Posts Tagged ‘start-up’

How One Book, Science, and This Article Will Change Your Productivity and Happiness

Arielle Kimbarovsky | June 15th, 2016

The Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss is one of my favorite business books. When I first read it several years ago, I had no experience working a self-directed, flexible schedule. With one short exception, I had always been exposed to specific timetables, exclusively hard deadlines, and the mentality that “more is more”. The sole […]

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Why Content Marketing Is Essential For Successful Startups and Small Businesses

Arielle Kimbarovsky | June 6th, 2016

A startup’s success is driven in large part by a startup’s ability to drive customer acquisition growth. After all, customers create revenue, and revenue, if the business model is smart, often leads to profits. Not every company has figured out the path to customer acquisition growth, however. Ultimately, word-of-mouth can be effective for some companies, […]

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4 Toxic Behaviors All Successful Leaders Avoid

Arielle Kimbarovsky | March 15th, 2016

The most successful entrepreneurs and business owners are good leaders. Notice I didn’t say good managers or bosses – good leaders. This is because good leaders are often good bosses. Good leaders know what has to be done and who should do it. They work to put their team in the best position to succeed. […]

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Facebook, Cookies, and Marketing: How To Prevent Your Small Business From Stagnation

Arielle Kimbarovsky | February 24th, 2016

At some point, even the most successful businesses hit a wall. Sales plateau, the customer base stops growing, morale is low, and revenue is either flat or falling. The best companies – and the best entrepreneurs – find ways to overcome such stagnation. The challenge often isn’t in finding ways to quickly increase customers and […]

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We Entrepreneurs Can Learn a Lot From Pope Francis (and VW)

Mike | September 28th, 2015

I am not a religious guy. I do not come from a religious family. I am a business guy, so I don’t usually pay a lot of attention to religious leaders, no matter what flavor of spirituality they represent. But Pope Francis’s visit to the US this past week has been very hard to ignore and, as someone […]

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From the Vault: Labor Day! TCB and TCP

Mike | September 4th, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: We originally published this post back in 2012. Next month crowdSPRING will move from a 60% remote work environment to around 90%! This means that the team will gather together on just one day per week, the rest of the time we will be working remote from our homes, hotel rooms, Starbucks, front porches, or […]

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Small Business and Startups: When a Customer Deserves to Be Fired

Mike | August 31st, 2015

Last week we fired a customer. Yep, you heard me right. We asked one of our customers to please take their business elsewhere. Why would a small business do such a thing? Who in their right mind would turn down revenue and earnings? Well it’s really not that complicated. Some customers simply drain resources, strain […]

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From the Vault: Working Remote. Yeah. About That.

Mike | August 24th, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: We originally published this post back in 2012. Next month crowdSPRING will move from a 60% remote work environment to around 90%! This means that the team will gather together on just one day per week, the rest of the time we will be working remote from our homes, hotel rooms, Starbucks, front porches, or […]

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Lean Business: Why Comcast Stomps ADT’s Customer Service

Mike | August 17th, 2015

Customer service ain’t easy. It takes a combination of the right people, the right training, the right tools, and the right attitude. Lots of companies get this right, but most just don’t haver a clue. I had to make a couple of calls this morning to a couple of different service providers: Comcast (yikes, right?) and […]

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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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