Start ups

Startup Tips: Ask Your Customers For Feedback. Then Act.

Mike | October 15th, 2012

A few months ago, veteran crowdSPRING Buyers may have noticed something new when they completed wrapup on a project. Instead of just asking them to rate their experience with the winning Creative in their project, we started asking them to also rate us. It’s a simple survey – just 4 questions and a comment box […]

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5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Art Students

Mike | October 8th, 2012

My younger son is a high school senior this year and I find myself in awe of his ability to manage an wildly complex and demanding existence. First semester of senior year is an overwhelming time – college visits and applications to schedule and manage, final rounds of SATs and ACTs to prepare for, a […]

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Small Business and Startups – 13 Great Reads From The Business Press

Mike | September 24th, 2012

One of my daily pleasures is to read the paper, the blogs, and the magazines. I typically scan the major stories domestic and international, take a dive into the political coverage, read the opinion pages top to bottom, skim the sports and entertainment sections and then head over to the business section to see what’s […]

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7 Habits of Highly Effective and Successful Entrepreneurs

Ross | September 12th, 2012

Some entrepreneurs invent only excuses, while other entrepreneurs are highly effective and successful. Success and failure doesn’t happen by chance. Highly effective and successful entrepreneurs share common habits. Here are seven habits of highly effective and successful entrepreneurs (plus a bonus at the end): 1. Measure progress. It’s very difficult to succeed unless you are […]

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Labor Day! Let’s Celebrate the Workers

Mike | September 3rd, 2012 Labor Day New Your 1882

“The worst crime against working people is a company which fails to operate at a profit.” ~ Samuel Gompers  Most of our posts on the crowdSPRING Blog focus on managing businesses and startups; we often write about best practices, and offer plenty of practical tips for managers. Today is a little different, because in the US, […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Good Migrations

Amanda | August 22nd, 2012

Let’s not mince words here: moving abroad is rough, rough stuff.  After someone finds their House Hunters International perfect home, they are faced with packing up their stuff and trusting strangers– who may or may not speak their language– to ship it safely half-way across the globe. As the founders of this week’s Small Business […]

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Employees

Ross | August 15th, 2012

We’re fortunate to have built a great team at crowdSPRING. What makes one employee highly effective and another average? For some of our job postings, crowdSPRING receives hundreds of resumes. How do we find the the most effective people to join our team? Contrary to the way most companies hire – we never hire the […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Orazure Hand Roasted Coffee

Amanda | August 15th, 2012

I recently got back from a cross-country road trip where I drove from Chicago to Portland, OR. Besides putting nearly 5,000 miles on our rental car, my travel companion and I also became connoisseurs of gas station coffee.  We became well-versed in the difference between “pot has been sitting here since yesterday, “tastes like dirty […]

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Lean Marketing Tips: Public Relations and Focus

Mike | August 13th, 2012

“The three main elements of public relations are practically as old as society: informing people, persuading people, or integrating people with people” ~ Edward Bernays  Most startup entrepreneurs and marketing professionals will agree that a robust public relations strategy is crucial for startups and many small businesses. While there is no argument that these efforts […]

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What Small Business and Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Roger Federer

Ross | July 11th, 2012

A few days ago, Roger Rederer defeated Andy Murray to win his record-tying seventh Wimbledon title. It was a phenomenal match and Federer’s 17th Grand Slam title (the most in men’s singles history). Many consider Federer the best male tennis player of all time. Federer, however, had not won a major tournament since 2010. How […]

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