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Are you a solopreneur with zero gross margin?

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I get a lot of calls from solopreneur service providers (think lawyers, accountants, consultants) who are struggling in their businesses. They’re working almost around the clock, fighting fatigue and burnout, and despite all that effort, making less money than they feel they should. They’re frustrated. They took the leap into entrepreneurship because they wanted more freedom to set their schedule, …

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Tom Cruise’s rant shows why emotional intelligence matters

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If you keep up with Hollywood gossip news, you’ve probably seen some headlines about Tom Cruise’s most recent unhinged rant. He got upset about some COVID safety violations on the set of “Mission: Impossible 7” and melted down on the cast and crew. Unsurprisingly, now the story has broken that there’s a mass exodus amongst the movie’s staff. Even in …

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How to act like a VC-backed startup (#12: Should it be you running your business?)

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“Should it be you running your business?” is the final part of a twelve-part series. It’s a deep look behind the scenes of the “business playbook” that makes VC-backed companies successful and how to apply these lessons to your business. If you’re looking for the introduction to the series and first article, please click here. If you’re looking for other …

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How to act like a VC-backed startup (#11: Encourage leadership at all levels)

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“Encourage leadership at all levels” is the eleventh part of a twelve-part series. It’s a deep look behind the scenes of the “business playbook” that makes VC-backed companies successful and how to apply these lessons to your business. If you’re looking for the introduction to the series and first article, please click here. If you’re looking for other articles in …

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How to act like a VC-backed startup (#10: Engage in your local startup ecosystem)

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“Engage in your local startup ecosystem” is the tenth part of a twelve-part series. It’s a deep look behind the scenes of the “business playbook” that makes VC-backed companies successful and how to apply these lessons to your business. If you’re looking for the introduction to the series and first article, please click here. If you’re looking for other articles …

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How to act like a VC-backed startup (#9: Create copious documentation)

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“Create copious documentation” is the ninth part of a twelve-part series. It’s a deep look behind the scenes of the “business playbook” that makes VC-backed companies successful and how to apply these lessons to your business. If you’re looking for the introduction to the series and first article, please click here. If you’re looking for other articles in the series, …

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How to act like a VC-backed startup (#8: Build career paths for your team)

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“Build career paths for your team” is the eighth part of a twelve-part series. It’s a deep look behind the scenes of the “business playbook” that makes VC-backed companies successful and how to apply these lessons to your business. If you’re looking for the introduction to the series and first article, please click here. If you’re looking for other articles …

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How to act like a VC-backed startup (#7: Build scalability into your business)

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Build scalability into your business is the seventh part of a twelve-part series. It’s a deep look behind the scenes of the “business playbook” that makes VC-backed companies successful and how to apply these lessons to your business.  If you’re looking for the introduction to the series and first article, please click here. If you’re looking for other articles in …

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How to act like a VC-backed startup (#6: Invest in your team)

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Invest in your team is the sixth part of a twelve-part series. It’s a deep look behind the scenes of the “business playbook” that makes VC-backed companies successful and how to apply these lessons to your business.  If you’re looking for the introduction to the series and first article, please click here. If you’re looking for other articles in the …

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How to act like a VC-backed startup (#5: Fund your business adequately)

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Fund your business adequately is the fifth part of a twelve-part series. It’s a deep look behind the scenes of the “business playbook” that makes VC-backed companies successful and how to apply these lessons to your business.  If you’re looking for the introduction to the series and first article, please click here. If you’re looking for other articles in the …