Archives for the ‘Advice’ Category

Get a custom e-mail address

By • Mar 8th, 2008 • Category: Business, Daily Life

One of the easiest ways you can boost your small business’s image is to get a custom e-mail address for your business. Many people take the first step and register a domain for their small business, for example for Jane’s Daycare, however they continue to use their home e-mail address or a free service […]

Why Small Businesses Fail

By • Feb 17th, 2008 • Category: Business

According to a report recently given to the President by the Small Business Administration, In any given year, about 7 percent of the working age population in the United States is actively engaged in efforts to start a business. This 7% equates to approximately 10.2 million Americans that have the desire to start a new […]

Understand your business goal

By • Feb 16th, 2008 • Category: Business

In the same manner of knowing the ins and outs of your business idea, you should also make sure you understand your business’s goal. A business goal is similar to the business idea, but is different because it is what you want to accomplish with the business idea. For example: I recently spoke with someone […]

Productivity Tip for Students

By • Feb 16th, 2008 • Category: Advice

The best productivity tool I discovered is one I wish I learned earlier in my college career. This tool is portable software. In my early days of going to class, I found that research for papers and group projects regularly required memorizing links or e-mailing bibliographies back and forth so work could be continued at […]

Automatic Logon in Windows

By • Feb 10th, 2008 • Category: Advice

One of the tips I use most often is one I don’t even notice half of the time. This tip is logging on to a profile on Windows automatically without having to type the password. While this may defeat the purpose of having a password, I use this tip, and a password, so I am […]

Understand your business idea

By • Feb 10th, 2008 • Category: Business

Because I tend to associate with individuals who call themselves entrepreneurs or innovators, I often hear the ideas many business owners try to run with. An important tip I would like to share is that every future small business owner should know and fully understand their business idea. You should do this before you begin […]

Our issue with CSN Stores…

By • Jan 25th, 2008 • Category: Advice, Daily Life

has finally been resolved! It isn’t exactly what we expected, but at least we’re satisfied. In short, the seventh top arrived damaged as well and I was ready to keep it because I was sick of the hassle. Laura made me call them though because she didn’t like the idea of paying $600 for a […]

Learning from others’ mistakes

By • Jan 19th, 2008 • Category: Business

One of the best things about business and human nature is that when we take the time to observe what goes on around us, we can learn from the mistakes of others. This is what I’ve been doing the past year at my now part-time job, where I assist small business owners and entrepreneurs with […]

Please ship my dining room table, and try not to break it for the sixth time

By • Jan 13th, 2008 • Category: Advice, Daily Life

Dear CSN Stores (Niraj Shah, Steven Conine), FedEx, Hillsdale Furniture: I would really like to have a dining room table, but you do not seem to be able to ship one that doesn’t break along the way. My name is Chad Smith, and on Sunday, November 18th, I placed an order on for a […]

New Business Ideas (and 8 ways not to market your new business)

By • Sep 8th, 2007 • Category: Business, Daily Life

I was sitting at work the other day trying to come up with ways to make money on the side (because my current job doesn’t pay enough for a house) and came up with some fairly clever ideas for a new business. My goal was to think of something that would cost me little, require […]