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Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Sucessful Entrepreneur? Take The Quiz

Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Sucessful Entrepreneur? Take The Quiz | IGNITE! Small Business Beginnings | Scoop.it
See if you have the three traits it takes to start something successfully (RT @silverbacklive: Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Sucessful Entrepreneur?
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7 Stupid Branding Mistakes Your Small Business is Making

7 Stupid Branding Mistakes Your Small Business is Making | IGNITE! Small Business Beginnings | Scoop.it
Branding is a key pillar for any business but often, entrepreneurs make mistakes when implementing. Here are seven to avoid.
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Your brand does not have to be sophisticated or complex, just consistent.
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Older Entrepreneurs: The startup mentality is not bound by age

Older Entrepreneurs: The startup mentality is not bound by age | IGNITE! Small Business Beginnings | Scoop.it
Influenced by the spectacular success of companies like Facebook, there has been a recent trend to imply that youth is the secret to success for startups, especially in the tech sector.
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Startup Founders: Be Your Own Salesperson

Startup Founders: Be Your Own Salesperson | IGNITE! Small Business Beginnings | Scoop.it
No one knows a product better than the person who thought it up. Who better to deal with customers?
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If you believe your idea or product has value, selling it with enthusiasm should be easy.

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Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Sucessful Entrepreneur? Take The Quiz

Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Sucessful Entrepreneur? Take The Quiz | IGNITE! Small Business Beginnings | Scoop.it
See if you have the three traits it takes to start something successfully (RT @silverbacklive: Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Sucessful Entrepreneur?
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Startup Advice

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In honor of the new YC batch starting tomorrow, here is some of the best startup advice I’ve heard or given (mostly heard): 1. Make something people want. 2. A great team and a...

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95 points that apply in some way to almost all new businesses. It may take some thought but take each one and spend some time finding out how it will appy to your development..

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25 Common Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs

25 Common Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs | IGNITE! Small Business Beginnings | Scoop.it
Do you have what it takes to get through hard times? Here are the traits that help home-based business owners thrive.
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Most "list" blogs have a few good points and a some or many that are fillers. This list of 25 things to consider and work on, are all spot on! Change the target audience from "Home Business" to any broader group of new businesses and the 25 points still apply, and may possibly be the most important things to repeatedly think about as your small business evolves.These All work!

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The Most Pervasive Pernicious Offense

I was having a beer with a friend the other night when he mentioned a startup in our community that had recently announced a “pivot” in its business model.
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All startups will eventually have to present a "pitch" for support, either to a local banker for a small loan, or to an angel investor for serious cash. Spend a lot of energy thinking thru your business plan, and unless you are strictly a charity setup, define how you plan to provide the return on investment that even angels will want to see.

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Five Social Media Rules You Have to Know

Five Social Media Rules You Have to Know | IGNITE! Small Business Beginnings | Scoop.it

Here are three key points to increasing your influence in support of your strategies.


 1. Produce quality content

If you want to make your mark on social media, you should provide quality content. Generate your own, become a thought leader, and share other people’s content that you believe is interesting.

 2. Be open and engaging

On social media, it’s important to be available to your audience, and few people exemplify that principle better than US entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk. For example, on Twitter he does a lot of responding to followers. He treats everybody as an equal, and responds at an amazing velocity.

 

3. Focus on a specific niche

On social media, you can either be a generalist – producing and curating a hodge-podge of content across many different disciplines – or you can choose to specialise in one or a few areas. Specialists tend to bend more ears than generalists.


Social media is extremely noisy. You’ve got to be able to stand out, and the best way to do this is to own a particular subject.

 


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Focus on these in order. Quality content is The most important quality!

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jmwakasege's curator insight, September 24, 2013 11:39 AM

A vey engagig views, here for a lot has become to much for people streaming and reading inforamtion online so if you want to stand out, be yourself too. Actual you where created to stand ou, Embrace the self you and become the best out there. 

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4 Ways to Succeed as a Post-Retirement Entrepreneur

Studies show older entrepreneurs often have more success than their younger counterparts. But you have to approach entrepreneurship with the right strategies.
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It's Time to Embrace Your Brand

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As we enter a new year, here are four things to consider about how your company is perceived both internally and externally.
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This Startup Shares The Salary Of Every ... - Business Insider

This Startup Shares The Salary Of Every ... - Business Insider | IGNITE! Small Business Beginnings | Scoop.it
Social media company Buffer posted about their radical transparency, including "Open Salaries."
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Learn to Fail Forward - GeneralLeadership.com

Learn to Fail Forward - GeneralLeadership.com | IGNITE! Small Business Beginnings | Scoop.it
Take my advice and fail early, fail often and fail forward. You’ll be a better leader and the world will be a better place for it.
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Failure is a part of any new business. Wrong decisions on products,  markets , methods... everything. Just learn to "Fail Forward" regroup and move on.

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The Leader's Greatest Harvest

The Leader's Greatest Harvest | IGNITE! Small Business Beginnings | Scoop.it
Seeds are curious things—small, innocuous . . . overloo…
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A larger part of any new business venture is nurturing. Your people, your new products, and your business as a whole. Spend time early on your people and harvest the results down the road.

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5 Ways to Build Momentum For Your Business Idea

5 Ways to Build Momentum For Your Business Idea | IGNITE! Small Business Beginnings | Scoop.it
A good business idea needs a healthy dose of momentum to get it going. Here are five steps to help you get there.
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Here's a negative spin. If you have to be motivated by topics like these, you probably should look for a paycheck elsewhere. While thes five points are true, if you have not naturally done all of these by now, you are not truely in love with your product or business goals. Those should come naturally, and from the heart. Pursue what you love!

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Five Steps for Getting Your Business Up and Running

Five Steps for Getting Your Business Up and Running | IGNITE! Small Business Beginnings | Scoop.it
Five steps for getting your business up and running successfully.
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After your "aha" moment, spend time thinking about your business plan. Begin step 2 early and continue to refine it and expand on it as you sort out details and develop solutions to roadblocks along the development path.

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Matthew Fritz's curator insight, October 9, 2013 4:19 AM

Excellent advice for the new entrant into the new race....with insight from someone who should know a thing or two about startups.  He's also my Dad (full-disclosure), but I won't hold that against him :)

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Small Business and the Lean Startup

Small Business and the Lean Startup | IGNITE! Small Business Beginnings | Scoop.it
The new small business startup mantra uttered by entrepreneurs is “Build. Measure. Learn." Learn to benefit from the principles of a lean startup. (How can #smallbiz owners benefit from the principles of the lean startup?
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Do not just copy an another business's product and bolt it into your product line, but think thru a unique offering and then test its viability with your existing customer base

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Matthew Fritz's curator insight, October 24, 2013 7:09 AM

Lean thinking at the onset ensures a thorough understanding of your own product and unique-value, as well as the inputs of your suppliers and the output to your customers.  Why re-engineer when you can "pre-engineer" LEAN into your business model at the outset--then re-evaluate on a regular basis to ensure your trajectory is meeting up to your logic?  Spend the time and coax the reality into your dream and see where your ideas can take you!