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Reading to Your Kids to Encourage Entrepreneurship

So apparently reading to your children actually is good for them. Who knew?
 
For those of you who were still skeptical, Michigan State Extension recently came out with a great article detailing how reading to children can actually help them learn entrepreneurship skills.  According to the article, which references research stating that a person’s views about money are pretty much set in stone by about the age of seven, introducing financial concepts to a child at a young age they are more likely to learn the skills necessary to become a successful entrepreneur.  The article then goes on to list a handful of books which deal with the concept of small business that would be great conversation starters for young children.

Is 3D Printing Good For Entrepreneurship?

If you follow the news you've probably heard about the growing prevalence of 3D printing.  This technology, which allows manufacturers to create solid objects from a digital template, has actually been around since 1984,  but started to really take off in terms of popularity around the start of the 21st century. 

 

Women are Changing the Entrepreneurship Game

When it comes to the topic of female entrepreneurs the focus tends to be focus on the big time personalities currently making headlines.   Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce Knowles, Arianna Huffington, and Cher Wang all garner front page coverage as the big time movers and shakers of today, and rightfully so. Their contributions to the world technology, entertainment, and media are all hugely influential, laying the groundwork for generations to come.  But if you did a little deeper into the topic you will uncover a trend perhaps even more exciting.  The overall number of women entering the realm of entrepreneurism has seen a dramatic increase recently, and it’s marking a significant change in the face of small business worldwide.  
 

Working Hard in the Work From Home Age

Being your own boss is one of the greatest feelings in the world.  Having the opportunity to make your own hours, set your own schedule, and work at you own pace is simultaneously liberating and empowering.  

Entrepreneurial Team Building

Team building for a new business venture is all about finding a balance between skills and personalities. Look at professional sports teams as an example. The truly successful ones don't have a team full of superstars. They have a few, but role players surround them. Without those role players, winning would not be possible. Startup companies are like that. You need a complete team to be successful. Too many superstars together may not be a good mix. 

Entrepreneur vs Freelancer

The fastest way of telling apart a freelancer and an entrepreneur is to ask "what do you do". The entrepreneur will mention their company and maybe go into telling you the vision or the mission. A freelancer will tell you a profession or what they do, "I'm a writer" or "I'm a photographer", "I create content" or "I design websites". However, beyond that difference, aren't freelancers entrepreneurs too?