124 Pieces of Advice You Need To Read Before You Start A Business

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124 pieces of advice-2Are you thinking about making the plunge into starting your own business?

Looking for some inspiration and guidance before you make that final decision to go for it all?

We asked our SteamFeed authors what advice they would give to someone who wanted to start their own business.

(Note: All of this advice is coming from people whom have had first hand experience with starting their own business. Some of the advice is repeated. I left it in as is not to make the article repetitive but rather to stress the importance of that piece of advice).

Get comfortable, grab a coffee, and enjoy. :)

Ray Hiltz

Ray Hiltz
NewRayCom.com

Ray Hiltz

  1. Understand the why.
  2. Make sure the “why” isn’t money.
  3. Take a marketing course to understand who your target market is.
  4. Have more money on hand than you think you need.
  5. Build a supportive network IRL and online who have your back but will also kick your butt.
Keri Jaehnig

Keri Jaehnig
IdeaGirlMedia.com

Keri Jaehnig

  1. Be clear on your “why”  - Why are you going into business?  What value will you offer your customers? You should have clear answers to these questions.  If not, you may want to consider taking the time to clarify.
  2. Research the idea to be sure there is a need for your product or service - Affirm that your ideas will solve a problem or fulfill a pain-point in your ideal customers’ daily lives.  You will probably find that you will research a few times, and map your business out more than once.  It may be you start with one idea, and your final plan looks a bit different: Recommended reading: The E-Myth Revisited
  3. Be okay with adjustment - Rarely is something ever perfect on the first try.  As long as you are working through a solid business plan and fulfilling requirements from lenders and to attain the appropriate business licenses, certifications, and other legal requirements, you are on the right road.
  4. Build a strong foundation - Entrepreneurs usually have a creative personality type.  They are able to see the long-term, and are not afraid to paint adventurous details into their plans.  That is wonderful, but can sometimes hinder productivity. Start your business with the KISS method: Keep It Simple, Silly.  Begin with the simplest form of your ideas, and leave yourself room to take it to the next levels.  Make it easier for yourself to achieve milestones in your first phases.  In turn, you leave yourself room to adjust with our ever-changing world.
  5. Pick your heroesTips For Starting A New Business - Your Personal Touch Makes The Difference - AceOfSales.com - Identify business leaders and niche leaders that are doing things you like.  Emulate what they are doing successfully, but with your brand style. At the same time, stay true to your mission and what your brand is all about.  It is easy to get so excited about possibilities and lose track of your “why” defined above.
  6. Look for sources of support - No successful entrepreneur got where they are all by themselves! When you are starting your own business, it is easy to be so focused on your business goals that you become isolated. Look for networking opportunities and trusted sources for collaboration.  Technology offers wonderful avenues for finding other entrepreneurs looking to stay on track and take their business to the next level.  Tribe up with like-minded professionals online, or join a Mastermind group.
  7. Plan your online presence - You will be building a brand.  As you do this, consider how your business will live online.  Check to see if your desired brand name is available as a web domain, and on social networks.  This is easily done!  You can check any domain name at any website that offers hosting services.  Examples: HostGator or GoDaddy.  To check social networks, go to http://namechk.com/.
  8. Hire it out - No one can do it all.  Also, each business owner has their profound strengths and….lets face it – weaknesses. Some will find they have business responsibilities fully under control, and they opt to hire out tasks at home.  Others may wish to find help with accounting, web development, or even social media marketing. Realize this early, and identify what you do best, and clearly define where finding help would be an asset to your business.
  9. Stay aware of your competition - If you’re going to go through all the trouble to start a business, you are surely interested in staying in business for the long term.  Putting clearly defined systems into place is essential.  But so is staying aware of your business environment! Stay aware locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.  Know who is doing what in your niche, and if they are successful.  Even learn from others’ failures. This sounds like a big job.  Online listening will help you stay informed. Use the social channels to learn questions people have about your products or services, and even troubles they are having with other providers. From there, you can position yourself to be the ultimate resource for your ideal customer.
  10. Never stop learning - The best way to establish yourself as a credible source and niche leader is to stay savvy.  Whether you continue your education on a daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly or yearly basis, keep learning new tricks. This is especially important if you will be marketing online, as the social space and required online marketing techniques change quickly.  How about some online marketing tips from 19 Pros?
  11. Be human - All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, and Jane a dull girl. Schedule time for recess and enjoyment of life!
Wayne Madden

Wayne Madden
Madden Business Dev.

Wayne Madden:

  1. At first, focus on one specific product/service that you can deliver. Do not try and produce/sell too many things.
  2. If you are not really a sales oriented person and your business needs direct sales, make sure you have a salesperson on the team and active. There just is not a substitute to beating the bushes. Even if you are going to rely on people coming to you, if deals have to be closed, get a sales person on board unless you are ready and ABLE to do this!
  3. Be crystal clear on the value of your product/service and be able to state that in 15-20 seconds. As Steve Jobs said, “marketing is about value” – basically .. you are filling in the blank “I want to do ____” .. where that ___ is something valuable. That should be clear. (e.g., Evernote helps people “remember everything”)
  4. Create great content that educates, informs, and connects you to your potential customers. Content is the best marketing when you provide helpful, informative, and needed information that links you to customers as an authority in an area.
  5. Ensure your website is not static – ensure there are frequent updates and that a large amount of content is evergreen (can be used for long periods of time). People will not visit if nothing changes.
  6. Learn how to market well using all forms of social media and do it.
  7. Remember that “most entrepreneurs overestimate what they can accomplish in 1-2 years, and underestimate what they can accomplish in 3-5 years” .. so be prepared to be patient and work hard to see your efforts bloom through the start-up period.
  8. If you have not had a chance to conduct some type of focused research like a “focus group” .. even if less formal than traditional focus groups … definitely consider doing this to truly test your assumptions and current progress and market acceptance.
  9. Just know there will be a day when you feel like giving up (maybe more than one). First, on that day (or those days), do something fun and remember that tomorrow brings new opportunities. Then, do one thing positive for moving your business forward and remember to “keep working your plan” – write something, email someone, call a potential customer, work on a presentation … just one thing that keeps you moving forward.
Jen Olney

Jen Olney
GingerConsult.com

Jen Olney:

  1. Rather than just pursue your passion, make sure your passion is what others find valuable.
  2. Choose partners who align with you but are not just parroting the same thoughts as you. You need different opinions to make a partnership work.
  3. Consider that starting a business is a marathon not a sprint. You will probably be an overnight success after 10 years. Make sure you are prepared for the long haul.
  4. If you can’t pay yourself while you are getting the business off the ground – get a job. It is not noble or smart to go into business without being able to take care of your family and yourself first.
  5. If you are ready to hire staff, make sure you hire with precision – the wrong person in the wrong job can take your business offline fast.
  6. Be prepared to fail and accept it.
  7. Never start a business because you are looking for a steady paycheck .
  8. Be willing to accept that others will say “No” to your product/service.
  9. There is much reward in owning your own company – with great reward comes great sacrifice be willing to accept both.
  10. Never let success go to your head – once you start believing your own hype, you lose.
Randy Bowden

Randy Bowden
Bowden2Bowden.co

Randy Bowden:

  1. Be clear on WHY you want to start a business - If you’re truly interested in having your own business and you’re ready to go for it, then small business ownership can be the most frustrating and the most freeing feeling there is.
  2. Develop a business plan -A one-page business plan that covers what you offer, who you’re targeting, how much you’ll charge and what you’ll do to make it happen. Make it a fluid process!
  3. When planning, always overestimate expenses and underestimate revenues. - Being conservative in your numbers doesn’t mean you accept those numbers, it just means you are giving yourself the information you can work with.
  4. Get cash flowing -Cash flow is the lifeblood of business, and is absolutely essential to feed your bottom-line profits
Yael Kochman

Yael Kochman
RooJoom.com

Yael Kochman:

  1. When getting ready to start your own business the most important thing is.. to start! Things are less scary on the inside than they appear on the outside.
  2. You’ll be surprised how many people would want to help out and give you advice out of their own experience! While this is great, keep in mind that their experience is simply that - their experience, and it does not reflect directly on you, your business and your situation. It is important to keep focused on your long term strategy and not jump from idea to idea even if that idea was suggested by someone you think very highly of.
  3. It is important that you do something you really love and believe in. Building your own business can be very hard and you will sometimes find it hard to keep going, the only way to get through the hard times is to believe in what you do with every inch of your body.
  4. Know what you’re good at – but more importantly – know what you’re not. build a team around you that compliments your capabilities so that together you will have a broader set of relevant skills.
  5. Time is more expensive than money. There’s a limit to what you can do yourself. Today it is also relatively easy to outsource specific tasks without spending a lot of money, via online marketplaces. Use it! Don’t waste time trying to do something you do not understand when a professional can do it for you quickly.
  6. Fail. That’s the best way to learn. Then get up and do it again, this time do it better

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Kittie Walker

Kittie Walker
KittieWalker.com

Kittie Walker

  1. Commit yourself to your new project/business by writing down the steps you need to take to reach your first and medium-term goals.
  2. If you’re not working on the business full time, schedule one hour a day to get the tasks done that’ll take you towards your goal.
  3. Don’t get side-tracked by marketers trying to sell you ways that purportedly help you reach your goals overnight. The product they offer in all likelihood doesn’t work. If it did, everyone would be doing it. There are no special secrets to get around the work it takes to succeed.
  4. Surround yourself with a support network, both online and offline. You’ll get further faster by being able to bounce ideas off people who are not invested in your personal life, but who still want to see you succeed. As a good friend always says, make sure at least one person in that network is a curmudgeon so that your perceptions are challenged.
  5. Overcommitting your time in the initial stages can burn you out or drive you to dislike your business intensely, which can have a big impact on your likeliness to succeed. To avoid this, leave plenty of time in your schedule to walk away and do other things. You’ll find you’ll also use this time to reflect, which is never a bad thing.
  6. Make sure to thoroughly check out the marketplace you want to break into. Work out exactly to whom and how you are going to pitch your product or service. Doing this will give you a good idea of who your ideal customers are in that marketplace.
  7. Check out the competition in the marketplace, but do not obsess over them. Walk your own path.
  8. You need to think about the exit strategy and lifespan of your product or service from day one. Test it on people who are not in your immediate social circle so that you get unbiased feedback. Keep testing it throughout its lifespan. This will help you to extend into new markets, tweak the offering to extend its lifespan and it will make you keenly aware of when you need to start to thinking about bringing new products to market.
  9. Take one time block a day if you’re focusing on the project full-time, or once a week if it’s part-time, to form relationships with peers, competitors and consumers in your new marketplace. You might need to do this both online and offline. Start building your presence before you have anything to launch.
  10. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help. Acknowledging that you can’t possibly know everything or learn how to do everything your business needs is not an admission of failure. In fact, recognizing your weaknesses and limitations is a big strength in business. There are plenty of people and resources out there to help. Just do a little research and make sure they are actively practising what they preach and can teach you from actual experience before following their guidance.
Kimberly Yuhl

Kimberly Yuhl
KimYuhl.com

Kimberly Yuhl

  1. Being great is wonderful but being different is best. By nature, people are fearful of thinking differently, because a different way of thinking makes you vulnerable and opens you up to criticism. What if that kind of thinking, even if it comes with criticism, is what will make you successful?  There are millions of small business out there and plenty of them are doing something similar to what you are doing. Figure out what makes you and your business different and implement it into your marketing plan.
  2. Do what you say you’re going to do. It’s a simple concept but one that surprisingly is difficult to implement. It seems in the effort to please, many of us, especially as business owners, agree to take on things we think we have to.  Things we don’t have time for or just don’t want to take on. Learn to say no. Not only will you claim your personal power, you will develop relationships built on trust, respect and integrity. More importantly, you will challenge others to step up their game, especially when doing business with you.
  3. Leverage the believers. The believers are your customers that believe in you, maybe even more than you believe in yourself. They LOVE what you do and, this is important, why? The believers are your greatest marketing tool. Every small business has a group of believers and it’s time to put them to work.
  4. Spend the majority of your day doing things that contribute towards your big goal. Whether it’s growing revenue or your email list, often doing the things that will help us achieve our big goal is thwarted by the fires that come up in running the day to day of the business. The problem is without achieving the big goal, there won’t be any fires to put out. Stop letting the little things get in the way and do something everyday towards achieving your big goal.
  5. Big isn’t for everyone. Every small business owner defines success differently and not everyone is looking to run an empire. Understand your motivation for owning a small business and your motivation for growing big. Know your values and what you want out of owning a business both personally and professionally, then determine if you can maintain the things that make you happy while you grow. Big isn’t for everyone nor should it be the ultimate goal. It might be a goal but you shouldn’t start a small business if what you really want is a big one. Growth of your small business will come as a result of business done well.
Laurie Thompson SiteMast.com

Laurie Thompson
SiteMast.com

Laurie Thompson:

  1. Be prepared to be tired! When the buck stops with you, sometimes you have to be on call any time of the day.
  2. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. I don’t admit to know all of the answers, so I ask questions all of the time.
  3. Find groups of like minded business people. Either online or in real life. These people will give you the advice you need to get through the tough times that come with owning a business.
  4. Put your business out online. Don’t be afraid of social media. Pick one or two platforms, and plunge right in.
  5. Don’t be ashamed of your mistakes. Especially on social media, owning up to mistakes shows that your company is human, which goes a long way online.
  6. Whiteboards are your friend. Whether a quick break to draw a doodle, or a way to plan out your day, week or year. Having a whiteboard has helped me stay organized.
  7. No matter how tech savvy you are, nothing beats the old pen and paper method. I have forgotten or missed key points that I saved in my email to read later. A post-it note would have been easier.
  8. Be prepared for unknown costs or purchases. You don’t realize how many post it notes and staples you go through until you’ve been in business for a month or two. Plus, office equipment has a knack for breaking right when you need it!
  9. Be your business. You will have a lot of people give you “advice” on how to run your business. Take their advice with a grain of salt. Be your brand and stand up for your brand.
  10. Breathe. Don’t forget to take some time for yourself, even when you feel like you can’t. Taking 10-15 minutes to just let your brain stop can help in so many different ways.
Brooke Ballard B2SocialMedia.com

Brooke Ballard
B2SocialMedia.com

Brooke Ballard:

  1. Networking: Start with your “Circle of Influence” and label each person or company in your network as HOT, WARM or COLD. When you get ready to launch, work your way from HOT to COLD with in-person meetings, Skype and G+ Hangouts, and/or emails to tell your inner circle what you’re up to. You never know who will turn into a prospect or lead!
  2. Many of us start on a shoestring budget, which means we do EVERYTHING from marketing to sales, and each little project in between. If you’re going to spend money start with these two suggestions FIRST: an accountant or bookkeeper and SECOND: a professionally designed website. While you might be able to do it all, these two things should be left to the professionals.
  3. There are so many mistakes made early on, and everyone will tell you to note them, learn from them, and turn them around. My advice is a little different. I say spend more time celebrating the successes – because everything you accomplish as a new business, start up, or solopreneur IS a major accomplishment.
  4. Journal. A digital, turned IRL (in real life), friend told me that she journaled through her first five years of owning and starting a business. What an awesome sauce idea. Listening to her stories about going back and reading her mistakes (and celebrating her successes!) was a lesson all in itself, and helps you document the process for your next venture.
Linda Dessau ContentMasteryGuide.com

Linda Dessau
ContentMastery

 

Linda Dessau

  1. Doing versus planning. Get your product or service into the hands of real customers as soon as possible. Over the years I’ve spent far too much time planning and strategizing about what I thought people wanted and needed, but nothing ever goes exactly according to plan. I could have saved myself a lot of time and trouble, and earned more money more quickly, if I’d launched sooner. I like the way Marie Forleo sums this up: “Clarity comes from engagement, not thought.”
  2. Networking. Always strive to be cultivating an inner circle of supportive people who believe in you, and who you respect. Look beyond status, title or popularity to find people you really connect with. Those relationships will strengthen and grow as you each evolve in your careers or businesses; you never know where they will lead.

As for traditional networking groups and events, I recommend you choose one or two to attend regularly to develop familiarity and visibility with those groups. Be on the lookout for potential new people for your inner circle, but focus first on how you can be helpful to each new person you meet. As you chat, listen for their needs, concerns and interests. Then you can offer to introduce them to someone, send them a link or resource, or schedule a visit to learn more about their business.

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Phil Gerbyshak PhilGerbyshak.com

Phil Gerbyshak
PhilGerbyshak.com

Phil Gerbyshak

Within 48 hours:

  1. Secure your domain, preferably with a .com address, as soon as possible. WAY more desirable than any other domain.
  2. Set up Google Apps (http://apps.google.com) for your email right away, and make sure Google+ is turned on for your organization, in addition to calendar, Gmail (that’s email), contacts and YouTube. You may not use them all right away, but do these anyway.
  3. Set up location/review services at as many places as you can, and include photos and links back to your new (not yet done) website.
  4. Go to http://knowem.com and put in your new business name, or the handle you want to use across the various networks. Pick one that at least is open for the major networks (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and SlideShare). Sign up for these networks with the same username, and use it across these platforms.
  5. Host your new business website. I’d recommend hosting at first with ASmallOrange.com with their least expensive plan. It will be fine for what you need, and they have good support.
  6. Install WordPress using the CPanel – and pick a free theme to use for now, with as minimal a design as possible, and put up some basic pages:  About You – This is your background, and the background of anyone on your team if you have a team. About Your Business – What does your business do to benefit customers? What’s in it for them. Focus. Products and/or Services – What do you sell? Contact page – Include your email address, phone number, mailing address, and a contact form. You can use the Contact Form 7 plugin. It works, and it’s easy to set up. Blog – This should show up by default, but make sure it’s in the navigation.
  7. Write 5 articles, with 1 good image per article, about things in your niche or industry – Look on the Internet for info graphics that might show potential customers how they would benefit from working with your business. Write original articles that answer the frequently asked questions your potential customers need to know about working with your business. Put some thought into them, and use the key phrases your customers might search for when looking for your business. Focus on your ideal customers needs, and write to them. Ask them how you can help them with your new business. Let them know you want to hear from them, so please reply and ask me a question or give me feedback. Then talk to those people until you’ve answered all their questions or gathered all their feedback, and make sure you say thank you.
  8. Email (individually) as many people as you personally know who might be interested in your new business about your new business. Focus on why they should care about this – and include a link to a recent article that might add value to them!
  9. Share your articles in a way that is helpful to your audience on your various social channels.
  10. Put all 5 of the articles together, along with the pictures, into a Google Drive document (or Microsoft Word if you have it) and save it as a PDF. Go to Fiverr.com and have a cover designed (come up with a snappy title for this that speaks to your ideal customers). Have a last page that explains your products and services. Then post it to SlideShare, and send individual emails again to as many people as you know (that didn’t tell you to bug off) with a link to the SlideShare and ask them for honest feedback, and to share it with their friends.
  11. Sign up for an account at http://mailchimp.com and add the sign up widget to your website, offering the PDF you just made (not the link to SlideShare) as a free ebook just for subscribing. Continue writing at least 1 article a week and sending it to your new email list.
James Oliver WeMontage.com

James Oliver
WeMontage.com

James Oliver

If you’re starting a business, I have two pieces of advice:

  1. Solve a real problem for your users; and
  2. Have an awesome product.

If you’re not solving someone’s problem, no one will care about your business. Until recently, the biggest challenge for WeMontage was it was a vitamin and not a painkiller. But we figured out why users should care. And we call them WeMontage moments, which are both physical and emotional in nature.

WeMontage moments are physical because the user must have an environment in which picture frames fail (e.g., a kid’s room because if the frames fall, the kid could get hurt). Emotional in that there must be a need for emotional connection or inspiration (e.g., senior home). Here’s a great example of a WeMontage moment:

The need to have an awesome product is obvious, but when you’re starting out and your website is just past an MVP (Minimum Viable Product) and a lil’ janky, having a great product helps customers tolerate the jank. :-)

Jennifer Hanford JPlusSocial.com

Jennifer Hanford
JPlusSocial.com

Jennifer Hanford

  1. If you are currently working, try and start your business on the side, on your own time. That way, you are prepared if you are laid off from your current job. On the flip side, if your own business idea doesn’t pan out, you aren’t left jobless.
  2. If your new business is going to be your primary source of income, make sure you have an ample cash reserve.
  3. Make sure you have experience in the industry, but still do plenty of research so you know the current trends.
  4. If you’re married, then you need to be sure your spouse is completely on board with the business. He/she doesn’t have to be involved, just supportive.
  5. Utilize your existing networks, while creating new ones through referrals. Don’t alienate your friends and family – along with support, they can help generate leads, as well.
  6. Carve out time for yourself. A balanced life is more important than ever when you become a business owner.
  7. Set reasonable, manageable, and time-bound goals for yourself. Don’t try to accomplish everything at once…you’ll overwhelm yourself.
  8. Celebrate your successes – no matter how small. Positive begets positive!
  9. Choose your clients wisely, but don’t despair if some of them don’t work out. It’s always going to be a “numbers game,” and not everyone is looking for what you do. Learn and grow from your experience.
  10. ABC: Always Be Closing! (See #9 – the numbers are the numbers).

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Patrice Cokley PatricekCokley.com

Patrice Cokley
PatricekCokley.com

Patrice Cokley

  1. Find a community of like-minded people. You’re going to need the support.
  2. It literally takes money to make money. Don’t be afraid to invest in yourself.
  3. Focus on adding value and solving a problem FIRST, then sell later.
  4. Know your worth and never underestimate yourself.
  5. Research the market before starting. Take the time to get to know your ideal customer inside and out.
  6. Put processes in place that would allow you to delegate your workload. The time will come where you’ll need a hand as you grow.
  7. Find environments that encourages productivity. Procrastination can kill your business growth.
  8. Take on a few clients for free for a short period of time and use them as test subjects. This will give you an opportunity to build your experience while testing out your processes.
  9. Think big, but focus small. Give one area of your business your undivided attention. Those baby steps will lead to your ultimate goal.

Gerry Michaels

Gerry

Gerry Michaels
SteamFeed.com

  1. Trust your gut…in all area’s. If I would have listened to my gut feelings I would have avoided quite a bit of problems. Trust your gut, and heed red flags.
  2. Be prepared to change things at a moments notice, and be flexible. When a business is in its early stages, things go very slow at first, and then it will take off. Be prepared, you can plan until you are blue in the face, but that business has a mind of its own, and will grow and transform as it wants to. Sometimes you will feel like you have no control. It’s all part of the process.
Marco Terry Commercial Capital LLC

Marco Terry
Commercial Capital LLC

Marco Terry

  1. Unless you are planning on getting investors, don’t bother writing a formal business plan. Most are useless anyway. Instead, work on a realistic plan that will help you launch your business. The objective of your plan is to help you think through all the possible startup scenarios and give you an idea of how to handle them. It doesn’t have to look nice – it just needs to be well- thought-out.
  2. It’s best to leave your job and focus on your business full-time once the business is generating revenues. This transition can be tricky and requires a very delicate balance because you need to work a job and run a business at the same time. Remain ethical and give your employer more than their fair share. Here is additional advice about working while running a business.
  3. Expect that things will go wrong at first. It’s just the nature of starting a company. A great decision I made prior to starting my company was to build a cash reserve large enough to take me through the lean times. It took years to build the reserve, but it’s one of the reasons I am still in business.
  4. As an entrepreneur, you need to sell your products or services every day. Being a good sales person is key to business success. Fortunately, selling is a skill that can be learned. Borrow some books about selling from your local library.
  5. You also need to be comfortable speaking in public and making presentations. You can’t learn this skill by reading a book – you must learn by experience. One of the best decisions I made in my entrepreneurial career was enrolling in Toastmasters. Their public speaking classes are great and affordable.
  6. If you need financing, start looking for it early on. Waiting until the last minute or until you have cash flow problems is a sure-fire way to get into trouble. Here are some business financing resources that can help small business owners.

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Dorien Morin-van Dam More In Media

Dorien Morin-van Dam
More In Media

Dorien Morin-van Dam

  1. Write out a plan with goals. Refer to it often.
  2. Network both online as well as off line.
  3. Look for collaborators as it pertains to marketing, referrals and events.
  4. Seek out a mentor.
  5. Write and publish.
  6. Budget, and work within your means (I still work at my kitchen table)
  7. Be active in your community; volunteer and attend events.
  8. Continue to read, learn, explore and improve and grow! Never stop your education.

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DJ Thistle
D.J. Thistle is a co-founder of SteamFeed, a blog that focuses on the latest trends in social media, technology, and marketing. His passion in technology is only rivaled by his desire to connect with others through social media. He has been a featured speaker multiple times on how to get started in social media at various wine industry events. He has spent the last 9 years teaching in public and private schools in Massachusetts and California. He is happily married and enjoys every moment of raising his beautiful daughter.
DJ Thistle

@djthistle

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