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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.
Castilla-La Mancha currently exports products to 170 countries around the world
Spain, July 21, 2013 – The Minister of Employment and the Economy of the Government of Castilla-La Mancha, Carmen Home, highlighted the recent publication of the list of services the Institute of Foreign-affiliated to the Directorate General for Economic and European Affairs Strategy, with the aim of bringing the work carried this organization to help entrepreneurs in the region work in counseling, resources, activities, quality criteria or tools to promote exports.
Thus, the IPEX provides enterprises a wide range of tools designed to help them achieve success in their international expansion and personal assistance at all stages of the investment projects that international companies want to develop in Castilla- La Mancha.
On this matter, Casero said that thanks to these services, we are making Castilla-La Mancha remains one of the regions of Spain with increased export activity, as evidenced by the fact that” now we are the third region of Spain with the largest increase at year, with 13.9 percent rise compared to 7.4 percent nationally.
Also stressed that Home Carmen currently marketed products our companies Castilla-La Mancha in 170 countries around the world, thanks to the strong advocacy that IPEX is undertaking to open international markets both large companies in our region as to small and medium enterprises that are starting in the field of internationalization.
Thanks to this hard work, the government led by Maria Dolores Cospedal has managed to increase by more than 7.5 percent of the number of companies who have started their export process only in the first four months of the year, counting all time with the support and advice of the Institute of Foreign
Finally, it has been worth it Castilla-La Mancha is the region of Spain that has balanced its trade balance, with a drop of 66.4 percent in the first five months of the year, which shows activity that is occurring in our region.
Press Contact: Consejeria de Empleo y Economia Media Relations Consejeria de Empleo y Economia Address: Avda Ireland No 14 512-212-1139
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.
The typical online entrepreneur is a different species insofar as they generally work alone and within an industry that can be very stressful and demanding. Being your own boss is great however many are prone to second thoughts about this when they find that everything’ is their responsibility! Without physical, or often times, moral support, people working online have to reach deep within themselves for the strength or motivation to get the job done. Obviously those who succeed on the internet have mastered the ‘art form’ of learning how to motivate themselves! Learning how to get motivated however always has its roots in a very strong reason as to ‘why’ it is people are working online! It is the ‘why’ of every entrepreneur that ultimately keeps them moving forward!
Here are the 3 biggest ‘whys’ entrepreneurs use when learning how to motivate themselves in order to maintain the drive necessary to succeed on the internet.
Always a big motivator, money is one of the most ‘popular’ reasons people market on the internet. Whether it is for need or perhaps to expand an already existent ‘offline’ business earning or increasing an income is a powerful and popular force for people to be working online.
Some people have taken advantage of the easy to use and inexpensive internet platform to pursue a personal passion. Whether it is a cause, hobby or perhaps a business idea, if it is fueled by passion there is little doubt that these people will lack motivation.
Most internet businesses involve working online from home or actually anywhere one may choose and this is a very attractive option. In addition, the potential for earning a significant income is very real due to the access you have to a global audience, on a 24/7 basis no less! A lifestyle like this is hard to ignore and even harder to not strongly desire! Even working longer hours is not an issue since you can pick and choose where and when you work!
As we have spoken about here today the typical online entrepreneur must absolutely posses some strong motivations in order to be successful working online. Due to the ‘isolated’ nature of internet marketing, individuals must learn how to get motivated and stay that way without the help or support of others. For this reason their motivations need to be strong and lasting and 3 of the most common motivations people have for working online are reviewed above. As you can see any of these 3 factors that drive people to succeed on the internet are very strong. It is an absolute must however that the individual has the great ‘desire’ or ‘need’ first or they will not be able to sustain their efforts and achieve success.
Stop, Collaborate and Engage Small Business Communication Tools for Entrepreneurs to Navigate the Social Media Seas
Oldies but goodies…
The social media landscape has significantly changed the face of small business communication, but it does not mean previous technologies have been rendered useless. “Old” technologies, such as e-mail newsletters, instant messaging and message boards are still active and can still increase productivity (and sales!). Many entrepreneurs already have a strong understanding of these technologies and have probably used them in the past. Consider dusting off that old e-mail newsletter you belong to – you know, the one you haven’t read in 2 years – or do a quick search of what message boards are out there. You may be reminded of and surprised at how useful these seemingly out-of-date services can be.
Some you’ve probably heard of, but may not know the full power of…
LinkedIn has become the platform for business-focused social networking. By setting up a LinkedIn profile, users are able to post their work history and professional profiles for others to see. This tool presents opportunities for generating new business, reconnecting with old colleagues, and finding a job.
While many business users may have a LinkedIn profile, they may overlook the other small business communication tools LinkedIn provides. For example, LinkedIn Groups are a simple way to create an online forum where customers, prospects and industry insiders can exchange ideas. Similar to an e-mail newsletter, the Group allows invited LinkedIn users to interact with one another and for a company to communicate key messages. With some simple work on the front-end to get the group moving, an entrepreneur can then take a back-seat to let the patients run the asylum – while still maintaining his or her position as the group leader.
A wiki (rhymes with tricky) is a website that allows users to edit the content that is posted on the page; the trick to wikis is ensuring the edits are accurate. Wikipedia, for example, is an editable online encyclopedia in which users can edit the content. The reason the information remains accurate is Wikipedia has designated individuals to monitor updates.
From a business perspective, a wiki is a great small business communication tool for companies with geographically distributed offices or teams. Users can post a document or other materials on an internal wiki and allow a group to review and edit the material in one place. Beyond the team collaboration, the wiki also helps with “version control,” a problem that occurs when some users do not have the most up-to-date version of a document. Microsoft’s SharePoint offers companies the ability to make internal wikis, as well as discussion boards.
Some small business communication tools you may not have heard of…
Yammer is an enterprise microblogging service – think of it as Twitter for internal business communication. The service allows businesses to create their own internal communication channel and limit use to those who have a valid company e-mail address.
A person with his own business enjoys more financial independence and greater control on his financial status. But to succeed in any venture, it is important for anyone to visualize first his goals, business structure to follow, and other related details before proceeding to his business. Three Basic Types of Business Entities
The first thing an entrepreneur should decide is what type of business entity he wants to adopt before he starts the application for Singapore business registration.
Is it sole proprietorship in which he would be the only owner and will enjoy full control? Is it partnership in which he can have up to 20 business partners which means more funding? Or is it private limited company (or corporation) in which his business will enjoy perpetual existence while his personal assets are protected from the debts and losses of his company?
Every business entity has its own pros and cons which must be greatly considered. However, most experts agree that a private limited company is the most ideal for entrepreneurs with a long-term goal for their business as this setup will allow them to enjoy protection of asset, attractive corporate incentives, and other benefits.
The Products and Services
Bonafide entrepreneurs have always associated their products and services to their target-market so they can estimate the amount of capital they will need, equipment and materials to be purchased, and the level of quality they should offer.
Meanwhile, these questions can guide budding entrepreneurs on deciding on what products or services they should offer: What are my niche skills and interests that can generate profit? What is the estimated profit of my product? Can it be easily sold? It is easy to produce? Does it have an existing target-market?
Competitive and Market Analysis
One of the most important things any entrepreneurs should do is examine the business environment which includes the existing competition, different types of consumers, media, social norms, and other factors which can have a direct and indirect impact on their business.
When conducting competitive analysis, most experts agree that these four factors should be the main focus of entrepreneurs: who are the direct and indirect competitors, the specific market of competitors, the number of years they have been operating, and how do they attract their target-market.
Operations of a Business
Operations usually include the location, how many employees a certain business will need, the equipment, machinery, suppliers, materials, ways to track inventory and sales, and other related-issues.
The Internet brought a radical change in the way we do everything. It has made the world smaller, and has brought people closer together through high speed connection. In fact, the Internet has made us realize that we now live in a global community and that everything we do affects the world around us.
The Internet not only changed the way we live, but it has changed entrepreneurs’ home businesses too.
Due to the fact that the Internet has brought the world closer together,every business has the potential for a global market. That means that the Internet has made it possible for entrepreneurs’ home businesses to have customers far away from home.
In the past “home business” meant that an entrepreneur would have to get customers from his or her immediate community. Your market was limited,but now you can get your enterprise out of the house and into the world.
No wonder that the big companies of today had to work hard in order to get out of their homes. Many of the today’s big corporations often started as home-based business.
Many entrepreneurs actually take their business to the Internet,because the Internet helps people shorten the time they have to wait until their business gets off the ground. It helps entrepreneurs’ home businesses get the push it needs to provide a global market. The Internet actually allows you to have the whole world as a target.
More and more people are opening up on-line businesses because of the simple fact that they get to make money easier this way. Today’s entrepreneurs’ home businesses actually mean that the lucky businessmen actually get to stay at home while they make their cash, because of the Internet.
Keep in mind that entrepreneurs are the richest people in the world. Professionals, lawyers, doctors, may make a lot of money, executives may have big salaries, but entrepreneurs pay these people for their services. So who do you think is really at the top of the chain?
With the Internet, you can have all the information you need at your fingertips. This means that you virtually have the whole world at the palm of your hand.
Entrepreneurs now have access to every piece of information that can affect their business. We all know how attentive one must be of things that one cannot control. The market is a very unpredictable factor in business, with people changing their preferences all the time. Through the Internet, one can be prepared for any possible events.
A simple search on the Internet allows you to take a closer look at competition. What sets those businesses apart? What is the competition’s weakness? How can you get ahead in the market?
Because the Internet also allows you access to people, you can get expert advice quickly, therefore you can reach important contacts and make business decisions faster. Entrepreneurs’ home businesses prosper because the Internet allows these businesses to have the best of help.
Business marketing is a very important part of any business that wants to stir the attention of the right customers who would someday utilize the products or services of a company. A proper sales pitch is the core of any marketing portfolio because it brings in new customers and makes the old ones stay. One of the many purposes of business marketing is to make the customers feel that they have spent their money on a good investment, namely, your product.
The first thing that an entrepreneur should do when marketing his business is to create a meaningful company statement that can make an impact on its potential clients. Your company statement should target your potential customers’ situations so they’ll find it easy to relate to your company. This will also instill confidence in them since they now feel that they can trust your company and its products.
Customers are becoming very wise because of the number of competitions in the market to choose from. Creating a quality sales pitch will lend class, integrity and value to your products. So it is important that your pitch is the exact duplicate of what your company stands for and who is it functioning for. A weak sales pitch will not capture any attention and will only be a waste of money and effort.
The key to successfully market your business is to know how to highlight the advantages that your customers can benefit from your company. You need to place your customers in every angle of your sales pitch so they would feel they’re given importance. Not only should the sales pitch provide the benefits of the product but it should also describe how it can solve specific problems of the customers. To make an effective sales pitch, make it more about your customers and less about the product.
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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An entrepreneur can boost the visibility of his product or service by using a 2,500 Cheap Brochures Printing 85×11. This marketing tool, which uses colorful printing and high-quality paper, contains basic information such as products or services, contact information and additional customer benefits that will initially promote the business.
It is important for entrepreneurs to invest on creative foldable brochures because of its ability to draw peoples attention and stir up their curiosity. An effective brochure focuses on customers wants and needs and can transform random people into loyal patrons, which will subsequently improve a business profitability. This marketing tool can definitely help a small-scale business expand into a larger entity.
The beauty of a 2,500 Cheap Brochures Printing 85×11 is the huge potential for creativity and information. Here are some guidelines in crafting an effective brochure for your business:
One by one, make a list of the information that you want to put on your brochure. This includes products, services, pricing, contact information and photos. The information should be complete enough to answer initial questions from customers. Next, create an appropriate theme for your brochure. For example, an entrepreneur with a catering business may focus on childrens birthday parties and create a kids party-inspired brochure to attract specific clientele. Once youve decided on the theme, consider the physical make of your brochure. Will you use glossy or matte paper? Should the brochure be colored or black & white? Subsequently, settle on a cover photo together with a strong headline, such as Its Time to Step Up! or Take Pleasure in Your Retirement!As soon as youve created a cohesive idea for your foldable brochure, you can start with the design process.
This foldable brochure consists of 3 major parts: the front, interior and back sections. Here are ways of designing each panel:
Front section this panel contains the headline and pictures that should immediately attract customers needs and wants. The images on the front panel should be catchy enough for people to want to read the interior sections of your brochure.
Interior section the conventional design includes a list of products, services, and prices separated on each panel. However, if you want a more visually appealing design, you may create a layout that spreads across all sections with supporting images such as maps, product specifications, graphs and testimonials. Just make sure that image placement is well-organized so that customers will appreciate the design without losing vital information. Once customers see that the brochure looks professionally-made, they will be more interested in what your business is offering.
Back section – contact information is found in this panel, including the address, phone numbers, e-mails, and websites. Likewise, perforated coupons for product discounts or free items can be included at the back. Finally, if you want to create a lasting impression, place a final tag line that reinforces your front section headline, such as Its Time to Step Up With XYZ Company!