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Top 5 Smart Home Systems to Improve Your Home Office

As technology advances, our need for quicker and more efficient products, capable of keeping up, increases. Currently, smart home systems are on the top of the list. Whether you need a hands-free voice-activated device to lock all your doors or you want to control your thermostat from an integrated app on your phone, here are […] The post Top 5 Smart Home Systems to Improve Your Home Office appeared first on SmallBizClub.

The essential guide to setting up a home office

More and more people are choosing to work for themselves – and for that, they need a home office which boosts their productivity while reflecting their personality. There’s a lot to consider here. You’ll need to think about legal implications like insurance, practical things like a comfortable office chair and design features like colour and The post The essential guide to setting up a home office appeared first on Small Business.

What to Consider If You Work from a Home Office

If you work from home, you may be wondering whether you can deduct your office space from your federal tax returns. The short answer is: Yes, absolutely! But the IRS has very specific guidelines for what is and isn’t deductible with respect to home offices. Here are some tax issues to consider if you work […] The post What to Consider If You Work from a Home Office appeared first on SmallBizClub.

5 Reasons NOT to Use Your Home Office Address

Some of you might think it’s perfectly fine to register your business to a home address, and include that address on your marketing and billing material. The fact is that… Read more » The post 5 Reasons NOT to Use Your Home Office Address appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.

5 Ways to Integrate Nature in Your Home Office

Working from home has its advantages — you no longer feel drained by office politics and apply more focus to the tasks in hand. But it might bring unexpected challenges… Read more » The post 5 Ways to Integrate Nature in Your Home Office appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.

Remaining On-Track and Focused in Your Home Office

While working from your home office has its advantages, it can be one of the most challenging work environments you’ll ever face. People complain all the time about the noise levels and distractions in their open-plan office, but they don’t understand how difficult it is to accomplish day-to-day work tasks while also cooking, cleaning, taking […] The post Remaining On-Track and Focused in Your Home Office appeared first on SmallBizClub.

If You Own a Small Business, Don’t Miss These 5 Key Tax Tips

Tax season is drawing near, which means headaches and stress for small business owners looking to save every penny they can. Combine the normal stress with new headaches surrounding the tax bill recently passed by Congress, and small business owners, especially new ones, can easily find themselves unprepared. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways for […] The post If You Own a Small Business, Don’t Miss These 5 Key Tax Tips appeared first on SmallBizClub. Powered by WPeMatico

Innovators podcast @ Stanford

A fun interview at Stanford about some old things and new ones. https://soundcloud.com/innovatorsradio/s1e5-steve-blank-lean-startup Founders 2:15: Founders and dysfunctional families 3:55: Operating in chaos 7:18: Mentorship is a two-way street 11:50: Founders are artists 14:03: Failure=experience 17:27: Rules for raising a family if you’re a founder Startups 19:25: Startups are not smaller versions of large companies 22:03: How I-Corps and H4X were born 26:25: Your idea is not a company 31:19: Why the old way of building startups no longer works 32:53: Origin of the Lean Startup 34:24 Why the Lean Startup Changes Everything in the Harvard Business Review 35:28: How innovation happens Company/Government Innovation 41:37: Innovation is different in companies and gov’t agencies 42:35 The Innovation Pipeline 43:30  Deliverable products and services not activities 44:25  GE & Procter and Gamble and Lean 46:44: Startups disrupting things by breaking the law Government Innovation 51:12: Fighting continuous disruption with continuous innovation 52:08: How governments innovate 53:58: The U.S. government goes Lean 56:00: Customer Development versus Design Thinking 57:54: Innovation from the battlefield to the boardroom Powered by WPeMatico

10 Investor Approaches To Avoid When You Need Funding

Many new entrepreneurs are so excited by their latest idea that they can’t resist contacting every investor they know, assuming the investor will be equally excited and want to contribute immediately. Others will work hard on a business plan, and then mail it indiscriminately to every potential investor they can find on the Internet. Both of these approaches are a waste of your time and theirs. The best professional investors receive dozens of proposals a day, so they are conditioned to look for quantitative data, rather than passion, for credibility and potential. They also look for entrepreneurs they know from past experience and warm introductions, or for evidence that you have previously built a successful startup, and sold your last one for maybe $800 million. If you are not in that rare category of known and proven entrepreneurs, you should avoid the following list of my top ten turnoffs that I have personally experienced as an angel investor. These will put your proposal in the circular file, and even future good opportunities from you may go to the bottom of my list: “Give me a call to hear about an opportunity that can’t fail.” Teasing or spamming an investor is not the way to his pocketbook. Also suggesting that they check out your website or video and tell you what they think will not likely peak their curiosity. Every pitch should start with a concise statement of the problem and your innovative solution. “Attached is a copy of my full business plan for your review.” Too much detail at first contact is just as much of a turnoff as no information. The first page of the business plan better be an executive summary which gives the investor a taste of the financials, as well as opportunity, competition, and key executives. “I don’t have a business plan, but the technology is disruptive.” Investors are buying part of the business, not the product or service. They only want a quick overview of the product, not detailed features and patent secrets. If you haven’t yet finalized the business model, cost projections, and customer…

6 Mindset Elements Required For Disruptive Startups

One of the business ironies that many entrepreneurs have learned the hard way in the past is that ideas which are truly disruptive carry the highest risk of failure, take the longest to gain traction, and thus are the least likely to get external funding. So some entrepreneurs stick with incremental solutions, avoiding more transformational or adaptive solutions implying disruptive change. In the past, only a few entrepreneurs, like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, maintained the passion, patience, and determination to accomplish disruptive change in the marketplace. Today with the growing number of disruptive technologies available, like cloud computing, wireless sensors, Big Data, and mobile devices, an incremental solutions mindset is no longer enough to win. John Sculley, in his classic book “Moonshot!: Game-Changing Strategies to Build Billion-Dollar Businesses” argues that every entrepreneur now needs to think and act like one of those elite entrepreneurs who could go the extra mile and cause disruptive change. He coins the term “adaptive innovator” for the required mindset to characterize the required focus. I strongly support the key principles he outlines as required to drive the mindset to make business leaders successful in this new world, both in established companies as well as startups. I have summarized or paraphrased the points here, to add my own focus and experience with new entrepreneurs and startups: Be forever curious and an optimist. Adaptive innovator entrepreneurs are inspired by what’s possible, but focus on what’s probable. Great entrepreneurs aren’t just dreamers, they are doers. They wake up each day re-energized and optimistic, curious about the world around them, but always committed to getting real things done. Unpack your best ideas. Unpacking an idea is about taking deep dives into it; twisting and turning it to see the concept in different ways. The deeper your dive into an idea, the more creative will be your insights. Ideas without context are just a commodity. Context comes from experience. Trying and failing is an experience building-block to get context. Learn more every day in layers. Let every new bit of learning spark your curiosity to build a new layer…

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