Maia Duerr

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    Maia Duerr

    Hey Sheila,

    Well, we’ve got a lot in common! I have a website called The Liberated Life Project which is similar to the spirit and vision of Rainbow Framework (I took a look at your site, fun!). I also have a consulting/coaching practice, Five Directions — I support small nonprofits and business owners to build more engaged communities. I do this through supporting them in marketing, communications, fundraising, and other ways.

    The number one piece of advice for someone starting out? Not sure I can narrow it down to just one, but how about the top three?!

    * Educate yourself by learning from people who share the same business values as you and have been successful in what they do (in my case, a couple of mentors/exemplars have been Pamela Slim and Chris Guillebeau)

    * Build relationships with people who can help you, and help them in return

    * Persistence! Be ready to stay in it for the long haul, and know that ups and downs are a natural part of being an entrepreneur

    I hope others chime in here with their experiences and advice… I love connecting with people who are expressing their creativity through a business.

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    Maia Duerr

    Hi Sheila,

    Wonderful that you are starting down this road! Would you like to tell us a little bit about your business, or what you envision it will be?


    Maia Duerr

    Great thread!

    Another variation on the Starbucks idea was a story I heard about someone in a car at the toll booth on the Bay Bridge (between Oakland and San Francisco) who paid for the toll of the car behind them. I loved that!

    When I’m in a grocery store, I try to be extra kind to the cashier. I’ll ask them how they are, and really mean it, or I’ll thank them for doing a good job. I figure they have to deal with so many people all day long and they probably rarely get to have a ‘real’ interaction like that, so I hope it makes a small difference in their day.

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