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referrals
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How to Stay Top of Mind and Boost Referrals in Any Business

Referrals are the highest compliment to your business — but it takes work to get them. There’s a fine line between staying top of mind with referral sources and being pushy. Here’s how these relationship masters and advisors in The Oracles find this balance and win referrals. 1. Create content and meet right away We do our...
family business
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Launching a Family Business? Keep These 3 Things in Mind

Are you wanting to start a family business? If so, you’re not alone. According to the United States Census Bureau, roughly 90 percent of American businesses are either family-owned or controlled. The size of these organizations runs the gamut, from two-person “mom and pop” shops all the way up to Fortune 500 behemoths. Together with...
grit.png
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Why Grit is Essential to Your Success as an Entrepreneur

For entrepreneurs building a business, the initial startup stage is an exhilarating time: you’re energized by your idea and engrossed in building the business. It feels like it’ll always be fun. The hard truth is that in building any business, there are peaks and valleys. When you hit a valley, it can be difficult to...
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6 Finance Books to Help You Make Better Business Decisions

Just when you thought that successful business owners don’t have the time to curl up in bed to read a book, you’d be surprised to know that average entrepreneurs read at least one book a week. Even someone as successful as Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, squeezes in 50 books a year to get...
The First, the Few, the Only
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Leaving Corporate to Be an Entrepreneur Empowers Women of Color

This modified excerpt is from THE FIRST, THE FEW, THE ONLY: How Women of Color Can Redefine Power in Corporate America by Deepa Purushothaman. Copyright ©2022 by the author and reprinted by permission of Harper Business.   I have met more senior women of color in the past few years who have left companies to start their own endeavors...
entrepreneur lifestyle
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5 Foundational Pillars for a Successful Entrepreneur Lifestyle 

Being an entrepreneur isn’t a job. It’s a lifestyle built around your businesses. You have to be all in, fully engaged, and willing to do whatever it takes to make your business successful. However, beyond the nuts and bolts of starting, growing and running your own business, you must first build a foundation for the...
podcasting
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Supercharge Your Professional Networking Through Podcasting

Networking has never been easy, and the transformation of the business landscape over the past few years has made it even more challenging. While sending cold emails and LinkedIn "connect with me" might work from time to time, podcasting has emerged as a powerful way to network with other professionals and industry influencers. Podcasting is...
business therapy
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Business Therapy Evaluates the Human Side of Your Business

Business consulting and coaching have been around a long time. But what are they really? Let’s start with a few simple definitions. A business consultant is a professional who provides professional or expert advice in a particular area such as security, management, accounting, law, human resources, marketing/PR, exit planning or any of many other specialized...
diversifying your income
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Why Diversifying Your Income Provides More Opportunities in the Long Run

One of the most common reasons people pursue the path of entrepreneurship is to achieve financial security and independence. If the events of the COVID-19 pandemic have taught us anything, it’s that anyone -- regardless of role, company, industry, or region -- can quickly find themselves without a job, and subsequently without a primary source...
burnout
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Keep Burnout at Bay With These Strategies

Many years ago, I was working on a big project for a global brand. It was complex and had a lot of moving parts, but it was manageable. It didn’t require me to work a crazy number of hours, and I was maintaining a good work-life balance. After just a few months of starting this...
bitcoin
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Bitcoin Can Build New Bridges to Cryptocurrency for Small Business

If there is one constant that has chased Bitcoin through its nearly 13-year history, it is an obsession with where its price currently sits. Bitcoin Loses 50% of Its Value! Tumbles to Lowest Price in Six Months! Here Comes the Bear Market! This might be great for speculative investors who have no problem “buying the...
small business success
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Secret to Small Business Success: A Commitment to Lifelong Learning

There’s a misconception that the most successful business leaders are born with their leadership credentials imprinted in their DNA. Surely because they are more successful than their peers, it stands to reason they’re extremely sharp or even smarter than their non-CEO cohorts. But in truth, what sets successful business leaders apart is their innate curiosity...
how to begin
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A Step-By-Step Process to Turn Your Ambition into a Worthy Goal

This excerpt is adapted from “How to Begin: Start Doing Something That Matters” by Michael Bungay Stanier  ©2022 and is reproduced with permission from Page Two.   It’s Hard to Be Ambitious I’m in my fifties, and one of the small but insulting ways my body’s aged is that my eyesight’s warped. I now spend too...
habits of successful entrepreneurs
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Top 10 Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs

Decades of research have shown that the super-rich have a lot in common. They share the same mentality, for example, as well as a number of the habits they follow in their personal lives. To begin thinking like a millionaire, you’ll first need to shift your mentality and your habits. The more habits you practice,...
Gorillas Will Dance
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Dancing with Gorillas: How Startups Can Partner with the Giants

This excerpt is adapted from “Gorillas Can Dance: Lessons from Microsoft and Other Corporations on Partnering with Startups” by Shameen Prashantham. ©2021 and is reproduced with permission from Wiley.   Understanding the startup's perspective Of course, it takes two to tango, and the three-step (synergy-interface-exemplar) process just described will only work when the managers involved take...
business basics
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Business Basics To Perfect: 12 Entrepreneurs Weigh-In

What is one business basic every entrepreneur should perfect when looking to start a business? To help you master the business basics, we asked business leaders and entrepreneurs for their best insights. From delivering the right pitch to upskilling when necessary, there are several business basics to perfect when looking to start a business. Here...
entrepreneurs
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Why Entrepreneurs Are Made, Not Born

You either have it or you don’t. How many times have you heard that? Or, a business owner saying, “I was born to be an entrepreneur.” But in business and life, things are rarely that black and white. In my experience of launching Kardia and 14 other impactful companies over the last four years, I’ve...
unstoppable focus
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8 Surprising Strategies for Unstoppable Focus

In today’s microwave society—where more data is created in one year than the last 5,000 years—it’s a herculean task to stay focused. Getting distracted may seem innocuous, but the consequences are disastrous over time: lost productivity, falling revenues, and a gnawing ever-present sense of missed opportunities. Grace Lackey | The Oracles These overachievers and members...