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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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What is it like to work at a big company?

We’re serious. What is it like working at a big company? To us, it isn’t even a possibility. We can’t imagine working in the ranks of a large company where we’d have no skin in the game or influence on the ultimate outcome of the business. Each of the people who work at our company [...]

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Challenge: What is the Percentage of Businesses Based at Home?

Ever wonder what the percentage is of businesses in America that claim their "headquarters" as the extra bedroom, the basement, the garage, or no room at all–perhaps just a wireless-Internet enabled laptop that wanders with you from room to room. The home is becoming the preferred address to locate a business. And the fact is, [...]

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10 businesses you could start in the Bahamas

Formulaic thinking got you down? Feeling like you’re living in a habitrail? OK. Let’s do a little dreaming. Let’s say you could escape the grind. You could make a break for it and start up your dream business…in the Bahamas. What business would you want to start there? I (Rich) will be holding up my [...]

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When business opportunity knocks, open the door.

"Sometimes it’s a matter of using a familiar product in a new way," wrote StartupNation community member Sara Schaedig in response to our previous entry about the invention of Velcro. Sara went on to state a problem horse owners deal with. "Those of us who have horses and trail ride have the same problem with [...]

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Burs in a dog’s coat led to what invention?

Could a bur stuck in a dog’s coat lead to one of the greatest practical inventions of all time? Read to the end and you’ll find out what George de Mestral invented. We share four golden retrievers. They spend a lot of time outside–even in the winter–while we’re working away at our desks in our [...]

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"Small Business." Does that term apply to you?

We always like reading the work of Gwendolyn Bounds in the Wall Street Journal. This week she highlights an effort by the SBA to refine the federal agency’s definition of what a "small" business is. And, boy, the SBA needs to! For example, they have 37 different "size standards" to account for the full gamut [...]

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Putting Purpose into Your Business

Are you on a mission? You should be. We are. Do you have a mission? You should. We do. We’re lucky. We have the privilege to work all day with our fellow team members at StartupNation on a goal that’s really important and incredibly fulfilling: Each person here is supremely committed to "empowering people to [...]

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