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This was an excellent article. It brings to mind some research by Guardian Life -- the "What Matters Most" Index. According to that, once you're in business, it's focus on others that adds meaning to your life and your business. Focus on customers, focus on employees.... http://www.smallbizdom.com/what_matters_most.html"
One of the things I admire from my CPA firm is the lengthy tax questionnaire they send out each year in January. It takes some time to go through the questionnaire, but when you do it covers all the kinds of things this expert mentions in the article. I recommend every CPA/tax advisor send something like that out to clients -- and that clients take the time to go through it page by page. As a client you get a much better understanding of where your potential tax savings come from. You also can be an active participant in tax planning in future years, through the knowledge you gain from answering all the questions."
I agree with Seth about some online networking being fake. But I'd add two points: (1) I don't think you can measure business networking connections by $100K contracts or sleeping in one's living room. I for one would never ask a business networking connection (in-person or online) for such things -- to me that would be overreaching our relationship. (2) I think he misses the branding and content distribution value of Twitter. If I follow CNN on Twitter, should I have the expectation that I can call up the president of CNN and ask to sleep in his living room? Of course not. Following is like subscribing to receive RSS feeds or a newsletter. It's not networking. For networking you'd need to have a back and forth exchange, etc. But followers, like email subscribers, are still important to businesses. "
That was inspiring. However, I think it "disses" the businesses by referring to pajamas. Most of the Web entrepreneurs I know are more serious about their businesses and work at them with more intensity and drive than some employees of large corporations. Referring to "pajamas" seems to relegate them to fringe players or hobbyists, not serious business people. And that would be a shame. :-)"
This is a very practical article. Question #8 is the one that sinks many entrepreneurs -- they simply run out of money before they have a chance to prove their business. As aspiring entrepreneurs we would all like to think things will be different for us, and we'll be successful in a few months. It rarely happens fast, though, so it's best to be prepared for the long term."
Martin, I live near Akron. It is in Northeast Ohio, about an hour south of Cleveland and Lake Erie. Naturally I was intrigued to wake up this morning, come to the site, and see this article here on BizSugar -- small world. And I've heard of Knotice -- even know one or two people from the company. Cool that they are growing so fast. - Anita"