Cash is the lifeblood of any business, and it must be managed strategically: Let’s talk about cash management. Whether you’re starting or running a business, you need to practice it because a primary cause for businesses failing is lack of money. But if they had better cash management practices they likely would have had a … Continue reading This Is the Secret to Surviving and Thriving When You Start a Business
Creating is one of the greatest acts you can do when starting a business. It has the power to kickstart your venture, show your potential customers the value you can generate, and markets your abilities. And when I say create, what I mean is that you're making something that can be of use to someone … Continue reading Create: It’s One of the Most Powerful Ways to Start a Business
A failed attempt beats a non-attempt. Imperfection trumps inaction. Starting is always better than never trying at all. Starting a business is about taking the first step. If you have an idea for a business, learn or do something today that helps to make it a reality. Even if you don’t believe it will work, … Continue reading The Key to Starting a Business: Take the First Step
Not money, fame, credentials, the school you graduated from, experience, reputation, nor even a beautiful coif of hair is the most critical piece to starting a business—no. It’s you. You are the most important piece of the puzzle in starting a business. Often we think something external will validate us or give us what we really … Continue reading You Are the Most Critical Piece to Starting a Business.
Learning to learn won't just help you start a business; it will make you unstoppable. It will unleash the potential in you to reach your dreams. It's one the greatest lessons any person can gain. This is deceptively simple; it's not easy to do. It’s far easier to act like you know everything. You know … Continue reading One of the Most Important Practices in Starting a Business
Often starting a business isn’t the hardest part; it’s stopping the self-doubt. That’s not a feeling you can just overpower. And it's not as simple as thinking your way out it. The answer isn’t found from within. You need to demystify the process of starting a business and see that it’s not some magical gift … Continue reading This Is How You Overcome Self-Doubt When Starting a Business
It took zero dollars to start my first successful business. And if I can do it, so can you. You don’t need to put money into a business to get it off of the ground. Seriously. When I started, I didn’t even have an LLC. And here’s what I learned. Starting a business is all … Continue reading This Is How You Start a Business Without Money
The best time to start a business is always right now. “Timing is everything!” we often hear people say. And the implication is that if you don’t time it just right, you will fail. But more often than not, timing is less important than we think it is. When I started my second company, it … Continue reading When is the best time to start a business?
Some people are just blessed with knowing exactly what type of business they should start. But I wasn't. Maybe you have no idea what you're doing and haven't the faintest idea where to start. That's where I was when I started my first business. What I did was this. I tried things. I had just … Continue reading What business should you start?
Fear isn't overcome; it's managed. I don't know anyone who's ever conquered fear and is a human. Gary Vaynerchuk says that he has, but he may not be fully human. I suspect that he's part machine. I mean, the man doesn't seem to sleep. Anyway, for us humans, fear is a reality. It's there. We hate … Continue reading How to deal with fear when starting a business
To start a successful business, you don't need to be the smartest person in the room. You just need to be willing to put your ideas to the test. Starting a business isn't about getting good grades, pleasing a teacher, being perfect. Nah, it's about being willing to put yourself out there and try things … Continue reading This is the smartest way to think when starting a business
If you’re starting a business, you need to consider getting an Employer Identification Number or EIN. First, a disclaimer: I’m not a tax lawyer or accountant. Make sure to consult a tax professional. I’m just a business owner trying to help you start your business. Ok, let’s move on. In the US, a Tax Identification … Continue reading This is the number that every business needs
The best time to start a business is right now. Don't wait for permission, someone to come aboard, to get that degree. Certainly don't wait until you get more time. You won't see that until you're probably retired, or dead. No. You need to start right now. That doesn't mean you need to get all … Continue reading This is the perfect time to start a business
Starting a business is not primarily about making money. It's about creating value. That's what the goal should be for every person trying to start a business. If you're just trying to make money, you're only thinking about yourself. You are focusing on "getting yours." But that's the short view. You are only thinking about … Continue reading One of the best things to know before starting a business
Some might say that you shouldn't quit. But that's wrong. Don’t stop pursuing your dream of starting a business; rather, there are times when quitting a business idea is a good idea. Sometimes the business case just doesn’t fly. Or the concept stops making sense, or you realize it never did. Or maybe the idea … Continue reading Sometimes quitting is the best thing you can do when starting a business
Most people starting a business have no idea what they are doing. You might be thinking, “I can’t start a business: I not an expert.” But when it comes to starting businesses, no one is. One of the most revered entrepreneurs is Steve Jobs. He’s amazing. He’s a genius. But when Jobs started, he was … Continue reading You need to know this to start a business
One of the hardest things in starting a business is hearing “No.” But anyone can do that—anyone. You’ve heard “No” all of your life. Your parents, friends, neighbors, teachers have all denied you. So you know how it feels. The only thing holding you back is the fear of rejection. You’re avoiding that feeling. I … Continue reading This is how you realize your dreams
Money, power, talent, smarts don’t start businesses. People do. Most of them are normal. But they all did one thing first. They made a decision. They decided to start a business or at least try to. In their minds and hearts, something happened. They said to themselves they were going to take the first step … Continue reading You can start a business by doing this
In small business, fear never entirely goes away. Even after you succeed, it's still there. You can't eliminate it; the only thing you can do is manage it. Losing money, losing customers, getting too many customers, managing people, managing people poorly, taxes, growth, hiring, firing, failure, and the list can go on for the things … Continue reading This is how you succeed in the face of fear
We built a product and spent real money on it, but we couldn’t keep it going without killing our primary business. So we quit. It sucked; it hurt; it killed a part of me. But it was the right thing to do. Maybe you have a business or are starting things, and you also hate … Continue reading Quitting can be the best thing you can do