Here’s our weekly link roundup of small business buzz, musings and muchness. A curation of the best small business talk around the web.
Breaking Into the Big-Time: Advice for Startups to Land That First Big Client “One of the biggest challenges for startups is how to gain traction with established brands. Whether selling to them directly or seeking partnerships, sooner or later all startups cross the path of large, slow-moving corporations. Speed of traction often depends on whether the startup’s offering is a must-have or nice-to-have for the brands.” (BostInno)
7 Ways it Pays to Build a Socially Conscious Startup “More entrepreneurs want to be socially responsible these days, but fear a negative impact on profits, growth, and the ability to find an investor. In the short run, there are real costs associated with the “triple bottom line” of maximizing profit, people (social), and planet (environment). But very quickly, it is becoming obvious to startups that the value and satisfaction exceeds the costs.” (Business Insider)
5 Simple Tips To Keep Your Small-Business Finances In Order “After starting three small businesses, I’ve learned firsthand the headaches that accounting causes for most small business owners. It’s one of those back-office tasks that never cross your mind when you decide to run your own business, and yet it sucks up your day and makes running a successful business that much harder. But there’s hope, and it starts with getting organized.” (Forbes)
Why Big Questions And Bad Decisions Make Better Entrepreneurs ““Good decisions come from experience, and experience comes from bad decisions.” This quote from an unknown author might be the most apt description of my life as an entrepreneur. Some decisions will change your life, but only if you ask the right questions.” (Forbes)
4 Mistakes Young Entrepreneurs Make That Waste Time And Money “I mentor many college students, including those at Colgate University (my alma mater) for the school’s own entrepreneurship program, TIA – Thought Into Action Institute. There are a few classic mistakes that just about every young entrepreneur makes when starting a business. Avoid making these to save yourself precious time and money.” (Business Insider)