Sorry about the lack of updates. Bellygraph got a mention on Lifehacker on Wednesday, and that resulted in 2500 visitors. Very cool. But then someone posted their Bellygraph on MetaFilter, and that resulted in another 5000 visitors. All told, I… Read moreA very busy week…
Scott Maxwell (An early-stage VC) has a series of posts on creating various advantages for your small business. Christopher has helpfully summarized the entire list here, with his comments. I’m not going to re-summarize the list here, but I will… Read moreHow to kick butt in the small co vs. large co business
1. Find good, inexpensive infrastructure Right now, I have a great hosting provider that costs me $5/month for an incredible array of services and capabilities. I can run just about anything here, experiment with it, try it out, and then,… Read moreSide business tips and tricks
The Art of Innovation Guy describes each statement in his list. I’m going to consider them from other angles and other blogs I have read. Jump to the next curve – in other words, change the game. This is easy… Read moreGuy Kawasaki on Innovation
Flickr and Del.icio.us are so passe. Protopageis the new awesomeness in web pages. I created a bunch of different link postits, for each of my areas of interest, which makes it much easier to organize and focus my thoughts. It… Read moreMy new favorite Web site
Seth Godin talks about creating forums to help share knowledge and ideas about new and interesting topics. What a great idea. I think I’ll start one about starting and maintaining side businesses 🙂 Small Business, Forum, Entrepreneurship
I keep getting calls from recruiters because of my extensive software development/architecture/management background. One of my pet peeves keeps coming up – “This opportunity is at a stable, Fortune 500 company.” This bothers me for several reasons: These days, layoffs… Read moreThere’s no such thing as a ‘stable’ company
Bill Swanson, the CEO of Raytheon, wrote a little book called ‘Swanson’s unwritten rules of management’. I’ve been posting one of the rules every few days on my Agile and Open Source Software Development Blog, I’m currently on Rule 7… Read moreSwanson’s Rules of Management
800CEORead’s latest review is on Selling To Big Companies. I personally hate selling to big companies, which is probably one of the reasons I am not in sales :). I haven’t read the book yet, but I thought that these… Read moreSelling To Big Companies
For a number of small/side businesses, Creativity is the feature that sets your business apart from all the others (for others, its Customer Service, or Price, or other things). Fast Company wrote an article about 6 Myths of Creativity Here’s… Read moreCreativity
In the 37signals article “No One Starts With a Masterpiece“, Ryan Carson writes: I think a great example of my point is da Vinciâ€™s masterpiece … the Mona Lisa. When he sat down to paint it, he had no idea… Read moreNo one starts with a masterpiece
This site presents a number of interesting ideas on mental “rules of thumb” to use during your busy day. My favorites: Always assume you will succeed If you can’t find a solution, change the rules. – this one is probably… Read moreMental Heuristics for Productivity
Work Happy – reviews and rates products and services targeted at small business. Search Engine Optimization for beginners Any others? I’ve cross-posted them to the PicoBusiness Forum for discussion. SEO, Search Engine Optimization, Small Business
If you have small business sites you think we should talk about here, you can send me email (one person already has) or, if you use del.icio.us, you can send them to me there by including a for:johnbr tag in… Read moreYour ideas welcome
I’ve noticed that people are starting to find this blog via del.icio.us. Welcome! And thanks! Don’t forget to check out the PicoBusiness Forums – it’s just getting started, but that’s where the ideas and the support network will really flow.
Via Lifehacker, an overview of the “blocking and tackling” of starting your small business (i.e. accountants, lawyers, tax ids, etc). Probably a must-read for anyone considering starting a small business that’s going to be a focus for significant chunks of… Read moreHow to start a small business
Ryan Carson posts an interesting article about increasing sales at your small business. Very timely :). I’ve cross-posted it to the PicoBusiness Forum, so everyone can suggest their own ideas, and comment on his.
Famous Apple evangelist turned VC Guy Kawasaki has a blog! I’ve only read a couple of articles, and it’s very good.
Hello, and welcome! (Thank you, Rob, for mentioning this new community) PicoBusiness is meant to be a great experiment in building and maintaining small and side businesses. As such, there are two parts to it – this blog, where I… Read moreWelcome BusinessPundit Readers
Ignore these at your peril. I’m a firm believer that if you want to have successful small businesses and side businesses, you need to have control of your finances. It’s that discipline that will allow you to manage your pennies… Read moreFinancial Resolutions for 2006