Website Terminology Glossary: Domains, Vol. 1

When you’re hustling, time is money and that money comes in coins, not bills. It’s why we made our Website Terminology Glossary for web pros. This free resource for designers, developers, marketers or anyone else makes it easier explaining technical stuff to clients. Rather than a lengthy back-and-forth, use this glossary …

Choose Your Mentors Wisely

Choose Your Mentors Wisely You’ve started your own home based business and you’re excited about the possibilities. You have dreams of paying off your home, traveling the world, brand new cars parked in the driveway, spending quality time with your family all while your computer works like a robot around …

Innovast Digital Marketing: Brand presence, elevated

Karen Etchells runs Innovast Digital Marketing, a creative web agency specializing in informational websites and content creation. You can find Innovast on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can connect with Karen on LinkedIn. Tell us about yourself. Who are you? Where are you based? I’m Karen Etchells. Mom of five, …

Embrace Your Business Plan for a Successful 2021

To journey without a plan or a map is simply just wandering. And wandering in business never leads to success. We need to be constantly reevaluating our business plans, almost to a point where they become a living organism. StartupNation exclusive discounts and savings on Dell products and accessories: Learn …

Erasing mental health stigmas via digital content — Q & A with Donté Colley

Donté Colley is a Toronto-based digital content creator seeking expression via fashion and digital media. He aims to connect and empower global communities through authentic joy, movement, and a message of self-love. Read on for words of motivation and inspiration from Donté Colley. GoDaddy Q&A with digital content creator Donté …

How to audit your website as a web designer or developer

The full scope of benefits that come from website audits and their variations is massive. Audits for managing your online presence are an opportunity for you as a web developer or designer to analyze, refresh and adapt your site. The goal is to improve your online visibility, discover and grow …

‘Everything Borrowed’ Podcast Ep. 16: A Conversation with Mark Hackel

On this episode of “Everything Borrowed,” Mark Hackel, County Executive for Macomb County, joins Andrew to talk about a few of the topics we are currently facing on the home front. Mark explains his thoughts and feelings on his job as a politician, the current issues surrounding COVID-19 and his …

What COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling Can Teach Designers

The multiple COVID-19 vaccines that have come out are nothing short of scientific miracles. The speed and efficacy of these life-saving, pandemic-squashing shots are a testament to human achievement. That being said, getting these vaccines into the arms of everyday people has been a challenge. That’s especially true here in …

GoDaddy Q&A with NutraMaize™ CEO Evan Rocheford

Today, we’re speaking with Evan Rocheford, the co-founder and CEO of NutraMaize™, a company transforming the United State’s largest staple crop – corn – into a platform for delivering better nutrition on a population-wide scale.  NutraMaize™’s innovation is a unique variety of orange non-GMO corn. The vibrant orange color comes …

Cheat Sheet: Managed WordPress Ecommerce Hosting

Our Managed WordPress Ecommerce Hosting lets you create a robust ecommerce store quickly and easily. That means building the exact store your clients need for hundreds, even thousands, less per year.  Build more store for less    Powered by WooCommerce, our Managed WordPress Ecommerce Hosting features powerful flexibility with easy-to-use extensions and client-management tools. That …

The Startup Coaching Playbook: Do You Need a Business Coach?

The biggest challenge for a startup founder is knowing where to focus. You’ve got to pitch investors, target the right customer, hone your business model and raise critical funding just in time. Your team is lean, the margin of error narrow. Yes, you can screw up some things, but there’s …

‘Everything Borrowed’ Podcast Ep. 15: A Conversation with Darren McCarty

Four-time Stanley Cup champion, former Red Wings enforcer, host of “Grind Time with Darren McCarty” podcast and a true Detroit gem, Darren McCarty joins Andrew for episode 15 of “Everything Borrowed.” Darren is an advocate for the legalization of cannabis, which is on a list of things that helped his …

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Verizon Study Highlighting Office Jargon (Episode 171)

On this morning’s WJR Business Beat, Jeff discusses a recently released study by Verizon, which highlights the corporate office jargon that irks Americans the most. Topping the list as most favored office jargon? “Big picture.” Coming in very last on the list of least favored phrases? “Behind the 8 ball.” …

StartupNation Radio: Shark Tank Tips and Success Stories

On today’s episode of StartupNation Radio, Jeff is joined by leading business coach and co-host, Jon Dwoskin. Together, they interview three entrepreneurs who have pitched their businesses on “Shark Tank.” Today’s featured guests are Renaldo Webb, founder of Pet Plate; Tate Stock, founder of Chirp; and Meredith Jurica, CEO of …

These 8 Startups are Among the Top in the Midwest (and the U.S.)

Why were there only two Midwest startups on LinkedIn’s list of the top 50 startups on the rise? Cameo, based in Chicago (as well as remotely), and Seamless.AI, based in Columbus, are really awesome startups, and we were so happy to see them on the list. We just think LinkedIn missed a couple more major …

5 Steps for Launching an Online Business in 2021

The pandemic has made life difficult in innumerable ways, but it has also presented business opportunities to savvy entrepreneurs. Company closures left spaces for startups to fill, and the unprecedented environment prompted the creation and development of specific markets. For example, IBM’s U.S. Retail Index estimates that the coronavirus and resulting social …

Website Terminology Glossary: Website Design, Vol. 1

When you’re hustling, time is money and that money comes in coins, not bills. It’s why we made our Website Terminology Glossary for web pros. This free resource for designers, developers, marketers or anyone else makes it easier explaining technical stuff to clients. Rather than a lengthy back-and-forth, quickly look …

Female-Founded Afloat App Makes Asking for Help Easier

Asking for help is hard because being vulnerable is hard. Female entrepreneur, Sarah-Allen Preston, launched an app to help people who feel like they’re sinking, but have a hard time leaning on their community to receive a helping hand. Preston shares how her own traumatic experiences pushed her to find …

How Entrepreneurs Can Create a Successful Online Course or Program

It’s no secret that online learning is ridiculously popular. Even before COVID-19 forced many businesses and industries to pivot online (or shut their doors completely), the e-learning industry was booming. In 2019, the e-learning market hit a whopping $200 billion in revenue, and experts are projecting the online course industry …

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: The Importance of Small Business in America (Episode 170)

Did you know that 75% of all new jobs in this country are created by small businesses? Or that 99% of all employers and approximately half of this nation’s GDP is driven by small businesses? On this morning’s WJR Business Beat, Jeff discusses the importance of our small businesses in …

SEO for Beginners: Metrics and Must-Have Tools for Startups

Did you know that Google received nearly 2.3 trillion searches in 2019? No matter what question people have, nowadays, their first instinct is to open their laptops or grab their phones, type it in Google, and check the first, second, or perhaps third result that shows up. This means one …

Why the Beginning of the Year is the Best Time to Start a Business

The beginning of the year has always been a popular time to start a business. If you’ve been considering forming an LLC or incorporating, but are curious about the benefits of starting up in January, look no further. We’ll catch you up on the biggest reasons why entrepreneurs like forming …

Develop your 2021 marketing strategy — looking back to plan ahead

Many business owners, entrepreneurs, and even veteran marketers devise their strategy for the New Year starting in January. I’m here to make a case for developing your 2021 marketing strategy now, or more specifically, throughout the last quarter of the year. 7 steps to develop your 2021 marketing strategy Developing …

4 Insurance Considerations for Your Home-Based Business

Starting and running a home-based business offers many benefits: decreased commute time, increased flexibility, and lower overhead costs, to name a few. However, when building or transitioning to remote business, several areas require extra attention. Digital advertising, data systems and connectivity tools need to be updated, and so does your …

Access Monumental Savings During Dell’s Presidents Day Sale

Continue to kick off this new year with monumental savings of up to 45% off during Dell’s Presidents Day Sale, running Feb. 8 through Feb. 17! StartupNation exclusive discounts and savings on Dell products and accessories: Learn more here Call today to speak with a Small Business Advisor for a …

StartupNation’s ‘Key Moves’ Podcast feat. Jayson Waller (Episode 2)

Welcome to another episode of StartupNation’s “Key Moves” podcast, hosted by Jeff Sloan! StartupNation exclusive discounts and savings on Dell products and accessories: Learn more here (Jayson Waller) In this podcast, Jeff goes beyond the mere backstory of business success and dives into the key moves made by the leaders and founders …

cPanel Hosting: Cheat Sheet

Rely on cPanel Hosting services that scale with your needs. With 99.9% uptime guarantees, you’ll enjoy unmetered bandwidth, superior performance and nimble load times. Benchmarks designed to meet your requirements  With plans designed for a single project to multiple websites, cPanel Hosting offers robust features to fuel your business — …

How white label products can help an ecommerce business grow

If your ecommerce revenue has plateaued, you may be wondering about how you can encourage growth. While manufacturing an entirely new product is often risky and costly, white labeling is the perfect solution to help an ecommerce business grow. White labeling is a partnership between a manufacturer and a retailer. …

‘Everything Borrowed’ Podcast Ep. 14: A Conversation with Jason Hundey

Friend, writer, teacher, podcaster and history buff are just a few words to describe today’s guest. On this episode of “Everything Borrowed,” Jason Hundey joins host Andrew Blake to discuss the evolution and history of rock and music as a whole. Hundey has taught a university-designed Music History course for …

Dell Offers Top Tech Solutions to Boost Productivity Remotely

Streamline your work flow from anywhere with top tech solutions from Dell Technologies! StartupNation readers can save up to 42% off on these business grade solutions, which can be custom fit to your needs. To learn how to boost your productivity while working remotely, check out Dell’s white paper below: …

Website Terminology Glossary: Hosting, Vol. 1

When you’re hustling, time is money and that money comes in coins, not bills. It’s why we made our Website Terminology Glossary for web pros. This free resource for designers, developers, marketers or anyone else makes it easier explaining technical stuff to clients. Rather than a lengthy back-and-forth, quickly find …

5 Tips for Getting Your New Business Finances Set up for Success

Over 3.2 million Americans filed a business application in 2020, 500,000 more than in 2019. Are you a member of this group? If so, you’re proof that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in America despite present day challenges. As a new business owner, you’re likely struggling with where …

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Most Visited Websites on the Web (Episode 168)

On this morning’s WJR Business Beat, Jeff breaks down the most visited websites in the world. The top five rankings, according to data from SimilarWeb, are as follows: Google.com YouTube.com Facebook.com Twitter.com Wikipedia.org Tune in to the WJR Business Beat, below, to learn more about these website rankings! Tune in …

‘Everything Borrowed’ Podcast Ep. 13: A Conversation with Charles Coristine

Charles Coristine, president and CEO of LesserEvil Snacks, channels his passions for mindfulness and healthy living into creating snacks. Today, “Everything Borrowed” host, Andrew Blake, chats with Coristine about his journey from a career on Wall Street to shaping LesserEvil’s core beliefs. The company prioritized not just ingredients, but spirit …

How to respond to comments and console unhappy clients

Let’s get real: In the web design world, complaints come with the territory. If you’re selling a product or service based on creative design and interpretation, you’ll eventually encounter an unhappy client. And keeping clients happy is key to providing exceptional customer service. Most complaints fit into one of these …

The Duo Blueprint: How Ann Arbor’s Duo Security is Changing the Midwest Startup Scene

“Our small city of freaks and geeks, fast learners, and team players has been a crucible for startups,” Dug Song, co-founder and general manager of Duo Security at Cisco, said. Ann Arbor has been a launchpad for cybersecurity startups, the most notable being Duo. In 2018, Duo, one of the fastest-growing cybersecurity …

A Smarter and Faster Path to Entrepreneurial Success: Achieve More From Less

The following is excerpted from “Entrepreneur to Millionaire: How to Build a Highly Profitable, Fast-Growth Company and Become Embarrassingly Rich Doing It” by Kent Billingsley (McGraw-Hill Education, Feb. 2, 2021).  StartupNation exclusive discounts and savings on Dell products and accessories: Learn more here A smarter and faster path to entrepreneurial …

Why You Should Start a Business to Solve a Common Problem

Silicon Valley is known for its revolutionary ideas, grandiose statements and ability to challenge the status quo. By now, we’re all familiar with the classic persona of the Bay Area-located, hoodie-wearing techie, who tells their team to “move fast and break things” in order to “disrupt” entire industries. However, what …

Thinking of Starting a Business with Your Spouse? 5 Tips to Ensure Success and Productivity

  It’s not uncommon for couples to consider going into business together. After all, your life partner is an easy pick, as many spouses are loyal, supportive and even share the same dreams and goals. Plus, marriage in and of itself is the ultimate test. Like any type of partnership, …

What is Dark Data and How Can Your Business Profit From It?

Sponsored content Entrepreneurs are collectively being led to believe that data is the new currency. This attitude has prompted executives to hoard sizable amounts of data on behalf of their businesses. However, the truth is that the leaders at many organizations have no idea what they should be doing with …

5 Ways to Optimize Your Website for Voice Search

With the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), voice assistants are becoming indispensable assets of everyday life. Voice search not only helps us multitask, but cuts out typing, waiting for a page to load and scrolling for answers. It also returns concise, accurate and fast results. A …

The Ultimate Guide To Becoming A Thought Leader

editorial strategy thought leadershi Content Marketing The Ultimate Guide To Becoming A Thought Leader David Tile, Founder & Director @ Article-Writing.co Posted On: January 25, 2021 In this day and age, it appears that every entrepreneur, marketer and publisher wants to know how to become a thought leader. The advantages …

Everything You Need to Know About Email Marketing Campaigns

  Email marketing is one of the most common ways of attracting new customers to your business and growing your brand. Those who invest the necessary time into this practice quickly learn that email marketing comes with many benefits for business owners and clients. That is, of course, if the …

5 things to look for in the best VPS provider

Finding the best VPS provider is clutch because a website communicates with clients far more than we ever could. That’s why it demands such a significant share of business resources. Still, cost is always a key concern, especially when we’re just getting started. It’s common to initially go with less-expensive …

Starting an E-Commerce Business in 2021? Keep These 6 Key Trends in Mind

If you’re thinking about starting an e-commerce business, you’re in good company. E-commerce is booming, with sales from last year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday hitting $10.8 billion in a single weekend. And growth is only accelerating: by 2022, the global e-commerce market is expected to reach $6.5 trillion. Not …

5 Actionable Goals for Your Startup to Set and Achieve in 2021

While the pandemic has created numerous obstacles for entrepreneurs, some of the best and most inventive ideas have been born out of adverse circumstances. January is the perfect time to re-evaluate what worked and what didn’t work over the course of the past 12 months in order to set new …

How to Build a Better Brand Through Content Curation

As an entrepreneur, you’re always on the lookout for ways to bring more organic traffic to your website. We’re constantly told that “content is key,” but there are plenty of misconceptions out there regarding the best approaches to content curation and marketing, and how search engine algorithms (such as Google’s) …

5 Things E-Commerce Startups Should Focus on for Success in 2021

After a year like 2020, it’s tempting to advise any and all entrepreneurs to simply hold on for dear life in 2021. Many businesses are still scrambling to move online, and big brands are diving into e-commerce in a way that may intimidate some smaller players who are looking to …

What is technical SEO? Small business technical SEO checklist

Technical SEO is an important — but often misunderstood — part of search engine optimization. This article breaks down what technical SEO actually is and provides a helpful checklist for any small business to DIY tech SEO. First, we’ll gain an understanding and explore key technical SEO definitions. We’ll talk …

7 resolutions for eCommerce businesses in 2021

2020 has been… shall we say… an interesting year. It’s certainly been a year of surprises in the eCommerce industry. (All those people who mocked you back in 2016 for starting a store that only sold toilet paper and banana bread baking supplies—now who’s laughing?) Customer spending has been transitioning …

The best agency advice for 2021 (based on what we learned in 2020)

*This post originally appeared Dec. 18, 2020 on the Media Temple blog. Here at the end of 2020, agencies resoundingly have a positive outlook for 2021. And agency leaders we’ve talked to have voiced a strong sense of the path forward. There’s good reason for it, too. The distribution of …

BIGGBY Coffee Co-Founder Shares His Company’s Journey to Conscious Capitalism

The purpose of starting a business is not to make a profit. The purpose of starting a business is to find profitable solutions to the problems of people and the planet. Conscious capitalism takes Milton Friedman’s theories of shareholder supremacy and throws them out the window. The philosophy of conscious …

5 types of partner programs every web designer should join

Being a freelance web designer or web developer doesn’t mean you need to go it alone. There are businesses out there looking to work with you and support you. You might already have a relationship with these businesses as a customer. By joining their partner program, you’re moving yourself from …