Michael Michael

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Revise

You are not a single story, chapter, or event. You are a series of revisions. What will you change today?...
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Find Your Why

The power to launch and sustain your online product business comes from having a strong why. Find yours, and make it visible. Remind yourself of it every day....
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Remove The Boundaries

Remove the boundaries and expand your world by running an online product business. All you need is wi-fi!...
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Write a New Story

If you don’t like where your story is going…...
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Be Unreasonable

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Plan Your Life

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Persistence

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Don’t Miss Opportunity

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Make It Happen

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Great Quotes

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Goals Have Deadlines

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Get Started

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People Will Remember

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Find a Way

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Keep Getting Up

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Explore – Dream – Discover

“…you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did… Explore, Dream, Discover.” ~ Mark Twain...
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Do It

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Be All There

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Excellence is a Habit

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Stay Curious

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Keep Learning

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Pure Perseverance

“…about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” ~ Steve Jobs...
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Businesses You Can Start

Looking for a business you can start on a budget? This great article from Entrepreneur catalogs 63 Businesses to Start for Under $10,000. Some can be launched for less than $2000: Resume Service Personal Shopper Alterations Valet Parking Children’s Parties Cake and Cupcake Bakery Personal Chef Music Lessons Arts & Crafts Instructor Pet Sitter Gardening...
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Starting a Small Business

A business of your own. You’ve got the itch, now how do you scratch it? What comes next depends on where you are on the journey to start your own small business… Daydreaming Image by martinak15 If you’re just thinking about doing something, but you don’t know what, start by taking a personal inventory: Are...
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Understanding Software

What is Software? Computer software is a collection of actions and rules that have been translated from human language (e.g. English) to computer language (binary code). This translation happens in two different steps like this: Human Language -> Programming Language Programming Language -> Machine Language Step 1 is known as programming. Sometimes we call it...
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Accounting Software for Small Businesses

Small business accounting software is not mysterious. We just don’t want to deal with it. This is the part where I compel you through brute force logic to do the things you know you should do but don’t want to because they take up your time. “I have to be selling stuff! I can’t be...
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Online Backup Software

Using online backup software helps you prevent one of a business owner’s worst nightmares —losing data to a hard disk crash, theft, fire, or flood! Did you know that the most common cause of data loss is user error? That’s right, you are more likely to shoot yourself in the foot by deleting or overwriting...
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Massive Free Image Libraries

The right image adds life to your page. We’ve scoured the web to bring you the best free image libraries. On each site you will find dozens if not hundreds of beautiful images to use in your small business. To use them, you just credit the author as we have done here — a practice...
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Be a Great Manager

Even if you only have one employee, you’ll want to keep them. That means taking good care of them as a manager. These guys write one of the smallest, but most powerful books on the subject: The New One Minute Manager by Blanchard & Spencer Humans haven’t changed that much in the last 50 years… but...
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Business Strategy 101

“The price of greatness is responsibility.” ~ Winston Churchill I’ve been the manager and I’ve been the managee. We all aspire to be great managers but it seems that few of us rise from the pack.  Jim Collins can help. Good to Great by Jim Collins Collins defines a great company as having 15 years of increased...
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Obey the Law of Category

You can hardly do better than this book on market positioning: The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Ries & Trout Who was the first person to fly across the Atlantic? Even history haters will probably come up with Lindbergh. The second person did it faster and used less fuel. Why don’t you remember his name?...
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Remarkable or Invisible

“The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well the product or service fits him and sells itself.” ~ Peter Drucker One of my all-time favorite small business marketing books: Purple Cow by Seth Godin It was really hard to choose which of my favorite books to put first. This one wins...
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Entrepreneur, Manager, or Technician?

There should be a class in high school just to study great quotes. “The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: Be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.” ~ Elbert Hubbard – “You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.” ~ Sam Levenson...
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Business Logo

Your new business needs the right public image. How do you choose the right logo design company to create business logo ideas that will represent your new small business? Think of your company logo as the visible part of your brand — and the company logo ideas from a business logo design company as fuel...
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Business Naming

Business naming is not easy but there are some great services available to help. A worldwide audience of creative people act as a giant company name generator that will help you brainstorm company name ideas, marketing slogans, taglines, etc. Business Naming Services Here are my favorites: SquadHelp For about $200, the squad will generate dozens...
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Business Structure

You do not have a create a formal business structure if your operation is small and your liability risk is limited. If you sell custom cat pillows from home, for example, you don’t need to worry about business organizational structure. Many of you will grow your business or take on risk in the market, however,...
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Test Your Business Idea

I recently shared an idea with friends over lunch and they immediately spotted a big hole in my super smart theory. It doesn’t mean I won’t pursue the idea. It does mean that as I move forward, my strategy will be better and I will avoid some open manholes because the early draft of my...
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Working from Home

Maybe you’re just sick of the commute. Sharing the freeway with crazy people is getting old. I don’t blame you. Idiot sightings are up and it’s hard to get through an intersection in one try with everyone feeding their phone addiction. Maybe you’re dreaming of starting something special. A service that comes from the heart,...
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Myths about Starting a Small Business

When I set out to study and catalog the myths (lies) we have been told about starting a small business, I honestly thought that I would find ten or so. After reading 11 articles on the subject, I was shocked to find 71 topics listed. Apparently, there is a boat load of crappy information running...
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Side Hustle

You don’t have to leave your current job to start a business if your goal is just to make an extra car payment each month. Instead, think about starting a small, part-time business on the side. If it goes well, you can invest more effort and grow it until you feel secure enough to make...
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Why Small Businesses Fail

I digested and condensed all the top reasons why small businesses fail from the top sources (NY Times, Forbes, Inc, Guardian). Scan this list of pitfalls to make sure you’re not going to be blindsided. Demand Shortage. Maybe you jumped onto the trend at the peak (2008 real estate anyone?) or you didn’t see the...
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Is This for You?

Is starting a small business for you? This is the red pill post. If you’ve already made up your mind to start your own business, you can skip this page. But if you’re still on the fence or just want a reminder of what you’re up against… Many Businesses Fail “According to the U.S. Bureau of...
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Pros & Cons of Starting a Small Business

Ignorance may be bliss some days, but not when starting a small business. It’s better to go with the adage, “Forewarned is forearmed.” Knowing both the positive and negative aspects of becoming a business owner will help you make the right decision for you and your family. The list below is a categorized compilation (that’s...
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