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  • HostGator Employees Rally to Help Houston Flood Victims

    Monday, June 13, 2016 by
    2016 has been a wet year for Houston. Like everything in Texas, storms are bigger here. When it rains, it storms. To illustrate, here’s some video of the flooded parking lot in our Austin office from last year’s record-breaking Memorial Day floods: There has been so much rainfall this year that it could cover the entire state of Texas in 8 inches. Lest you forgot, Texas is a HUGE state. According to, the recent April floods have killed 7 people, flooded 1,000 homes, and caused more than $5 billion in damage. This doesn’t even count the thousands of people who were displaced as a result of the floods, having lost their belongings, their homes, and their cars.

    How the Floods Affected HostGator Headquarters

    As a Texas-based company with offices in Austin and Houston, HostGator witnessed the devastation of the recent flooding in Houston first hand. While our Houston office was not damaged and the majority of our employees did not experience severe damage, others were affected by the disaster. That April weekend, many of our Houston employees couldn’t make it in to work, let alone out of their homes, so we had long waiting times on support as our Austin office did what they could to address issues as quickly as possible despite being down to 30% of our normal capacity. Senior Developer Eris Caffee lost her home and car. Since then, she’s been temporarily living with family while she travels on foot to and from her home to salvage her belongings and care for her animals. Development Manager Austin Naremore set up a gofundme campaign to help her get her own place and replace what she lost. In under 14 hours, Eris's colleagues, friends, and the broader HostGator and Endurance International team rallied to raise $7500, surpassing the initial goal of $5,000.

    Ways You Can Help Houston Flood Victims

    When disaster strikes, you can help survivors by volunteering or by donating money, supplies, or blood. Here are 4 organizations aiding Houston flood victims: American Red Cross Greater Houston Storm Relief Fund Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center Houston Food Bank

    Help Houston Flood VictimsHostGator Promotion Supports Houston Flooding Victims

    We have rallied to support those on our team who experienced great loss, and we wanted to extend that support to the Houston community. HostGator is hosting a promotion June 22, 2016, donating $3 for every hosting plan purchased during the promotion to the Houston Food Bank. You buy, we give - this is a sale you can feel good about! Click here to get 60% off new hosting plans + $5 on select domains while donating to a great cause! UPDATE! Our promotion has wrapped, and we raised $5,000 for the Houston Food Bank, which equates to 15,000 meals! Thank you to all who participated and helped us provide aid to victims of the flooding. We've been nominated for the Shorty Social Good Awards! Check out our entry page here. HostGator Houston Food Bank
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  • Gator News & Sightings

    Monday, June 6, 2016 by
    Gator News Did you know an alligator's skin makes it look like a floating log, providing a disguise when it's hunting prey? Fortunately for us, we're so used to hanging out with Snappy at the HostGator office, that we're able to catch even the sneakiest gators when they're out on the town. Follow our blog to protect your loved ones and stay in the know on the latest alligator news and sightings.  
    --September 20th, 2016 UPDATE

    Caiman alligator sports butterfly Snapchat filter in real life

    AMAZON RAINFOREST: Photographer Mark Cowan received a special commendation from the Royal Society's 2016 Publishing Photography Competition for this amazing photograph. The moment captures a phenomenon known as lachryphagy, where butterflies gather on the heads of alligators to lick up the salt from their tears (sodium is rare in the Amazon). Butterflies and caiman by Mark Cowan Not to be outdone, Snappy recreated his own version. Butterfly Alligator Source: The Royal Society  
    --September 15th, 2016 UPDATE

    Claude the albino alligator celebrates 21st birthday in style

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA: The California Academy of Sciences's resident albino alligator, Claude, is so popular that he's become a mascot of the city of San Francisco. Claude's 21st birthday party was quite the celebration, featuring performances from a local ballet company, a specialty Gator-Ade cocktail, and delicious cupcakes. Claude the Albino Alligator Snappy couldn't make the party in person, but sent his regards from Texas. Being blue himself, Snappy has always strongly believed that alligators are beautiful, no matter what color they are. Happy Birthday, Claude!
    Birthday AlligatorPink Alligator
    Source: California Academy of Sciences  
    --August 12th, 2016 UPDATE

    Texas homeowner finds alligator hiding in his garage

    FULSHEAR, TX: Not too far from HostGator's Houston headquarters, a man was surprised to find an alligator hiding in his garage between a lawnmower and the wall.
    Snappy figures he was probably just trying to catch a break from the infamous Texas summer heat. Or maybe he was just looking for his toolkit. Repairman Snappy HostGator Source: KTRK-TV Houston  
    --June 6th, 2016 UPDATE

    Alligator spotted using crosswalk, stops traffic

    PALM COAST, FL: It's common knowledge that gators are model citizens, and that they're famous for following the letter of the law. Just like this gator in Palm Coast, Snappy also uses crosswalks whenever he needs to cross the road. Alligator in Crosswalk Beatles Abbey Road Source: Palm Coast Observer  
    ---June 3rd, 2016, Palmetto, FL

    Giant 15-foot gator stalks Florida golf course

    The Buffalo Creek Golf Course in Manatee County doubles as a nature preserve for local wildlife. It's mating season right now for the alligators, so it's not uncommon for the regulars to see one on the green. No one stands out quite like this giant, though, captured in a brave golfer's video below. The typical male alligator grows to about 11 feet; this guy earns his giant title, tapping out at 15 feet. Whether he was looking for a friend, a meal, or a stroll in the sunshine, we'll never know.
    Meanwhile, in central Texas, Snappy practices his putting stroke: Alligator Golf Course Source: Bradenton Herald
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  • 6 Ways Businesses Are Celebrating Red Nose Day This Year

    Thursday, May 26, 2016 by
    [caption id="attachment_10966" align="alignright" width="293"]Red Nose Day HostGator's very own Snappy celebrates Red Nose Day in style![/caption] Did you know that today, May 26th, 2016, is Red Nose Day? Participating in charity events is a fantastic opportunity for businesses to build brand awareness, engage with customers, and boost staff morale, all while doing something really great for your community. So, what is your business doing to celebrate? If you don't know about Red Nose Day, here's some background. It was created in 1988 and has raised over $1 billion globally ever since for children living in poverty. While it's long been a cultural phenomenon in the UK, the holiday is still relatively new to the US, having just started last year. Red Nose Day honors the idea that comedy and famous funny people have the power to bring joy, raise money, and, ultimately, reduce child poverty. This year's funds will be donated to support children living in the poorest communities in the U.S and across the globe. You can purchase official Red Noses at Walgreens and Duane Reade stores throughout the U.S. You can also host FUN-raisers or donate online here. Interested in celebrating Red Nose Day with your business, but need some ideas? We polled small business owners and marketers to share their plans, and now we'll share 6 of our favorites with you!

    1. Hold a fundraiser.

    "We are having a fundraiser at our building's lobby. If a company employee contributes, we have guaranteed we will at least match their contribution. The way it works is, we will let the employee pull a random number out of a hat. This number will be a fraction between 0 and 1. We will match their contribution, plus we multiply their contribution by that fraction and add that to the donations. So for example, let's say an employee donates $10 and pulls a 50% from the hat. We donate $10 plus 50% of $10, so total of $15. All donations will be sent to a charity helping kids in poverty." -- Andrew Reeves, owner of Luxe Translation Services [bctt tweet="#SmallBusiness Tip: Host a #RedNoseDay FUN-raiser and match employee contributions!" username="hostgator"]

    2. Take a guerrilla marketing approach.

    "Simply go out with a simple t-shirt with your company's website name and a red nose on your face. If you can, make a day of it with your staff and have them wear the red noses as well. People will notice and ask you about it, sparking conversations and bringing in more traffic to your website." -- Ike Paz, owner of Internet Marketing Gym [bctt tweet="#SmallBiz Tip: Wear a red nose and t-shirt with your website on it, and walk around town #RedNoseDay" username="hostgator"]

    3. Raise awareness with colleagues.

    "As someone who works for a company dedicated to helping people find comfortable and safe furnished homes, I am deeply concerned with poverty affecting the lives of kids. Having lived in the UK, where Comic Relief was born, I am aware of the importance of the charity's mission and its Red Nose Day fundraiser. The charity is still fairly new in the US, however, and many of my colleagues and customers are still unaware of Red Nose Day. That's why I'm planning to spread awareness about Red Nose Day and Comic Relief to my colleagues. Then, on May 26, a few of my colleagues (including myself) will wear red noses to work. We will share photos of us working with red noses on social media, with each relevant post containing a link to Comic Relief's donation page. We're also planning to bring in specially-themed red cupcakes that would spread awareness for the charity." -- Noel McCann, Marketing Analyst at HomeSuite

    4. Take selfies for social media.

    "One way small businesses can celebrate Red Nose Day is to have employees take silly selfies with red noses and send them out on social media. You can then compile the pictures into a single blog post on your company blog. Then send out the blog on your company's social media accounts. Not only does this raise awareness for a good cause, but it also shows your followers that you care about important issues." -- Eric Brantner, founder of [bctt tweet="#SmallBusiness Tip: Take silly #RedNoseDay selfies with employees and share via social media" username="hostgator"]

    5. Give out free red noses to customers.

    "As a small business owner I like to participate in any charity event that has the possibility to transform the lives of millions of kids. I plan to run a campaign this year and donate all of the profits made on Red Nose Day. I will also be sending out free Red Noses and a small pamphlet detailing the importance of Red Nose Day. Giving out free red noses is a very powerful way to help educate my customers in a comical way; I'm letting my customers know their purchase contributed to doing something incredible for millions of kids in the US. Specializing in a business geared toward kids, Red Nose Day is the best charity holiday to celebrate with my customers." -- Lisa Chu, owner of Black N Bianco Kids Apparel [bctt tweet="#SmallBusiness Tip: Celebrate #RedNoseDay by giving out free red noses to customers!" username="hostgator"]

    6. Treat your employees to a day off (and a free lunch)!

    "My company is celebrating Red Nose Day by cancelling work that day. Rather than have my employees work, I organize a group meeting to a local food bank in order to help the organization help the children and adults who deal with poverty every day. I also recommend my employees wear a red nose that is a symbol for Red Nose Day, and those who do, I will pay for their lunch!" -- AJ Saleem, owner of startup Suprex Private Tutoring What is your business doing to celebrate Red Nose Day? Let us know in the comments!
  • 30 Entrepreneurs Share The Best Advice Dad Ever Gave Them

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016 by
    Happy Father's Day What Lessons From Dad Made You a Better Entrepreneur? At HostGator, we help millions of entrepreneurs and small business owners realize their dreams by building their websites. But your website represents much more than just your business. It's a complex organism you've designed based on your thought leadership, your product, your industry, and more. We recognize that we're not the only ones who help you build your business - your staff, customers, family, and friends all contribute to your success. For many of us, our parents have also made an impact on our business, whether they helped us think up the name, gave us a great idea for a customer loyalty program, or coached us throughout our career. Our parents teach us, mold us, and help us become who we are, and their lessons extend from childhood well into our professional lives. This Father's Day, we wanted to hear from you how your dad helped you become a better entrepreneur. Your stories were funny, endearing, and downright inspiring. Here are our favorites.

    1. Success comes with hard work, and lots of it.

    "Best lesson I ever learned from my dad was work ethic.  Being an successful entrepreneur himself, he taught me that it doesn't take the smartest individual to make a difference but the one who works the hardest will always come out on top. He used to say, 'There are three 8-hour work days in one 24 hour day.  Pick which two you want to work and you will be successful.'" - Gene Caballero, co-founder of GreenPal [bctt tweet="There are three 8-hr shifts in each day. Pick 2 you want to work & you'll succeed. #DadAdvice" username="hostgator"]

    2. If you want hard workers on your staff, you must set the example.

    "My dad is the hardest-working guy I know. When I was younger, he left a good job in the HVAC industry to start his own business building houses in Regina, Saskatchewan, because he felt the physical work and demanding schedule was more rewarding. He never told my brother and I to be hardworking; he always said that the only way someone can be hardworking is if they have the example of hard work, and he definitely provided that. I have memories of him coming home at night with icicles still clinging to his beard after a day of building houses. His work ethic continues to inspire me to be an example for my employees (though I do so in a temperature-controlled office)." - Luke Knowles, co-founder of Kinoli Inc. and Coupon Sherpa [bctt tweet="Want your staff to be hard workers? Be the example. #DadAdvice #Entrepreneur" username="hostgator"]

    3. Each obstacle you overcome makes you stronger.

    "I keep a letter on my desk that my dad sent me on Valentine's Day 2014. It's two pages of encouragement and love but the part that sticks with me the most is this: I know that you will often have sleepless nights but rather than dwell on the 'what, why, and how come', focus on the things you learned that made you stronger. Take the learning with you and forge it into a lesson that can become a part of your work. It's just as important to offer advice to yourself as you always offer it to others around you. I have learned so much from my dad. The greatest gift he has given me though, is unconditional love. With that I can move mountains." - Val Geisler, digital strategist [bctt tweet="Each obstacle you overcome makes you stronger. #DadAdvice #FathersDay" username="hostgator"]

    4. Don't just find problems; solve them.

    "My father is an engineer and had a saying I heard daily as a child. Absorbing and implementing it has had huge ramifications in my life as a successful entrepreneur: The world is full of problem identifiers. Be a problem solver. When I had trouble changing my name after getting married, I identified a problem that 2.3 million women face annually. By solving that problem with an online service that condenses 13 hours of paperwork hassle into 30 minutes for $30, I launched a successful company that has grown to 300,000 customers in 2 countries. I can thank my dad for planting the seed of entrepreneurship daily for my success." - Danielle Tate, founder and CEO of [bctt tweet="The world is full of problem identifiers. Be a problem solver. #DadAdvice #startup" username="hostgator"]

    5. Treat all people with kindness and respect.

    "The best advice from my dad I learned from his example, nothing he ever said expressly. What I learned from my dad is to treat everyone, regardless of their 'station,' with complete respect and kindness. My dad was every bit as nice to the bus person in a restaurant as he was to the owner. He was as kind to the janitor of Mack Trucks as to the VP. And even today, my dad is every bit as respectful to the aides in his senior home as he is to the partners. This has served me well in my business—and also in my entire life. And I’m proud to say I model the same for my children. Without me ever telling them to, my 10 and 9-year old boys often address strangers as sir and miss. I’m very proud." - Jennifer Bright Reich, co-founder of The Mommy MD Guides [bctt tweet="Be as kind to the janitor as you are to the vice president. #DadAdvice #leadership" username="hostgator"]

    6. Don't let your gender get in your way.

    "My father didn’t have any sons, just two girls. So, by the time I came around, he made sure to not raise me like the traditional girl. He always encouraged my interest in math and always instilled the principle, 'There’s nothing a boy can do that you cannot do just as good, if not better.' I’ve always lived my professional life not thinking I was at a disadvantage, and as such, not only rose up the ranks in a male-dominated sport (NASCAR) but in my entrepreneurial life in starting a food manufacturing business as well." - Julie Busha, CEO of Slawsa [bctt tweet="There’s nothing a boy can do that you cannot do just as good, if not better. #DadAdvice #entrepreneur" username="hostgator"]

    7. Don't underestimate the power of a good firm handshake.

    "My Dad was a career Naval officer who demonstrated a gentle and fair leadership style based upon egalitarian standards. When I moved to St Petersburg almost 12 years ago I launched an etiquette business: Protocol by Priscilla. My Dad taught me a good firm handshake when I was a little girl; and this is now the basis of my business! The skills I learned from my Dad help me all the time with poise and confidence to represent myself as an etiquette expert." - Priscilla Murtha, founder of Protocol by Priscilla [bctt tweet="Don't underestimate the power of a good firm handshake. #DadAdvice #leadership" username="hostgator"]

    8. Never stop learning.

    "What I learned from my dad that made me a better entrepreneur was his example of always trying to learn more. It didn't matter if it was in a formal setting or not, he was always trying to learn more, learn faster, and learn as broadly as possible. This was a great influence growing up, and helped me put ongoing time into learning, even after finishing school, which has helped me uncover all sorts of opportunities hidden in plain sight that others have missed." - John Turner, founder and CEO of QuietKit [bctt tweet="Never stop learning. #DadAdvice #smallbiz #startup #entrepreneur" username="hostgator"]

    9. Patience will serve you well.

    "I started a company, probably similar to many of the entrepreneurs out there - young, raw, not realizing what it really takes about the ups, the downs and the really downs. The most important lesson my Dad instilled in me is patience. I'm patient in all my dealings with clients, employees, high stress scenarios, and it has helped me evaluate the situation at hand with less pressure. I've earned some grey hair along the way and realize that life and business decisions don't have to be made in an instant - not every scenario is like Shark Tank." - Rahul Alim, owner of Custom Creatives [bctt tweet="Running a #startup or #smallbiz? Patience will serve you well. #DadAdvice" username="hostgator"]

    10. The easiest way to calm your fears? Just get started.

    "One piece of advice from my grandfather: 'Your eyes scare you, but your hands give you joy.' This helps me every time I feel insecure about trying something new. It reminds me that if I start working towards my goal, most of the fears and obstacles I see in the beginning of a project will simply disappear. In other words, one bulletproof way of conquering your fear of failure is to simply start working on your project." - Florin Bechis, founder of Rethink Home [bctt tweet="One bulletproof way of conquering your fear of failure is to simply get started. #DadAdvice" username="hostgator"]

    11. Sometimes you need to know when to give up.

    "My dad gave me an interesting twist on a common piece of advice. Back then the mantra was 'Work hard and never give up.' But the message I got was slightly different, and it has helped me time and time again during my career as an entrepreneur (with over 5 business currently in operation). He said, 'Work hard and know when to give up.' Not every business can be forced to succeed through brute force effort on your part. In many cases, it is a far better use of your time, skills and energy to throw in the towel and start again. This doesn’t mean you can give up at the first sign of difficulty, but it means that, like banging your head on a brick wall, it can feel great when you stop and try something different." - David Mercer, tech entrepreneur, author, and founder of SME Pals [bctt tweet="Word hard and know when to give up. #DadAdvice #entrepreneur" username="hostgator"]

    12. Research, research, research.

    "My father said a number of things that helped me as an entrepreneur. He also served as one of my earliest business advisors: I often used him as a sounding board to talk out issues I was encountering or fears I was facing. However, one that has truly resonated throughout all areas of my life, including my life as an entrepreneur, is the focus on continuing education. Dad did not just say 'always continue learning,' he embraced it. He went back to school when I was four and would take me to the (boring) college library with me. He would read books, magazines and newspapers and discuss them with me. When I said I didn’t know something, he would sometimes give me the answer but other times he would tell me to look it up in the encyclopedia. (I’m dating myself here!) When I was older and graduated from college, he told me to begin investing. When I told him I didn’t know what to do, he said, “You have great research skills. Go do research. Read. You’ll figure it out.” The one time I got a little arrogant thinking I knew all there was about my business area, I encountered multiple issues that I later realized I would have avoided if I’d attended trade events and learned from other owners’ experiences. (I eventually did this but would’ve said myself some angst by doing it sooner!)" - Tiffany Wright, serial entrepreneur and author of The Resourceful CEO [bctt tweet="A bit of preliminary research will save you the headache. #DadAdvice #entrepreneur #startup" username="hostgator"]

    13. The customer is more important than the money.

    "The best lesson that my father taught me is that the relationship with the customer is more important than the money. Meaning sometimes you have to make an investment or sacrifice to make sure that the customer is happy and it will pay off in the long run." - Rachel Charlupski, founder of The Babysitting Company [bctt tweet="Your relationship with your customer is more important than the money. #DadAdvice #SmallBiz" username="hostgator"]

    14. Make time for your kids.

    "My Dad worked a labor job at a milk processing plant for a solid 30 years. I played high school and college sports, and he never missed a single game in high school. I was able to work at the dairy in my summers of college and saw how hard he worked and it motivated me for a couple of reasons. It taught me how important it was to be a part of your child’s life. He may have been in to work at 6 am, but he made every single one of my 4 pm baseball games. As an entrepreneur, I’ve made it a priority to leave the office to see a concert at the elementary school and other important moments in the lives of my children. Even if I have to be back on the computer after they go to bed, my father taught me priorities." - Bill Fish, founder and president of [bctt tweet="Make time for your kids. #DadAdvice #entrepreneur" username="hostgator"]

    15. Believe in yourself and your people.

    "My dad and I started Tres Belle Spa in 2004. We have gone on to be multi-award winning. My father believing in me gave me the courage and confidence to KNOW that our business would be a success. Phrases like 'I know you can do this' might seem cliche but they work. Hearing this in my head all these years has kept me moving forward. It's okay to be scared sometimes but as an entrepreneur, you need to believe in yourself. It's not a career for the faint of heart. People will try to 'one up' you and tell you what you're doing wrong but you hear dad's voice and you keep moving ahead. My father taught me to be a fair employer. In a world of constant staff turn-over, I have had very little. I have been taught to give fair pay and to be available to my staff when they need me. I will stand up for my staff if there's an 'issue' because I am their work mother and I created a space for them to shine. I have been taught to defend what I have built because it's precious." - Allison Tray, co-founder of Tres Belle Spa [bctt tweet="Believe in yourself and your people. #DadAdvice #smallbiz #entrepreneur #startup #leadership" username="hostgator"]

    16. Focus on doing the key things right, not on doing everything right.

    "My father's best advice on business helps with framing state of mind and expectations. There are three aspects of a product or service that you will always want: high quality, high quantity, and short time. You can only ever achieve two, so pick which two you need. Anyone who says otherwise or demands that of you has no idea how business works." - Tess Suchoff, Head of Marketplace for Apptopia [bctt tweet="Quality, quantity, and fast. Your #smallbiz can only ever achieve 2 , so pick wisely. #DadAdvice" username="hostgator"]

    17. Embrace process.

    "My dad was a commercial airline pilot and the airlines had extensive manuals with procedures for every possible situation that may arise. I remember my dad studying these manuals especially around the time when he was required to go on a check flight where he went in the simulator. I think they did that every six months or so. I didn't realize it while I was growing up, but now that I'm a business owner I see the value in having procedures for employees to follow. For our business, a blog writing service, we have procedures for the team members to follow if certain situations come up. For example, if we upload and schedule a post for a client in WordPress we have a procedure for the writer to follow. The main takeaway from that is just how prepared pilots are for just about any situation that comes up in a plane. It helps them to remain calm and to resolve the situation. That is important for just about any business. There will always be issues that come up and you don't want to overreact. You want to remain calm and move forward with a solution." - Dayne Shuda, founder of Ghost Blog Writers [bctt tweet="Embrace process, and you'll get a solid brand with consistently happy customers. #DadAdvice #smallbiz" username="hostgator"]

    18. Take things one step at a time.

    "My brother and I are co-founders of the leather goods company, American Bench Craft, based out of Boston, MA. Our father has been a huge inspiration throughout our lives and especially when we started our company. Our father used to always say, 'You can do anything you put your mind to, just take it one step at a time.' Starting out, we obviously had our long term far reaching goals, but more importantly we set hundreds of small short term goals. Our first goal was simply to make our first sale. We didn't start out trying to figure out how we would make our first million. Rather we took it one step of the time, and achieved smaller goals that encouraged us to keep working towards our larger goals." - Jason Angelini, co-founder of American Bench Craft [bctt tweet="Outline smaller goals that will keep you on the path towards your larger goal. #DadAdvice" username="hostgator"]

    19. Work smarter, not harder.

    "My dad worked with his hands and took pleasure in building things that our household budget could not afford. Examples would be preparing the ground and planting a garden each year; framing the forms, mixing and laying concrete for our 40-foot driveway; and installing electrical wiring in his house. Through it all, he always told me to 'work smarter, not harder.' Much later when my wife and I thought up our business, we had to pretty much make everything up and do a lot of "flying by the seat of our pants" to make things work and to improve the way we did things, from manufacturing to packaging to maintaining customer service to hiring out services we could not do or could not do fast enough. We have made thousands of people happy since we started back in 1992." - J.S. Fletcher, author and co-founder of [bctt tweet="Work smarter, not harder. #DadAdvice #entrepreneur #leadership #smallbiz" username="hostgator"]

    20. Celebrate self-reliance.

    "The best piece of motivational advice I ever received was from my father. He spoke to me about expectations placed on others. If you don’t have any expectations for others, you can never be disappointed. This might sound grim or sad, but at the core of it is a belief in self-reliance. It taught me the importance on getting the job done without a helping hand. It also taught me to appreciate the people who actually come through for you." - Sebastien Dupéré, president and CEO of Dupray [bctt tweet="Be self-reliant. Find a way to get the job done, even if it's without a helping hand. #DadAdvice" username="hostgator"]

    21. Understand supply and demand.

    "I was 9 or 10 at the time, on a hot summer day in Miami. I just got back home from school with a box full of WarHeads sour candy. These candies were very popular with the kids at my school, we liked to test each other to see how many War Heads we could eat. So I got a bag of 50 for 4 bucks from a local candy shop, I was going to train myself to eat more than any other kid. My dad walked in and asked me what I was doing? I told him the story and he explained what 'demand' was and that I found a 'demand' for something I have, the warheads. The next day I was selling warheads for 20 cents a pop (almost double my investment). He taught me supply and demand, the willingness to act on opportunities and proof of concept." - Ike Paz, content marketer and creator of Internet Marketing Gym [bctt tweet="Understand supply and demand. #DadAdvice #smallbiz #entrepreneur" username="hostgator"]

    22. Keep your overhead low.

    "One thing my dad has preached as a lifelong entrepreneur is the importance of keeping all overhead low. My father still runs a successful general contracting electrical business without an actual office. He has always told me that having an office just for you to say that you have one is stupid. Today, I run my own pr and marketing firm as a virtual business. When I need one, I have access to an office or meeting space for a no cost if I need one through relationships I have established in my business community. When people ask me if I have an office - do you know what I say? 'I could have an office, but I would need to charge you more.' Once they learn that my low overhead business model allows me to pass on the savings to them in the form of providing them very affordable marketing services they tend let go of any preconceived notions about virtual businesses. Occasionally I get a scoff or two at networking events when corporate CEOs I meet find out I don't have an actual office -- but I pay them any mind since they are not responsible for paying my bills. I prefer to bring value to small business owners who want me to help them grow their businesses which is much more rewarding." - Shakira M. Brown, award-winning marketing expert and CEO of SMB Strategic Media LLC [bctt tweet="Building out your business? Keep your overhead low. #DadAdvice #entrepreneur #startup" username="hostgator"]

    23. Invest in what's important.

    "As soon as my friends turned 16, most of them had already started to take driving lessons and were considering buying a car. I'd always dreamt of having the freedom of being able to drive wherever I wanted, but I knew that I'd have to dig deep into my savings to afford the lessons and car. My dad sat me down one evening and gave me a stern talk about how a car wasn't necessary and I could use that money for something else. Reluctantly, I opted not to buy a car and instead bought a bus pass. I used my savings to start my company instead, which has grown tremendously ever since. Now I don't just have one car, I've got a couple of vans and lorries too!" - Sam Williamson, owner of Guardian Removals [bctt tweet="Develop your savings and invest in what's important. #DadAdvice #entrepreneur #smallbiz" username="hostgator"]

    24. Anticipate problems before they happen.

    "When I asked him for the ONE thing that made him the success he was, my father said, 'It's my ability to anticipate a problem long before it happens and act to avoid it.' My brother and I embarked on a 10 year plan to position the family business to be sold. Five years later, I started getting audited financial statements, even though my accountant said it was an unnecessary expense. When the time came, the buyers wanted to see 5 years worth of audited statements to value the company. Without them, the valuation would have been less than half. Thanks, Dad." - Richard Hayman, CEO of Hayman Consulting Group [bctt tweet="Anticipate problems before they happen, and take action to avoid them. #DadAdvice #entrepreneur" username="hostgator"]

    25. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

    "I've literally ran both of my businesses with the advice from my father close to front of mind every single day and it has really never let me down. The advice was, 'If it seems too good to be is.' This advice has ensured that I look over every single offer, contract or information that comes my way. And as advised if anything seemed to be a miracle, it had strings attached. Knowing to be aware has saved me time, money and heartache." - Sarah Hadgkiss, owner of Tea With Me and Hello Brows [bctt tweet="Business owners, beware: if it seems to good to be true, it probably is. #DadAdvice #entrepreneur" username="hostgator"]

    26. Operate with integrity.

    "My dad is a real estate agent and house flipper, who is retired now. He taught me many things, but here was his most important advice, or at least what I remember the most from how he conducted business. My father always operated with the utmost integrity and never sacrificed his clients needs for a quick buck. While he made less money in the short term on some deals, he made much more in the long run thanks to customer loyalty and referrals. I see this strategy helping my business all the time:
    • Previous clients come back over and over
    • Other professionals refer people to me
    • Other professionals prefer to do business with me over others, who do not have as good of a reputation.
    • I feel good about myself and knowing I do things the right way."
    - Mark Ferguson, realtor, real estate investor, author and creator of [bctt tweet="Operate with integrity. It'll pay off in customer loyalty and referrals. #DadAdvice #entrepreneur" username="hostgator"]

    27. Never take no for an answer.

    "My dad was such an inspiration for me to become an entrepreneur. When I started my journey as a business owner he really taught me some valuable lessons that I know made me a better entrepreneur. The one that stands out to me the most is to never take no for an answer. My dad is a resilient person and it was etched in me to be the same. I knew that hearing ’no’ while building a business was just bound to happen. When it did, I didn’t let it bring me down but only encourage me to move on and make it happen regardless of others. That is something I know I would not have been prepared to do had it not been for my father." - Nellie Akalp, serial entrepreneur and CEO of [bctt tweet="Never take no for an answer. #DadAdvice #entrepreneur #smallbiz" username="hostgator"]

    28. Don't get distracted by what's out of your control.

    "One of the biggest lessons my dad has taught me about running a small business is from a metaphor he often uses: Think of your dream/goal as a three ring target. The inner circle (the bulls eye) is your goal; you are the only one that can affect that. The second outer circle is the area that you can affect with others, but you can't do it alone. Either you may need help or you may need to help others. Then there is the third ring. In this ring, you can't do jack about. Whether it's opinions of others, the weather, whatever... there's no reason to worry about it because you can't do anything about it! If you spend time in the third ring, you won't get much done. So, spend 80% of the time in the center circle and 20% in the second circle. The inner circle will take you to where you want to go, the 20% is to better the community around you to help those that need the support you got. Always give back." - Alyson Swihart, soap brewmaster at Handbrewed Soaps [bctt tweet="Stay focused. Don't get distracted by what's out of your control. #DadAdvice #entrepreneur" username="hostgator"]

    29. Rejection: you'll experience a lot of it.

    "My dad taught me never to fear rejection. Growing up, I learned that the worse thing that could happen by asking for something is that someone could say no to you. On the contrary, if you never asked, you could always regret that moment, which is much worse. Any entrepreneur will experience a lot of rejection through their journey. The advice not to fear rejection but embrace it has allowed for me to grow my company and succeed as a businessman." - Jason Parks, owner of The Media Captain [bctt tweet="Embrace rejection, as you'll experience a lot of it on your #entrepreneur journey. #DadAdvice" username="hostgator"]

    This Father's Day, we invite you to reflect on lessons your dad taught you. Please share them in the comments, or let us know your favorite of the ones featured here! Happy Father's Day!
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