Entrepreneurs, are you Prepared for the Business Dinner?

by / ⠀Startup Advice / July 31, 2009

For the modern start-up entrepreneur, the climate of entertaining perspective clients or associates has changed as much in the past fifteen years as any other aspect of the business world.  Thanks to the Food Network, Americans are more savvy when it comes to dining, our national palate finally coming of age.  These days it is as important to know the difference between crème fraich and cream cheese as…

A To Do List: For Newpreneurs

by / ⠀Startup Advice / July 31, 2009

New to the scene?  Yeah, we can smell it.  The scent that still lingers in all entrepreneurs as they live day by day.  But we like you.  So, we present to you a rule list in order to get into this powerful club.  Come back,  show us all the check marks, and you’re in.  No excuses.  No payment plans.  Just you and your remarkable idea. Here we go.…

Moonlighting: Balancing Entrepreneurship & Your 9 to 5

by / ⠀Startup Advice / July 30, 2009

Taking the path as an entrepreneur is not easy. In fact, it’s very difficult. So why do it? Well, if you truly have the mind set of an entrepreneur you probably already have that answer. The rewards from constructing a start-up far outweigh holding a “9 to 5” – whether you are successful or fall flat on your face. Speaking of working “9 to 5,” some Entrepreneurs are…

20 Ways to Tweet: For Companies, Corporations and Small Businesses

by / ⠀Startup Advice / July 30, 2009

There are three categories you might fall under when it comes to social media: 1) You could be using social media to grow your business or personal brand. 2) You could be looked at as the office guru when it comes to social media not because you know a lot about it, but because you’re young or 3) You could be clueless. Regardless of which category you fall under, you’ll most likely have…

Jared O'Toole Dreaming Big

by / ⠀Startup Advice / July 28, 2009

This week’s inspiration brought to you by: Jared O’Toole, co-founder https://www.under30ceo.com . Inspiring people to go out and live the dream. Contact Jared: Email – Jared(at)Under30ceo.com Twitter – @JaredOToole Blog – Mindfrenzy.com Under30CEO. I hope it turns into a global brand that helps millions of people realize all that life has to offer. I’ve thought about ferrari’s. But I think the first step is the Audi R8. I’ve…

Starting a Brand? Grow your Community

by / ⠀Finding Customers Startup Advice / July 28, 2009

Building your brand means growing consumers dedicated to the success of your company; people who have a vested interest in your products and services.  These are your evangelists, your biggest fans, your mavens.  If you want people to shout from the rooftops about your company you’ll have to start forming community. Look at Harley riders, Mac geeks and the Red Sox–people are absolutely obsessed.  They have meetups, wait…

Starting a Brand? Tell Your Story

by / ⠀Finding Customers Startup Advice / July 27, 2009

Building a brand is all about getting the word out.  It doesn’t matter if you have the most fabulous product or service if nobody knows about it.  If you want more people to hear about your company you need to start telling you story as often as possible.  Make your story compelling enough and people might just tell their friends. Start with a Problem Great companies solve a…

Most Influential Celebrity Entrepreneurs

by / ⠀Startup Advice / July 26, 2009

Steven Spielberg: Dreamworks Spielberg got his start charging admission to his homemade movies as a child.  His first war movie Escape to Nowhere was award winning at age 12.   After doing Jaws, ET, and Jurrasic Park, Spielberg co-founded Dreamworks which went on to do 10 movies over $100 million at the box offices.  Forbes puts Spielberg’s net worth at over $3.1 billion. Hugh Heffner: Playboy The playboy…

10 Things Gen Y Won't Pay for

by / ⠀Startup Advice / July 25, 2009

Checking Since the beginning of time, we’ve gotten free checking as students: Chase, Bank of America, Wachovia, Capital One all offer it to us.  If we are no longer eligible as a full time student we have two options: A. Lie and tell them we are or B. Get direct deposit.  Most banks will extend free checking for as long as we do this.  Gen Y hates fees…

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