• June 13, 2017 /  Entrepreneurs
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    Have you ever noticed how highly successful entrepreneurs seem to attract success as if by magic, while others struggle as if the odds are stacked heavily against them?
    What do you think is the key element that allows their almost effortless success?

    Is it their background?
    Well, a recent study of a group of successful entrepreneurs revealed that they all came from a range of different backgrounds, some from very poor backgrounds. Despite the different circumstances from where they started, they were still able to attract success. So, having a privilege background is no guarantee of success.

    Is it their brain power?
    Quite a few of them had very little formal education at a high level when they started out on their road to success.

    Is it that they bought lots of personal development CDs and books?
    Some of them had never even heard of goal setting!!

    Is it the quality of the support they receive from friends and family?
    No, some were discouraged by friends or family for trying to change their current circumstances.

    Is it that they were loved more as children?
    A few of them were orphans and had a pretty miserable childhood.

    Is it that they dont watch TV or avoid reading the papers?
    No, they read the newspapers, and watched television.

    So, if none of these factors directly contributed to their success, how were these entrepreneurs all with different circumstances, able to achieve their dreams of creating wealth?

    If you were to gather them all in a room and ask the question, What is the secret to your success?,the answers would be all different. But, if you looked a little closer at the answers, you would discover one key ingredient. It wouldnt be obvious at first, but it would be very evident.

    And that key ingredient would be fear.

    Fear is an important part of success, and its fear that keeps so many of us from reaching our goals, or fulfilling our dreams.

    Learning how to conquer your fears is a very big part of attracting the success into your life that seems to have been eluding you. Its a key ingredient that entrepreneurs have to master on their path to success.

    Given their varying backgrounds, entrepreneurs were pushed into action by the fear of not achieving their goals and the consequences of failure.

  • May 27, 2017 /  Entrepreneurs
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    Before a doctor diagnoses a specific disease, his patient must undergo a series of laboratory exams and assessments. He has to know the history of his patient and how lifestyle affected his present health problem. As results come in, that would be an indication of the time when a physician gives specific drugs and therapies for maintenance. This will eventually contribute to the level of optimum health for that individual. If all else fails, the process will be repeated again.

    Similar to a doctor, what the above mentioned situation has stated, an entrepreneur’s responsibility would be pretty much the same. It’s just that, he should see his customers as his patients (not literally)and what they must have to survive a present predicament or a need. He must follow certain steps before doing anything irrational that could contribute to the downfall of his business. He should have certain characteristics innate in his personality for if he lacks one of these, he’s most probably doomed to fail.

    Entrepreneurship is collectively defined as exhibiting one’s vision, taking action, and pursuing that vision as a goal to be achieved in life as service to reality. In the meaningless definition, it’s getting your butt out of that couch and doing something rather than fulfilling your life’s destiny of being a couch potato. Stated below are some of the distinct attitudes an entrepreneur should positively have:

    Optimism – is foreseeing things in a positive way notwithstanding any circumstances that may hinder progress. The assertiveness of an individual depends on on e’s knowledge of how to handle a difficult situation

    Creativity – is thinking outside the box. Expanding one’s mind of what is beyond the ordinary through fine research and collection of data.

    Stability – more so mental, social or emotional, a leader must possess a stable life which means he could handle tough situations during tough times

    Charismatic – intelligence of communicating with different walks of life.

    Risk-taker – as someone beginning their own dream, one should be stern and must have the guts to take the big leap of plunging into their own doom or success. One should not be afraid of taking chances when opportunity strikes.

    Energetic – willing to do whatever it takes to reach to the finish line. The inner drive must always be at its highest level happy to work overtime. His or her enthusiasm must prevail the next best thing.

    Time bound – like a written report in a newspaper, an entrepreneur must be on top of things,by looking at our past, we could predict our future.

    Small businesses, in time, would turn out big if the scope of management exceeds what is expected. So it is necessary for a beginner to be positive about his endeavors. He must be very observant of what his environment lacks and needs.
    Think big! Take Action!!!!. Make your business dreams come true.

  • May 17, 2017 /  Entrepreneurs
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    There are many ways to make money from home putting in as many hours as you want while getting to stay home with your family. You can become a mom entrepreneur in no time.

    Most women need more flexibility than what they typically get in the regular workplace. You often cannot plan for your child being sick or getting out of school early and it is stressful to have to quickly find someone reliable to pick them up and drop them off on days like that.

    Many moms worry about their kids walking home from school alone and would prefer to pick them up and take them home. They also wonder if their kids are safe once they reach the house as they will not be home with their kids until the evening.

    It is quite a conundrum as most moms do not work because they want to but because they have to. If this is you, how would you feel if you found out you would not have to stress over such problems anymore?

    There are clearly many reasons to start a home business. Getting started can be difficult though. In order to do so you need to stop and ask yourself two simple questions: What are your interests? What are you good at? If the answer to both these questions is the same then you have an advantage as you can create, sell, or teach something that you are great at and love. This makes things easy. There are a plenitude of options available that many a mom entrepreneur usually likes.

    If you enjoy working with kids, you can either have a daycare in your house, or become a tutor. Either job would likely help out mothers who are not lucky enough to be home with their kids everyday. You remember what that is like, don’t you?

    Or you may want to take advantage of the internet. With outstanding products and superior services you could incorporate yourself into a simple and duplicatable online marketing system that automates most of your business tasks for you. Such systems have been developed specifically for the young business women, but you just have to know how to locate such opportunities.

    For startup costs usually around a few hundred dollars, you could be well on your way to securing your slice of the abundant internet pie. Be imaginative when deciding which business to begin; make a list of your interests and skills to help you get started.

  • May 9, 2017 /  Entrepreneurs
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    Do you think you have the capability to become an entrepreneur? There are lots of successful entrepreneurs present in this world today. It is very important to find the right kind of qualities that are required to become successful in this field.

    Some people try to begin from the scratch but it is quite difficult to reach the top fast in this way. This is the reason why the young generations of entrepreneurs try to model their behavior on people who have already achieved success in this field.

    There are various role models for entrepreneurs. It is very important to choose the right kind of model. When you hear of a role model the first thought that comes to your mind is of people who have reached heights are very popular all over the world.

    These people too surely had their own role model who they used to follow. A role model is actually meant for following. Your model can also be a person who belongs to your family or even or your friend circle.

    The person might not be well known and popular all over the world but he has made something for himself. You can look for such people in your family. If you have someone very close to you who has already made it to the top then you can even get good suggestion as well as tips from the person.

    You must understand the importance of the role models. They will help you learn how to become a successful entrepreneur. The most important thing that entrepreneurs must have is the will to win.

    The entrepreneur role models usually help the budding entrepreneur to learn about the various qualities that are necessary to become successful and reach the top. One of the things that you need to find out is the common trait between all the successful owners.

    You must always remember that owning and managing a company is not too easy. You need to have enough guts to take proper decisions and also be ready to tae risks. Role models for entrepreneurs might differ from one person to the other but the characteristic traits of these successful people usually remain the same.

    You need to follow these traits. People who are successful as entrepreneur are always good leaders. So you must also make sure that you become a good leader and mange your team in the best possible way.

    Team work is very important because you alone cannot take your company to the top, you will need help from the employees. This is the reason why you also need to learn how successful entrepreneurs deal with their employees. This is why role models are so much essential.

  • May 1, 2017 /  Entrepreneurs
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    One of my favourite assignments as a copywriter is to help entrepreneurs create the text to promote their new business, product or service. In my five years as a professional copywriter, I’ve helped clients as diverse as electricians, sales trainers, marketing companies, gourmet food shops, property developers, digital agencies, IT consultants and driving instructors to express what they offer in writing – usually at the early stage of building or planning the enterprise. The power of copywriting in that situation simply cannot be overestimated. There really is something almost magical about putting words on the page. It makes ideas real, generates commitment and focuses energy. Just by committing thoughts to paper, we can shape our futures. It’s easy to see how this benefits the entrepreneur as they plan or develop a business. Although most entrepreneurs generally feel positive and confident about their ideas, they sometimes find it hard to do them full justice on the page. Working from a different perspective – the outsider’s perspective – the copywriter can make sure that their client’s marketing pitches the offering to the right audience, with the right tone and the right emphasis.Sometimes, the appropriate ‘level’ for the message may be far ‘above’ the one expected or imagined by the entrepreneur. Sometimes, when they see what I’ve written, my clients respond ‘I could never have written that,’ or ‘I don’t recognise myself’. This type of feedback confirms that the entrepreneur may simply be too close to his or her product or business (whether emotionally or intellectually) to communicate its selling points effectively. If the business is a one-person startup enterprise, it’s easy to see why. Talking an idea through with a good copywriter (one who asks the client lots of questions) is a great way to road-test a new idea. ‘If we translated this concept into marketing messages,’ the entrepreneur is asking, ‘Would it fly? Would the proposition be consistent, compelling and capable of converting interest into sales?’ Here, the discipline of copywriting can act as a useful reality check. The dark side of confidence is over-confidence, and entrepreneurs are prone to many delusions and self-deceptions. But the copywriter cannot spin straw into gold; to make convincing copy, they can’t work with unclear, inconsistent or self-contradictory ideas. As part of the briefing process, the copywriter can help the entrepreneur to iron out all these tangles in their thinking – provided the copywriter is prepared to put some tough questions to the person who pays their bill.

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  • April 30, 2017 /  Entrepreneurs
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    There is a big misconception regarding first time entrepreneurship and that is the justification that it is okay to fail your first time simply because some well-known entrepreneurs failed and then hit it big.

    What is not mentioned is the number of individuals who failed their first time as an entrepreneur and never got a second shot. Therefore, you might as well make it profitable the first time around.

    Thus, to ensure higher odds of entrepreneurial success, you must choose the right business.

    Here are 4 tips how:

    1. Don’t Let the Economy Determine What Business You Should Start

    The first thing that entrepreneurs think of when starting a business is our current economic condition. Although it is hard to bypass the thought of a horrid economy and the subsequent effect on your new entrepreneurial venture, it is imperative that you not let the economy sway your decision.

    This will especially prove true when the economy turns in the next few years and you are left with an average business that was overly defensive and a lot of regret.

    2. Let Google Assist You In Your Choice of Business How do you truly determine market demand for the product and / or services you plan to offer?

    One way to do it is to use the Google Keyword Checker. This basic site will tell you how many people are searching monthly for your product or service.

    Another key element that the Keyword Checker brings to the table is the use of adjectives.

    For instance, you may want to open a business selling blue widgets, but upon looking up how sought after the product is on the web, you find out that green widgets are searched for times as often as blue.

    3. You Cannot Avoid Sales, Instead You Must Embrace It and Not Let It Determine Your Business Choice

    A willingness to engage in sales separates the men and women from what will be future job seekers.

    Entrepreneurs hate sales because for some reason they tend to be more afraid of rejection than your average Corporate Joe or Jane. Why this reason is, I cannot tell you, but to avoid human interaction, entrepreneurs will completely alter the business that they are going into.

    What they don’t realize is that regardless of industry, sales is part of business and, thus part of entrepreneurship.

    4. K.I.S.S. Keep the concept simple (or, to use the real phrase, Keep It Simple, Stupid). A rule of thumb for first time (and any entrepreneurs) is that if you cannot explain your business in two sentences or less, it’s most likely not going to sell.

    It is very rare that people reinvent the wheel with entrepreneurship. As a matter of fact, you can count them on your fingers: Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Sir Richard Branson and ?

    The odds of hitting Pick 6 are better. In entrepreneurship, especially when choosing your first business, go for a base hit, not a home run your first time at bat.

  • April 29, 2017 /  Entrepreneurs
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    When we talk of management education, we are basically referring to shaping up the students, aimed towards developing their competency and capability either as a manager fit to join an organization and help it to grow or as entrepreneur, to establish and grow ones own business. This capability does not come from possessing a management diploma or degree, but also requires developing in the students the will and skill to contribute for self sustenance and nation building. Presently it is seen, that there is a wide gap existing between the type of management education imparted in MBA colleges and what is there in real life management in business organizations. In order to make management education more realistic and useful for the industry, certain key areas need to be identified. These could be:-

    (a)Benchmarking quality management education to create an enduring quality managers and entrepreneurs.
    (b)Bring in professionalism in management education.
    (c)Adequacy of qualified and competent faculty members, proper infrastructure, support facilities and regular updating of curriculum.

    Benchmarking Quality Management Education

    Benchmarking with the top management colleges inspires an institute to produce quality managers. Management education needs to include knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA) that are needed today and that will be needed tomorrow by the industry. The mission of management education should be to become innovative and creative. The objectives of benchmarking should be to:-
    Make own students employable in industry.
    Moving the institute from academic mode to corporate mode. To achieve these objectives the agenda should be:- (a) To identify the industry expectations of the skill sets required of students. (b)To identify the areas of Total Quality Management (TQM) in management education. (c) To identify the changes required in teachers imparting management education.

    Professionalism in MBA/PGDM Education

    There are many reasons for the wide differences in the quality of management education in different institutes in India. The main reason is the absence of a body that can ensure that the standards set are practiced and retained by all management institutes, like AACSB in USA. We do have an apex body the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), that is responsible for setting the basic framework, guidelines and standards for quality of business education, there are however many problems when it comes implementation of these standard by MBA colleges and institutes and these problems undermine the effectiveness of these standards. In order install quality in management education in India, the AICTE and MBA colleges / universities in the country should focus on the following issues:-
    Quality of faculty.
    Infrastructure development.
    Accountability of management institutes.
    Values and ethics.
    Role of professional bodies (AIMA, ISTD, etc).

  • April 27, 2017 /  Entrepreneurs
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    One of the steps you will need to learn as you are growing as an entrepreneur is how to position yourself as an entrepreneur. While this may not seem all that difficult to accomplish, without the proper attitude it can become a bit of a challenge.

    To position oneself as an entrepreneur is as much a matter of mental attitude as anything else. It is about thinking and acting like an entrepreneur. Some would say that you have to eat, breathe, and sleep your business. While this may seem a little over the top, if you are serious about your success it’s not far from the truth.

    In many instances the difference between success and failure comes down to the person’s willingness to do whatever it takes to be successful. That means that you need not only focus on promoting your business, but also in positioning yourself as the leader of that business.

    You need to remember that in the early stages of a business you and your business are the same thing. The people around you will not think of your businesses without thinking of you as well. The pitfall of that attitude is that some new business owners will promote their business during business hours, and then they try to separate themselves from the business when they leave the workplace.

    When you position yourself as an entrepreneur you are approaching the situation with the understanding that a business owner I who and what you are. There is not a real separation when you leave the office; you and your business are still the same.

    Successful business people find themselves setting goals for their business, dreaming about their business, working through issues with the business, and even promoting their business at all hours of the day. Leaving the office just means that they are changing locations, but they are still working on their business. They don’t mind doing it because it is a passion and they love what they are doing.

    You have to understand that when you take on a new client for your business, they are coming not only because of the products and services that your company offers; they are coming because of what you as the owner of the business are offering. If they do not believe you are committed to what you are doing, they will not have the confidence in your business that is necessary. If they believe in you, they will buy into what you are selling.

    If you are truly serious about being successful with your business you will need to learn how to position yourself as an entrepreneur. You need to break free of the mindset of acting like an employee and only working on your business during working hours. You need to learn to promote yourself along with your business. After all, in the beginning stages, you are all that will keep that business alive.

    Growing AS An Entrepreneur

  • April 20, 2017 /  Entrepreneurs
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    The world is awash with entreprenuers and we have noticed that 9 to 5 kind of jobs is not the route to financial freedom. You can do a 9 to 5 kind of job, retire honouably but i promise you your financial base is nothing compared to the that of an entrepreneur who ventured to start something something for themselves.

    Entrepreneurship is a systematic approach used to identify, bring to life and nourish to fruition of an ideal or oppournity. Entrepreneurs perceive potentials and build on them by directing his or her resources to achieve pre-determined goals. The human resource is of importance because it is in born in all. It manifest as talents and deep seated aspirations. The material resource is secondary.

    The featuers of Entrepreneurs are numerous but lefts nose dive into it. Entrepreneurs have a high level of business consciousness. They can discern between assets and liabilities. They can see business potentials when they get close to one. Their eyes and mind can see potentials even when clothed in failures. In addition, they are ready ti indulge in moderate calculated risks because they do a through base line study of their potential business ideal. These base line studies give them a clear picture if the target market, the dos and don’ts the requirements and the legal impediments.They make sound business judgement before they dive into any business venture.

    Entrepreneurs are dynamic and hard working. They do not dive into business because it is in vogue or it has made their next door friend millionaires. They nourish their idea with creative innovations thus making it unique. They have superb abilities in allocating time, resources and task.

    Remember, Entrepreneurs do not dive into business ventures. Like I said above, the world is awash with entrepreneurs. Subsequently, study yourself before you throw in yor material into any venture if not you would close shop few months after.

    In conclusion, engage professional to do the base line studies and visit a solicitor and you would know the legal angel of your proposed business venture.

  • April 17, 2017 /  Entrepreneurs
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    Are women networking organizations the fastest growing trend in American business? This might be so. Including online networking groups, networking organizations focused on women are cropping up all over the country. It seems all women in business are spending their lunch time or after work hours at networking parties, connecting over wine or coffee, or sitting in front of the computer, typing messages to other business women. So, as a women entrepreneur or executive, you may be wondering: do I have to network?

    You already are. Unless you are sitting in a cave, you are networking, whether that means meeting with clients, greeting business people you know when you are out and about, or calling a woman you know for advice on a business problem. But do you need to join a formal networking association? That depends on you and your needs. If you are very uncomfortable with chit chat or being in the middle of a group of people, and you find that you don’t need to formally network to advance your business, then you might not need an association. But if your business depends upon the continuous acquisition of new leads or learning new and better technology and business methods, then a networking association can be a valuable strategy for you.

    Different female networking associations serve different needs. Here are a few:

    Education: Some networking organizations feature speakers, workshops, and seminars on topics of interest to business women. There may or may not be a networking component at these events.

    Contacts: These types of associations facilitate the exchange of information between women, putting you in touch with someone who you can help or who can help you. These can be very formal or quite informal. The speed-dating phenomenon has even touched here, with speed-networking events.

    Escape: Some female networking organizations are simply places to get away from the business place, especially if that place is dominated by men. These events are usually strictly social and are a good opportunity to bond with other female entrepreneurs and executives.

    Message Boards: With the proliferation of online networking sites that are developed specifically for women, the message board feature has become a popular place for women to vent, to advise, and to find someone with similar interests.

    Project or Service: Service organizations founded by men for community projects or charitable projects have traditionally been potent networking groups as well. Many women have joined female service organizations to assist with humanitarian projects and have discovered the powerful networking function here as well.

    Support: Women networking organizations have found a special niche with this function. To face the legendary barriers in the business world, women have developed support groups that also serve as an important networking location.

    Whatever type of female networking association you decide to try, you should have some clear goals in mind. Knowing what you want to accomplish with your networking attempts will help you choose the women networking organization that will work best for you.