Starting a Business

Should I start this business?

Aliza, who writes an entrepreneur focused blog on Work It Mom has a great post about how to analyze a business idea. She even mentions bplans.com!  She offers great advice for anyone who has a business idea and is thinking about turning it into a real business. Here is some of the advice that I...


Local SBDCs Offer Affordable Help

I was in Denver a couple of weeks ago at the annual convention of the Association of Small Business Development Centers, ASBDC, which links together about 1,000 local SBDCs (that’s Small Business Development Centers), most of which are an excellent resource for you and your startup. The SBDCs are public sector centers funded by a...


If You Dread Planning Your Startup, Don’t Start It

When you're thinking about starting a business you should enjoy the thinking and planning that goes with that. It's like dreaming, looking forward, mapping, and, yes planning. If you don't want to do the planning, get a clue, maybe you don't want to start the business.


Are You Making This Startup Mistake?

Before you commit the common mistake of getting lost in your startup, define success and put that definition somewhere where it will be available later. And then make a point of referring back to it from time to time.


Do I Focus on My Passion or What I’m Good At?

I had an email the other day from someone who asked a very interesting question. So do I do what I love, or do I do what I’m good at? She explained that she has started a couple of local ad agencies that were doing well when she left them, but she saw the keys...


Business Building as Escaping Boredom?

This seems like a particularly interesting comment posted Friday in the Huffington Post by a 20-year-old college student: Boring internships may be turning students off from entering the regular rat race. Instead, many students are looking to starting their own businesses. Our business idols are the founders of Napster and Google. We, perhaps unrealistically, want...


Make Meaning

If you’re thinking about starting a business, or already starting it, or just started it, or, for that matter, you’re running a business or you care about a business, here read The Art of the Start, by Guy Kawasaki. Here’s a quote, from the first chapter, under a subheading called “Make Meaning:” The truth is...


Just Getting Going, Building, or Planning to Fly?

Talking about starting a business? Before you start the talking, identify yourself and your business on this scale. It makes a huge difference. Try to choose one of three possible choices, the one that most applies to you and your business.   Just get going: you don’t need anybody’s approval except possibly your first customer...


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