It’s time for another Carnival! As the Carnival rolls into town I want to thank every participate and promoter of the Carnival. It means a lot to me and to others who get a bit more awareness, buzz and traffic to their blogs.
For the past few weeks I’ve been running the Carnival here. Starting in February we’ll send it out into the wild entrepreneurial blogosphere and let others have fun with the hosting duties!
You can check out past Carnivals with the links provided in the sidebar to the far right.
My Personal Highlights
- GP, a new innkeeper in Montana, gives us his thoughts on entrepreneurship. What’s so wonderful about this post is the mixture of advice, thought and story. Plus, he’s provided a recipe! How can you go wrong with that?
- Thom Singer presents 2007 Networking Tip. Read this post. Thom knows what he’s talking about. Many of you will nod in agreement, but the key is to take action from his words. Thom lays it all out for you right at the end of the post, giving us all the true meaning of networking.
- Andrew MacGill says tell me something I don’t know. Andrew questions the advice people give when they say, “Find out what your customers want.” What if they don’t know? Good question. Andrew has some answers for you.
- David Maister has excellent advice on what to do when you pass your company on to others. I recently talked about exit strategies and succession planning, so David’s post fits in beautifully.
- Bonny Albo has ten top New Year’s resolutions for entrepreneurs. It’s a great list, not overly long with lots of worthwhile resolutions for you to go after. The 6th resolution is “Take a small business or entrepreneurship course.” That’s an interesting one, not something you would typically find on such a list — how many of you do this?
Better Business Advice
- Juuso Hietalahti reminds us that just because you like coffee, doesn’t mean everyone does. The analogy holds true in many cases, including blog posts (I know exactly how Juuso feels judging his own posts vs. what people respond to), business and entrepreneurship.
- Adnan offers Seven Surefire Steps to a Scorching Sales Pitch. Aside from the wonderful alliteration, the post has some good advice for the non-salesperson. I’m far from an expert in sales, but I’d love to hear what others think!
- Kim Bayne has Five Top Tips For Starting Your Business. What an awesome blog post title! I find it very interesting that her first point is to “write a detailed business plan” because I know many people will disagree and I’m going to be tackling this subject in-depth very soon. Point #5 is critical in my mind, and the most often overlooked.
- David Lorenzo reminds us that you can’t manage time. David provides three areas of our daily lives that we need to examine, each of which we may ignore but definitely shouldn’t. And there’s a great connection with David’s item #3 and Emmanuel Olawutosin’s reason #9.
- Jack Yoest goes under the studio lights for some sales and presentation training. Jack’s got an interesting writing style. Sometimes it means you have to read something a couple times to get the flow, but there’s a lot of valuable advice in this post about sales and presentations worth checking out.
- Wayne Hulbert reminds us that every business is different and they can’t all be managed the same way.
- Emmanuel Olawutosin offers 10 Reasons to Start a Business in 2007. They’re all great reasons, but I particularly like #9. It made me chuckle. Go check it out.
- Brian Kim shows us how to believe we can do anything. Brian doesn’t just stick with quick quotes of inspiration, he breaks things down, forces us to think and reconstructs everything by the end. Brian wants you to take control of your beliefs. Go give it a try.
- Patricia gives us 10 Reasons NOT To Give Up on TV. Interesting. When most people find there’s nothing of value on TV, Patricia disagrees, tells us why and ties it into the entrepreneur in you.
Online Entrepreneurship and Resources
- Ryan Mapes, co-founder of Go Big Network, a network for startups and entrepreneurs, asks a question many of us are thinking about, is being paid to write a blog post ethical? Check out Ryan’s thoughts and continue the discussion, which is a worthwhile one (regardless of your opinion.)
- The Digerati Life questions where we’re going with Web 2.0 and Web 3.0. Methinks she may have coined a new term: Web 2.5. Anyone?
- Jimmy Reimer has an interview with Lucas Arnold of CommerceCubes where they talk about getting started in the Internet business of building and monetizing websites. It’s a great intro, and I always enjoy the interview format.
- Laura Young presents The Golden Retriever’s Favorite Small Business and Home Office Resources which is a great, and extensive list of resources related to entrepreneurship and business. She has an entire section for resources especially for women, which I think is important.
- Ruben offers a 3-prong triage technique based off of Steve Pavlina’s ideas in order to make money blogging. Ruben doesn’t go into a lot of detail on how he’s going to accomplish the tasks to make money from blogging, but the technique itself is worth investigating and experimenting with.
- Barbra Sundquist provides instructions on how to setup an autoresponder. Many people will tell you that an autoresponder can be very valuable off your website, landing pages, etc. to generate interest in your products and services.
More Great Posts to Help Entrepreneurs
- Erich has a fascinating article entitled What’s Your Money Type? Apparently we all have a money type which tells us a lot about ourselves. I’m not sure we all fit into such neat categories, but it’s still interesting. I’d say I’m a Striver-Coaster. I don’t live above my means and I don’t tend to show off (there’s not much to show off) but I like the “strength of will” referenced with the Strivers.
- Nate Ritter looks at The VC Money Connection, talking about two specific issues: geographic proximity between VCs and startups, and trust.
- Murad explains solution selling and how it works.
- Sagar Satapathy presents The 10 Best (and 10 Worst) Companies for Call Center Service. It’s an interesting list, and everyone – from the solopreneur to small business owner to CEO of a multinational can learn something from the companies doing it right and wrong.
- Joshua Dorkin has some advice for real estate investors and entrepreneurs – buy real estate owned properties. These are properties owned by the bank that have gone through the foreclosure process.
- Jakob Dupont Knudsen has a business idea – commercialized phone calls. The idea would be to listen to commercials while waiting for the person you’re calling to pick up the phone, and the listener (or caller) would be paid (or their phone bill paid) to compensate for the effort. Crazy idea? Maybe. I know I don’t want to listen to ads while waiting for anything, and I’m not sure there’s enough time while the phone is ringing to listen to anything substantial. But who knows…
Another week, another Carnival! It’s a great, enormous list of entrepreneurial-related posts. Check ‘em out, enjoy, comment here and leave comments on the other blogs as well.
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The next Carnival goes live on January 16th — so get your submissions in.
That’s it for this week! Next week’s Carnival will be hosted here on January 10th, 2006. You can submit your entrepreneurial gems for next week.
I hope everyone finds something worthwhile, spreads the link love, comments on these blog posts and promotes the Carnival.