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Category: Entrepreneurship

How Small Businesses are Using Blogs, Websites, and Social Media (or Not)

How does your small business compare with these businesses in the use of the Internet? Are you happy with the return from your online investment of time, money, or energy? For most successful one-person micro-businesses, the ability to use free...

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Character and courage are essential for entrepreneurial success.

What Matters in Entrepreneurship is Whether You Can Get a “Message to Garcia”

Owning a business, even a microbusiness, is not a task for the faint-hearted or the spoon-fed. In order to succeed, an entrepreneur must be willing to focus, learn something new every day, and take the initiative to act when something needs...

Entrepreneurship vs. an MBA: Which Would You Choose?

For many years, an MBA was seen as a ticket to success. Non-traditional degree programs sprouted like toadstools after a warm rain, and billboards, ads, and postcards extolled the benefits of the executive MBA, the online MBA, and other alternative...

Start where you are with what you have.

How to “Make it Pay”: The 5-Stage Business Model

There are many ways to structure a one-person business (sometimes called a micro-business), but I’d like to share a profitable business model that can be started debt-free. I discovered this path while developing my own business, and have further refined...

You need focus in order to accomplish big things.

Just Say No to Desktop Notifications & Other Dings and Beeps

I receive e-mail through a Google apps interface that provides a calendar and docs, and handles mail in Gmail style. Every time I’ve logged in recently, a banner over my inbox has invited me to receive desktop notifications of new e-mail as...

Protect the internet from censorship!

Stopping SOPA and PIPA: Why Does it Matter?

You might think that as a creator of intellectual property, I’d be cheering on the SOPA/PIPA bills, but I’m not. Handing unfettered power to government or to any big business to shut off access to another business’s website on the...

Marketing is communicating what's available; the place may have changed, but the purpose is the same.

My Top Three Tips for Online Marketing that’s Not Obnoxious

Many writers and entrepreneurs feel awkward about marketing. But what if you have something good to offer? How will people find it if you don’t let them know about it?  If you think of marketing as communication– sharing something special...

Work on one project at a time for fastest results.

Multi-tasking is Highly Overrated

So . . . exactly how many things are you doing at this very moment? How many programs are open on your computer, and how many windows in your browser? If you’re anything like me, I’m guessing there are too...

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