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Need a Business Idea for Your Startup? Try This Method!

Try this method if you need a business idea This article teaches you a method to generate a viable business idea. One of my greatest challenges when I started my company was coming up with the actual business concept. I knew I wanted to start a business but did not have a specific concept in...
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Assembling the Perfect Business Plan for Your Startup

Assembling an appropriate business plan is the most important aspect of a startup business The process of assembling an appropriate business plan is often the most important aspect of putting up a startup company that has the best possible chance of being successful and prosperous. Business plans are intended to provide entrepreneurs with a specific...
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How to Conquer Your Business Startup Fears with Mind Mapping

Let’s face it. The first step is always the hardest. Whether you’re trying to quit smoking, start graduate school, or learn how to play guitar. It’s that first step that leaves us feeling awkward, inadequate, and questioning our conviction. Taking that first step toward entrepreneurship is no different. We question our business skills, product performance,...
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The fudge store phenomenon, and why it works

Do you like fudge? Chocolate? Peanut Butter flavor? Maybe, Pistachio? Or, how about Mint? Well you'll be happy to know there's an island in Northern Michigan called "Mackinac Island" (pronounced "Mackinaw", don't ask me why) that has one small village on it, with one main drag where they serve over 10,000 pounds of fudge to...
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To move forward, work backward

Have you ever heard someone say, "let's do a work back"? I met with a techie recently who was talking about how he approaches creating a great website. He said, "My preferred strategy is to write out the wish list and then do a work back plan." He was referring to the same concept that...
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Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored…

Stepped into a cafe in Silicon Valley on the patio of a large office building - it was one of those spots with the healthy salads on the menu and all the blue-jeaned techies taking a breather in the perfect sunshine. It's hard not to imagine, as you look at each face, what important, groundbreaking new...
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Flexibility

Penelope took a break from her desk today and went outside to let her dog get some fresh air. While she was outside, I snapped this picture of her stretching, with the Absaroka Beartooth wilderness in the background. It reminded me that in a high-growth company, flexibility is essential. Everybody needs to be willing to...
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Is this the golden age for entrepeneurs?

We have a lot of philosophies about entrepreneurship and small business here at StartupNation. One of them you will hear us mention often on the radio show or at live appearances is that "this is the golden age of entrepreneurship". And essentially what we mean by this is that there has never been a better...
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Small businesses can learn from Netflix and Blockbuster

Suzanne and I gave each other a Christmas gift this year that we're really excited about – a Netflix subscription. Friends have been touting the internet based movie rental service for a few years and we finally cut the ties with our local video store and signed up. It seems like it will really work...
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Planning to Write Your Business Plan

My new company's business plan went from beta to final release today. I'm very proud of the final product, and am excited to circle back to to prospective investors. In my opinion, Jeff and Rich have written the definitive "how-to" on business plan authorship. But how do you plan to write a business plan? I...
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What’s OUT! What’s IN! The ‘Wayne Gretzky’ Small Business Trend Spotting Strategy

Out: heal-hurting leather-soled dress shoes Out: Clothes Out: Web 1.0 In: run-through-the-airport rubber-soled dress shoes In: Working from a home office via computer In: Web 2.0 Out: Tanning beds Out: Thinking out of the box Out: business devices with a cord (including white cords) In: Healthy tanning..........Sunless tanning, spray or lotion! In: Not allowing yourself...
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Does your business plan include blue jeans?

It's often quite fascinating to see how the mind of an entrepreneur jumps from one thought to another. Readers of this blog are familiar with how typical everyday events are the supporting content for what ends up written here. Today I was reading an article in the Washington Post about Yahoo search running on all...
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Cool Company of the Day: Turn Your Head

To coin a phrase, everything old is cool again, and it took a woodworker who thought just like that to come up with our cool company of the day. Tom Bashara started his Colorado Springs-based e-tail business, Turn Your Head, in 2004 after thinking up a unique way to preserve his little girls' faces as...
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Infosys Technologies entrepreneur sticks to his own rules

There are many things to be impressed about by people who start and grow their own business. There is a unique success story in the news today about the co-founder of Infosys Technologies, India's powerfully successful Consulting and IT Services company. N.R. Narayana Murthy, the entrepreneur who says he starts every day by cleaning the...
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Vacation may lead to a new small business opportunity

I almost didn't come back from my vacation in North Carolina. Not only was the weather perfect, the ocean water warm and the rental house amazing, I saw business opportunities on every corner. I was so enthralled with the idea that I might start a business on the beach and spend the remainder of my...
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Startup attitude: Act like a winner

• Confidence • Boldness • Strut These are contagious qualities. Your customers will pick up on it. Your team will rise to it. Your competition will notice it. When you start acting like you belong, you do belong. One of the ways that entrepreneurs can gather this confident bold strut is to practice and hang...
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Cool Company of the Day: ManageYourCellar.com

We love red wine - a lot. It's partly the flavor, partly the infinite variety and nuances of taste, partly knowing the work and thinking that goes into that taste, partly the history and concept of it, and partly it's that it's supposedly healthy for you in good measure. But remembering your favorites, storing the...
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Inspiration

My mom died exactly 4 years ago today. She is the sweetest lady I have ever known. Now, after four years, I can think about her and not remember so much the 4-year cancer battle or the way her body failed her those last months. I remember her vibrant, smiling, lovely countenance. My mom, the...
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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...