Although we haven’t seen an official announcement, it appears there are some promotions at the top of Varsity Spirit. John Newby is moving up to the former Herff Jones part of Varsity and Brian Elza, Tres LeTard, and Leslie Standlee appear to be filling his former role within Varsity Spirit.
Running your own business is one of the most exciting, and challenging, adventures you will embark upon. Take care of yourself as you set the tone and culture of your growing business. Protect yourself to ensure the business will survive the ups and downs. Running your business can be fun with a little bit of planning and with processes to make things run smoothly. Take time to set it up right so you can get back to doing what you love. I’m cheering for you!
Jay Goltz published The Top 10 Rookie Mistakes for Entrepreneurs. The article lists the mistakes often made and gives the reasoning behind why it’s on the list. I can’t say I agree with all of them wholeheartedly, but they are definitely worth reading and considering.
Keeping your rent as low as possible
Hiring someone you know and trust
Buying used equipment to keep expenses down
Keeping your prices “reasonable”
Saving money on professional advice
Considering borrowed money a last resort
Picking a bank that knows you and that you have a relationship with
Thinking you have your advertising figured out
Treating your employees fairly
Falling blindly in love with your product or service
Jay Goltz published Six Attributes of Successful Entrepreneurs in the New York Times’ You’re the Boss blog. This article talks about the things that aren’t taught in college or business school that great entrepreneurs need.
Jay Goltz published So You Want to Start a Business, reminding everyone that starting a business is hard. He suggests doing your homework, seeking intelligent advice, and confusing support with wisdom.
One more thing: Going into business is risky, treacherous and demanding. But it is also invigorating, rewarding and beautiful, when it works. It is a lot like nature — with violent hurricanes and beautiful sunsets. I am not sure that you choose to be an entrepreneur; it chooses you.