As part of our profit coaching efforts, we try to go beyond number crunching and help clients really grow their business. We weed through a lot of junk on the Internet, but we save the good stuff to share with you. Here's the 8 most insightful and inspiring bits we found on the world wide web this week:
Tips on Entrepreneurship:
01. What You Can Learn from Young Millionaires
Peter Voogd, authority writer for Young Entrepreneurs, shares 6 common characteristics he's discovered among young millionaires. It isn't all about money; it's about a belief system.
- Elevate influence.
- Maximize strengths.
- Never trade time for money.
- Don't worry about what others think.
- Producer first, consumer second.
02. What Makes a Startup: 14 Founders Weigh-In
The term startup is a buzzword in the business industry right now, with new companies popping up daily. But it has a different meaning, depending on who you ask. These 14 founders share what startup means to them. We especially liked how Adora Cheung, cofounder of Homejoy, defined the term.
"Startup is a state of mind. It's when people join your company and are still making the explicit decision to forgo stability in exchange for the promise of tremendous growth and the excitement of making immediate impact."
03. Are One of These Bad Habits Killing Your Entrepreneurial Drive?
We're all guilty of a bad habit here or there. Co-founder Peter Daisyme of Hostt.com exposed the especially risky ones on Inc.com that threaten entrepreneurial spirit.
- Taking too much time getting started in the morning.
- Having a messy environment.
- Trying to multitask.
- Taking your work home with you.
- Having a poor diet.
- Not working out.
- Not having a support network.
"Most importantly... take action and make changes. Your entrepreneurial drive needs some TLC and you're the only one who can supply it."
Tips on Leadership:
01. Top Characteristics of Lousy Leadership [Podcast]
Podcast series This is Your Life interviewed Michael Hyatt this week about poor leadership. We've always found his wisdom so inspiring, and this post definitely did not disappoint. Here's the top 10 characteristics of lousy leaders, according to Michael Hyatt:
- Under-confidence to lead at their level.
- Arrogance or assuming they know it all.
- Erode trust.
- Over-promise, under-deliver.
- Lack of clear vision.
- Don't enroll others.
- Limited transparency.
- Blind to what's going on.
- No accountability.
02. 40 Power-Packed Words to Help You Lead
Sometimes we just need a little inspiration and this post delivers. Need a little leadership boost yourself? This article, written by John Brandon on Inc.com, is sure to motivate you. Here's the first 5 words, read all 40 here.
03. Leadership Power and Inexperience
Usually the words leadership and inexperience don't go together in a sentence. But Fast Company published an article this week about just that: the power that blossoms from a leader's lack of experience. The post highlights the career path of Liz Wiseman from fresh out of business school to department manager at Oracle by age 24.
"My real value didn't come from having fresh ideas. It was having no ideas at all. When you know nothing you're forced to create something."
Tips on Business Finances:
01. 4 Payroll Tips from a Tax Pro
Forbes.com published an article to help business owners avoid the common pitfalls of payroll. Here's 4 tips from a tax professional:
- Don't handle your own payroll.
- Keep a running profit and loss statement.
- Always keep a second business bank account.
- Try to make a federal tax deposit.
02. Increased Tax Breaks for Small Businesses Under Obama Budget
Under Obama's October 1 budget proposal, small businesses could be looking at increased tax breaks through Section 179. This means more write-off possibilities, which could potentially create an estimated 197,000 jobs. Read the full details on In.com here.