Starting a Business

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.

By Tim Berry |

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.

By Tim Berry |

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...

By Tim Berry |

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...

By Tim Berry |

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...

By Tim Berry |

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...

By Tim Berry |

Do you have what it takes to start a business of your own?

The Entrepreneur featured a post today titled Risks, Rewards, and Entrepreneurship that discusses what it takes, on a personal level, to start and grow a successful business. Starting a business is one of those huge, life-altering events. Think of it as a marriage; running a successful business takes the same depth of commitment and desire....

By Cale Bruckner |

Start-ups Cost Less?

Another conclusion I take back from the Web 2.0 Expo conference is that prestigious new web 2.0 start-ups are launching on initial investments of “a few hundred thousand dollars” instead of “a few million.” This came out most at the session on venture capital, but it was everywhere around the conference. Picture excitement in the...

By Tim Berry |

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