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Three Tips to Succeed When You Work at a Startup

media-fieldsWe think it’s important to heed advice from successful folks. Agreed?

And even though David Klein doesn’t work in the media (he’s the co-founder and CEO of a finance startup called CommonBond), his insight makes perfect sense.

He tells us via email, “I’ve noticed three qualities all beginning with ‘A’ that differentiate the bad from the good and the good from the great.”

1. Accountability. Have high standards. This applies to yourself and others as well. If you’re on the hook to get something done, he says, “Be accountable for doing it and doing it well.” If it goes well, let others lead the praise.

And what if it goes poorly? Be the first to admit it. This will result in an increased sense of reliability. People will find you reliable and then additional responsibilities will follow. Read more

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Five Absolute Musts to Include on Your Personal Website

work in progressIf you have a personal website, congratulations! You are definitely one step (okay, more like several steps) ahead of other candidates who don’t have one. This can definitely give you an edge when pursuing full-time jobs.

A post on YouTern provides more information about advantages to having a personal site (and seriously, we can’t think of any disadvantages) but what we really want to highlight a few things your site absolutely should include. Read more

Iced Coffee Kegs Cool Off Buzzfeed & Gawker Offices

coffee cupWant a morning cup of Joe? According to The New York Post, you can get that cup from a keg. Check that — a cup of iced coffee from a keg.

This is the brainchild of three brothers. David, Adam and Noah Belanich originally sold their concoction from a food truck and then expanded to businesses by delivering artisan coffee grounds, tea and 5-gallon kegs filled with concentrated cold-brew coffee. Once their coffee caught on, they eventually sold their food truck to set up a brick-and-mortar business by bringing coffee directly into offices.

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Host of ‘Jobs That Don’t Suck’ Reveals: ‘It’s Not Work If You Love It’

Courtesy of MTV2

Courtesy of MTV2

According to Andrew Schulz, host of MTV2′s Jobs That Don’t Suck, thinking outside the box is key to hustling and make a living out of what you truly love to do.

In our exclusive interview he’s quick to point out, “Obviously, I have a job that doesn’t suck and I’m a comedian. I’m always learning.”

And he’s working comedian hours at night through the wee hours of the morning. “Nobody really works 9 to 5 anymore,” he quips. Read more

NewsCred Chief Executive Talks About Irrational Optimism

love my jobThis “Corner Office” interview in The New York Times caught our eye. In particular, Shafqat Islam, chief executive of content marketing platform NewsCred, dished about “irrational optimism.”

In particular, maybe that’s because we’re immersed in winter and feel a sense of pessimism; his quotes boosted our spirits. And who wouldn’t want to immerse themselves in an environment with other optimists?

He told the newspaper:

“I always talk about this notion of irrational optimism. Certainly as an entrepreneur, but almost in any form of work, I feel like you need to be irrationally optimistic about barriers you can break through, or things you can get accomplished, or projects that you can deliver in a certain amount of time.” Read more

Six Business Lessons for Freelancers

LifeAsFreelancerWhen we read this piece on Forbes, we nodded in agreement.

After all, why should freelancers learn these lessons the hard way when they points have been outlined for us? ShortStack asked their Facebook fans, “What is one business lesson you learned the hard way?”

And away we go…here are their answers, as per ShortStack’s CEO Jim Belosic.

1. You can’t do it all on your own. If you’re setting up shop as a freelancer and creating your own site, social media accounts, the works, chances are you’ll get burned out. Fast. Belosic points out, “Building a team is essential because there are only so many hours one person can devote to a business.”

2. Do one thing incredibly well. As a freelancer, you’re an entrepreneur wearing many hats. If you’re a generalist, will that hurt your chances as a writer compared to say, specializing in financial markets? The piece suggests specializing and then providing a skill or service that makes your core even better. Read more

Five Ways to Burst Through Fear & Self-Doubt

Succeeding on the job relies heavily on skills but also about the mindset you bring to it. When we read this piece by Grant Cardone on Entrepreneur, we simply had to repost.

The author of The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure seems to hit the nail on the head when he writes, “Fear an self-doubt plague all of us. To the degree you can overcome your insecurities, you will experience freedom to be yourself and reach your full potential…”

Based on his experience of witnessing people who stop themselves before they even get started due to their own self-doubts, he jotted down five ways to power through. Read more

Four Ways to Channel Your Inner Entrepreneur On the Job

For media folks like us, even with a day job there’s no use of getting rid of an entrepreneurial mind set. In fact, it seems like it’s more beneficial than not to fully own one’s career even with a steady paycheck. Every byline technically is part of our brand.

As for freelancers, well there’s always the power of the hustle in owning their endeavors. Here are four ways to get into the zeal of the entrepreneurial spirit.

According to The Daily Muse, one of the main ways to channel this energy is to simply get passionate about your work! Doreen Block writes, “So, if you’re spending most of the day dreaming about how you’d rather be doing something else, think about how you might be able to “pivot” your career.”

For instance, taking stock of your passions and skill set to see if it may be applied to another part of the media world or even another department internally.

Next up, it pays to be bothered by inefficiency. Block says entrepreneurs “don’t have a high tolerance for inefficiency — and because they don’t have corporate red tape to cut through, they can fix these types of problems quickly.”

So, if you have a day job and red tape is causing some headaches, maybe there are ways to recommend process improvements to thereby decrease other headaches as well.

Third, she recommends taking more risks! She writes, “One thing that sets many entrepreneurs apart from the average professional is their appetite for risk. No, putting yourself out there isn’t easy—but a business owner knows that you have to give it a shot (or, many shots), and that you’ll scoop up bigger rewards when those risks pay off.”

If you have a day job, taking a small risk could equate to volunteering to work on a big project in addition what’s already on your plate or simply stretching yourself outside your comfort zone. Whether the pay off equates to gaining new skills or collaborating with new colleagues, at least it will likely put a spring in your step the same ways entrepreneurs get juiced.

Lastly, as entrepreneurs frequently let their imaginations run free as they brainstorm new ideas, so should you! Block recommends scheduling time to brainstorm and have fun while doing it.

Poynter Calls for Journalism Entrepreneurs

Poynter wants to hear new journalism ideas, and is willing to give a little money for the best ones. In a release, Poynter has called for people with a creative journalistic idea to send in a video. They will select the two best ideas, and the winners will receive up to $10,000 to help with the legal, accounting and other important, yet costly details of launching a new site. Not a bad way to start a new venture at all.

“Winners will spend up to two weeks this winter at Poynter in St. Petersburg, Fla., receiving guidance on their journalism — and business — idea,” wrote Jeremy Caplan in a post on Poynter’s site. “Then, over the next six months, we’ll continue to coach the venture.”

They are looking for ideas “whose progress might yield insights for other journalism startups around the country.” If you want consideration, you must send in a video by October 12. It must stay under 3 minutes, and explain, “the problem/opportunity you seek to address,” “your solution, or your idea” and  “your planned revenue streams,” among other basics.

Finalists will have to go through another round of questions, and the winners will be announced October 27. Opportunities like this helped motivate the technology sector, why not do it in journalism. You can check out the post on Poynter, if you would like to know more.