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5 Cool Ways For A Startup Entrepreneur To Stay Motivated

An entrepreneurs journey is a winding and hard path. Even with all the difficulty it may not be sure that you succeed. It is very important that an entrepreneur does not slump into a low phase, as it will affect his efficiency. Moreover, the founder of a startup is responsible for absorbing all the pain so that his employees can avoid the worries and focus on  their job. Considering that, an entrepreneur must indeed ensure he remains self-motivated.

In this post I have mentioned 5 cool ways in which a startup entrepreneur can remain motivated.

Read Inspirational Books

There are so many talented entrepreneurs in this world, you’d be amazed by their wisdom and skill with entrepreneurship. The good part is that, these amazing people share their knowledge with the world – through books. They write inspirational books that will make you look up to in awe and earn all the pearls of wisdom that they gleaned out of years of struggle and success in entrepreneurship. For me, self-help books are the number one way to remain morivated. Nothing better than super-entrepreneurs like Richard Branson sharing his insights and experience openly.

Top 10 Inspiring Books For Entrepreneurs

Listen to Inspiring Music

Music touches your soul. Whether you are happy, sad, angry or sober – music can express all your feelings. Another cool for an entrepreneurs to stay motivated is to listen to awesome music. For that reason, I have also compiled a list of awesome motivational singles for entrepreneurs, you can check them out or add your own:

Top 10 Motivational Songs For Entrepreneurs

Watch Inspirational Movies

Research has shown that visual learning is the most effective form of grasping for humans. For that reason, a good inspirational movie based on entrepreneurship can be an eye-opener for entrepreneurs. There are many awesome movies that are inspiring for entrepreneurs. I have compiled a list of some of the best motivational movies for entrepreneurs, you can check them out:

The 7 Movies Every Entrepreneur Must Watch

Read Blogs Of Other Successful Entrepreneurs

Blogs are a get way to get an almost daily update on what the best entrpreneurs are upto. They share their thoughts on their day-to-day progress and share the views on the latest developments. It is a great way to get motivated as well as stay on top of all the news. Here is the list compiled of the top entrepreneur blogs:

The Top Entrepreneur Blogs On The Internet

Start Being Awesome

This is the final tip. I know its cool, so you can find this tip to be the most useful of all perhaps. Barney Stinson, the legendary character from the popular series How I Met Your Mother sums it up –

“When I feel sad, I stop being sad and become awesome instead!”

Cheers to awesomness. Leave your comments below.

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The Top 10 Questions That Haunt Every Startup Entrepreneur

Every entrepreneur in the startup phase of his journey will tell you the pain-staking amount of effort that goes into the building, maintaining and growing their business. It is not easy to become a part of the startup and there are many questions that keep an entrepreneur up at night.

Here is a list of the top 10 questions that haunt every startup entrepreneur:

  1. When is it a good time to quit my dayjob and startup full time?
  2. Is it wise for me to get funded by my family or close friend?
  3. Is my business idea really feasible or have I over-estimated?
  4. Am I too young to become an entrepreneur or should I battle harden myself?
  5. Should I startup from my home office or get an official place?
  6. Am I connected enough to grow as an entrepreneur?
  7. How do I compete with the big companies in my market?
  8. I keep hearing about the importance of “work life balance”, but it is really hard to pull it off. Is there such a balance?
  9. I feel drained and lack the passion for the idea I once had, what should I do?
  10. I am a female in entrepreneurship. Am I as good as my male counterparts?

There are another million questions that go around an entrepreneurs mind. The list above is a few of them. Do let me know which question really interested you as well as share with the community what questions go around in your mind.

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3 Tips For A Startup To Locate The First Office

In 2011 we will be seeing so many more cool, young startups kick start their operations. And of course most startups need a place to operate from. Starting up is never easy so it is important to keep costs low. Like many entrepreneurs, we aim high, we over dream and under calculate our expenses. An office is something that can suck your bank dry. And if you end up going after the fancy business address rather than bootstrapping then it can play havoc with your capital. Most successful companies have bootstrapped themselves with the office while starting up. For example, Microsoft was started in a basement and Google out of a garage.

Here are 3 tips for startups on how to locate the first office:

Home Office

Operating from an office in your home is the most cheapest and affordable way to start up. You can turn your garage, basement or for that matter your own room into a full-fledged office.The concept is to basically upgrade your home and find a part in it with dedicated space for business.

There are a few drawbacks of course, such as, it can get very difficult to manage when there are more than 3 people or so on your team. And of course, your business address might not be very impressive. But these are drawbacks you need to bear for staying frugal.

Shared Office

Another great option that is available for startups is sharing office space with another company or startup. You are not the only startup which is looking for a cheap office solution. But lots of entrepreneurs do not understand where to find people to share their office space with. A good idea is to put it on CraigsList.

Office Lease

Leasing the office space is actually a decision you need to make when you know that  all other conservative options are not employable by you. Then again, leasing an office space need not mean it has to be expensive. There are many properties out their which you can get for great value for money. You can forego somethings such as small bathroom(s), balconie(s) etc. and get a good bargain.  Also, it is noticed that many leased places already have telephone/internet connection.

A final note…

To me personally, if you are selling a product or service all you require is a desk, chair, telephone and a computer with internet connectivity. But it depends on the type of startup.

Another thing is, unless you have a very rich father who likes to watch his money drain try not to want a super sexy and sleek office that costs a bomb to renovate and setup. A startup is supposed to be lean and effecient at the same time. Saving money by locating your first office smartly is a great way to remain lean.