How To Finance Your Startup If You Have Bad Credit

Most of us have read about entrepreneurs who launch startups using venture capital or angel funding. They get all the press, but they are in the minority. In reality, most businesses are launched using the assets and credit of the founders. But what if the founders have bad credit and have no assets? Does this […]

10 Bestest Tools To Run A Successful Startup

If you just started a business, you should be aware of the advantages of the Digital Age. There are limitless opportunities, tools, apps and services that you can use to make significant progress and attract more customers. Business models are being revolutionized with the application of apps and tools that help them grow faster and […]

How To Come Up With An Awesome Idea For Your Startup

One of the major challenges for many would-be entrepreneurs is coming up with their first business idea. Sadly, there is no good “idea generation” method out there. At best, some entrepreneurs get bland advice such as “just be creative.” Although given with good intentions, most advice seldom works. Instead, it just increases your frustration. This […]

How To Target Your Social Media Ads Effectively

One of the amazing perks to social advertising is being able to target the exact person or group you want to reach. To get the most bang for your buck and to be successful with your social advertising, you have to target a specific audience. Businesses are often clueless about this part of the social […]

How To Run A Startup While Working Your Regular Job

Many entrepreneurs have started their companies while they were working a full-time job. Obviously, a full-time job provides reliable income and benefits. This arrangement gives you time to implement your business plans. It also gives you time to learn the industry, or do whatever must be done to launch the new business. Navigating this scenario […]

How Much Does It Cost to Start a Business?

How much money do you need to start a business? Of course, there is no easy answer. It depends. While the average cost for starting a business is $30,000, some businesses may require more money or less. Your startup costs will depend on many factors, including the type of business you want to start, whether you plan […]

The Right Way to Quit Your Job and Launch a Startup

  One of the most stressful parts of being an entrepreneur is quitting your job to work full-time in your startup. You are jumping into the precipice of the unknown, hoping for the best. This leap is one of the most important phases of the startup process. Many entrepreneurs don’t handle this phase well. They […]

What Happened When My Funded Startup Ran Out of Cash

The Rise In 2013, I was fortunate enough to start a tech accelerator in WI to bring to life a project for which I’d made tremendous sacrifices. Since September of 2011, I’d put the last of my savings into making WeMontage a reality and also ran up a bunch of debt. But it didn’t matter. […]

How to Solve 7 Common Cash Flow Problems

Every company runs into cash flow problems at one time or another. Learning how to identify them early on is important. It allows you to manage them effectively and solve them quickly. This article: Teaches you how to identify the seven most common cash flow problems Provides practical solutions that you can use now Helps you determine if […]

6 Free (or Cheap) Tools Every Startup Must Use

While all things ‘cheap’ maybe looked down upon in the past as poor quality, limited utility or even short-lived; in the technology world, cheap means efficient. And smart. And must-have. If cheap is so desirable, don’t even get me started on the upsides of free! Any startup worth its salt would be doing itself a […]

Fortifying Your Startup’s Online Reputation

Hindus and Buddhists the world over believe in a very fundamental principle that guides all their actions in life – Karma. What goes around comes around. Every action evokes an equivalent reaction from the Universe. The Cosmic Balance is maintained when people are rewarded for their good deeds and punished for the not-so-good ones. This […]

The Customer is NOT Always Right!

Everyone at some time or another has worked on the service side of the business – trying to manage the client’s expectations while, many times, acquiescing to their demands, just to make them happy. The service industry has always held the mantra that the Customer is always right even if they are wrong. This post seeks to […]

The 60-Second Pitch: My Journey To Get On Shark Tank

On May 15th, I took the journey from Appleton, WI to Columbus, OH for a chance of a lifetime – the opportunity to pitch my startup, WeMontage, for 60 seconds at an open call for the uber popular TV show, Shark Tank. “Opportunity” is the right word to use because after spending time and money to […]

How to Bootstrap Your Brand Name in 5 Steps

Over the years, I’ve met too many entrepreneurs who spent unnecessary cash on crappy company and product names. They hired ‘branding gurus’ who didn’t understand their target market, the tech industry, the company vibe — or worse, they really didn’t care. There’s no excuse for a half-ass brand, no reason to settle for something that […]

How To handle Your Friends and Family That Think You’re Crazy For Starting A Business

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If you are anything like me, you have experienced the glossy eyed look from your friends as you talk about your business, as if you are insane to leaving a “secure real job”. Or how about the look of concern from family members as you declared you were quitting your job to become a full-time entrepreneur..

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Get Instant Audience Feedback with SpeakerZen

If you have ever attended a conference or workshop, you have probably seen one: That little form that the organizers want you to fill out to see what you thought of the presentation. Was the content good for you? Did you like the speaker? How was the coffee? More often than not, the form gets […]

What Are You Willing To Do For Your Startup?

Congratulations on deciding to start your own business. Now, get ready to ride the most thrilling roller-coaster of your life — and then stay on it, through all the ups and downs, twists and turns. Even when you’re frantically looking for the exit. When I started my first business, I wasn’t naïve about the fact that I […]

Four Things Every Young Professional Should Stop Doing Immediately

In the late 2000′s I was grasping for straws. I had no idea where my career was going to take me and had no idea what I was going to…

Marketing For Small Businesses: There Is Strength In Numbers

Marketing is often described as tough and challenging by small business owners. Small businesses are tasked with building and selling their business’ image to potential clients and are often doing it alone or with an extremely small team.  While knowing the logical benefits, small businesses fail to take advantage of strength in numbers. There is […]

Why We Love Business Purpose (And You Should Too!)

What is the real purpose of your business? I don’t mean what does your business do, I mean why do you do it? We all love to understand the purpose of a business. It’s actually much more important to us than products and services. Do you want to know why we love business purpose and […]