Three Steps You Can Take To Get Your First Customers

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(Note:  This was previously a video blog) Marketing is a challenging task in its own right. Marketing when you are just starting your business is downright daunting. How do get your first customers? Where do you find them? How do you get them to buy from you? Important questions to answer indeed. I’m going to […]

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FountainLive Life Local

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My family has been taking a few day trips over the 4th of July weekend. Our most recent outing was to downtown Corvallis. We wanted to share with our kids what life in a small town is like.  I had an ulterior motive for wanting to go: I wanted to see what small businesses were doing […]

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Bring Your Social Content Together with RebelMouse

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I’m not a big fan of content aggregators.  Don’t get me wrong, I like the idea of bringing content together a great deal.  I just haven’t found a way to do it.  Enter RebelMouse. Reuse Your Content -  Do you ever see your posts after you post them?  I know I have looked for things […]

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vbsd0071_ntscRise of the Million Dollar Microbusiness

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Now this is a trend to watch! Note the observation on technology helping micro-businesses to increase revenues at the end of the article. I see this clearly too. Things are changing rapidly, buckle up. Here is the link: Forbes

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The Thinking Game

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I have talked to several thousand entrepreneurs in my career.  I have seen many successful microbusiness people and even more unsuccessful ones.  It took many years to start to see what separated the two.  My observation is that there are not many things in what microbusiness owners do every day that successful and unsuccessful business people do that are different, however […]

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Testing Your Business Idea: A Quick Test

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Business ideas can be one emotional rush.  The aha moment combined with the possibility of making money, maybe a lot of money, can really grab hold of you.  I read somewhere that the average aspiring entrepreneur will mull over their idea for up to seven years!  Think about that.  Why do we hang on to an idea […]

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The Oregon DucksWhat Chip Kelly Knows About Working Hard Versus Working Smart

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You may or may not follow the Ducks, but if you live in Eugene you know the football world has changed.  I loved watching the Ducks evolve under coach Rich Brooks and Mike Bellotti, but Chip Kelly was much more fun. It was fun not only because the Ducks won football games, but in how they won […]

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Marketing at the Doctor’s Office

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I’m waiting at the doctor’s office for an appointment and taking inventory of the marketing tactics I see (a habit I seem to be into these days). The most obvious is the fish tank. Fish tanks are known to have a calming effect on people and can help reduce anxiety and blood pressure. What’s interesting […]

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vbhd0226How a Microbusiness Works: Four Key Elements

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Do you know the essential ingredients that make a microbusiness work?  Most micro-entrepreneurs I have met have only the foggiest idea.  They know, for example, it has something to do with selling.   They also know it has something to do with money.  The might believe it has to do with following their passion.  And so forth.  Here is […]

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Throw away your to-do list and trade it for a Wunderlist!

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The to-do list is an essential tool for entrepreneurs.  I have been frustrated in this day and age by keeping track of things to do when I use computer, tables and smart phones. One tool please?  Enter Wunderlist!  I created a YouTube video so you could see it in action. Here are the top 5 […]

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