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How Growing Your Business Is Like Training In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / August 7, 2013

Last week I found myself caught in a bad situation: I was on the verge of passing out as my neck was caught between two legs. At the same time my arm was gruesomely extended with massive pressure grinding into my elbow. For those that recognize this Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu technique, I was caught in a deadly “triangle armbar.” I considered my options. A) I pass out from the…

4 Smart Investments Sure to Help Your Business Grow Up

by / ⠀Startup Advice / May 12, 2013

When you’re ready for your small business to grow up, there are many different steps that you could take to get things rolling. It can be difficult to decide where to invest your limited capital so that you get the most bang for your buck. Here are four smart investments that you may want to make to help your business grow up. 1. CRM Software One of the…

10 Alternatives to the Formal Business Plan

by / ⠀Startup Advice / May 5, 2013

Book-length business plans are out…but planning isn’t a total bust. What resource(s) do you use to put together simple business plans? The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live…

10 Awesome Giveaways for Lead Generation

by / ⠀Startup Advice / May 4, 2013

What’s the most successful giveaway offer you’ve ever used to drive lead generation? The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and email…

Going From 6 to 8 Figures a Year

by / ⠀Startup Advice / October 9, 2012

Most people think there is a big difference between businesses that are doing six figures a year, seven figures a year and eight figures a year. The reality is the differences are small. From the outside, my business to most people looks similar to other internet marketers – so why am I often able to make 10 times more money consistently than most other marketers? What is the…

Five Things You Can Do to Get to the Next Level

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / September 24, 2012

Successful businesses have one thing in common: They change, and they change well. But while change is necessary, volatility can make or break a company in today’s tumultuous business world. Progressing to the “next level” is a goal of many, but an outcome for few; old patterns simply don’t apply anymore. Make sure your business faces a future of possibility by doing these five things: 1) Realize that…

Overcoming Plateaus: Onward and Upward in Business

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / June 27, 2012

Many entrepreneurs have reached a respectable level of success by articulating a solid business plan, building an audience and focusing their time and effort on maximizing efficiency and customer relations. However, it can be difficult to expand beyond present levels of revenue or potential audiences. If you’ve “stalled out” in your own entrepreneurial endeavor, then you’ve reached a plateau. Just as the word implies, a plateau is not…

Grow Your Business by Setting New Rules in the New Year

by / ⠀Startup Advice / January 29, 2010

There are two types of rules: rules we set for ourselves, and rules that are set by others.  As children, others set most of our rules for us.  However, as adulthood approaches, we have to become responsible for setting our own rules and holding ourselves accountable.   We set these rules with the purpose of making our lives more fulfilling.  You’ve heard these phrases before: “No carbs after 9pm!”…

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