When 3D printing first came on the scene, the tech was still very young. Only after several years did this printing technology begin to catch up to expectations. Now it can be the foundation for a thriving, growing business, serving a use far beyond just creating prototypes.
With each passing year, there is a steady rise in the number of female entrepreneurs starting their own ventures. Female-owned businesses now make up 37% of all global enterprises and 40% of the new entrepreneurs in the United States are women—the highest percentage since 1996!
You're an idea person — that's why you're in business. You get inspired and come up with innovative products, something that most people are never able to do. The rest is easy, right? Not so fast, because to sell that great idea you first have to transform it into a physical product.
Most marketers that take the Myers Briggs personality test would probably be ENTPs. They have a strong creative streak, but are weak when it comes to organization and attention to detail. This is often a liability, because project management is a very important aspect of any online marketing campaign.
What would you do if you were forced to evacuate 1,000 pounds of raw coffee beans to save your business from a fast-raging wildfire? Or had to run your online store from the floor of the only place in your town with wifi after a devastating hurricane? These are just a few of the scary realities our community members endured during the natural disasters in Puerto Rico, Houston and Northern California over the past several months.
As an entrepreneur, you need to be a quick learner. And what better, safer way to learn than from other people's mistakes? That's why we're launching this new series — “What I Wish I Had Known" — to share lessons that successful business owners have learned through experience. We hope their advice prepares and informs you for your own entrepreneurial journey.
For small business owners, Google is an important part of marketing. You want to rank in Google's search results and get found by customers. However, most people don't realize that a good portion of Google's search results are tied to Google Maps, your business location and to a newer product called Google My Business (GMB).
The days of open houses and leads cards are dwindling. For today's realtors, a good website that's built to be easily found by prospective buyers in search engines like Google — a process known as Search Engine Optimization (SEO) — is most likely to produce sales.
By next year, there will be over 328,400 personal trainers registered and operating in the U.S. — up from 299,200 in 2012. Mix in nutrition experts, yoga teachers and custom sportswear providers and you've a big crowd. A smartly designed website is crucial if you hope to stand out and win customers.
What's life like at your desk? You likely sit down each morning with an objective or two, but first you notice a slew of emails you should really respond to. Then your phone rings. You take the call. When you hang up, there are a few text messages waiting for your attention. Before you know it, an hour has passed. You may feel like you got a lot done, but did you? Rather than achieving what you set out to do, you simply reacted to distractions. Does this sound like you? Perhaps your days could use a little more intention. Lucky for you, mindfulness is here for the rescue.
Start Your Something
At Weebly, we believe that everyone deserves a chance to build something new and do what they love. The Inspiration Center features experts sharing what they've learned about starting and growing these types of big ideas.