May
20
2011

The Optimism Gut-Check For The Entrepreneur

It has certainly been an interesting couple of years in our economy. We’ve experienced a recession like no other. In fact, the only thing close to our most recent recession was the Great Depression. While we’re no longer in a recession (technically speaking) most small business owners continue to have uncertainty and concern about the months ahead. Will the economy continue to improve? Will there be a rebound in home prices? Will the unemployment rate […]

Jun
8
2011

Office Space: Effective & Cheap

If you’re a freelancer or one-man business then it’s highly probable that you have no intention of even considering a desk space rental option. After all, many people who work on their own and for themselves are perfectly happy to do it in the confines of a home-based situation. If you’ve got a spare bedroom, study or even a garage space that can act as your office then it does make sound financial sense to […]

Apr
26
2011

Launching Your First Money Making Website

Last week we talked about getting your business structured and finding the niche and industry you have the experience and the expertise to excel in. Today we are going to get you started in getting your first website online so that you can take those ideas and put them on the web for the world to see. Pretty exciting stuff, right? It should be. If you can truly provide value to the marketplace, this should […]

Apr
14
2011

E.T.: The Entrepreneur Test

BossStart says “Phone Home!” Given our diverse population of readers, we’re not sure that everyone has seen the movie ‘E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial’. Some people may tell you that it’s a story about an alien trying to get home. Others may suggest that E.T. is about a young boy learning to connect. There are countless interpretations of the movie and its characters. Well, here at BossStart, we know exactly what E.T. was about – Entrepreneurship!   […]

Oct
30
2011

Who Are The 53 Percent?

Wow! We are certainly living in historical times. We encourage you to pause for a moment and consider a few recent, historical events: A global financial crisis not seen since the 1920’s The liberation of several Middle East countries: Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Lybia The assassination of Osama Bin Laden The rise of Google and Apple along with the death of Steve Jobs We could fill a page with recent historical events – many of which are meaningful to the entrepreneurial effort. Clearly the most impactful event […]

Apr
8
2011

4 Ways To Keep ‘IT’ Alive: Lessons For The Independent Business Owner

Do you remember what it was like when you first started dreaming about your entrepreneurial initiative? It was almost child-like as there were no boundaries and the level of excitement was unprecedented. In addition, there was some indescribable determination that made no sense to those ‘logical’ folks around you. Don’t you remember what that felt like? You spent hours thinking about your idea and even more hours talking to anyone who would listen! You were […]

Apr
22
2011

Run for the Border! A Lesson in Damage Control

Recently, Taco Bell was sued for allegedly using something other than ‘real beef’ in their taco products. Can you imagine being a franchise owner and waking up to this news? If we follow the story close enough we come to realize there are several learning events for our entrepreneurial followers in regards to Damage Control. A class-action lawsuit was filed by an Alabama based law firm alleging that the meat used by Taco Bell was […]

Mar
25
2011

The DNA Of Customer Service: Part Next

Recently, we introduced www.bossstart.com readers to the DNA of Customer Service. The subject is rich with information and meaningful to every business, so we purposefully committed several posts to the subject. The foundation of every customer service-rich organization is it’s talent – the employees they hire. While operational models differ between a Ritz Carlton, Nordstroms, and Starbucks one commonality is ever present: hire the best people and put them in the right job! In an […]

Apr
1
2011

3 Franchise Methodologies: Lessons For The Independent Business Owner

As a current or future independent business owner, you may have considered the path of a franchise. Our intent with this article is not to weigh the countless pros and cons of being a franchise owner – that’s a personal decision that rests ultimately within you. At the same time, we do want to offer insight to those small business owners who have decided to forgo the franchise path. You have made a conscious decision […]

Jun
3
2011

Margins of Error: A Lesson in Entrepreneurial Greatness

Do you ever contemplate how you could make your business ‘great’? Do you think about strategies that would help you make gains on your competitors by attaining that Entrepreneurial Greatness? It’s a funny thing – most successful entrepreneurs want to do more than simply ‘make it’ – they want to be GREAT! Do you still have that fire in your belly? Or maybe you are satisfied with just getting by? Oh wait, have you bought in to […]

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