Startup Tip 69: You NEED to super charge your startup creation

There’s something in you that you HAVE to share with the world. I KNOW there is. Here’s why. You have this business idea that you think about all the time. You can see exactly what your startup will look like when it’s finished. It really inspires you. It keeps you awake at night. You feel […]

Startup Tip 68: Why thinking too big can be fatal & thinking too small can be deadly

Every entrepreneur has it. The tension between the grand vision of what they see their business could become and the stark reality of where they are now. How do you bridge the chasm without getting overwhelmed on one hand or stuck in the minutiae of day to day tasks on the other? I’ve recorded a short video […]

Have you won the battle every successful entrepreneur must fight?

Note: Pick up the free poster to go along with this post. It’s my favourite quotes that give me daily inspiration to win the battle.   I’ve got a confession to make. And later, a resolution as well. So here it is: I spent my whole week last week doing…  nothing. I mean, I sat at my desk, […]

Startup Tip 67: The secret weapon for beating procrastination and getting things done

Last week we talked about beating perfectionism and getting one thing done a day. How are you going with that? In that post, I mentioned the Pomodoro Technique as a useful tool to help you and today I’ll fill you in on what it is and how you can use it. What is the Pomodoro […]

Startup Tip 66: Why perfectionism will kill your Startup and how to beat it into a pulp before it does

I’ve recorded this short video for you today because I wanted to have a bit of a heart to heart about how Perfectionism will kill your startup – and how to beat it into a pulp before it does. Very blood thirsty I know! It is a problem for many of us – and you […]

Startup tip 65: 8 ways to transform your smart phone into a business booster, not a deadly distraction

We’ve all been there. We look up from our cell phone and an hour (or two or three!) has gone past without us even realising it. We’ve been sucked into the smart phone black hole again. Managing our own time well is one of the most critical skills we can develop as an entrepreneur. Often […]

Startup Tip 64: How to keep moving forward in the face of uncertainty

Uncertainty is a natural part of the startup life. It’s where the excitement comes from, where the magic happens and its a place where we live a lot while building our startup. While there’s nothing wrong with uncertainty, the problem is that it can be uncomfortable. And most of us don’t like to be uncomfortable. […]

Startup tip 63: How to find the best keywords for your website and dominate your niche

This is a guest post by Thomas McMahon. Having great content on your site is key, but it’s worthless if it doesn’t feature great keywords as well. Let me explain why it is so important to find the best keywords for your website. After spending entirely too much time on the internet looking at how people are […]

Startup Tip 62: Narrow your focus and concentrate on what is really important

There’s a process I have been using for a number of years which I find quite useful for goal setting. I call it my 3 month focus. I devised it originally because I was having so many ideas, all the time, that it was causing me to get distracted and I wasn’t using my time […]

Startup Tip 61: Avoid procrastination – just do the work

Creativity is really hard work. I’m actually writing this blog post, but I’m supposed to be writing another one – but to marshal my thoughts seemed like a lot of effort. Building a business is full of creative tasks that require really hard thinking, unfamiliar tasks that require us to work and boring tasks that we would […]

Startup Tip 60: It’s okay to make mistakes

Tonight I attended the Lean Startup Melbourne meetup and listened to a panel of founders who have all been through accelerator programs. One of the things they talked about was startup mistakes and I wanted to share their wisdom with you. Success stories on TechCrunch often give us the impression that startup founders are super […]

Startup Tip 59: Develop self discipline – like you develop your muscles – one day at a time

To be successful at executing your startup idea, you are going to need a lot of self discipline. I don’t know about you, but this is an area I can always improve. Developing self discipline is a lot like training ourselves to be fit physically. We don’t expect to go to the gym after not […]

Startup Tip 58: How I stuffed up my Facebook page name – & how to make sure you don’t!

Almost every business is creating a Facebook page now– both startups and established businesses alike. One of the most important decisions you will make when setting up yours is what you choose for your Facebook page name – because if you get it wrong, it can be hard to change. It’s particularly important to make sure that you are […]

Startup tip 57: Celebrate your achievements

Do you celebrate your achievements? Not only the big ones, but the little steps you take consistently day by day? In a startup, our to-do list never ends and it’s important to lift our nose from the grindstone and acknowledge that we are making progress. A few weeks ago, I was feeling really frustrated. I […]

Startup tip 56: Don’t become a wantrepreneur – Take Action

Wantrepreneur: n: someone who thinks about being an entrepreneur or starting a business but never gets started. Urban Dictionary   There’s a lot of people in love with the idea of being an entrepreneur at the moment. It’s seen by some as being a twenty-first century rock star. However, these people can be more talk than […]

Startup Tip 55: How to get started on Twitter

Twitter is an amazing tool for finding and getting to know interesting people including partners, suppliers and potential customers. But if you haven’t used it before, how do you start? Best thing is to dive in and give it a go, but this tweet below prompted me today to jot down a few thoughts. I […]

Startup Tip 54: How a small change can make a big difference to your confidence (and success)

Is your body language sabotaging your success? It could be. This probably sounds really out there to choose to talk about body language in a startup tip! I don’t blame you if you are thinking “Huh? What is she on about?” 🙂 But I wanted to share this with you because I think it’s one […]

Startup Tip 53: How big does your business really need to be? Small may be big enough

How big does your business really need to be? We hear stories all the time about startups that have raised millions or been sold for millions.  The media is currently obssessed with it. Our society tends to emphaise that bigger is better and that success in business is building something that is sold for millions […]

Startup Tip 52: Why you need to find a business partner

Like life, business is easier (and more fun) when you are doing it with someone else. [Tweet this] Successful businesses are a team effort, not a lone ranger mission. [Tweet this] If you haven’t done so already, go and find a business partner. Here’s why: Make yourself take action Having two of you will force […]

Startup Tip 51: Set a failure point and stick to it

This is a guest post by Carolyn Kane. Failure isn’t something you want to think about for your startup, but it’s going to be essential to your success. I have never seen a startup that didn’t have at least one failed strategy or idea. The people who are still in business benefitted from their failures […]