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Do you know what I hate hearing? And I mean really hate hearing.

 

Entrepreneurs who say that they hate selling.

 

What do you mean you hate selling! Selling is what fuels your business. Selling is what puts food on your table.

 

Saying something so stupid as an entrepreneur is irritating.

 

You are probably thinking that I have a background as a professional salesman. Why else would I be so passionate about selling?

 

No, I am not a professional salesman. Although I am a sales affiliate for Dream Big Youth Travel, which is another source of my income.

 

I am just a strong advocate for entrepreneurs knowing how to sell. And not just knowing how to sell, but knowing how to effectively sell. Read More How to Become Effective at Selling!

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When I first began blogging, I did it in order to get my experiences, thoughts and opinions of entrepreneurship out of my head and into the world. I wanted people to read about my views on entrepreneurship and small business, with the intention to create engaging conversation around what I had written. What I didn’t understand when I started blogging was the concept of content, and how businesses would truly need content in order to prosper in the changing world of business/ consumer interaction.

Nowadays, a business with no content is a business that will find it very hard to gain attention in today’s competitive  marketplace. The marketplace is constantly moving, which means a producer must be able to stay ahead of the demands of the consumer. Therefore, engaging content plays a vital role in keeping a business present in the mind of the consumer. But does just any piece of information qualify as valuable content?

No it does not!

Knowing how to create great content that produces value for your business, is a huge advantage when it comes to marketing your business. What you must know though, is that more goes into the process of content creation, than just the action of  putting words together.

Content is not powerful if it does not reach its intended audience and create a feeling of inclusion and familiarity. These feelings being produced means that a connection between the reader and your content has been established.

But there is nothing worse than thinking that you have put together  great content that only gets looked over. It can be deflating, making you question if producing content is actually worth the time and effort. Read More How to Use Content to Grow Your Business!

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It can be hard to get an accurate temperature of the small business climate. Some experts will tell you that small businesses are doing quite well; while others will say small business owners are struggling. The inconsistencies of information being put out will make a person wonder if it is worth it at all to become a business owner.

There are arguments about the tax code being too hard on small businesses.

There are arguments about the economy being too slow for small businesses.

There are arguments about small businesses having a lack of resources and support.

While these arguments may be valid, they are not the end and be all that determines a business’s ability to perform within the marketplace. The ultimate determining factor that leads to a business’s success is the business owners ability to develop the strategic process which will produce successful results.

I say this because I have encountered many business owners who do not understand how to develop a profitable business. For one reason or another, they have missteps within their business operations which cause their business to lack sustainability. As these missteps go unchecked, they continually erode overtime, leading to a business which can’t avoid failure. Read More 4 Reasons Small Businesses Fail

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This blog contribution is being made by Paisley Hansen, a freelance writer.

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Over 90% of startups fail and there are about 627k new business started every year. This is not meant to be an in-depth business overview but merely some tips to keep in mind to assist a startup in not contributing to that 90% statistic.

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Keep track of ALL your expenses

 

This may seem obvious, but you may be surprised how much is being spent on non-essential items and services. Make a record of everything purchased and organize them by what is essential and what is discretionary. Many startups when securing the first round of funding, or turning the first profit, splurge on office spaces. It’s hard not to “show” your success. You don’t need to go all out, just snag some cheap office furniture and make do.

Even if this is done over a short period of time it can uncover a lot. A careful review of spending can show how much wasteful spending can be channeled to more important functions. Investing in reliable software, or even just high-quality office organizer that you can use to keep track of and organize your budget may be worthwhile, depending on your needs. Read More 5 Tips to Budget as a Startup

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When people ask me how long have I been an entrepreneur, I tell them I have been an “entrepreneur” for the last 8 years. Notice I put quotation marks around entrepreneur. I will explain the reason for this later in the post.

I graduated from high school in 2007. I had been working at Wendy’s since 2005 and left there after I graduated to go work at UPS. UPS only lasted a couple of months. I just couldn’t see myself continuing down the path of being a highly praised but underpaid worker.

While at UPS I created my entertainment company. Man was that an eye-opening experience. The creation of this entertainment company was my main reason for leaving UPS. I was going to take the entertainment industry by storm. So I thought.

When I left UPS I needed another job asap. My plan was to go apply at Family Dollar. Instead my mom asked me to come work with her since she was opening a new office in downtown Atlanta.

So I was going into 2008 set and ready to make things happen, so I thought again. I had my new entertainment company and I was the “COO” of my mom’s tax business.

To cut a long story short, things started off “great” and ended terribly. My attempt at creating a studio for my entertainment company drained my pockets and my role as COO did not go as I envisioned.

The reason this occurred is because I didn’t truly understand entrepreneurship nor business ownership. Entrepreneurship is turning an idea into a product/service that has demand in the marketplace. Business ownership is taking that product/service, scaling it for growth and employing others to manage your business operations. Read More What 8 Years of “Entrepreneurship” Taught Me

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Today’s blog post is a guest post provided by Maple C of http://inspirationspark.us/

Tax season is a time when, like it or not, we reflect upon our financial decisions over the past year. Some of our choices will result in extra funds we’ll have to send to Uncle Sam, and thankfully, others will help keep money in our pockets.
While most of us don’t necessarily look forward to tax time, those who do usually feel a sense of victory in receiving a sizeable refund after taking advantage of as many tax deductions as possible. And there are many things that you, too, can do to help ensure that you aren’t paying a dime more than you have to this tax season. Here are a few suggestions to help make that happen: Read More Don’t Pay More than You Have to In Taxes

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If there is one thing that entrepreneurship can promise; it is that you will constantly learn as you progress forward. And this learning process is what separates successful entrepreneurs from average entrepreneurs.

I say this because successful entrepreneurs learn from both success and failures. Average entrepreneurs seem to never really learn from either. And therefore, they remain in the same average position their entire entrepreneur career.

I make this observation due to the fact that I have been around a lot of entrepreneurs and business owners over the years. The successful ones are always challenging themselves to accomplish more and backing their talk up with complementary actions. The average ones talk loudly proclaiming this and that, but never put forth the effective actions which will move them beyond their average position. Read More Gaining Perspective on Entrepreneur Success

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