A small business startup needs that work life balance

05 May 2006

Joel Welsh

Joel Welsh, Chief Community Officer, is also the CEO of a new startup company ... Showcase U. Joel shares behind the scenes key decisions being made in the "Birth of a Startup" and knocks it out of the park to provide his own entrepreneurial wisdom.

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When we launched the entrepreneur forum in the StartupNation community pages on our website we did a whole lot of planning & strategizing in advance. After a month of the beta version of our community going public, there is a great deal that we have learned. Much of what we anticipated is happening just as we expected. And of course we’re learning every day from the community itself some things that we either didn’t see coming at all or thought would appear differently.

There is a great deal to share about what’s happening in the community, but I’m especially drawn to the conversation that’s going on surrounding simply connecting with other like-minded entrepreneurs. People are absolutely sharing marketing ideas and discussing business plans and asking questions about finances and getting answers about search engine optimization. I totally expected that.

What I’m particularly intrigued with today (yes, it is a Friday) are the lifestyle and motivation and “hey I’m out here just like you even though I’m in Ohio & you’re in California” posts in the forum.

Just today there are posts & conversations about:

Life changing quotes

When did you know that being your own boss was something you wanted to do?

Learning lessons from your personal and professional experiences

Inspirational Startup Success Story

Comic Relief Lounge (to which I contributed)

Yes, this really is a community of people who are dreaming of starting or have already started & are now growing their own business. Ain’t life grand?

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