Archives for February 2010

What I Learned about You through 4 Redesigns

to blog or not to blog

I have been blogging on Quick Sprout for around three years now, and the blog has been through four different designs. At first, I redesigned the blog to have a better aesthetic look, but then I started redesigning it based on user feedback.

Over the course of four different redesigns, I learned a few things. Here they are:

Categories

I tried placing each blog post in categories to make it easier for you to read older posts, but that didn’t work. You didn’t seem to click on categories as it takes too much work for you to get to the older blog posts.

When I removed the list of categories in my sidebar during the second design, a few people complained, but the majority of you didn’t mind.

I am guessing that the reason why categories don’t work well is because people have to work hard to find the “good” blog posts.  [click to continue…]

Are You Making These Business Mistakes?

Too often you hear about successful entrepreneurs creating multi-million and billion dollar companies. The reason this is bad is because no one really talks about all of the companies that didn’t do well, so you’re left with a false hope that you too can create the next big company.

According to the Small Business Administration, only 44% of new businesses last more than four years. In addition to that, 60% of businesses are either losing money or are breaking even.

So let’s face it: neither you nor I are going to create the next big company. But we can try. To help us in our quest, I asked ten successful entrepreneurs, who have all created companies that are worth at least fifty million dollars, what their biggest business mistake was.

Even if you are not going to create the next multi-million dollar company, it doesn’t mean you can’t learn from the mistakes successful entrepreneurs have made.

Here are the mistakes you need to avoid if you want to increase your odds of succeeding:  [click to continue…]

The Complexity of the U.S. Tax System

As you already know, the U.S. tax system is complicated. Just consider this: in 1913, the tax code consisted of 400 pages. Today, it’s 70,320 pages long. But instead of me rambling about the subject for hours, I thought I would explain the complexity of the U.S. tax system in a visual format.
  [click to continue…]

Introducing Quick Sprout Answers

quick sprout answers

When I first launched Quick Sprout in April of 2007, my goal was to create a community that was so engaged that it would produce at least twenty comments on each post. At first, I thought this was a lofty goal that could never be achieved. Boy, did you ever prove me wrong.

The very first blog post received 28 comments. If you flash-forward to today, you will see that the most active one has received 646 comments.  [click to continue…]

Why I’ll Never Live in a Rich Neighborhood…

mansion

Don’t you want to make millions of dollars so you can buy that dream house of yours? You know, the one that overlooks the water and is in a neighborhood filled with other expensive homes?

I used to have that dream, but I recently realized that it just wasn’t for me. Here’s why…

My trip back home

A few weeks ago, I went back home to Orange Country, California, to spend a few days with my folks and to attend a conference in Los Angeles. I know, you’re probably thinking that Orange County (O.C.) is a ritzy area, but by no means is the majority of O.C. like that.

For example, my parents’ home looks like an average home, and it isn’t worth anywhere near a million dollars. This doesn’t mean that my parents live in a bad area. They just live in a middle-class neighborhood. The schools are pretty good, and the fanciest restaurant is The Olive Garden, which frankly isn’t too bad.

As usual, when I visit O.C., I spend time with my folks, and I also set up a lot of business meetings. Because I was also attending a conference in LA, I set up the majority of my meetings in Bel Air, which was close to the conference center.  [click to continue…]