Entrepreneur Basics

Want to become an entrepreneur but don’t know where to start? This section will cover some of the basics, like how to decide what product to make and how to identify business opportunities. We even share some of the best entrepreneur books we’ve read. These entrepreneurial basics should get you started and pointed in the right direction. A basic premise of entrepreneurship is helping fellow businesses, so if you have any questions please leave them in the comments!

23Apr

3 Lessons To Shortcut Your Startup Learning Curve

Nelson JamesIt’s always fun to have a close friend (that is qualified) post here on my blog. This is one of those occasions! Nelson James is the co-founder and chief operating officer of Signs.com. Prior to that, Nelson was the president and co-founder of SEO.com, where he helped to grow the company from 2 to over 85 employees and managed many large accounts, including Dell.com. In between all of that, I was able to recruit Nelson to join Lendio, where he was VP of Marketing and was responsible for the creation and management of a marketing team as well as the strategy, tactics and programs to create interest and demand for Lendio’s products and services. He did a great job and it was fun for us to work together. I should note (and this ages me a bit) that I also coached young Nelson when he was a high school tennis star. So yeah, we go back a few years.

Nelson has had the opportunity over the last year to start Signs.com. For all you entrepreneurs and prospective entrepreneurs out there, I thought it would be helpful to hear from him. He’s written three essential lessons learned so far.

Enjoy the read!

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8Feb

Starting And Selling A Startup

Zach MangumThis is an exciting guest post to have here at Startup Flavor because it is one I’ve watched unfold up close and personal. My friend Zach and I worked together for awhile at Lendio. I saw Zach slowly and organically build his business and then take the risk of quitting a good job at Lendio to pursue his startup full time. I’ve always loved their company and products and I’ve been a regular promoter of both. This is a case of some good guys (Zach, Kevin and team) finishing first — which is just awesome and made my day when I heard that the company was acquired by Infusionsoft last month. For the record, GroSocial is a social media marketing software company based out of Orem, Utah that helps small and medium-sized businesses find new customers through popular social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Zach has provided social media marketing services, technology, and consulting to thousands of businesses worldwide with a particular emphasis and specialty in helping small businesses. I’d recommend you follow Zach on Twitter @zachmangum.

Zach, thanks for sharing your story. I’m sure it will inspire many entrepreneuers as it has inspired me. Way to go, guys.

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