Small business

Thoughts for small businesses and startups on raising capital

Mike | October 6th, 2009

So you have a great idea, right? You’ve written a fantastic business plan, researched the market extensively, have a deep understanding of the competitive landscape, and have a watertight financial model that shows how you can reach profitability even in the worst-case scenario. Now it’s time to get out there and find your funding. Easy, […]

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crowdSPRING Welcomes The World

Ross | October 3rd, 2009

The below map (part of our analytics report) put a smile on my face this morning. During the past quarter, people from nearly every single country on Earth visited the crowdSPRING community.

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10 thoughts for small businesses and startups on financial modeling

Mike | September 28th, 2009

When Ross and I were working on the crowdSPRING business model late in 2006 we needed to prove something to ourselves before we asked others to risk an investment in our business: could our idea become a profitable and viable business? For both of us there was significant opportunity cost in pursuing this venture/dream and […]

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10 Practical Small Business SEO and SEM Marketing Tips

Ross | September 22nd, 2009

crowdSPRING is a small company (our team is 10 people). For a small company, efforts spent on one marketing initiative typically take away from other marketing initiatives. Entrepreneurs and small businesses often ask us about how we market – and especially about SEO (search engine optimization) and SEM (paid search). Here are our top ten […]

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10 thoughts for small businesses and startups: how to write a great business plan

Mike | September 16th, 2009

In the past 5 years, I have written or co-written at least 10 business plans. With each one it got a bit easier, and each one got a bit better as I practiced writing in “biz plan” style and learned what information was important to include and what information was extraneous. My first experience with […]

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10 Legal Mistakes That Can Destroy Your Small Business And How To Avoid Them

Ross | September 14th, 2009

Prior to co-founding crowdSPRING, I spent 13 years practicing law (representing small, medium and Fortune 500 clients around the world). Along the way, I advised many small businesses and startups. Entrepreneurs and small businesses often ask me about legal problems facing most small businesses and startups and for tips on how to avoid those problems. […]

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crowdSPRING 2.0 update

Tal | September 3rd, 2009

Hi, crowdSPRINGers! We, the development team, have been working hard to get crowdSPRING 2.0 ready for release, and haven’t had much time to interact with the community, except to take a break once in a while to see what exciting projects are posted, and see some inspiring creative work. But, just to keep us from […]

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Community corrosive

Mike | September 1st, 2009

Community. This is what crowdSPRING is truly about. We are a community that celebrates creativity, possibility, and fair competition. We are built to support our users and provide them with professional opportunity and value. Of course community is a delicate thing – even a strong community, built on common interests, support, and mutual respect, can be fragile and […]

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10 Awesome Online Tools Your Small Business Should Be Using

Ross | August 31st, 2009

crowdSPRING is a small business – our team totals nine people (and a really cute chocolate lab puppy named Lucy). As a small business, we leverage online tools to help us run our business efficiently and inexpensively. We are selective – we do our homework and always compare competitive products within any category. Before we […]

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crowdSPRING Community Gives Back – In Our Own Backyard

Ross | August 18th, 2009

Give Back is the crowdSPRING community’s way of helping worthy non-profit and charity causes in need. Creatives in the crowdSPRING community have agreed that for these special projects, no monetary awards will be given. crowdSPRING will waive its fees and will assist the organizations with posting their project. We will collaborate together to help those […]

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