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Lesson #13: The myth of the shark tank: The amazing business community of Tucson.

As I mentioned in Lesson #1, before I started iTipArtists, I had this terribly misinformed idea of what business people are generally like. Basically, I got the impression they were all like Michael Douglass from Wall Street, or Donald Trump … Continue reading

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Lesson #12: How do I like to work with people?

How do you like to work with people? I’d never considered it before starting iTipArtists. To be honest, I’ve thought as work as something I do on my own, report to a boss and get paid. I like to get … Continue reading

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Lesson #11: Nannies are just not for me (but they might be for you)

I know I mentioned this way back in Lesson #1, but I wanted to use this post as a platform to discuss the issues of career, childcare and nannies in a critical way that I feel does not get enough … Continue reading

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Lesson #10: Money isn’t my motivator. Crap!

Have you even been in the position where you wanted something to be true so badly you repeatedly denied the truth until it bit you in the butt, again and again? Here is the truth, when it comes to me, … Continue reading

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Lesson #9: Lifestyle businesses are not for losers.

A company and a lifestyle business are two different types of businesses. When someone says they are forming a startup, they are forming a startup company. When someone says they are starting a business, they might be referring to a company, but … Continue reading

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Lesson #8: Yes, it does take 40+ hours of consistent work to make a startup…start

Yes, it sucks, but I believe this is true. There is a saying we learned in the incubator: “life does not stop because you start a company.” Which means, your other job, your other commitments and all of your family … Continue reading

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Lesson #7: Incubate, but be assertive

You might be wondering if being in the incubator at Arizona Center for Innovation helped iTipArtists along. The answer is yes, it did, immensely! For anyone building a startup business for the first time, incubators are a great resource of … Continue reading

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Lesson #6. My legal advice:

My legal advice to anyone who is uncomfortable about legal business issues: you know so much more than you think you do about the basic legal forms you need to set up in your business. Just do it! Any business … Continue reading

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Lesson #5: Just Make Something!

Another idea from Guy Kawasaki’s book The Art of the Start that really informed me was the concept that your business should be working on a product as top priority. I know that sounds simple, yet another “duh”. However, with … Continue reading

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Lesson #4: Bossiness does have its place. (Be a pain the patoot when you need to be!)

At the session for Building Your Dream Team at the Arizona Center for Innovation, there were two great mentors present to discuss ideas and answer questions from the incubator clients. The mentors are in leadership roles in tech companies in … Continue reading

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