I absolutely hate it when I see smart people do dumb things! Unfortunately, this happens all the time in business. For example, you see smart marketers who never leave enough time for a proper launch. Or content providers who continually blow all their money.
Women In Business,
"I sometimes do still have that sort of intimidated girl in me, but the thing is, as founder and CEO, I have this inherent self-confidence because I know the buck stops with me. I don't really need to be threatening for people to understand that I have the power to make decisions."
His startup company, TheAudible.net, is a website designed to encourage high school sports fans to exchange and engage with one another, essentially turning the readers, viewers and users into participating sports journalists.
This is critically important in small business success because customer value is a leading indicator of a profitable, sustainable business. Customer value is an obsession in the top 5% of successful businesses. How about yours?
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As an entrepreneur who's in the trenches every day, here are the top five lessons that have best served me along my journey.
While Gen-Xers expect their careers to be more flexible with mobile and virtual teams, some in-office "disruptions" heighten and optimize creativity and workflow. One of the best additions to add to your company's HR program, science suggests, is to bring your dog to work.
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Further on up the road from delivering potted plants to Winn-Dixie, Robert McLaughlin can now feel proud that he's not only done it his way but also had a positive impact on the floral industry and real people on the farms of Central and South America.
2013 was the year mobile commerce made a statement. Case in point: Cyber Monday showed record-breaking numbers in mobile purchases.
We live in an era -- a wonderful era -- where anyone can be an entrepreneur, and I truly believe that everyone, at some stage in their life, should try it. If someone fancies themselves an entrepreneur, I'm their biggest cheerleader. If they are the CEO, even better.
While the notions of persistence and continuous iteration can provide value for any company, maintaining a culture of continuous improvement can be especially important for a young company. Mistakes are inevitable regardless of company age or size, but you have to make sure to treat those mistakes as learning moments.
I've often equated growing a business to raising a kid (much to my staff's chagrin). At first, she needs your utmost attention -- feed her, nurture her, coddle her. Pookie can't survive without you. Your influence will help shape what she will become.
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Financing can be "a poisoned gift. You really need to spend a lot of time in mentoring [women] and make sure they understand how they're going to make that money back."
What is my business worth? It's a question I've asked myself hundreds of times over my 40-year long ownership career. And valuing your business, as an exercise, is a great thing to do from time to time -- it gets you thinking and dreaming, which is not a bad thing.
The world is moving too fast for "yeah but" lawyers in a "why not" world. We have to incubate the next generation of lawyers to think like the entrepreneurs with whom they must work. We must train lawyers to become innovators and entrepreneurs in their own right.
In order to create a sustainable small business, you need to secure long-term contracts. One of the best targets for a one-year contract is Fortune 500 companies.
The counts really don't mean that much. While they may feel good for your brands ego, a huge volume of "Window Shoppers" or worse yet unengaged followers will likely translate into nothing that matters for your business.
In public, Apple's rivals in the smartphone market have tried to downplay the technological advances Apple introduced in the iPhone 5s. But it turns out that one breakthrough -- Apple's speedy, 64-bit A7 microprocessor -- has set off a panic inside its competitors.
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Merely identifying and hiring people with the best skills isn't what will set the next generation of great companies apart from the competition. Rather the future will belong to the Betas, to those organizations that rely on collaboration and teamwork.
I've been able to gain some insight into how some of my fellow entrepreneurs treat this time of year, and it's marked by a particular brand of generosity. Here are the top reasons why I believe entrepreneurs 'pay it forward' with the biggest hearts and brightest smiles.
Vidler's five and dime survived the mall, just as it had survived wars, recession, births, deaths and more recently, the threat from internet shopping.