Posts by tea_carney

Business School of Hard Knocks: Real-life Cautionary Tales

Business School of Hard Knocks: Real-life Cautionary Tales

Here’s a question for you: Ever have anything go sideways on you in your business? Ever wonder what the heck it was all about? Why you? And, why now? You’re not alone. We’ve all had weird stuff happen — and labeled it “bad” or “traumatic” or even “a holy mess.” And if you haven’t experienced the roller coaster of small business...

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The Care and Feeding of Your Email List

The Care and Feeding of Your Email List

Just as we were finishing up last month’s carnival, one of the carnies mentioned some anxiety around the fact that email unsubscribes seemed to be an uphill battle. It sparked a lively discussion, and before we knew it, the topic for this month’s carnival was born. If you’ve ever wondered what to do about unsubscribes, or how to get a list started in the first place,...

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Quirkology: How to Be Brandtastic by Embracing Your Weirder Bits

Quirkology: How to Be Brandtastic by Embracing Your Weirder Bits

Quirkology isn’t a new word. There are more than a few folks out there using it. But this month we’ve co-opted it as a way to introduce you to the kinds of freakiness that you’ll find here among the carnies…and why it’s important to own yours if you want to build a successful business. Ready? Let’s dive in! Sandy McDonald of Why You Must Blog: Quirkology....

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Outsourcing: Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know & More

Outsourcing: Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know & More

Solopreneurs and itty biz folks who know their stuff usually don’t have a problem getting customers. In fact, they usually get so busy, that other stuff begins to fall through the cracks. And when that happens? Well, it ain’t a pretty picture. Trust us. We’ve all been there. (And some of us are still there.) Here’s some of the best advice around on how (and why) to tackle...

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Market Research: How to Find Out What Your Ideal Customers Really, Really Want

Market Research: How to Find Out What Your Ideal Customers Really, Really Want

A few weeks ago, I was listening in on the #QuirkyBiz Twitter chat and this question popped up: How the heck do I find out what my ideal prospects really want, who they are and where they hang out? Most of the other quirky biz owners echoed that sentiment, so I knew it would make a perfect blog topic. @teasilvestre Yeppers! Mon. at 2 pm Eastern, 1 Central, 12 Mountain, 11 PacificStandard or...

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