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The emotional tolls of starting your own business

This post was written by Ruth Underwood. This is the first of three posts. Part II is here. Getting a frank and honest tale of an entrepreneur’s rise and falls, and how he has managed to deal with the many risks and obstacles he has had to over come, is one of the key attractions of…

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Do I Need a Business Plan & 4 Other Questions

 Talk is cheap, but guidance based on hard-won experience is a little more valuable. March’s Entrepreneurs Anonymous featured a raft of advice from established entrepreneurs on a wide range of topics. Departing from its usual speaker format, this month’s meetup was purely a Q&A format. The questions were answered by a panel of experts —…

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The Highs and Very Low Lows of an Entrepreneur

The entrepreneurial life has its highs and lows. But you’d practically get vertigo looking down at some of the lows Ellen Dudley has faced. The Limerick woman has overcome cancer, a broken marriage and has seen more than one potentially lucrative exit from her start-up fall through. Speaking at February’s Entrepreneurs Anonymous, Dudley (@MeetFoReal) told…

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7 eCommerce Tips

Keep it simple and get inside the customer’s  head when it comes to eCommerce. But be prepared for an awful lot of work, said Colm Griffin, founder and CEO of Purchase.ie (@purchasedotie). His comments came at the monthly Entrepreneurs Anonymous event and it kicked off an extremely busy Web Summit (@WebSummitHQ) week in Dublin, Ireland.…

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3 Tips for Startups: Flexibility, Validation & Cheap Money

He came, he saw, he almost choked, but he still walked away with the big cash prize. As the recent LaunchPad accelerator closed with its customary pitching competition, Tony Staunton took to the podium to market PropertyGate. “I completely lost my way three minutes in to the pitch and left two minutes out,” he told…

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What Lean Is and Is Not Plus Some Advice for Start-ups

Lean ain’t penny pinching nor will it suck the soul from your organization. It is absolutely essential and should be practiced in all start-ups, according to Paul Daniel. A native of South Africa, Daniel (@paulrdaniel) was speaking at the March Entrepreneurs Anonymous meet up in Dublin, Ireland. He first studied Lean in depth studying for his…

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5 Tips for Early Stage Start-ups

Be nimble. Be network-y. Two of the key pieces of advice offered by Russell Banks (@RussellBanks77) at the most recent Entrepreneurs Anonymous meeting in Dublin, Ireland. Held on the Last Tuesday of the month, the meet-ups are geared towards early stage start-ups or people looking to set up their own business. The guest at the…

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4 Tips for Entrepreneurs

When Eoin Ryan took a year out to visit Australia, he embellished his work experience and bluffed his way in to a job as a shrimp fisherman. The small crew consisted of rough and ready rednecks who drank a lot at night. They were always probing to see how tough Ryan was. He managed to…

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4 Business Tips and 1 Blob of Social Media Advice for Entrepreneurs

Chase the money, look after your customer and measure results. Those were among the key pieces of advice offered by Anthony Quigley, CEO and co-founder of the Digital Marketing Institute (@DMIgroup). He was speaking at September’s Entrepreneurs Anonymous, a monthly meet up for actual and aspiring business start ups in Dublin, Ireland. Forward-looking and innovative,…

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Recession & Internet Spur Wealth Transfer

Part II. Part I is here. Are you still driving a delivery van even after consumers have flocked to the internet? Worse yet, are you blaming the recession for your loss of business? People “get caught up in the feeling of recession,” Liam McNamara told Entrepreneurs Anonymous, a monthly meeting for entrepreneurs in Dublin. But…