Three Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs - John Baldoni. By John Baldoni | 2:32 PM May 23, 2011 Sometimes when you’re wondering what to do next in life, good advice can come when you least expect it — like when you’re getting your hair cut.
Joan*, the hairstylist giving me a trim, mused aloud about what she was planning to do with her career. Cutting hair was just one part of her livelihood; she was also a professional caregiver as well as the owner of a rig that her husband operated. But her husband was about to retire from the road, and now they were wondering, “What next?” Over the course of our brief conversation, in no more than the time it took Joan to cut my hair, I picked up on three attributes of her success that are helpful for any entrepreneur: Practical. Purposeful. Impatient. There’s one final trait that successful entrepreneurs share: They realize that inspiration is useless without perspiration.
Startup Advice: How Entrepeneurs Gain Credibility. While talking with young founders in Europe and the US over the last couple months, I have been asked the same question repeatedly -- how can an entrepreneur just starting out gain the necessary credibility to attract capital?
It is an important question because, at its heart, a startup investment is an investment in the entrepreneur. And the earlier stage the investment, the more so this is true. We all know the allure of the elusive "serial entrepreneur" -- the rare breed who has done it before (successfully) and will not fall victim to the same business pitfalls (he'll have to discover new ones). I have backed serial entrepreneurs before and will continue to back them. They have valuable startup knowledge to bring to bear on the company building process that we in the venture business clearly covet. So how does an entrepreneur with little or no track record gain credibility? The Startup Daily — Great Ideas from Great Books.
Small Business Ideas and Resources for Entrepreneurs - StumbleUpon. Tools for Entrepreneurs - StumbleUpon. Eight Questions To Ask Before You Start A Business ~ PPC Blog - StumbleUpon. 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? Before you start, ask yourself the following eight questions. The advantage of this Q&A is that you can quickly see if the idea you’re going to throw your money and soul into is likely to work. 1 . Define what service the business provides. Try to focus. McDonalds could, no doubt, provide up-market meals, but they focus on selling quick, cheap food.
That is what they do. 2. Who are your customers? Create a mental image of your typical customer. 3. What is your unique selling proposition? If your customers can buy the same services for less elsewhere, or more easily, they will. There is a tendency to model yourself on others. This is not to say doing something wildly new or different is any guarantee of success. 4. This point is so important, it really should be number one. Businesses may have great ideas. Then the bank manager calls. The Small Business Checklist - StumbleUpon. 10 Blogs Entrepreneurs Need to Be Reading. See the 2012 edition: 10 Must Read Blogs for Entrepreneurs (2012 Edition) #1.
The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur Site: How Do I Create a Business Plan? - StumbleUpon. Starting a Business: Advice from the Trenches - StumbleUpon. 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. Entrepreneurship Corner: Stanford University's free podcasts and video clips of entrepreneurial thought leaders and innovators from Silicon Valley. 10 Ways To Promote Your Business With $5. Do you want to give your business a boost but you don’t want to spend a lot of money?
Try out Fiverr.com. It is a very usefull website to promote your business. Essentially, it’s a marketplace where you can can sell and buy gigs that are priced at $5. Gigs range from doing video testimonials to sending out Tweets to writing a romantic sonnet. In this article I will sum up 10 examples of how to promote your business for only $5 by showing you some gigs that where posted on Fiverr.com. So, here we go: Adnagam will post a tweet of your choice to 33,000 Twitter followers for $5. 10 YouTube Videos Every Entrepreneur Should Watch.