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(Flickr photo via JMRosenfeld) Growing up I was surrounded by entrepreneurs. All of my uncles on my mom’s side of the family ran successful businesses, and I learned that working for yourself was a great way to improve your lifestyle. No surprise then that I now own a few businesses of my own. But I made lots of mistakes getting started, mistakes I could’ve avoided if I’d known a few things.
Are you thinking of starting a web business? Starting a PPC Management agency? Setting up your own site and selling things, or building a web publishing empire?
If you’re like thousands of other designers, programmers and other creative professionals out there, at one point in time you’ve considered starting your own business. Unlike most, you’ve gone against common sense and decided to open shop for yourself. And not just freelance full-time, mind you, but file for the company name, get some stationery, and wade through the legal mumbo-jumbo. Maybe even get a real office with a water cooler. This article offers real-world advice from the trenches of a small start-up, and is applicable to designers, web developers, copywriters, usability experts and all manner of service providers.
Bootstrapping a startup refers to starting a small business by funding it yourself or through customer receipts -- without getting any external investment. Companies that go the bootstrapping route have their own set of challenges to overcome. This topic covers the latest news and trends on bootstrapping a startup,... more Bootstrapping a startup refers to starting a small business by funding it yourself or through customer receipts -- without getting any external investment. Companies that go the bootstrapping route have their own set of challenges to overcome.