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Life Planning: What Should You Do With Your Life?

Once upon a time, people grew up, got married, had 2.3 kids, and worked at a somewhat fulfilling job with the same company for 40+ years, then retired comfortably with a gold watch and pension from the company they dedicated their working years to. Those days are long gone. The last number I heard, before...
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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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Lunchtime: I’m in the sales pipeline for small business

A glimpse into the lunch hour of a typical customer: Here's what happened in my world over the past 60 minutes. I was touched by several small businesses, reminded why I do business with some & not others, hooked by a store's grassroots word-of-mouth promotion, paid a premium price for a premium product & was...
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Has starting a business made you become a workaholic?

I often joke that I am a recovering workaholic. Most of my adult life, I've thrown myself completely into my work and often worked 12 hour days six days a week and thought nothing of it. I loved my work. For me that changed when I had a son. Now I throw most of my...
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Starting a small business: The Wheat Thins for lunch strategy

Life is full of give & take choices. Finding that balance that works for your own life plan is one of the essential keys to success. For entrepreneurs in the early startup phase, it's often the simplest of things that get compromised in order to build toward the independent dream life that owning your own...
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A Reminder: Don’t Ignore Your Life Plan

I generally dislike forwarded messages, especially the ones that tell me to forward them immediately to ten people or else I'll probably go to Hell. If I dislike them, my husband despises them. So I was very surprised when he forwarded this one to me. I'm sharing it with you because it reminded me that...
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Business Plan or Life Plan? Put the horse before the cart

We get lots of questions here at StartupNation. People are hungry for information about how to start and grow their dream business. One of the most popular questions is about how to write a business plan. We devote Step 3 in our 10 Steps to Open For Business series to creating a business plan. We...
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NFL Players: Life planning after football

It's Super Bowl week here in Detroit and StartupNation is heading to a special NFL players sanctioned event this afternoon. The Sloan brothers are giving a presentation to current and former NFL players and other professional athletes on the value of networking to enhance their career after their playing days are over. Many players take...
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Park Moms, Inc.

We label people. Even ourselves. But it's a good idea to remember your waitress may also be a biochemical engineer; Your mailperson may be a former radio personality (I know one!). One of the things people always say when they work alone at home is that people think they are just looking for a real...
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Finding the ”where” of success

In Rich Karlgaard's book, Life 2.0, he focuses on how people have transformed their lives by moving to a new city, town, tract of land. In reading the book, it reinforced our belief that it's key to pursue the things that make you happy and then build a business around that. Basically, the book argues...
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Welcome to the Sandwich Generation

I think I can safely mark in my calendar that yesterday I became an official member of the Sandwich Generation. My son started kindergarten and while he was there, my sister called from the hospital to say my Mother's doctor thinks we should consider a nursing home for both of my parents. To boot, kindergarten...
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Your family are your most important people

I have an exterminator who comes to my house to take care of pests. In the winter he plows snow. Paul has owned his pest extermination/snow removal business for 25 years. Every time he comes to spray or trap or dust or plow, I follow him around and ask questions. We talk about the technology...
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Preparing for the worst

Sometimes reality smacks you pretty hard in the face. As I prepared for vacation, I got smacked but good. There was a tragic car accident and my nephew was killed instantly. In a daze, I rearranged my travel plans and headed home to be with my family. After four days, I caught a couple of...