Going it Alone? 3 Small Business Opportunities You’re Missing Out On

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Working for yourself is great, but at some point you’re going to miss the chance to talk to people who understand what you’re going through. If you don’t have a community to commiserate with occasionally, you can start feeling alone in your ventures.

While it may seem a little strange, you actually want to hang out with your competitors. Why in the world would you ever want to do that? Because, more than anyone else, they understand what we go through everyday. In the end, making nice with your colleagues can help spur friendly competition and keep everybody sane.

Not sure how to go about getting everybody together? Here are some ideas.


Five (more) Lessons from Television: On Entrepreneurship

Ah television, is there anything you can’t teach us? The Simpsons have already made appearances in our humble blog to offer their wisdom on filing taxes, staying sane in the workplace, and getting the kids out of the house during the summer. But we felt that we should give a little bit of love to our other favorite shows that also feature some hard-earned business advice of their own.

“Life doesn’t imitate art, it imitates bad television.”

So we took a stroll into TV land to learn a few lessons on entrepeneurship, courtesy of our favorite fictional characters.

George Bluth Sr and the Cornballer (Arrested Development)

Sure it’s banned in several countries, can burn off your fingerprints and incited Bluth Sr. to attack Richard Simmons, but ‘The Cornballer’ is the perfect example of why George Bluth made such a great entrepeneur. Even though he can’t legally sell the thing, and it causes severe burns, he and his family continue to use it. They believe in the product in all of its blister inducing glory, and it holds a central place in the home of his son Michael, well loved and well used. The family has the scars to prove it. (more…)