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Business owner with prsison arrest record

I've met many people with arrest records, but only a handful desire to start a business. Most want to stay out of trouble, find a job, and avoid ever going back to jail. Some dream a greater life beyond their public arrest record by starting a business. Their ideas and drive are no different than any entrepreneurial person. However they have a prison record. Can having such a negative stain on your public profile prevent you from building a successful business? Maybe.

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Your startup business doesn't grow for several reasons like juggling too many things

It's many startup entrepreneurs' biggest daily struggle and internal frustration. Their idea or spinoff product and service stands still, no measurable financial growth or increase user base in sight. The blame often deflects to lack of money. Bootstrapping has only done so much but hasn't raised enough startup capital, grants are extremely difficult to acquire due to heavy paperwork and business applicant pool. Investors are very picky and when they do invest they want a huge chunk of your business or profits. What's a frustrated entrepeneur to do?

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Product design and function go hand in hand. Form follows function

No matter how original you think your idea is, chances are it's been thought of and designed differently by someone somewhere, maybe even presented but never noticed. However, who become the top of mind brand depends on how aggressively you push, and how you package and present it to people.

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Diplomacy diffuses copyright infringement

Several years ago, I launched an aspiring men's online magazine and advice blog and everything was smooth sailing for the first year. This was another chance for me to spread my entrepreneurial wings into the world of online publishing and editing. Being a creative and visual person I wasn't satisfied with text loaded pages, I needed images. My target audience are men who are visual by nature. Thus I scoured any stock photography website available using whatever images I wanted without understanding what was and wasn't copyrighted or royalty free.

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Put your important  to do list on whiteboard instead of stickies and post-its

Post-its are an amazing invention and the entrepreneur who brainstormed the idea is basking in hundreds of millions now. For extremely busy entrepreneurs like you and me,  they don't always quite cut it, especially for to-do list tasks that rollover into consecutive days.  For the top ten most priority based items on your business to-do list I recommend using a good office whiteboard strategically placed in your daily business area.

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