The Friends Guide to Choosing the Right Business Partner

Choosing a business partner is kind of like choosing a significant other. You need someone who shares the same level of commitment as you. You need someone you feel like you can trust. You need someone who has the same values as you. And the hard truth is this: not every friend (no matter how […]

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3 Small Business Growth Lessons From Clate Mask of Infusionsoft

Three-thousand small business owners gathered last month in Phoenix for Infusionsoft’s annual user conference. They represented just 10% of Infusionsoft’s customer base. Not bad for a company that just opened its doors in 2002. Infusionsoft, which publishes sales and marketing software for small businesses, has quickly grown to become a huge company. But, like most […]

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4 Ways I Nearly Screwed Up My Business (and What I Learned)

I’ve run my own business coming up on 10 years, and I will admit: I’ve made a lot of mistakes along the way as a small business owner. Fortunately, I’ve also learned from them. You will also make mistakes on your path to entrepreneurial success, of course, but to help keep you from making the […]

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Work Less, Make More: Top Productivity Apps for Entrepreneurs

When you’re running a business (and a life!) you have a lot to do. There are product photos to take, emails to send, orders to pack, and on and on. If you don’t develop systems to get your work done, it will consume you. Here are six top productivity apps every entrepreneur should use. 1. […]

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Entrepreneurship & Love: 5 Tips to Keep Your Spouse Happy

Entrepreneurship means working too many hours, taking too many risks, and riding a financial roller coaster from one season to the next. It’s no wonder then that behind most great entrepreneurs is a supportive and patient partner. Walt Disney had Lillian. Sam Walton had Helen. Oprah Winfrey has Stedman. Phoenix entrepreneur Jonathan Cottrell has Nicole. […]

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Should You Add Ecommerce to Your Brick-and-Mortar Operations?

If you’ve been operating a physical store for a while and are ready to take your retail business to the next level, consider adding an ecommerce component to your operations. You’ve already got the inventory, so it’s a simple matter of getting set up online, readying your shipping process, and marketing to a wider audience […]

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End Any Event on a High Note: 3 Tips From the Founder of Startup Week

I spent most of the weekend following Phoenix Startup Week sleeping or dazed. My brain was mush after helping to organize the massive inaugural event. Phoenix Startup Week is a celebration of small business and entrepreneurship that included five full days of events in 31 different venues around the metro area. There were over 100 […]

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You 2.0: Become the Best Version of Yourself in 5 Steps

Want to become a better, more productive version of yourself who continues to aim higher and achieve more every day? Well, the way to that new, improved you is easier than you might think. Check out the 5-step personal development plan below that’ll help you get what you want out of life, whether professionally, personally, […]

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Productivity Hacks From a Startup Guy and Efficiency Freak

My three years as marketing director for a software startup were the busiest three years of my life. After a few years in a fluffy corporate gig, my role with the startup forced me to learn how to be productive. And I do mean forced. I had no choice. Some people say you should work […]

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10 Twitter Accounts That’ll Make You a Better Business Owner

When you follow the right people on Twitter, your stream will become less food pics and political rants and more educational tweets and implementable advice that is actually worthy of your time. Whether it’s a motivational quote, a quick tip, or a link to a helpful blog post, there’s a wealth of free advice waiting […]

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