The Curator: Unchecked Ambition, Powerful Sales Emails, Moonlighting Entrepreneurs

Here’s our weekly link roundup of small business buzz, musings and muchness. A curation of the best small business talk around the web.

Weekly Buzz: Sit back, relax, and enjoy our curated reads. Here’s our weekly link roundup of small business buzz, musings and muchness. A curation of the best small business talk around the web.


What Target Did Right in Canada

Having successfully gone head-to-head with U.S. competitors who’d already expanded successfully north of the border, why wouldn’t Canada be a good opportunity for Target? But less than two years and $2 billion in losses later, Target Canada announced it was closing all stores and seeking creditor protection. (Fox Small Business)


5 Lessons From America’s Most Hated Companies

It takes a lot to make consumers hate you, but many large companies did admirably at it last year. A recent report by 24/7 Wall Street revealed the organizations that excelled at alienation and gave several reasons companies large and small can take a hit in terms of public perception. (PR Daily)


Is Your Ambition Holding You Back?

When ambition eats at you, it feels like no matter how much you accomplish or how hard you work, you haven’t done enough. There’s always more to do. There’s always others doing more. It’s a never-ending battle. Sound familiar? (99U)


9 Terrible Reasons To Start A Small Business

There are a lot of articles out there telling you to go forth and start a business! But the truth is, not everyone should start a business. If more of the 80 percent of small businesses that fail had but hesitated and considered why they were getting into business, we’d probably have fewer businesses and more successes in those that did exist. (Forbes)


Why So Many Entrepreneurs Work With Clowns and Buffoons

About six months ago, I got an email announcement from a friend saying she was getting professionally involved with one of the shadiest people I’ve ever met. I messaged her and told her about all the people he had burned, but despite my warnings she decided it was still a good partnership and explained how she could manage any problems he might create. (VentureBeat)


10 Places Moonlighting Entrepreneurs Love To Burn The Midnight Oil

Call it a side business, a second shift, or a night job. For entrepreneurs with a typical nine to five — whether that’s as a student or a full-time employee — moonlighting is a challenge. Not only are moonlighters launching a startup after traditional work hours and often on little sleep, but they’re also building a dream without a dedicated office space. (Mashable)


7 Secret Rules for Powerful Sales Emails

Contrary to popular belief, providing unrequested information or pointers to such information is not adding value. Quite the contrary, unrequested information is an imposition on the recipient’s time and mental energy. (Inc.)


20 Collaboration Tools for Small Businesses

Here is a list of collaboration tools to meet the needs of small businesses. There are tools for project management, online meetings, team chats, group brainstorming, task sharing, and more. Nearly all of these tools have free plans. (Practical Ecommerce)


The One Thing VCs Love to See Even More Than Growth

As a business scales, missed quarters get more and more expensive. This is where growth can be deceptive. Yes, growth is important. But to scale efficiently and intelligently, CEOs and boards of directors need accurate information from each operating unit. More specifically, accurate predictions and forecasts typically mean that a company has… (OpenView Blog)


The 5-Minute-Trick Can Make You Less Lazy

Sometimes, motivation doesn’t come easy — say, in the dead of winter, when it gets dark at 5 p.m. and all you really feel like doing is settling into the couch for a MasterChef Junior marathon. But there are still things you need to get done; there will always, always be things you need to get done… (NY Mag: The Science of Us)



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