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Don’t Waste Time On A Startup Business Plan — Do These 5 Things Instead

Traditionally, startup businesses draft a business plan for three specific reasons: to articulate their vision for the business, to document how they plan to solve key challenges, and to pitch their business idea to potential investors. But what if I told you that business plans for startup companies are usually not worth the effort? […] […]

How Startups Should Do Customer Discovery

4 min read Teams that build continuous customer discovery into their DNA will become smarter than their investors, and build more successful companies. Source: How Startups Should Do Customer Discovery – ThinkGrowth.org

5 Operational Bases Every Startup Should Have Covered If It Wants to Grow

Photo by William Felker on Unsplash The easier you make it for investors to understand your startup structure and operations, the more likely they will be to invest. Once a business gets up and running, it’s time to reassess where the company’s operational priorities are. It’s tempting, at that point, to let “structure” remain on the back burner, when you’re scrambling for […]

Want more clients? Raise your rates

Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash There’s a disturbing myth out there telling new freelancers they need to charge low rates in order to gain clients. Something about how they don’t have any experience, and clients won’t work with them unless they give their services away… And don’t worry, I went through that myself, which is the same […]

How to Manage the Moving Parts of Running a Business

Photo by Daria Nepriakhina on Unsplash How to manage the moving parts of running a business. Our attention spans as business owners is often being pulled in multiple directions. Between clients, marketing, administrative tasks and the financials, we can feel overwhelmed by running a business. We can also find ourselves confused about which tasks to focus on and when. […]

I’m starting a side hustle. Do I need an LLC?

I began taking on one-on-one clients. I grew an email list. I created and sold my own online course. Overall my business was rapidly moving in a direction that I could only describe as “official business-y business stuff,” and I started to wonder if I should be doing something a bit more … business-like. […] […]

7 Legal Issues Every Business Owner Needs to Address in 2018

Photo by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash Getting your legal house in order isn’t much fun, but then again, neither is getting sued. So while you’re following up on your resolutions to exercise more and eat better, give yourself a legal gut-check, too. Here are seven legal issues to get straight in 2018: Source: 7 Legal Issues Every Business […]

To Keep a User, Sometimes You Have to Let Them Go

Design for the lives your users are living — not for the value you want to extract from them. Assuming every problem is product-related drives a product-centric approach to fixing them. But what if problems are more complex than simple fixes to content or features? An engineer I used to work with once said — and this is incredibly […]

Minimum Lovable Product v.s Minimum Viable Product

Photo by Tadas Mikuckis on Unsplash Think to yourself for a moment… Would you like a cake that was just put out to your to get customer feedback or would you like that final smacking taste? I, personally would like the final smacking taste and I know everyone would too! Source: Minimum Lovable Product v.s Minimum Viable Product […]

7 steps to successfully launch and grow your startup

Photo by Fab Lentz on Unsplash Launching a startup can be an exciting experience. However, there’s a big difference between launching a startup and being able to grow it into a long-term success. After all, there’s a reason why many startups tend to fail within just a few years. If it was so easy to successfully build a company, […]

User Habits: Why Startups Must Be Behavior Experts

4 min read In an online world of ever-increasing distractions, user habits matter. In fact, the economic value of web businesses increasingly depends on the strength of the habitual behavior of their users. These user habits ultimately will be a deciding factor in what separates startup winners and losers. Source: User Habits: Why Startups Must […]

Errors & Omissions Insurance: A Safety Net for Your Business

Mistakes can often be costly for small businesses, so obtaining an Errors & Omissions policy can be an important protection measure. This article focuses on the distinctions between Errors & Omissions and General Liability policies, and breaks down some of the Errors & Omissions policies available. Source: Errors & Omissions Insurance: A Safety Net for […]