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Lonely Nights

This post is syndicated from Entrepreneur Blog by Seth Kravitz.
Sometimes it can feel like you are all alone when you own your own business. Sometimes you want to share things with employees but you just feel like you can’t. You want to share details of how things are going with your customers, your blog readers, the local news, etc… but you...
Lonely Nights

To Succeed, Don’t Obsess About Reasons You Might Fail

This post is syndicated from Ross Kimbarovsky.
A few months ago, I talked about why startups must focus first on the problem, not the solution. A few days ago, I talked about the need to refocus from time to time. There’s another side to focus that’s rarely discussed – focusing (and often obsessing) on reasons you might fail...
To Succeed, Don’t Obsess About Reasons You Might Fail

Writing Great Marketing Copy Starts With a Great Story

This post is syndicated from Entrepreneur Blog by Seth Kravitz.
Here are a few tips on how to write great marketing copy: Keep it short. You can say so much more by saying less. The quickest way to lose someone’s interest is to throw a giant block of text at them. If you need to write something longer, go ahead and write something really long....
Writing Great Marketing Copy Starts With a Great Story

The Need To Refocus From Time To Time

This post is syndicated from Ross Kimbarovsky.
It’s common for us to be consumed by our daily tasks and routines, at the expense of focus, learning, and assessment of strategy. Two announcements yesterday highlighted for me the importance of constantly reassessing the direction in which we’re moving (personally and professionally)....
The Need To Refocus From Time To Time

Getting the Money to Start a Business

This post is syndicated from Entrepreneur Blog by Seth Kravitz.
Finding money to start your business can be difficult, but even in this economy it is not impossible. 1. YOU - The best business stories always start with a line about only having the “money in my pocket and an idea.” Do you really need any outside funding to get your idea started?...
Getting the Money to Start a Business

Just Get to It – Inspiration is Fleeting

This post is syndicated from Entrepreneur Blog by Seth Kravitz.
As soon as you feel that inspiration for a new idea or something interesting to try, jump in. Don’t just immediately start whipping together a business plan to take to a bank or start shopping for office space, but rather take a few hours or a couple days even to look into an idea. Research...
Just Get to It – Inspiration is Fleeting

Part 15: The Long Haul

This post is syndicated from Entrepreneur Blog by Seth Kravitz.
Every business owner will face this question at one point. The decision is different for everyone, but generally it boils down to: “Do I continue managing the company and own my business for the long haul, do I consider selling, or do I close up shop?” The Long Haul: This mentality...
Part 15: The Long Haul

What is Your Core Business?

This post is syndicated from Ross Kimbarovsky.
Too often, startups risk getting misdirected by the media and customers to add features and functionality to a product or service that turn out to be collateral to the core business. I believe this is happening now with Gowalla and Foursquare, among others. Both services have recently become media...
What is Your Core Business?

Startup Tip: Dealing With Customer Resistance To Change

This post is syndicated from Ross Kimbarovsky.
Whether you are a small or a Fortune 50 company, customers typically resist attempts to change products or services they perceive work well. People prefer to deal with the things they already know rather than get used to something new. But innovative companies must constantly find ways to improve...
Startup Tip: Dealing With Customer Resistance To Change

Startup Tip: The Dirty Secret About Features

This post is syndicated from Ross Kimbarovsky.
I have little doubt that every investor has heard an entrepreneur touting how their new product or service will “crush” the competition with great features that the competition hasn’t yet seen. Many entrepreneurs – especially aspiring entrepreneurs – believe that...
Startup Tip: The Dirty Secret About Features
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