Tips Choosing Your First Business as an Entrepreneur

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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.

Growing as an Entrepreneur – Position Yourself as an Entrepreneur

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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.

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What Motivates the Typical Online Entrepreneur

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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.

Money

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.

Passion

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.

Lifestyle

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.

Entrepreneur Make It Big in Restaurant Business Is Now Venturing Into Internet Marketing Business

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It is always inspiring to hear personal business stories of entrepreneurs who overcame all odds and doubts in venturing into business and make it big. Last Sunday, I just read about how a 35 years old Thai Express Founder Ivan Lee, who started his F & B business with $300K and eventually sold his controlling stake for a sizeable $114 million in the process netting himself $80 million.

What was even more impressive was Ivan had no background or experience in F & B business before he first ventured into his first F & B business. Despite all his doubters, including his family members, about the viability of his business when he first started, he persevered and carried on. Apparently, his father-in-law was also a successful entrepreneur who founded the contract manufacturing firm JIT Holdings and sold it to Fortune 500 company Flextronics for $1 billion in 2000. This deal netted the senior Mr Goh some
$300 million. When starting out, he had benefitted from the financial and advisory support given by his father-in-law, but, subsequently, he went against his father-in-law advise by venturing into other restaurant businesses which were highly successful and are now contributing about two thirds of the business turnovers. An element of luck also play an important part in his business success as he had opened close to 100 stores but about 10 to 20 percent of the stores were not profitable. So he was lucky that his first 10 ventures were successful which provided the cash flow for his subsequent business expansion.

He is now venturing into the internet market in China despite not being in the IT industry. When The Sunday Times journalist contacted him, it found the entrepreneur in Shenzhen, experiencing growing pains all over again. He says that his friends and family are again doubting his new venture. His remark was: “I am a rooke now playing in a much bigger league and I feel like I am nine years back, starting all over again.” This young millionaire is setting his eye on his next big venture where he wants to build the next Baidu (China’s equivalent of Google) or even the next Facebook.

Lesson learnt: To make it big in business you need to be bold, have perseverance and be unique and certainly having financial support from family helps and also an element of luck. He is certainly one hack of a brave entrepreneur!

My advise is learn about internet and social media marketing before plunging into the business and be better prepared for your business venture into the internet marketing world. I am making use of my internet skills to help develop and launch community websites Henley Brunel MBA Alumni (Singapore) and other commercial websites for corporate businesses.

Good luck to all of you out there running your start-up businesses!

Singapore Company for Foreign Entrepreneurs and Business Entities

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There are three business arrangements in Singapore that have been specifically created for foreign entrepreneurs and business entities planning to have a presence in the country: a subsidiary company, branch office, and representative office.

These are the basic differences between these business entities for foreign entrepreneurs and investors:

1. Subsidiary company

This is probably the most ideal business entity for foreign companies planning to form a Singapore company or expand their presence in the country. This is because this formation provides countless of benefits especially when it comes to tax incentives and limited liability.

As a separate legal entity from its parent company, a subsidiary company may have a different name and is allowed to conduct any business activities in the country as long as these are legal.

A foreign company with a subsidiary company enjoys a limited liability, an arrangement in which it is not liable for any losses, liabilities, and debts of its Singapore auxiliary business.

And because a subsidiary company is incorporated in Singapore, it also enjoys local tax benefits even if it is 100 percent owned by foreign businessmen and entities.

However, this business setup is required to appoint at least one resident director who may be a Singaporean citizen or holder of EntrePass, Employment Pass, or Permanent Residence Status.
Meawhile, a subsidiary company may have one to 50 shareholders who may be a foreign or local individual or another business entity. To know more abour subsiday company follow this link:

2. Branch office

A branch office, being an extension of its business headquarter, is only allowed to conduct activities performed by its parent company.

Unlike a subsidiary company, a branch office is not provided with local tax benefits since it is treated as a legal extension of its parent company. And with this arrangement, the headquarter is directly liable for all the losses, debts, and liabilities of its Singapore branch office.

Meanwhile, it is a legal requirement for a branch office to hire two Singaporean resident agents who will oversee its business operation.

When it comes to government-imposed disclosure requirements, this business entity may not be appealing for some shareholders since they are also required to submit the audited accounts of their parent company. To know more about branch office, follow this link:

3. Representative office

Legally speaking, a representative office is not really a business entity as it is not allowed to engage in any revenue-generating activities.

A representative office is generally ideal for foreign companies who are not yet sure of the business viability of their services or goods in Singapore and want to conduct an extensive market research before engaging in a full-blown operation. To know more about representative office, follow this link:

Women Entrepreneurs Women Networking Organizations Bring Businesswomen Together In Many Different Ways.

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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.

Tips to Help You Become An Entrepreneur

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Everyone dreams. But only the truly exceptional possess the dedication and creativity to turns those dreams into a reality. Such truly exceptional people are known as entrepreneurs. These people introduce a radical new idea into the pool of over-used and copy pasted notions. Entrepreneurs are the architects of the constantly changing and improving society.

What makes an entrepreneur?

This is a question everyone has thought of when watching the success of well known entrepreneurs like DhirubaiAmbani, Bill gates, Narayan murthy etc. Passion, creativity, imagination, innovation and an unrelenting drive to succeed are the qualities that set an entrepreneur aside from the rest of the crowd. Out of the box thinking and a sense of showmanship goes a long way in todays competitive market.

Budding entrepreneurs must possess the tenacity to succeed no matter what the harsh world might throw at them. A strong sense of self respect, confidence and good principles cultivated from an early age is a very important factor that influences the thought process of any entrepreneur. The tendency to conform to societys norms is automatic. Any person wishing to climb the ladder of success as an entrepreneur has to break free of this tendency and have the ability to look at things from different perspective. One of the most important aspects of an entrepreneurs success is the idea. This little four letter word is the cornerstone and the motivation for any venture. In order for any venture to reach its full potential, you must believe in the idea 100%. Any job half done is a waste of both time and effort. Plan well and assemble a trusted team to help you. More minds thinking on the same idea helps hone it to a perfect shape.

Risk Taking is Important Too

But one cannot ignore the very high risk factor. The chances of failure are ever present. Think with a practical mind. Take into consideration all the factors of your life that may be affected by what you choose to pursue and whether you can afford the risk. Your wallet is most likely the spot most affected. Be sure to think before you invest.

Any entrepreneur who is revered in his field can tell you: There is no formula for success. Success is three parts hard work and one part chance. A life as an entrepreneur is alluring and exciting. A true entrepreneur has the all-consuming desire to see their dreams turn to reality and is bold enough to push the limits of human potential could bring about unprecedented changes in the society. That person could be you!

Admirable Traits Of Successful Entrepreneurs

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You may remember in your business subject class, than an entrepreneur is someone who has a great possession of idea, where he is the venture owner and will be accountable for all the adherent tasks it compromise. Being an entrepreneur is a task one should not easily take but will surely embrace all its advantages. Listed below are the admirable traits of a successful entrepreneurs:

Has Vision – in all types of people, whether you are not entrepreneur, people who always succeed are those who see their selves in future and do something for it.

He who set goals – someone plans ahead of time, someone who set parameter to achieve something he would want for his self.

He who is an opportunist – entrepreneurs were known as opportunist because of their attitude to grab the bacon as it was presented to them.

He who knows the Competition – a good entrepreneur is someone who knows the demand in the market. Biz Mirror a real life business magazine featured the life of Lawrence Robinson who gained five business branches in two years. According to him, knowing the demand of the public will surely be an edge, since he is a pool owner, he found out that aqua rite and pool chlorinator are the demand of the market. So what he did was to look for a high end aqua rite and pool chlorinator that he can offer to the public, after a year, his store in Los Angeles, became one of the most sought after pool store in California. He was able to put five branches in two years time and he was so thankful with the idea that he was able to achieve this success because of his aqua rite and pool chlorinator idea.

He who has love and passion for his business – it can be notice that all the successful people are those who love and untiringly work for their work, if you would want to be an entrepreneur, then you must always fall in love and work the best for your business.

What Would You Ask a Query From an Entrepreneur

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Imagine that you have just entered your favorite coffee shop. You can already smell your usual, and you can’t wait to taste it. But, as you look around the room, you notice that the place is so crowded that you can’t have a table to yourself. You’re going to have to share with someone else, just as many other people seem to be doing already.

Now imagine that you’ve collected your coffee and have sat down at a table with someone who you’ve never seen before and haven’t met. After exchanging the usual pleasantries about the weather and how full the place seems to be, you discover that this person is a self-employed millionaire. And to look at him, you’d never guess. He’s not wearing a tailor-made suit, a shirt with French cuffs, or a tie.

In fact, he’s dressed just like you: in a comfortable, well worn casual shirt, that’s open at the neck, jeans, and tennis shoes. And you learn from him that he divides his time between working from home and coming to a coffee shop like the one you’re in. And as you both sip your lattes, you also learn that not only did he not make his money as the result of creating some fantastic software that everyone now uses.

He didn’t start a business in the financial sector. Nor the real estate market. Instead, he made all his money in an online information business.

Wouldn’t you want to know more? Wouldn’t you be just a little curious as to how someone with no technical skills had managed to go from where you are to earning 20 times what you make in a year, and doing it every year?

What questions would you have for this ordinary person with such an extraordinary income? And how would you feel if this person was willing to spend an hour or so telling you how you could do the same thing.

Would that interest you?

What does he consider to be success as an entrepreneur?

How does he think being an entrepreneur has hindered you from becoming a better person?

What systems has he set up in his home business to help it grow?

Besides money, what is his favorite ways to compensate people?

What’s the strangest thing h has ever done as an entrepreneur?

These kinds of question rise in your mind and you would start communicate with him. So this is the very closer thoughts for those who are going to start their business.

Terry Dean is such a person.

And you can hear what he has to say about how he did it in an interview that I did with him.

How The Copywriter Helps The Entrepreneur

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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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