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by Guest Author on April 29, 2013
Networking for business purposes has been around since before the U.S. was even a glimmer of an idea in the minds of our founding fathers. We all network. From our days on the playground, all the way up to our…
by Guest Author on April 26, 2013
Entrepreneurs are having a harder time than ever finding sources of funding for their new startups. The simple fact is that qualifying for a traditional small business loan is extremely difficult. New small businesses typically won’t qualify for a traditional loan because most banks are unwilling to underwrite an unproven, new business with no established credit. There are a few options, however, that are either overlooked or unaccounted for by new businesses looking for start-up capital.
The following are 7 of the most commonly overlooked options for financing any new small business startup:
by Guest Author on April 22, 2013
It’s time to go lean, entrepreneurs — or at least that’s what startup veteran, speaker and author Alistair Croll would tell you. He recently published a book called “Lean Analytics” that teaches aspiring business owners how to use data to test and refine their concept, before investing (and potentially wasting) money on an idea that will never sell.
There was a time when the business leader was the most convincing person in the room—think John Hamm in Mad Men. That’s because we didn’t have data, so we defaulted to whoever sounded smart. Today, the hard part is getting attention. So the economics have changed from “build it first” to “get the attention first,” Croll told me during an interview at my company’s Austin,TX-based office.
by Mel on April 15, 2013
I’m a professional skydiver. When I’m sky coaching, it’s full-ON. I’m talkin’ every minute of every day is filled with something intense, be it physical exertion, mental preparation, or social interaction. At the end of the day all I want to do is crash in my bed. And that’s what I do.
Now, this wouldn’t be a problem except that I’m building and running my life-coaching business as well… a business that requires my brain to function, requires me to connect with other human beings, and requires me to put the written word together in not just a coherent way, but an insightful one…
by Guest Author on April 3, 2013
We tap, type, scroll, refresh and slide our way through every day obsessed with the latest tweet, text or “Like” we see on our smartphones. For many (like me), it’s almost an addiction to stay constantly connected to the outside world through the smartphone.
by Stella Fayman on March 29, 2013
(photo credit) Ask most small business owners how they got started, and chances are you will hear a similar story of how they began by working out of their garage or basement, adding employees as needed, and eventually growing big…
by Mel on March 27, 2013
So I’m planning my wedding. It’s sweet. I’m loving it. Being an entrepreneur, I have the freedom to be highly engaged in the entire process, and I’m taking it on, full-on. Interestingly, the more I learn planning our wedding, the…
by Guest Author on March 25, 2013
With so much on the line, it’s easy for the startup owner to become a micromanager, constantly hovering over employee shoulders with “helpful tips.” But real productivity and efficiency arise when employees are given the right tools and freedom to invest in the success of the company — not when they’re micromanaged. Here are a few ways a startup can create both a sustainable business structure and an efficient work culture.
by Guest Author on March 22, 2013
As writers, we’ve all been there at one point or another. We stare at a blank Word document or the Wordpress dashboard and… nothing. It happens. We’re human. Sometimes leaving the computer and doing something else fixes the problem, but other times we fall victim to the dreaded writers block. As scary as writers block sounds, it’s a made up condition for the un-informed. In a day and age where the Internet produces more content than all of the newspapers in the world – combined, we really can’t use writers block as excuse for not producing great content.
by Stella Fayman on March 20, 2013
Last week, I paid a visit to my accountant, Mike Carney. “Pardon the mess,” he said casually as I walked into his office. I imagined piles of tax returns and boxes of papers since it’s tax season. All I saw was a stack of about 10 papers on his desk.
“Seriously?” I said.