Posts Tagged ‘Opportunity’

Hooray the Freelance Economy

Icon Written by Alora on August 17, 2010 – 10:40 am

Is the freelance economy cause for concern or celebration? Arguments can be made either way, but I think that, by and large, the freelance economy represents freedom, flexibly and opportunity in ways our former standard economic models never managed.

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Contingent Small Business Workforce

Icon Written by Alora on July 7, 2010 – 2:03 pm

Virtualization, globalization and economic changes convert long-time employees into (sometimes reluctant) entrepreneurs.

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Kill Crappy Customer Service

Icon Written by Alora on June 9, 2010 – 11:13 am

Customer service can be the silver bullet that distinguishes a small business from its competitors. What is good customer service versus bad customer service?

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Building a Sales Pipeline

Icon Written by Alora on June 7, 2010 – 11:19 am

“If I build it, they will come” is a dangerous sales and marketing strategy that all too many entrepreneurs try to rely on to build a new business. What should an entrepreneur do to build a sales pipeline for their new venture?

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It’s Not a Career Path, It’s a Career Highway

Icon Written by Alora on March 29, 2010 – 11:55 am

As a career management advocate turned Entrepreneur Evangelist, I recently had an epiphany that clarified some of the change I’ve experienced over the past two years, as I’ve moved from my old life to my new one. I’ve been lacking an effective metaphor to describe both the process and my present (and potentially future) state. […]

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Small Business Skydiving

Icon Written by Alora on March 15, 2010 – 12:27 pm

As my year-end consumption of ‘top ten lists‘ continues, I came across one on Chicago Now called “The Top 10 Small Business Trends of the Decade” by Barry Moltz.  In the list he mentions several things that have all dovetailed together to define the changing nature of work — most centered around the pros and […]

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The Entrepreneurial Economy

Icon Written by Alora on February 23, 2010 – 7:53 pm

As my year-end consumption of ‘top ten lists‘ continues, I came across one on Chicago Now called “The Top 10 Small Business Trends of the Decade” by Barry Moltz.  In the list he mentions several things that have all dovetailed together to define the changing nature of work — most centered around the pros and […]

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Canines, Trains and Really Great Parties

Icon Written by Alora on February 18, 2010 – 10:00 am

One of my favorite things about the information economy is the extent to which a highly commoditized, social web lowers the barrier to entry for prospective entrepreneurs.  While some of us elect to dive into owning our own business head-first with little or no safety net, that’s not the best way for some people.  Many […]

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Through the Entrepreneurial Looking Glass

Icon Written by Alora on February 17, 2010 – 10:35 am

In a recent blog post, author Scott Ginsberg recently asked Have You Executed These Ten Essentials of Entrepreneurial Excellence? He then listed off the ten things he highlights as essential for entrepreneurs to be truly successful: Prestige requires pandemonium Confidence requires congruency Fame requires flexibility Success requires surrender. Creativity requires curiosity Originality requires murder Serendipity […]

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What Makes Innovation?

Icon Written by Alora on February 16, 2010 – 10:32 am

CNN recently reported that researchers from Harvard Business School, Insead and Brigham Young University have just completed a six-year study of more than 3,000 executives and 500 innovative entrepreneurs, and say they have identified five skills that drive innovation: Associating: The ability to connect seemingly unrelated questions, problems or ideas from different fields. Questioning: Innovators […]

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