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13 Surprising Startup Challenges

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / May 22, 2013

QUESTION: WHAT ARE SOME CHALLENGES YOU DID NOT ANTICIPATE WHEN DECIDING TO START YOUR OWN BUSINESS? Question by: Ashley CASH FLOW IS A COMMON STRUGGLE “We started with clients from day one, so we’ve always been profitable, but one thing we didn’t think about when we started was cash flow. Many profitable businesses experience famine and feast, due to invoice scheduling or higher sales during certain parts of the…

An Open Letter to Frustrated Entrepreneurs (A Response)

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Travel / May 22, 2013

Last week Daniel DiPiazza wrote “An Open Letter to Frustrated 20 Somethings” on Under30CEO.  It blew up.  The article had over 100 comments on the first day.  Daniel’s premise: If it was up to him, why would he make a “job” or “work” the center of his life?  When someone asks him “what he does”, why should he have to respond and narrowly define himself by the skills…

The 7 Startup “Mudas”

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / May 21, 2013

In the industrial world the elimination of “muda” (Japanese term for waste) can’t be stressed enough as means to increase productivity and profitability, yet there is a vast majority of service-related businesses that are still trying to figure out how to implement lean strategies to their businesses. Startup founders may find that there are several tools that are currently being used by big companies that may be applied…

Google+ Communities Every Small Business Owner Should Be A Part Of

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / May 21, 2013

Every entrepreneur and small business owner needs a little help now and then. Google+ Communities is the perfect place to find mentors, get advice and network with others who are trying to get their own startups going. Here are 31 of the best. Venture Capital Communities Venture Capital for Africa (VC4Africa) Have you heard the phrase, “See one, do one, teach one?” The idea is that you learn…

5 Tips for Young Entrepreneurs Who Want to Be Taken Seriously

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / May 21, 2013

I was a 21 year-old entrepreneur when the dot-com bubble burst in 2001.  Given the unprecedented volume of dying startups, investors and other business partners became less and less inclined to partner with new companies — especially those led by young founders. But I felt compelled to win over potential investors, customers, and team members. If I didn’t succeed, neither would my venture. Here are some of the…

7 Ways to Spark Your Creativity Without Leaving Your City

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / May 21, 2013

So you’re busy running a company or you haven’t read enough Under30CEO to figure out how to break away from your 9 to 5 job…. You wish you had time to for excitement and adventure but bills and responsibility always seem to bring you back to reality.  Your brain is caught in a rut, and on your way to work everyday you think the same thoughts… You want…

Principles of Powerful Relationships

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / May 20, 2013

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” Emotional Abuse … Frustration because your needs are not met… Lack of Support… Emptiness … Distance… Five things you want to avoid in relationships. The best way to do that? Respect is demonstrated by our actions, not our words. When those actions are absent, especially at a…

The Entrepreneurs Handbook: 52 Essential Resources for Startups

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / May 19, 2013

The thought of launching a Startup is incredibly intimidating with most failing to survive their first few years, it can often result in an emotionally draining, frustrating and demoralizing experience for everyone involved. Of course with high risk comes high reward, which is why entrepreneurs still ‘take the leap of faith’ despite the odds being stacked against them. There has never really been a better time to launch…

5 Ways Entrepreneurs are Hurting Their Business and How to Fix Them

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / May 17, 2013

When you’re a young entrepreneur who’s just starting out on their early business adventures, there’s going to be a learning curve to the process whether you like it or not. We all need to learn what we still don’t know perfectly, and learning always carries mistakes with it. Heck, even people who’ve been running businesses and major corporations for decades still screw up from time to time, so…

Aron Schwarzkopf Brings Cloud Technology to Small Businesses with Leaf

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / May 16, 2013

It’s always wonderful to hear about someone taking cutting edge technology and making it available to people who might not normally be able to access it. Such is the case with Aron Schwarzkopf, founder and CEO of Leaf. Leaf is an online platform that aggregates multiple cloud-based functions and makes them accessible to small and medium sized, brick & mortar, storefront businesses via one easy to use tablet.…

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