DRONE ENTREPRENEURS

First there was the Drones Club, then Drone Racing and now: making some money with drones. Our friend Lee gets his family a tech present every year. Last year it was drones. Lee’s 20-something daughter, a civil engineer, started using hers to offer aerial photography and video to construction sites. Then she started her own drone business, offering these services as a certified remote pilot in Wisconsin. If you Google the phrase “how to be a drone entrepreneur,” several sites come up. The first, from Virgin.com, describes several possibilities. One is farming. Drones have been crop-dusting in Japan for 15 years, and U.S. farmers are getting started. American farms are much larger and farmers here are looking for drones that […]

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SAVE IT AND STORE IT

A $500 scanner sounds like $400 too much. But the “NeatConnect” is so useful we’re going to buy it. This is our ultimate test for any product: can you sell it to us?

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CARDLESS IN PASSING

We nearly always forget to carry business cards and we may not be alone in this. “InTooch” (sic) is an iPhone/Android app aimed at making business cards unnecessary.

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CHEAP PUBLICITY

Trying to get publicity for your business is a time-consuming process. But when Joy did public relations for a company inCalifornia, her boss said her p-r work landed more sales than all their ads put together. In short, public relations works. (We read a study recently that claimed over half the stories in newspapers and broadcast news are initiated by press releases.)

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SMALL TOWN RULES

“Small Town Rules,” by Barry Moltz and Becky McCray, $25 is new from quepublishing.com.

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STARTUP VISAS

If you’re a budding entrepreneur living outside the U.S., you might get a “startup visa” under a law proposed by Senators Richard Lugar and John Kerry.

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CHILE’S GRAND TECH EXPERIMENT

Chile is trying to become the next Silicon Valley. The government is offering $40,000 to each potential entrepreneur plus a visa, free office space, assistance with networking, mentoring, and fundraising. The program, called Start-Up Chile, is still in the pilot stage. It will officially launch in mid-January.  You can read about some of the teams here. Some of them are tackling water problems, others have tracking systems for solar panels, another is a travel planner. Vivek Wadhwa, who helped conceive the program, says this will work where government-run technology centers tend not to.

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FREE CONFERENCE CALLS

StreetSmart meeting lets you make free conference calls and has some extra features.

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UP IN SMOKE

Email can come back to haunt you. Here’s a way out.

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USING YOUR PHONE TO TRACK EXPENSES

Outright.com lets you record expenses by phone.

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