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Posts Tagged “Plan Your Business”

How to Become a Marketing Superstar

Wendy Kenney is the best selling author of How to Build Buzz for Your Biz, Tap into the Power of Social Media, Publicity and Relationship Marketing to Grow Your Business, available on Amazon.com.  She has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Newsday. For more information go to http://23Kazoos.com.

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What is the biggest marketing challenge that you have in your business? According to a survey by Marketing Sherpa, 78% of businesses say that their biggest marketing challenge is generating high quality leads. In my work as a contract Marketing Director with small businesses I see this challenge on a daily basis. Interestingly enough many small businesses make the [...]

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CEOs grow more optimistic, third quarter in a row

Ever heard of “The Conference Board”? It’s a global, independent business membership and research association. Their mission is to provide organizations with the practical knowledge they need to improve their performance, among other things. They do a study on a quarterly basis that measures CEO confidence, which had increased in the second quarter of 2009, and [...]

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Think Positive in Tough Times

Negativity surrounds us. But now, more than ever, it’s important to stay positive. After all, it can be really easy to spread negative comments and get caught in a downward spiral of hopelessness. Don’t let it happen to you! Toxic communications and people can be detrimental to your health and hurt your business. Without knowing [...]

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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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Turn Recession Woes into “Wows”

Economists and the media may debate whether we are in a true “recession” or not, but that doesn’t change the fact that sales are down and consumers are pulling back.  I’m certainly not excited about this, but I’m not traumatized either.  The economy is full of ups and downs and we obviously can’t have the [...]

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Throw Out The Long Term Plan – Do Something Now

From a post on 37 signals: A couple of Getting Realish ideas spotted in Best Life magazine: Greg Gianforte is the author of “Bootstrapping Your Business: Start and Grow a Successful Company With Almost No Money.” In Follow Your Dream, he advises throwing out your five-year plan and focusing on building something now instead. Gianforte [...]

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Overcoming Failure to Launch

So you’ve got some ideas, a decent prototype, and a couple customers to boot…now what?  Sadly, many would-be entrepreneurs fail at running a business before they even start.  The complexity of a business plan, lack of funding, and an army of competitors all create a standstill that causes those flames of business freedom to flicker.  [...]

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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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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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Predicting how successful a new technology will be

From Joan Isabella, StartupNation Radio consultant What if you could tell what technology was going to be adopted in the future. If you could find an equation to identify the market needs and strengths of a new idea, you could start a business, or invest in one that would make you rich, Rich, RICH! Pip [...]

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Former Microsoft blogger Robert Scoble has got it goin’ on

Uber blogger Robert Scoble announced last month that he was leaving the "comfy?" corporate world of Microsoft to join a startup – mentioned us in his blog Scobleizer. Now here’s a great example of an extremely smart and talented business person who is striking out into the startup world and he’s looking for valuable resources. [...]

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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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Life Plan in action: a “do what you love” podcast business

I am a subscriber to 5 podcasts: • StartupNation Radio • Entrepreneurial Tips with the Sloan Brothers • Adam Curry’s Daily Source Code • The President’s Weekly Radio Address • Roots Rock Radio You’re surely familiar with StartupNation, the Sloan Brothers, Adam Curry if you’re a podcast listener, and the President. But what’s the deal [...]

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Cool Company of the day: The Evening Hatch

We all know how important it is to enjoy life… to live it to the fullest. In that spirit, we recently went on our first fly fishing adventure – something we’d heard people rave about but we’d never "taken the time" to do ourselves. The little business we chose to outfit and guide us was [...]

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A Reminder: Don’t Ignore Your Life Plan

I generally dislike forwarded messages, especially the ones that tell me to forward them immediately to ten people or else I’ll probably go to Hell. If I dislike them, my husband despises them. So I was very surprised when he forwarded this one to me. I’m sharing it with you because it reminded me that [...]

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Reasons people don’t start a business

The people who seem to use our site the most – and listen to our show the most – are a mix of people who are either considering becoming an entrepreneur or who are already an entrepreneur, and are looking to grow their business. Both of these kinds of community members can comment on this [...]

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