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4 Simple Ways To Accept Payments For Your Test Product Or Service

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I'm in the line at Starbucks with my client and he's on the phone with one of his mentors. The mentor tells him that he was considering purchasing his (the startup client) product, but his assistant didn't know where to send the check. Does she have all the account details?" my client asks.

The Guessing Game? Trying To Figure Out Business Plan Projections

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Today I talked to law students and future Lawyerpreneurs about start-up business planning. One of the students mentioned his puzzlement--"how do I make up numbers about business? He inquired. Another question, "how do bankers or funders analyze my plan, since it's a guessing game?"

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3 Costs Your Retail Start-up Should Avoid Paying

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In previous posts dedicated to the retail business, I've briefly discussed, 10 Tips To Follow When Searching For Office Space , and 7 Ways For the Retail Start-up To Get Traffic.

How To Sell Your Tech Startup

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You could start by following the example of startup founders who have been there, done that. Pyra Labs (A.K.A. Blogger.com) Evan Williams started Pyra--what was supposed to be a personal and project information management system.

Getting A Mentor

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I had a strategy session with a business start-up owner a few months ago. She was six months into her start-up and needed some ideas during her development stage. We started on the conversation of getting a mentor. She wanted to know how I got a mentor that she happened to also admire a lot).

5 Things To Know About The Current State of Startups

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So the start-up world is constantly evolving. And it's time you kept up with it.

How To Push For Cash When You're In The Service Business

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One of the well-known cons to owning a service business is that your business depends on your work in order to receive money. It can be a burden sometimes, the business and your clients are depending on your expertise.

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Does Lending Club's $25 Million Late Stage Funding Solidify The State of Business Funding?

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Ir's only fair that a peer-to-peer lending site gets the money it needs to get other people the money they need, don't you think? Today, Lending Club announced its $25 million funding it received from Union Square Ventures, led by none other than Fred Wilson, VC to Twitter.

Need Funding For A Startup With Global Appeal? Start Up In Chile

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This article first posted to Forbes , where StartupBizTalk contributes. Chile wants to become the innovation and entrepreneurship hub of Latin America and they’re certainly moving forward to make this happen. In April, 110 startups were chosen and given one-year visas to Chile. The goal?

Why You Need A 'Tag-Phrase' With Your Business Logo

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I was reading Nathaniel Broughton's post about branding and how i t takes more than a dot.com. It made me think about logos and how it takes more than a logo to create a start-up brand. Just recently, I was in Raleigh, North Carolina.

How Your Small Business Could Become A Global Contractor

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This post was first published on Forbes. Just this week, I spoke to another global entrepreneur whose consulting firm was able to win a substantial contract with The World Bank, to train African graduates for public service jobs in finance.

Simple Steps To Creating Your First Website

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When you make that decision to start a business, you immediately become a multi-tasking maniac. Let's face it, you will have a lot of work on your hands. One of the things you'll be faced with is figuring out a strategy to market yourself online. You could be asking yourself, but how?

Why 'Core Competency' Is Important To A Startup

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What is core competency you may ask? Well, I like the answer that Norm Brodsky gives in his book, The Knack: "It was the one thing we had that our competitors couldn't offer, and by the time they caught up, we had a foothold in the market and were known for providing that service."

Marketing Can Be As Simple As.

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What exactly do you want your marketing to do for you? This month I helped a friend work on the marketing strategy for his marketing campaign (a 3-month campaign set to start in the summer).

Can't Decide On A Business To Start? Learn About The Top Startup Industries

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I posted this to my Facebook Business Page with excitement: The Best Industries For Starting A Business Right Now (according to Inc Magazine). I was excited to see that trade schools made the list (at #2), since I've seen a few trade schools come my way.

The Peach Advice: Getting To Do The 'Thing' That Keeps You Up At Night

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There's a simple saying that rings true: eat a lot of peaches and soon you'll become a peach. We'll refer to it as the peach advice. I don't have to describe just how disconcerting it can be to have the yearning to do something so bad, that it keeps you up at night.

Can You Call Yourself An Entrepreneur When You Start-To-Sell?

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"True entrepreneurs want to build and execute on that vision," says the owner of FourSquare, who is said to have turned down a buy-offer from Yahoo this year. Facebook's refusal to sell their company has also been a hot topic of many business discussions.

Getting Naked In 2011

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I'm a regular blogger for Entrepreneur's WomenEntrepreneur.com. Recently, I blogged on this topic: To Make Or Not Make It Personal? I think this was my first step in treading the shallow waters of my personal branding venture focus in 2011. That's right folks, I'm ready to go naked in 2011!

3 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started My Business

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As I work on my business planning for next year, I've paused to reflect on some things. One thought I had was: when I first started my business, I wish there were some things I had known.

No One Really Cares About Our Startups.Cheers!

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I'm transforming some office space into a startup incubator and this is the statement I plan to implant in the heads of my participants. While working on this incubator, I too am swimming through the waves of doubt that people usually send your way through such endeavors.

The Pill That Relieves Most Startup Headaches: Finding Your Target Client

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In one of my favorite business books, The E-Myth Revisited , Michael Gerber quotes this important aspect of business planning: " The entrepreneurial model does not start with a picture of the business to be created, but of the customer for whom the business is to be created.

When Business Remodeling Becomes Necessary For Your Startup

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The Longaberger Basket Company Headquarters (Newark, OH) When I get a lot of inquiries from clients and potential clients regarding a particular subject, we usually spend some time in research mode. This month, the theme has been: business remodeling.

What Not To Do During Your First 6 Months In Business

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Don't Listen To Everybody. Take business advice with a "grain of salt." Everyone will want to be your advisor and counselor--especially if you're acting like you need one. Most people have the best of intentions, but they feed off your vulnerability.

Ask Yourself Why?

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I just hosted a teleconference the other day for my Business Club members, and I talked about the reasoning behind the topic of my new book.

My Book, "A Different Business; 7 Easy Steps To Starting & Planning A Business Around Your Purpose"

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I'm writing this blog in awe because as time draws near to my book launch event, I can't help but remember how far I've come. Let me explain. Over a decade ago, my odds of surviving a civil war in Liberia, was next to none.

3 Reasons Why You Need a Cash Flow Statement

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So you're planning a new business and wondering, why a Cash Flow Statement? If you want to know why you need to spend time detailing a cash flow plan, (even if you don't intend to ask for money) you want to read further.

The Start-up Internet Plan

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I started my business writing business plans for start-ups and medium-sized small businesses. Quite recently, I've shifted most of my service offerings to business planning training. While I still write plans and conduct private planning for a select few businesses, I now concentrate on empowering people to take control of their own plans. On October 13th, I will be facilitating my 48Hour Business Plan Challenge- -one of the programs that has helped pilot my training programs.

The Icing On Your Business Planning Cake

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This article first appeared on WomenEntrepreneur.com where Cheryl Isaac is a regular contributor. Here's the multiple-answer question that always gets asked by business startups : "What is the best way to get clients?" The answers to this question are often displayed with various tools encompassing sales and marketing strategies. I wish someone had told me this earlier in my business-- you get more clients by telling people how you can help them.

Sometimes You Have To Get Smaller, In Order To Get Bigger

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Next month, I'm helping people create a business plan on wheels-- my 48Hour Business Plan Challenge. In my case, planning for this event has led to phone conversations and pep talks to help entrepreneurs decide which route to take. I even posted a video to my YouTube Channel on this-- A Different Business YouTube channel. Three things this week made me realize that sometimes, you have to get smaller in business, in order to get bigger: 1. A conversation with a more experienced entrepreneur.

Ask For The Business

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I learned this perfect-conclusion-to-a-speech line from a teleseminar featuring speaker Jane Atkinson: "As you can see, I'm passionate about if you know of someone who can benefit from this topic, please _." You can fill in the blanks as you see fit, but I think you get the point. The speaker lets the audience know what he or she would like them to do next. This line could work for a speech, or it could work when you're having a casual conversation with a colleague.

MicroFinance And The New Small Business Owner

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You may have this business start-up idea. Perhaps you only need a few thousand dollars to start and get the equipment that you need. However, you're jobless or living from paycheck to paycheck. You've started selling some of your products as a side business, but you need some funding in order to pursue this full-time. You cannot get approved for a credit card because you don't have credit, and a bank wants you to borrow $100,000 with collateral down-payment.

Don't Be Fooled-There Are Simple Ways to Plan A New Business

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"How would you like to go into the shrimping business with me?" Bubba asks Forrest in the movie Forrest Gump. Bubba goes on to tell Forrest that he can find a way for them to use a boat without paying rent. Then he goes on to mention low overhead costs and how the management of the operation will be run. Forrest agrees to become Bubba's partner in this shrimp start-up business. Unfortunately, Bubba dies in the Vietnam War and Forrest is left to figure out the business for himself.

Start-Up Business Tip For The Week: A Website With Answers

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The tons of questions you sometimes have, can most likely be answered by going to this website: Business.Gov This is a great tool for a number of reasons: It gives you a link to federal mandates and/or resources for small businesses It provides you with state requirements for your business. If you were to go to the top right of the page and type in your state, you would be able to pull up information from your state.

Why Do We Listen To Everybody?

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You're starting a new business. Your first instinct is to listen to everyone. You call up Mary, Peter, Paul, doctor, lawyer, repair man, uncle, mom, everybody! Here's the problem: most of these folks are not entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs dance to the beat of a different drum. It's akin to considering joining the military. For instance, what's YOUR first instinct when someone tells you that she will be joining the army? You freak out. Then you try to be calm and caution her.

Start-Up Focus

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New York City is such a good example for startup business focus. When you walk by a restaurant in Mid-Town East, you know which dish is the focus of the day. There are huge signs in the windows, walking billboards on the streets, and mock plates and tables set on the sidewalk. You know which shows are going on that week by the information distributed on the streets. My point is that they don't give you choices.

Don't Hate The Business Plan When You Don't Hate The Business!

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"I don't need a business plan, I've started TEN businesses!" "I I don't need a plan, I just need to get to work on my business!" "A A business plan?!" Smirk. "I I just need a customer and I'm IN business!" Business plans are useless and just crappy documents!" I can go on and on about the business plan sentiments I hear frequently. Some business owners are comedians. They amuse me. They just don't get it.

Why Artists Can Be Great Candidates for Product-Based Start-ups

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A unique business product usually includes a tour of the patent process. If you want to see your product on the shelves of WalMart, Macy's, or some other big department store or retailer, you want to protect it. Besides wanting to protect your invention, you also want to ensure that you're not infringing upon someone else's patent or trademark rights. An initial sweep of the United States Patent & Trademark Office will help you during your brainstorming process.

Are You a Pioneer in Business?

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I was reading through some notes I took at a conference and I ran across this quote that I like a lot: " You're a pioneer when you're doing something that nobody's succeeding at but you're trying to succeed." James Marker) A lot of business advisors may say that this thought is silly. Why re-invent the wheel when you don't have to? Some may say that if no one is succeeding, then perhaps it is a sign that there is not a market, no need, etc. I beg to differ.

Business Planning Tip Of the Week

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Forget about the status quo! Get a plan that can help YOU move forward. A great way to business planning is starting small and then figuring out what you really need as you go along. Don't let someone put you through an excruciating class where they try to test your ability to create financial statements when they themselves can't even complete a business plan. I sat in a class like that as a test once, and it was a joke.

Release Your Business Inhibitions With My New Book

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Have you ever received some sort of unexpected motivation from a popular song? I have. While writing my new book, I heard the lyrics to a song and thought, "Ah-Ha!" That was the theme I wanted to portray throughout the book--release your business inhibition. Go For It! Why not? Who knows you better than yourself and why let the people who don't matter make you feel insecure when the real people who DO matter need your help? I'm excited because the book is out you guys!