Top 10 Lessons I Learned for Entrepreneurship

As I just completed a series of entrepreneurial workshops, I thought it would be fun to share Top 10 “Lessons Learned” list!

  1. Have Passion: When you’re working 60 hours a week, you better love what you do. If you don’t love it, you won’t be in business very long.
  2. Know your Customers: Who are they? What do they want? And how can you get it to them?
  3. Know your Pricing: You’re networking and someone asks about price. You better know it cold!
  4. Be Willing to Change: Changes are constantly occurring. Sometimes business need to adjust their product or service offerings. Don’t be afraid to change when necessary.
  5. Manage your Money: Be careful who you trust. Spend wisely. Watch the books.
  6. Use Effective Branding: Effective branding helps you stand apart from the crowd. Create a brainworm!
  7. Ask for Help: Need some advice? Financing? Better terms? Ask for help. You might find that folks are ready and willing to do what they can.
  8. Know what Advertising Works: Track how each piece of advertising performs. If it doesn’t work, kick it out.
  9. Know Your Competition: You need to know your competition so you know what you can offer that they don’t. You also need to watch for any changes to their product or service offerings.
  10. Get Out of your Own Way!: Don’t let your perceived limitations define you. You’re the only one holding you back, so get out of the way!

Do you agree, entrepreneurs? Do you have any to add?

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Author Richard S. Todd

Richard Todd is a novelist, entrepreneur, screenplay writer, and motivational speaker. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at www.richard-todd.com.

Moving Mountains

Hey everyone!

Check out my “Moving Mountains” speech and get inspired!

Enjoy and leave a comment if you feel so moved!

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If you’re a writer, write. And if you’re a reader, keep reading. We need you!

Author Richard S. Todd

Richard Todd is a novelist, screenplay writer, and social media guy. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at www.richard-todd.com.

A New Chapter for Ellen Page

With the Sochi Olympics fully underway, there is a special focus on LGBT news due to Russia’s tough stance on homosexual rights.

This past week, Canadian actress Ellen Page came out as gay. And while the West applauds her brave decision to be honest, I’m saddened that in this day and age not only is such a statement still considered news, it’s also still considered brave.

I had a gay family member who grew up in a time when, here in North America, there was full-on intolerance. And it wasn’t that long ago; I remember in the late 1980s how gay men could be regularly beaten up while the cops watched and laughed until blood was drawn.

My family member, who died in 2004, lived in fear of exposure. He wasn’t an activist or a threat to anyone’s values. He was just a regular guy whose sexual preferences could not only have threatened his career, it threatened his personal safety.

I’m sure he would have been proud of Ms. Page though, and the new chapter she is starting in her public life. And he’d also be please at how society at large has become more tolerant, despite the dark backdrop to this year’s Olympic games.

See you out there…

If you’re a writer, write. And if you’re a reader, keep reading. We need you!

Author Richard S. Todd

Richard Todd is a novelist, screenplay writer, and social media guy. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at www.richard-todd.com.

Win a Copy of my Latest Novel!

Hello writers!

Hope 2014 is treating you well so far. I can’t believe we’re already into the second month!

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If you’re a writer, write. And if you’re a reader, keep reading. We need you!

Author Richard S. Todd

Richard Todd is a novelist, screenplay writer, and social media guy. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at www.richard-todd.com.