Are You Creating Loyal Customers?

loyal customers

loyal customers

I would be willing to bet that most people are creatures of habit. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, because when we find companies we like we tend to stick with them. That could be a brand of clothing or a type of car or the restaurants we frequent. And we usually tend to stick to our own neighborhood restaurants for various reasons.

So, when I found out one of my favorite restaurants had gone out of business, it was sad. This is where I spent many Thanksgivings and Christmases enjoying the holiday special of turkey and pumpkin pie.

I went through the restaurant reviews and found out that I wasn’t the only one that felt that way. In fact, some of the reviews were quite interesting. [Read more…]

Should You Pursue Venture Capital?

It’s rare that you’ll see me post an article from another website on this blog, but I read this and thought it was important. It’s also a topic I don’t know very much about. Venture capital. This is being reprinted with permission from Peter Ireland.

With my first business, HydroSport, I worked at least 2 jobs for about 10 years to fund it. If I had known then how much time and money it would take I don’t think I would have done it. It would have been way too overwhelming. But once I was about half way into it there was really no turning back. You get to a certain point where you just have too much time and money invested to give up.

venture capital for entrepreneurs

venture capital for entrepreneurs

Throughout the whole process I kept wishing a guardian angel investor would come along and save me, but that never happened. Now after reading this article by Peter Ireland, maybe I was on the right path after all and didn’t know it.

Venture Capital

Are you really sure that you want to go this route? Most entrepreneurs who pursue venture capital don’t qualify and merely end up wasting a lot of time and energy in a futile endeavor.

It gets worse, a venture capital firm will in most cases fire the founder and founding team within months of an early financing round. The Wall Street Journal pointed this out in a article by Barnaby Federer from September 30th, 2002:

  “If you ask a VC what value they add, and you get 
them after a few drinks, they’ll say, ‘We replace the CEO’ “, 
he said. And that, he indicated, does not vary 
with the economic climate.
The Best Startup Guides for Entrepreneurs

There is nothing smarter than learning from the successes and mistakes of others so that you do not waste time “re-inventing the wheel”. The AVC Smart Startup Guide teaches you the startup strategies and tactics of the founders of America’s fastest growing startups, the “Inc 500”. Most of these highly successful companies were launched without outside capital. “It can’t be done!”, you say?  Well, here’s proof positive that their knowledge can offered in a systemized manner you can apply to your own startup. [Read more…]