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3 Books Every Aspiring Entrepreneur Should Read

As someone with ADHD, who grew up with reading difficulties, sitting down with a book was never my go-to pastime. I preferred hands-on learning over classroom education -- so when I traded in my textbooks to run my own business, I don't think anyone was surprised. But even though I believe experience is the best teacher, there are always opportunities to learn from the experts (whether you're in startup or 30 years into your business).
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5 Hard Truths All Successful Entrepreneurs Can Relate To

Business is really hard. Being successful is even harder. But, through all the bad days, all the mistakes, all the lessons learned, all the doubts and all the worries, if you can get up and do it anyway, it's worth it. All the sacrifices you need to make, all the sleep you won't get and all the money you won't see for awhile... it'll come.
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7 Business Lessons I Learned the Hard Way

In honour of Small Business Week, I've decided to organize my reflections on it now, and would like to share with you the top 7 things I would tell my former self about growing a small business. I hope my hindsight may help those who are just now embarking down this path.
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The Most Rewarding Marketing Mistake I Ever Made

No matter how great things seem to be going, you never stop marketing. It needs to be a constant hum because if that hum stops, you know there will be a big problem ahead. I stopped marketing because I thought I had all the clients I needed. Over the years I've seen others make the same mistake but for different reasons. Here are a few.
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5 Business Tips For The Aspiring Designer

Pre-internet designers would traditionally either need a large company behind them or would have to settle for selling locally. These days the internet has leveled the playing field while also forcing designers to become multi-talented small business owners. The rules have changed.

Three Key Ways to Make a Sale

The real drama for entrepreneurs is that your ability to present your product or program is directly related to you being able to remain in business! The bottom line is if you're too uncomfortable to present your business in a way that can entice potential paying clients, you're in trouble.
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Your Start-Up Business: The Art and Science of Cold Calling

When you're with a start-up and you run into a problem you can't solve, what do you do? The obvious answer is you turn to someone who has built a business before. What if you don't have someone like this in your sphere of influence? Well, that's where cold calling (or emailing) comes in. But people have an irrational fear of cold calling. Here's how to get the most out of a cold call.

Four Ways Honest Leaders Accidentally Create Ethical Risks

The hard reality is that good people do bad things, and honest leaders let it happen. Honest leaders don't do it on purpose--they create ethics risks at their organizations by simply focusing on the wrong issues. So how did the good and honest leader unwittingly cause such behavior? Here are four ways it happens.

After 10 Years of Business, Here's What I've Learned

June 6th marks a personal milestone for me: It's my company, NKPR's, 10th year anniversary! As we blow out the birthday candles and look forward to the next 10 years, I can't help but pause and take stock. I've learned many things specific to my industry, there are some observations I can share that apply to anybody in any business.
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The Scarcity of Good Information

In a world that is so readily connected to so much information, it seems totally counterintuitive that useful, timely, relevant information is a rarity. We're all tracking, seeking and consuming more information all the time. The problem is there's so much to sort and filter through to find the good stuff.