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1 Top 10 Issues Facing the Entrepreneur– and what you can do about them. Fred Castaneda Matrix Solutions Corp.

2 Agenda The Entrepreneurs Challenges and Issues Top Ten Issues Solo-preneurs Current Major 4 Challenges The Importance of Mentors What You can do today to address the Issues Free Resources Other Resources Summary

3 Top Ten Issues facing Entrepreneurs Free whitepaper clarifies the Issues: - E xecutive Summary version (4 pages) - Full Version (39 pages) - Podcast audio episodes: > Executive Summary version > Full version (divided into 3 episodes)

4 Challenges for the Solo-preneur Financial (capitalization / Cash) Resources (free and fee-based): where are they? Being Overwhelmed Not enough time to do all that is required Need to: Accomplish more key items… In less time… With better quality… And with reduced stress Utilize and Exploit Tech and Social Media Have a good Marketing Plan

5 Importance of Good Mentors Active Listening Its not going to always be your way Learn from the wise who have experience: Good Judgment comes from Experience… Active Networking: Participation in events (climb out of your Solo-shell) Participation in Programs or Offerings Expand your circle of influence (Dr. S. Covey) Suggestions and Recommendations vs. Defending Should be part of your Business / Marketing Plan

6 What YOU can do today Know your own environment Dont just go with the flow Research, listen, get involved, network, heed advice Listen to podcasts that have value for your situation Research tools, techniques & resources available Free tools Beware of quality Beware of sales-pitches Beware of the creators: are they experienced? Fee-based tools Education / Training / Instruction Programs to leverage – but beware! (e.g., Incubators)

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8 Examples Podcasts: e.g., Struggling Entrepreneur.com Austin Entrepreneur Network: Programs Meetups for Entrepreneurs (but beware!) meetup.com BIGAustin – under new management: training Business Success Center: Business growth The Marketing Spot: Power to the Small Business at Entrepreneur Tools Online: Learning Finance for Startups Productivity for Entrepreneurs (Gain Control of Your Day) Do-it Yourself Marketing for Small Business

9 Summary The Entrepreneurs Challenges and Issues Top Ten Issues Solo-preneurs Current Major 4 Challenges The Importance of Mentors What You can do today to address the Issues Free Resources Other Resources Summary

10 Top 10 Issues Facing the Entrepreneur– and what you can do about them. Fred Castaneda Matrix Solutions Corp.

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