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Would You Rather…be a Desk Jockey or Ride a Business Roller Coaster as a Career?

For me, the answer was definitely ride the roller coaster. I’m Randy Horn, owner of Zobmondo!! Entertainment and creator of the “Would You Rather…?” line of board games. I started my company 13 years ago while pursuing my MBA at UCLA’s Anderson School of Business. We were required to write a business plan and I [...]

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When an Entrepreneur Who Supplies Virtual Assistants Decides to Hire His Own – Joshua Last, GlobeTask

Outsourcing is a relatively new concept that has added another dimension to a multi-faceted workplace, a revolutionary solution that can take your business past the tipping point. People invest so much time, effort and money into growing their businesses. However, they must also consider how that time, effort and money can be most wisely spent. [...]

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Jordan Gottlieb of Go Green Fundraising is Revolutionizing the Way Groups Raise Money

Jordan Gottlieb played sports starting with soccer at the age of 4 and participated in extra-curricular activities all the way through the end of high school. During that time, he (and his parents) helped with dozens and dozens of fundraisers to pay for everything from a new playground for the elementary school to raising money [...]

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Shoestring Success: TMJ Pain Solutions – bootstrapping the entire business using the other royalty checks

TMJ Pain Solutions was founded based on my personal experience and my passion for helping others. One in five people have some type of jaw disorder/dysfunction and 90% are women. I began having jaw problems at the age of 14 when I got braces. But after suffering a whiplash injury in a car accident, the [...]

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Accounting on a Shoestring Budget

My name is Rayanne Buchianico and I am the owner of ABC Solutions, LLC a small accounting firm in Pinellas Park, Florida. I began my accounting career as a receptionist in a CPA firm in February 1988. I worked there for a total of 13 years before leaving as a senior staff accountant in 2001. [...]

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To 16,000 customers starting with a computer and a desk

FusionCharts is today a common name among web developers with over 16,000 organizations in 110 countries using it. It is used by names as big as LinkedIn, weather.com, Google, Cisco, GE and World bank. Howmuchever it sounds like a carefully crafted 12-point business plan by a left-brained Harvard-passout, it is so much the opposite. It [...]

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Cookies and Lemonade: A perfect business combination

They fired me. And not just from any job – from the job. I was a twenty-seven year-old corporate lawyer who’d worked like crazy to get the brass ring of legal jobs. The only problem was that I’d hated everything about that job, from the day I bought my first uncomfortable black suit to the [...]

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Shoestring Success: WaterFilters.net warehouse was the space behind the coach.

WaterFilters.NET makes it easy to research, find, and purchase all types of water filters. The company provides a broad selection of of water filter types (reverse osmosis, water softeners, refrigerator filters, undersink water filters, shower filters, commercial water filters, and so forth) and sells all major water filter brands. The company sells water filters made by [...]

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Mothers basement and $500 loan to Start Coins for Anything

Coins for Anything- Jeff Morin is the founder and CEO of a very unique and profitable small business. Jeff is a former United States Marine Corps Sergeant that was stationed with 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, NC. Jeff saw the the challenge coins sold in his camp were selling for $2.00 – $3.00 more [...]

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WyzAnt to connect with local private tutors from a Shoestring budget

WyzAnt.com is a platform where students and parents can find and communicate with local tutors to meet their educational, musical and athletic needs. The company was founded in the fall of 2005 and since that time, millions of students in all 50 states have used WyzAnt to connect with local private tutors. With over 22,000 [...]

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Invisible Shoes for $50

Last Fall I read Chris McDougall’s best-seller, “Born to Run,” about the Tarahumara Indians who run (and easily win!) ultra-marathons wearing no shoes, or simple sandals, called huaraches, made from tire rubber and some rope. Inspired by that book, like many others, I decided to start running barefoot. It just so happened there was an [...]

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Borrowed $500 and Started CelebriDucks

Back in 1986, I started an animation company that over time grew to become the largest publisher of animation artwork from television commercials in the country having created the first ever animation art lines for Coca-Cola, Anheuser-Bush, M&M/Mars, Pillsbury, etc., etc. I started it by borrowing $500 from two different good friends and eventually paid [...]

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Katydid started with less than $500

Shopforbags.com (SFB) is a women owned apparel and handbags distributor that targets small town salons, boutiques, and retail outlets. At Shopforbags.com, we make it easy for the small town retailer to order just what they need on a just-in-time basis with a low minimum order and same day shipping. SFB customers purchase with the confidence [...]

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The Best $85 I’ve Ever Spent to $12 million annually! Shoestring Success of PrintResource.com

In March of 1993, after 2 years of on-and-off unemployment, I faced personal bankruptcy. I had exhausted all available unemployment benefits, and my wife was earning just $8 an hour as a part-time intern at a IT research firm. Our paltry income ($960 a month, before taxes) was not near what we needed to pay [...]

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