Posts Tagged ‘startup’

How to Avoid Failure: Two Common Small Business Mistakes

Arielle | February 3rd, 2016

We all experience failure at some point in our lives. As business owners, failure is common to us- not every idea can be a winner. As entrepreneurs, the looming fear of failure is all too real. According to Forbes, nine out of ten startups will fail within their first few years of operation. This means […]

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The Science of Productivity and Happiness: Why Your Office is Hurting Your Company

Arielle | January 27th, 2016

Working in a cubicle is my worst nightmare. The idea of being confined in such a small space with little variation for many hours a day sounds unbelievably boring. Thankfully, I am fortunate to work in an open, flexible environment. Unfortunately, most offices aren’t built with our well-being in mind (or for getting actual work […]

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Five Public Speaking Tips and Tricks for Small Businesses

Arielle | January 19th, 2016

 Conferences, meetups and other public events offer many unique opportunities for entrepreneurs and small business owners to market their business. Yet many people turn down opportunities to speak in public. If the thought of speaking in public causes you to panic and sweat profusely, you are not alone. 74% of people fear public speaking. […]

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Small Business Tips: Document Your Business Processes

Mike | October 5th, 2015

As managers or owners of a business, we usually think about succession planning in the context of who will take over the company once we leave. This is critically important for any business large or small, and the negative impact of poor succession planning can be devastating if something goes wrong and a very fast transition occurs. Think […]

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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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