35 ‘New Business’ Tips, from 35 Successful ‘New Business’ Entrepreneurs!

by Chris C. Ducker · 53 comments

I’ve been knocked sideways by how fast some entrepreneurs create, launch and catapult a business to success in recent years.

They seem to be fully immersed in the New Business Manifesto way of life!

All you need to do is flick through the pages of Entrepreneur magazine, or tune into ‘Tech Stars’ on Bloomberg to see how the movers and shakers of the new economy are getting shit done in todays business world.

As an entrepreneur, it’s incredibly exciting to see!

So, I decided to go out and grab ahold of the people that are making a difference in what they are doing in the business world, and more importantly HOW they’re doing it. What follows, in no particular order, is their answers to one very simple question.

I’ll kick things off, if thats okay with you…

35 ‘New Business’ Tips, from 35 Successful ‘New Business’ Entrepreneurs

Chris C. Ducker – Erm… I own this site. ‘Nuff said.
For me, the landscape has changed so much in the last 10-years its incredible. If I could go back and get the chance to change just one thing, it would be to get started online sooner. To start a blog sooner, to sit in front of the video camera sooner and to start podcasting sooner!

The ability to capture the imagination and undivided attention of prospective customers from all around the world has never been as easy and as simple to achieve as it is online. As it is NOW.

Get active online, people. That’s MY tip!

Derek Halpern – 99% Useless & 1% Dangerous 
Smart entrepreneurs who want to thrive—not just survive—in today’s overcrowded marketplace MUST master the field of psychology. Because when you take away all the fancy tools, what you’ve got are people sitting at their computers and checking email on their phones. And these people are looking for companies that “get” them.

Not just understand who they are, but understand what drives them to do the things they do.

CC Chapman – Author, Speaker & Photographer
Be who you are and never try to be someone you are not. People respect good old fashion blunt honesty. And have a rock solid and needed product or service or else everything else doesn’t matter one bit!

Michael Stelzner – Founder of Social Media Examiner
Give it all away, share your best ideas and watch better ones come back to you in spades.

Gideon Shalwick – Online Video Marketing Expert
Create amazing products that spread because they are amazing. Marketing and advertising can help kick start the process, but it all HAS to be founded on an amazing product. Great examples include Apple and Dropbox… before you even get exposed to their official advertising, you’re already converted. If you’re using Apple or DropBox products and services, ask yourself: “How did I find out about this, and what made me buy?” I bet your answer may have something to do with someone else raving about these products and services?

The only way people can rave to others about your product or service, is if they’ve had an amazing product or service experience from you. Therefore, think deeply about your market and what they want (or what they may want in the future), and then create something that totally blows them away.

Build everything else around this idea.

Ashley Ambirge – Proprietor of the Middle Finger Project
The experience is the product (or service)–more so now than ever. And more so now than ever, you need to be conscious in crafting the right experience for the right people. Otherwise, you’re a commodity.

Otherwise, no one will care. And that’s a problem.

Ralph Quintero – Founder of The Great Business Project
It’s having a system in place for every aspect of your biz. It makes things repeatable & scalable. You are able to give your customers a consistent experience & your employee. It makes retaining and recruiting top talent easy too.

Deb Ng – Director of Community at New Media Expo
Go for quality over quantity. Don’t vaguely pitch to thousands of people on a list. Instead reach out to a few select people, get to know them, and tailor the pitch. Be available to answer questions & receive feedback.

Lewis Howes – 2 Sport All-American & Webinar Stud
My first thought was to say that building quality relationships is the most important thing in business in today’s economy.  But to be honest, the most important thing is continuing to work on yourself.  This could include ongoing learning and growth with your body, mind, and through your communication skills.

Focusing on improving yourself is the key, as YOU are your best asset.

Leo Babauta – Simplicity Blogger & Author
Everything changes, so be flexible.

Scott Gerber – Founder of Young Entrepreneur Council
Keep your business simple and focused. Build it organically and systematically. Keep your eye on cash flow!

Simon Salt – Digital Strategist & Author
Now more than ever, business is about real relationships. Don’t rely on tech/social. Connect.

Sonia Simone – Co-Founder of CopyBlogger Media
Listen to your audience — to your customers and those who may become your customers. Ignore everyone else.

Adam Baker – Blogger & Kick-Ass Documentary Film-Maker
Show genuine personality (to build trust) and lay out a vision for “why” you are in business that people can easily relate to. The more people can know and trust you, the less “this” economy matters in your business.

Chris Garrett – Web Geek & Co-Author of ‘Problogger’
A strong network will help you navigate the turbulence that is the default state nowadays. It is where your opportunities, important news, referrals, job openings, and site visitors will come from. People see it as a “nice to have”. An after thought. Don’t leave it until you really need it because then is too late. But it should be way more important to you than that.

As the famous saying goes, “Dig your well before you are thirsty”. Another is “Fix your roof while the sun is shining!”.

David Siteman Garland – WebTV Host & Author of ‘Smart, Faster, Cheaper’
Look for highly leveraged opportunities as opposed to “dollars for hours” which could be information products, software, etc

Jordan Cooper – Stand-up Comedian & Web Marketer
Don’t rely on anyone or anything. Expect nothing from no one.

Chris Guillebeau – Author of ‘The $100 Dollar Startup’ & World Domination Summit Founder
Lower risk by a) starting quickly, and b) refraining from investing capital until the concept is proven.

Allison Boyer – New Media Expo Gal & Zombie Wrangler
Work incredibly hard. Whether you have your own business or are working for someone else, you’ll be more successful in your career if you have a strong worth ethic. If what you’re doing is just “good enough,” trust me: it isn’t good enough. You have to be dedicated to doing your best.

Corbett Barr – Entrepreneur & Founder of Think Traffic
Don’t worry about the current economy. Good ideas and solid execution still win in any economy.

Dan Lyons – Professional DJ & Podcaster
Always rely on data. Data to research your market, data to decide what’s working and what’s not. In this ever changing environment, there’s always new methods and techniques that can lead you down endless rabbit holes. Whereas concrete evidence and data can always help you make informed decisions about your business and where it’s going!

Scott Fox – Author of Click Millionaires
Help other people so much that they want to tell their friends. You’ll feel good about your work, your customers will love it, and you’ll save tons of time and money on marketing, too!

Denise O’Berry – Small Business Expert
Never be a bank for your customer. Collect your $$ up front as much as possible.

Leslie Samuel - Become a Blogger Main Man
If you’re going to start a business in today’s economy, start a business that will have a meaningful impact on the lives of others. There are too many average businesses out there. Yours HAS TO be different. Yours should change lives. How do you do that online? Provide unique, while injecting your personality to stand out from the crowd – and Keep at it!

Johnny B. Truant – Host of the Self Publishing Podcast
Be flexible and learn to analyze and adapt. Nothing will sink you faster than picking a model and refusing to deviate from it.

Maren Kate – Founder at Zirtual & Blogger
Bootstrap for as long as you possibly can, it’ll help you iterate faster & focus on what’s important.

Jaime Tardy – Business Coach & Karate Lover
Make sure you are solving a deep enough pain. It’s easy to cut back the things we don’t want. We can’t cut the things that we truly need. If you can show a prospect how much (in numbers!!) that your product or service will do for them- then you will have a easier time selling:)

Srini Rao – Host & Co-Founder at BlogCast FM
Be open to new connections. One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received from a  coach was that “you’re only one interaction away from having the life you want.”  I believe that every single person you come in contact with in the online world brings something of value to your life.  The beautiful thing about the world we live in today is that you have access to people like never before.

But don’t limit yourself  to the “influencers.” Today’s nobody could be tomorrow’s somebody.  Make friends not followers. Everything else will eventually work itself out.

Ivana Taylor – DIY Marketing Expert
Run a referral system that integrates social media with networking

Matthew Needham - Biz Coach & Consultant
Execute. Ideas without action are useless. Need to take action. Even big ideas can be broken down to small steps.

Danny Brown – Award-winning Marketer & Author
I’d say be a PAL: Process, Acknowledge, Learn/Lead.

Mars Dorian – Visual Story Designer & Brand Lover
Cherish every customer you get, and try to blow their mind with insane value. A sustainable business is highly dependable on word-of-mouth. And the internet allows for word-of-mouth-on-steroids. But this ONLY happens if you rock your client’s world. So go drown ‘em with value and care your FACE off!

Pat Flynn – Leading by Example – He’s Everywhere
Do what you can to go the extra mile – in other words: over-deliver. Always. When you do a little something extra for people (both potential and existing customers and clients), it can go a very long way in strengthening the relationship that they have with your brand.

It’ll help you stand out from your competition and it brings the powerful and intimate “small town feel” back to doing business.

David Meerman Scott – Marketing Strategist & Bestselling Author
You’ve got to communicate in real-time. Old-style campaign-mode marketing & PR is not enough.

Marie Forleo – Rich, Happy, Hot & B-Schooler
CARE ;-)

Why Do All These Opinions Matter?

Simple. These people are all running incredibly successful businesses in todays market.

They either have online companies, offline companies, they’re consultants, bloggers, media stars, speakers, influences and above all… they are ALL running the show. They’re their own boss, and they focus on creating the absolute best quality and high value content to inspire, motivate and encourage their followers to take action.

Have you got ONE TIP to share with the community here at the blog? I’d love to hear it below. Lets turn 35 Tips into a much higher number! It’s your turn. GO!

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{ 53 comments… read them below or add one }

Ralph Quintero September 24, 2012 at 12:20

Great post Chris! Thanks for including me and for sharing this advice from entrepreneur superstars. I can relate to many of the tips, but I think Matthew said it best, though. One thing I that every successful entrepreneur has in common is that we all take MASSIVE action.


Chris C. Ducker September 25, 2012 at 03:24

Hi Ralph

First to comment… Early bird catches the worm! :-)

It was my pleasure to have you listed on this post, along with your great insights. Thanks for the contribution.



WILLIAM September 26, 2012 at 18:21

Listen then put into practice the ones you feel are best for you.


Chris C. Ducker September 27, 2012 at 02:08

Taking ACTION is what its all about…

Thanks for the comment, William.



Scott Fox September 24, 2012 at 13:25

Hey Chris,
Congrats on the sharp-looking new site.

Lots of helpful insights above. I love the theme of taking action to help others.

Thanks for including me in this impressive group.

Scott Fox


Chris C. Ducker September 25, 2012 at 03:23

No problems, Scott.

It was a no brainer for me. You’re a smart son of a gun!!!

It’s ALL about that action taking, isn’t it?



Mars Dorian September 24, 2012 at 16:55

Kick-ass selection from awesome peeps and a kick-ass site launch, Chris.

I like the pro clean design, it’s slick and effective. I hope you’re going places with this ;)


Chris C. Ducker September 25, 2012 at 03:23

Thanks, Mars. Diggin’ it myself!


Thanks for contributing.



steve wyman September 24, 2012 at 18:24

“And these people are looking for companies that “get” them.” smart words from Mr Halpern.. The early adopters love that kind of attention.

And of course Leo Babauta sums it up in 5 words.. Something I could learn from.

Upstaged (and who would not be) by the one and only Marie Forleo… in One word..

Great idea Chris keep um coming…


Chris C. Ducker September 25, 2012 at 03:22

Hey, Steve.

Appreciate that you enjoyed the opinions of everyone, mate. Thanks for the kudos.



Michele Welch September 24, 2012 at 18:55

Awesome crowdsourcing post Chris! Amazing the variety of tips and experiences presented.

All great, but my favorite – “Give it all away, share your best ideas and watch better ones come back to you in spades” by Michael Stelzner. Got to work on this a bit more myself. LOL



Chris C. Ducker September 25, 2012 at 03:22

Thanks, Michele. Glad you enjoyed the tips.

We can ALL learn something from Sir Michael…!! :-) Thanks for dropping by.



Sean Davis September 25, 2012 at 03:51

Great stuff here, Chris. I especially like Jordan Cooper’s advice.

“Don’t rely on anyone or anything. Expect nothing from no one.”

No matter how much we all love each other in this wonderful blogosphere, it always comes back down to that.

Do work.


Chris C. Ducker September 25, 2012 at 07:11

Yeah, baby! You know THAT!!!

It’s all about ME. Er, I mean YOU!

You get what I mean…………!



Alex September 25, 2012 at 03:52

Thanks so much for compiling and sharing this incredible pearls of wisdom Chris.
It’s been a while since I visited but then your email commanded me to NOT miss this post – sure glad your email is persuasive ;)


Chris C. Ducker September 25, 2012 at 07:12

Hi Alex

Nice to know my subject line writing skills are good enough to get your attention, buddy!

Yes, been a while – hope to see more of you here now.



Felix Albutra September 25, 2012 at 03:54

Hi Chris,

Wow! What a great list. I haven’t heard some of the names you’ve mentioned above. This will be a good reference for me to follow what they have done in the industry.

Thanks for sharing. By the way, I really love the looks of your new blog. It’s very friendly to the eye of the user. God Bless.

– Felix


Chris C. Ducker September 25, 2012 at 07:12

Thanks, Felix.



kingsley September 25, 2012 at 05:25

The only tip I can add is – GET STARTED ONLINE! and follow the other tips of course! Lol, great new design on your site Chris.


Chris C. Ducker September 25, 2012 at 07:13

That’s it right there – GET STARTED!

Or, you could just sit on your ass and feel sad for yourself…..?!!!

LOL Thanks for dropping by.



Matthew Needham September 25, 2012 at 06:08

Hi Chris

Thanks so much for the inclusion here with such a group of talented individuals. So many great words of wisdom/lessons that every entrepreneur does well to follow.

New site looks great!


Chris C. Ducker September 25, 2012 at 07:13

Thanks, Matthew…

No – thank YOU for being so cool with your own pearls of wisdom. Totally appreciate it.



Martin Callan September 25, 2012 at 06:32

Cheers Chris,

A few of those will have to go up on my motivation board……


Chris C. Ducker September 25, 2012 at 07:14


Love it. Take action. Make it happen.

And cut out a picture of me and then throw darts at it…!!! No, I mean, yes put some cool stuff on your motivation board!


I’m in a funny mood today – sorry, man!



Keller Coleman September 25, 2012 at 07:23

I have been following you for a year now, and you always have great information and great stuff for business owners. Keep up the good work! Thanks for this wonderful information; I have already implemented some of the strategies.


Chris C. Ducker September 25, 2012 at 11:46

Thanks, Keller.

You have no idea how much I love seeing comments like that!

I appreciate you more than you know, really.

Keep rockin’.



Alex September 25, 2012 at 10:56

Awesome article Chris.

I’m definitely going to try to implement a few of these into my online biz.



Chris C. Ducker September 25, 2012 at 11:44

Hey Alex – take action, my man. Go and do likewise!!!

Thanks for dropping by, bud.



Trevor Chapman September 25, 2012 at 11:03

Great post Chris some familar names and some new ones too for me to check out.

My Quote would be “Don’t just build a business for today build one for the future”

Liking the new look site.


Chris C. Ducker September 25, 2012 at 11:44

Hi Trevor

Familiar is good. ‘New’ is what we’re all about here, remember that! :-)

New Ideas = New Business!

Love your forward, long-term thinking, too!



Adam @ Bootstrap Cafe September 25, 2012 at 16:17

Simon Salt’s comment resonates with me the most; relationships matter.

Know, like and trust takes time to build and crowd sourced posts like this one provide social proof to reassure anyone that hasn’t ‘met’ you online before, but ‘knows’ one or a number of the contributors (I’m personally familiar with eleven of the contributors).

Not only do you build traffic to your blog/site, you build credibility by association.

I’d encourage anyone, however new they are to building online relationships, to reach out to people that they think wouldn’t even respond. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the willingness of experienced and trusted online personalities to give a few incredibly well thought – out interviews at my blog, for which I’m very grateful.

For example, I did a truly great interview Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle back when Bootstrap Cafe was just forming a new presence, awesome content for my readers..

Thanks Chris for a great blog and especially your Free ‘New Business Bootcamp’ course, quality work.


Chris C. Ducker September 25, 2012 at 21:04

Hi Adam

Guilt by association, and credibility by association, too! :-)

Can’t agree more with your comment, bud.

Thanks, also for the great feedback on the blog and the New Business Bootcamp – awesome stuff. I saw your tweet on it, too. You’re a rockstar for helping get the word out.



Susan Guinto September 25, 2012 at 20:39

Hi Chris,
Another awesome post!
BTW, is awesomeness your last name? Wink! Wink!
For me, # 1, it’s learning to face your fears and finding the courage to follow your passion. It’s like being uprooted from a familiar place, and then setting your roots again in a new territory. But then, you’re not afraid coz you know that wherever you’re planted, you’ll grow! Blaze trails, instead of following the usual path.
# 2, learning continuously. Reading a lot and studying how others have become successful certainly gives clarity. It’s not like you’re just going to copy another person’s strategy, for there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to anything. But it is more of learning to analyze which can possibly work for you, and creating your own killer plan from there.
# 3, always have a plan. They’ll keep you on track, and you avoid the detours.


Chris C. Ducker September 25, 2012 at 21:05

Hi Susan

I love your mention of learning continuously… I feel thats so, SO important for any business owner. Constant upgrading of knowledge, skill sets and general business know-how is so important.

Stay tuned – got a little surprise coming up so for everyone… :-)



Linda September 28, 2012 at 02:01

oooh – yippee!

Looks like I got here just in time I SO love surprises :0

I can’t wait Mr Ducker – don’t keep us hanging on too long!

Kind regards,


Favour September 27, 2012 at 03:51

for me, Chris…this is the most collective question i have ever seen online.
my most Number One Tip to Doing Business in Today’s Economy?
IS TO STAY WITH THE OLD IN A NEW AND TRENDY WAY. no tree brings forth good fruit without good root.

thanks ((:))


Chris C. Ducker September 27, 2012 at 04:49

Love it. That’s a great, GREAT way to look at it.

I’m all about the ‘old’ (I mean, I have no hair!!!) – but, love the NEW way of doing business today.

Great comment, Favour. Thank you.



Martin Edwards September 27, 2012 at 05:26

Chris, I’m glad to have found this post, it’s full of great wisdom, thanks to you and the contributors. I particularly like Lewis Howes’ comment about working on yourself. I try very hard to spend time each day learning something new about designing websites. I also like to make at least one or two pro-active networking approaches each day, either a call or an email to feel like I’m expanding my business into new territory. An inspiring comment by Susan as well! Many thanks.


Chris C. Ducker September 27, 2012 at 23:07

Love that you’re into Lewis’ ideas.

I read constantly, too – sometimes I take a break for a couple of weeks to let everything that I pick up process a little, but I’m not without a book next to my bed for very long, that i can tell you!

Cold calls are STILL the lifeblood of many awesome new business relationships. Make at LEAST one cold call to a potential client – every week – if you can. It’ll be a good investment in the long run. I still do…



Linda September 28, 2012 at 02:10

Thank you for the encouraging words about cold calling, Mr Ducker.

My exciting little enterprise is still only in it’s first few weeks of life and cold calling is the only option – most of my potential clients haven’t yet learnt how to plug in a computer let alone use one, so no chance of finding them otherwise!

Having plodded through mountains of ‘advice’ that says cold calling is dead, I’m finding that so long as you have some personality in your approach you’ll get through most doors. Common courtesy helps and awful lot too.

Kind regards,


Chris C. Ducker September 28, 2012 at 04:11

Even with all the bells and whistles of todays ‘modern’ marketing world, the VOICE, and the emphasis that it can bring is still huge – you cant beat a good, old fashioned phone call.

VIDEO – no, with this medium, we CAN and should be utilizing it to help build the relationships, etc. Skype, YouTube video, etc., its all relevant in the new-age relationship marketing / building world.

It’s a great discussion point and one that I feel I’m going to elaborate on in the near future.

Thanks for the inspiration, Linda!




Dave Maynard September 27, 2012 at 07:31

Hi Chris,

Picking up some useful information on this site, even in the business I am in. My two cents are that in order to stay ahead of the competition, you have to try to exceed your customer’s expectations when you deliver ( literally in my case, with furniture).

Look forward to reading more.



Chris C. Ducker September 27, 2012 at 23:05

Hi Mate!

Great that you’re enjoying the site. And that you’re learning a little!

And you DO exceed expectations, over and over…




Joseph September 27, 2012 at 07:40

Chris, I love these posts. Thanks for putting together. Good to get such a variety of responses that all make sense. Great new look on the site too!


Chris C. Ducker September 27, 2012 at 23:03

Thanks for the comment, Joseph.

Glad you like the new look!



Joy September 27, 2012 at 11:44

Stellar insights..thank you!

My tip would be: share gratitude. In my case, my readers inspire me to grow and I am able to live my dreams because of the support and encouragement I receive. Sharing that genuine gratitude invites much to be grateful for!


Chris C. Ducker September 27, 2012 at 22:58

Hi Joy

First up – love the name of your site. Awesome.

Secondly, I couldn’t agree more. Have to be honest, I’ve not always done this before in the past – not sure why exactly. But I am doing it more and more nowadays. Making a conscious effect to thank and admire people, both personably and in public.

Thanks for dropping by and shedding light on the subject.



John Corcoran September 27, 2012 at 13:48

Great post, Chris. And I love the redesign. It looks fabulous.

My advice is a twist on “keep your enemies close.” My advice is keep your friends and allies close. Maybe it’s just me, but I think sometimes those friends and supporters who are most likely to help you out are the ones we forget about. We focus too much on turning those who are new or ambivalent into customers. Instead, you should nurture the folks who have already indicated they want to support you because they are the ones who are most likely to help you get ahead.


Chris C. Ducker September 27, 2012 at 22:56

Glad you like the revamp, my man.

Friends, in my opinion, are one of the most important parts of life. I don’t actually have too many CLOSE friends. But, the ones that I do have are amazingly important in my life.

I love your view on that, it mirrors a lot of how I feel on the subject.

Thanks for the insights.



Allie September 28, 2012 at 13:27


Just got your BootCamp 7 day series. Awesome!!! Looking forward to learning more.

But what I really like is that you are not just full of yourself and your business and your advice and me, me, me. This post shows it. Thanks so much for the insight into these business minds.

I almost, that is ALMOST, worship Pat Flynn (don’t let him know, I think he thinks I stalk him, lol), he has taught me so much much about business online and actually being myself here.

And Derek Halpern, gotta love his advice, “…MUST master the field of psychology.” Is that not the truth!!!? We almost need to read people’s minds, which to me is basically reading my own mind because my audience is pretty much me. Not that I am the only one listening on my blog, but that I am the typical mom that wants to work at home, and that is my audience.

Anyhow, I didn’t really mean to write so much but I get a little excited sometimes and you poor bloggers have to read all my jibber.

Thanks for everything!



Chris C. Ducker September 30, 2012 at 00:38

Hi Allie

So appreciative of your comment – regardless of its length.

Thanks for your insights and kind words, too. Pat is a great example to follow when it comes to really doing business the ‘new business’ way. He’s built up a great following, or tribe (whatever you want to call it), and continues to do ‘new’ things all the time.

Thanks for the jibber! :-)



Jill August 30, 2013 at 17:51

I’m extremely late to this party but I absolutely loved this post! So many of my favourite bloggers are on this list!

Love Forleo’s advice—short, sweet, to the point and bang on :)

When you care about others first, others start to care about you! It’s one maxim I’ve always tried to run my businesses by.


Chris C. Ducker August 30, 2013 at 22:17

Nonetheless… Welcome to the party, Jill. :-)

Marie is awesome. Always.

Stay tuned – I try to be awesome, too!



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