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Making a Living in Music | Featuring Austin Vintage Guitars

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on March 1, 2017

Making a living in the modern music business has changed dramatically.

In the late 90s, free downloading services, like Napster, were considered a dangerous threat to the music business.

In many ways, to survive, the music industry has had to reinvent itself. Services like Spotify and SoundCloud help people discover new music and helps unknown artists get their music heard.

The Internet has also had a dramatic effect on the retail side of the business. Budding musicians can now turn to online sites to purchase musical instruments.

With these rapid changes in the music business, how can a musical instrument store prosper? How can you make money as a performer in this new digital age? Ultimately, how you can make a living in the modern music business?

In today’s episode of Small Business War Stories we tackle these challenging questions and more with Nick Boettcher from Austin Vintage Guitars and performer in band The Reverent Few.

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The Perfect Professional Resignation Letter (Sample Template)

Posted by Caileen Kehayas on February 28, 2017

So, the time has come for you to move on to a new job.

There are many reasons an employee might leave a job.

Some employees resign because they are unhappy, because they have grown all they can at a role, or simply because they have been offered a new positions they cannot refuse.

Whatever the reason for your resignation, it is time to pen your resignation letter.

Yes, it is 2017.

You could send a simple text saying “SRY NOT WRKING HERE N E MORE.” with a deluge of both smiling and frowning emojis.

You can write an email saying with the proverbial “Peace Out!

The worst thing you could do is quit like Scarface.

Penning a letter of resignation might be the most difficult thing you have done to date. However, if you are dedicated to your career, writing a resignation letter is not only the right thing to do; it is crucial to the forward movement of your career.

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How to Revive an Iconic Brand | Featuring Antone's

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on February 22, 2017

Iconic brands are instantly recognizable. Think the Volkswagen Beetle or the McDonald's arches.

Brands like these are rooted in our culture. They have a status that goes beyond simply what they sell. They come to represent our desires, hopes and dreams.

However, sometimes an iconic brand may actually disappear. Juggernauts like Pan Am, Blockbuster, and Oldsmobile have been hurt by changes in technology or phased out for various reasons.

Having brand recognition can be hugely powerful, but when reviving a once iconic name, it can actually be a challenge and uphill battle to change built-in perception.

Antone's, a once famous blues club in Austin, Texas has gone through six different business iterations and was even closed for two years after being open every day for 38 years. 

However, Antone's is once again becoming a destination location for visitors of Austin and a place many musicians desire to play. 

In today's episode of Small Business War Stories, we walk with Will Bridges of Antone's about how they have been able to revive this amazing and iconic brand.

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How to Market to College Students | Featuring BinStored and ShuttleHome

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on February 15, 2017

There are over 21 million college students in the U.S.

Generation Y (or Millennials) is the largest consumer group in U.S. history.

Despite the demographic's size, people often dismiss college students as not having money or they market to them like any other segment of the market.

However, students spend up to $30 billion on college back-to-school purchasing alone. There are huge opportunities for entrepreneurs who know how to reach this generation.

But how do you market to this young tech-savy generation that has grown up with smartphones and everything available on-demand?

To answer this question, we talked with Dean Ginsberg, founder of two successful companies, BinStored and ShuttleHome, that market directly to college students.

In today's episode of Small Business War Stories, we explore how to market to college students and much more with Dean Ginsberg.

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What is Social Entrepreneurship? Balancing People and Profit | Featuring Tribute

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on February 8, 2017

Social entrepreneurship can be difficult to define.

There are also many misconceptions when it comes to social enterprises. 

People think that a company with a social mission can't be as successful as a purely for-profit business. 

However, Andrew Horn, Founder of Tribute, a socially conscious company that helps people build video tributes for their friends and family, believes this is simply not true.

He defines social entrepreneurship as a business with a dual or triple business goal, a balance between people, profit and the planet. A social entrepreneur strives to build businesses that are not only profitable, but have genuine impact on people's lives.

In today's episode of Small Business War Stories, we explore this topic and more with Tribute CEO and founder Andrew Horn.

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Amplify Your Snagajob Job Posting (A Snagajob Review)

Posted by Guest Post on February 3, 2017

Looking for the ideal candidate for your hourly position?

Looking for a system that screens applicants with a pre-employment test?

Looking to filter and track with a comprehensive Applicant Tracking System?

If you are, then Snagajob is for you.

Their tagline is, “Find the right employees, faster and easier.” Fantastic.

So what are the steps you are going to need to perform to get your job posting front and center on their website?

Let’s walk you through the process of posting a job on Snagajob.

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How to Start a Manufacturing Business | Featuring Tecovas

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on February 1, 2017

Let's face it, when we think about startups, we think about social network giants like Facebook and Twitter or on-demand companies like Lyft or Eat24.

We don't think about the manufacturing business. 

However, companies like Warby Parker, Bonobos, and today's podcast guest Tecovas is starting to change that perception.

They are all part of the "hardware renaissance".

It's no longer about the cloud, it's about physical products. 

These companies are disrupting the manufacturing industry by leveraging technology to manufacture top notch products for fair prices that they sell direct to consumers, circumventing distributors and stores.

In today's episode of Small Business War Stories, learn more about how Tecovas in Austin, Texas is changing the way high quality cowboy boots are produced and sold.

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Small Business War Stories (The Podcast)

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on January 25, 2017
 

Small businesses are the soul of America. This is where they tell their stories.

We want to showcase how our stories bind us; how America is more united than it sometimes feels.

Small Business War Stories is a weekly 30 minute show recorded in person with small business owners. We discuss different topics and get the triumphs, struggles, and funny stories from our guests' everyday lives.

Hosted by Pablo Fuentes, CEO and Founder of Proven, the leading small business hiring tool.

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How to Build a Brand | Featuring Home Slice Pizza

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on January 25, 2017

A recognizable brand is one of the most valuable assets a business can have. 

Brands with a die-hard following are the envy of every other business out there. These evangelical fans tell everyone they know about the business and share their love online.  

They become that brand's ambassadors and free marketing engine.

But how can you build a brand like this?

Find out how Austin, Texas's Home Slice Pizza did just this with no paid advertising!

This and more in the first episode of Small Business War Stories. 

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Maximize Your Indeed Job Postings (The Ultimate Guide)

Posted by Guest Post on January 19, 2017

These days the most effective way of finding the perfect applicant for your job opportunity is to use sites that make the process simple both for the employer and the potential employee.

Once you have crafted a compelling post that will entice a job seeker you need a site that can deliver applicants en masses.

Indeed for employers is a user friendly site that offers a simple process for posting your job opening.

Currently Indeed is ranked as the world’s #1 job site drawing over 200 million visitors monthly from over 60 countries and covering 94% of global GDP. Those are impressive statistics.

Job seekers have free access to millions of jobs listings. Job seekers get to upload their resumes and the site boasts some of the highest quality resumes online. The biggest benefit for employers is that they pay for postings or ads by click instead of having to fork out a large upfront payment that could run into the hundreds of dollars.

Your job post can show up in three different ways on Indeed via:

  • free job posting
  • organic search
  • sponsored job posting

We’ll take you through the steps for all three options below.

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