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How to protect your online reputation and grow personal brand - SMALL GIGS MARKETINGSMALL GIGS MARKETING. There are very few people who do not have some sort of an online profile.

How to protect your online reputation and grow personal brand - SMALL GIGS MARKETINGSMALL GIGS MARKETING

Even those who avoid social media, with perhaps the exception of LinkedIn to publish their professional resume, will find themselves at the mercy of employers or associations who will list their accomplishments, their ‘latest’ headshot and bio somewhere online. How to Grow Your Business with Live Events. As a business owner the whole point of events is to grow your business and this means growing your contact list or email list subscribers.

How to Grow Your Business with Live Events

Just like giving away a free eBook or report to increase your email list. But, live events can attract a lot more people, a whole lot faster than promoting a free eBook. Team Management Tools To Supercharge Your Productivity. The Benefits of Top-Down Thinking & Why it is Critical to Entrepreneurs. For the first 5 years of my career I was a “bottom up” thinker and worker.

The Benefits of Top-Down Thinking & Why it is Critical to Entrepreneurs

I assembled tons of data, grouped things, found results and drew conclusions. It was difficult to make the transition to a “top down” thinker but as a senior executive – and as an entrepreneur – you’re far less effective without this skill in your arsenal. You need to be able to structure problems / solutions at the appropriate level to communicate effective and drive decision-making.

The difference is in formulating hypothesis then testing conclusions / data vs. assembling data and finding patterns. I know it might sound a bit esoteric so let me explain: I started my career as a programmer. In billing we literally started thinking about all of the types of bills that would be generated for customers: full payment, partial payment, split payment, senior discount, student discount, level pay plan, etc.

I spent the first 5 years of my career as a “bottom up thinker.” Heresy. But applied correctly and this is golden. The 2015 Ultimate Guide To Startup Sales Tools. Here at Bowery Capital, startup sales tools are top-of-mind on a daily basis.

The 2015 Ultimate Guide To Startup Sales Tools

They’re core to our portfolio support efforts: we work closely with every one of our founders to build an optimal sales infrastructure from the ground up. They’re a part of our diligence process: we see sales tools as critical to keeping acquisition costs low and sales cycles short, and always evaluate how a startup plans to leverage them. They’re an area of potential investment for our team: we specialize in B2B SaaS and sales automation has become a sub-sector in its own right.

Over the years, therefore, we’ve developed a unique view on the startup sales tools that work. As a result, we thought it would be helpful to aggregate our team’s and founders’ learnings into a piece that other startup stakeholders can use to build their own sales stacks. Like last year, we broke the guide into the 3 segments based on where in the sales funnel each tool has the most impact: Pre-Sales, Sales, and Post-Sales. 5 Steps to Take Before Quitting Your Job to Become an Entrepreneur.

While some professionals have managed to start work on a side business while maintaining their integrity in a nine-to-five job, such a setup has little potential for long-term success.

5 Steps to Take Before Quitting Your Job to Become an Entrepreneur

Whether you’ve come up with a new idea or you’re interested in scaling up one that’s already there, eventually you’ll need to quit your job to nurture your dream of becoming a successful entrepreneur. However, too many people have become obsessed with an idea and quit their jobs impulsively only to find their potential business isn’t as strong as they thought it would be. Before you do anything reckless, be sure to take these five steps: 1. Make sure your idea is viable. This should go without saying, but unfortunately, it needs to be said. 5 Video Courses That Your Recent College Grad Should Go Through If They Want to Start a Business. A Freelancer's Best Friends: 9 Apps to Save Your Business + Sanity - Freelancing comes with a lot of perks – independence, flexibility, being able to give yourself a raise any time you want.

A Freelancer's Best Friends: 9 Apps to Save Your Business + Sanity -

One of the downsides, though, is that you’ve got to handle all the organization yourself and you can wind up working around the clock. These apps will all help you avoid that – they’ll help you work better, faster, and smarter. The best part? Most of these apps are free, and the ones that aren’t are still freelancer-budget friendly! Email management: Streak There are a lot of CRM systems out there, and many are 100% overkill for freelancers. Mixmax Also for Google Apps, Mixmax is a free add-on that comes with a suite of tools. Project management: Everyone has different tastes for project management tools…so I included three options here! Asana Asana is a project management tool that’s super lightweight and flexible. Trello. How to Deal With Unsupportive Friends and Family. Ultimately, it's natural to seek recognition, love and support from our friends and family.

How to Deal With Unsupportive Friends and Family

But what if, one day, we decided to venture onto a different path in life? One that is not as conventional as the others around us have chosen for themselves. Our support systems might be taken off guard with our non-traditional desires and aspirations of being entrepreneurs. The last thing we want is to be ridiculed for exploring the unknown. You may confuse a lot of people when going against the grain of conventional thinking, and that's perfectly okay.

Below are three ways that will help in overcoming the obstacles of unsupportive friends and family. Don't argue. When confronted in this manner, do not argue.