Don’t Waste You Time and Money Testing Your Startup Idea – Use Validation Board!

I’ve hinted you about Validation Board in my previous post. With this blog post, I would like to endorse it as a great tool to test your business idea, even before you spend time and money launching it. I am not affiliated by any means with this tool – so, I can guarantee objectivity to you. Interested? If so, read on 🙂 I love tools that can help me do things in a more efficient and effective manners. To me, speed is everything.…

4 Practical Tips for Testing Your Business Ideas

Did you know why businesses fail? No, most of the times, it’s not because their ideas suck; it’s because their market research sucks, leading to a poorly executed marketing campaign. The key to your business success is not by having a great idea; cool ideas are, well, cool, but you need to be realistic; you need to know whether there is actually a market for your cool products. This can be done via market research. The big question is, how to do idea testing effectively?…

50 Percent of Small Business Expenses are Created on The Go: Cost Cutting Tips Inside

Are you looking long and hard at your small business expenses report, wondering why your small business is barely survive last month – and still can’t get the answer? This blog post can give you one or two areas you can focus on and start solving your cash shortage issues almost immediately. It’s official: You can cut your small business costs easily by taking care one, single area that has the biggest impact on your total expenses. Can you guess? It’s your ‘on the go’ business expenses.…

The LEGO Success Story

To me, there is nothing more inspiring than a success story – especially the rags-to-riches stories. Here’s one of my favourite stories I would like to share you: The Lego success story. Have you heard about Lego? Sure you do. Well, if you haven’t (seriously – how come?) Lego is a worldwide popular brand of construction toys. When you see construction toys made of bricks, be sure that it’s Lego – or at least it’s inspired by Lego. Lego appeals both kids and grownups, and carving a niche where creative people young and old can enjoy the same kind of toys – this is one of a kind, really.…

Subway Contest: Build Your Own Virtual Store!

While browsing the web, I’ve stumbled on a Twitter update from Joel Libava about a contest. I’m not normally checking on contests, but since it’s related to the industry I have involved in the past, franchising, I check it out anyway. You know what, I stumble on something really cool (agreed, Joel!) The contest is launched by Young and Successful Media, and their partner is Subway – together, they launched The Virtual Build Your Own Subway Challenge. The idea behind the contest is brilliant: As the name implies, it’s gamification in action – it’s an “online game” launched globally to 100 countries.…

The Secret of Running a Reputable Business Blog

Are you interested in establishing a business blog? Good for you – to me, a biz blog is one of the best web properties you can own and run. The problem is, there are thousands of good business blogs around you need to compete with. So, how to stand above the rest, even if you are not a business expert or A-list blogger? Business blogs are here to stay. I can’t understand those who say that blogs are dead. Some experts say that social media makes blogs obsolete – well, perhaps they are half-right.…

Why BizSugar is a Success

If you are involved in everything small business, BizSugar is the best place to get your stories and updates buzzed. This blog post is not a review; it’s an endorsement. I’ve been with BizSugar since May 2010. Simply put, it has helped me grow my business, as well as enhance my business websites’ reputation. Interested to learn more? Read on. What is BizSugar? BizSugar was launched in 2007 by DBH Communications, Inc. and was later acquired by Anita Campbell of Small Business Trends LLC in 2009.…

5 Infographics that Can Help you Start a Business

A picture is worth a thousand words. If you want to quickly learn how to start a business, there’s no better learning tool than infographics. In this blog post I would like to guide you by hand to journey into the land of entrepreneurship using infographics as a way to help you start-up with the right mindset and expectations. Anna Vital of Funders and Founders once said that infographics help you learn 50 times faster. I don’t know where she got that fact, but I have to agree with her: Infographics have helped me to learn about anything faster.…

Want to Start a Business? Read This First for a Reality Check!

Are you going to start a business and looking for some ideas and tips? Well, you are reading the right blog post, as I will tell you what you might not want to hear, but at the same time, I will give you some reasons why you want to start a business you love – with the right mindset. I’ve heard some cynical comments about entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship; one comment says that entrepreneurs are, well, becoming one because they simply can’t get a real job.…

Jade de Waal of FoodJams Shows you How to Create a Collaboration that Matters

What awkwardness means to you? In many business networking activities, it often means dead end. Unless you can get things interesting again, it seems that you and someone you talked to won’t get anywhere with your conversation. But for Jade de Waal, awkwardness means a different thing: It opens window of opportunities for unique, surprising collaboration. Want to learn how to do that for business collaboration? Read on! Jade de Waal is a music student (subject: Jazz) by choice. She IS naturally a cook, and going to cooking school seems the only logical way to go; but she opt for awkwardness; she went out of her comfort zone and challenge herself.…