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@Paula - I do wonder if perhaps we celebrate the wrong things. The launch of a product is only the beginning. Being a good product steward and understanding how the market is using or could use it can make a big difference.

@Chris - that is the crux. We all share ideas off line and online, the results come from implementing those ideas. It takes work, creativity and persistence to make it happen. That's when luck comes in ;-)

@Danielle - thank you for adding the link. It will be a useful resource indeed. Where do I find a virtual assistant is one of the top questions I get from entrepreneurs. Glad you found the post.

As founder of the Virtual Assistance Chamber of Commerce, I want to thank you for encouraging business owners to seek the professional services of a Virtual Assistant. Our industry exists to support small businesses and solopreneurs, yet many still don't know there are thousands of us out here. Your business owner readers may find this guide helpful:

Client's Guide to Virtual Assistants
http://www.virtualassistantnetworking.com/client-guide.htm


Thanks for the link; that's nice of you.

I especially like this idea in your post:

"Getting started is rarely the problem. What becomes apparent fairly soon, I'd say probably within the first 6-8 months, is that one needs to have a plan to sustain the business over the long haul."

Non-business people sometimes wonder where entrepreneurs "get their ideas" for projects. Ideas are the easy part! It's the execution of the ideas beyond the relatively easy start-up phase that is the real challenge.

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