Carnival of Entrepreneurs – February 14, 2007

Welcome to the Valentines Day 2007 edition of the Carnival of Entrepreneurs. I’d like to thank all the submitters for sharing their articles. If you have a minute to spare after wooing your lover, you should spend some time browsing these thoughtful and informative posts.

To help you sort through the submissions, I’ve divided them into a few categories.

Inspiration

Wilson Ng presents Its About How Hard you Take The Hits and Still Keep Moving posted at Reflections of a BizDrivenLife.

GameProducer.net presents 80 Percent of Companies Won’t Fail Within 5 Years posted at Game Producer, saying, “Yet they keep telling us otherwise.”

GP presents No Comfort in Comfort posted at Fish Creek House – INNside Innkeeping, saying, “Whether it’s innkeeping or sports, breaking out of the comfort zone is part of the road to success. No risk, no reward. You wont know unless you go.”

Charles H. Green presents The Best in the World posted at Trust Matters, saying, “You can run your business to be the best in the world, instead of just another also-ran, if you have the discipline and commitment.”

Brian Kim presents When You Feel Down About Going for Your Dreams, Read This posted at BrianKim.net.

Vahid Chaychi presents Get Inspired by the Success Stories and Interviews posted at Internet and Search Engine Marketing, saying, “You may get disappointed while you have started a new business and it has not given any good result yet. Most people give up at this point and stop working. One of the best things that prevents you to give up, is reading the success stories and interviews of successful people in your niche. Learn how to find and read them every week.”

Craig Harper presents The Price of Success. posted at Renovate your life with Craig, saying, “Success has a price. The price is discomfort and the rewards are many and varied… but you need to decide if you are willing to pay that price. And pay it every day of your life; not for two weeks while you’re ‘in the zone’ (I hate that term). When the motivation ‘wears off’ (and it does because we’re human) we keep doing… even when it’s not fun, easy, comfortable or convenient.”

Susan Velez presents Focus On Success Even Through Adversity posted at The Secret To Life.

green | rising presents Creating Exceptional Value posted at Vihar Sheth.

Business Strategy

Anna Farmery presents Work/Life Balance and Leadership posted at The Engaging Brand.

Kennubo presents How to Makey Money on the Internet posted at Ken Nubo, PUA extraordinaire and ranting buddhist., calling the post a, “List of unconventional ways to make money on the Internet.”

Paul presents Three Pillars of Business Success posted at ExtremePerspective, saying, “3 keys to business success examined”

Christopher J. Brunner gives us some tips for to improve of business cards in, Adding Non-Text Elements to Your Business Cards and Effective Logo Design for Small Businesses posted at The Small Business Buzz.

Urban Gyrl asks a very important question for all entrepreneurs, What Type of Business Should I Start? Posted at Today’s Mompreneur.

Matt Everson presents How to Maximize Revenue Within Your Existing Client Base posted at Astuteo, describing it as, “An article about developing a comprehensive service plan for your customers.”

David Maister presents an interesting case study on Pricing and Promoting a PreSchool Business posted at Passion, People and Principles, saying, “Here’s advice on pricing and launching a new home-based business, from the perspective of a professional business consultant.”

Steve Faber tells us what The 4 Keys to Success Are. Posted at DebtBlog.

Praveen tells us why it is a good idea to provide your basic service for free and presents the Freemium Business Model. Posted at My Simple Trading System.

Sagar Satapathy presents Getting Organized: Lesson #1 for Small Business Owners posted at Management Strategies: 18 Tips to Manage Your Blog Network.

Daniel Scocco presents Competitive Advantage: Responsiveness to Change posted at Innovation Zen.

savingadvice presents 10 Key Questions To Ask About Franchises posted at Personal Finance Advice, saying, “Some questions you should consider before going the franchise route.”

Erek Ostrowski presents Organizational Culture: The Keys to the Kingdom posted at Verve Coaching, saying, “Understanding the role that culture plays in defining an organization’s potential gives you the keys to the proverbial kingdom.”

Kay Bell presents Tax paper chase posted at Don’t Mess With Taxes, saying, “Being your own boss is great, until you have to be your company’s CFO and reconcile 1099s at tax time.”

Debra Moorhead presents Personal Strategic Planning posted at Debra Moorhead.com.

Wayne Hurlbert presents Public relations blogging: When disaster strikes posted at Blog Business World, saying, “Disaster can strike a business at any time. Despite an entrepreneur’s careful plans to handle any possible emergency, life has a way of throwing the odd curveball. Sometimes those major issues feel like a hailstorm, and it’s landing right on your head. Of course, that’s only the beginning. The phone is ringing off the hook with members of the news media wanting answers as to what went wrong, and what is planned as a solution. Customers, creditors, and suppliers are suddenly into full panic mode about the solvency of your business. Even trusted staff members are quietly dusting off their resumes, and making calls around the city, about possible alternative employment.”

Evolving Times presents The Size Of Your Segment DOES Matter posted at Edward Mills, saying, “Segment Intending can be a powerful tool for entreprenuers.”

Barbra Sundquist presents Top Five Places for Small Business Networking (HomeBusinessWiz.com) posted at HomeBusinessWiz.

Online Marketing and Other Internet Topics

The Probabilist presents Why You’re Obliged to Make Money from Your Blog posted at The Probabilist . com.

Donna Kozik presents Online Marketing: First Things First posted at My Big Business Card.

Bill D’Alessandro presents Why Net Neutrality is Crucial for Entrepreneurship posted at Ready Fire Aim, saying, “Net Neutrality is a hot button issue right now, and it’s especially relevant for entrepreneurs.”

Eric Brown presents SEO Myth – Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is Complicated posted at SEO TIPS 4 U Blog.

Susan Borgas makes an argument for full feeds that I completely agree with in, Full or should it be Short Feeds? posted at Arts & Stuff, saying, “What are your habits when reading RSS feeds in readers such as Google Reader or Bloglines? Do you dislike not being able to see the whole feed because the blog owner syndicates the first paragraph or 255 characters, whichever is shorter. If you tut tut or grumble about blogs that do this please consider not doing the same with your own blog.”

Christopher J. Brunner asks Is Viral Marketing Effective? Posted at The Small Business Buzz, saying, “This post explores the effectiveness of viral marketing.”

Not many people have the audacity to speak ill of the ‘Big G’, but lecentre makes a statement with the Top 10 Reasons Google Sucks My Chia Pets posted at Bookworm SEO, saying, “Google sucks: it sucks with its algorithms, it sucks with its hypocritical business practices, and it sucks with respect to your personal information. Big Brother anyone?”

Miscellaneous Insights

Matthew Paulson presents The Truth About Dave Ramsey posted at Getting Green.

Krishna De presents 5 keys to authoring your business book posted at Krishna De.

The Positivity Blog invites us all to Take the Positivity Challenge! posted at Henrik Edberg.

Millennium Mommy tell us Why Starting a Business Remains the Path to Success. Posted at Priscilla Ortiz – Journal to Prosperity, Path to Freedom Inc..

Betsy Flanagan presents the only podcast submission, on the subject of Southwest Airlines founder Herb Kelleher posted at The Startup Studio.

Jane May presents The Informational Interview posted at Career Ramblings.

Brian presents Hard Truths for Leaders posted at Brian Nick.

That concludes this edition. Now get back to your loved ones or go buy some candy and flowers, it’s Valentines Day!

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