• February 24, 2018 /  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.

  • February 18, 2018 /  Entrepreneurs
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    Build a list of prospects and people who appreciate and trust you – this list of members of your tribe, with names and e-mail addresses, will represent the most valuable asset of your business. You will be able to promote proprietary products and services, as well as affiliate links to products owned by others that align with your message and mission. It is critical that you continuously nurture your list with valuable content, making the difference in their lives without charging them. They will appreciate you and will be prepared to reciprocate by purchasing products and services you recommend.

    7. Reach for the greatest impact – social entrepreneurs are on a mission to transform the world, delivering a message through their products and services. We are being called to leverage the power of technology to reach the greatest possible number of people with our solutions to their problems. This is why as socially responsible business owners, we have no choice but to embrace technological advances, appreciating what is now possible because of social media tools such as Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook, and new platforms such as Skype, iPhones, mobile phone applications, teleconferencing, and online webinars.

    8. Know and care for your customers – most entrepreneurs do not fully understand the problems and needs of their clients and prospects. A conscious e-marketer will invite prospects and clients to participate in surveys that will reveal exactly what they need and want. Your list can then be segmented wisely, and products and services can be tailored to the needs and wants of that specific segment of your list. We recommend www.mysurveyexpert.com as a great resource for your surveys.

    9. Attraction Marketing – when you are clear about your message and become an authority who people respect, you will attract those who are seeking your message. You will become a magnetic force and ideal clients will find and appreciate you.

    10. Become an authority in whatever your passion, vision, and mission may be. Commit to learning about yourself and about your products and services. Take courses, read books, review websites, attend live meetings, join communities, forums, and groups of like-minded persons. In conclusion, you are your greatest asset, and thus you need to grow and learn every day. The more you know about yourself and your business, the more profitable your business will become and the greater the social impact you will make in the world.

  • February 13, 2018 /  Entrepreneurs
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    The moment that you begin with your new online business you are taking the challenge and beginning a new part of your life. Entrepreneur success is about making changes to your habits and your to your thinking, so when you take the 30 day challenge with your online business you set the seeds for success in you.

    Habits take about 30 days to become a part of our new way, and by building sturdy entrepreneur habits you set off the process of creating a solid foundation for yourself and for your business. Make some time in deciding what you want to do and achieve over the next 30 days in your online business.

    Take the 30 day challenge and set your goals for your entrepreneur success. Make an action plan of what you will to gain knowledge of and begin to master and build an action list of what exactly you will do to develop your online business. It is the process of daily action in the pursuit of your goals that leads to business success.

    The very process of starting a new business means you expect to set up a new way of life. Make the new way a way of self empowerment. By educating yourself as much as you work on your business, you will be creating the new habits that are critical factors for entrepreneur success. You can reach whatever you believe you can, and the same applies to you will fail at whatever you believe you will, so by settingstrong empowering beliefs and following your action plans you will lead yourself towards the outcomes that you want. Positive thoughts and actions are the critical success factors.

    Adopt change, welcome the change that will occur. The more that you prepare the changes the more you will feel in control of what is happening. We all are happy in ourselves to the degree that we have control of what is happening around us. By organising yourself for the next 30 days you will be taking control of your new habits and actions and at the same time taking control of your new business.

    Entrepreneur success is a habit, take the challenge and shape a forward momentum in your life. By changing how you see yourself and how you behave you will at the same time change how others see and believe in you. That will change the outcome with your business.

  • February 12, 2018 /  Entrepreneurs
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    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

    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.

    Wiki

    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

    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.

  • February 9, 2018 /  Entrepreneurs
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    Life is always forcing people to do many things, like the world these days, the economy in different countries have different situations in which people work in different ways. Sometimes people want to be independent because of the environment where they live, and they may need loans for their own account. So if you are self-employed, such as a contractor or a freelancer, then entrepreneurs loans are designed specially for you. In today’s ever-growing needs of yours and at the same time due to lack of resources to meet them, you get worried. Also, if you do not have a good credit score in earlier times, adding to concerns. It can happen to anyone despite of their salary.

    Self-employed loan is a short term loan and they are there to help entrepreneurs. But very often, self-employed is difficult to demonstrate to lenders because of variable monthly income. But at all times have their own problems in their businesses on their own loans, self-employed workers are there to help and support.

    Self employed loans are small term loans, so if you are self-employed and looking for the proper settlement of cash, these loans are for you. You may pay any tax burden and desires as the payment of unpaid household bills, food expenses, tuition fees, collection fees, fixed costs, and small travel expenses, which are few examples of the charges the same regardless of the costs that you may need auto loans are there to help employees.

    To establish financial imbalances, self-employment loans can be easily done by self employed people. This funding source may be easy to take care of your financial needs at home. You do not even have to go through any credit checking process because it accepts the application of all borrowers, irrespective of credit record. The presence of arrears, defaults, bankruptcy, foreclosures, CCJ, late payments do nothing to insult.

    Just get used to the ease of online application method. Do not move from the comfort of your home or office. The loan you are looking for will be sent directly to your account after obtaining approval. The applicant can apply for low cost and very lucrative business loans to persons with proper research online.

  • January 31, 2018 /  Entrepreneurs
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    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.

  • January 19, 2018 /  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.

  • January 14, 2018 /  Entrepreneurs
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    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.

  • January 13, 2018 /  Entrepreneurs
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    New Zealanders are renowned for their entrepreneurial skills and their desire for autonomy in the workplace while building something that will create a future for themselves, their families and the wider community. With the ability to build an empire out of number 8 wire, many turn their skills to developing and building a business. However, questions do arise as to the best course of action: is it best to start a business from scratch or to purchase an established business that can be streamlined under the careful operational skills of its new owners.

    There are many options to purchase businesses for sale in New Zealand which offer the investor a great opportunity to enter the world of the entrepreneur or further extend their business portfolio. One of the key benefits of purchasing an established business is that the company will have a track record of success, staff, stock and a base of customers to which the platform is set for further expansion. There is simply less risk involved when purchasing a business compared with starting a business from scratch. With an established business, the new owners take over an operation that already has a reliable and proven income with future cash generating abilities, a recognised customer base and loyal following of the business, brand and its offerings, along with employees who are familiar with the business.

    When considering how the business is to be financed or paid for, it is worth noting that banks and other lending institutions are generally more comfortable lending money for the purchase of a business with a track record. This reduces the risk involved not only for the investors and lenders, but for you as a new business owner.

    However, due diligence is required in purchasing any business. Just because a business has a track record of income and profitability doesnt necessarily mean that it is going to carry into the future. Careful consideration must be given to the business fit with the skill set, knowledge and lifestyle that you currently have and your desires for the future. Choosing the right business is a key step, one that reflects your experience and abilities to ensure the future success of that business.

    When considering the purchase of a business in New Zealand, it is highly advisable that you seek the advice of a professional consultant from a leading real estate agency. Their experience will greatly assist you in the pre-screening process, ensuring that you are viewing businesses that not only have a viable future, but suit your needs.

  • January 12, 2018 /  Entrepreneurs
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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!