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The Dos and Don’ts of a Productive Morning [INFOGRAPHIC]

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This morning when I first woke up, the first thing I did was stress out about all the things I had to get done today. Sadly, worrying about my to-do list right at the beginning of the day can actually have the paradoxical effect of creating a not-so-productive day. At least, that’s according to a… Read more »


Infographic: How to Make Your First eCommerce Sale

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Ecommerce now accounts for about 10% of all retail sales and in the U.S alone, and online retail sales are expected to easily reach $300 billion over the next twelve months. How ever you look at it, eCommerce is a vital part of running a retail business these days and whether you run a small… Read more »




Being a Better CEO Leads to Better Employee Hires

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We recently hosted our Chicago Speaker Sessions, sponsored by Cars.com, at John Barleycorn. We invited to the stage two dynamic speakers in Joel Trammell of Khorus and Scott Hess of Spark. Trammell was the first one to take the stage, and the central theme of his talk was how to be a more effective CEO…. Read more »


Startups: Creating Your Early Team is Like Drafting for Fantasy Football

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Mike Collett, CoFounder and Managing Partner at Promus Ventures, and apparent fantasy football fan, shared this blog post comparing a fantasy football draft to the hiring of an early team at a startup. I happen to be personally interested in how crucial early team formation is, and I echo his sentiments lamenting the days when we could just enjoy… Read more »



3 Ways to Break Free of an Employee Mindset

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Entrepreneurs run businesses. They call the shots, take on the responsibility, and fulfill the role of boss. At least, they should. But too many of us get tripped up because we think like employees in someone else’s business, not owners of our own ventures. Employee mindset is the collection of beliefs, thoughts, and opinions you… Read more »



A Workaholic’s Guide to Disconnecting

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As we prepare for a few days off to enjoy family and some much needed down-time, one of the biggest challenges that entrepreneurs face when dealing with unwinding has nothing to do with technology: it’s letting go of work.  This is a common issue, especially if you are working too many hours a week for most of… Read more »


Create Reason Inspires Innovation and Keeps Your Team Engaged

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Over 70% of US employees are disengaged at their job and over 50% are currently looking for new jobs. This costs companies $550 Billion annually in rehiring, retaining, and lost productivity according to the team at Create Reason. Create Reason solves this problem by working with their clients to understand where their company has been… Read more »


How Your Company’s Survival Could Depend on Your UX Designer

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By their very nature, startups are lean – short on the resources, it is not at all uncommon, for example, that any one person at a startup take on several different roles and perform varying tasks. And, while there are certainly shortcomings to having people put on many different hats, sometimes there’s just no going around… Read more »


Closing Your Early Sales: The Power of Secret Pricing

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When you’re looking for early sales, you’ll notice that each customer wants to wait until someone else bites. They give you positive feedback, and appear as if they’re going to go through with the deal. Then, as you start getting close, they ask to wait until you have other customers on board. This can be… Read more »