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Knowing All the Right People

by / ⠀Finding Customers Startup Advice / August 13, 2009

By Jennifer Kushell, co-founder YSN.com “Your Success Network”   This may sound a bit trite, and it’s certainly cliché, but if your goal is to build a business that’s not only successful, but powerful and impactful, it seriously helps to know the right people. At the helm of your company, your ability to make smart decisions, learn from leading experts, surround yourself with savvy people, and have access…

How to Find a Niche in Your City

by / ⠀Startup Advice / August 11, 2009

You’re taking that first step. The step out of the moving van from childhood to young adult, with a diploma in one hand and a big bag of fear in the other. You’re starting your new career at J.P Morgan/G.E./MetLife/Big Scary Corporation and all you can think is: “Where do I go, who can help me through this, where do I start?” Making the transition from College Graduate…

6 Productivity Tips Working from Home

by / ⠀Startup Advice / August 10, 2009

1. Stay at home! Working at home (or in your dorm room) is probably one of the best ways to get a ‘bootstrapped’ business up and running. Even with building and land prices as low as they are rent (or a loan payment) for even the smallest office can run anywhere from $350 to $1200 a month! Not to mention the additional insurance, equipment, furniture, utilities, etc. Service…

Entrepreneur Survival Tips

by / ⠀Startup Advice / August 6, 2009

As an entrepreneur, if you want to ’survive’ and make it off the ‘island’, then you must succeed. Failure is not an option, yet it is the most common result. In what can be called odd, so many people choose to play this game of ‘entrepreneurship’ even though they are fully aware that odds are against them. The biggest question that one may ask is “Why play?” For…

Embrace the Struggle as a Rising Entrepreneur

by / ⠀Startup Advice / August 5, 2009

This road isn’t going to be easy. You already know that. Yet, I come across so many young entrepreneurs that approach me with grand ideas and incredible passion but unless you’re willing and able to embrace the struggle you’re about to encounter, it’s going to be ten times harder. Why? Because if you’re fighting back the struggle and angry at it, frustrated and so forth, you’re not winning,…

Quarter Life Crisis

by / ⠀Startup Advice / August 3, 2009

My 28-year-old best friend from High School just left for Australia. He told his big-four-Accounting employer that he was going on sabbatical and that he didn’t care if he had his job when he got back. He broke up with his girlfriend, moved his stuff out of his apartment, bought one of those ‘I’m-backpacking-across-Europe’ travel bags, and located his first hostile down-under. His plan? Manuever his way onto…

22 Little Known Ways to Make a Name for Yourself

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / August 3, 2009

If you don’t make a name for yourself, someone will make one for you.  And it might not be the one you want. Who’s making a name for YOU? Consider these twenty-two little known ways to do so: Grow the trust. Oprah is the most trusted person in America. She’s also a billionaire. This is not a coincidence. So remember: The amount of money you make is directly…

Sunday Book Review: The Future of Work

by / ⠀Startup Advice / August 2, 2009

Traditionally, power has been held by those at the top and delegated down to those who hold less and less influence. In The Future of Work, Thomas Malone shows how, now more than ever, organizations are breaking down these traditional hierarchies to form new power structures. These new organizations are guided by group insight and self-determination and foster healthier environments where work is more supportive of human values…

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