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Top Trends in Small Business - The Rise of the Solopreneur

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I thought I was probably onto something last year when I launched my new venture TheSelfEmployed, but little did I realize that the rise of the self-employed army would turn out to be a trend that is actually altering work itself. Whether it is Fortune magazine stating "Welcome to the age of the freelancer," small business expert Barry Moltz stating that "Micro startups are everywhere," or columnist Jan Norman noting that "almost 17 million Americans are now solopreneurs, 900,000 more than in 2011" there is no mistaking that there is a new class of independent, creative, take-charge small business solo entrepreneurs on the rise.


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Ashok Ramachandran's curator insight, February 6, 2013 6:53 PM

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Productivity the Richard Branson way

Productivity the Richard Branson way | Solo Pro World | 21st Century Business | Scoop.it

I think Richard Branson has proved that his six secrets to success, can bring someone on the way to success. [note Martin Gysler]

 

If there’s one thing that Richard Branson clearly has in abundance, it’s get up and go. You need only look at his travel schedule for this week (Haiti, Warsaw, Cairo, Mumbai and Delhi – honest!) to realise that productivity has played a large part in his and Virgin’s success over the years.

 

With this in mind Rob Rawson from Biz 3.0 has managed to crack his secrets to productivity into six key areas. It certainly makes for some interesting reading, have a look and see if there’s something which you can pick up:...

 

Read more: http://www.virgin.com/entrepreneur/blog/productivity-the-richard-branson-way?goback=%2Egde_1979097_member_178066495


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Building Your LinkedIn Network

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LinkedIn is certainly the best social media platform for the business contacts and network. To be in harmony, it’s important to respect few rules and good sense. This post will give some information about that. [note Martin Gysler]

 

In his book Ultimate Guide to LinkedIn for Business, author Ted Prodromou describes how to best to leverage the networking site as a business tool. In this edited excerpt, the author details the two methods of building connections on LinkedIn.

 

How many connections should you have on LinkedIn? I'm asked that question frequently, and there isn't a magic number that works for everyone. LinkedIn isn't a popularity contest where the person with the most connections wins. LinkedIn is about building relationships and connecting with others, which is very different than the monologue communication of Twitter.

 

Read more: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/224417


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Tiana Martin's comment, December 30, 2012 10:44 AM
i recently review an article on linkedin traffic secret and i'm really inspired after reading this one.http://e-businessolution.com/how-to-get-targeted-leads-free-in-your-small-business/
Martin Gysler's comment, December 30, 2012 6:33 PM
thanks for the information Tiana, I'll check it out.
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12 Lessons Steve Jobs Taught Guy Kawasaki

12 Lessons Steve Jobs Taught Guy Kawasaki | Solo Pro World | 21st Century Business | Scoop.it
Here is an inspirational and motivational video, where Guy Kuwasaki shared 12 tips which he learned from Steve jobs, and you can apply them into your entrepreneurship...

 

Take away :

Don’t take advice from Experts and follow your instincts (Experts are clueless) Design matters the most. Help customers, they don’t know what they need. Use Big fonts for presentations “Work” or “doesn’t work” is all that matters Offer unique and valuable product, price doesn’t matter. players hire A/A+ players, B players hire C players, C players hire D players”, so hire the best people, or face “the bozo explosion”. IT guys typically undervalue the need for great peers (Finance/Ops/Marketing). Real CEOs can demo their product. Start shipping instead of waiting for perfection, you can always iterate and make your product better.

Article by Harsh Agrawal

Read more: http://www.shoutmeloud.com/12-lessons-steve-jobs-taught-guy-kawasaki.html#ixzz25KBqKXoP

 


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