1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject
financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.

2.  Intaxicaton: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

3. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

4. Bozone ( n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign
of breaking down in the near future

5. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.
U.S. depends on start-ups

The economy has much invested in the success of small firms. They accounted for about two-thirds of the jobs created between 1993 and 2009, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Nearly all net job creation nationally occurred in firms less than five years old, according to a Kauffman Foundation analysis of census data from 1980 to 2005.

That makes new small businesses and the entrepreneurs who create them "the engines of job creation and eventual economic recovery," according to the Kauffman Foundation.

Yet only about two-thirds of new small business survive two years and only half will survive five or more years, according to the SBA.

Hoping to help improve the odds, Anderson has come up with a list of "Five Killer Start-Up Mistakes" for entrepreneurs and small-business owners to avoid. Right at the top is failing to have the right attitude -- failing to take that metaphorical leap off the cliff and into the entrepreneurial unknown.

Besides not having the failure-is-not-an-option mindset, other mistakes that can doom new small businesses include being around negative people


We recomend the use of Hubspot's websitegrader. We recently did a quick survey of the result of some of the site we either constructed or optimized...
Check out the Results here
We have been busy working with and growing small businesses.

Our work has received some public attention at the Infusionsoft Revolution Tour event in San Diego.

Check out the report

Craig was asked to pull together a panel of clients who have grown their business this year and have them answer questions from the audience.

It was fantastic! Thanks to Stacey, Henry and Buzz.

First the brag.. This website is the 100th most popular website hosted on Weebly! That is out of 3 million websites! Whew...thanks to you for making us popular. All the Open Spaces team thanks for for your interest and support.
Here is how we know this... http://serversiders.com/as27647 scroll to the 100th position and see our url.


Now the cool tool ... http://serversiders.com
I was doing some competitive analysis for a client and found this cool website.  It displays information it diggs about a competitive website http://serversiders.com

Ok it is the third coolest thing we found this week but it is interesting to get a snapshot of a website.
I've been a long time Dan Kennedy follower. His books are fantastic.  Bill Glazier's new book "outrageous Advertising" is a must read for any marketer.

I love their monthly meetings and make time to go as often as possible. Click here to listen to what other

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If you want to learn how to grow your small business, this is a place to learn.
I have to thank Tim Hathaway of http://hathaway.us for the reminder and this suggestion.  Tim sets up and fixes computers and networks for small business in San Diego CA.

I currently back up my main laptop onto external hard drives but that is monthly and ...well I miss some months.

Tim suggested carbonite.  (www.carbonite.com) and I set up an account with them and love it!

Our business system computors get backed up automatically within our network to a RAID NAS drive but my laptop is often "a cowboy", disconnected from the network and needed a different solution.

Carbonite so far looks great!


As marketers, we are limited by people's interests.  Yes marketing is about making people interested in our products and services.  It is also essential we have an understanding of what people are interested in.

I recommend you routinely keep in touch with what people are interested in ...by Google Trends
http://www.google.com/trends?hl=en

It is a very valuable and free tool to see the search trends by search term over the past years.  I love the graph to see quickly the high level trends by month and year.
Small business owners always ask me about showing up in search results and gaining more leads for their business.  I believe in doing the most important things first. In the world of search, that is showing up in Google.

Comscore (www.comscore) tracks where people search and they reported recently 65% of searches are in Google.  So showing up in you important search terrm Google searches must be your first priority.

Details here  from comscore http://www.comscore.com/Press_Events/Press_Releases/2009/11/comScore_Releases_October_2009_U.S._Search_Engine_Rankings?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A%20comscore%20%28comScore%20Networks%29&utm_content=Google%20Reader
I have a client who has acted! He has been in business for over 30 years. He knew old style sales and marketing just wasn't as effective as before.

We met about a year ago. In our first meeting, I was impressed with his willingness to change and to act. He was willing to try new approaches.

He jumped into web-based marketing of his brick and mortar business. He embrassed change. He embrassed  the Dan Kennedy/Bill Glazier marketing approach along with web-based lead generation.

Results?  Yes, his business has doubled during this recession and he has been struggling with managing the growth brought by his new tactics and tools.

His formula: It's all outlined in the "Edge of Success" ebook offered on this website.

It has changed his life!