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From Homeless to Entrepreneurs: Extraordinary Stories

by / ⠀Startup Advice / January 8, 2012

For those of us who live in the Northern Hemisphere, the winter chill has descended. Thick winter jackets, scarves, thermals and boots are on. Retail competition is at its highest and capitalism is at it’s crowning moment, with agenda-driven economists and politicians disagreeing on key economic indicators such as consumer confidence and inflation. The very fortunate ones with cash or credit power have locked in trips to international and domestic ski resorts, while sun chasers…

9 Tools for a Paperless Life

by / ⠀Startup Advice / January 4, 2012

Too. Much. Paper. If one of your resolutions is moving your life to a more peaceful, less cluttered, and paperless existence, I’m right there with you.  While we’re working hard on moving our online marketing firm to a completely paperless business, I’m also busy making my life paperless as well. Before downloading and registering for every paperless app and service out there, sit down and determine where the…

9 Lessons Learned From a Young Entrepreneur’s First 3 Years

by / ⠀Startup Advice / December 20, 2011

1. Be different You have stand out. You have to differentiate yourself. When you’re just getting started, the biggest thing you’ll be vying for is attention. Nobody is going to pay attention to a company that’s doing exactly the same thing as everyone else, but on a much smaller scale. What helped us is to think about why people don’t do business with whatever the status quo is…

10 Sure Fire Ways Young Entrepreneurs Set Their Ideas Up For Failure

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / December 7, 2011

I had a conversation awhile back with a young entrepreneur that frustrated me beyond belief. It went something like this… “I’m looking for some advice on this amazing idea I have but I can’t tell you anything about it. All I can say is we will be competing with sites like eBay and when this idea gets out everybody is going to try and take it. I mean…

30 Gift Ideas for the Small Business Owner

by / ⠀Startup Advice / November 29, 2011

  It’s that time of year again with the holidays right around the corner. We have put together a list of 30 gift ideas for the young entrepreneur in your life. When shopping for a small business owner think of how a gift can help them in their everyday battle with building their company. Every business owner goes through ups and downs so anything to give them an…

8 Little Known Ways to Show Confidence Without Being Cocky

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / November 28, 2011

There is nothing worse in the world of business than classic egotistical arrogance.  Everyone know’s that guy who just can’t help but tell everyone how awesome he is.  But the truth is–if he was really that cool, why would he have to tell everyone? The real trick is mastering the confidence that comes with humility.  Emotional intelligence is not something that everyone is blessed with, and it’s something…

Entrepreneurs: Start Asking the Tough Questions

by / ⠀Funding Startup Advice / November 22, 2011

For months we’ve been saying it at Under30CEO.  “Why don’t these startups ever get asked the tough questions?…Why doesn’t anyone have the heart to tell them their business is setup to fail?” We’re Guilty Too We’re the biggest cheerleaders out there.  Yay, Gen-Y entrepreneurship we say. But in all seriousness, we run Under30CEO to help young entrepreneurs and if we just hold hands and talk about how great…

40 Ways Small Business Owners Waste Their Money

by / ⠀Startup Advice / November 15, 2011

  We were curious to see where business owners waste the most money in the early days. So we reached out and asked what small business owners thought was the #1 biggest money waster for small business owners. Some common answers focused on different aspects of office space, marketing and hiring staff. Hopefully this list can help you avoid some of these mistakes and help you better invest…

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