Anxious To Create A Business Idea That Will Make You Money?
Nobody wants to pursue a business idea that has the odds stacked against it. What type of business should you pursue? How do you research competitors? Not to worry! Grasshopper is here to get the tough questions answered so you can start your business with confidence. We’ll help you tap into your entrepreneurial spirit before you even spend a dime!
So, what are these Fireside Chats?
Our Fireside Chats are intimate conversations with entrepreneurs, small business owners, and other experts. They’re packed full of insights that will help you better your business. Our experts teach you how to manage your work/life balance, build marketing strategies, and better leverage tiny budgets. You can attend our live Fireside Chats, or you can watch our past ones. Follow #FRSDCHAT on Twitter to watch the conversation!
Having the ability to learn strategies and recommendations from industry experts was a valuable unexpected benefit of working with Grasshopper.Scott Koskela, New England Impact Marketing Partners
All of the speakers added great value and information!Chareen Goodman, Elevate Worldwide Corporation
Meet the Panelists
Shannon Ware – Owner, TheCollective
Shannon Ware realized that businesses need a virtual team specialist to understand their projects and products and to hand-pick certified and talented contractors to get the job done. At the same time, she understands the importance of supporting freelancers who need a little extra help getting organized and taking their skill set to the next level.
By offering training, certification and a community of fellow freelancers, Shannon is now able to provide a home for the new face of business development through TheCollective.
Question: What are the top 3 things you need to consider when creating your budget?
Answer: It’s important to be realistic and conservative when planning a budget. Think about: What is absolutely critical to create a viable, saleable product or service? Where can you trade or barter to obtain your second-tier needs? Is your sales process tight, repeatable, and easily deployed?
Steve Feinman – District Director, SCORE District 515
Steve is the District Director for SCORE District 515 which serves Michigan and Northwest Ohio. His 10 chapters include more than 300 volunteers who provide mentoring and coaching for small business owners. Steve also develops and conducts workshops. His areas of interest include fine art marketing, strategic marketing and sales, and business model canvases.
Question: What is the importance of conducting market research?
Answer: Knowledge is power. And market research is one method for accumulating knowledge so your decisions are well-informed. It doesn’t have to be elaborate and deeply extensive to be useful. It’s beneficial to spend time gathering customer and market feedback and insights frequently to help spot trends, identify opportunities, and make any adjustments needed to maximize sales
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Lisa Coots-Schooley – Owner, SPLURGE Boutique
Lisa Coots-Schooley's life’s mission is to change the way the world and women think of beauty. Resonating from the inside out, Lisa wants every woman in America to have a feeling of self-worth and confidence.
Lisa’s love of people and passion for creativity came full circle in 1994 when she purchased a highly-reputable photography studio in Eastern Iowa. She ran her full-service studio until 2010, when she relocated her business to Cedar Rapids, the second largest city in Iowa. At that time, she expanded her service offerings and added a high-style clothing boutique. This allowed her to combine her skills in photography with styling woman of all ages and sizes.
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