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Inside Entrepreneurship: Instant Success is an Illusion in Business
2/16/2007
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This article covers one of the key elements needed to take a startup to scale. And that's making sure you assemble a top team that understands business frugality (e.g., foregoing high salaries early on for equity).

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Worm Poo in Plastic Bottles: Get Rich and Save the World
2/16/2007
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This article covers the story of TerraCycle, a company that has brought innovation to the fertilizer business. The company's story offers a case study in bootstrapping a business to success.

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Guide to Finding Used Machinery and Tools
3/1/2007
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Investing in equipment for your company can be expensive. If funds are tight, you can opt for purchasing pre-owned equipment and tools rather than new. This guide provides tips and links on this topic, including advice on getting equipment via auctions, dealers, and over-stocked inventory.

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10 Reasons for a Bare Bones Business Start-Up
3/1/2007
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Staying "lean and mean" should be the bootstrapper's mantra, according to tech entrepreneur Jeff Hester. In this blog post, he shares his advice and insights into protecting and growing your business during the early years.

Go To Source (www.bootstrapme.com)
Bootstrappers Avoid Outside Money Ties
3/1/2007
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This article covers an emerging trend in how some tech companies finance their growth today. Rather than approach equity investors for early-stage funds, many entrepreneurs now prefer to bootstrap their growth by generally taking advantage of lower startup costs.

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The Bootstrapper's Bible
3/1/2007
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Seth Godin authored this comprehensive manual, which can be downloaded via the ChangeThis blog, on the nature and scope of bootstrapping for entrepreneurial growth companies.

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Secrets of Bootstrapping
3/1/2007
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This article offers several ways entrepreneurs can bootstrap their companies along. Tips include start your business at home, evaluate your business equipment needs before buying, and learn to barter.

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Guide to Benchmarking Your Business Financials
3/9/2007
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Financial benchmarks for entrepreneurial ventures are a good way to measure performance by comparing your organization to industry standards. Whether determined by using online resources, information from relevant trade associations or governmental agencies, or in consultation with a private financial advisor, this practice can impact bottom-line profitability and shape corporate strategies for growth.

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Guide to Restructuring a Business
3/9/2007
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For organizations faced with a financial downturn, or the stresses of rapid growth, or even a need to refocus core business operations, creating a strategic turnaround plan can provide a roadmap for realigning the business. This article provides links to specific resources for dealing with turnaround business planning, top team management, debt restructuring, and the potential for new partnerships.

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Don't Ask Employees to be Passionate About the Company!
3/9/2007
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There is a difference between employees showing a passion for the employer (which is great to have) versus a passion for their work (which is a crucial part of productivity). The advice given here is to "let people do what they want and need to do" and to keep out of the way of success.

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