Start ups

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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5 Things Your Small Business Should Do Today To Increase Profits

Ross | September 8th, 2009

I never fully understood, until co-founding crowdSPRING, the challenges of operating a small business. There’s a lot to do but so little time to accomplish everything. Here are five practical tips from my own experience with crowdSPRING that you can implement today to increase sales and profits for your small business: 1. Evaluate What’s Working […]

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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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Start-up tips: 10 Tips For Evaluating Your Competitors

Ross | August 3rd, 2009

If you’re working on a start-up or have an established company, there will come a time when you’ll need to evaluate your competitors. There are three components to a good competitive analysis: (1) defining the metrics and identifying the competitors you’re comparing, (2) gathering the data, and (3) the analysis. [NOTE: This post is a […]

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Contracts For Designers Who Hate Contracts

Ross | July 15th, 2009

Every designer creates original work that is protected by copyright. Take the time to understand and protect your rights. Contracts For Designers Who Hate Contracts is a quick, 20 page read. Do you have any questions or suggestions for other topics you’d like to read about? Leave a comment…

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How Does crowdSPRING Protect Intellectual Property?

Ross | June 22nd, 2009

UPDATED: March 17, 2010. crowdSPRING respects intellectual property – this is one of our core values as a company (before co-founding crowdSPRING, I spent 13 years as an attorney focusing on the protection of intellectual property, for clients around the world). People often ask what crowdSPRING does to protect intellectual property. The Q&A below shares […]

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Not Too Proud To Say “We’re Sorry”

Ross | June 5th, 2009

We just went through one of the most humbling experiences for our company since we launched in May 2008. We experienced serious site performance problems. While our team (and numerous consultants on several continents) worked around the clock, it took us some time to identify the root causes of the problems and to fix them. […]

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