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This Entrepreneur Financed Her Business With a Side Hustle

Charlie Heck is the founder of Checkmark Creative, a marketing boutique that works with small businesses to tell their stories through social media, website design and infographics. “We take really complex material and make pretty little Facebook and Instagram posts out of it,” explained Heck. After a job loss, Heck found a non-traditional way to...
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How This Entrepreneur Made Monday the Happiest Day for Employees

Shaun Savage is the founder and CEO of GoShare, a company that considers itself “your friend with a truck.” GoShare connects truck and van owners with businesses and people who need help with moving or delivering on demand. Currently, the company offers services in 12 markets across the country. GoShare is growing fast and looks...
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How This Entrepreneur Started a Business to Help New Parents

Nicole Johnson is the president and owner of The Baby Sleep Site, a resource for new parents who are trying to help their babies, toddlers and preschoolers sleep better. The company provides assistance with issues like sleeping through the night and taking longer naps through free blog articles, e-books, audio recordings and live chat services...
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5 Questions to Ask Before Turning Your Side Hustle Into Your Career

Many people dream of turning a side hustle, hobby or passion project into a legitimate, full time job. In fact, according to a study done by Invoice2go, nearly half (47 percent) of those in the gig economy say they are building up their side hustle until it’s stable enough to become their main source of...
Starting a business
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Why Starting a Business is Not the Same as Running One

You spend months collecting knowledge and years honing your skills. You garner resources and advisors, you find a location and a name, and before you know it, you're off and starting a business. Already, you feel exhausted ― and yet you have barely just begun. In many endeavors, starting is the hardest part; in business, the...
Status Quo Bias
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Status Quo Bias: The Dangers of Letting It Run Your Business

Whatever your current state of affairs are, they serve as a reference point — a gauge to measure the past and future. How else would we make sense of time? Our brains draw comparisons and use generalized categories to create a narrative about life: better versus worse, more versus less. We become accustomed to a...
Business Model Canvas
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Business Model Canvas: Escape the DIY Trap

With a piece of paper, a pen, sticky notes and 15 minutes, you can transform your business — and your life. This is all you need to make a Business Model Canvas, which reduces a traditional business plan from dozens, if not hundreds, of pages into a single page. I introduced the Business Model Canvas to...
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Your Business Needs a (Nontraditional) Plan

The traditional business plan has created the wrong expectations of a CEO at a small business, and there’s a revolution afoot in the way elite MBA programs and Silicon Valley think about small business strategy and startups. The underlying assumption of the traditional business plan is that that the CEO is all-doing and all-knowing. This...
Business Model Canvas
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The Art of Business: Meet Your New Canvas

Here's all you need to fundamentally change the way you think about your business, and yourself in relation to it: a piece of paper, a pen, sticky notes and 15 minutes. You might be saying, “Fifteen minutes? This guy’s full of it!” But that's all it takes to create a Business Model Canvas, which isn’t...
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4 Things You’re Doing Wrong in Social Media

I find that I sometimes learn more from other people's mistakes than from their good advice. Believe me: in entrepreneurship, there are a lot of mistakes made. However, being aware of some of the more commons ones can help you make smarter decisions and minimize your own errors. Now that you are aware of the...
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The Big Idea Asks for Help

The producers at The Big Idea called asking if I'd make myself available to help out one of their viewers in need. His name was Tony, and here was his situation: He's a dad of four kids, got let go from one job accepted a new one and that company went bankrupt right before his...
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Tennis and Small Business

I'm a tennis player. Well, let me rephrase … I play tennis. I played last night as a matter of fact. Two hours of singles against guys younger than me. Not bad for a dude with a titanium hip. At this point in my tennis “career” it's extremely important for me to understand what my...
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Small business owners are like an orchestra conductor

My new bride and I went to the symphony this past Saturday night. Music from Chopin, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and a special appearance by Lang Lang, a 23-year old pianist. It totally rocked. There is something very special about a live music performance that takes hold of you as the evening goes on. While I was...
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Don’t forget the small stuff

Whoa, remember me? Its been a long time since I blogged. No excuse for the unexplained absence... other than graduation from college (after nine years of in and out!), consulting on a friend's new business, a wonderful new girl in my life, and excessive growth at Charisma Arts. We have a television show coming out...