Ask any small business owner and they’ll tell you they don’t have the time to ease into a routine of nightly TV before bed. The entrepreneurs I know typically don’t have time for television at all, but, when they do, it’s usually all in one sitting. For some of us, binge watching is the new spa day. If you’re looking for a new show to inspire your business life while vegging out on your couch and eating ice cream, give one of these a try on your next day off:
You can’t have a list of shows for entrepreneurs without Shark Tank. For those who don’t know, Shark Tank is a reality television show that started in 2009 on ABC. It involves new entrepreneurs or inventors pitching their business ideas to a panel of “shark” investors.
Just as the show presents some really good ideas that do indeed turn into successful products sold at a large scale, it also shows plenty of duds. Entrepreneurs, whether veteran or novice, can learn from watching both good and bad ideas get pitched. Take notes on the good pitches: how did they present their idea? What was their prep work like? In what manner did they speak to the investors? You can really tell when someone’s prepared and confident in his/her product. The next time you have to pitch your business, or even just a new idea at a meeting with partners, mimic the successful entrepreneurs you see on Shark Tank. In a different way, you can also learn a thing or two from the unsuccessful pitches you see. Exactly why was their pitch or product bad? Why wouldn’t you have invested your money if given the chance?
Parks and Recreation
This next one isn’t quite so in your face in terms of made-for-entrepreneurs TV, but it does provide plenty of good lessons about getting stuff done and sticking to your guns while making you laugh along the way. Parks and Recreation also started in 2009 (a good year for shows for small business owners), and stars Amy Poehler as the main character, Leslie Knope, a mid-level bureaucrat working in the Parks Department of Pawnee, Indiana. Throughout the series, Knope faces a myriad of challenges to overcome to better the lives of those in the fictional Pawnee, Indiana. In every episode the viewer learns about hard work, determination, and how to make the world a better place by doing something you’re good at.
Startup is a new American television series that just debuted on Crackle in September. On IMDB, It’s described as a “crime/thriller” about “a desperate banker who needs to conceal some stolen money. A Haitian-American gang lord who wants to “go legit.” And a Cuban-American hacker who has an idea that will revolutionize the very future of money itself. Forced to work together, they unwittingly create their version of the American dream.” A good lesson in working together and overcoming differences to fight for one common goal: the success of a business.
Deborah Sweeney is the CEO of MyCorporation.com. MyCorporation is a leader in online legal filing services for entrepreneurs and businesses, providing start-up bundles that include corporation and LLC formation, registered agent, DBA, and trademark & copyright filing services. MyCorporation does all the work, making the business formation and maintenance quick and painless, so business owners can focus on what they do best. Follow her on Google+ and on Twitter @mycorporation.