If you don’t already use StartupNation on a regular basis, you probably live under the same rock as I do. I was a little appalled at myself to have just discovered the site this morning. It’s extremely comprehensive and well-written, but what differentiates StartupNation from other entrepreneurial web resources is its integration of information and services. For example, in an article about timing a good PR campaign, you can click right to a page that gets you quotes from pre-screened PR firms. … Read more »
Yesterday I went to see the owner of a local store, who commissioned some custom plush toy samples from me. He wanted animal shapes that could be sewn out of designer fabrics he carries. Though this store recently stopped carrying my Sweet Meats plush, I tried not to take it personally, but rather to see it as a new business opportunity. Clearly, they hadn’t rejected me or my taste, just one of my product lines.
I took care to design what I thought were modern, iconic forms, that would fit in nicely with the rest of the store’s collection. I also … Read more »
SCORE stands for “Service Corps of Retired Executives,” and is a volunteer organization dedicated to helping individuals start successful businesses by receiving advice from those who have already done it. I’ve taken a few SCORE-sponsored workshops in the past, and used their sample business plan to write my own, but today I discovered even more free, useful goodies on their web site.
I’m particularly taken with their “60-Second Guides,” which cover everything from pricing to hiring. Especially at this time of year, time is tight, and I love being able to learn how … Read more »