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Starting a business question from a blog reader

I began answering this question from one of my readers, and then just figured I might as well turn this into a blog post so others can benefit from it. The following question was asked: Q: I was wondering if you would mind taking time and jotting down a few pointers for me to follow [...]

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Learning From Others

One of the challenges faced by anyone running a start-up or small business is learning what you need to know, before your lack of knowledge trips you up big time. Reading business books and accessing online info like StartupNation are two important ways to learn. (Have you checked out 10 Steps to Grow Your Business lately?) [...]

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Using Multiple Contact Lists

Always remember that with the web, your content needs to be relevant to each reader. It has to be less about selling and more about providing. One way to do this is to maintain multiple contact lists or list segments. Not every message you send will be relevant for every customer. With web technology you [...]

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License to Play Dorky Music in Public? I”m There!

If you have been reading my blog, you probably recall that my husband and I are entertaining the possibility of moving to North Carolina. We are currently in New England. I’m really excited, but I’m also really nervous about transitioning my business if this does in fact happen. Right now, I am home-based and my [...]

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Richard Branson’s “Luck”

I just read this in the May 14 issue of The New Yorker and wanted to pass it along. Richard Branson, CEO of Virgin Atlantic (and about 130 other "Virgin" brands) says about entrepreneurship: I don't think I am different really from any entrepreneur. You have to stick you neck out on occasion. You have [...]

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Are you up to it?

A thirst for knowledge is essential for those who truly want to become successful entrepreneurs. As a small business owner, I know the fundamental challenge that every business owner faces: time. "I don't have time to read books, I have too much going on right now", I have said over and over again to my [...]

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The rise of a VERY young entrepreneur

A fellow author and new friend of mine, Ben Casnocha just released his book and is screaming up the charts on Amazon. Ben is even younger than I am! I had the chance to hear him speak in Tucson and his story is great. Help out a fellow young entrepreneur and purchase his book, My [...]

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Once upon a time, this product was all the rage

We were at wine-aided dinner the other evening and started in on a discussion of favorite products from eras gone by. There were four of us at the table, and product names and brands starting spewing from our mouths immediately! (See list below – we wrote them down to save and share here.) The products [...]

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Why There’s Hope for Silicon Valley

Last evening I went to a networking event organized by the StartupNation community members from northern California. I had no idea what to expect. I had spent the day in and out of meetings with hotshot techophiles from Silicon Valley, and had heard more references to "Web-2-dot-0" and "agile" and "offshoring" to make my head [...]

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Why can’t I get anything done?

I have so much to do today, but the gods of entrepreneurism are not on my side. My car unexpectedly developed a crunchy noise, so I spent most of the morning waiting in a dealership wasting precious daycare time. The next thing I know, I am picking up the boys. My older one was supposed [...]

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Tiger Woods has 2 Coaches. You?

I’ve been sick with bronchitis the past 10 days. It kept me at home away from infecting my StartupNation teammates all last week. I’d work for a while and then lie on the couch for a while. After several days, anything on television was non-interesting. Reading wasn’t a good option. If I was well enough [...]

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Reaching the Do Point

You’ve got a killer idea. (But, hey, you have a busy life.) You’ve never seen or heard of a business like it. (But does the idea already exist and you just haven’t seen it?) You have the money to start it up. (But you’re not sure you want to risk the money.) Etc., etc., etc…. [...]

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Be bold, not stupid

Continuing on the theme of hallmarks of true entrepreneurs, boldness is certainly one among them. But there’s "smart boldness," and there’s just plain "stupid." An example of smart? Take Tina Norris, creator of Foot Petals, a company that sells patented shoe pad inserts for women’s dress shoes. They’re basically a super premium, improved version of [...]

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Fighting Off Cynicism

I hate to show even the appearance of sucking up to the hosts here at StartupNation, but in case you missed it, the Sloan brothers’ recent post on Fighting Off Cynicism is one of their best ever. I’m a huge fan of maintaining a positive attitude in business. Starting and running a successful, high-growth business [...]

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The true mark of an entrepreneur

Everyone, including us, raves about the first-and-foremost quality of an entrepreneur… you know what it is… PASSION. But alas, that may not be true. Lately, our idea of the true mark of an entrepreneur has evolved. It’s actually something else, something that’s behind any and all action that an entrepreneur might take – and it’s [...]

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