Many of us – those who graduated and got a job – started losing the enthusiasm and energy we once had in college. Looking back at the days where we dreamed of the graduation day to be FREE and do what we want, suddenly we found ourselves stuck in a 9 to 5 job, spending hours in traffic, going home doing nothing or at best sitting in cafes smoking Shisha and playing cards. I can’t…"Finding Time for Side Projects: How to Get The Enthusiasm Back"
Creating and managing user accounts is an essential part of system administration. But you have to have good understanding of what a user account is and how we can effectively create a new one. User account is method used by operating system to identify individual and to know which user has access to which file and services. In this post I will cover only user creation part of user account handling. In next two…"Creating Local User Accounts in Linux/RHEL"
Once you have a few apps out in the app store and your business is gaining momentum, it’s very important to start outsourcing some of the tasks and giving the responsibility to someone else. I’m a big believer of only doing the parts of your business that you enjoy and are good at, and leave the rest to someone. Not only will that bring you the best results (we are usually pretty good at the…"App Automation – From Idea to the App Store In Half the Time"
I never saw myself starting my own business. It was real hard to look ahead and see where things were going. When all you grew up with and see around are people busy getting up in the morning for work, its so dark. You would truly think the life pattern was real. It’s not until you learn the lessons of life and the art of self leadership do you realize that life pattern isn’t real…"How to Master the Art of Self Leadership"
One of the most common questions people often ask me is: “How much does it cost to develop an app?” This is one of the hardest questions to answer as each app is different but it all comes down to what functions you’d like to add to your app. If this is your first app, I would highly recommend that you keep it simple and more budget-friendly. Try not to go over $1000 or even…"How Much Does it Cost to Develop An App – Ultimate Guide To Developing iPhone Apps Without Getting Ripped Off"
This post is about how first time entrepreneurs or managers just need to apply common sense to the way of doing business. To learn how to manage customers, you don’t need to attend seminars on topics like winning and retaining your customer, customer loyalty, how to run business effectively, being a CEO and not a manager, etc. When you sit in these seminars and listen to some speakers, you will often feel, “Oh heck ya, I…"Customers – It’s All About Wooing and Romancing Them"
I remember a few years ago at a customer’s house I was asked if I knew how to design web sites. I said I could do some myself or could arrange to hire developers for more complicated sites. I asked my customer what she had in mind and she replied that she had a business idea for a web site but didn’t want to say any more for fear of someone else using the idea.…"Entrepreneurial Paranoia – Only the paranoid survive?"
Having a good solid foundation of marketing knowledge before you begin your business is important to keep you going. Reading a copy of Guerilla Marketing for the 90’s will give you the proper foundation you need to plan your marketing strategy effectively. As I said with the previous book I recommended, you don’t need the newest edition. Buy it if you want, but you will pay several times the price of the copy I just…"So You Want To Start a Business: The Importance of Effective Marketing, Pt 2"
You may be working in the corporate world, working for a small company or maybe you are unemployed or taking a sabbatical. Whatever the case may be, there is plenty of opportunity for a person with motivation, determination and vigor to start a new business. I would add that it’s never been cheaper to start a new business. It can be argued that for would be entrepreneurs, there are more resources available right now at…"So You Want To Start a Business: The Importance of Effective Marketing, Pt 1"
I thought I would write an article on what I’ve found to be tough in being an entrepreneur. To balance it out, I’ll follow up with a different article on the positives. Interestingly enough, what I label as a con is really also a pro at the same time. What makes this business tough is the same exact thing which makes it exciting. On Your Own The first thing that comes to my mind when…"Entrepreneurship Is Tough – Here’s Why"
As I’m writing this there is a special on Georgia Public Television featuring Robert K. Robert K is an investor who has made it his life mission to educate as many as he can in the importance of financial literacy. He’s written a series of books on this subject that go by the name of Rich Dad Poor Dad. There’s the original Rich Dad Poor Dad book plus dozens of others such as Rich Dad’s…"Rich Dad Poor Dad – Book Review"
Where can the pieces of the puzzle be found? In lots of different guises and venues, it seems… I’ve shared the best definition of entrepreneurship I’ve ever seen, but when I thought about “entrepreneurial” – as in “what’s this blog really about” – and what it means to me I came up with a multitrack-running train of thought. And now we’re getting personal. The word “entrepreneurial” means lots of different things to me because I’ve…"Fifty Shades Of Entrepreneurial, Pt 1/3"
This is one of my favorite quotes: “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people” – Eleanor Roosevelt As a boy, much of the time I preferred the company of books before people. Indulging in inspiration, adventures, foreign places and concepts challenged and stimulated me. I was often building and inhabiting worlds in my mind, and not even focusing on the sensory elements of the phantasy… but preferring to dive deep…"Quote: “People, events, ideas”"
How could a lucrative social network be built around book recommendations within specific niches? In this post you can read how I would do it! The topic here is “free-to-use new business ideas that I came up with but don’t have the time and resources to make into reality at the moment”. As always, if you want to take an idea and do it yourself, please tell me first! Maybe we could create a joint venture?…"Sprinkles Of Inspiration: Shared Business Ideas Pt. 2"
What happens if you take awesome but struggling entrepreneurs and put them in the corporate board rooms to share their disruptive perspective? You get more inspired, action-focused board meetings and less starving entrepreneurs! This is the first post in a series I’m spinning off from when I mentioned my 18 now dormant business ideas in my earlier post Fifty Shades Of Entrepreneurial Pt 3. I don’t think the series is going to be 18 parts. It’s…"Sprinkles Of Creativity: Shared Business Idea, Pt 1"
Following up on the previous post, here continues the journey through the various faces of entrepreneurship throughout my “un-career”. Read on to find out what I learned! Toasty! After my MLM phase I decided to focus more on my own ideas and creativity, and marry those with the business (and life!) insights I had gathered during some very intense years. I wanted to put those hard earned skills to work in new, deeper settings that…"Fifty Shades Of Entrepreneurial, Pt 2/3"
This is the conclusion of my narrative through various types of entrepreneurial roles and environments during fifteen years up until now. I hope you’ll be able to gleam some insights through this plethora of perspectives on life in business! While building my “small scalable business” I had to look for other ways to complement my income, and that eventually got me into situations where I was given room to play with my collected business learnings…"Fifty Shades Of Entrepreneurial, Pt 3/3"
This post started as part of my post from yesterday which was about practical Google Reader tips. I went off on a tangent about the evolution of how we consume digital media, and after feedback from my friend Titjof I decided to expand on that and include some guesses about where we’re headed. Welcome aboard! Google Reader: Collecting lots of cool reading material I’m in love with information. I constantly find myself exploring and getting…"From Search To Collect To Curate And Beyond (Digital Media)"
Tribal Leadership is a book about how to build world-class culture in an organization. It describes five developmental stages for individuals and organizations, and correlates these stages with worldviews, or general outlook on life. The three higher stages of this model happen to be exemplified in my latest blog post on “the new fluid world”, which I found to be an interesting… coincidence. (Or parallell, rather.) I got this book recommendation from my friend Davie…"Tribal Leadership And Its Connection To The Fluid Agents"
By now everyone has felt it. How everything changes so fast, how we get bombarded by new information, new inputs from every direction, and how this new world somehow expects us to keep up with it spinning faster and faster. In the last couple of years I, for one, have experienced in my surroundings an incredible upswing of entrepreneurial spirit, of the ideals of creativity, individual expression, going out and making a dent in the…"The New Fluid World And Its New Lifestyle / Workstyle"
If you saw the title above and hoped to learn how to get to Inbox Zero with your email, there’s a recommendation waiting for you in the end of the post! What I’m instead intending to do here is share with you how I cut a massive cognitive load from the back of my mind and created a more manageable Google Reader experience for myself. Hope it sounds interesting! From 461 feeds to 115 Screenshot…"Digital Feng Shui – Input Downsizing For The Knowledge Addict"
To be authentic means letting your true voice be heard. By definition it entails going out on a limb, exposing yourself as vulnerable, so it can be a scary thing. For your inspiration, here’s four examples of entrepreneurs who demonstrate authenticity in an impactful way. The authentic context First, for a quick background and to set the context, let’s take a look at two instances of digital media of today: Podcasts and “Best of Quora”.…"Authenticity And Entrepreneurship"
Funny things happen in dialogue. I was interviewed by a student in entrepreneurship for her thesis, and when asked the question whether I was an “out-of-the-box-thinker” I replied like this: “Rather than thinking outside the box, I prefer finding ways to make the box bigger – that is, expanding the frameworks and the playing field.” I hadn’t really thought about it like this before, but to me the sentence above kind of sums up my…"Making The Box Bigger"
… and some things are better off if they stay small, too. Scalability is the hottest thing you can say when pitching your business to bigtime VCs or promoting growth in entrepreneurship in political circles. Of course we want to paint pictures of ourselves building empires and becoming ultra-rich. (“A million dollars isn’t cool. Wanna know what is? A BILLION dollars” like the Justin Timberlake-played character says in that movie). I’m relieved, even elated, when…"Everything Must Start Small…"
Hey there! Today, I would like to share some interesting articles and sites with you all… though not necessarily new, the links below are all good reads and tools for us entrepreneurs. As I wrote in this post, I have a tumblr blog that’s dedicated to just share fun and fascinating “stuff” that I come across on the web. Once a week I will pick a number of favorites from my link archive there –…"Linkage Lookback – Eight Greats From October 2010"
Balance In Duality Bruce Lee is in full-on-master mode when he describes the state of being water. His words and delivery are beautiful, poetic and inspiring. However, I’m reminded of the legacy he left behind, and I think many would agree with me that his life was an expression of fire more than any other element. So, the place where I was taught the importance of balance in duality (because this is as much about…"Martial Arts Lessons – Be Water, Be Fire"
Why watch the competition? What it says up there. Think about it. Why look anxiously at what other players on the market/in your niche are doing? Will you do what they are doing – only for the sake of “not losing”? Will you do what they are NOT doing – only for the sake of differentiation? Come on. Let’s be more proactive than that. As entrepreneurs, the world is our oyster. We’re all intelligent and…"The Integral Entrepreneur Manifesto"
Funny thing happened. Two years ago my laptop got stolen. It was just after I had spent a semester in Japan, a country where you just trust other people with your personal belongings. So I was back in Sweden and my computer bag with laptop and more valuable than that – some personal notebooks, were taken from me in a moment of unattentiveness. This week I went to the police station to pick the same…"Time Is (Of) The Essence."
This quote captures the essence of entrepreneurship closer than anything I can think of: Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled. English: Students in a Harvard Business School classroom (Photo credit: Wikipedia) It comes from Harvard Business School Professor Howard Stevenson. Read the story about the quote on Inc.com here. After that, I recommend you wrap your head around the terms “causal vs effective reasoning”, referred to by the very interesting…"The Best Definition Of Entrepreneurship I’ve Ever Seen"