• September 19, 2017 /  Entrepreneurs
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    There are a lot of people out there who hate doing what they do. Even you may be just another one of them. This general dissatisfaction in having to work hard only to watch other grow rapidly up the stairs of social status leaning on your shoulders whereas you yourself are left behind has led to the emergence of a whole new breed of entrepreneurs. These people dont settle for what they have but they thrive on their quest for the best that they can themselves achieve. Not many people realize that the internet has more to offers than meets the eye. Even now, a lot of people still want to stick to regular day jobs in hope that this gives them some sort of assurance or security. Unlike these people, many have actually realized the potential of the internet in making things happen.

    Any good internet entrepreneur will make a killing out of a zilch of an investment to start with. Not to mention, the convenience and comforts that you present yourself with once you be have your own internet business.

    Many people feel it is life changing and requires a lot of your investment in order to become an entrepreneur. That is absolutely true. However, the kind of investment that you are needed to make varies a lot nowadays as compared to conventional views. Entrepreneurs on the internet deal I a lot of unconventional things. Investment is a necessity to the starting up of any business. But for an internet business, all you need to invest in is your own hard work and as much time as you can spend. Signing up a few forms here and there to having your own website for promoting various products or even selling them to offering a service that you excel in personally; no matter what your forte is, you are destined to enjoy being able to be your own boss.

    Even when you have a job on the internet you can still be as much an entrepreneur as anyone else on the internet. The kind of jobs available over the internet include affiliate marketing, revenue sharing affiliate marketing, blogging and even posting your views and reviews on social networks and reviewing web sites. In each of these cases you will not be working under the orders of any kind of bosses. You shall be paid for what you work and what your work generates as revenue. In most cases your designation will not be that of an employee; rather you will be referred to as a partner. The internet has really unleashed all kind of opportunities and avenues to soar your earnings. So, if you are one of those who as tired of working to see your boss make profits, the internet awaits you.

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  • September 17, 2017 /  Entrepreneurs
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    Invention and entrepreneurship are concepts that are synonymous with Scotland. Scotland has a long standing tradition of producing world renowned inventors and entrepreneurs. The invention of the steam engine, television and penicillin can all be attributed to Scottish inventors and in this article I would like to highlight some of the most famous Scottish entrepreneurs of recent years.

    Arnold Clark

    Sir Arnold Clark grew up in Glasgow and joined the RAF in 1944, aged 17. He rose quickly through the ranks eventually becoming a Corporal and a Motor Mechanics Instructor. Upon leaving the RAF, Clark began buying and selling cars, and opened his first showroom in 1954 in Glasgows Park Road. Arnold Clark Automobiles is now the largest car dealership in Scotland, with over 145 car dealerships throughout the UK.

    Michelle Mone

    Michelle Mone OBE is the co-owner of MJM International and creator of Ultimo. She grew up in Glasgow and began her corporate career with Labatt Brewers. She rose quickly through the company and was running the Sales and Marketing department by the time she was 20. In 1996, came up with the idea to create Ultimo after wearing an uncomfortable bra to a dinner dance. Today Ultimo is one of the UKs leading designer lingerie brands.

    Sir David Murray

    Sir David Murray was born in Ayr in 1954 and educated at Ayr Academy, Fettes College and Broughton high School. By the age of 23 Murray had set up the metal company, Murray International Metals Limited. The Murray Group has expanded to include a wide range of industries including property, call centres, venture capital and mining.

    Sir Brian Souter

    Sir Brian Souter is another famous Scottish entrepreneur. Sir Brian Souter started his working life as student bus conductor while studying at University. Upon finishing University, Sir Brian Souter began working with Arthur Andersen, a leading chartered accountancy firm. In 1980, using his fathers redundancy money, Sir Brian Souter established Stagecoach Group with his sister. Thirty years later Stagecoach is one the largest transport companies in the world with 13,000 buses, coaches, trains and trams, employing over 30,000 employees worldwide. Sir Brian Souter also founded Souter Investments and the Souter Charitable Trust.

  • September 13, 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.

  • August 26, 2017 /  Entrepreneurs
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    Some people think becoming an entrepreneur is so difficult. They often think that to be an entrepreneur, money is the main factor. Actually, there is something else such as mental preparation that plays an important role.

    Some people choose to be entrepreneurs because they do not want to suffer tight competition in the workforce, to have the desire for unlimited earnings, to have the freedom to determine their own destiny, and to be more independent or to have extra satisfaction on their personal achievement.

    In the early stages of becoming entrepreneurs, however, people should realize that their income can be less than before, no more company allowances. Not mentioning that they have to work harder and longer hours, with the responsibility of employing their workers.

    Moreover, they should cope with critics from their environment about how stupid they are for letting go such a good job with good payments and benefits.

    People should have more than one income source, but by being entrepreneurs, they are working for themselves, and they alone will determine how much they want to earn and how.

    Tips for new entrepreneurs:
    Start with a low working capital, so people can minimize their potential loss that may occur.
    The other advantage is to train to survive in the new business with minimum facilities.
    Be flexible; entrepreneurs should revise their business concept with current trends and economical conditions.
    It is recommended to have a mentor who can share knowledge and give advises on critical points.
    Start with your hobbies.
    By doing so, hopefully they can cope with the frustration and do not give up when they have to deal with difficulties.
    Sometimes it is a good idea to do a completely new business idea that might bring less competitors.

    Starting a new business needs capital. It is a safe way to use their own savings, because they do not have to pay interests or risk their assets when taking business loans from a local bank.

    Avoiding interests should be considered since it is hard for a new business to gain profits during its first months of operation. It can take their breath away to pay high interests.

    For people with a strong network, they can look for partners to cooperate with, so they also can share the capital.

    Having a business does not mean that people will earn profits right away. Entrepreneurs should think about getting loyal customers and give them competitive services.

    After a business has been developed, entrepreneurs might need employees. it is important to put honesty as the first criteria. It is a fact that honest people become rare nowadays, and you do not want to be cheated by your employees.

    Last but not least, entrepreneurs should understand that running a business is a process. There will be some critical moments before they can earn a stable profit.

  • August 9, 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.

  • August 3, 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.

  • July 29, 2017 /  Entrepreneurs
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    Are you an employee who is thinking about a leap? If you are an employee then you might want to start your own business and become an entrepreneur. We all want to have our own business so that we can be our own boss.

    But the first and foremost thing that you need to find out before making the leap is whether you are ready for being an entrepreneur. Do you have the qualities that are required to be a successful owner of a business? Do you have any idea about what it takes to start your own business?

    You need to find out the answers to these questions before you take the final decision. If you have the qualities and the characteristics to own and manage a company then you can surely think of starting a business on your own.

    But if you do not have these qualities then it is better to be an employee rather than the owner till you are capable of gaining thee qualities. The first thing that you need to have to become an entrepreneur is passion.

    Successful owners know what they actually want and they have the enough guts to follow the dream they cherish. Before you start the venture it is very much important to test your passion. The next quality that is important is the unwavering nature.

    The person must have complete belief in him. He must make sure that nothing in this world can dispel the belief. Self motivation is the next essential quality that a successful entrepreneur needs to have. He will not need anybody or anything else to motivate him for the job.

    The other thing that you need to keep in mind is that you need to win at any cost. People who want to become the owners must never learn to lose. Entrepreneurs are those people who take risks. They usually act impulsively; they do whatever they feel in right at the moment.

    Other than this, another good quality that these people need to have is being outgoing. They need to make things happen anyhow. You need to be a good leader because if you are a great leader people will hear you.

    You need to have command over your team. Creativity is the other essential quality of an owner. It is very important to find out creative solutions so that you can solve any kind of business problems with ease.

    This will help you become more successful over the years. Personal sacrifices are also necessary to become successful as an entrepreneur. So you need to find out whether you have these qualities in you if you are interested in owning a business and becoming your own boss.

  • July 18, 2017 /  Entrepreneurs
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    Every serious entrepreneur is aware of the power of Internet marketing. However, a majority of them still consider online marketing to be related to the company website, email and online ads. While these online mediums make a significant part of the internet market, there has been a revolution in the last five years in the online world that has given birth to another powerful medium social media or social networking.

    Social media or social networking can be defined as group of activities that combine technology with social interaction. Some of the common tools that are being used for social networking are LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Orkut, MySpace, YouTube, and Digg. However, not many entrepreneurs have been able to use social media effectively and a large number of them have been successful in annoying their potential customers. They fail to realize that social networking sites are a place for social interaction and not a place to peddle your products by spamming the entire community.

    Serious entrepreneurs take time to learn the etiquettes and rules of each social media and focus on building lasting relationships. They make sure that they do not end up making any wrong move that may get them blacklisted or ejected from the community. They establish relationships that may become their loyal customer base but their main motive is to not only make money but also make great friends.

    Serious entrepreneurs understand the significance of social media thoroughly and understand how it can help them grow. Lets see how:

    Social media creates a level playing field between an entrepreneur and a Fortune 500 company.
    Social networking sites provide access to professionals and potential partners who you cannot reach out to in the real life.
    Social media sites give every serious entrepreneur an opportunity to show that he or she cares about the community.
    It broadens your target market by breaking geographical barriers and enables you to have customers, partners, and suppliers all over the world.
    Social networking can be a great marketing tool for entrepreneurs who are not good at communicating in real life.
    Social media is one of the most effective as well as economical tool for conducting marketing research on your target customers.

    So, if you are a serious entrepreneur who has been waiting on the side-lines watching other businesses grow with the help of social media, it is time that you, too, join these communities and test the waters. However, it is advisable that you do your research and take time to learn each of the social networking tools to minimize any error that may annoy others.

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  • July 15, 2017 /  Entrepreneurs
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    These days you will find many reliable web hosting providers. Even a person can sell practically anything on the web. The actual reason behind this is, technology has developed significantly in recent years and provides the best services. And the continuous innovation in web hosting technology open the door for many opportunities in online business.

    However, today’s entrepreneurs mostly demands inbuilt system integration, secure technology infrastructure, automation, etc. So today’s new generation entrepreneur view has more focused on technology and support services and it is ideal for rapidly increasing economies.

    Today delivering enterprise level IT solutions to entrepreneurs of all sizes in proper time is a major task for all the hosting companies. Therefore web hosting companies must be committed to make the whole website hosting experience as simple as possible, including server set-up. Also they to need provide user friendly billing cycle process as simple as the purchase process.

    Choosing the right web hosting company is important because it can make or break your business. If you choose reliable Web Hosting company, you will surely enjoy many advantages. In addition, these days the cost of bandwidth is inexpensive as well. This will give you lead in business to stay longer period. Another thing is a hard disk capacity. It is always good to have some more, therefore make sure you purchase sufficient amount of web space for the Website.

    If you choose a wrong web hosting provider and his technical support is terrible, problems can occur, especially if you have the videos or pictures, because it will take more time to load them up so it can be possible that you will lose your potential customers and visitors. Loss of profits is unavoidable if the server is down for long time since customers will certainly look for another online store.

    However, each web hosting provider is different from one another; even the pricing, and services are vary from one another. Therefore, do some research before making any decision; try to evaluate each and every option as possible. The success of a company site is dependent on the reliability of the web hosting company, so this should be taken into account.

  • July 10, 2017 /  Entrepreneurs
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    Tips For Mom Entrepreneurs To Get Down To Business
    If you’ve ever attempted to get anything done with a toddler around, you know it’s no cakewalk. It’s a challenge to do the dishes or the laundry (shower, anyone?) let alone actual, potentially lucrative work. Here are 5 ways that you can get down to business, even if it means doing these things between phone calls, diaper changes and mealtimes:

    1-Find a need and fill it
    Stop staring at the competition. Dont take someone elses idea or existing business, tweak it, and try to call it your own. Take a look at your life, your needs, wants and desires. Ask yourself, what would make your life easier? Find out how to help your friends do X if you have created Y? Filling a void in the market is, in theory, a cinch. Fill a need stop procrastinating. And not by thinking about it, talking about it or dreaming about itdo it
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    2-Create A Plan Of Action
    Do not write up a business plan. Dont even Google the words “business plan.” Mom entrepreneurs dont have time to put together a lengthy, heady write-up of profits, losses and EBITDA (wha? Take a pen and write out your plan. Get the gist? Then dive in. Try things out. The more you work on your business idea, the more thrilled you will be to see it in actionand it will keep you building.

    3-Work With Your Kids, Not Around Them
    Stress being the killer that it is, skip it altogether. Dont fret the childcare or sweat the pick-ups/drop-offs. Incorporate your childs schedule into your work day. Teach them to play the Silent Game while youre on the phone. Have them create something you can hang in your office. And when that noisemaker screams during your conference call? Skip the embarrassmenta whole lot of people also have kids.
    Theyll understand
    Promise.

    4-Embrace the web
    The interwebs are your friends. You don’t have to get hooked into social media like facebook and twitter, but don’t stay away either. Make sure youre connecting with folks who can help you along in your business. Find local groups like The Founding Moms where you can meet up with fellow mom entrepreneurs face-to-face. Grow your network who will, in turn, help you and your business grow.

    5-Meet up with fellow mom entrepreneurs
    Theres nothing like meeting someone in-person. You should embrace the web and all that it has to offer. But, get out of the house. Not only will it bring you great joy to smile at other human beings, but your kids will appreciate staring at new walls, too. Tell us your trials and tribulations of being a mom entrepreneur, then shake hands with like minded people and know your not alone.
    Youll thank yourself.