10 Blogs Entrepreneurs Need to Be Reading | Grasshopper Blog - StumbleUpon See the 2012 edition: 10 Must Read Blogs for Entrepreneurs (2012 Edition) #1. The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur Site: What it is: Mike Michalowicz provides entrepreneurs and small businesses with tips on everything from starting a business to networking to marketing and health care. Why you should read it: Mike not only provides great tips but he provides great tips from REAL people. #2. Site: What it is: Written by a panel of small business owners, the site offers tips and advice on everything business related. Small business trends really covers EVERYTHING! #3. Site: Run by two brothers, Matthew and Adam Toren, Young Entrepreneur is exactly what it sounds like; a site dedicated to young entrepreneurs. Between blog posts, forums, polls and interviews with other small business owners, the site offers fantastic content. #4. Site: Why you should read it: #5. #6. #7. #8.
6 Rules of Starting a Business | Startup Launchr Tough to read? Click here and view the presentation in full-size “What kind of business should I start?” Most aspiring entrepreneurs ask this very question during the beginning of their journey into business. If you are like most people, the idea of starting your own business probably involves a restaurant franchise, a coffee shop, or a retail store of some sorts (such as selling clothes or books). There is absolutely nothing wrong with these types of businesses. Instead, I challenge you to think of your first business as a pet project of some sort. And to maximize your chances of success with your business, here are 6 rules you should follow when you’re launching a new business. You should solve a certain problem for a certain group of people. Instead of thinking about business ideas, successful entrepreneurs think about problem-solving for a select group. Preferably, you should be a member of that particular group to TRULY know what solutions you can offer them.
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. 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 overdraft has hit its limit and you can’t meet payroll this week. There is no fooling cashflow. 5. 6. 7. Set company goals. 8.
10 Types of Businesses You Can Start Today For $100 Or Less | Startup Launchr Tough to read? Click here and view the presentation in full-size So you’ve read through the 6 rules to follow when starting your online business, and you’re itching to launch something. You understand that your business must, first and foremost, solve a problem for a certain group of people. With that said, I’m going to share you with 10 types of businesses you can work on today. Hopefully, this should generate some buzz for the launch of Startup Launchr’s sister site (name TBD — help us name the new blog, will you?). Coaching and Consulting Everybody is an expert on something. Maybe your passion for something has lead you to be more educated than most when it comes to the topic. Scaling the business could mean developing a program to deliver to your clients either through email or a membership website. The key here is to realize that “expert” is merely a frame of mind on how to label yourself. Examples: SEO/SEM consultant Small business marketing consultant Social/dating/life coach Software
EFactor :: Tools for Entrepreneurs - StumbleUpon Great Hackers July 2004 (This essay is derived from a talk at Oscon 2004.) A few months ago I finished a new book, and in reviews I keep noticing words like "provocative'' and "controversial.'' To say nothing of "idiotic.'' I didn't mean to make the book controversial. Edisons There's no controversy about which idea is most controversial: the suggestion that variation in wealth might not be as big a problem as we think. I didn't say in the book that variation in wealth was in itself a good thing. Variation in wealth can be a sign of variation in productivity. In a low-tech society you don't see much variation in productivity. That's not a new idea. Productivity varies in any field, but there are few in which it varies so much. If variation in productivity increases with technology, then the contribution of the most productive individuals will not only be disproportionately large, but will actually grow with time. More than Money Great programmers are sometimes said to be indifferent to money. Interesting
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. Write a Business Plan#section1 The most important thing you can do to prepare for starting and operating your own business. Beyond the mental exercises, a good business plan will give you a much better chance of getting a small business loan from a bank than walking in and saying, “I like Photoshop and maybe a can do some websites or something. Funding#section3 Good:
The Other Road Ahead September 2001 (This article explains why much of the next generation of software may be server-based, what that will mean for programmers, and why this new kind of software is a great opportunity for startups. It's derived from a talk at BBN Labs.) In the summer of 1995, my friend Robert Morris and I decided to start a startup. The PR campaign leading up to Netscape's IPO was running full blast then, and there was a lot of talk in the press about online commerce. At the time there might have been thirty actual stores on the Web, all made by hand. For the first week or so we intended to make this an ordinary desktop application. This turned out to be a good plan. When we started Viaweb, hardly anyone understood what we meant when we said that the software ran on the server. I think that a lot of the next generation of software will be written on this model. The Next Thing? Computers are in this phase now. The Win for Users The thin end of the wedge here was Web-based email. City of Code