Productivity and Entrepreneurship Roundup – Fri May 18, 2007

Friday, May 18, 2007 at 10:00pm by Site Administrator

Idea Cafe Accepting Business Grant Applications
IdeaCafe is currently accepting applications until May 25th for a $1,000 Inventive Mind Grant for innovative business ideas. [via BizInformer]

Is Your Business Ethical?
If you had to ask that, it probably isn’t, right? Well, some businesses might sit on the fence because the customers it serves feels that it helps them, while those outside the process feel that it assists cheating in some competitive situation. One example is college tutoring that uses collected old exam questions. [via New Venture Outsourcing blog]

100+ Great Productivity Tips
Ben Yoskovitz at Instigator Blog has been asking readers to submit their productivity lists. At present, he has a list of 23 lists totalling over 100 productivity tips.

One Important Productivity Hack: Eliminating Noise
Aside from the occasional barking of the dogs at home, meow of the cats, and roaring of a souped up passing car, I’ve been immensely fortunate to be working from a very quiet home in an otherwise quiet neighborhood. For me, that’s immensely important, as I do a lot of voice over work as part of my weekly blogging. If you don’t have the luxury of a quiet home office, though, it might get frustrating. Two Minute Commute offers a few suggestions to manage home office noise, including using carpeting or fabric.

Making Efficient Use of Your Time
Many people become workaholics because they’re afraid to take a break. Others do it for reasons known only to them. Fact is, taking a break is often the best way to be productive. What’s more, if you spend a little bit of time preparing for your next task before you take your break, you will often find the task completed more efficiently. My reasoning is that it’s because while you are on break, your subconscious will have a bit of time to process what you have to do next and come up with some options or answers.

40 Under 40
Depending on how old you are, you probably feel you have to be a success by a certain age. I gave up that feel quite some time ago, but not after chasing each new age level. Thing is, it probably doesn’t matter, but if it does to you, maybe you’ll want to check out Business West’s 40 under 40 list, which entrepreneurial blogger Bill Bither is on. It focuses on entrepreneurs under the age of 40 in Western Massachusetts state.

Is Bootstrapping Advantageous?
Bootstrapping Blog says that being a bootstrapper is not a disadvantage, despite what a lot of people believe, then gives 5 reasons why: determination, ability to sell now, fear of failure (equates with drive), less overhead costs, and total control.

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