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What I learned as a Startup Entrepreneur

A Quick-tip guide for the Startup Entrepreneur Boy oh Boy, I cannot even wrap my head around it being November already.  What a year this has been.  As a startup entrepreneur, I thought I’d drop in and give some food for thought so that you can learn from my mistakes instead of having to make the mistakes on your own. The Startup Entrepreneur + Procrastination There is absolutely no room …Read More

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5 Step Guide for Posting a WordPress Blog?

Quick & Easy Guide for How to Post to a WordPress Blog Beginning: your WordPress Blog To begin blogging, Login to your WordPress website and select the Add New button under posts.  Aand in case you’ve forgotten how to login:  yourwebsitename.com/wp-admin   Step 1: Once there, You’ll give your blog article a Title. Then type what you’d like to say in the content box provided. For beginners, I recommend making …Read More

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The future of WordPress help for entrepreneurs + ecommerce

Today, I ran across an article that spoke about the internet platform WordPress as it has now reached its 10 year mark.  The article spoke about marketing differences between competitors such as Squarespace and Wix as well as the international versus domestic game of business. How WordPress help will continue to be an asset to entrepreneurs: Most notably it spoke about WordPress’ new acquire of WooCommerce and how it will …Read More

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Business Ethics and the Death of Yours, The Entrepreneur

So you got a great deal on a cheap shirt – Do you know what other’s in the world had to endure for you to get ANOTHER shirt that in 2 months you’ll probably throw on the floor and never think about again because you’ve found another great deal on the horizon? In business, entrepreneurs will often come across situations that question their ethics against their bottom line. It seems …Read More

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Website Design Checklists

I ran across this great checklist for those wanting to upgrade or build a new website design by Jennifer Kyrin, a Web Design Expert.  The article begins  with . . . “It has become true that if you’re in business you need a website. And yet many small businesses are reluctant to get online because of the time or expense they believe is required. This list of requirements will help …Read More

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Stay Ready! – And start team building

October was an extremely busy month for our businesses and it’s continued through November. As some of you know, we run a ballroom dancewear rental business called KE dancewear and SB web support, an extension of Success Blossoms network providing website design services. Well, let’s just say that business boomed this October. We have been swamped wondering how we’ll get everything done; Yes, it is a good problem to have. …Read More

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Are you a Weekend Entrepreneur?

It’s Saturday morning and when most people are sleeping in or setting out to spend time out with family and friends, I find myself once again up at my computer working.  I remember recently being at a friends home for a birthday party thinking, ” I wish I was at home working.  I’m wasting so much time.  I could be getting so much done right now!”  And that prompted me …Read More

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The Entrepreneur’s Definition of a JOB

I had an extremely interesting conversation today with John Tomlinson of TNT Hypnosis.  John has owned many businesses throughout his career and at the age of 81 he is still involved in the entrepreneur game.  He currently helps people improve their lives by changing their mindset via self-hypnosis.  And more specifically helps entrepreneurs get past their stress, anxiety, and/or fears.  I’m convinced that he’s lived long enough to know what …Read More

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Seattle votes for $15 minimum wage

According to the BBC.com/News today, Seattle has voted to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.  Which will set a record for minimum wage standards throughout the United States.  This probes the question:  Will the small entrepreneur survive with minimum wage going up while their competitors continue to outsource to foreign countries with astronomically low paying wages?   There is no question that a person who works a full time …Read More

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#Girlboss – How Nasty Gal CEO went from nothing to $100 million

Book Launch:  #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso Sophia Amoruso is the founder and CEO of the fashion brand, Nasty Gal.  Her new book exemplifies her philosophy and know how that catapulted her from being a petty theft trash dumpster diver who started selling on eBay to being CEO of her own fashion house pulling in over $100 million dollars in retail sales with over 350 employees. This is a book for …Read More

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HOT TOPIC: Do You Like the Twitter New Look?

  Well, if you’re not a big fan of anyone “moving your cheese”, then you’re not gonna like this Twitter New Look… lol.  This April the Twitter new look started rolling out to various user profiles.  If you haven’t been included yet, your turn is a’comin. It resembles facebook profile cover pages but in an even bigger in your face way… whoa!  Your Graphic Designer will probably have to go …Read More

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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SELF-EMPLOYMENT & ENTREPRENEURSHIP?

  Today I set out to come up with a slogan for our Success Blossoms group that really truly exemplified what I and I suspect, many of you really want from an entrepreneur organization.  I thought okay, …I don’t really want a network that waste time socializing rather than getting down to business to help each other grow, per say, but I do want to make money by working for …Read More

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Please Fill Out Your Reader Analysis Form

  We want to make our blog better and more relevant to your needs and interests. To do that, we need to know more about YOU. As a result, we have created this Reader Analysis Form. Would you please take a few minutes to fill out the analysis form? By doing so, you will ultimately be helping yourself. Why? Because you will be helping us make our content even more …Read More

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FREE STOCK IMAGES + Getty, Oh My

I just couldn’t help try out this Free Stock Getty Image. Apparently, the Getty images are now available for free as long as you embed them on your site. The Getty’s thoughts behind this is that they figure people are already grabbing the images illegally for free and at least this way they get exposure and advertising of their images for worthy projects. Here are some samples: I also ran …Read More

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STYLE FASHION WEEK – Los Angeles

The 7th season of Style Fashion Week presented itself this month from March 9th through the 13th.  It took place downtown in Los Angeles at the LA LIVE Event Deck.  “Fashionistas, celebrities, VIPs and media from the United States and around the world were set to cover Style Fashion Week.  Style Fashion Week is the only one of its kind bringing together the top production and integrated marketing teams.” It …Read More

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Success Blossoms: What actually happens in the Entrepreneur THINK TANK?

The February 12th think tank brought out some heavy hitters this month! I always find that we get tons of rsvp’s and a handful of those who actually show up.  I can usually tell who’s really serious about their business by those who either 1: show up and/or 2: those who decline the rsvp.  Those who take the time to decline the rsvp, are showing responsibility and this is probably …Read More

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THE REVOLUTION OF INDEPENDENCE – A look at the 56th Grammy Awards

Our world today is seeing an influx of entrepreneurs taking their passion and turning it into a business.  With the over use of outsourcing, layoffs, and decrease in acceptable wage earning jobs, some have been released to their destiny to start the business they always wanted to start.  After all, I know first hand how hard it is to step away from a steady paycheck in order to gamble on …Read More

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To Raise the Minimum Wage…or Not? (VIDEO)

The great debate in America these days is focused on whether the minimum wage should be raised from $7.25 an hour to a federal minimum wage of $10.10 an hour.  As an entrepreneur, I’m torn.  I know raising the minimum wage is morally the right thing to do.  But as an entrepreneur, I also know the added struggle raising the minimum wage will put on my business. Those who do …Read More

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Networking Tip#101 – Shut It Up! (Network Form Included)

When networking, you have to realize that there are few moments when it’s okay to monopolize the space and talk only about you.  You may think that you have the best product or service around and you’re so excited that you just can’t stop talking about it, and I know this may seem totally opposite of what you’ve been taught in business but… shut up!  Because what we often don’t …Read More

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AN ENTREPRENEURS ROAD TO BEING PUBLISHED WITH HARLEQUIN (Part III)

Well the race is over but Harlequin’s interest still lives on.  Success Blossoms would like to congratulate one of our entrepreneurs, author Lisa Rayne, for not only writing a book and finishing it, but in doing such a superb job that it gained her a Top 10 World Finalist spot in the “So You Think You Can Write” Global contest sponsored by Harlequin.  There were over 650 submissions.  Making the …Read More

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VOTE NOW: SB MEMBER MAKES TOP 10 in HARLEQUIN WRITERS CONTEST (Part II)

PLEASE VOTE FOR ONE OF OUR OWN MEMBERS WHO MADE THE TOP 10 IN THE HARLEQUIN WRITERS CONTEST Success Blossoms member, Lisa Rayne has crossed a mile stone in not only following her dreams of writing a book, but in actually finishing the book.  And it is such a good read.  I’ve read the entire book and I can hardly believe that I’m in the presence of her genius!  Please …Read More

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AN ENTREPRENEURS ROAD TO BEING PUBLISHED WITH HARLEQUIN (Part I)

Success Blossoms would like to congratulate one of our entrepreneurs, author Lisa Rayne, for making the top 50 contestants in the “So You Think You Can Write” contest sponsored by Harlequin.  There were over 650 submissions.  Making the top 50 is an outstanding accomplishment.  Her next hurdle now is to make the top 10.  We’ll keep you all posted on the outcome.  Until then, feel free to read the 1st …Read More

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FAITH, HOPE & LOVE UNLIMITED EVENT

Faith, Hope and Love Unlimited presents “The Faith Awards (Trusting and Believing in Yourself)” on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 9am. The event is set to honor noted individuals who have made great strides in their careers. This is a great opportunity to put yourself in the company of others who have made outstanding career moves that have lead them to their success. The panel includes noted professionals including: Mikki …Read More

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HOW TO TAKE A SCREEN CAPTURE (Print Your Screen)

Today we were asked by a PC user, “How can I take a picture of my computer screen?” Well, at Success Blossoms, we’re of the philosophy that where there’s one, there’s some. That being said, Here is a great “How To” from windows.microsoft.com. It also includes one of our favorite tools: Video Hope this comes in handy. Press the PrtScn Button on your keyboard. Click on Start Button and type …Read More

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CROWDFUNDING: How will the legal changes affect you? (VIDEO)

NEW: EQUITY-BASED CROWDFUNDING – “Beginning this week, startups can now raise funds through equity-based crowdfunding. It’s the second part of the JOBS Act that was signed into law by President Obama. Sherwood Neiss, the co-founder of Crowdfund Capital Advisors; Alfred Edmond, the multimedia editor at large for Black Enterprise; and Slava Rubin, the co-founder and CEO of Indiegogo, tell us what this means for small business owners.” via MSNBC Your …Read More

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WIN A TV COMMERCIAL: ACT FAST

It’s not too late to enter your business to win a free TV Commercial.  Intuit is offering a TV Commercial to a lucky small business to air during the 2014 “Big Game.”  Tell YOUR STORY then be sure to have your friends, family and fans vote.  The number of votes helps determine which businesses advance to the next round.  Deadline for entries September 22, 2013 …,  So Don’t Delay and …Read More

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Mark Cuban’s Best StartUp Tips – Is Your Vision Your Obsession?

I ran across this article from Entrepreneur.com called, “Mark Cuban’s 12 steps for startups” and I found that it was quite helpful.  Here are the most important highlights that I personally got out of the article: 1. Don’t start a company unless it’s an obsession and something you love. 2. If you have an exit strategy, it’s not an obsession and 3.  Never hire a PR firm. A public relations …Read More

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5 Lessons From an Overnight Success

This Article below from Inc. Magazine will keep you inspired and help your keep you Ego in check: When Brittany Hodak and Kim Kaupe launched ‘ZinePak, a New York-based entertainment company two-and-a-half years ago, they knew they had a lot to learn. Apparently, they’re pretty fast learners because this year they were named to Advertising Age‘s 40 Under 40 list and ‘ZinePak is currently vying for the title of the Wall Street …Read More

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Web companies are ignoring the lucrative 50+ demographic

Photo: Matt Marshall of VentureBeat, Steve Jurvetson, and Jody Holtzman (L-R). Photo credit: Heather Kelly/VentureBeat If you found that 60 to 80 percent of your customers belonged to a particular demographic, you’d probably retarget your marketing and product development efforts to focus on that market. Yet many internet companies are failing to do just that. The population in question is the growing slice of the American population 50 years old …Read More

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NIKE IS CALLING ALL . . . TECH ENTREPRENEURS

The Nike+ Accelerator, powered by TechStars, will host 10 companies for a three-month, immersive, mentor-driven startup accelerator. The focus is to allow companies to leverage the Nike+ platform, and NikeFuel, to build offerings that inspire and assist people to live more active, healthy lifestyles. HOW IT WORKS Support As You Go 10 partner companies will be chosen and given the tools and support they need to succeed: $20,000 Access to …Read More