Small business

Small Business and Startups: Build Teams, Have Fun

Mike | August 10th, 2015

Who says business can’t be fun? Leadership is not just about productivity, strategy, and tactics – much more important is the fact that great leadership is about people. Strong leaders never lose sight of the individuals who make up their team and never stop working to make the team stronger. A great team is at once […]

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From the Vault: Give it a Break, Already.

Mike | August 3rd, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: We originally published this post 5 years ago. Seein’ as how we are away right now for a long summer weekend, we thought we’d share this one one more time… enjoy! I left early this morning for the first “real” vacation I have had in over a year and I am looking forward to eating lobster […]

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Small Business and Startups: Finding Your Match

Mike | July 27th, 2015

Last week I wrote about customer service and the importance of scheduling and allocating your support resources. Lots of small businesses find that they can deliver top-notch, high-volume customer support with very small teams of people as long as they have the correct tool and as long as they pay close attention to the kinds of problems […]

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Small Business and Startups: Making Customer Service Available (On Your Own Terms)

Mike | July 20th, 2015

Periodically (like every single quarter) we review our customer service data to determine whether we are best using our resources. This is an excellent practice for a small company, especially one that is ambitious and by its very nature capacity constrained. At crowdSPRING we strive to provide world-class quality support, but our team is small […]

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Lean Business Tips: Marketing Channels on the Cheap

Mike | July 13th, 2015

Startups and small businesses face a steep learning curve when it comes to online marketing. The options are rich, the ROI can be cruel, the capacity investment can be significant, and the results can often be questionable. At crowdSPRING we have experimented with virtually every online marketing strategy and tactic available, often with negative results. The […]

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From the Vault: America’s Founding Entrepreneurs

Mike | July 6th, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: We originally published this post back in July of 2011. As this is a holiday weekend (and the entire team is trying to get in a little recreation), we thought we’d repurpose this and see if it still has legs… On this Independence Day I have been thinking about the summer of ’76 and […]

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Small Business and Startups: Teams and Transparency

Mike | June 22nd, 2015

How transparent is too transparent? At crowdSPRING we have worked hard since we first launched to share information openly and honestly with our users, our investors, and our team. We communicate regularly with customers about site issues, new features, and our policies and procedures. We ask for feedback and suggestions and, when users choose to share […]

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Small Business and Startups: Things to do Before I Die (Entrepreneur’s version)

Mike | June 15th, 2015

I write often about setting goals and defining strategy, but I rarely think about those things in a personal context. What should my own goals be for the next 10 years and beyond? What strategies can I use to accomplish those goals? As startup founders go, I am a pretty old guy. When we started […]

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5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Their Own Customers (We Did!)

Mike | June 8th, 2015

It is certainly not the first time I’ve said this, but the point bears repeating: your customer’s voices are the thing you should be paying the closest attention to. Today. There are many ways to get your ear to the rail and listen to what they have to say: surveys, exit questionnaires, customer service emails, live […]

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Innovation and Small Business: 3 Historical Winners

Mike | June 1st, 2015

I wrote a few years ago about some innovations that changed the world. The steam engine transformed transportation and manufacturing forever; the invention of the distillation process and the introduction of Vodka forever changed the way we make fools of ourselves (not to mention Governmental revenues); and the invention of moving picture projectors created an new-to-the-world […]

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