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Being an entrepreneur
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Preparing for the Unglamorous Side of Being an Entrepreneur

Despite what the media portrays, being an entrepreneur isn’t all glitz and glam. Actually, very little of it is. For every one grand scheme that takes off and flourishes, there are another dozen that will never see the light of day. It’s no secret that 50 percent of new businesses will fail within their first...
business idea
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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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Where can I find ME time?

Last week, I wrote about ME time for the start-up biz person.  Do you take it?  Do you avoid it?  Do you think that you do not have the time to take it?  You get the gist of where I am going with this..... My thoughts were that YOU cannot afford to skip ME time, and...
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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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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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Thanks for Stopping By

As a new blogger at StartupNation, I thought I would introduce myself. Your time is precious, so hopefully I can help you decide whether to invest any more of it reading this blog from time to time. The main thing to know about me is that I founded and still run PrintingForLess.com. Most of what...
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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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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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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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Loving my cell phone leads to startup business ideas

A StartupNation community member recently asked “What's your favorite office supply?” on the community forum. At first glance it seemed like a very silly question & even a sillier topic for discussion. But the question has stuck with me for a few weeks and I really thought about it as I bought a new cell...
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Cool Company of the Day: VocationVacations.com

Alright, those of you who want to start up a business but have no experience doing the actual kind of work that that business entails... this one's for you: Vocation Vacations. They're based in Oregon but serve up job stints all across the country (and beyond) at the kinds of businesses people typically only dream...