Tips and Tools for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes and all have special challenges.  But there are some commonalities we all share, like the need to improve ourselves and our knowledge daily and to find new ways of leveraging our potential to create great value with limited resources. Here are some tips and tools that should apply to many entrepreneurs and our hope is that you will use what you can and pass it on to others. Remember that sharing these resources helps every entrepreneur by creating more potential for us all. Got a tip or tool to share? Add it in the comment section, and add to the value we all share.  

Online Resources

40 things holding up your business success. Go down this simple check list of some of the worst habits plaguing entrepreneurs. If you find yourself here no worries. This is a great reminder of what you have to work on. Check off some of these issues as you address them, and we bet you’ll see a difference in your small business success. New Biz Blogger

Where to find wholesale products online. If you run an online store as part of your entrepreneurial enterprise, finding products may be a challenge. Fortunately some simple solutions exist that can make your search for products a much more manageable affair. Check out the post and video at the link to learn more about the opportunities available for you.

How to make money from your business blog. You’ve probably heard plenty of people talking about it. Monetize your blog or other Web presence and you’re set. How hard could it be? Well, harder than you might think actually and here’s a list of both things you may want to try and others the author wouldn’t recommend. Traffic Generation Cafe


Simple tips to stay productive. How do successful entrepreneurs and other leaders stay productive? Tap into their secrets to find a way to fuel your own entrepreneurial success. It may be simpler than you think to power yourself up for the challenge ahead. See if the suggestions of some of these folks resound with you.

Making the best of bad situations. You may not be having as bad a day as Penelope. Her blog post tells the story of hiding out on the lamb while scheduling a meeting with a potential investor for her latest entrepreneurial adventure. Reading about Penelope’s problems may make your own seem small, but being able to “reframe” any situation is a key entrepreneurial skill. Can you take lemons and make lemonade? It wouldn’t hurt to try. Penelope Trunk

Customer Relations

150 tips for dealing with difficult customers. Whether we like it or not, things will occasionally go badly in any small business and though there may be many challenges to face, dealing with a difficult customer may be among the worst. Fortunate then that this list has been assembled of suggestions from a wide range of business leaders on how to handled these troubles when they arise in your business. Carol Roth

Boosting Sales

Ideas for overcoming sales objections. Some hardcore sales types spend their time in this round table offered as a free podcast hashing out how to get past the objections your customer or client may have to saying yes to your product or service. As entrepreneurs, we are all essentially our companies’ first salespeople. Why not learn from the best about getting your customer to say yes? The Pipeline

Better sales through print PR. Of course, there are many opportunities to boost sales through marketing via online resources, but entrepreneur Sarah Shaw reminds us that, especially in some industries, PR via print, especially magazines, may also be critical. Learning how and where to pitch your business or product will take some practice, but here is a place to start. The entreprenette Gazette

Success Stories

30 entrepreneurs under 30. This list of entrepreneurs includes both 2011 honorees and a new crop of nominees to instruct and inspire. Vote for your favorites and read their stories, but most of all learn from their experience and vision. Sometimes the best lessons can be taken from the experiences of others, so here are some stories to get you started.

A look at where they are now. Entrepreneurs are always innovating. Perhaps then the greatest lesson any entrepreneur can learn is the importance of continuing to grow. Here we peek in on past “30 under 30” honorees and in most cases see that they are still going strong. The drive to innovate never stops. Developing the habit of innovation, no matter what business you start, is the key to future success.

Joshua Sophy Joshua Sophy is the Editor for Small Business Trends and has been a member of the team for 16 years. A professional journalist with 20 years of experience in traditional media and online media, he attended Waynesburg University and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has held roles of reporter, editor and publisher, having founded his own local newspaper, the Pottsville Free Press.