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Start your own business to help fund your retirement

Planning for retirement is an important part of our lives. We all know the statistics: we’re living longer and have more income needs for retirement years that are extended beyond the previous generation. There are many resources and strategies for how best to accomplish our life goals. A recent Washington Post article shares some statistics [...]

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Does your business plan include an exit strategy?

I was reading an article on WashingtonPost.com about how social search startups have sprung up to fill in the gaps that the larger search engines like Google and Yahoo! have left open. It’s an interesting read and made me think of how important it is for any business, whether you’re internet based or home based [...]

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Favorite Movie Entrepreneurs

While painting the family room over this holiday weekend Suzanne mentioned that Gone With the Wind was about to begin and suggested we watch. As it is one of my favorite movies and we are 34 days from our 1930′s themed wedding, I agreed. During the film, Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) asked Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien [...]

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Need a Vacation? Tell Us Why and You Could Win One

Yep – it’s true. All you gotta do is convince us. Do you consider yourself to be persuasive? Someone who is able to make your point succinctly and in such a compelling manner that you simply cannot be refused? Here’s your chance to show off this special ability, and you could win a vacation! During [...]

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Southwest Airlines Ticket Winner #4!

THE 4TH & FINAL WINNER IS… Our congratulations go to GuruConnector of Lincoln, Rhode Island! You are our the 4th & final lucky entrepreneur to win two free roundtrip tickets on Southwest Airlines through our "Work Hard. Play Harder." Contest. GuruConnector has been a member of the StartupNation community since its beta launch. It’s clear [...]

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Startup attitude: Act like a winner

• Confidence • Boldness • Strut These are contagious qualities. Your customers will pick up on it. Your team will rise to it. Your competition will notice it. When you start acting like you belong, you do belong. One of the ways that entrepreneurs can gather this confident bold strut is to practice and hang [...]

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Southwest Airlines Ticket Winner #3!

AND THE 3RD WINNER IS… Our congratulations go to contestbill! You are our 3rd lucky entrepreneur to win two free round trip tickets on Southwest Airlines through our "Work Hard. Play Harder." Contest. contestbill is a new StartupNation community member as of this month. We love having you in the StartupNation community and are looking [...]

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Southwest Airlines Ticket Winner #2!

AND THE 2ND WINNER IS… Our congratulations go to davenny! You are our 2nd lucky entrepreneur to win two free round trip tickets on Southwest Airlines through our "Work Hard. Play Harder." Contest. davenny is a power networker as evidenced by both his high level of activity right here in the StartupNation community and his [...]

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Southwest Airlines Ticket Winner!

AND THE WINNER IS… (drumroll) Our congratulations go to bridalchic! You are our first lucky entrepreneur to win two free round trip tickets on Southwest Airlines through our "Work Hard. Play Harder." Contest. bridalchic is a part time entrepreneur and started it up with a company called The Bridesmaid Party after being in the bridal [...]

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Ten Steps to opening a lemonade stand

We are trying to teach our 6 year old the value of work. We are hopeful to raise a young man with a strong work ethic and desire to succeed. It’s much easier said than done. So when I offered him the job of cleaning up some lawn debris for cash that he could use [...]

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Entrepreneurs need to turn it off to turn it on

Entrepreneurs often don’t but they especially should. And when they do, they don’t really, at least not completely. (I’m reminding myself of Yogi Berra’s famous quotes – my favorite: "If the fans don’t come out to the ball park, you can’t stop them." I’m talking about time off. Small business owners are in severe need [...]

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Your small business needs more Cowbell!!

“Guess what?? I got a fever! And the only prescription … Is more Cowbell!!” Ohhh YES !!!!! The contributions that the late night tv show “Saturday Night Live” have made to our society are so bountiful! As we’re heading into the long Memorial Day weekend, I’m beginning to get into a festive mood. My mind [...]

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StartupNation is JOM’n

Have you joined the StartupNation community yet? We’re the nation’s fastest growing online group of people starting and growing their dream business. Over a thousand of you have been one of the first to join our new community initiative. Now we’re on a mission to double the size of the community. If each of us [...]

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A “normal” day for an entrepreneur

• Caffeine-up • Follow up with customers • Analyze website traffic • Move forward on strategy for growing customer base • Tweak strategy for growing customer base • Manage accounting activity • Re-caffeinate • Gain inspiration from a teammate (or the StartupNation community) • Analyze sales • Walk the dog (home-based businesses only) • Shipping [...]

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Cool Company of the Day: VocationVacations.com

Alright, those of you who want to start up a business but have no experience doing the actual kind of work that that business entails… this one’s for you: Vocation Vacations. They’re based in Oregon but serve up job stints all across the country (and beyond) at the kinds of businesses people typically only dream [...]

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A small business startup needs that work life balance

When we launched the entrepreneur forum in the StartupNation community pages on our website we did a whole lot of planning & strategizing in advance. After a month of the beta version of our community going public, there is a great deal that we have learned. Much of what we anticipated is happening just as [...]

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