Get Over Yourself And Stop Being Your Own Roadblock

I’m writing this article as much for myself as for you to hopefully get something out of too. The great thing about America is that I truly believe everyone has the opportunity to chase their dreams as long as their body and mind will let them do so. Yet the vast majority of people in … Continued

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How To Get People To Buy Local MORE

I’m a huge fan of buying local. Heck, I’m one of the first people to be bummed out when a company I like here in town shuts their doors. Whether it’s a restaurant, a clothing store, etc. But I feel there’s one huge flaw in the “think local” movement and a huge opportunity for local … Continued

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Should You Quit Your Day Job?

The age old question…. “When should I quit my day job as an entrepreneur?”. First off, even though you think it is… time isn’t your biggest obstacle in starting a business. In this post I’ll line out when it’s the right time to quit your day job, how to carve out more time, and real … Continued

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Finding Passion and Purpose As An Entrepreneur

I’ve been an entrepreneur all my life. Have never held a “real” job. So you’d think I’ve probably always done something for work that I loved to do… right? That’s not quite true. Actually, not even close. You see, entrepreneurs (or someone who wants to break out of their day job and become an entrepreneur … Continued

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Entrepreneurship Is About Being A Kid Again

Think back to when you were a kid… a really young kid. Or, if you have kids or know young kids (under 5 years old) think of them. Think about how fearless kids are at that age. How kids go out and “do it” first… and ask for forgiveness later. How kids don’t really care … Continued

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Your Customers Have Evolved. Have You?

Recently, at one of my companies (Carrot, our software company) we ran a promotion and discovered some pretty cool stuff about our customers that we wouldn’t have predicted. This one customer behavior insight changed the way we’re now doing some things. This one insight could be a “make or break” key to your own success … Continued

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Need Business Funding? Look To Your Customers For The Cash.

At our Entrepreneur Meetups (www.UmpquaEntrepreneurs.com) the biggest question new entrepreneurs have is… “Where do I get the money to start my business?” I asked the same question when I got started. I’ll answer it by telling a story on how I “bootstrapped” several companies with very little money. Before I dive in, I understand that … Continued

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It’s All In Your Head – Inside An Entrepreneurs Mind

I’ve spoken with thousands of entrepreneurs, worked with hundreds, and went into business with a handful over the last 10 years. It’s been a wild ride. A fun ride. Lots of ups… some definite downs… and one common thread that I’ve seen all successful entrepreneurs and businesses have that others don’t. More on that in … Continued