [...]

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Is Frustration Getting In the Way of Your Success?

Your phone stops ringing. You don’t get a response for your proposals. The competition steals your business. Yep. We’ve all been there. It’s not fun, but frustration is a part of business. Instead of taking it personally, you need to move on to the next opportunity. And this can be easier said than done so [...]

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3 Amazing Small Business Resources

Small businesses have it good. They get all the attention from the media because they’re always fighting some incredible uphill battle against the titans of the industry like Amazon is for ecommerce. They also get tons of benefits from programs sponsored by Microsoft and other large companies looking to help small businesses get off the [...]

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3 Tips for Managing your Marketing Campaigns

Small business marketing is one of the harder things to do in a small business, especially when you’re trying to compete against big corporations with much bigger budgets for consumers’ attentions. But you still have the potential to fight back and grow your small business into an empire through smart marketing. Here are a few [...]

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4 Reasons to Blog as an Entrepreneur

As an entrepreneur, blogging has been one of my passions because I get to share my thoughts in sort of an open forum, allowing for others to constructively criticize me, creating intellectual dialogues and perhaps teaching me something new. Other times, I just do it to get my thoughts out on paper, as a way [...]

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Mompreneur’s Pre-Flight Checklist

Over the last few weeks, pulling off all my various roles has been hard.  Being a mom requires a lot of patience recently, and a number of extended family issues need my attention.  At the same time, as a mompreneur, my prototype is heating up, and I am ready to pull out from the gate [...]

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