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How to Compete with the Big Guys

In talking with a group of start ups recently, I got into the discussion of how small businesses can compete against larger companies that have a great deal of process and marketing power behind them. After we agreed on the initial list of MUST-do marketing tactics for success, including email marketing to current customers and [...]

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Important Contract Terms, Part I: Indemnify this.

One of the mainstays of my practice is writing, or reviewing and revising, contracts for my clients. Often, I am revising contract terms written by my client or another business person, and so, understandably, key contract terms are often absent or inadequately drafted. This led me to think about what contract terms could be critical [...]

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Now I’m the Expert

Have you got those calls yet? You know, the calls or the in-the-grocery-store chats from your old co-workers, or ex-bosses who are looking at their jobs and thinking maybe the security of a full-time job wasn’t such a secure thing after all? And they heard you started your own business and are doing quite well, thank [...]

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Did I Just Get an Eye Roll?

Labor Day weekend is coming, which means the in-laws are coming–or as I like to call them the out-laws. My hubby’s parents are great people, but after I quit work to devote time to my business, I sensed they harbor a little bit of doubt in my project. (Little bit: as in, the Grand Canyon is [...]

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Don’t Expose Your Assets!

There you are. You just finished reading Rich and Jeff Sloan’s book and you are fired up! You have an idea that you are certain will make make the invention of those small yellow sticky notes look like small potatoes. Not only that, but you are so proud of yourself, because you have done exhaustive [...]

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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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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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The absolute number one best business to start

Full service car wash. You see, you probably thought I’d wimp out and not really name one. I mean come on, how can you pick just one business that’s the best for everyone. Isn’t it conventional wisdom that we all have unique personalities & gifts & styles? But I’ve decided. There is just no question [...]

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Cool Company of the day: Foot Petals

This one was recommended by a StartupNation community member with sore feet apparently – a problem a lot of women (and men) deal with. The Cool Company of the day is Foot Petals, the brainchild of Tina Aldatz, who experienced the proverbial "necessity is the mother of invention" phenomenon. The product line is Tina’s invention [...]

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Why more people will start up

Have you read the most recent BLS report? If you’re like most people, you don’t even know what a BLS report is! BLS stands for "Bureau of Labor Statistics," and this government office puts out a quarterly report on trends in labor in the U.S. The big news from this quarter’s report isn’t the expected [...]

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Incredible outpouring of help

We owe a BIG thanks to the people who stepped up last week as volunteers to test drive our soon-to-be-released "10 Steps to Start Up" online process. You know who you are–BRAVO!!! We’ll be working with you closely in the weeks ahead. When the 10-Step program is released on StartupNation.com, we’re planning to list out [...]

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Knowing the right moment to start up your dream business

How do you know the right moment to actually make the leap–to start your dream business? One of our best friends is a woman–we’ll call her "Jan" for privacy–who works for a big corporation in a CRM capacity (customer relationship management). She sits in a cubicle with an entire department of other CRM people in [...]

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Desire

I was a bright-eyed 15 year old at the Detroit Auto Show in 1995 when a then-conceptual Audi TT was on display. "I will have that car by the time I’m 21," I told myself. Five months before my 21st birthday, I was driving away from Fred Lavery Audi with a new, Brilliant Black Audi [...]

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Start Your Dream Business Through Your Own Daily Experiences

The inspiration for starting a business can come from so many different sources. It happens every day and very often it is spawned from our daily experiences. The two inventor winners from our StartupNation/INPEX promotion, Dave Hammond and James Acevedo, came up with their inspiration through their vocations. Dave was a medic in Vietnam and [...]

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Entrepreneurs that LOVE America

If you’ve ever traveled overseas, you might agree: we believe there’s no country on earth that sets the table for entrepreneurs quite like America. Faisal Hazime knows this. We snapped this photo of him (with a Verizon Treo) at his restaurant, Pita Cafe. He’s proudly holding the StartupNation book — he’s mentioned on page XIV [...]

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Careful if you’re seated next to a Sloan brother!

We were on a bunch of flights last week on our book tour, Everywhere we went, we asked people if they’ve got a good idea for a business. Pretty much EVERYONE said, “yes.” But they also hemmed and hawed and gave all sorts of reasons why they either “won’t” start up, “would have, but…”, “can’t”, [...]

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Entrepreneurs just can’t keep quiet

I was just nestling in to my seat on the plane to Denver last week as I introduced myself to the gentleman sitting next to me. This guy was the talkative sort. Sometimes you spend a plane ride just saying hello & then each person focuses on their own thing. But Scott wanted to hear [...]

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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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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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