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  1. I wholeheartedly agree with Joshua’s “key” statement, especially as it applies to my niche’. I’ve lost count of the business owners who’ve contacted me about their previous experiences with so-called Virtual Assistants–VAs who thought they were in business simply because they had a telephone and internet access! These are the same VAs who have no plan, nor any knowledge of the VA industry …

    BTW, there’s a typo in your bio in the article.

  2. In addition to the Internet technology factors mentioned in your article, the economy is entering a slowing phase that’s good for entrepreneurs who help customers deal with these uncertainties.

    At the same time, it’s even more important for entrepreneurs (and their investors) to make sure there is actually a market the startup can sell into.

  3. Marshall Burtcher

    While there may be many “ideas” out there, one must remember that ideas do not equal opportunities. This point is strongly established in “New Venture Creation” – a college-level course on Entrepenuership. If you’ve not read it, I strongly recommend it;

    As for it being a great time – it is a great time to start. This means there will be increased competition since common barriers of entry are relatively non-existant. This is great time to flex and grow the entrepenuerial muscle – meaning the one that is more in touch with their customer’s needs and expectations will be the all around winner.

  4. Paul,
    Very well articulated, as I would expect! I’m going to send that article to several of my entrepreneur business associates to remind them how good they have it! It?s a good reminder for me as well. Keep up the good work!
    Marty

  5. Paul,
    Very well articulated, as I would expect! I’m going to send that article to several of my entrepreneur business associates to remind them how good they have it! It?s a good reminder for me as well. Keep up the good work!
    Marty

  6. Joshua Case

    I agree with all your points regarding the ease and cost of starting a company with all the resources available now. But the key will always be a good idea, a good plan and having the knowledge to be able to access the recourses you wrote about. We certainly live in an exciting time. I sometime think about how business was done in the past without the tools we have at our disposal today. I’m only 29 so I have no pre electronic documents, pre Internet, pre email, pre eFax, pre everything else that has changed in the past 20 years experience. But I can imagine how prolonged the processes would be without what we consider the simple conveniences of today.

  7. Chris ODonnell

    Seeing as how I am in the midst of starting a company…I’d have to say I agree. I’m just a little older than Joshua but I do remember the fax being a luxary item!

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