Small business

Small Business and Startups: What Would Mom (and Pop) Do?

Mike | September 30th, 2013

In the world of startups and entrepreneurism, we spend a great deal of time discussing, funding, modeling, online marketing, lean principals, minimally viable products, goals and strategy and tactics, data analysis, ROI, CPC, and CPM (IMHO). We  learn a great deal by reading various theories of business, analyzing principles of leadership,  dissecting case studies, creating gantt […]

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How To Launch Your New Business For Less Than $1,500

Ross | September 24th, 2013

  Many entrepreneurs delay launching their startup because they believe they don’t have enough money to move forward. Startups can be expensive, but they don’t have to be. The Founder Institute, an early-stage startup accelerator created an infographic (below) showing, in 10 steps, how you can launch a business for under $1,500. Incidentally, I’ve mentored at […]

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5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Diplomats

Mike | September 23rd, 2013

With the red-hot temperature around the crisis in Syria reduced to a mere boil, and the government in North Korea backing away from the brink I gave some thought this week to what entrepreneurs could learn from global leaders and diplomats in general. From Wikipedia we learn that Diplomacy comes from the greek word “δίπλωμα,” defined as […]

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Teamwork, Collaboration and the Rules of Improv Comedy

Mike | September 16th, 2013

One of the great challenges in leading teams is creating an atmosphere where people work together efficiently, collaborate effectively and, and respect one another. On countless occasions meetings can devolve into spitting matches or personal clashes which lead to bad decisions, poor relationships, and weaker teams. Improv comedy provides some great rules and a strong framework […]

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Small Business and Startups: Seasonal Peaks and Valleys

Mike | September 9th, 2013

Summer is drawing to a close and with it the August doldrums. After 5+ years in business, if we have learned anything it is about the seasonality of our own business and the cyclical demand for creative services. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that many businesses launch projects in September when everyone is back […]

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Labor Day 2013 – Fair Pay and Pricing: What Your Customers Want

Mike | September 3rd, 2013

“It is to the real advantage of every producer, every manufacturer and every merchant to cooperate in the improvement of working conditions, because the best customer of American industry is the well-paid worker.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt Last year to mark the Labor Day holiday, I wrote a post celebrating the crowdSPRING team and their personal and […]

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Fracking Your Customer Base

Mike | August 26th, 2013

I have been reading lately about the energy industry, specifically the efforts over the last 10 years or so to develop the technique know as Hydraulic fracking or, simply, “fracking.” Fracking has allowed the oil and gas companies to extract valuable oil and gas from fields that had been considered tapped out by injecting a […]

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A Contrarian View: Hire Well, Nurture Carefully, Fire Prudently

Mike | July 29th, 2013

Much has been written on the “Steve Jobs” school of human resources. Jobs was an uncompromising believer in hiring the most talented team possible and believed equally in firing folks at will. That was all well and good for the most valuable company in the world, where an endless stream of applicants lined up at […]

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Working Remote. Yeah. About That.

Mike | July 22nd, 2013

On any given day at the crowdSPRING HQ, we will have anywhere between 1 and 6 people working in the office simultaneously. Of late, 1 is the more common number and 6 is becoming a rarity. Why is that? Well a year or two ago we instituted a policy (I say “instituted,” but really it […]

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Summer Business Books: What to Read Now

Mike | July 15th, 2013

I love to read. Books, newspapers, magazine, blogs, comment threads. Put the written word in front of me, whether on a sheet of paper bound into a book or magazine, or as pixels on a glowing screen and I will consume it. But like most small business owners, I have very little time available for […]

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