August 2009 Posts

Jobless at 58 Sounds Like an Entrepreneur to Me

Yesterday the New York Times ran a headline that read, “At 58, a Life Story in Need of a Rewrite.” The article was about Michael Blattman, who’s been out of work since January of 2008. Blattman is a 58-year-old MBA with a strong resume in financial services who once earned $225,000 a year. After a year and a half of an unfruitful job search, it seems obvious that this guy should start his own business.

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Twitter Etiquette: Is It Okay to TweetDeck or TweetLater Your Blog Posts?

What do you think about people who use TweetLater or TweetDeck as a way to post a link to their blog many times a day? There are some who recommend that as a method of promoting your blog, and there are otherswho are violently opposed to it.

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5 Benefits of Using LinkedIn For the Skeptical Communicator

Like many, I entered the world of LinkedIn a few years ago feeling very wary. It was yet another mode of communication to keep track of, and I was already multi-tasking with my phone, email, texting, Facebook, YouTube – you […]

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What’s Your Pet Peeve on Twitter?

Have you been tweeting long enough to have your own pet peeves on Twitter? If you’ve become a true Twitter veteran, you can probably name at least one Tweeting practice that annoys you every time you see it.

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4 Important Reasons to Start a Company When You Can’t Find a Job

In this recession, many companies are being launched by people who never meant to be entrepreneurs. These people haven’t long harbored the dream of being their own boss; They just haven’t been able to find a job and are thus taking matters into their own hands. The New York Times published a piece yesterday titled “On to Plan B: Starting a Business,” by Mickey Meece that touched on several of what I consider to be important themes in today’s entrepreneurial landscape.

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Everyone’s Got Something to Blog About

You don’t have a blog yet? What’s that? You don’t even really get what a blog is? You don’t know what you’re missing.

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If You’re Not Using LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook, Then You Might Be The Only One

Based on the ever-growing number of people who are using social media – both inside and outside of work – I believe it’s fair to say that if you’re not leveraging this channel then you’re doing yourself and your business […]

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What Big Corporations Can Learn From Start-up Entrepreneurs

I had an interesting conversation the other day with The Prometheus Institute Founder Matt Harrison, who’s traveling around the country trying to excite Gen Y about the idea of becoming entrepreneurs. His project is called “People for the American Dream,” and […]

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5 Tips: What Do You Do When One Client Represents Most of Your Business?

This is the curse and the blessing of an entrepreneur lucky enough to land a big client. That one large client can take your company to a whole new level, increasing your billings dramatically. You’re able to hire more people, upgrade a few things, maybe even expand. It’s fantastic. And also terrifying. What if you should lose that client?

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Sometimes the Best Ideas for Your Business Come When You’re Out of the Office

It’s hard for entrepreneurs to take a break. For one thing, we tend to be excited about our work, so it’s not like we hate going into the office. For another, when we’re rolling ahead with some real momentum, it’s hard to even see that we could benefit from some stillness. But some of the best ideas come when you slow down

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