Earning Extra Money in Your Spare Time

Not all entrepreneurial ventures need to be grandiose, million dollar money makers.  In fact, many of the successful entrepreneurs I’ve worked with over the years are moonlighting in small businesses to help fill gaps in their family budgets.  A part-time business might be just the thing you need to bring …

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Health Care Reform is good for Business

Every break my children have from school, we make the trek from Rochester NY to Clio Michigan and spend our vacations working on projects that will bring us closer to our eventual move. This week, we finally brought the first load of our belongings and in between wind and snow …

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Twitter 10k – Halfway there.

It took me 16 days to reach 5,000 followers, which means that I’m not going to make 10k in 21 days. I plan on continuing my trek towards 10,000 twitter followers, but I think I’ve gained as much as I can from this experiment and don’t really see the point …

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Twitter 10k – Day 9

With the first week of the Twitter 10k completed, I think I did well – if all you want is numbers. I was able to bring in 2151new followers in the first week.  My biggest daily gain was 740 followers and I averaged about 307 per day.  Pretty good considering …

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Twitter 10k – Day 5

I now have 5 days of data and observations recorded and I am starting to see some interesting trends.  How about we get to the numbers first and then my observations of how my experiences so far might impact a small business? The Data The first change you’ll see is …

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Twitter 10K – Day 1

Yesterday I gave the Twitter 10k my full attention – well sort of. I spent 90 minutes on the phone with Matt at Think Michigan Now and an afternoon trip to the gym didn’t give me a full day to work with, but I think that’s probably a good thing …

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Ego’s role in Business Websites

I’ve been advising one of my fellow SCORE counselors about the role of websites in business as we attempt to help one of his clients boost her sales.  In his latest email he said, “a web site must have a business purpose, not an ego purpose.” I couldn’t agree more! …

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The Business of Linux – Series Start

It’s become quite clear to me that I’ll never fit all I want or need to say about the business of Linux in my LinuxCon talk. In fact I could make it a full day workshop and still not cover everything there is to know about making money on products …

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The Rule of Two

I was following a thread this morning on the TeachingOpenSource.org Mailing list about using Scribd for source materials. Five messages in, there’s a reply that sends up a red flag for me. This is the second time hearing a story that’s so similar that it can’t be considered a coincidence. …

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