Carnival of Business and Entrepreneurship #2

Sunday, December 9, 2007 at 6:22am by Site Administrator

Greetings! Welcome to the 2nd edition of the Carnival of Business and Entrepreneurship. I request all the carnival participants to consider giving link back to the carnivals that include their posts. Otherwise, the main purpose of hosting the carnivals will be defeated. We have selected 38 carnivals for this edition. Here you go:

Editor’s Picks:

Alvaro Fernandez presents Cognitive Health, Aging and Baby Boomers posted at Brain Fitness Blog. How baby boomers will revolutionize more aspects of Corporate America that we typically think of.

SJ Yee presents FAQs on Marketing answered by the Guru of Marketing Philip Kotler posted at Personal Development for the Book Smart. Kotler argues that too much of today’s marketing is 1P marketing. Companies mainly concentrate on promotion and sales and disregard product, price and place (distribution). This results in ineffective marketing. Do you agree?

Charles H. Green presents The Single Fastest Thing You Can Do to Increase Trust posted at Trust Matters. Get back to people. Fast. Seriously.

Alex M presents Effective online marketing: what works? posted at We talk on making money on the Internet. In this article Alex offers a few techniques of online marketing that work fine now for most websites.

GP presents Have a holly jolly green Christmas posted at Innside Montana-Your Home at the Range. Why does the holiday gift shopping season have to raise your blood pressure ? Short answer: it doesn’t Rethink your strategy this season.

Kenton Newby presents Video Tip of the Week: Automatically Finding Ideas for New Website Content posted at KentonNewby.com. In this video, Kenton goes over one online tool (and a freebie at that). It not only shows you which sites your traffic is coming from and which terms people used in the search engines to find your site, but it also provides you with suggestions for creating new content to bring even more people your way.

Other Posts:

Mert Erkal presents Jumpstart Your Business for FREE! posted at searchforblogging.com. If you are a small business owner, freelancer, or a problogger nominee you should be well prepared for the war. There is fierce competition in the market, and if you can not differentiate yourself and your business you have no chance at all!

Cocoy S. Rambuyon presents Getting Quick & Good Results From PPC or Pay Per Click Advertising-Part 1 posted at COCOY S. RAMBUYON.

Ian Richardson presents Yahoo and Adobe Selling Ads For Adobe PDF Content posted at Make Everything EzyAs123.

Noric Dilanchian presents IP strategy for R&D: people first – Dilanchian Lawyers posted at Lightbulb. Few frameworks for companies or organisations today are credible if they don’t place culture and people near the centre. This post considers this on route to distinguishing how people in research and development have related but quite distinct motivations.

Joshua C. Karlin presents Sharing the Wealth Leads to More Wealth posted at Marketing & Fundraising Ideas.

Mark Riffey presents Reach out. Regularly. Or they’ll forget about you. posted at Business is Personal.

Ron Ruiz presents Earn Money By Standing In Line posted at The Business Ideas-Making Money Blog.

Jim Sansi presents PR What? posted at The Kaizen Business.

Ed Rivis presents AB Split Testing Google. posted at Ed Rivis.

C. Worrall presents Writing a Business Plan – What Does That Really Mean? posted at CFO Yourself. The term “write a business plan” sounds simple, but if you don’t understand what you are writing for, you may just be wasting electronic ink.

Thomas D. Brownsword presents Integrity: I Should Have Known Better posted at Business Action Steps.

James D. Brausch presents Would You Like To Be Free Starting Next Week? posted at jamesbrausch.com.

Carol Bentley presents Refer, refer and be referred posted at Carol Bentley.

K T Cat presents A Post-Mortem on a Lean Six Sigma Training Disaster posted at The Scratching Post.

James Wong presents Nov 27, Buying a Vancouver small business posted at Real Estate News.

Shaun Connell presents Five Lifestyle Tips I Wish I Knew When I Started posted at Make Money Online.

Andrew Erickson presents Taking the Long View – Are You In Business? posted at WebSite Werx.

Robert Phillips presents Will Better Packaging Make More Sales? posted at CYBERCA$HOLOGY.

John W. Furst presents Protect Your Virtual Business Assets posted at E-Biz Booster Blog. Do you protect your valuable data that resides inside your computer? Many entrepreneurs – online and offline type of business – do not take appropriate care. You might only loose some 1000′s of dollars, but you can loose all of your business at once. Start getting prepared, now.

Susan presents Monetarizing Your Travel Blog posted at The Innovative Traveler. Monetarize your travel blog.

Dominic Tay presents 7 Secrets on How to be an Effective Entrepreneur for Personal Development posted at Personal Development for Work-At-Home Entrepreneurs. Staying at home as a full-time parent doesn’t mean not earning good fortune at all. The truth is that your home can be your place of glory. How’s that possible?

Martin Russell presents THE Word of Mouth Dentist posted at Word of Mouth Marketing. What can you learn about getting referrals, from a successful dentist in Australia? More than you might think.

Junkmail@nospamgames.com presents How to Make a Million Dollars With Your Website posted at A day in the life.

Nikole Gipps presents Launch Faster: 12 Tips for Avoiding Web Project Delays posted at Small Business Essentials: News, Tips and Advice.

Fred Black presents Dumbo posted at Fred Black: Internet Business Blog..

Campus Business presents Cheap Office Space and Maybe Even a Home | Campus-Business.com posted at Campus Business.

Todd presents How To Become a Great Salesperson posted at We The Change. A great article on sales skills.

Susan presents Vocation Vacations posted at The Innovative Traveler.

Matthew Paulson presents Citibank Busted Issuing 3.5 million Credit Cards to People Who Never Even Applied posted at American Consumer News.

American Entrepreneur presents Don?t Tell Anyone How Much Money You Make. posted at American Entrepreneurship.

Nico Tramontana presents Tips For Running A Successful Home Based Business posted at Nico’s Blog- Home Based Business, home business owners, on line, work at home, business opportunity. Tips for running your own home business and earning a great income on the side.

John Crenshaw presents “He Tells Me To Burn Things” posted at Dominate Your Life. How do you distinguish good advice from bad, how do you know when someone is just telling you to “burn things?”

That concludes this edition. Next edition of this carnival will be hosted here on December 15, 2007. Submit your blog articles using our Blog Carnival Submission Form. Before hosting the next edition, we will make an analysis of the links we will receive from this carnival edition.

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Carnival of Business and Entrepreneurship #1

Monday, December 3, 2007 at 7:26am by Site Administrator

Greetings! Welcome to the first edition of the Carnival of Business and Entrepreneurship. Although this is the inaugural audition, we got a huge response to our submission call. We had received 80 posts for this one. Based on quality and relevance to the topic, we have selected 73 posts to be featured on this carnival. I request all carnival participants to promote this carnival on their blogs. This is necessary to make this carnival popular on the blogosphere. Without further ado, here are the posts in the order they were received.

David B. Bohl presents A Messy Desk is the Sign of a Messy Desk | Slow Down Fast Today! ~ David B. Bohl posted at Slow Down Fast Today!. David says, “I was amused recently to see that one of the major office supply stores now carries not only filing supplies but also, believe it or not, “piling” supplies. These consist mainly of plastic envelopes and folders where you can put everything regarding one project together and leave them on your desk.”

Andrew Erickson presents 7 Ways to Screw Up Your Sales This Holiday Season posted at WebSite Werx.

Carol Bentley presents Lets be frank about stamps posted at Carol Bentley.

Woody Maxim presents Get rid of outsourced data entry workers, use macros instead posted at Woody Maxim.

Stephen Dean presents Copywriting Technique: Blow It Up… posted at Stephen Dean’s Copywriting And Internet Advertising Blog – Copywriter.

Charles H. Green presents Tony Blair and the Subprime Mortgage Crisis–It’s the Basics posted at Trust Matters. We tend to forget that success is about hitting singles, not homers; about the basics, not about fancy tricks.

Ralph Jean-Paul presents Develop Mental Toughness posted at Potential 2 Success. MVPs, CEOs, extraordinary leaders, and successful people of all kinds have it and so should you. Develop, strengthen and master your ability to perform under pressure, bounce back from failure, and excel in life.”

Emmanuel presents Why are you in business? posted at Emmanuel Oluwatosin: Inspiring Excellence, Realising Ambitions.

James D. Brausch presents Some Competition From The Ranks posted at jamesbrausch.com.

Rebecca Suzanne Dean presents Gary Halbert Recommends posted at Rebecca Dean.

Charles Eglinton presents eBay Photos Simple Studio posted at AuctionIncome.com – eBay Bidding Tips & Selling Tips.

Ian Richardson presents What is Search Engine Optimization (SEO)? posted at Make Everything EzyAs123.

Joshua C. Karlin presents Missed Marketing Opportunities – Israel?s El Al & Your Business posted at Marketing & Fundraising Ideas.

Jim Sansi presents When To Kaizen posted at The Kaizen Business.

Warren Wong presents How To Win Someone’s Heart posted at Personal Development. Do you want to win someone’s heart and gain their trust and loyalty? Here are some tips on how to go about doing it.

Sutocu presents 7 Steps to Profitable Website Planning posted at Your Website Profit. A website is really an online business and should be planned out from the beginning as any other business.

Kenton Newby presents The Biggest Mistakes People Make When Starting Their Online Business posted at KentonNewby.com.

Kingsley Tagbo presents How To Find IT Jobs posted at HOW TO LEARN COMPUTER PROGRAMMING FAST OR GET A JOB EASILY.

Fred Black presents Milk the Cash Cow! posted at Fred Black: Internet Business Blog..

Mitch McDonald presents Free Reprint Articles: The Secret to Increased Site Revenue posted at FYI About.com.

Mark Riffey presents The Customer Vanishing Act: Where’d Your Customers Go, and Why? posted at Business is Personal.

Terry Dean presents 80/20 Rule In Time Management posted at Internet Business Coaching by Terry Dean.

Danogo.com presents The 2 Simple Ways to Get Your Website into Google Search Results posted at Danogo.com – Discover. Inspiring . Media. For businesses on a budget the inexpensive way to promote your site is right in Google’s search results.

Campus-Business presents Tips For Running A Business In Your Dorm Room | Campus-Business.com posted at Campus Business.

Wanda Grindstaff presents Success Through Service, the Most Important Component! posted at Creating Abundant Lifestyles.

Hueina Su presents The 212 Degrees Attitude posted at Intensive Care for the Nurturer’s Soul.

Ron Ruiz presents Stay-At-Home Mom Creates Million Dollar Product posted at The Business Ideas-Making Money Blog.

Robert Phillips presents Get More Traffic Automatically posted at CYBERCA$HOLOGY.

Richard Lee presents Your Product Idea Incubator posted at Richard Lee.

Steve Oliphant presents What would you do? posted at Steve Oliphant’s Musings.

Miami Phillips presents How Often Do You Change? posted at Miami Phillips – Being Happy In Biz and in Life. A story of entrepreneurship, cruising in a sailboat, building a business and being true to your self…

Dominic Tay presents Unleash your True Potential: Lead your Ways to Success posted at Personal Development Blog for Winners. In business world, innovation and leadership are two important factors that lead an employee to a successful career. With the growing needs to attend the family needs and earn a living at the same time, work-at-home businesses are flourishing.

David Kam presents Psychological Effect of 99-Cent posted at MarketingDeviant.com.

Erek Ostrowski presents The Positive Consumer Experience posted at Verve Coaching:: Life, Growth and Leadership, Boston MA.

James D. Brausch presents Get Out Of The J.O.B. Trap posted at jamesbrausch.com.

Ed Rivis presents 4 Steps to More Sales in 7 days or less. posted at Ed Rivis.

Thomas D. Brownsword presents Where I Am, Where I Am Going, And How I Will Get There posted at Business Action Steps.

Paul Heingarten presents Blog Update posted at PRH Solutions Blog. An update on how I’m using blogs to make money online.

James Alenteal presents How about THIS response booster: 26.7% Conversion Rate! posted at James Alenteal’s Conversion Rate Clinic. A website conversion (sales response) boosting tactic got an amazingly high amount of sales.

Artthailand presents Genesis of a gallery. Genesis of a life. posted at artThailand.

Edith presents The 5 Rules of Writing Effective Email posted at Edith Yeung.Com: Dream. Think. Act..

Jenn Givler presents Mindful Marketing: Marketing without selling your soul posted at Create a Thriving Business.

Ralph Jean-Paul presents 7 Reasons Why You Haven’t Reached Your Goals Yet posted at Potential 2 Success. Check this list of reasons why your goals have not been met then go out and accomplish those goals.

Cocoy S. Rambuyon presents Quick Tips In Finding A Perfect Home & Office Online Based Opportunity posted at COCOY S. RAMBUYON.

Alvaro Fernandez presents Cognitive Fitness, The Future of Work, and Concept Maps posted at Brain Fitness Blog. What the future may bring to enhance our productivity.

SJ Yee presents The FAQ Book on Public Speaking posted at Personal Development for the Book Smart. SJ says, “Public Speaking is an essential skills for any entrepreneur. Fortunately, my good friend Eric has written a book to help you improve your speeches and captivate any audience! This is my review of his book.”

Steve Bainbridge presents Why Starbucks Doesn’t Franchise posted at Professor Bainbridge’s Journal. This post – Why Starbucks Doesn’t Franchise – asks why Starbucks uses a company owned store model, while Subway uses franchises. What are the transaction cost differences that explain the difference in business models?

Andrew presents How to Become Great in any Field – Success Secrets Revealed posted at Personal Hack. Interestingly if you take a person who is very successful in one field, and put him into another one usually they’ll be able to achieve a very similar level of success in the new field.

Cocoy S. Rambuyon presents Can Blogging Really Generate More Visitors, Buyers?? posted at COCOY S. RAMBUYON.

Ivan Rios presents How to Win Negotiations By Seeking Differences posted at artofleading.net.

John W. Furst presents Why Should You Write A White Paper? posted at E-Biz Booster Blog. Use white papers to promote your products and services and beat straight sales pitch by offering problem-solving, free information to your prospects. They will love you for it. Many businesses could increase their publicity and sales with this strategy.

Steven Lafler presents Adventures in Self Employment posted at Self Employment for Bohemians. Steve Lafler is a self employed bohemian who has successfully avoided holding a full time job for over twenty years.

Jim Sansi presents 15 Minute Link Exchange Strategy posted at The Kaizen Business.

GP presents Fueling the Fire of Passion posted at Innside Montana-Your Home at the Range. Making a life is as important as making a living. It’s not an either-or decision. values and purpose – not great products – defined successful businesses. The same holds true for taking the plunge to start a business , take up a new passion.

Kathleen Gage presents Is Blogging Necessary? posted at Street Smarts Marketing.

Lori Prokop presents Sales Training and Your Marriage—Humor Helps! posted at Alan Altmann Keyboard Culture Sales Training.

Alex M presents Effective online marketing: what works? posted at We talk on making money on the Internet. In this article, Alex offers the readers a few techniques that work fine for the promotion of websites.

Yazan Manasrah presents Uncluttering your mind posted at The Blasted Crossing. Want to find out how to gain the focus and mental energy to accomplish the daily tasks you must do?

Surfer Sam presents Small Business Startup. Strategy and Planning for Small Business. ! Surfer Sam posted at Surfer Sam and Friends. Strategy and planning for your first business. Brainstorming the product or service. Analyzing the market, finances, business operations and risk.

Ivan Rios presents How to Win Negotiations By Seeking Differences posted at artofleading.net.

Doug Boggs presents Your Cup Runneth Over posted at Boggs Development Group, LLC. Once you introduce yourself to the storyteller inside your head, you can start working at last on the life and relationships your true self has long hoped to have. With effort, your cup may indeed begin to run over.

Lorraine Cohen presents Letting Yourself Have Outrageous Success and Personal Happiness posted at Powerfull Living. How often do you say no to the people and things that would increase your business success and personal happiness? Learn key tips to change your nos to YES!

Andy presents Homeless Guy on Roller Skates Inspires a New Name Brand posted at Money Walks. Homeless guy on roller skates makes it big, starts a new clothing line.

The Money Moose presents The Future of Cars and the Entrepreneurs that Create Them posted at MoneyMoose.

Sglover presents Secrets of an Entrepreneur’s Mind posted at Business & A Cup of Tea. Principles shared by entrepreneurs.

Career Counselor presents Six Time Management Tips for the Self-Employed During the Holidays posted at ask the CareerCounselor. Home workers and small business owners typically encounter a tricky balancing act during the holidays. You work from home, at least in part, in order to spend more time with your family, but during the holiday season self-employed folks just can’t drop everything to make way for family events and school plays.

David Kam presents Beautiful Maiden Business Strategy posted at MarketingDeviant.com.

Justin Consuegra presents Drop Shipping, A Detailed View posted at Drop Ship Digest. Many new entrepreneurs start with drop shipping. Here is a look at the process.

James Alenteal presents What Really Works, Part 5 ? Why Pretty Sites Don?t Sell. posted at James Alenteal’s Conversion Rate Clinic.

Steve Lafler presents Should I Grant Credit to my Clients? posted at Self Employment for Bohemians. Granting credit to your clients can lead you to the top of the pile or to ruin — proceed with caution but realize this is a great way to expand your business.

Jenny presents November Earnings Report posted at the so called me.

admin@it-career-coach.net presents How To Improve Your Skills And Get A Lucrative Job posted at THE FASTEST WAY TO LEARN TECHNICAL SKILLS OR GET A JOB.

That concludes this edition. Next edition of this carnival will be hosted here on December 08, 2007. Submit your blog articles using our Blog Carnival Submission Form. Please consider linking back to this carnival at your earliest convenience.

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Carnival of Bootstrapping Entrepreneurs #9

Saturday, September 15, 2007 at 10:30pm by Site Administrator

Welcome to the ninth Carnival of Bootstrapping Entrepreneurs (CoBE #9). Critieria for inclusion: relevant to bootstrapping, entrepreneuring, startup/ small businesses. To be fair to everyone, entries are selected approximately in order of submission. If you were included, please support this carnival by linking back to this post. This also exposes your readers to similar blogs.

Editor’s Choice

Here are this edition’s Editor’s Choice entries.

  1. Ben Yoskovitz: 10 Steps to Building an Online Media Empire.

Picks of the Week

These entries are this week’s regular picks.

  1. Todd Goldfarb: 8 Tactics for Marketing a Small Business.
  2. Michelle Cramer: How You Know It’s Time to Grow.
  3. Chris Russell: Office White Noise.

Bonus Entries

These entries are not specifically related to entrepreneuring and bootstrapping but might be of interest.

  1. Warren Wong: How To Overcome Fear And The Obstacles It Creates.
  2. Nenad Ristic: Attribution Theory.
  3. Vandelay Website Design: Being a Proactive Blogger.

That ends this edition of the Carnival of Bootstrapping Entrepreneurs. Any articles submitted on or after Sep 8th that meet the criteria but not appearing here will likely appear in the next edition.

Please use the submission form for future editions. Limit one entry per week per person. If you find you are not getting into this blog carnival, please read 11 tips for being included.

Carnival of Bootstrapping Entrepreneurs #8

Thursday, September 6, 2007 at 8:30pm by Site Administrator

Welcome to the eighth Carnival of Bootstrapping Entrepreneurs (CoBE #8). Critieria for inclusion: relevant to bootstrapping, entrepreneuring, startup/ small businesses. To be fair to everyone, entries are selected approximately in order of submission. Please support this carnival by linking back to this post.

This edition is a bit shorter than normal because a half a dozen or so bloggers sent the same entry – several of which I’d already accepted in earlier editions of this Carnival. So please keep track of your submissions – no dups – to increase your chances of getting in.

Editor’s Choice

  1. 21 Proven Tactics for Self and Employee Motivation by John Wesley.

Picks of the Week

Here are this week’s additional picks.

  1. Be A Good Manager By Letting People Learn And Grow by Warren Wong.

  2. You’re Worth More Than Your Job by Edith Yeung.
  3. 5 Ways to Think Strategically by Luke Houghton.
  4. Keys to Effective Holiday Marketing in 2007 by Frances Palaschuk.
  5. When is it Time for a Re-Design? by Vandelay Website Design.
  6. Avoid Getting Gypped by Fraudulent Web Designers by Michelle Cramer.
  7. 7 Ways to Expand Your Products and Services by Terry Dean.
  8. Talking Good English by Mark Miller.

That ends this edition of the Carnival of Bootstrapping Entrepreneurs. Any articles submitted on or after Aug 31st that meet the criteria but not appearing here will likely appear in the next edition.

Please use the submission form for future editions. Limit one entry per week per person. If you find you are not getting into this blog carnival, please read 11 tips for being included. I’ll particularly point out a few reoccurring problems:

  1. Submitting the same article twice. Always send something fresh. It’s not that hard to keep a spreadsheet of your carnival submissions.
  2. Submitting more than one article in the same week, sometimes in the same hour. If you can’t be bothered to pick your best, I can’t be bothered to either.
  3. Not making articles readable (high contrast pages, non-miniscule font sizes, short to medium paragraphs). Computer screens are not ideal reading platforms.
  4. Being off topic or simply not targeted at bootstrapping entrepreneurs, or entrepreneuring in general. The article might be great, but if you don’t target it at entrepreneurs, that reduces the chances of being accepted.
  5. Submitting someone else’s writing as yours.


Carnival of Bootstrapping Entrepreneurs #7

Thursday, August 30, 2007 at 11:00pm by Site Administrator

Welcome to the seventh Carnival of Bootstrapping Entrepreneurs (CoBE #7). Critieria for inclusion: relevant to bootstrapping, entrepreneuring, startup/ small businesses. This carnival may soon appear on other guest host sites, but a note will be posted on this blog in weeks that that happens.

To be fair to everyone, entries are selected approximately in order of submission. Please support this carnival by linking back to this post.

Editor’s Choice

  1. 5+1 Simple Ideas For Brainstorming With A Dictionary by Samir Bharadwaj. Samir offers not only a selection of brainstorming tips but does so in a great example of good blog article formatting. Nice headings, bullet lists and images.

Picks of the Week

Here are this week’s additional picks of the week.

  1. Analysis Paralysis: The #1 Killer of Productivity by Dominic Tay.
  2. 8 Moves to Make When the Chips Are Down by John Wesley.
  3. Hey, Where are the Bugs Anyway? by CA.
  4. Blogging for Service Providers by Vandelay Website Design.

Other Entries

Here are some additional entries for this week’s carnival.

  1. Seeking a Dream by Michelle Cramer.
  2. 7 Highly Effective Habits for Stress Releasing by Dianne M. Buxton.
  3. 5 Things To Consider When Looking for A Network Marketing Business by Chris Tackett.
  4. 5 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Marketing Overnight by Eric Hudin.
  5. Make People Comfortable By Greeting Them Right by Warren Wong.
  6. Do You Know How to Delegate Effectively? by Sue Massey.
  7. Spending Those Hard Earned Dollars On Advertising by Matt Hanson.
  8. Top Ten Franchise Opportunities for $20,000 by Tom Stanley.
  9. I Can Stand My Stand Up Desk by FitBuff.
  10. Accounting Tips For Those Using A CPA by Mike Harmon.

That ends this second edition of the Carnival of Bootstrapping Entrepreneurs. Any articles submitted on or after Aug 24th that meet the criteria but not appearing here will likely appear in the next edition.

Please use the submission form for future editions. Limit one entry per week per person. If you find you are not getting into this blog carnival, please read 11 tips for being included. I’ll particularly point out a few reoccurring problems:

  1. Submitting the same article twice. Always send something fresh. It’s not that hard to keep a spreadsheet of your carnival submissions.
  2. Submitting 2+ articles within minutes of each other. If you can’t be bothered to pick your best, I can’t be bothered to either.
  3. Don’t make paragraphs too long or backgrounds colored. Anything that makes it hard to read your article reduces the chances that it’ll be read and accepted.
  4. Being off topic or simply not targeted at bootstrapping entrepreneurs, or entrepreneuring in general. If you’re talking only about wealth, career, blogging, etc., in your article, and do not tie the topic in to business or entrepreneuring, then I might not accept it. If it’s selected for a Pick of the Week, then I’ll summarize it and do the tie in. But if it’s not picked, then I won’t necessarily put it in the rest of the carnival edition.

Carnival of Bootstrapping Entrepreneurs #6

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at 11:00pm by Site Administrator

[updated] Welcome to the sixth Carnival of Bootstrapping Entrepreneurs (CoBE #6). Critieria for inclusion: relevant to bootstrapping, entrepreneuring, startup/ small businesses.

To be fair to everyone, entries are selected approximately in order of submission. Please support this carnival by linking back to this post. Because of the volume of entries, I’m reducing the number of summaries and present 1-3 picks of the week.

Picks of the Week

This week’s picks:

  1. Planning an Business Trip by Mike Harmon.
  2. Quiz: What Kind of Entrepreneur Are You? by Skip Shuda [updated].
  3. A Motivation Secret of Top Performing Managers by Dr. Robert Karlsberg and Dr. Jane Adler.
  4. Evaluation is Critical for Success. How to Measure Your Progress by Millionaire Mommy.

Other Entries

These are the remaining entries for this edition.

  1. Are You A Good Facilitator? by Louise Manning.
  2. If You Really Want Something Done, Find a Busy Person To Do It by Adam.
  3. Want to Waste Some More Time Before You Start Your Business? by Stefan Töpfer.
  4. Going to the Top Too Fast by Wilson Ng.
  5. Business Productivity With New Media: 10 Questions by Noric Dilanchian.
  6. The Money Series – Why Didn’t I Think of That Billionaires by Edith Yeung.
  7. Watch For Upwarding Leaping Monkeys by Jack Yoest.
  8. From iPhone to YouTube – The Viral Marketing Method by Eric Hudin.
  9. Do You Really Want to Buy a Franchise? by Tom Stanley.
  10. Learn Good Customer Service by Jason Rakowski.
  11. Leveling the Playing Fields by Stacey Derbinshire.

That ends this second edition of the Carnival of Bootstrapping Entrepreneurs. Any articles submitted on or after Aug 13th that meet the criteria but not appearing here will likely appear in the next edition.

Please use the submission form for future editions. Limit one entry per week per person. If you find you are not getting into this blog carnival, please read 11 tips for being included. I’ll particularly point out a few reoccurring problems:

  1. Submitting the same article twice. Always send something fresh. It’s not that hard to keep a spreadsheet of your submissions to all carnivals.
  2. Submitting 2+ articles within 5 minutes of each other. Do not send more than one entry per week or ALL of them will be deleted. Don’t make me do your work for you – choose your recent best and send that.
  3. Don’t make paragraphs too long or backgrounds colored. Anything that makes it hard to read your article reduces the chances that it’ll be read and accepted.
  4. Way off topic or simply not targeted at bootstrapping entrepreneurs, or even entrepreneurs in general. If you’re talking only about wealth, career, blogging, etc., in your article, if you do not tie the topic in to business or entrepreneuring, then I might not accept it. If it’s selected for a Pick of the Week, then I’ll summarize it and do the tie in. But if it’s not picked, then I won’t put it in the rest of the carnival edition.


Carnival of Bootstrapping Entrepreneurs #5

Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 3:30pm by Site Administrator

Welcome to the fifth Carnival of Bootstrapping Entrepreneurs (CoBE #5). Apologies for the delay from last week. Critieria for inclusion: relevant to bootstrapping, entrepreneuring, startup/ small businesses.

To be fair to everyone, entries are selected approximately in order of submission. Please support this carnival by linking back to this post. Because of the volume of entries, I’m reducing the number of summaries and present 1-3 picks of the week.

Picks of the Week

This week’s picks:

  1. 13 Things a Successful Entrepreneur Must Know & Take Action On by Edith Yeung. Edith consistenly posts great articles about business and entrepreneurship. This one provides a checklist of thirteen building blocks for entrepreneurial success.

  2. 10 Reasons Why Only 4% of the Population Achieve Their Goals by Gustav S. Even if you know the building blocks of success, not everyone achieves their goals. Gustav explains why. [Note to Gustav: You can enhance your article by numbering each reason. When your article title says X Reasons, readers expect them to be numbered.]
  3. How I Became a Millionaire While Working In My Pajamas by Millionaire Mommy. Can you become a millionaire working from home? Millionaire Mommy did, and she explains how.

Other Entries

These are the remaining entries for this edition.

  1. How to React to Criticism by Dr. Robert Karlsberg and Dr. Jane Adler.
  2. What Happens if Your Clients Don’t Pay? by James Mitchell.
  3. 26 Steps to Blogging Success by Vandelay Design.
  4. Planning Out a Short Term Project by Matt.
  5. Top 20 Dumbest Business Ideas That Made Millions…Or Not! by Silicon Valley Blogger.
  6. My Partner’s Not Doing Enough Work! by Warren Wong.
  7. A Few Ways To Save Money With A Small Business Opportunity by Cade Krueger.
  8. There are Times When Features are Better Than Benefits by Jim Logan.
  9. Negotiation and the Short Term Performance Trap by Charles H. Green.
  10. Advertising Jingles and Commercials – Radio & TV by Matt Hanson.
  11. How to Write a Headline and Grab Your Prospect by the Eyeballs! by Chris Tackett.
  12. You Can Make More Working Less by Eric Hudin.
  13. Finding The Right Information About Franchise Opportunities by Tom Stanley.
  14. Four Tasks to Increase Values or Prices in Business Transactions by Noric Dilanchian.
  15. The Millionaire Inside; Get Inspired by Susan Velez.
  16. How to Influence Others by Terry Dean.
  17. Tips for Sorting Through Overwhelming Files by Michelle Cramer.

That ends this second edition of the Carnival of Bootstrapping Entrepreneurs. Any articles submitted on or after Aug 4th that meet the criteria but not appearing here will likely appear in the next edition.

Please use the submission form for future editions. Limit one entry per week per person. If you find you are not getting into this blog carnival, please read 11 tips for being included.

Carnival of Bootstrapping Entrepreneurs #4

Sunday, August 5, 2007 at 11:30pm by Site Administrator

Welcome to the fourth Carnival of Bootstrapping Entrepreneurs (CoBE #4). Critieria for inclusion: relevant to bootstrapping, entrepreneuring, startup/ small businesses. Criteria for exclusion:

  1. Non-articles (list of internal links instead of an article).
  2. Articles that exist purely to promote an affiliate link.
  3. Articles not relevant to bootstrapping or entrepreneuring. (Home jobs/ freelancing are not relevant. Enter those in either the Carnival of Internet Pros or the Carnival of Work Productivity. Though please read the requirements for those two carnivals before submitting an article.)
  4. Articles not formatted for easy reading (i.e., overly long paragraphs.)
  5. Multiple entries for the same edition – it depends on how relevant the articles are, but in most cases, all entries will be deleted without being viewed.
  6. Persistently not supporting the carnival by not linking back won’t mean exclusion, but priority will be given to new entrants or those who have been supportive. There are few of you included in this edition that have been in an earlier edition but have not bothered to link back.

To be fair to everyone, entries are selected approximately in order of submission. Please support this carnival by linking back to this post. Because of the volume of entries, only the first few have been summarized.

Pick of the Week

The following entry both wowed me and peeved me. You’ll see why in a second.

  1. Top 30 Entrepreneurs: My Input on Each by Ian Fernando of Ian Fernando.

    My advice: don’t call your article “Top 30 Entrepreneurs” when you bluntly say you in your very first sentence that you are only going to cover five. You lose credibility because your title is so misleading. However, you made up for it with a good overview of the five entrepreneurs that you did profile. Good job on the formatting – great use of images. (Goes nicely with your clean blog template.) Nice presentation of the challenge each entrepreneur faced. I’ve seen your other good writing in other carnivals. Just be more honest with your titles.

Summarized Entries

When time permits, I’ll pick 5-10 entries and summarize them.

  1. Effective Direct Marketing by Chris Tackett of Direct Marketing News. Direct marketing is essential to the success of some businesses. If that includes you, Chris offers some tips on being effective.

  2. Blog Comments Can Build Your Personal Brand by Krishna De of Today’s Women In Business. Some businesses can benefit from a blog. Others can benefit merely from commenting from a blog. Krishna shows you how commenting elsewhere can help with branding, especially if your business is very personal.
  3. FUD – Why Sell Is Still a Four Letter Word by Charles H. Green of Trust Matters. Selling strikes terror in the hearts of some otherwise capable entrepreneurs. Charles explains why, and presents an important paradox about selling.
  4. Kids and Entrepreneurship by Stacey Derbinshire of Starting a Small Home Business. You are never too young to be an entrepreneur. Stacey provides a couple of tips for adults who are in a position to positively influence a budding young entrepreneur.
  5. 7 Phrases Successful People Would Never Say by Edith Yeung of EdithYeung.com. Success comes from more than just hard-work. Edith points seven things you don’t want to say if you intend to succeed.
  6. How To Come Up With Good Business Ideas by Warren Wong of INTJ Personal Development. Some businesses need a constant source of fresh ideas. Warren offers four tips for producing good ideas.
  7. Oh, David Allen, Could it be I’m Falling in Looove Witcha Baaabaay? by Laura Young of
    Dragon Slayer’s Guide to Life. I gotta say I love this Spinners song, and the title of this article makes me snicker. David Allen is THE GTD (Get Things Done) guru. Laura explains why she likes him and the whole GTD perspective.

  8. The Key to Online Business: Do Something Small by Praveen of My Simple Trading System. Your business idea does not have to be large and complex. Praveen talks about microbusinesses, which cost little to nothing to start and get going.
  9. How to Earn 12.28% in a 4.5% World by Dax Desai of Dax Desai. Have some business funds that are currently unused? Dax shows you how to make them work for you, earning above average interest.

Remaining Entries

These are the remaining entries for this edition.

  1. Create Your Treasure Map To Riches by Millionaire Mommy of Millionaire Mommy Next Door.

  2. Flip This Product- A Simple Way to Launch a Great Business by CapForge of CapForge.
  3. When it Comes to the Next Best Thing, Forget About it by Ruth Mitchell of Buy Outside the Box.
  4. 5 Distractions To The Nesting Entrepreneur by Ant of The Beef Jerky Blog.
  5. Strategic Application of Offshoring in a CPA Practice by Mike Harmon of Basic Accounting.
  6. The Price Of Ignoring What’s Wrong by Sue Massey of Business Management Life.
  7. Some Business Opportunities in Nepal by Bhupendra Khanal of Business Analytics.
  8. Get More Done with Activity Logs by Dr. Robert Karlsberg of The Road to CEO.
  9. Promotion Goals For A Low Maintenance Niche Blog by Derek Beauchemin of DerekBeau.com.
  10. Expand Your Skills by Peter of Succeed With This.

That ends this second edition of the Carnival of Bootstrapping Entrepreneurs. Any articles submitted after July 27th that meet the criteria but not appearing here will appear in the next edition.

There are still many of you submitting multiple articles in a given week so that I may now have a half dozen of your articles in the backlog. If that’s you, then please ease off on submitting more until you see a couple more of your articles appear. Or make sure that you are linking back to earlier editions of CoBE in which you appeared. [It takes a lot of time to go through articles and summarize in an interesting way. So if you have not linked back in support, you're being bumped for more of the newer bloggers entering the carnival.]

One suggestion I’ll leave you with. If you submit an article that’s all about you, think twice. Share “how” not “what”. Who cares how much success you have had unless you share how you got there? Please tell us your entrepreneurial success story and how you got there. That’s what people want to read.

Please use the submission form for future editions. Limit one entry per week per person.

Carnival Roundup and New Announcements

Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at 11:00pm by Site Administrator

Bootstrapper is in three carnivals so far this week. As well, there are some new carnivals that may be of interest to you. First, the roundup:

  1. Carnival of Debt Relief #10 at Debt Consolidation Lowdown. My post 21  Ways to Promote Your Startup Business was acepted amongst eight other posts focus onl issues of debt relief. If you want to enter the next edition of this carnival, use their submission form.

  2. Carnival of Debt Reduction #95 at Picture of Wealth. My post Bootstrapping Your Business Cash Flow was accepted amongst nine other entries, also related to debt. You can enter the next edition with their submission form.
  3. Carnival of Money, Growth and Happiness #10 at Credit Card Lowdown. This is a My post Worthwhile Free Applications for Bootstrapping Entrepreneurs made it in amongst fifteen others dealing with healthy money mindset and other related topics. Use the submission form to enter the next edition.

New Blog Carnivals

If you’ve learned the value of participating in carnivals, you may be interested in four new ones that I’ve set up, all of which will be opened up to other hosts.

  1. Carnival of Bootstrapping Entrepreneurs.

    • Status: The first edition of CoBE has already been posted here at Bootstrapper.
    • Categories: The carnival accepts articles of interest to entrepreneurs, especially if they contain bootstrapping tips.
    • Hosting: This carnival is weekly and will be opened to other hosts if interest demands it, but will otherwise appear at Bootstrapper.
    • Frequency: Weekly.
  2. Carnival of Internet Pros.
    • Status: Watch for announcements of CoIP over at the Carnival of Internet Pros forum on Performancing.
    • Categories: The carnival accepts articles that have anything to do with improving skills and earnings for working professionally online, whether as a blogger, consultant, or something else.
    • Hosting: This carnival will rotate through a number of previously selected hosts, including Bootstrapper, but will be opened to any host if interest demands.
    • Frequency: Bi-weekly or weekly.
  3. Carnival of Small Business and Startups.
    • Status: Watch for an announcement of the first edition of CoSBaS at LogoDesignWorks Small Business Tips blog.
    • Categories: This carnival accepts articles that focus on the early stage issues of a small business, entrepreneuring, or startups. There’s even a business travel category, to make up for a lack in the carnival listings.
    • Hosting: The primary host will be LDW but the carnival will also appear occasionally here at Bootstrapper and possibly other blogs.
    • Frequency: Weekly.
  4. Carnival of Work Productivity.
    • Status: Watch for an announcement of of the first edition aof CoWP at Internet UltraGeek.
    • Categories: This carnival accepts articles that focus on anything to do with improving offline or online work productivity, including reviews of software, techniques, etc. To be very specific, if you write articles similar to that seen at Lifehack, Lifehacker, LifeClever and others but specifically related to achieving an efficient work day, with or without technology, then feel free to submit them to CoWP. Max two submissions per edition only, please.
    • Hosting: Hosting will start at UltraGeek, will appear here at Bootstrapper at times, and will be open to other hosts.
    • Frequency: Bi-weekly, possibly weekly.

At present, only the first new carnival has a published edition.

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Weekly Carnival Roundup

Sunday, July 8, 2007 at 5:00pm by Site Administrator

Bootstrapper was accepted into three more blog carnivals this past week, including

  1. Working at Home Carnival #40. My post Being an Expert Online Entrepreneur was one of nearly 30 submissions, spanning four categories, and dealing with different facets of working at home. If you are interested in entering the next Working at Home Carnival, use their submission form. They have a one article per carnival limit.

  2. Carnival of Debt Management #16. My post Bootstrapping Your Business Cash Flow was one of nearly 20 submissions focused managing personal or business debt. Use the submission form to enter this carnival.
  3. Carnival of Budgeting #10. My post Bootstrapping an Online Information Business was one of 14 entries covering personal and business budgeting. Please use the submission form to enter this carnival.

Please go check out both carnivals, even link to them to support them. If you have a blog with relevant quality articles, consider submitting them.

The first Carnival of Bootstrapping Entrepreneurs will be up hopefully later today. I’m working on it now. A reminder, if you are submitting articles for later editions that you should only submit one per edition.

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