Startup Tip 50: 4 reasons to create a community BEFORE you launch your startup

A lot of people build something, an app for instance, and then start marketing it to people to see if they are interested in buying it. This is the hard way to go about things. It’s like pushing a boulder uphill. Instead, start creating a community in your industry before you launch your startup. In […]

Startup Tip 49: New ideas can kill your startup

Entrepreneurs are often great at creating new ideas. It’s one of the things we do best. And it can become addictive. New ideas give us creative energy and fill us with optimism. We feel like we are on a high – buzzing. On the other hand, executing on our ideas seems kind of boring. The […]

Startup Tip 48: Give yourself a competitive advantage – Get organised & make your ideas happen

You want your startup to reach lots of people right? You’ve probably heard the saying in startup circles that startups are 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Or that execution is more important than the idea. Well, they are correct; organisation is just as important as ideas when it comes to making an impact. Why being […]

Startup Tip 47: Implement simple routines that create powerful change

This guest post by Laurent Vigneron is the last in a series on how to develop persistence.  We have discussed already about the importance of your motivation and your environment in order to be at your best every single day. These are two of the three keys of Persistence, which will enable you to move […]

Startup Tip 44: Don’t monetise too early

Don’t monetise too early? Isn’t business all about making money? Am I insane or what? Yes, yes and probably yes! 🙂 There’s one point of view that says when you start a business, you should always know how you are going to make money out of it. I agree with that and I also think there […]

Startup Tip 43: 4 tips to keep your motivation high

This is a guest post by Laurent Vigernon.  As an entrepreneur, your ability to keep moving forward, no matter what adverse circumstances come up, is critical for the success of your enterprise. Many entrepreneurs make the mistake of relying solely on their willpower to go through those circumstances, and they pay a high price for […]

Startup Tip 42: Decide to actually do, what it will actually take, to achieve what you want

That’s it! The headline says it all. Action: Get your head out of the minutiae of stuff that needs to be done and give yourself the luxury (and necessity) of an hour or two to plan. Decide what you want, work out what action it will take and then do it. Review your plan regularly. Further Reading: […]

Startup Tip 41: Don’t Mix Business with Pleasure – Financially, at least

This is a guest post by Andrew Dubinsky.  Keep your personal and financial records separate. 
This goes right along with my first tip. Don’t use your personal account to pay for business expenses and vice versa. Get a business bank account as soon as you can. Most business bank accounts now offer debit cards so you can still […]

Startup Tip 40: How to make sure you always have money in the bank to feed yourself

How do you make sure you have money in the bank so you can eat and pay your rent while you build your startup? Learn to invest. Yes, that’s right, LEARN to invest. No simple tips or tricks, just a journey that will take you many years but is well worth embarking on. “Hang on […]

Startup Tip 39: Keep good company records – even when it’s just you!

This is a guest post by Andrew Dubinsky.    Entrepreneurs typically fall into two groups: You’re either the sales-and-marketing-type or the brainy-investor-type. As the sales-and-marketing-type you excel at the creative side of business, (company records be damned.) The problem is, that from day one, you’ll be closely monitored and scrutinized by these (oftentimes quite boring) […]

Startup Tip 38: No business data = no business. How safe is yours?

Today a friend of mine was burgled. Her phone, an iPad and her deceased father’s watch and wedding ring were stolen. But what she is most upset about is that her Macbook has disappeared together with a lifetime’s worth of content including all the files and business data for her business. She doesn’t have backups, which […]

Startup Tip 37: How to spot your 3 best opportunities for business growth

Our biggest challenges are our best opportunities for business growth It’s one of the quirks of our human nature that we tend to skirt around our biggest issues. Our biggest challenges are, by definition, the most challenging and hardest to solve. That’s why we tend to avoid them rather than do them first, because they […]

Startup Tip 36: Capture new business ideas & make them work for you

What difference would it make to your business, if you could tap into a never-ending source of new business ideas? What if I told you that you already had such a source that is always throwing new ideas at you? All of us have a phenomenal gift – our brains. Our brains will come up […]

Startup Tip 35: Get more done – take time off

There’s so much to do and not enough time Everyone starting or running a business has been in the position where it feels like things are a bit overwhelming. We’ve all wondered how to get more done. There’s so much to do and not enough time. You have to order new supplies, respond to customer […]

Startup tip 34: Banish doubt – Believe in yourself and what you do

Believe in yourself – This sounds really fundamental, but it is amazing how often we doubt ourselves and doubt the idea we are working on. I am evaluating a new startup opportunity right now and already I have gone from excitement and “this is the greatest idea ever” to doubt and “maybe it’s a dumb […]

Startup Tip 33: How to automate your social media while still being human & real

Keeping up with the whole social media promotion merry-go-round can take a lot of time. Especially if you want to make real connections. There are some great tools that you can use to make life easier and automate some tasks. I want to use social media  to be a real person and genuinely interact with […]

Startup Tip 32: Feeling stuck? Create change to come up with new solutions

Sometimes even the best of us get stuck. It might be in something small like how to deal with the paper piling up on our desk or something big that really affects our business – like achieving product-market fit. And all of us are prone to inertia. Which means that when we get stuck, we tend to keeping spinning […]

Startup Tip 31: Control you email – so it doesn’t control you!

Update: Aug 2018 All the tips below are still great for getting on top of your email. But if you really want it under control, you need a system. The one I recommend and use is The Secret Weapon. (It’s free, can be used with OneNote or Evernote. Once you set it up, it’s simple […]

Startup Tip 30: Ask for a favour & get others invested in your success

“Entrepreneurs or executives often hesitate to ask for help because they worry about being intrusive or appearing needy. The truth is that it’s innately satisfying to assist others, and most people want to help. Next time you want to make a connection with someone, ask them for a favor. Request that they serve as a […]

Startup Tip 29: Start an exercise routine

Exercising regularly not only does wonders for your health but it also benefits your business. We all know we should do it, but here’s why. Exercise: makes you more alert gives you more stamina increases your energy improves your mood helps you sleep better increases  your ability to cope with stress. “I don’t know a successful […]