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Invest in a Professional Logo

With just a few bucks in his pocket and the desire to help, Rhino was ready to start his business. He’d been building and planning on paper for years now but the thing about planning on paper was that it cost nothing. In the library he roamed over countless advice books and went online searching for answers. Finally he hit upon one main theme. If he wanted a successful business he had to make it look good from the outside in. So the money he had saved in his pocket went straight to the one thing he would be known for – his logo. He had a designer create a beautiful, unique logo which in turn ended up attracting customers.

Lesson: This lesson is inspired by the Rescue a CEO Post “Starting a Business for Under $100

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Receiving Positive Feedback From Clients

For Tortoise, there were so many things he loved about his business. From the products he sold to the hand-delivery method he employed, there was just something so invigorating about how things worked within his world. One night when speaking with his friend Badger, the question of his favorite part of the business came up. Tortoise thought for a long time about this question before answering in a simple, thankful manner, “My favorite part is the cards and notes from my customers in praise of my work. That is what gets me from day to week to month.”

Lesson: This lesson is inspired by the Rescue a CEO Post “Entrepreneurs Share Their Favorite Parts of Business – Part 2

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No Brick and Mortar for Us

Falcon was happy with how her business was run. While everyone else in the village woke up and went to their perspective places of business, she remained at home and simply walked into her office. For her company there was no building. Each employee worked from home or on the go – whichever they preferred. Falcon knew very well this was not the norm but being able to have a flexible life and enjoy doing her work while at home was truly thinking outside the box.

Lesson: This lesson is inspired by the Rescue a CEO Post “Business Owners Reveal How They Think Outside the Box in Business

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Entrepreneurs are born, not made

Pony felt since he was a young foal that he was different. Every job he had, Pony seemed to want to change things up. He wanted to mix up the rules and put a new spin on the job. Time and time again he left a job because he felt like it just wasn’t the right fit. After another year of this Pony decided enough was enough. If no other job would suit his needs he would just make his own position. Once he started his own business it was like a thunderbolt, he was instantly in the right place.

Lesson: This lesson is inspired by the Rescue a CEO Post “Entrepreneurs Are Born, Not Made

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Incorporate when you have a name, mission, and vision for your business

Mouse decided she needed to incorporate her business. She had heard people tell her to incorporate as soon as possible to keep her business safe. After figuring out the perfect name, the mission of business and what vision she had for the future, Mouse was able to incorporate her business without a problem.

Lesson: This lesson is inspired by the Rescue a CEO Post “Tips for the When’s and How’s of Incorporating Your Business

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Land Your First Client with Passionate Talk

Parrot had prepared his speech for weeks. He knew his meeting was approaching and as much as he loved his product, he wanted it to show in his pitch. When the day came he knew exactly what to say and did so in a way his potential clients would be able to sense his passion.

Lesson: This lesson is inspired by the Rescue a CEO Post “How to Land Your First Client

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Networking Events Are a Must

The Snake was never happy about slithering out into unfamiliar territories as far as business went. He was pleased with his marketing reach to the Prairie Dog homes nearby and the Rabbits across the road. But he knew he needed to do more. Finally Snake ventured out to a nearby event and by the end the other animals knew his business name.

Lesson: This lesson is inspired by the Rescue a CEO Post “Experienced Marketing Warriors and Entrepreneurs Give Tips on How They Make a Dent

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Incorporate your business right away

The first time that the Owl meets with business owners he always asks the same thing, “Did you incorporate?” The Owl knew that he wanted each of his clients to truly be in business and that means protection that only incorporation could provide.

Lesson: This tips is from Elle Kaplan on the post Tips for the When’s and How’s of Incorporating Your Business.

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Do as much as you can yourself

 

“Man I’m so stressed! There’s so much to do!” hissed the Snake. “I think that I’m just going to hire a virtual assistant” said the Snake to his BNI group, between “payroll, running the business, marketing the business, sales, finances, managing employees, I just don’t seem to have time for anything.” The Dog, the founder of the group said, “Hold up while you might think that it’s a lot, you should hold off on outsourcing too early before you get a viable business model that you know works and can generate money for you.”

Lesson: This lesson is from the Teach a CEO post “Outsourcing & Virtual Assistants – the real story”. Carlo Pandian wrote, “The truth is that, as much as it may be tempting to outsource everything from day one, it does mean that your fragile new business is dependent on the efficiency of others – and that could very easily go wrong. It also eats into the start-up fund and those all-important initial profits. In the first few months you may only make a very small profit (if any profit at all!), and paying out for outsourcing services or virtual assistants could wipe out that tiny margin completely. So the first piece of advice is at this early stage in your business’s life – do as much as you can yourself.”

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Select a business that has little overhead

The Rabbit’s son was getting ready for class but first he went by his business professor’s office to ask him his thoughts on starting a business on campus. His professor said, “One of the things that you need to remember is to start a business that has very little overhead to test out your idea. Once you have a good and viable business model, scale rapidly. I understand you of all people want to move fast, it’s in your genes, but just get down your business model then scale.”

Lesson: This lesson was inspired by the Teach a CEO post “10 Tips to Starting A Successful Business During College.” Just like the Rabbit’s son learned, in business and especially in college it is important to reduce overhead until a sustainable business model is established.

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