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6 Ways to Utilize Criticism to Your Business' Advantage

Entrepreneurs are passionate, but we’re stubborn people. This combination helps us overcome seemingly insurmountable boundaries, but it also prevents us from seeking out and absorbing tough to swallow information, including criticism.

If you would’ve taken all of the advice and criticism from others over the years, you wouldn’t be an entrepreneur, so it’s natural to fight back against those who doubt you.
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How Entrepreneurs Avoid Downfall: The One Essential Ingredient

Working with hundreds of folks each year who have an idea that they want to build into a business, I’ve seen every kind of approach to entrepreneurship, and every type of mindset. Some view it only as a way to make fabulous money, some are passionate about their cause, others have finely-crafted 5-year plans, and others yet adhere to a “Build It and They Will Come” philosophy and don’t worry about plans.
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How to Avoid the 7 Worst Marketing Mistakes Small Businesses Make

In my previous role as VP of Marketing in the corporate arena, and in the past 10 years of advising entrepreneurs and small businesses in their marketing efforts (and in my own business), I’ve seen great marketing strategies and tactics implemented, as well as terrible ones. In tough economic times like these, as in all times, small businesses must be very prudent in their investments and marketing, and understand exactly what to expect in terms of their return on investment.
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Spring Cleaning Your Small Business Finances

When people think of spring cleaning, they usually think about cleaning their house from top to bottom and clearing out clutter, but spring cleaning can also refer to cleaning up your finances.

I’m talking about cleaning up your company’s finances. Maybe you’ve been ignoring the books lately because business has been busy since the first quarter, but Q1 is up and it’s time to take a look at the results and figure out where to go from here.
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The 5 C’s of Successful and Happy Businesses

1. Communication. Clearly communicate what you do and for who. Otherwise known as your pitch, getting really clear on WHAT you are offering and WHO it offers value to is vital. Learning how to articulate what you do helps other people hire you. Take time to develop your ‘elevator pitch’ make sure you can explain in under a minute how what you do is of value to the people you do it for. Practice your pitch until it flows, until you sound clear and confident.
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5 Online Business Tips For New Entrepreneurs

New entrepreneurs might feel overwhelmed by online jargon. Learning about SEO, ComLuv, Wordpress and a whole host of new concepts seems too much to handle for a green newbie to the online world. Take a deep breath. Any veteran entrepreneur knows the feeling well.
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5 Simple Tips for Startup Funding

One of the biggest headaches for startup founders is finding sufficient funding to get the company off the ground and to keep it running. It’s an issue that many startup founders would rather not deal with in order to focus on the business at hand, but in the real world, every company needs liquidity to pay for the most basic expenses.
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Breaking Bad is the Ultimate Startup

With the season finale of “Breaking Bad” having aired, I’ve been doing a bit of thinking around the show premise, and how similar the plot line is to the development of a startup.

The same problems that happen to Walt Enterprises in the show happen to all founders when trying to build a company. Product. Team. Partners. Price. Distribution. Investors. You name it, they’ve faced it.
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7 Secrets Every Startup Should Know

There are things that every startup needs no matter what field it operates in or what business it is pursuing.

#1: Sounding Boards - Every startup should have multitudes of sounding boards that provide feedback on your idea and help you refine it and continuously improve it. Almost guaranteed that a startup’s initial idea will need to do several revamps before it turns into the idea that the startup actually wanted...
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