6 December

The Days in the Life of an Entrepreneur

Chasing Money

You hear time and time again in all the entrepreneurial blogs, quotes, guiding principles, etc. that you shouldn’t chase the money, chase the dream and the money will follow. Unfortunately, many would be entrepreneurs take that to mean they shouldn’t be focused on money at all.  Not true.  Money shouldn’t be your only goal or even your primary goal, but it has to be a goal.  Unlike some other goals, if you don’t achieve it, you will be out of business. Too often those who get that part end up only trying to high end markets because they think that is where the money is. But here’s the problem with the high end money.  What is considered luxury changes fast and furious and everything is eventually commoditized in that world. Yes, there is money to be made in those markets, but for how long?  Whatever you are doing make sure it is a sustainable business that can withstand the trials of time and change. As for me, I just like doing business with real people.

To Your Success!

-Zahra

30 November

The Days in the Life of an Entrepreneur

Humility

The lessons of humility are always following you as an entrepreneur:  

“Listen to your customers.”  

“Make it work.”  

“Shake that guys hand.”  

“Wipe the floors.”  

“Pay yourself last.”

“Take feedback.” 

“Smile today.” 

The great thing about humility is that it allows you the space to think, reflect and digest. If you aren’t always taking action, you are able internalize and grow.  It is a lesson that gives back constantly if you allow it to. 

15 February

Surround yourself with inspiring people

Throughout history, great producers have shown up in packs. From the paypal mafia to the impressionists in the 1800s and the beat poets of the 50s, it’s a very real trend.

The writer Austin Kleon refers to this as a ‘scenius’ and without a doubt there are some forming today that will be the greats that the world will talk about 50 or 100 years ago.

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8 February

Productivity Is a Big Deal for Solopreneurs.

Unlike your cubicle bound contemporaries who can slack off (for an average of 55% of the hours in a week according to research) the success of your new company rests squarely on your shoulders.

For some that means the difference between ramen and steak for dinner, for others it means making rent before your cash runway runs out.

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1 February

Take Advantage of Psychological Priming

We entrepreneurs pride ourselves on being independent thinkers. But it’s amazing how much influence outside conditions can have on the human mind.

In a classic study, psychologists had their subjects take a basic test on word association. But the real experiment happened when a hidden camera timed how long it took them to walk a 50 foot hallway to the elevator.

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Member Spotlight: Laura Fisher
9 October

Member Spotlight: Laura M. Fisher, Esq.

1. Tell us about your business and when you started?

I’m a solo attorney in Jersey City with a practice that focuses mainly on real estate law. I work closely with people who are buying and selling property, whether it’s first-time homebuyers who are purchasing their first home, to real estate developers looking to gut renovate brownstones and turn them into condos. I work with landlords and tenants to help make things right when they go wrong. Essentially, I’m a problem solver: I do my best to ease my clients’ minds by making an otherwise complicated and frustrating process as straightforward and stress-free as possible.

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