Holiday Gift Guide 2010: What Entrepreneurs Really Want
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More Time in a Day
Sales to Go Up, Up, Up
An Awesome New Office
Adoring and Paying Clients
A Successful Exit
An Endless Supply of Macadamia Cookies
The No. 1 requested gift by @IncMagazine followers was more time in the day. As we don't see heaven and earth rearranging to fit two extra hours in the day, our suggestion is to brush up on your productivity strategies.
An @IncMagazine follower lamented that he wanted his two front teeth back that he lost in pursuit of a Series A round. Ouch…sounds like you need some capital for the holidays. And instead of visions of sugar-plums dancing, another Inc. reader, Los Angeles-based entrepreneur @mikemcglade, envisioned money for a new start-up.
@IceMilkAprons, the owner of Atlanta-based heirloom aprons maker Ice Milk Aprons, has a very simple wish this year - for sales to increase exponentially. But if that doesn't happen, he says that a new website for his business or a new iPad are equally acceptable!
Whether it's getting a start-up off the ground, finding customers to keep the business afloat or engineering a successful exit from your business, it seems like the stress may never end. That's why one tweeter asked for free therapy this holiday season.
One Tumblr exec tweeted that he wanted funding with amazing terms, a great engineer who knows how to scale a top 50 site, and a "bangin" new office. How's a cubby in a treehouse in Los Angeles or a Caribbean bungalow overlooking the sea? These offices may make your mouth water.
Footing the bill for your road warriors that crisscross the Nation by car on sales calls can add up to mucho dollars worth of fuel. With gas prices well over $3 per gallon, we can see why one tweeter asked for unlimited gas mileage. It may be time to encourage cheaper alternatives.
One year @LaurelMills, a freelance writer in Birmingham, Alabama, received a jar of Vaseline from her aunt for Christmas, while another tweeter received a stuffed life-like cat. Yikes! We think these busy women would have much preferred some more sleep. This season, just invite them over for a nap.
A tweeter complained that he'd get no gifts because he doesn't celebrate Christmas. But if he did, he mused, he'd take a new laptop, lots of supplies, education funds and clients…lots of adoring clients. That's one hefty list.
Every smart entrepreneur knows that the rat race must come to an end. A successful exit may mean selling your company for a large sum of cash or passing the baton to a savvy successor, but either way you can walk away with peace of mind and a healthy piece of cheese in your pocket.
Not every craving is business-related: One tweeter wants to stock his company’s kitchenette with an infinite supply of cookies, but only if they come from Subway. Our advice to you: Buy a Subway franchise and then you'll have all the warm and gooey goodness whenever you have the fancy.