Entrepreneurship

17hats — A Startup Creation Story

By age 8 I knew I wanted to run my own business. By age 9 I succeeded in that goal. I was the proud owner of a paper route. Of course I had to do something to fight the boredom of delivering papers, and the solution was to listen to…

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Donovan, CEO / Founder 17hats

A Brave Bold Business Woman Whose Story You Can’t Makeup.

“I suffered from severe bullying when I was in elementary and middle school. I was pushed down a flight of steps to be left at the bottom with no one around to help me. I have been punched in my stomach by boys and girls that were older and stronger th … Continued

We Are a People of Stories: Why Organizing Your Photos Is a Priceless Investment

13 trillion photos… that’s how many printed photos exist in the world. Living in drawers, tucked away in shoeboxes, and spilling out of photo albums. 13 trillion photos…. That’s 13 trillion stories. So how do we keep these stories alive for generations … Continued

The Harsh Truth About Being A Dreamer

At 17hats, we love to talk about DREAMING. After all, our purpose is to help other small business owners achieve their dreams. The way we see it, to dream means to have hope. It means possibility and excitement. Or as the movie The Great Showman  perfe … Continued

Sal Cincotta’s Advice to Business Owners

If you’re not already familiar, allow me to introduce you to Salvatore Cincotta. Recently named the #1 wedding photographer in the world by One Eyeland, Sal has a sharp eye, and some might say – an even sharper wit. This born-and-raised New Yorker is c … Continued

How to Get Back up After Failure

We often hear successful entrepreneurs talk about how they’ve failed before ever succeeding.  They’ll say things like, “I failed, but I got back up” and then continue to talk about all their success. The problem is they don’t pause long enough on that … Continued

Your Client Journey – The Guide to Understanding Your Experience and Worth

The client’s journey vs the client’s experience. Some people use the two phrases interchangeably. If you are one of them, let me attempt to change your way of thinking. Your client experience is just one small part of your client’s journey. Prior to yo … Continued

Entrepreneurship

2017 Takeaways — An Entrepreneur’s guide into 2018

As we close the chapter of 2017, we reflect on the learnings of this past year and start to look under the hood of our businesses. Working with all of our incredible users has allowed us to have a unique insight into all walks of small businesses. Our team came…

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Miji, 17hats

Guard Your Time – The Currency of a Well-Lived Life

What is your TIME worth? If you don’t value your time, neither will anyone else… It’s kind of like with relationships, how people say, “you have to love yourself first before someone else can.” The same thing goes for business. As an entrepreneur, If … Continued

Starting a business? Here’s advice from 17hats members.

You have inspiration. You have motivation. But to start a business, you need organization. If you’ve made the mental commitment to start a business, you may be experiencing a lot of emotions at once. Pride. Excitement. Maybe a little uncertainty – even … Continued

This Military Spouse Created a Business out of Her Mission: To Capture Special Moments Forever

When the love of your life is across the world fighting in a war and all you have to cling on to is a photograph of them, suddenly it becomes your most valuable possession. I knew what I was signing up for when I married someone in the military, but th … Continued

Creative, Entrepreneurship

How ‘Working Smart’ Helped This Entrepreneur Regain Control Of His Life

Society preaches one common plan: Go to college. Work for a corporation. Set up a good 401k retirement plan. Work for 60 years. Retire. Enjoy the last few years of your life. But the game of society is not to make us successful or happy. It’s to make u … Continued

How One Creative Misfit Tamed The Chaos Of Her Business And Found Her Freedom

The fact that I am able to run my photography business while camping in the Grand Canyon with my two kids is just incredible. FREEDOM is the gift that 17hats has given me. A little back story about me… My whole life I struggled to find my path. Like … Continued

Creative, Entrepreneurship

Brand Customization

Branding? What is it? Well, that’s easy. It is a visual reflection of you and your business. You have poured your heart and soul into your brand, and that same brand should be reflected in every quote, contract, invoice and questionnaire you show your … Continued

Entrepreneurship

Happy Mother’s Day to Our Mompreneurs!

In honor of Mother’s Day this year, we are celebrating a few of the many hardworking mompreneurs that we know! Being an entrepreneur can certainly be difficult just on its own, but juggling business ownership with motherhood is especially impressive. T … Continued

Entrepreneurship

The Pros and Cons of Working With Family

Working with family is something that small business entrepreneurs and their employees have been dealing with since the dawn of time.   One particularly bad example is of two brothers who worked in the agriculture business together. Their names we … Continued

Entrepreneurship

17hats — A Startup Creation Story

By age 8 I knew I wanted to run my own business. By age 9 I succeeded in that goal. I was the proud owner of a paper route. Of course I had to do something to fight the boredom of delivering papers, and the solution was to listen to audio books. My dad … Continued

Creative

10 Instagram Accounts to Boost Your Creativity

Sometimes it feels like your creative fountain has dried up. All the coffee in the world won’t make your mind spontaneously create. Instagram is a great source for viewing the world from someone else’s perspective and hopefully getting the mental juice … Continued

Finance

The Best Credit Cards for Small Business Entrepreneurs

If you are a small business owner, having the right credit card is important. Everyone knows that regular credit cards have incentives or rewards built into them such as cashback on purchases or the ability to earn travel miles. What you might not know … Continued

Entrepreneurship

4 Ways to Keep Your Marriage and Your Business Running Smoothly

If your spouse doesn’t like something about your business or the way you run it there are going to be some very rough roads ahead. Whether it’s something benign like there just never seems to be enough money, or something more sinister like a product t … Continued

Entrepreneurship

2017 Takeaways — An Entrepreneur’s guide into 2018

As we close the chapter of 2017, we reflect on the learnings of this past year and start to look under the hood of our businesses. Working with all of our incredible users has allowed us to have a unique insight into all walks of small businesses. Our … Continued