The Top 10 Audio Books That Every Entrepreneur Must Listen To With a million and one things on an entrepreneur’s agenda, it is almost next to impossible to find the time to read a book from front to back. Well what if we told you that you don’t have to push hours aside and that you can even soak in all the knowledge of a wonderful read while you walk the dog, go for a jog or drive to work? Well now you can with these downloadable audio books that come highly recommend for any entrepreneur looking at expanding their knowledge and taking their life and business to that next level. The Lean Startup Eric Ries explains the best practices of how to discover customers for your ideas, how to plan/test/release your products to market and when to pivot. A must read for every startup organization. Click here to hear a preview or order this audio book The Willpower Instinct One of the best Audio books to cover the topic of willpower. This book is a must for any and everyone. Click here to hear a preview or order this audio book Rich Dad Poor Dad The 4-Hour Work Week
The Business Plan for Teen Entrepreneurs, Part 1 Last month, we introduced the concept of a Business Plan – a written plan outlining your idea, your goals, and your approach for making them happen – for teen entrepreneurs. We gave you 10 great questions to reflect on to help you identify and articulate your big idea and what your dreams for it are. If you haven’t answered those questions yet, we recommend you go back and do that before actually getting started on the business plan itself. If you have, and you’re ready to get down to the business of business plan writing, read on! A typical business plan has 9 different components: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Sound intimidating? Although the first piece of the business plan listed above is the Executive Summary, we’ll come back to that at the end of the process. The Business Description Instead, we’re going to start with the Business Description or Company Profile. A few specific things to note when writing out your Business Description: Length: Think short essay over term paper.
How to Become a College Planning Consultant If you can tell a Harvard student from a UC Berkeley student and know all there is to know about college, it's time to throw your mortarboard into the entrepreneurial arena by becoming a college planning consultant. Busy lifestyles have spawned them. More than 4,100 institutions of higher learning have made them possible. Today's college planning consultants-or some call them educational consultants or college admissions/financial aid consulting professionals-offer a wide array of valuable services to students and their parents. Head of the Class According to the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), some of the best and most capable educational consultants come from the ranks of the country's experienced academic advisors and counselors, who gain hands-on experience at both public and private universities, colleges, and secondary and elementary schools. Getting an Education Don't get us wrong.
10 Must Read Blogs for Entrepreneurs (2012 Edition) Almost three years ago we posted “10 Blogs Entrepreneurs Need to Be Reading” and to this day it has remained the most popular post on the Grasshopper blog. While it’s an excellent list, we feel it’s time for an update. We bring you the 2012 version, 10 Must Read Blogs for Entrepreneurs. 1. Link: About: Run by serial entrepreneur turned VC David Skok, For Entrepreneurs is exactly what the name implies; a place where entrepreneurs can get solid advice from someone who knows what they are talking about. Awesome Factor: Looking for an in-depth post that will make you really think? 2. Link: About: Just about everyone is familiar with Forbes Magazine. While the blog is not quite as old as the mag (by about 80 years), it’s done a great job of staying relevant, up to date and staying true to it’s audience. 3. Link: 4. Link: 5. Link: 6. 7. 8.
The four agreements 7 Books That Should Be on Every Entrepreneur's Bookshelf Posted by Guest Author on July 23, 2012 in Business Start Up Advice [ 5 Comments ] While most of the greatest lessons that you’ll learn as an entrepreneur will probably come from mistakes and challenging experiences, published works such as books, whitepapers, blog posts, and the like still provide a lot of value for business owners. Books in particular are great resources because they can offer credibility and in-depth commentaries that most online sources can’t match. Below are some of the best books that entrepreneurs can have on their bookshelves. Whether you’re looking for some motivation to continue with your venture, or wondering how the most successful entrepreneurs got to where they are now, these 7 books are definitely worth checking out. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries In the words of Eric Ries himself, “Entrepreneurship is not about your DNA or astrological sign. How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It by Mark Cuban Enchantment by Guy Kawasaki
Hidden Gems: The 100 .edu sites every Entrepreneur Should Read Whether you’re an ivy-leaguer or a high school dropout, chances are you still have quite a bit to learn from others. Why not learn from the people who do learning best? Check out these .edu blogs and other informative sites for strategies, theory, and concrete resources for building and growing your business. Marketing Marketing may be one of the many things you try to squeeze into your business, but for the people behind these sites, this is all they do. Innovation Inside every great entrepreneur is an inventor, constantly thinking of new and exciting ways to solve problems and create new things. Industries Educational resources can sometimes be frustrating because they tend to focus on theory, while you’re looking for concrete ideas. International Business In today’s global economy, entrepreneurs must be familiar with the ideas of international business. Knowledge & Information At the root of every institution of learning is information. Accounting Law Startups Get It Started! Management
6 Simple Rituals To Reach Your Potential Every Day It’s Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. Two San Francisco entrepreneurs are pitching their ventures to potential investors today. They’d both agree that this is one of the most important days of their lives. This is the story of Jane and Joe... Jane was up until 4 a.m. putting the final touches on her deck. Joe, on the other hand, went to sleep last night at 11 p.m., as he does most nights of the week. Which entrepreneur would you bet on? And, which entrepreneur most closely resembles you? Jane and Joe are fictional characters but having been immersed in the world of startups in both New York and San Francisco, I see a lot of Janes. This past weekend I had the opportunity to speak with my friend Mike Del Ponte, who resembles the character of Joe. "Every day I need physical energy, mental clarity, and emotional balance to tackle everything that comes my way," Mike said. Here are the six simple rituals he uses to perform at his highest, which you too can begin implementing right away: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.