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Stella’s Startup Cycle

I have found that inventing, starting a business up, and other entrepreneurially thingies follow the same emotional pattern as your first roller coaster ride. Step 1: I’m so excited I could just pee. This is when you size up the ride. You’re caught in the moment considering the immense possibilities of your idea. The dizzying heights and [...]

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Losing Key Employees

In my small business, Centratel, each of our half-dozen key management people has had several years of on-the-job experience. Training managers to operate a telephone answering service is a long, drawn-out affair because it is necessary to understand a myriad of technical details and random facts. The introduction of documentation speeds up this training process, but [...]

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An Entrepreneur’s Day Out or Why I Shop Alone

Entrepreneurs are different, that’s a common theme on Startup Nation. We work differently. We think differently. And, by the looks of my Startup Nation profile pic, we dress and wear our hair differently. But, maybe that’s just me. A case in point: I went shopping with my friends. They’re your average corporate hard-charging, salary-seeking, bonus-pimping 40-hour-a-weekers. [...]

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Ant or Grasshopper?

Do you plan for a crisis? Of course not. But you can plan yourself out of one! Let me weigh in here with another question: Who do you want to be? The person who goes on a hike  prepared with the Ten Essentials? Or would you rather be the one that blindly walks along and [...]

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Installing a Preventative System

Sometimes we install a system and it doesn’t do much. We achieve the desired effect by the mere existence of it. At Centratel, we knew a few of our employees spent time “cruising the net” on company time. It was impossible to track these sleight-of-hand excursions and the closest we could get to managing the [...]

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Economy Got You Down? 9 Things to Do NOW

With the non-stop news reports of Wallstreet’s record losses, the rising unemployment rate, and the dismal forecasts for holiday spending, it’s easy to become paralyzed with fear of the unknown.  While there may be several factors effecting the economy and markets today that are out of our control, there are plenty of things that we [...]

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7 Must-Ask Questions When Seeking New Career Training

On Tuesday, Katie Yeakle, executive director of American Writers & Artists, Inc., shared her small-business wisdom with us. Today, she provides valuable advice on seeking legitimate training for a new career.   Katie Yeakle, American Writers & Artists, Inc. Executive Director       What are some things to be aware of when looking for the [...]

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How to get on the cover of a book

If you listen to our podcasts, you recently heard my interview with Rick Smolan, a new friend and someone whose books I’ve long admired. He’s the photographer-turned-entrepreneur behind all those coffee table books that start with this in the title, “A Day in The Life of…”.  He started with “…Australia” and from there went on [...]

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What Part of Work From Home Don’t You Understand

I have a slight problem with the whole home-entrepreneur gig. Apparently, to you, me, and the rest of the Startup Nation, working-at-home means that you are WORKING at your HOME. That seems clear enough. However, the deluded, including the hubby, sometimes slip into thinking that if you WORK from home, you’re actually just sitting around [...]

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Cool Work for Yourself Tips from AWAI’s Katie Yeakle

If you are struggling to start a business and work for yourself, check out these tips from Katie Yeakle. As the executive director of American Writers & Artists, Inc., Katie has helped people successfully develop new skills to purse their dream lifestyles since 1997. Katie Yeakle, American Writers & Artists, Inc. Executive Director     [...]

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The Big Idea Asks for Help

The producers at The Big Idea called asking if I’d make myself available to help out one of their viewers in need. His name was Tony, and here was his situation: He’s a dad of four kids, got let go from one job accepted a new one and that company went bankrupt right before his [...]

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I Appeared on ABC News Now – Promoting Home-Based Business

I appeared on ABC News Now, ABC’s online initiative, in an interview with Tory Johnson. She was great and it was yet another opportunity to offer advice for smart home-based business practices as well as to encourage people to enter the 2008 StartupNation Home-Based 100. Click on the screenshot directly below to view the video. [...]

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Bookshelf: Where Have All The Leaders Gone?

One the same trip back from Hartford, I picked up Where Have All The Leaders Gone (Lee Iaococa) and it rocked me in the same way Team Of Rivals did (Doris Kearns Goodwin). One the heals of my last post on Drucker, Iaococa practically reaches out of the pages, takes you by the collar and [...]

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Book Shelf: Peter Drucker’s Managing Oneself

So I was on a return flight from West Hartford coming back from a family event and wondering the Hartford terminal for something to read. I came across the Harvard Business Classics series–clever way for them to make even more money… Managing Oneself got my attention.  Every line read like the sage advice you wish you [...]

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What’s Your Excuse? Do it Now!

I just returned from a visit to Detroit. My Aunt Margaret died unexpectedly, and I wanted to pay my respects to this wonderful woman who touched the lives of everyone she met. It just goes to show you that things can happen when you least expect it…whether you are ready or not. With this in [...]

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Did the Sharks Attack? Taking Risks-Part 2

On Tuesday, I left off telling you about the sharks I encountered while scuba diving. Well, after a brief, “stare down” with the sharks, I headed towards the cave opening and left their home. It was nerve-wracking, but it was truly the most exciting dive I’ve had so far. In fact, after the initial nerves subsided, [...]

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Take Risks to Boost Confidence and Publicity

It’s about 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning, and I’m recovering from a much-needed vacation. Right now, the jet lag is killing me. Yes, I’m one of those people who usually need a “vacation from the vacation.” But it’s worth it! A vacation gives you time to rest and relax, but it also provides the opportunity [...]

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Leader and High Earner

Not too long ago I participated in Cycle Oregon, a weeklong bicycle tour. Seventeen hundred riders pedaled an average of 75 miles each day through remote eastern Oregon. At night we camped in ad hoc tent cities planted at various locations along the route: rural high school football fields, small town parks, or wheat fields. [...]

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