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If Britain is to continue to prosper amid the spreading shockwaves of the great China economic slowdown, it’s going to need all the help it can get from its energetic army of entrepreneurs. Happily our 10th MT survey of Britain’s Top 100 Entrepreneurs and family businesses shows that in the last five years, from the depth of the downturn until last year, the nation’s self-made businessmen and women have been performing heroically, growing their operations, taking on staff and generating much-needed cash for both their local economies and the country.

So our Top 100 have seen staff numbers shoot up by nearly 85,000 in the last five years to over 164,000. This near-107% rise is much sharper than in previous years, justifying the view that our best entrepreneurs are the economy’s real job creators. And job creation is one of the crucial measures we use in ranking our Top 100.

The other of course is turnover growth, reflecting the economic activity they generate. This year our 100 entrepreneurs had a total turnover of 26.35bn, up from 12.898bn five years ago.

This represents a 104.3% increase – great news for UK plc, but perhaps a note of caution should come here. This is the first time since we started doing the Top 100 that the overall growth in employment has been greater than the comparable growth figure for turnover. It may help explain why the British productivity record has been so lamentable in recent years, with an 18% lag behind our competitors. Quite simply the entrepreneurs collectively are not getting as much out of each staff member in output terms.

But behind the macroeconomic numbers are some pretty impressive individual performances, none more so than this year’s number one – the Arora brothers (pictured) of discount homewares chain B M. Simon, the Cambridge-educated ex-McKinsey man, and his younger brother Bobby, who has a market trader’s nose for a bargain and pricing, have in the last decade built up a group that is now the envy of the discount retail world, valued by the stock market at around 3.2bn. More importantly for UK plc, in the last five years, B M’s remorseless expansion has seen its staff numbers jump by over 200% to 19,462. That must be a welcome boost in its Merseyside heartland where it has its headquarters.

This is matched by their track record in growing sales, up by 206% in the same period. But they are not alone in this respect. Our joint second place entries, 32-year-old Nitin Passi of the Missguided online fashion group and the Coates siblings – Denise and John – through their Bet365 online gaming operation, are just as effective when it comes to expansion. Passi has invested in a new headquarters in Manchester which, with all the trappings of an internet operation, is regarded as the coolest in the city. He reckons it will motivate his growing staff to make Missguided a 1bn business in five years. Few would bet against him, or the nine others from Britain’s thriving Asian business community who make our list.

Excellent progress this may be, but sadly we can’t say the same about the number of female entrepreneurs in the Top 100. There are 17 women listed, but only two, including Denise Coates of course, make the top 20. Last year’s celebrity winner, fashion entrepreneur Victoria Beckham , has not produced any new accounts and so cannot be considered this time around.

There are of course some fabulous women entrepreneurs who have developed businesses of the scale to make it into the Top 100, including Chrissie Rucker of the White Company, Margaret Barbour and Vivienne Westwood . But despite having trawled Companies House for the accounts that provide the underpinning of our research, there are just not enough. Perhaps this is a deficiency which the current crop of twentysomething female entrepreneurs like Kathryn Parsons of Decoded and Smruti Sriram of Supreme Creations will address in future lists – after all, the wealth which is one of our core criteria typically takes many years to accrue.

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In the meantime, the aforementioned Bet365 founder and co-CEO Denise Coates is our highest placed woman and flies the flag ably for women in business. A bookie’s daughter, she certainly knows a good bet when she sees one. Coates has masterminded a near doubling of profits to over 400m in the Stoke-based firm’s latest accounts. And her business acumen extends to looking after her employees, too – she plans to turn what’s left of Josiah Wedgwood’s famous Etruria Works into a children’s day nursery, a facility bound to be welcomed by the firm’s working parents.

The north-south divide may be ever-present, but encouragingly there are a fair crop of regional entrepreneurs working to close it. The South West has 14, the North West 13 and Yorkshire 12.

But the South East still remains top, with 33 names. Encouragingly for the government’s efforts to re-balance British business towards manufacturing, the march of the Top 100 makers is going at full tilt. Thirteen of the Top 100 are industrialists of one sort or another, with another 21 in high-tech sectors like the internet, software, telecoms and computing. They include Sir James Dyson of the ubiquitous bagless vacuum, whose firm is rapidly moving into new markets. Smaller but growing steadily are the likes of Melett, built up by Ian and Nicola Warhurst, which makes turbocharger repair kits for cars, and exports 90% of its output, with a growing market in China.

One of our measures of how well our entrepreneurs are doing comes from a valuation of their stake in the business and other assets, based on the stock market values if quoted or in line with those values for those who run a private company. Such valuations, of course, come with many caveats but serve as a rough and ready guide. Collectively the Top 100 are, by our reckoning, worth 24.5bn, a whisker below last year’s 25bn total.

This may reflect the general fragility of markets worldwide at present. But the one fact that unites all our 100 is their demonstrable record of success. They are the best hope for Britain to enjoy a sustained recovery with more jobs – and more prosperity – to come.




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How many entrepreneurs have there been in the history of the world? Millions, certainly, probably even billions. These are the men and women who take capital — their own or somebody else’s — and use it to beget more capital. Some fail, some succeed, some excel.

With so many candidates to choose from, any list of the 10 greatest entrepreneurs of all time will necessarily be somewhat arbitrary. It will also be top-heavy with Americans, just as a list of great chefs would be disproportionately French or of great eccentrics dominated by the British.

Business is what America does. If that sounds chauvinistic, get over it.

Here, without further ado but with tongue occasionally in cheek, are history’s 10 greatest entrepreneurs.

1. King Croesus. A pick by our veterans committee, Croesus, who ruled the Asia Minor kingdom of Lydia in the sixth century B.C., is owed a huge debt of gratitude for minting the world’s first coinage, thereby creating in a single stroke the lifeblood of every business: liquidity and cash flow. Moreover, his opulent lifestyle has given entrepreneurs throughout history something to shoot for. Is there a greater distinction for the commercially inclined than to be deemed “as rich as Croesus”?

2. Pope Sixtus IV. Sixtus gets the nod for realizing that the “wages of sin” meant more than unpleasant repercussions. There was money to be made in damnation, and Sixtus mined it by opening up a new market — the dead — for the indulgences the church had been selling for years. Relatives of the deceased quickly filled the Vatican’s coffers with payments intended to lessen the time their loved ones spent in purgatory. In 1478 Sixtus “grew his market” by authorizing the Spanish Inquisition, which swelled purgatory’s ranks by 100,000 souls in 15 years. He also was the first pope to license brothels.

3. Benjamin Franklin. In a real sense, Franklin was America’s first entrepreneur. Unlike other of the Founding Fathers — the hypermoral Washington, the prodigiously intellectual Jefferson — whose virtues and attainments are seen today as anachronisms, Franklin truly was a model of what many of us would become. Beneath the statesman’s mantle resided a popular author, a printer, an inventor (the lightning rod, bifocals) and a very savvy businessman who knew how to commercialize the fruits of his fertile mind.

4. P.T. Barnum. Americans have always loved a good scam and Phineas Taylor Barnum took the art to new heights. He played on our fascination with the bizarre and freakish with sideshow acts ranging from the midget Tom Thumb to Jumbo the giant elephant. In between was a host of more dubious curiosities. He created the Barnum and Bailey Circus as a showcase for all this wonderment, and dubbed it “the Greatest Show on Earth.” Along the way he invented modern advertising and became rich. For the record, he never said “There’s a sucker born every five minutes,” but he left behind plenty of other bon mots. Among them: “Every crowd has a silver lining.”

5. Thomas Edison. What do you say about the man who gave the world the electric light, the phonograph, talking motion pictures and more than 1,300 other patented inventions? That he was the world’s greatest inventor, certainly. But he was also able to exploit the profit potential in his creations, an entrepreneurial bent that asserted itself when Edison was a teen-ager, printing a newspaper in the baggage car of a rolling train and then selling copies to passengers. His impact on the way people live was and is pervasive. As a combination of inventive genius and entrepreneurial flair, he stands alone.

6. Henry Ford. Ford also fundamentally changed human lifestyles by making available a vehicle, the Model T, that vastly extended people’s range of movement. The automobile would allow America’s masses to fulfill their Manifest Destiny to populate every corner of the continent. But his more profound impact was on industry. The moving assembly line he designed to build his cars was the signal breakthrough of the Industrial Age. Appropriately, Ford earned the seed capital for his enterprise by working as an engineer at the Edison Illuminating Company in Detroit.

7. Benjamin Siegel. Known as “Bugsy” to his friends, Siegel was a notorious mobster with a touch of the visionary. Legend has it that he single-handedly invented Las Vegas, and that’s a stretch. But he was the first to see what the town could become: a lush oasis of pleasure where gambling was just one of the attractions. He also proved adept at attracting other people’s money to build his iconic resort, The Flamingo. Trouble was, some of those other people belonged to an outfit called Murder Inc., and Siegel was gunned down in 1947 amid rumors he had stolen from his partners. But give the devil his due: Before there was the Bellagio, there was Bugsy.

8. Ray Kroc. Nothing says entrepreneur like persistence, and nothings says persistence like Ray Kroc, the kitchen wares salesman who in 1954, at age 52 and in poor health, had his imagination hijacked by a family-run restaurant in the desert outside Los Angeles. Once he had bought out the McDonald brothers, Kroc proceeded to take their concept of a limited menu, fast service and low prices and expand it nationally, in the process creating the fast-food industry and dramatically affecting America’s lifestyle and, sadly, collective health.

9. H. Ross Perot. Within every entrepreneur lurks a touch of the cowboy, and there’s no better example of the strain than Perot, the diminutive Texan who has become best known in recent years as a political gadfly. Before that, though, he was all business, using a $1,000 loan from his wife in 1962 to launch Electronic Data Systems. Perot’s winning idea was that large corporations and organizations needed data-processing help if they were to take full advantage of computer technology. When in the mid-’60s he won contracts with two new federal health-care programs — Medicare and Medicaid — EDS was off and running and Perot was on his way to being one of America’s richest citizens.

10. Jobs & Wozniak. Apple Computer’s two Steves weren’t the first Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to launch a billion-dollar business from a Palo Alto garage — Hewlett and Packard were there before them — but they were the first to democratize computing by creating a machine whose use was so wonderfully intuitive that even technophobes embraced it. Combine the elegance of Wozniak’s operating system design with Jobs’ marketing savvy (remember Apple’s “1984” ad?) and the result was a true phenomenon. Yes, the Apple was eclipsed by the PC, but only after Microsoft (behind the vision of two other notable entrepreneurs, Bill Gates and Paul Allen) developed Windows to ape its rival’s ease of use.

Philipp Harper is a freelance journalist living in south Georgia.




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The Beginner’s Guide to Entrepreneurship

Getting started with entrepreneurship can be a bumpy ride, especially if you re striking out on your own for the first time.

From determining whether or not entrepreneurship is really right for you, to uncovering your strongest passions, finding the right type of business for your skill sets and learning how to help solve meaningful problems for your audience, there s a lot to learn.

However, at the end of the day, there s no better way to learn than to just get started.

Entrepreneurship: How to Determine Whether or Not It s for You

To start determining whether or not entrepreneurship is right for you, ask yourself these questions:

  • What s your tolerance for risk?
  • Do you prefer a steady paycheck or potentially unlimited earnings in exchange for risk?
  • Are you ok with taking on a multitude of different responsibilities each day?
  • If you have a business idea already, are you truly passionate about it?
  • Do you have the support of other stakeholders in your life?
  • Are you a good decision-maker?

If you feel confident in taking on the risks, rewards, and responsibilities that come along with starting your own business, let s keep going. If you re having second thoughts, that s ok—talk it over with friends and family, gather their feedback and consider pausing on your business ambitions if it s not the right time.

How to Discover Your Passions and Turn Them Into Profits

If you hope to stand any chance of success in the world of entrepreneurship, your reasons for going into business need to be pure.

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Sure, turning a profit and eventually earning more income than your day job affords you is a great reason to start your own business, but simply exploiting a market opportunity you ve identified won t last for very long.

When you pursue a business opportunity that you re not genuinely passionate about, the temptation to give up in the face of your first (inevitable) failures will become an increasingly appealing option. By solving a problem you care deeply about, you re aligning your goals with the success of the people your business will be helping—which makes you much more likely to push past any obstacles that come your way.

More importantly, you ll be setting yourself up for long-term success in entrepreneurship.

Here s How to Discover Your Passions

If like most people, you re not exactly sure what your strongest passions are, or which ones have the most potential to create a lasting business, start by asking yourself these questions:

  • What are your favorite hobbies?
  • What s the best part of your day?
  • What do you love doing?
  • Which topics could you enjoy writing an article about?
  • What do you like talking about with friends and family?
  • What are your strongest skills?
  • Are there any topics you re an expert on?

By carefully examining how you choose to spend your free time outside of your 9-5, you ll get a glimpse into the different topic areas that you have a genuine interest in. We tend to fall in love with doing the things we re good at—so do a personal SWOT analysis to determine your greatest strengths and strongest skills as an entrepreneur.

Next, you ll need to think critically about whether there s overlap between any of your interest areas and your current strengths.

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Therein will lie the best path for starting to turn your passions into profits.

For example, if you love running either competitively or for exercise, and your friends often come to you with questions about what type of running shoes they should buy, where they can find the best running trails in your city, or which upcoming races they should sign up for, that s evidence that your community already views you as an authority on running.

The next step on the path of entrepreneurship is to formalize a business model—and specific problem you want to solve within your strongest interest area.

Deciding Which Type of Business Idea Is Best for You

If you re not sure which type of business will suit you best, start by reading through this diverse list of small business ideas that spans across dozens of industries and see if anything gives you inspiration.

Once you have the general topic area you want to build a business around while keeping your day job, evaluate which of these types of popular businesses will be best for your existing skills, strengths and lifestyle goals.

1. Services

If you have a set of skills that are in high demand, such as web development, graphic design, writing, content marketing, or otherwise, choosing to go out on your own as a freelancer, consultant or building an agency are all great ways to build a service-based business around your interests. Leverage your existing professional network to land your first paying clients by tapping old co-workers, catching up with acquaintances, reconnecting with former classmates and ask if they know of anyone who could use your services. Nail your first projects, create a portfolio to highlight your best work and grow through referrals for as long as you can before turning to cold outreach.

2. Physical Products

If you ve got an idea for a physical product you want to bring to life, whether it s writing a book, manufacturing the next great iPhone accessory or something else entirely, at the end of the day physical products need to be shipped from door-to-door. After building your product, having an eCommerce website will be a must, so that you can market your products to an online audience.

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Partner with other companies that reach the audience you want to sell to by forging joint promotions, distribution agreements and marketing partnerships to keep growing from there.

3. Digital Products

From writing and selling eBooks to teaching online courses, making graphic design templates, running an online magazine, producing online workshops, training seminars and more, a digital product-based business can be attractive for many reasons. Once you create your product, it can live out in the marketplace for years—accruing more sales and boosting your bottom line without the need for major updates if you find the right niche and figure out the best marketing strategies for reaching your audience.

4. Blogging

Choosing to start a blog and build your authority within your interest area can easily be one of the best investments in your future as an entrepreneur, even if it s not your primary business model right away. Begin by writing about topics you have a passion for, start sharing with others in your community that have the same interests and spread out from there. Decide how you re going to monetize the traffic coming to your blog, dial in your promotion tactics and you ll be on the fast track to increasing your income with each visitor to your site—especially if you begin offering digital products to your new audience.

5. Podcasting

Podcasting can be a great way to make money once you build your listenership into the thousands per episode. Get started by recording a few episodes talking about different issues and challenges you ve found within your interest area, capture some interviews with other experts in your field and begin promoting the first few episodes to other people you know that share your interest. Then you ll be ready to approach sponsors and start selling advertising space on your podcast.

What Comes Next?

Diving into the world of entrepreneurship requires taking a lot of action every single day. Get out there and start connecting with people who share your interests and challenges.

Then, learn how to solve their problems, determine how to best reach a wider audience with the same struggles and start spreading out to help more and more people as you grow.




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How many entrepreneurs have there been in the history of the world? Millions, certainly, probably even billions. These are the men and women who take capital — their own or somebody else’s — and use it to beget more capital. Some fail, some succeed, some excel.

With so many candidates to choose from, any list of the 10 greatest entrepreneurs of all time will necessarily be somewhat arbitrary. It will also be top-heavy with Americans, just as a list of great chefs would be disproportionately French or of great eccentrics dominated by the British.

Business is what America does. If that sounds chauvinistic, get over it.

Here, without further ado but with tongue occasionally in cheek, are history’s 10 greatest entrepreneurs.

1. King Croesus. A pick by our veterans committee, Croesus, who ruled the Asia Minor kingdom of Lydia in the sixth century B.C., is owed a huge debt of gratitude for minting the world’s first coinage, thereby creating in a single stroke the lifeblood of every business: liquidity and cash flow. Moreover, his opulent lifestyle has given entrepreneurs throughout history something to shoot for. Is there a greater distinction for the commercially inclined than to be deemed “as rich as Croesus”?

2. Pope Sixtus IV. Sixtus gets the nod for realizing that the “wages of sin” meant more than unpleasant repercussions. There was money to be made in damnation, and Sixtus mined it by opening up a new market — the dead — for the indulgences the church had been selling for years. Relatives of the deceased quickly filled the Vatican’s coffers with payments intended to lessen the time their loved ones spent in purgatory. In 1478 Sixtus “grew his market” by authorizing the Spanish Inquisition, which swelled purgatory’s ranks by 100,000 souls in 15 years. He also was the first pope to license brothels.

3. Benjamin Franklin. In a real sense, Franklin was America’s first entrepreneur. Unlike other of the Founding Fathers — the hypermoral Washington, the prodigiously intellectual Jefferson — whose virtues and attainments are seen today as anachronisms, Franklin truly was a model of what many of us would become. Beneath the statesman’s mantle resided a popular author, a printer, an inventor (the lightning rod, bifocals) and a very savvy businessman who knew how to commercialize the fruits of his fertile mind.

4. P.T. Barnum. Americans have always loved a good scam and Phineas Taylor Barnum took the art to new heights. He played on our fascination with the bizarre and freakish with sideshow acts ranging from the midget Tom Thumb to Jumbo the giant elephant. In between was a host of more dubious curiosities. He created the Barnum and Bailey Circus as a showcase for all this wonderment, and dubbed it “the Greatest Show on Earth.” Along the way he invented modern advertising and became rich. For the record, he never said “There’s a sucker born every five minutes,” but he left behind plenty of other bon mots. Among them: “Every crowd has a silver lining.”

5. Thomas Edison. What do you say about the man who gave the world the electric light, the phonograph, talking motion pictures and more than 1,300 other patented inventions? That he was the world’s greatest inventor, certainly. But he was also able to exploit the profit potential in his creations, an entrepreneurial bent that asserted itself when Edison was a teen-ager, printing a newspaper in the baggage car of a rolling train and then selling copies to passengers. His impact on the way people live was and is pervasive. As a combination of inventive genius and entrepreneurial flair, he stands alone.

6. Henry Ford. Ford also fundamentally changed human lifestyles by making available a vehicle, the Model T, that vastly extended people’s range of movement. The automobile would allow America’s masses to fulfill their Manifest Destiny to populate every corner of the continent. But his more profound impact was on industry. The moving assembly line he designed to build his cars was the signal breakthrough of the Industrial Age. Appropriately, Ford earned the seed capital for his enterprise by working as an engineer at the Edison Illuminating Company in Detroit.

7. Benjamin Siegel. Known as “Bugsy” to his friends, Siegel was a notorious mobster with a touch of the visionary. Legend has it that he single-handedly invented Las Vegas, and that’s a stretch. But he was the first to see what the town could become: a lush oasis of pleasure where gambling was just one of the attractions. He also proved adept at attracting other people’s money to build his iconic resort, The Flamingo. Trouble was, some of those other people belonged to an outfit called Murder Inc., and Siegel was gunned down in 1947 amid rumors he had stolen from his partners. But give the devil his due: Before there was the Bellagio, there was Bugsy.

8. Ray Kroc. Nothing says entrepreneur like persistence, and nothings says persistence like Ray Kroc, the kitchen wares salesman who in 1954, at age 52 and in poor health, had his imagination hijacked by a family-run restaurant in the desert outside Los Angeles. Once he had bought out the McDonald brothers, Kroc proceeded to take their concept of a limited menu, fast service and low prices and expand it nationally, in the process creating the fast-food industry and dramatically affecting America’s lifestyle and, sadly, collective health.

9. H. Ross Perot. Within every entrepreneur lurks a touch of the cowboy, and there’s no better example of the strain than Perot, the diminutive Texan who has become best known in recent years as a political gadfly. Before that, though, he was all business, using a $1,000 loan from his wife in 1962 to launch Electronic Data Systems. Perot’s winning idea was that large corporations and organizations needed data-processing help if they were to take full advantage of computer technology. When in the mid-’60s he won contracts with two new federal health-care programs — Medicare and Medicaid — EDS was off and running and Perot was on his way to being one of America’s richest citizens.

10. Jobs & Wozniak. Apple Computer’s two Steves weren’t the first Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to launch a billion-dollar business from a Palo Alto garage — Hewlett and Packard were there before them — but they were the first to democratize computing by creating a machine whose use was so wonderfully intuitive that even technophobes embraced it. Combine the elegance of Wozniak’s operating system design with Jobs’ marketing savvy (remember Apple’s “1984” ad?) and the result was a true phenomenon. Yes, the Apple was eclipsed by the PC, but only after Microsoft (behind the vision of two other notable entrepreneurs, Bill Gates and Paul Allen) developed Windows to ape its rival’s ease of use.

Philipp Harper is a freelance journalist living in south Georgia.




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Business Ideas For Undecided Women Entrepreneurs

Updated July 19, 2016

Even the most motivated women entrepreneurs can struggle with deciding on the right business idea. For some budding entrepreneurs, ideas flow freely, but never get off the ground. For others, ideas are vague and sketchy so are discarded and never fully explored. Deciding on the right business idea has as much to do with creating a business plan and feasibility study as it does doing some soul searching.

If you want to become self-employed but are not sure what type of business you want to start it helps to consider the following:

  • What do you want or need to get out of the business?
  • What do you like to do?
  • What are you good at doing?
  • What would you like to learn to do?

What Do You Want or Need to Get Out of the Business?

  • Are you looking for a second income? Consider representing another company to sell their cosmetics, gifts, insurance, time-shares, etc. You will not have to write a business plan. invest a lot to get started, and can work your own hours.
  • Are you quitting a job to stay at home with your children? If your main motivation is to have more time with your children choose a business that will allow you to work around their schedules. It is almost impossible to work a 9-5 job from home while raising children.
  • Do you want to change the world? Start a co-op or nonprofit. Both can be labor intensive but rewarding.
    • Do you want to contribute something to society? If personal satisfaction is your main motivation and money is not a concern try volunteering with different organizations to see what you like to do most. Volunteering is a great way to learn how nonprofits work, and the contacts and skills you gain, will help if you decide to establish your own business later on.
      • Do you want to be an entrepreneur? Whether you just want to be your own boss or become financially independent the road to success starts with a sound idea.

      You need to honest about your strengths and weaknesses to become an entrepreneur, and no matter what business you start it also helps to be resourceful and have strong networking skills. But before you decide you do not have enough business smarts or skills to become an entrepreneur, please read, Do You Have What it Takes to Become a Successful Woman Entrepreneur? This 3-part article will encourage you and help you believe in yourself.

      Business Ideas – What Do You Like to Do?

      Choose something you are passionate about – starting your own business will require time, energy, and sacrifice. If you choose something that does not interest you, or worse, something you hate to do, you will find it harder to succeed. Ask yourself:

      • How do you spend your free time?
      • Do you have a hobby that could be turned into a business?
      • Do you like to do volunteer work ?
      • If you could have any job you wanted, what would it be?

      What Are You Good at Doing?

      Your talents might be obvious to you if you are a musician, artist, or photographer. If you already have a profession, you might want to start your own private practice in law, medicine, or an accounting firm. And maybe you have a hobby, like quilting or candle making, that you know you could market. But what if your talents are less obvious?

      Sometimes it is hard to know our own strengths. If you are uncertain what your hidden skills and talents are, ask family and friends who know you. Even if you do not have a particular skill like sewing or bookkeeping, you still have skills that may be marketable if you can identify them.

      Lillian Vernon is a real woman, not a fictitious business name. She was pregnant and needed extra income when she started her gift catalog, working from her kitchen. The main business skill she used to become a millionaire was networking her idea to sell other manufacturer s products.

      If you have a skill or hobby you are good at doing start working on your market and feasibility study now!

      What Would You Like to Learn to Do?

      Sometimes things that interest us most are things we have yet to learn how to do. If you love math, take an accounting course and turn your new skill into income by helping others with their taxes.

      There are many new careers you can enter into with a certificate instead of a degree. Certificates often take less than a year to earn, and, in some cases, only a few semesters. Check with your local community college to see what certificate programs are offered in your area.

      If you have always wanted to learn another language start now — when you become fluent you could become self-employed providing freelance translating services. Translators are used in legal proceedings, schools, and seminars. Sign language translators can earn as much as spoken-language translators.

      There are many two-year programs to become a registered nurse (RN). RNs often freelance and provide in-home care to housebound patients.

      It is never too late to learn a new skill or polish an old one and it is never too late to start a business if you have the ambition and a marketable skill and know what you want to do.




      10 Green Business Ideas for Eco-Minded Entrepreneurs – Small Business Can #sba #grants


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      10 Green Business Ideas for Eco-Minded Entrepreneurs

      Are you considering to start your own business but are concerned about the impact it will have on the environment? Green businesses are ecofriendly, and they go beyond the regulations to show their commitment to sustainable development. You do not need any particularly brilliant new idea. What is more, most of the green businesses are alternatives of the standard businesses, but with a nature-conscious management and production processes. Check out the following green business ideas.

      1. Green Business Ideas Organic farming

      While businesses are going green, so are their customers. Everyone nowadays is switching to healthier lifestyle choices, and this particularly concerns the food they consume. The effect of this is that organically grown vegetables and fruits are highly sought, and this trend is sure to continue in the future. The market for these products is very developed, so you will have no trouble finding buyers. What do you need to start this business? A piece of land and love for outdoor work.

      2. Organic menu restaurant

      If you do not want your hands to get dirty, but still wish to take your piece of the pie in the ongoing healthy-eating trend, why not be on the other side of the transaction? Open a restaurant that would serve only organic meals, made from organic ingredients that you would be buying from organic farmers.

      3. Green construction

      Become a green contractor. Green construction simply means construction with eco-friendly materials and incorporation of energy saving systems, such as solar heating.

      4. Recycling pickup

      Recycling is also very popular these days. But no matter how determined people are to recycle, there is always the problem of what to do with bulk trash, like computers and house appliances, once you no longer need them. If you want to start a recycling pickup service, take a page out of the book of Sydney s rubbish removal services. for e-waste. It is a very lucrative business, yet in deficit.

      5. Green developer

      Develop applications that will help people help the earth. These can be simple guides to local green stores, or complex energy consumption calculators.

      6. Green consulting

      If you are familiar with green technologies and standards, you can easily become a consultant to other businesses on ecological issues. Help other people start a green business, or turn their current business into a more environmentally friendly one. This consulting can involve anything from efficient energy consumption to sustainable production. Get certified to gain more credibility among customers.

      7. Upcycle

      Furniture upcycling has quite a hipster vibe. Take any piece of old, unused furniture and repurpose it in an unusual and preferably unexpected way. All you need is some tools and a few original ideas. Once you clear your attic and basement of all the unused furniture, you will find that flea markets are a great place to find new ‘raw materials’.

      8. Green blogs

      If you like writing, and like to work from home, start a blog. But not just any kind of blog. Start a green blog that will promote green activities.

      9. Bicycle business

      Bicycles are the most eco-friendly means of transport there is. They emit no gas into the atmosphere and so do not pollute the air. Buying and reselling bicycles has become a huge part of the green revolution. Consider participating in it. You can also open a small local bicycle café where you will sell drinks, while you are repairing your customers’ bicycles. Take tourists to bicycle sightseeing tours of your town, or your neighbourhood.

      10. Eco-cleaning

      Start a cleaning services company which will use your own natural house cleaning products. Make more money by selling these products to households and other cleaning service companies.

      What green business do you see yourself managing?

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      Simple Business Plan Templates for Entrepreneurs #local #business #listings


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      8 Simple Business Plan Templates for Entrepreneurs

      Writing a business plan is an important step in the startup process. It helps you and your partners decide if you will work well together, teaches you about the marketplace, and lets you brainstorm business and product goals. But because of all the effort and detail involved, many entrepreneurs dread the thought of sitting down and creating this critical but time-consuming document.

      While business plans can be frustrating if you re writing one from scratch, there are plenty of online templates available to take some of the pain out of the process. Small business owners can benefit from simple, easy-to-follow business-plan tools so they can spend less time writing and more time launching.

      Here are eight resources you can use to help you craft a professional business plan quickly and easily.

      $100 Startup

      You ve heard about those entrepreneurs who started off by jotting down their ideas on a napkin at a bar, caf or restaurant. $100 Startup s One-Page Business Plan is a little like that, but more organized. Designed for entrepreneurs who are itching to get started, this simple business-plan template asks a handful of questions that you can easily answer in one or two sentences. It covers everything from what you sell and who will buy it to how you will get paid, hustle to find customers, foresee challenges and overcome the obstacles all in a single page. [Writing a Business Plan? Do These 5 Things First]

      Copyblogger

      Not all small businesses are concerned with credit lines, partnerships and office space at least not in the beginning. So why should their initial business plans include these things? Copyblogger s Remarkably Simple Business Plan doesn t. Instead, it offers a business-plan template fit for the real would-be entrepreneur s world. Whereas most business-plan templates assume all businesses are uniform, Copyblogger s Remarkably Simple Business Plan was created to get to what entrepreneurs really need to know to start a business: the ins and outs of the product or service, how customers will find the business and how the business will make money. Simply copy and paste the template of the Remarkably Simple Business Plan, created by Sonia Simone, co-founder and chief content officer of Copyblogger Media, and you re good to go.

      Enloop

      Founded in 2011, Enloop is regarded as an innovative player in the business-plan-creation industry. Like many others, the service uses an online interface to help automate your business plan s creation. To get started, users enter basic information about their businesses, including product details. Then, Enloop s software uses metrics to help predict the financial performance of the company in comparison with others in the sector. According to CEO Cynthia McCahon, the goal of the company is to help entrepreneurs make better-informed decisions. Users can get started on Enloop for free; more advanced paid options are also available.

      LivePlan

      LivePlan is a relatively new entrant to the online business-tools market that helps you every step of the way, from the planning stages through your launch. Like other services, LivePlan allows business owners to craft perfectly formatted plans. From there, users can create the presentation necessary to pitch their business ideas to would-be investors. Once off the ground, businesses can track revenue and expenses against forecasts, and multiple users within a company can work through the LivePlan interface. Pricing starts at less than $12 a month.

      The One Page Business Plan Company

      Created by The One Page Business Plan Company. this simple business template covers only the key areas entrepreneurs need to address to start a business: their vision for the company, mission for why the business exists, objectives for setting out goals, strategies to make the business successful and action plans indicating what work needs to be done. Unlike complicated business plans, boring blocks of text are not required bullet points will do.

      Platform Planner

      Are you the visual type? Look no further than Angela Bowman s One-Page Visual Business Plan. Based on the principles of the Business Generation Model Strategyzer app, Bowman s One-Page Visual Business Plan uses sticky notes to help you creatively craft an out-of-the-box business plan. To create a One-Page Visual Business Plan, start by separating a single page into different sections or columns, such as company information and customer segments. Write down your ideas or responses on a sticky note, and then stick it on the corresponding section. You can also color-code the sticky notes for better organization. Then, if your plans change, you can easily remove a note, move it around or add new ones to better fit the direction in which your business is headed.

      SBA Build Your Business Plan Tool

      The fact that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has an online tool to help users craft business plans will come as no surprise to anyone who has investigated the SBA s offerings before. The agency has a wealth of free planning, financing and consulting tools and resources, both online and through available consultants. The SBA s online tool for business-plan creation allows a user to enter information on a Web interface that is tied to that user s account. The administration says this is intended to be a live plan that can be referred to and changed as the company s plans progress. The SBA encourages entrepreneurs to use their generated plans to discuss their company s prospects with SBA advisers like those available through SCORE and the Small Business Development Center. The SBA s tool is available online at no cost.

      Wise Bread

      Greg Go, co-founder of online finance community Wise Bread, is a big believer that entrepreneurs who are just starting out don t need lengthy business plans. What they actually need, he said, is an internal working plan to get started. The internal working plan consists of four simple questions that make up the simple business plan: What is your product or service? Who are your customers? When will things get done? When are bills due, and when do you get paid? To guide entrepreneurs in completing their four-question business plan, Go provides a simplified way of answering each question in his blog post on the subject.

      Updated on May 1, 2015. Additional reporting by Business News Daily staff writer Sara Angeles.

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    • The Top 10 Best Small Business Blogs for Entrepreneurs in 2015 #loan #business


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      The Top 10 Best Small Business Blogs for Entrepreneurs in 2015

      As a small business owner myself, I know how important it is to stay up-to-date with the ever changing trends that the business world throws at us.

      Because I watch very little TV, and rely heavily on the internet for keeping up-to-date with the news, it s somewhat obvious that I d also use the online medium to learn, consume and also produce and market my own content. Bloggers (and increasingly, podcasters, as well as video producers and many are wearing all three hats!) have the ability to express themselves in somewhat ‘real time’, and in an evergreen way, by keeping their content fresh, and sharing their opinions with the world.

      However, in the world of business blogging there s a lot of noise. A lot of content marketers are gagging to get your attention, and with only so many minutes a day to devote to learning and consuming content (personally, I put aside around 30-45 minutes daily), you’ve got to be very strict with who’s content you make time for.

      This is the reason why I’ve put this list together. This collection are the best small business blogs I know of right now. My personal favorite / go-to people in the world of small business blogging and online business building. Individually they strike a chord with me enough to keep me coming back for more, together they act as an ever-growing encyclopaedia of business brilliance.

      Note: These blogs are listed in no particular order of preference, or influence.

      Chris Brogan s Blog

      Chris is the only repeat awardee on this list, from last year. I ve known this man for several years and he has continued to deliver quality, helpful, thoughtful and inspiring content to every business owner wise enough to tune into what he has to say. I m assuming (heavily!) that you re one of them!

      Must Read: Dear Podcaster Chris lays it down in true Brogan fashion. Letting podcasters know exactly how to approach expert guests, record with them and the importance of respecting their time. This SO needed to be said!

      Smart Passive Income

      It s no secret that Pat and I are very close friends. Known for being the crash test dummy of online business he s launched and grown several business, meaning you can learn what works and what doesn t, directly from watching him. We recently started a new partnership together, 1-Day Business Breakthrough. too!

      Must Read: And They Thought I was Stupid – In this post from early 2014 Pat reflects on his decision to starting podcasting and what it s done for his brand along with the 468 comments on the post itself!

      Gary Vaynerchuk s Blog

      In 2010 I picked up a copy of Crush It! by Gary and became an instant fan. Since then I ve had to chance to have him on the podcast twice, as well as hanging out in the US a little together. Ballsy, to the point and with a BS detector like I ve never seen before, he s an influencer in every imaginable way.

      Must Read: Cloud Dirt: How I Do Business – This is a fantastic short film that Gary and his team produced to explain how he feels about business today and why he doesn t focus on anything that won t bring him closer to his goals.

      Amy Porterfield s Blog

      I often refer to Amy as the Queen of Social Media . But, she has become so much more than that in recent years. Now focusing on everything from list building to product marketing, Amy is paving the way for other entrepreneurs in a crowded space that needs to hear it like it is. She s simply awesome.

      Must Read: 3 Strategies to Rapid List Building – I often say that the health and overall success of your online business is directly tied to your email list. This post (and podcast episode) is compulsory consumption for everyone!

      Entrepreneur on Fire

      Talk about taking the bull by the horns! John Lee Dumas hit the scene a couple years ago and hasn t looked back. In 2014, along with his partner in crime (and life!), Kate Erickson, he turned his podcasting empire into a thriving million dollar entity something rarely seen in the online infomarketing world.

      Must Read: 2014: The Year in Review – John and Kate (some would say the real boss at EOFire!) had a remarkable year. In this post they show you exactly how they did it, along with warts and all! Great annual review write-up.

      Copyblogger

      Copyblogger have long been a guiding light in the very dark tunnel that is content marketing . Brian Clark and his team are still leading the way, with decisions such as cutting comments from their blog, deleting their Facebook page and reinventing content publishing by developing the New Rainmaker platform.

      Must Read: Why Copyblogger is Killing its Facebook Page – With social media changing at a drastic pace, sometimes equally drastic decisions are required. Copyblogger shows you the facts behind this big decision.

      Convince Convert

      It s not one of the top ranked social media and content marketing websites on the internet for no reason! Jay Baer and his team consistently publish amazingly thought-provoking and inspiring entrepreneurial content. Whether it s a blog post, podcast, or an episode of JayToday TV subscribe now.

      Must Read: Can You Build a Content Marketing Super Brand – I said thought-provoking for a reason. This ll get ya thinking! A deep dive into Jay s mind as he discusses the in s and out s of developing your own super brand.

      Marie Forleo s Blog

      I do not know Marie. We ve not met, and other than a few brief social media exchanges, we ve never even spoken. But, boy, oh boy can this lady market the hell out of herself and everything she stands for. Want to build a personal brand? Watch what Marie does, rinse and repeat. She s simply awesome.

      Must Read: Can t Turn Off Your Bizself? 2 Quick Steps to Flip the Switch! – In this video (she vlogs, instead of blogs) Marie discusses the importance of switching off as an entrepreneur, and gives us a couple of great tips to get started.

      Duct Tape Marketing

      John Jantsch is an all-star, old school marketing player that has continued to deliver the marketing and sales goods over and over again. His team produce a blog that s a mix of his experience, coupled together with the new in s and out s of online marketing all thrown into one.

      Must Read: How to promote Every Piece of Content Your Create – I loved this birds-eye view of how John and his team cross promote their content archive. This shows you the power of on-going marketing for older content.

      Michael Hyatt s Blog

      When I think of Michael Hyatt, I think of a Leader s Leader . With over two decades of experience in the publishing world, he has since taken online entrepreneurship to a whole new level with his blog, podcast, products and membership communities. He s a one-man leadership, walking talking workshop!

      Must Read: Advice to First Time Authors – This is about as real as advice gets. It s short, sharp, to the point and timeless. Michael s take on everything from finding an agent to considering self publishing is must-read material.

      Don t Forget THIS Blog, Too!

      Along with these awesome bloggers, podcasters, online video producers and all-round content marketing rock stars, please don t forget to continue to tune into this blog and my podcast on a regular basis. I promise you lots of content to help you become the most productive and profitable entrepreneur possible.




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      10 Cool Business Ideas For Newbie Entrepreneurs

      Photo: Liesha Petrovich ; Credit: Crystal Clear Photography, LLC

      Ready to take a chance this year? Maybe try something a little bit different?

      If your answer is yes, then it’s time to start that business you’ve always dreamed about. You don’t have to start big, or risk your life savings. You can start each of these businesses with a minimal investment, and many as a side hustle on the weekend .

      So, if you’re ready to have a little more fun (and income) this year, get inspired by one of these cool business ideas .

      1. Offline education.

      Online teaching is a booming business—$107 billion to be exact! That figure includes online universities, corporate training, webinars, and selling courses on platforms like Udemy and Ruzuku.

      There are also a ton of courses on how to create (and profit from) online courses! But the growth of online learning hasn’t stopped the need for offline, local independent teachers.

      If you have a talent and developed skill, why not teach it to an offline audience? Adult education, after-school programs, day-cares, community centers, and even churches need interesting and valuable courses for their members.

      Here are a few examples: horseback riding. swimming, karate, dance, gymnastics, music, computers skills technology, golf, tennis, archery, business planning, accounting, home repair, cooking, meal planning, personal finance and so on.

      2. Sell your hobby.

      Combine your hobby with a business and you’ve got a recipe for success. Businesses like, How to Cook That. are part helpful blog and part online shop. Owner Ann Reardon shares helpful tips and tricks to make amazing desserts, but also sells interesting and fun how-to’s and templates.

      Using a simple widget from the e-commerce platform Selz. Ann can sell any recipe, guide or template from anywhere on her website. This can be a great niche business for anyone who wants to start an online business selling plans, guides, patterns or tutorials. You don’t even need your own website, as you can sell your digital download from your own Facebook account or Selz store.

      3. Lunch carts, food trucks and kiosks.

      Starting a restaurant is one of the riskiest and capital-intensive businesses out there. There is a ton of overhead, even for the smallest diner.

      On the other hand, starting a lunch truck, food cart or a kiosk has minimal startup costs. You still have to follow local regulations, but the investment is much smaller than a full-fledged restaurant.

      One of the best things about food trucks is the insanely wide variety of possibilities. From a marshmallow cart to cannolis, the portable food business is here to stay. Checkout Portland Maine’s Mami Food Truck, which specializes in Japanese street food.

      Photo: Mami s Food Truck; Source: Facebook

      4. Vending machine business.

      Who would have thought the vending machine industry is worth approximately $8 billion? While the location of the vending machine is the key to success, there are many different kinds of vending machines to consider, including drink, food, toys, gumballs, stickers, games, and even personal grooming machines.

      There are also variations of traditional vending machines, like those that only offer healthy vending choices and others that offer credit card payment options.

      If you’ve got an entrepreneurial bug and want to try something a little different, Healthy Vending offers a smart guide on how to start a vending machine business .

      5. Reiki therapist.

      Reiki therapists are at the intersection of new age and creative wellness businesses. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It’s not for everyone, but it can be a fun, interesting and rewarding business.

      You have to learn the practice and check the regulations in your area, but for those with a drive to help people, Reiki can be smart and rewarding business.

      6. Herbal farm stand.

      Shop local. It’s a mantra heard in every small community; and many offer farm stands year-round. There are many different niches to choose from including honey, jams, grass-fed meat, organic produce and fresh herbs.

      Photo: © dusk, YFS Magazine

      Beyond using herbs for cooking, consumers are now using herbs for medicinal purposes, candles and aromatherapy essences, baths and teas. If you have a green thumb and enough of a backyard for farming, consider starting a herb farm.

      It has a low startup cost and can be operated part-time. One enterprising farmer started his business using lavender that grew along his road, and sold lavender sachets. That’s about as low-cost as you can get!

      7.Freelancing.

      The term freelancer is actually an umbrella term for hundreds of different businesses. It’s anyone who is outsourced to do a job, and the benefit is the employer doesn’t have to pay benefits like insurance or 401k’s.

      If you have in-demand skills that can be outsourced, consider starting a freelance business. One of the best things about being a freelancer, is that you can offer your services at competitive prices.

      There is always a demand for business services such as: IT, human resources, accounting, PR, customer service, marketing and sales; Writing services: resumes, cover letters, ghostwriting, articles, editing and blog posts; and Miscellaneous services: wedding/event planner, graphic artist, photographer, and interior design.

      8. Aquarium maintenance.

      This business idea sounds crazy (i know) on the surface. But it’s actually a growing industry, and does great in the right market. You can cater to either homes or businesses, and you are responsible for all aspects of maintaining a healthy aquarium.

      Research the licensing regulations in your area. It s a unique business idea for anyone with a passion for fish and aquatic life.

      9. Bicycle maintenance and repair.

      It’s easy to assume that bike riding is for the young. But biking is actually skyrocketing, especially in city centers and local towns! Thanks to baby boomers, seniors now account for 22 percent of adult bikers. And where bikes are, bicycle repair isn’t that far behind.

      Plus, it’s the type of business that anyone can start in a home garage. For example, the Green Machine Bike Shop in Norway, Maine offers bike repair, but also created group rides in their area to promote their love of biking.

      10. Ethical dog breeder.

      The term puppy mill brings up horrific images of abused dogs. However, with so-called designer dogs fetching thousands per puppy, there is a growing need for ethical dog breeders.

      Photo: © bussardel, YFS Magazine

      Ethical breeders keep and care for each dog as a pet, not as livestock. They view their dogs as family members, not just a means to an end. Of course this means less profits than traditional puppy mills, so most ethical breeders only keep a few dogs for breeding purposes. The pet business is part money maker and part adorable fun.

      This article has been edited and condensed.

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      Young Entrepreneurs: 14 Small Business Ideas for Teens and Kids #candle #making #business


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      14 Fun Business Ideas for Kids and Teens to Encourage Entrepreneurship

      Should you encourage your children to start a business? Are there good business ideas for teens and kids? With police routinely shutting down kids lemonade stands for being unlicensed businesses, you might wonder if they should just put their entrepreneurial urges on hold until they get older.

      But there are good reasons to let young people make some money on their own, and to let them start early. Billionaire CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Warren Buffett says :

      There was a study many years ago questioning how to predict business success later in life. The answer to the study wasthe age you started your first business impacted how successful you were later in life.Teaching kids sound financial habits at an early age gives all kids the opportunity to be successful when they are an adult. [emphasis added]

      Buffett s own childhood was full of investments and businesses. At age 11, he bought his first stock. By the age of 14, he used $1,200 he earned from paper routes to purchase 40 acres of land, which he then leased out to farmers. In high school, he and a friend bought a used pinball machine for $25 and set it up in a barber shop. They later put machines in other locations and eventually sold the business.

      Of course, your child doesn t have to be the next Warren Buffett to benefit from a small venture or two. Here are some of the best business ideas for kids.

      1. Dog Walking

      Busy people need help keeping their dogs fit, and this is a job most kids can handle and enjoy. Dog walkers charge either for a set fee or an hourly rate, and the kids can even expand their business to include dog washing and pet sitting .

      Kids can approach neighbors to offer their services (you may want to tag along if they’re young) or advertise their business online. Care.comsays their dog walkers average almost $10 per hour, and it s free to open a basic account. Care.com’s policy for teens requires adult-supervised accounts (parents receive email notifications of all activity), and the kids have to be at least 14 to sign up.

      2. Websites

      Many kids are more Internet savvy than their parents, so it makes sense to consider online businesses, including various types of websites. It costs very little to register a domain name and buy web hosting, and by relying on easy advertising revenue (like Google AdSense), kids don t even have to sell anything.

      For example, Forbes reports that Ashley Qualls started Whateverlife.com at age 14 as a personal portfolio with pictures and graphics she created. Later, she added tutorials on creating graphics and other content for teens. Before long she needed a dedicated server, and she added Google AdSense to the site to monetize the traffic.

      Now, her website brings in as much as $70,000 a month, according to Fast Company. Qualls bought a $250,000 home with her profits while still a teenager, and turned down a $1.5 million offer for her business.

      3. Paper Routes

      Paper routes helped Warren Buffett get his start in business, and although most newspapers now rely on adults with cars for delivery, there are still a few places where kids deliver papers on foot or by bicycle. In Carroll, Iowa, for example, The Daily Times Herald still has 80% of its papers delivered by kids aged 9 to 17, according to NPR .

      One of the best things about modern paper delivery is that the kids no longer have to knock on doors to collect for subscriptions that s all done by credit card billing.

      4. Crafts and Jewelry

      If your kids are creatively inclined, they can make crafts and jewelry to sell online. There s no need to set up a website for this. Platforms like Etsy provide a great way to keep it simple. Vendors pay 20 cents to list a product and then a commission of 3.5% on each sale. The policy for kids is that the Etsy Shop must be managed by a parent or legal guardian.

      How much could your child earn on Etsy? By the time he was 11 years old, Mo Bridges had brought in more than $30,000 selling bow ties through his Etsy shop.

      Other Businesses for Kids

      Don t underestimate the potential for big success from small starts. Fraser Doherty started making and selling jam from home at age 14 and before long had over $1 million in annual sales. At age 10, Juliette Brindak drew pictures of Cool Girls, and, at age 16, used those characters to launch a social networking site called Miss O and Friends . The site is valued at $15 million today.

      The types of businesses started by some kids might surprise you too. Who would have thought that BizChair.com. started by Sean Belnicks at age 14, would be selling $24 million in office chairs by the time its founder was 20? Or that 17-year-old Nick D’Aloisio would sell his news-aggregator app, called Summly, for $30 million?

      Any kind of business activity teaches kids valuable lessons. As a child, Tyler Dikman had lemonade stands, mowed lawns and did magic shows. He parlayed that business experience into launching CoolTronics. a comprehensive computer sales and service solution, when he was just 15. The company went on to make millions of dollars.

      What else can kids or teens do to make money? Here are a few more possibilities:

      1. Help companies with social media marketing
      2. Babysit
      3. Help seniors set up and use computers
      4. Wash cars
      5. Do garden maintenance
      6. Have garage sales
      7. Make greeting cards
      8. Recycle soda cans
      9. Tutor younger kids
      10. Shovel snow

      Your Turn: Do you encourage your children s entrepreneurial plans? What good business ideas could you add to the list?

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      10 greatest entrepreneurs of all time – Business – Small business #business #license


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      History s 10 greatest entrepreneurs

      By Philipp Harper

      Special to msnbc.com

      How many entrepreneurs have there been in the history of the world? Millions, certainly, probably even billions. These are the men and women who take capital — their own or somebody else’s — and use it to beget more capital. Some fail, some succeed, some excel.

      With so many candidates to choose from, any list of the 10 greatest entrepreneurs of all time will necessarily be somewhat arbitrary. It will also be top-heavy with Americans, just as a list of great chefs would be disproportionately French or of great eccentrics dominated by the British.

      Business is what America does. If that sounds chauvinistic, get over it.

      Here, without further ado but with tongue occasionally in cheek, are history’s 10 greatest entrepreneurs.

      1.King Croesus. A pick by our veterans committee, Croesus, who ruled the Asia Minor kingdom of Lydia in the sixth century B.C. is owed a huge debt of gratitude for minting the world’s first coinage, thereby creating in a single stroke the lifeblood of every business: liquidity and cash flow. Moreover, his opulent lifestyle has given entrepreneurs throughout history something to shoot for. Is there a greater distinction for the commercially inclined than to be deemed “as rich as Croesus”?

      2.Pope Sixtus IV. Sixtus gets the nod for realizing that the “wages of sin” meant more than unpleasant repercussions. There was money to be made in damnation, and Sixtus mined it by opening up a new market — the dead — for the indulgences the church had been selling for years. Relatives of the deceased quickly filled the Vatican’s coffers with payments intended to lessen the time their loved ones spent in purgatory. In 1478 Sixtus “grew his market” by authorizing the Spanish Inquisition, which swelled purgatory’s ranks by 100,000 souls in 15 years. He also was the first pope to license brothels.

      3.Benjamin Franklin. In a real sense, Franklin was America’s first entrepreneur. Unlike other of the Founding Fathers — the hypermoral Washington, the prodigiously intellectual Jefferson — whose virtues and attainments are seen today as anachronisms, Franklin truly was a model of what many of us would become. Beneath the statesman’s mantle resided a popular author, a printer, an inventor (the lightning rod, bifocals) and a very savvy businessman who knew how to commercialize the fruits of his fertile mind.

      4. P.T. Barnum. Americans have always loved a good scam and Phineas Taylor Barnum took the art to new heights. He played on our fascination with the bizarre and freakish with sideshow acts ranging from the midget Tom Thumb to Jumbo the giant elephant. In between was a host of more dubious curiosities. He created the Barnum and Bailey Circus as a showcase for all this wonderment, and dubbed it “the Greatest Show on Earth.” Along the way he invented modern advertising and became rich. For the record, he never said “There’s a sucker born every five minutes,” but he left behind plenty of other bon mots. Among them: “Every crowd has a silver lining.”

      5.Thomas Edison. What do you say about the man who gave the world the electric light, the phonograph, talking motion pictures and more than 1,300 other patented inventions? That he was the world’s greatest inventor, certainly. But he was also able to exploit the profit potential in his creations, an entrepreneurial bent that asserted itself when Edison was a teen-ager, printing a newspaper in the baggage car of a rolling train and then selling copies to passengers. His impact on the way people live was and is pervasive. As a combination of inventive genius and entrepreneurial flair, he stands alone.

      6.Henry Ford. Ford also fundamentally changed human lifestyles by making available a vehicle, the Model T, that vastly extended people’s range of movement. The automobile would allow America’s masses to fulfill their Manifest Destiny to populate every corner of the continent. But his more profound impact was on industry. The moving assembly line he designed to build his cars was the signal breakthrough of the Industrial Age. Appropriately, Ford earned the seed capital for his enterprise by working as an engineer at the Edison Illuminating Company in Detroit.

      7.Benjamin Siegel. Known as “Bugsy” to his friends, Siegel was a notorious mobster with a touch of the visionary. Legend has it that he single-handedly invented Las Vegas, and that’s a stretch. But he was the first to see what the town could become: a lush oasis of pleasure where gambling was just one of the attractions. He also proved adept at attracting other people’s money to build his iconic resort, The Flamingo. Trouble was, some of those other people belonged to an outfit called Murder Inc. and Siegel was gunned down in 1947 amid rumors he had stolen from his partners. But give the devil his due: Before there was the Bellagio, there was Bugsy.

      8.Ray Kroc. Nothing says entrepreneur like persistence, and nothings says persistence like Ray Kroc, the kitchen wares salesman who in 1954, at age 52 and in poor health, had his imagination hijacked by a family-run restaurant in the desert outside Los Angeles. Once he had bought out the McDonald brothers, Kroc proceeded to take their concept of a limited menu, fast service and low prices and expand it nationally, in the process creating the fast-food industry and dramatically affecting America’s lifestyle and, sadly, collective health.

      9.H. Ross Perot. Within every entrepreneur lurks a touch of the cowboy, and there’s no better example of the strain than Perot, the diminutive Texan who has become best known in recent years as a political gadfly. Before that, though, he was all business, using a $1,000 loan from his wife in 1962 to launch Electronic Data Systems. Perot’s winning idea was that large corporations and organizations needed data-processing help if they were to take full advantage of computer technology. When in the mid-’60s he won contracts with two new federal health-care programs — Medicare and Medicaid — EDS was off and running and Perot was on his way to being one of America’s richest citizens.

      10.Jobs & Wozniak. Apple Computer’s two Steves weren’t the first Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to launch a billion-dollar business from a Palo Alto garage — Hewlett and Packard were there before them — but they were the first to democratize computing by creating a machine whose use was so wonderfully intuitive that even technophobes embraced it. Combine the elegance of Wozniak’s operating system design with Jobs’ marketing savvy (remember Apple’s “1984” ad?) and the result was a true phenomenon. Yes, the Apple was eclipsed by the PC, but only after Microsoft (behind the vision of two other notable entrepreneurs, Bill Gates and Paul Allen) developed Windows to ape its rival’s ease of use.

      Philipp Harper is a freelance journalist living in south Georgia.




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      The Top 10 Best Small Business Blogs for Entrepreneurs in 2015 #small #business #management


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      The Top 10 Best Small Business Blogs for Entrepreneurs in 2015

      As a small business owner myself, I know how important it is to stay up-to-date with the ever changing trends that the business world throws at us.

      Because I watch very little TV, and rely heavily on the internet for keeping up-to-date with the news, it s somewhat obvious that I d also use the online medium to learn, consume and also produce and market my own content. Bloggers (and increasingly, podcasters, as well as video producers and many are wearing all three hats!) have the ability to express themselves in somewhat ‘real time’, and in an evergreen way, by keeping their content fresh, and sharing their opinions with the world.

      However, in the world of business blogging there s a lot of noise. A lot of content marketers are gagging to get your attention, and with only so many minutes a day to devote to learning and consuming content (personally, I put aside around 30-45 minutes daily), you’ve got to be very strict with who’s content you make time for.

      This is the reason why I’ve put this list together. This collection are the best small business blogs I know of right now. My personal favorite / go-to people in the world of small business blogging and online business building. Individually they strike a chord with me enough to keep me coming back for more, together they act as an ever-growing encyclopaedia of business brilliance.

      Note: These blogs are listed in no particular order of preference, or influence.

      Chris Brogan s Blog

      Chris is the only repeat awardee on this list, from last year. I ve known this man for several years and he has continued to deliver quality, helpful, thoughtful and inspiring content to every business owner wise enough to tune into what he has to say. I m assuming (heavily!) that you re one of them!

      Must Read: Dear Podcaster Chris lays it down in true Brogan fashion. Letting podcasters know exactly how to approach expert guests, record with them and the importance of respecting their time. This SO needed to be said!

      Smart Passive Income

      It s no secret that Pat and I are very close friends. Known for being the crash test dummy of online business he s launched and grown several business, meaning you can learn what works and what doesn t, directly from watching him. We recently started a new partnership together, 1-Day Business Breakthrough. too!

      Must Read: And They Thought I was Stupid – In this post from early 2014 Pat reflects on his decision to starting podcasting and what it s done for his brand along with the 468 comments on the post itself!

      Gary Vaynerchuk s Blog

      In 2010 I picked up a copy of Crush It! by Gary and became an instant fan. Since then I ve had to chance to have him on the podcast twice, as well as hanging out in the US a little together. Ballsy, to the point and with a BS detector like I ve never seen before, he s an influencer in every imaginable way.

      Must Read: Cloud Dirt: How I Do Business – This is a fantastic short film that Gary and his team produced to explain how he feels about business today and why he doesn t focus on anything that won t bring him closer to his goals.

      Amy Porterfield s Blog

      I often refer to Amy as the Queen of Social Media . But, she has become so much more than that in recent years. Now focusing on everything from list building to product marketing, Amy is paving the way for other entrepreneurs in a crowded space that needs to hear it like it is. She s simply awesome.

      Must Read: 3 Strategies to Rapid List Building – I often say that the health and overall success of your online business is directly tied to your email list. This post (and podcast episode) is compulsory consumption for everyone!

      Entrepreneur on Fire

      Talk about taking the bull by the horns! John Lee Dumas hit the scene a couple years ago and hasn t looked back. In 2014, along with his partner in crime (and life!), Kate Erickson, he turned his podcasting empire into a thriving million dollar entity something rarely seen in the online infomarketing world.

      Must Read: 2014: The Year in Review – John and Kate (some would say the real boss at EOFire!) had a remarkable year. In this post they show you exactly how they did it, along with warts and all! Great annual review write-up.

      Copyblogger

      Copyblogger have long been a guiding light in the very dark tunnel that is content marketing . Brian Clark and his team are still leading the way, with decisions such as cutting comments from their blog, deleting their Facebook page and reinventing content publishing by developing the New Rainmaker platform.

      Must Read: Why Copyblogger is Killing its Facebook Page – With social media changing at a drastic pace, sometimes equally drastic decisions are required. Copyblogger shows you the facts behind this big decision.

      Convince Convert

      It s not one of the top ranked social media and content marketing websites on the internet for no reason! Jay Baer and his team consistently publish amazingly thought-provoking and inspiring entrepreneurial content. Whether it s a blog post, podcast, or an episode of JayToday TV subscribe now.

      Must Read: Can You Build a Content Marketing Super Brand – I said thought-provoking for a reason. This ll get ya thinking! A deep dive into Jay s mind as he discusses the in s and out s of developing your own super brand.

      Marie Forleo s Blog

      I do not know Marie. We ve not met, and other than a few brief social media exchanges, we ve never even spoken. But, boy, oh boy can this lady market the hell out of herself and everything she stands for. Want to build a personal brand? Watch what Marie does, rinse and repeat. She s simply awesome.

      Must Read: Can t Turn Off Your Bizself? 2 Quick Steps to Flip the Switch! – In this video (she vlogs, instead of blogs) Marie discusses the importance of switching off as an entrepreneur, and gives us a couple of great tips to get started.

      Duct Tape Marketing

      John Jantsch is an all-star, old school marketing player that has continued to deliver the marketing and sales goods over and over again. His team produce a blog that s a mix of his experience, coupled together with the new in s and out s of online marketing all thrown into one.

      Must Read: How to promote Every Piece of Content Your Create – I loved this birds-eye view of how John and his team cross promote their content archive. This shows you the power of on-going marketing for older content.

      Michael Hyatt s Blog

      When I think of Michael Hyatt, I think of a Leader s Leader . With over two decades of experience in the publishing world, he has since taken online entrepreneurship to a whole new level with his blog, podcast, products and membership communities. He s a one-man leadership, walking talking workshop!

      Must Read: Advice to First Time Authors – This is about as real as advice gets. It s short, sharp, to the point and timeless. Michael s take on everything from finding an agent to considering self publishing is must-read material.

      Don t Forget THIS Blog, Too!

      Along with these awesome bloggers, podcasters, online video producers and all-round content marketing rock stars, please don t forget to continue to tune into this blog and my podcast on a regular basis. I promise you lots of content to help you become the most productive and profitable entrepreneur possible.




      Young Entrepreneurs: 14 Small Business Ideas for Teens and Kids #business #website #builder


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      14 Fun Business Ideas for Kids and Teens to Encourage Entrepreneurship

      Should you encourage your children to start a business? Are there good business ideas for teens and kids? With police routinely shutting down kids lemonade stands for being unlicensed businesses, you might wonder if they should just put their entrepreneurial urges on hold until they get older.

      But there are good reasons to let young people make some money on their own, and to let them start early. Billionaire CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Warren Buffett says :

      There was a study many years ago questioning how to predict business success later in life. The answer to the study wasthe age you started your first business impacted how successful you were later in life.Teaching kids sound financial habits at an early age gives all kids the opportunity to be successful when they are an adult. [emphasis added]

      Buffett s own childhood was full of investments and businesses. At age 11, he bought his first stock. By the age of 14, he used $1,200 he earned from paper routes to purchase 40 acres of land, which he then leased out to farmers. In high school, he and a friend bought a used pinball machine for $25 and set it up in a barber shop. They later put machines in other locations and eventually sold the business.

      Of course, your child doesn t have to be the next Warren Buffett to benefit from a small venture or two. Here are some of the best business ideas for kids.

      1. Dog Walking

      Busy people need help keeping their dogs fit, and this is a job most kids can handle and enjoy. Dog walkers charge either for a set fee or an hourly rate, and the kids can even expand their business to include dog washing and pet sitting .

      Kids can approach neighbors to offer their services (you may want to tag along if they’re young) or advertise their business online. Care.comsays their dog walkers average almost $10 per hour, and it s free to open a basic account. Care.com’s policy for teens requires adult-supervised accounts (parents receive email notifications of all activity), and the kids have to be at least 14 to sign up.

      2. Websites

      Many kids are more Internet savvy than their parents, so it makes sense to consider online businesses, including various types of websites. It costs very little to register a domain name and buy web hosting, and by relying on easy advertising revenue (like Google AdSense), kids don t even have to sell anything.

      For example, Forbes reports that Ashley Qualls started Whateverlife.com at age 14 as a personal portfolio with pictures and graphics she created. Later, she added tutorials on creating graphics and other content for teens. Before long she needed a dedicated server, and she added Google AdSense to the site to monetize the traffic.

      Now, her website brings in as much as $70,000 a month, according to Fast Company. Qualls bought a $250,000 home with her profits while still a teenager, and turned down a $1.5 million offer for her business.

      3. Paper Routes

      Paper routes helped Warren Buffett get his start in business, and although most newspapers now rely on adults with cars for delivery, there are still a few places where kids deliver papers on foot or by bicycle. In Carroll, Iowa, for example, The Daily Times Herald still has 80% of its papers delivered by kids aged 9 to 17, according to NPR .

      One of the best things about modern paper delivery is that the kids no longer have to knock on doors to collect for subscriptions that s all done by credit card billing.

      4. Crafts and Jewelry

      If your kids are creatively inclined, they can make crafts and jewelry to sell online. There s no need to set up a website for this. Platforms like Etsy provide a great way to keep it simple. Vendors pay 20 cents to list a product and then a commission of 3.5% on each sale. The policy for kids is that the Etsy Shop must be managed by a parent or legal guardian.

      How much could your child earn on Etsy? By the time he was 11 years old, Mo Bridges had brought in more than $30,000 selling bow ties through his Etsy shop.

      Other Businesses for Kids

      Don t underestimate the potential for big success from small starts. Fraser Doherty started making and selling jam from home at age 14 and before long had over $1 million in annual sales. At age 10, Juliette Brindak drew pictures of Cool Girls, and, at age 16, used those characters to launch a social networking site called Miss O and Friends . The site is valued at $15 million today.

      The types of businesses started by some kids might surprise you too. Who would have thought that BizChair.com. started by Sean Belnicks at age 14, would be selling $24 million in office chairs by the time its founder was 20? Or that 17-year-old Nick D’Aloisio would sell his news-aggregator app, called Summly, for $30 million?

      Any kind of business activity teaches kids valuable lessons. As a child, Tyler Dikman had lemonade stands, mowed lawns and did magic shows. He parlayed that business experience into launching CoolTronics. a comprehensive computer sales and service solution, when he was just 15. The company went on to make millions of dollars.

      What else can kids or teens do to make money? Here are a few more possibilities:

      1. Help companies with social media marketing
      2. Babysit
      3. Help seniors set up and use computers
      4. Wash cars
      5. Do garden maintenance
      6. Have garage sales
      7. Make greeting cards
      8. Recycle soda cans
      9. Tutor younger kids
      10. Shovel snow

      Your Turn: Do you encourage your children s entrepreneurial plans? What good business ideas could you add to the list?

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      Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs: How to Find Your Business Idea #cheap #business #cards


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      Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs on How to Find Your Business Idea

      Credit: Dragon Images/Shutterstock

      Women may have once been pigeonholed into certain professions, but no longer are they simply expected to do gender-specific jobs. Female professionals are taking control of their careers in a way that works best for them, including when and how they start their own businesses.

      Everyone has to start a business that s meaningful to them; I think it s an old model to tell [women] to go into a specific field, said Carin Rockind. a happiness and life purpose expert. I think that s got us to where we are today. What you re passionate about is way more important. Women need to tap into what they re good at and what makes them feel great.

      American Express OPEN s 2016 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report found that 11.3 million U.S. businesses are currently owned by women, and an average of 1,072 new female-owned companies are being started every day. This number is growing five times faster than the national average for all businesses, meaning more women than ever are taking the leap into entrepreneurship. [See Related Story:Money and Connections Still Hurdles for Women Entrepreneurs]

      As to what kinds of businesses a female entrepreneur should start, businesswomen agree that the sky is the limit.

      I don t think there are any guidelines to the type of companies women should begin, said Cologne Trude, co-founder and creative director of Show Me Your Mumu. a boho-chic clothing line. Women s strengths are so diverse that opportunities are endless.

      I think women should get excited about what excites them, added Melinda Emerson. an author and business coach known as SmallBizLady on Twitter. There aren t [enough] women-centric businesses out there.

      Where to start

      Emerson suggests starting a business you know something about. When you re ready to begin the business you re most passionate about, consider your limitations.

      I have seen people quit really good jobs to start businesses they hate, Emerson said. There are fantasies of grandeur about running a business. It s really hard out there.

      If you have no savings, no money and bad credit, you should not start a business, Emerson said. She suggests saving 20 to 40 percent per paycheck before you quit your job to begin your business.

      Most important, Emerson emphasized the importance of doing your research. Make sure you know who your paying customer is.

      You always have to check and make sure your business model makes sense in an industry that s growing and not sinking, Emerson said. It needs to be relevant three to five years from now. You don t want [technological advances] taking your business.

      As you get your business off the ground, surround yourself with people who will help you succeed, whether it s through support or lending a hand to get the business started, said Cammy Miller, co-founder and creative director of Show Me Your Mumu.

      Being a leader doesn t mean you have all of the answers and the more open you are to learning from everyone around you, the more you can grow in your role, Miller said.

      One of the things that s been harder for me to learn is to bring other people with you, happiness expert Rockind added. It s very lonely to have your own business. There are so many important skills, and you can t be good at everything. ItꞋs OK to ask for help and collaborate with other people.

      Love what you do

      Building a business from the ground up is challenging no matter how you look at it. But, ultimately, you should love what you do.

      I always encourage female entrepreneurs to be strong and work hard at what they love. Starting and running a business is by no means easy, and there are going to be a lot of hardships and emotional setbacks, Trude said. As a female, running Mumu has been very stressful and emotional at times, but every tear has been worth it and I am stronger because of it.

      If Rockind had to go back in time to give herself advice, it would be to just do it.

      You have to put yourself out there, she said. Believe in yourself and your purpose.

      Shannon Gausepohl graduated from Rowan University in 2012 with a degree in journalism. She has worked at a newspaper and in the public relations field, and is currently a staff writer at Business News Daily. Shannon is a zealous bookworm, has her blue belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu, and loves her Blue Heeler mix, Tucker.

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    • 10 Green Business Ideas for Eco-Minded Entrepreneurs – Small Business Can #business #invoices


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      10 Green Business Ideas for Eco-Minded Entrepreneurs

      Are you considering to start your own business but are concerned about the impact it will have on the environment? Green businesses are ecofriendly, and they go beyond the regulations to show their commitment to sustainable development. You do not need any particularly brilliant new idea. What is more, most of the green businesses are alternatives of the standard businesses, but with a nature-conscious management and production processes. Check out the following green business ideas.

      1. Green Business Ideas Organic farming

      While businesses are going green, so are their customers. Everyone nowadays is switching to healthier lifestyle choices, and this particularly concerns the food they consume. The effect of this is that organically grown vegetables and fruits are highly sought, and this trend is sure to continue in the future. The market for these products is very developed, so you will have no trouble finding buyers. What do you need to start this business? A piece of land and love for outdoor work.

      2. Organic menu restaurant

      If you do not want your hands to get dirty, but still wish to take your piece of the pie in the ongoing healthy-eating trend, why not be on the other side of the transaction? Open a restaurant that would serve only organic meals, made from organic ingredients that you would be buying from organic farmers.

      3. Green construction

      Become a green contractor. Green construction simply means construction with eco-friendly materials and incorporation of energy saving systems, such as solar heating.

      4. Recycling pickup

      Recycling is also very popular these days. But no matter how determined people are to recycle, there is always the problem of what to do with bulk trash, like computers and house appliances, once you no longer need them. If you want to start a recycling pickup service, take a page out of the book of Sydney s rubbish removal services. for e-waste. It is a very lucrative business, yet in deficit.

      5. Green developer

      Develop applications that will help people help the earth. These can be simple guides to local green stores, or complex energy consumption calculators.

      6. Green consulting

      If you are familiar with green technologies and standards, you can easily become a consultant to other businesses on ecological issues. Help other people start a green business, or turn their current business into a more environmentally friendly one. This consulting can involve anything from efficient energy consumption to sustainable production. Get certified to gain more credibility among customers.

      7. Upcycle

      Furniture upcycling has quite a hipster vibe. Take any piece of old, unused furniture and repurpose it in an unusual and preferably unexpected way. All you need is some tools and a few original ideas. Once you clear your attic and basement of all the unused furniture, you will find that flea markets are a great place to find new ‘raw materials’.

      8. Green blogs

      If you like writing, and like to work from home, start a blog. But not just any kind of blog. Start a green blog that will promote green activities.

      9. Bicycle business

      Bicycles are the most eco-friendly means of transport there is. They emit no gas into the atmosphere and so do not pollute the air. Buying and reselling bicycles has become a huge part of the green revolution. Consider participating in it. You can also open a small local bicycle café where you will sell drinks, while you are repairing your customers’ bicycles. Take tourists to bicycle sightseeing tours of your town, or your neighbourhood.

      10. Eco-cleaning

      Start a cleaning services company which will use your own natural house cleaning products. Make more money by selling these products to households and other cleaning service companies.

      What green business do you see yourself managing?

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      10 Cool Business Ideas For Newbie Entrepreneurs #business #tax


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      10 Cool Business Ideas For Newbie Entrepreneurs

      Photo: Liesha Petrovich ; Credit: Crystal Clear Photography, LLC

      Ready to take a chance this year? Maybe try something a little bit different?

      If your answer is yes, then it’s time to start that business you’ve always dreamed about. You don’t have to start big, or risk your life savings. You can start each of these businesses with a minimal investment, and many as a side hustle on the weekend .

      So, if you’re ready to have a little more fun (and income) this year, get inspired by one of these cool business ideas .

      1. Offline education.

      Online teaching is a booming business—$107 billion to be exact! That figure includes online universities, corporate training, webinars, and selling courses on platforms like Udemy and Ruzuku.

      There are also a ton of courses on how to create (and profit from) online courses! But the growth of online learning hasn’t stopped the need for offline, local independent teachers.

      If you have a talent and developed skill, why not teach it to an offline audience? Adult education, after-school programs, day-cares, community centers, and even churches need interesting and valuable courses for their members.

      Here are a few examples: horseback riding. swimming, karate, dance, gymnastics, music, computers skills technology, golf, tennis, archery, business planning, accounting, home repair, cooking, meal planning, personal finance and so on.

      2. Sell your hobby.

      Combine your hobby with a business and you’ve got a recipe for success. Businesses like, How to Cook That. are part helpful blog and part online shop. Owner Ann Reardon shares helpful tips and tricks to make amazing desserts, but also sells interesting and fun how-to’s and templates.

      Using a simple widget from the e-commerce platform Selz. Ann can sell any recipe, guide or template from anywhere on her website. This can be a great niche business for anyone who wants to start an online business selling plans, guides, patterns or tutorials. You don’t even need your own website, as you can sell your digital download from your own Facebook account or Selz store.

      3. Lunch carts, food trucks and kiosks.

      Starting a restaurant is one of the riskiest and capital-intensive businesses out there. There is a ton of overhead, even for the smallest diner.

      On the other hand, starting a lunch truck, food cart or a kiosk has minimal startup costs. You still have to follow local regulations, but the investment is much smaller than a full-fledged restaurant.

      One of the best things about food trucks is the insanely wide variety of possibilities. From a marshmallow cart to cannolis, the portable food business is here to stay. Checkout Portland Maine’s Mami Food Truck, which specializes in Japanese street food.

      Photo: Mami s Food Truck; Source: Facebook

      4. Vending machine business.

      Who would have thought the vending machine industry is worth approximately $8 billion? While the location of the vending machine is the key to success, there are many different kinds of vending machines to consider, including drink, food, toys, gumballs, stickers, games, and even personal grooming machines.

      There are also variations of traditional vending machines, like those that only offer healthy vending choices and others that offer credit card payment options.

      If you’ve got an entrepreneurial bug and want to try something a little different, Healthy Vending offers a smart guide on how to start a vending machine business .

      5. Reiki therapist.

      Reiki therapists are at the intersection of new age and creative wellness businesses. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It’s not for everyone, but it can be a fun, interesting and rewarding business.

      You have to learn the practice and check the regulations in your area, but for those with a drive to help people, Reiki can be smart and rewarding business.

      6. Herbal farm stand.

      Shop local. It’s a mantra heard in every small community; and many offer farm stands year-round. There are many different niches to choose from including honey, jams, grass-fed meat, organic produce and fresh herbs.

      Photo: © dusk, YFS Magazine

      Beyond using herbs for cooking, consumers are now using herbs for medicinal purposes, candles and aromatherapy essences, baths and teas. If you have a green thumb and enough of a backyard for farming, consider starting a herb farm.

      It has a low startup cost and can be operated part-time. One enterprising farmer started his business using lavender that grew along his road, and sold lavender sachets. That’s about as low-cost as you can get!

      7.Freelancing.

      The term freelancer is actually an umbrella term for hundreds of different businesses. It’s anyone who is outsourced to do a job, and the benefit is the employer doesn’t have to pay benefits like insurance or 401k’s.

      If you have in-demand skills that can be outsourced, consider starting a freelance business. One of the best things about being a freelancer, is that you can offer your services at competitive prices.

      There is always a demand for business services such as: IT, human resources, accounting, PR, customer service, marketing and sales; Writing services: resumes, cover letters, ghostwriting, articles, editing and blog posts; and Miscellaneous services: wedding/event planner, graphic artist, photographer, and interior design.

      8. Aquarium maintenance.

      This business idea sounds crazy (i know) on the surface. But it’s actually a growing industry, and does great in the right market. You can cater to either homes or businesses, and you are responsible for all aspects of maintaining a healthy aquarium.

      Research the licensing regulations in your area. It s a unique business idea for anyone with a passion for fish and aquatic life.

      9. Bicycle maintenance and repair.

      It’s easy to assume that bike riding is for the young. But biking is actually skyrocketing, especially in city centers and local towns! Thanks to baby boomers, seniors now account for 22 percent of adult bikers. And where bikes are, bicycle repair isn’t that far behind.

      Plus, it’s the type of business that anyone can start in a home garage. For example, the Green Machine Bike Shop in Norway, Maine offers bike repair, but also created group rides in their area to promote their love of biking.

      10. Ethical dog breeder.

      The term puppy mill brings up horrific images of abused dogs. However, with so-called designer dogs fetching thousands per puppy, there is a growing need for ethical dog breeders.

      Photo: © bussardel, YFS Magazine

      Ethical breeders keep and care for each dog as a pet, not as livestock. They view their dogs as family members, not just a means to an end. Of course this means less profits than traditional puppy mills, so most ethical breeders only keep a few dogs for breeding purposes. The pet business is part money maker and part adorable fun.

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      10 greatest entrepreneurs of all time – Business – Small business #entrepreneur #ideas


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      History s 10 greatest entrepreneurs

      By Philipp Harper

      Special to msnbc.com

      How many entrepreneurs have there been in the history of the world? Millions, certainly, probably even billions. These are the men and women who take capital — their own or somebody else’s — and use it to beget more capital. Some fail, some succeed, some excel.

      With so many candidates to choose from, any list of the 10 greatest entrepreneurs of all time will necessarily be somewhat arbitrary. It will also be top-heavy with Americans, just as a list of great chefs would be disproportionately French or of great eccentrics dominated by the British.

      Business is what America does. If that sounds chauvinistic, get over it.

      Here, without further ado but with tongue occasionally in cheek, are history’s 10 greatest entrepreneurs.

      1.King Croesus. A pick by our veterans committee, Croesus, who ruled the Asia Minor kingdom of Lydia in the sixth century B.C. is owed a huge debt of gratitude for minting the world’s first coinage, thereby creating in a single stroke the lifeblood of every business: liquidity and cash flow. Moreover, his opulent lifestyle has given entrepreneurs throughout history something to shoot for. Is there a greater distinction for the commercially inclined than to be deemed “as rich as Croesus”?

      2.Pope Sixtus IV. Sixtus gets the nod for realizing that the “wages of sin” meant more than unpleasant repercussions. There was money to be made in damnation, and Sixtus mined it by opening up a new market — the dead — for the indulgences the church had been selling for years. Relatives of the deceased quickly filled the Vatican’s coffers with payments intended to lessen the time their loved ones spent in purgatory. In 1478 Sixtus “grew his market” by authorizing the Spanish Inquisition, which swelled purgatory’s ranks by 100,000 souls in 15 years. He also was the first pope to license brothels.

      3.Benjamin Franklin. In a real sense, Franklin was America’s first entrepreneur. Unlike other of the Founding Fathers — the hypermoral Washington, the prodigiously intellectual Jefferson — whose virtues and attainments are seen today as anachronisms, Franklin truly was a model of what many of us would become. Beneath the statesman’s mantle resided a popular author, a printer, an inventor (the lightning rod, bifocals) and a very savvy businessman who knew how to commercialize the fruits of his fertile mind.

      4. P.T. Barnum. Americans have always loved a good scam and Phineas Taylor Barnum took the art to new heights. He played on our fascination with the bizarre and freakish with sideshow acts ranging from the midget Tom Thumb to Jumbo the giant elephant. In between was a host of more dubious curiosities. He created the Barnum and Bailey Circus as a showcase for all this wonderment, and dubbed it “the Greatest Show on Earth.” Along the way he invented modern advertising and became rich. For the record, he never said “There’s a sucker born every five minutes,” but he left behind plenty of other bon mots. Among them: “Every crowd has a silver lining.”

      5.Thomas Edison. What do you say about the man who gave the world the electric light, the phonograph, talking motion pictures and more than 1,300 other patented inventions? That he was the world’s greatest inventor, certainly. But he was also able to exploit the profit potential in his creations, an entrepreneurial bent that asserted itself when Edison was a teen-ager, printing a newspaper in the baggage car of a rolling train and then selling copies to passengers. His impact on the way people live was and is pervasive. As a combination of inventive genius and entrepreneurial flair, he stands alone.

      6.Henry Ford. Ford also fundamentally changed human lifestyles by making available a vehicle, the Model T, that vastly extended people’s range of movement. The automobile would allow America’s masses to fulfill their Manifest Destiny to populate every corner of the continent. But his more profound impact was on industry. The moving assembly line he designed to build his cars was the signal breakthrough of the Industrial Age. Appropriately, Ford earned the seed capital for his enterprise by working as an engineer at the Edison Illuminating Company in Detroit.

      7.Benjamin Siegel. Known as “Bugsy” to his friends, Siegel was a notorious mobster with a touch of the visionary. Legend has it that he single-handedly invented Las Vegas, and that’s a stretch. But he was the first to see what the town could become: a lush oasis of pleasure where gambling was just one of the attractions. He also proved adept at attracting other people’s money to build his iconic resort, The Flamingo. Trouble was, some of those other people belonged to an outfit called Murder Inc. and Siegel was gunned down in 1947 amid rumors he had stolen from his partners. But give the devil his due: Before there was the Bellagio, there was Bugsy.

      8.Ray Kroc. Nothing says entrepreneur like persistence, and nothings says persistence like Ray Kroc, the kitchen wares salesman who in 1954, at age 52 and in poor health, had his imagination hijacked by a family-run restaurant in the desert outside Los Angeles. Once he had bought out the McDonald brothers, Kroc proceeded to take their concept of a limited menu, fast service and low prices and expand it nationally, in the process creating the fast-food industry and dramatically affecting America’s lifestyle and, sadly, collective health.

      9.H. Ross Perot. Within every entrepreneur lurks a touch of the cowboy, and there’s no better example of the strain than Perot, the diminutive Texan who has become best known in recent years as a political gadfly. Before that, though, he was all business, using a $1,000 loan from his wife in 1962 to launch Electronic Data Systems. Perot’s winning idea was that large corporations and organizations needed data-processing help if they were to take full advantage of computer technology. When in the mid-’60s he won contracts with two new federal health-care programs — Medicare and Medicaid — EDS was off and running and Perot was on his way to being one of America’s richest citizens.

      10.Jobs & Wozniak. Apple Computer’s two Steves weren’t the first Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to launch a billion-dollar business from a Palo Alto garage — Hewlett and Packard were there before them — but they were the first to democratize computing by creating a machine whose use was so wonderfully intuitive that even technophobes embraced it. Combine the elegance of Wozniak’s operating system design with Jobs’ marketing savvy (remember Apple’s “1984” ad?) and the result was a true phenomenon. Yes, the Apple was eclipsed by the PC, but only after Microsoft (behind the vision of two other notable entrepreneurs, Bill Gates and Paul Allen) developed Windows to ape its rival’s ease of use.

      Philipp Harper is a freelance journalist living in south Georgia.




      Facebook s Mark Zuckerberg says the most successful entrepreneurs share 3 traits #small #companies


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      Facebook s Mark Zuckerberg says the most successful entrepreneurs share 3 traits

      In a live Q A in Rome on Monday, Mark Zuckerberg was asked to name three traits of people who make it to the top.

      First and foremost, successful entrepreneurs have a specific vision , the Facebook co-founder and CEO said. They pinpoint the exact problem that they’re trying to solve.

      “If you want to build something great, you should focus on what the change is that you want to make in the world,” Zuckerberg said. “I see too many entrepreneurs who decide that they want to start a company before they actually know what it is that they want to build. To me, that seems backwards.”

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      Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

      Secondly, they surround themselves with other highly successful and motivated people.

      “No one does it alone,” Zuckerberg said. “When you look at most big things that get done in the world, they’re not done by one person, so you’re going to need to build a team.”

      To build the strongest team possible, look for people who excel in the areas where you’re weaker or less experienced. “You’re going to need people that have complementary skills,” he emphasized. “No matter how talented you are, there are just going to be things that you don’t bring to the table.”

      Finally, the entrepreneurs who make it big are persistent. “Nothing ever goes the way you want it to,” he said. “People talk about overnight success, and that’s not the way it works.”

      The ones who come out on top are the ones who refuse to give up despite the inevitable trials and tribulations they face throughout the process.

      Zuckerberg concluded: “The biggest things that have gotten done in the world tend to be done by people who primarily believe in a mission and are not trying to build a company; by teams, not by individuals; and by people who just don’t give up.”




      The Top 10 Best Small Business Blogs for Entrepreneurs in 2015 #business #degree #online


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      The Top 10 Best Small Business Blogs for Entrepreneurs in 2015

      As a small business owner myself, I know how important it is to stay up-to-date with the ever changing trends that the business world throws at us.

      Because I watch very little TV, and rely heavily on the internet for keeping up-to-date with the news, it s somewhat obvious that I d also use the online medium to learn, consume and also produce and market my own content. Bloggers (and increasingly, podcasters, as well as video producers and many are wearing all three hats!) have the ability to express themselves in somewhat ‘real time’, and in an evergreen way, by keeping their content fresh, and sharing their opinions with the world.

      However, in the world of business blogging there s a lot of noise. A lot of content marketers are gagging to get your attention, and with only so many minutes a day to devote to learning and consuming content (personally, I put aside around 30-45 minutes daily), you’ve got to be very strict with who’s content you make time for.

      This is the reason why I’ve put this list together. This collection are the best small business blogs I know of right now. My personal favorite / go-to people in the world of small business blogging and online business building. Individually they strike a chord with me enough to keep me coming back for more, together they act as an ever-growing encyclopaedia of business brilliance.

      Note: These blogs are listed in no particular order of preference, or influence.

      Chris Brogan s Blog

      Chris is the only repeat awardee on this list, from last year. I ve known this man for several years and he has continued to deliver quality, helpful, thoughtful and inspiring content to every business owner wise enough to tune into what he has to say. I m assuming (heavily!) that you re one of them!

      Must Read: Dear Podcaster Chris lays it down in true Brogan fashion. Letting podcasters know exactly how to approach expert guests, record with them and the importance of respecting their time. This SO needed to be said!

      Smart Passive Income

      It s no secret that Pat and I are very close friends. Known for being the crash test dummy of online business he s launched and grown several business, meaning you can learn what works and what doesn t, directly from watching him. We recently started a new partnership together, 1-Day Business Breakthrough. too!

      Must Read: And They Thought I was Stupid – In this post from early 2014 Pat reflects on his decision to starting podcasting and what it s done for his brand along with the 468 comments on the post itself!

      Gary Vaynerchuk s Blog

      In 2010 I picked up a copy of Crush It! by Gary and became an instant fan. Since then I ve had to chance to have him on the podcast twice, as well as hanging out in the US a little together. Ballsy, to the point and with a BS detector like I ve never seen before, he s an influencer in every imaginable way.

      Must Read: Cloud Dirt: How I Do Business – This is a fantastic short film that Gary and his team produced to explain how he feels about business today and why he doesn t focus on anything that won t bring him closer to his goals.

      Amy Porterfield s Blog

      I often refer to Amy as the Queen of Social Media . But, she has become so much more than that in recent years. Now focusing on everything from list building to product marketing, Amy is paving the way for other entrepreneurs in a crowded space that needs to hear it like it is. She s simply awesome.

      Must Read: 3 Strategies to Rapid List Building – I often say that the health and overall success of your online business is directly tied to your email list. This post (and podcast episode) is compulsory consumption for everyone!

      Entrepreneur on Fire

      Talk about taking the bull by the horns! John Lee Dumas hit the scene a couple years ago and hasn t looked back. In 2014, along with his partner in crime (and life!), Kate Erickson, he turned his podcasting empire into a thriving million dollar entity something rarely seen in the online infomarketing world.

      Must Read: 2014: The Year in Review – John and Kate (some would say the real boss at EOFire!) had a remarkable year. In this post they show you exactly how they did it, along with warts and all! Great annual review write-up.

      Copyblogger

      Copyblogger have long been a guiding light in the very dark tunnel that is content marketing . Brian Clark and his team are still leading the way, with decisions such as cutting comments from their blog, deleting their Facebook page and reinventing content publishing by developing the New Rainmaker platform.

      Must Read: Why Copyblogger is Killing its Facebook Page – With social media changing at a drastic pace, sometimes equally drastic decisions are required. Copyblogger shows you the facts behind this big decision.

      Convince Convert

      It s not one of the top ranked social media and content marketing websites on the internet for no reason! Jay Baer and his team consistently publish amazingly thought-provoking and inspiring entrepreneurial content. Whether it s a blog post, podcast, or an episode of JayToday TV subscribe now.

      Must Read: Can You Build a Content Marketing Super Brand – I said thought-provoking for a reason. This ll get ya thinking! A deep dive into Jay s mind as he discusses the in s and out s of developing your own super brand.

      Marie Forleo s Blog

      I do not know Marie. We ve not met, and other than a few brief social media exchanges, we ve never even spoken. But, boy, oh boy can this lady market the hell out of herself and everything she stands for. Want to build a personal brand? Watch what Marie does, rinse and repeat. She s simply awesome.

      Must Read: Can t Turn Off Your Bizself? 2 Quick Steps to Flip the Switch! – In this video (she vlogs, instead of blogs) Marie discusses the importance of switching off as an entrepreneur, and gives us a couple of great tips to get started.

      Duct Tape Marketing

      John Jantsch is an all-star, old school marketing player that has continued to deliver the marketing and sales goods over and over again. His team produce a blog that s a mix of his experience, coupled together with the new in s and out s of online marketing all thrown into one.

      Must Read: How to promote Every Piece of Content Your Create – I loved this birds-eye view of how John and his team cross promote their content archive. This shows you the power of on-going marketing for older content.

      Michael Hyatt s Blog

      When I think of Michael Hyatt, I think of a Leader s Leader . With over two decades of experience in the publishing world, he has since taken online entrepreneurship to a whole new level with his blog, podcast, products and membership communities. He s a one-man leadership, walking talking workshop!

      Must Read: Advice to First Time Authors – This is about as real as advice gets. It s short, sharp, to the point and timeless. Michael s take on everything from finding an agent to considering self publishing is must-read material.

      Don t Forget THIS Blog, Too!

      Along with these awesome bloggers, podcasters, online video producers and all-round content marketing rock stars, please don t forget to continue to tune into this blog and my podcast on a regular basis. I promise you lots of content to help you become the most productive and profitable entrepreneur possible.




      Young entrepreneurs: Starting a business advice and business ideas #business #cards #designs


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      Young entrepreneurs

      The young entrepreneur stories featured in this section show that you do not necessarily need years of experience to start a profitable business. Read the incredible accounts of teenage entrepreneurs such as David Carter, founder of The App Factory, and Bigger Feet creator Oliver Bridges and see how they achieved massive success at such a young age

      Key topics

      At 18, Jordan Daykin became the youngest entrepreneur to land investment in the Den. Today, his global DIY fixing business is said to be worth £14m.

      Shining a spotlight on the UK’s brightest founders aged 25 and under, Startups reveals the business owners set for entrepreneurial stardom this year

      The 25-year-old bringing a fresh, tech focused approach to digital marketing

      The impressive female entrepreneur swapped reality TV for enterprise, creating a cult jewellery brand loved by A-list celebrities and the royal family

      Determined to help people discover great things to try in London and beyond, 25 year-old Malin has built a website with thousands of daily readers…

      The 21 year-old creating slip-on shoes worn by the likes of Tinie Tempah and Ryan Reynolds

      The 17 year-old entrepreneur who’s built an online media empire from his bedroom

      The 21-year-old on a mission to change the world through entrepreneurship by nurturing the next generation of business leaders

      The 24-year-old founder of a personalised handwritten communication business on a mission to create employment for millions around the world

      The brains behind a social media business which can make anything the number one trending topic on Twitter within 30 minutes.

      The venture-backed duo helping teams, groups and charities raise money by connecting them to major brands

      From a teenage eBay business to his current ‘on-demand selling service’, meet the serial business owner aged 24 with an eye for lucrative opportunities

      Latest on Startups

      To celebrate 10 years of its Business IP Centre, on September 27 the Library is holding a free day of workshops from the likes of Julie Deane OBE.

      A professional musician who’s preformed alongside the likes of Lana del Ray and Beyoncé – Katie Sayles talks about her new pre-school members’ club

      Research from the FSB suggests the introduction of the minimum £7.20-an-hour rate has led many small firms to increase prices and reduce staff hours

      App which operates via Bluetooth connected handleba device backed by TrueStart, Seedrs, and mayor’s London Co-Investment Fund

      Purple Cow ” rel=”bookmark”>The business book you need to read this month: Purple Cow

      With a focus on ‘transforming your business by being remarkable’, entrepreneur Daniel Keighron-Foster advocates Seth Godin’s seminal book

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      10 Cool Business Ideas For Newbie Entrepreneurs #business #games


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      10 Cool Business Ideas For Newbie Entrepreneurs

      Photo: Liesha Petrovich ; Credit: Crystal Clear Photography, LLC

      Ready to take a chance this year? Maybe try something a little bit different?

      If your answer is yes, then it’s time to start that business you’ve always dreamed about. You don’t have to start big, or risk your life savings. You can start each of these businesses with a minimal investment, and many as a side hustle on the weekend .

      So, if you’re ready to have a little more fun (and income) this year, get inspired by one of these cool business ideas .

      1. Offline education.

      Online teaching is a booming business—$107 billion to be exact! That figure includes online universities, corporate training, webinars, and selling courses on platforms like Udemy and Ruzuku.

      There are also a ton of courses on how to create (and profit from) online courses! But the growth of online learning hasn’t stopped the need for offline, local independent teachers.

      If you have a talent and developed skill, why not teach it to an offline audience? Adult education, after-school programs, day-cares, community centers, and even churches need interesting and valuable courses for their members.

      Here are a few examples: horseback riding. swimming, karate, dance, gymnastics, music, computers skills technology, golf, tennis, archery, business planning, accounting, home repair, cooking, meal planning, personal finance and so on.

      2. Sell your hobby.

      Combine your hobby with a business and you’ve got a recipe for success. Businesses like, How to Cook That. are part helpful blog and part online shop. Owner Ann Reardon shares helpful tips and tricks to make amazing desserts, but also sells interesting and fun how-to’s and templates.

      Using a simple widget from the e-commerce platform Selz. Ann can sell any recipe, guide or template from anywhere on her website. This can be a great niche business for anyone who wants to start an online business selling plans, guides, patterns or tutorials. You don’t even need your own website, as you can sell your digital download from your own Facebook account or Selz store.

      3. Lunch carts, food trucks and kiosks.

      Starting a restaurant is one of the riskiest and capital-intensive businesses out there. There is a ton of overhead, even for the smallest diner.

      On the other hand, starting a lunch truck, food cart or a kiosk has minimal startup costs. You still have to follow local regulations, but the investment is much smaller than a full-fledged restaurant.

      One of the best things about food trucks is the insanely wide variety of possibilities. From a marshmallow cart to cannolis, the portable food business is here to stay. Checkout Portland Maine’s Mami Food Truck, which specializes in Japanese street food.

      Photo: Mami s Food Truck; Source: Facebook

      4. Vending machine business.

      Who would have thought the vending machine industry is worth approximately $8 billion? While the location of the vending machine is the key to success, there are many different kinds of vending machines to consider, including drink, food, toys, gumballs, stickers, games, and even personal grooming machines.

      There are also variations of traditional vending machines, like those that only offer healthy vending choices and others that offer credit card payment options.

      If you’ve got an entrepreneurial bug and want to try something a little different, Healthy Vending offers a smart guide on how to start a vending machine business .

      5. Reiki therapist.

      Reiki therapists are at the intersection of new age and creative wellness businesses. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It’s not for everyone, but it can be a fun, interesting and rewarding business.

      You have to learn the practice and check the regulations in your area, but for those with a drive to help people, Reiki can be smart and rewarding business.

      6. Herbal farm stand.

      Shop local. It’s a mantra heard in every small community; and many offer farm stands year-round. There are many different niches to choose from including honey, jams, grass-fed meat, organic produce and fresh herbs.

      Photo: © dusk, YFS Magazine

      Beyond using herbs for cooking, consumers are now using herbs for medicinal purposes, candles and aromatherapy essences, baths and teas. If you have a green thumb and enough of a backyard for farming, consider starting a herb farm.

      It has a low startup cost and can be operated part-time. One enterprising farmer started his business using lavender that grew along his road, and sold lavender sachets. That’s about as low-cost as you can get!

      7.Freelancing.

      The term freelancer is actually an umbrella term for hundreds of different businesses. It’s anyone who is outsourced to do a job, and the benefit is the employer doesn’t have to pay benefits like insurance or 401k’s.

      If you have in-demand skills that can be outsourced, consider starting a freelance business. One of the best things about being a freelancer, is that you can offer your services at competitive prices.

      There is always a demand for business services such as: IT, human resources, accounting, PR, customer service, marketing and sales; Writing services: resumes, cover letters, ghostwriting, articles, editing and blog posts; and Miscellaneous services: wedding/event planner, graphic artist, photographer, and interior design.

      8. Aquarium maintenance.

      This business idea sounds crazy (i know) on the surface. But it’s actually a growing industry, and does great in the right market. You can cater to either homes or businesses, and you are responsible for all aspects of maintaining a healthy aquarium.

      Research the licensing regulations in your area. It s a unique business idea for anyone with a passion for fish and aquatic life.

      9. Bicycle maintenance and repair.

      It’s easy to assume that bike riding is for the young. But biking is actually skyrocketing, especially in city centers and local towns! Thanks to baby boomers, seniors now account for 22 percent of adult bikers. And where bikes are, bicycle repair isn’t that far behind.

      Plus, it’s the type of business that anyone can start in a home garage. For example, the Green Machine Bike Shop in Norway, Maine offers bike repair, but also created group rides in their area to promote their love of biking.

      10. Ethical dog breeder.

      The term puppy mill brings up horrific images of abused dogs. However, with so-called designer dogs fetching thousands per puppy, there is a growing need for ethical dog breeders.

      Photo: © bussardel, YFS Magazine

      Ethical breeders keep and care for each dog as a pet, not as livestock. They view their dogs as family members, not just a means to an end. Of course this means less profits than traditional puppy mills, so most ethical breeders only keep a few dogs for breeding purposes. The pet business is part money maker and part adorable fun.

      This article has been edited and condensed.

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      21 tips from small businesses that are killing it

      STARTING a small business is a dream for many Australians, but it can be daunting.

      Here, entrepreneurs who are killing it in a range of industries share their best piece of advice for making your company a success.

      1. Deliver a consistent customer experience.

      Damian Cerini, owner of cycling tour business Tour de Vines, says you need your business to almost run itselfbefore you look at growth. The thing about working for an employer is that the business model is already set, it s about the execution of the idea, whereas a new business is about testing the idea first and developing the systems.

      2. Add a personal touch.

      Angus Askew, co-director of commercial asset financing company Magnolia Lane Financial Services, says: In our industry like most service industries everyone is essentially selling the same thing, you ve just got to do it better. Our number one goal when dealing with a new client is to establish a relationship and make them feel special. Make sure you are remembered. We make it our priority to see all of our customers face to face. Create a rapport as this is what will result in repeat business and an income stream for life.

      3. Leverage social media.

      A strong marketing strategy is essential in every industry, says Anthony Kittel, director of manufacturing firm REDARC. That means social networking on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or all of the above. Our brand is everything, so whatever we can do to promote that brand and consumer awareness is critical.

      Author and Flying Solo editor Kelly Exeter says a less frantic life made her more productive.

      4. Write your own business bible.

      Matthew White, whose firm Ergoflex sells memory foam mattresses, says the volume of information available can be overwhelming. He recommends writing ideas and tips in a notebook or tablet as they come up. It has helped me make some major decisions, and also saved me hours of searching for something I ve read somewhere.

      5. Focus on your specialty.

      In the first few years, there can be a lot of pressure to diversify your offering, says Paris Cutler, director of cake decorating company Planet Cake. Stick to what you do best and do it better and with more focus than anyone else.

      6. Outsource the things you don t do.

      Resist the temptation to chase work outside your offering, and use a specialist to fill in any gaps, says Rhys Roberts from accountancy firm Viridity. I outsource my HR, my IT, much of my marketing and more. The time you free up you can spend doing what you are good at.

      7. Aim high and be persistent.

      Determination is one of the vital qualities needed when you start on the long road of setting up a small business. Rochelle Miller, co-founder of fashion retailer Another Love, says: Believe in yourself and your strengths. Don t take no for an answer. There will be bumps along the way, but everything has a solution or another option.

      Consultant Andrew Griffiths thinks about ways to improve his business each day.

      8. Embrace a life less frantic.

      Kelly Exeter, author and editor of small business community Flying Solo says it s all about finding the right balance for you. I am learning that I don t just need physical space to thrive, I need mental space too.

      9. Follow your own path.

      Designer and illustrator Beci Orpin says she s not naturally business-minded, but has always worked really hard and built up a strong folio of work. My business is all about me: my style and what I create, so an important part of developing that was staying true to myself not worrying about what other people were doing.

      10. Take time out to think about how to improve.

      Use your best hour in the day to consider ways of moving forward, advises Andrew Griffiths, a small business author and consultant. He does this first thing every morning. Then, each Friday, I find a quiet place and ask myself a question: How is my business better this week than it was last week?

      11. Harness your keystone habits .

      Entrepreneur and blogger James Clear says we should find the one or two habits or routines that make everything else fall into place. Improving your lifestyle and becoming the type of person who has their act together isn t nearly as hard as you might think.

      Life coach Kathryn Hocking researches what competitors are doing.

      12. Practise mindfulness.

      Freelance journalist and editor Jodie Macleod says it increases productivity, reduces stress and improves memory and focus. Mindfulness is when you are aware of your thoughts, feelings, sensations, breath and everything occurring in the present moment, without attaching judgment to those observations.

      13. Every setback is a stepping stone to success.

      Lucinda Lions from branding agency Slogan Creator says it s important to stay positive wherever possible, and see feedback, not failure. I remind myself tomorrow is a brand new day, a new opportunity to think differently and make better choices.

      14. Hire from within your networks.

      When Sarah Wilson from I Quit Sugarbegan feeling overwhelmed with work, she decided to get an assistant. She put a call out to her community, knowing taking someone on would involve sacrifice. Five years later, they still have a successful working relationship. Start out small and then leave the invitation open for expansion.

      15. Keep it manageable.

      Kate James, start-up coach at Total Balance, says it s important to remember that it s not all about non-stop growth bigger isn t better if you ve stopped enjoying what you do. You need to define your own version of success. Mine is that I need to love my business.

      Sarah Wilson says you need to know when to ask for help. Source: Supplied

      16. Know when to work for free.

      Vanessa Emilio from Legal123, says sometimes working for free is worth it. Free doesn t mean offering an entire job or product for free. It could mean a free initial consultation, free component of a project or complimentary muffin with every coffee.

      17. Stay excited and believe in your business.

      SEO copywriter and consultant Kate Toon says start-ups should think about clients needs and possible issues and create rational responses to persuade them your business is the solution. Inject warmth, professionalism and even humour, where appropriate. Being human beats boring every time.

      18. Learn to say no.

      Recognise when a client has unrealistic expectations and nip it in the bud early, or consider referring them on, says author and media commentator Andrew Griffiths.

      Try a formal, structured response and keep returning to it. Try, Thank you for the opportunity, but we are so heavily committed we can t give your project the time and attention it needs.

      If you re on a tight marketing budget, think about how you can trigger word-of-mouth interest. Warren Harmer of The Business Plan Company mentions a small florist that did this brilliantly by 1) Offering quality; 2) Providing value; 3) Inspiring team members to love their job and clients and 4) Creating a physical environment that excited their market.

      20. Turn competition into inspiration.

      Life coach Kathryn Hocking suggests you research what competitors are doing to help identify what makes you unique. Your relationship doesn t have to be adversarial: they could be a mentor, partner or friend. Focus on your own purpose and connect with peers that have similar values and who inspire you to greater levels of success.

      21. Know when to take a dream detour .

      Sometimes it s hard to know whether to grab a fresh opportunity or stick to your path. Business mentor Lynda Bayada says you need to outsmart your head so you can listen to your heart. Give yourself space and trust yourself. And you ll find that s half the battle won.




      Small Business Bureau signs MoU with 12 groups to train entrepreneurs – Stabroek News #unsecured #business #loan


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      Small Business Bureau signs MoU with 12 groups to train entrepreneurs

      Twelve private training institutions have signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with the Small Business Bureau (SBB) to train entrepreneurs.

      GINA said this is being facilitated through the Micro and Small Enterprise Development programme (MSED).

      The MoU will allow these institutions to train young entrepreneurs, who have benefitted from cash grants and loans through the SBB, in managing their own small businesses, GINA added.

      Minister of Business and Tourism, Dominic Gaskin and his Permanent Secretary, Rajdai Jagernauth (GINA photo)

      The institutions which will facilitate the training are the Ruimveldt Life Improvement Centre, Generation Next, Roadside Baptist Church Skills Training Centre, Partners of the Americas, Kuru Kuru Co-operative College, Action Coach Guyana, Guyana School of Agriculture, EMPRETEC, Cerulean Inc, the Critchlow Labour College, Management Options and Interweave Solutions.

      Minister of Business and Tourism, Dominic Gaskin encouraged the trainers to utilise modern technologies which would make the training relevant to the contemporary business environment.

      GINA said that the MSED programme which began in 2013 has trained more than 1,000 young entrepreneurs who accessed small loans and grants through the SBB.

      Officer in Charge of the bureau, Gillian Edwards-Griffith said, “We have done to date 193 grants, $300,000 each, and in terms of loans with financial partners, we have three, of which two are active giving a total of 63 loans”.

      The MSED programme will be evaluated by an independent body to give the SBB a fair idea of the successes prior to the second phase of the training.

      Funding will be evenly disbursed among the training institutions, GINA added.

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      Huge rise in hack attacks as cyber-criminals target small businesses #business #essentials,guardian #small #business #network,business,small #business,work # # #careers,cybercrime,internet,entrepreneurs


      Huge rise in hack attacks as cyber-criminals target small businesses

      Huge rise in hack attacks as cyber-criminals target small businesses

      Hackers are ahead in the cyberwar – businesses need to wake up

      The company’s case is not an isolated one, and experts are warning that not only are small businesses now firmly in the crosshairs of cyber-criminals, they are fast becoming their favoured target – and are often woefully unprepared.

      “SMEs have not historically been the target of cybercrime but in 2015 something drastically changed,” says Toni Allen, UK head of client propositions at the British Standards Institute (BSI).

      “The latest Government Security Breaches Survey found that nearly three-quarters (74%) of small organisations reported a security breach in the last year; an increase on the 2013 and 2014 survey. SMEs are now being pinpointed by digital attackers.”

      According to the latest statistics released by cyber security firm Symantec. more than half (52.4%) of spear phishing attacks, carried out using fake emails – carried out in December last year were against SMEs, with November showing a massive spike.

      The issue of cyber security for small businesses is made even more pressing by new European regulations aimed at protecting customer data. The EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation will come into force in 2018 and could result in companies being fined up to €20m or 4% of their annual turnover, whichever is greater, for allowing any security breaches to compromise their customer data.

      Sarah Green, a cyber security expert and business manager for Cyber Security at Training 2000. says that one of the most dangerous phrases used by small businesses is: “It’ll never happen to us.”

      “Small businesses may feel that they aren’t likely to be a target due to their size and that hackers couldn’t possibly be interested in what they do – but in reality the exact opposite is true,” Green adds.

      “Hackers prey on the knowledge that small businesses tend to have lower defences than larger organisations, usually due to lack of financial and human resources. By their very nature, thriving small businesses are innovative and niche, which again is very attractive to the bad guys who may be interested in customer data and intellectual property and know exactly how to pick out the weak targets.”

      Stephen Ridley, acting head of technology, cyber and data for insurance company Hiscox UK and Ireland and a member of the Cyber Streetwise Forum, claims many SMEs still have much to do in order to protect themselves.

      “Many small businesses are starting to appreciate the potential severity of cyber-attacks. But many still have a long way to go in implementing good risk management,” he says.

      “SMEs are being viewed as a softer target by criminals, and are often a route to a ‘bigger prize’ if they are contracting with larger organisations, who may be harder to penetrate directly.”

      According to Ridley, firms can follow several simple steps to reduce cyber-risks. He suggests using secure passwords such as three random words, installing antivirus and malware software on all company devices, instigating regular software updates that contain vital security upgrades and educating staff on cyber-risks. Another way of helping to improve security is to subscribe to the government-backed Cyber Essentials scheme.

      Duncan Sutcliffe, who runs insurance firm Sutcliffe Co in Worcester, has recently taken part in the programme.

      “I was aware of the increasing threat to both our clients and our business from hackers and cybercrime, but I’m not a techie, so I didn’t really know what to do about it. I found out that around 80% of cyber breaches could be stopped by adopting some of the basics,” he says.

      Alex Fenton. a digital business expert and lecturer at Salford University, says there is no excuse for leaving your systems vulnerable. “We have seen some high-profile examples where companies have cut corners to save time and money.

      “Burying your head in the sand may save money in the short term, but the cost of hacking could range from minor inconvenience, reputation damage, loss of customer data, fines and ultimately company closure.”

      According to the Cyber Streetwise campaign, a cross-government initiative run by the Home Office, major cyber threats to SMEs include:

      • Ransomware – where a piece of malicious software, typically received via a phishing email, encrypts all of the data on the company’s network, with the perpetrators requesting a ransom (typically £500–£1,000) in order to provide the decryption key.

      • Hack attack – where a hacker manages to gain access to the company’s network, typically by exploiting an unpatched vulnerability within the software, allowing them access to the company data. The target will generally be personally identifiable information (PII) on a company’s customers, especially credit card information

      • Denial of Service attack – when a company’s website is overwhelmed by a volume of data pushed to its servers in a malicious manner. These attacks are increasingly easy and cheap to carry out, with some online tools costing as little as £25 per hour.

      • Human error – people are generally the weakest link in any security chain, and a vast number of data breaches are the result of information being lost, or distributed to the wrong person. Even the seemingly mundane can have far reaching consequences, particularly where sensitive PII is involved.

      • CEO fraud – where a criminal poses as a senior person within the firm, either by hacking or “spoofing” their email account, and convinces someone with financial authority to make a payment




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      The Top 10 Best Small Business Blogs for Entrepreneurs in 2015 #government #grants #for #small #businesses


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      The Top 10 Best Small Business Blogs for Entrepreneurs in 2015

      As a small business owner myself, I know how important it is to stay up-to-date with the ever changing trends that the business world throws at us.

      Because I watch very little TV, and rely heavily on the internet for keeping up-to-date with the news, it s somewhat obvious that I d also use the online medium to learn, consume and also produce and market my own content. Bloggers (and increasingly, podcasters, as well as video producers and many are wearing all three hats!) have the ability to express themselves in somewhat ‘real time’, and in an evergreen way, by keeping their content fresh, and sharing their opinions with the world.

      However, in the world of business blogging there s a lot of noise. A lot of content marketers are gagging to get your attention, and with only so many minutes a day to devote to learning and consuming content (personally, I put aside around 30-45 minutes daily), you’ve got to be very strict with who’s content you make time for.

      This is the reason why I’ve put this list together. This collection are the best small business blogs I know of right now. My personal favorite / go-to people in the world of small business blogging and online business building. Individually they strike a chord with me enough to keep me coming back for more, together they act as an ever-growing encyclopaedia of business brilliance.

      Note: These blogs are listed in no particular order of preference, or influence.

      Chris Brogan s Blog

      Chris is the only repeat awardee on this list, from last year. I ve known this man for several years and he has continued to deliver quality, helpful, thoughtful and inspiring content to every business owner wise enough to tune into what he has to say. I m assuming (heavily!) that you re one of them!

      Must Read: Dear Podcaster Chris lays it down in true Brogan fashion. Letting podcasters know exactly how to approach expert guests, record with them and the importance of respecting their time. This SO needed to be said!

      Smart Passive Income

      It s no secret that Pat and I are very close friends. Known for being the crash test dummy of online business he s launched and grown several business, meaning you can learn what works and what doesn t, directly from watching him. We recently started a new partnership together, 1-Day Business Breakthrough. too!

      Must Read: And They Thought I was Stupid – In this post from early 2014 Pat reflects on his decision to starting podcasting and what it s done for his brand along with the 468 comments on the post itself!

      Gary Vaynerchuk s Blog

      In 2010 I picked up a copy of Crush It! by Gary and became an instant fan. Since then I ve had to chance to have him on the podcast twice, as well as hanging out in the US a little together. Ballsy, to the point and with a BS detector like I ve never seen before, he s an influencer in every imaginable way.

      Must Read: Cloud Dirt: How I Do Business – This is a fantastic short film that Gary and his team produced to explain how he feels about business today and why he doesn t focus on anything that won t bring him closer to his goals.

      Amy Porterfield s Blog

      I often refer to Amy as the Queen of Social Media . But, she has become so much more than that in recent years. Now focusing on everything from list building to product marketing, Amy is paving the way for other entrepreneurs in a crowded space that needs to hear it like it is. She s simply awesome.

      Must Read: 3 Strategies to Rapid List Building – I often say that the health and overall success of your online business is directly tied to your email list. This post (and podcast episode) is compulsory consumption for everyone!

      Entrepreneur on Fire

      Talk about taking the bull by the horns! John Lee Dumas hit the scene a couple years ago and hasn t looked back. In 2014, along with his partner in crime (and life!), Kate Erickson, he turned his podcasting empire into a thriving million dollar entity something rarely seen in the online infomarketing world.

      Must Read: 2014: The Year in Review – John and Kate (some would say the real boss at EOFire!) had a remarkable year. In this post they show you exactly how they did it, along with warts and all! Great annual review write-up.

      Copyblogger

      Copyblogger have long been a guiding light in the very dark tunnel that is content marketing . Brian Clark and his team are still leading the way, with decisions such as cutting comments from their blog, deleting their Facebook page and reinventing content publishing by developing the New Rainmaker platform.

      Must Read: Why Copyblogger is Killing its Facebook Page – With social media changing at a drastic pace, sometimes equally drastic decisions are required. Copyblogger shows you the facts behind this big decision.

      Convince Convert

      It s not one of the top ranked social media and content marketing websites on the internet for no reason! Jay Baer and his team consistently publish amazingly thought-provoking and inspiring entrepreneurial content. Whether it s a blog post, podcast, or an episode of JayToday TV subscribe now.

      Must Read: Can You Build a Content Marketing Super Brand – I said thought-provoking for a reason. This ll get ya thinking! A deep dive into Jay s mind as he discusses the in s and out s of developing your own super brand.

      Marie Forleo s Blog

      I do not know Marie. We ve not met, and other than a few brief social media exchanges, we ve never even spoken. But, boy, oh boy can this lady market the hell out of herself and everything she stands for. Want to build a personal brand? Watch what Marie does, rinse and repeat. She s simply awesome.

      Must Read: Can t Turn Off Your Bizself? 2 Quick Steps to Flip the Switch! – In this video (she vlogs, instead of blogs) Marie discusses the importance of switching off as an entrepreneur, and gives us a couple of great tips to get started.

      Duct Tape Marketing

      John Jantsch is an all-star, old school marketing player that has continued to deliver the marketing and sales goods over and over again. His team produce a blog that s a mix of his experience, coupled together with the new in s and out s of online marketing all thrown into one.

      Must Read: How to promote Every Piece of Content Your Create – I loved this birds-eye view of how John and his team cross promote their content archive. This shows you the power of on-going marketing for older content.

      Michael Hyatt s Blog

      When I think of Michael Hyatt, I think of a Leader s Leader . With over two decades of experience in the publishing world, he has since taken online entrepreneurship to a whole new level with his blog, podcast, products and membership communities. He s a one-man leadership, walking talking workshop!

      Must Read: Advice to First Time Authors – This is about as real as advice gets. It s short, sharp, to the point and timeless. Michael s take on everything from finding an agent to considering self publishing is must-read material.

      Don t Forget THIS Blog, Too!

      Along with these awesome bloggers, podcasters, online video producers and all-round content marketing rock stars, please don t forget to continue to tune into this blog and my podcast on a regular basis. I promise you lots of content to help you become the most productive and profitable entrepreneur possible.




      10 Green Business Ideas for Eco-Minded Entrepreneurs – Small Business Can #business #loan #rate


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      10 Green Business Ideas for Eco-Minded Entrepreneurs

      Are you considering to start your own business but are concerned about the impact it will have on the environment? Green businesses are ecofriendly, and they go beyond the regulations to show their commitment to sustainable development. You do not need any particularly brilliant new idea. What is more, most of the green businesses are alternatives of the standard businesses, but with a nature-conscious management and production processes. Check out the following green business ideas.

      1. Green Business Ideas Organic farming

      While businesses are going green, so are their customers. Everyone nowadays is switching to healthier lifestyle choices, and this particularly concerns the food they consume. The effect of this is that organically grown vegetables and fruits are highly sought, and this trend is sure to continue in the future. The market for these products is very developed, so you will have no trouble finding buyers. What do you need to start this business? A piece of land and love for outdoor work.

      2. Organic menu restaurant

      If you do not want your hands to get dirty, but still wish to take your piece of the pie in the ongoing healthy-eating trend, why not be on the other side of the transaction? Open a restaurant that would serve only organic meals, made from organic ingredients that you would be buying from organic farmers.

      3. Green construction

      Become a green contractor. Green construction simply means construction with eco-friendly materials and incorporation of energy saving systems, such as solar heating.

      4. Recycling pickup

      Recycling is also very popular these days. But no matter how determined people are to recycle, there is always the problem of what to do with bulk trash, like computers and house appliances, once you no longer need them. If you want to start a recycling pickup service, take a page out of the book of Sydney s rubbish removal services. for e-waste. It is a very lucrative business, yet in deficit.

      5. Green developer

      Develop applications that will help people help the earth. These can be simple guides to local green stores, or complex energy consumption calculators.

      6. Green consulting

      If you are familiar with green technologies and standards, you can easily become a consultant to other businesses on ecological issues. Help other people start a green business, or turn their current business into a more environmentally friendly one. This consulting can involve anything from efficient energy consumption to sustainable production. Get certified to gain more credibility among customers.

      7. Upcycle

      Furniture upcycling has quite a hipster vibe. Take any piece of old, unused furniture and repurpose it in an unusual and preferably unexpected way. All you need is some tools and a few original ideas. Once you clear your attic and basement of all the unused furniture, you will find that flea markets are a great place to find new ‘raw materials’.

      8. Green blogs

      If you like writing, and like to work from home, start a blog. But not just any kind of blog. Start a green blog that will promote green activities.

      9. Bicycle business

      Bicycles are the most eco-friendly means of transport there is. They emit no gas into the atmosphere and so do not pollute the air. Buying and reselling bicycles has become a huge part of the green revolution. Consider participating in it. You can also open a small local bicycle café where you will sell drinks, while you are repairing your customers’ bicycles. Take tourists to bicycle sightseeing tours of your town, or your neighbourhood.

      10. Eco-cleaning

      Start a cleaning services company which will use your own natural house cleaning products. Make more money by selling these products to households and other cleaning service companies.

      What green business do you see yourself managing?

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      10 Cool Business Ideas For Newbie Entrepreneurs

      Photo: Liesha Petrovich ; Credit: Crystal Clear Photography, LLC

      Ready to take a chance this year? Maybe try something a little bit different?

      If your answer is yes, then it’s time to start that business you’ve always dreamed about. You don’t have to start big, or risk your life savings. You can start each of these businesses with a minimal investment, and many as a side hustle on the weekend .

      So, if you’re ready to have a little more fun (and income) this year, get inspired by one of these cool business ideas .

      1. Offline education.

      Online teaching is a booming business—$107 billion to be exact! That figure includes online universities, corporate training, webinars, and selling courses on platforms like Udemy and Ruzuku.

      There are also a ton of courses on how to create (and profit from) online courses! But the growth of online learning hasn’t stopped the need for offline, local independent teachers.

      If you have a talent and developed skill, why not teach it to an offline audience? Adult education, after-school programs, day-cares, community centers, and even churches need interesting and valuable courses for their members.

      Here are a few examples: horseback riding. swimming, karate, dance, gymnastics, music, computers skills technology, golf, tennis, archery, business planning, accounting, home repair, cooking, meal planning, personal finance and so on.

      2. Sell your hobby.

      Combine your hobby with a business and you’ve got a recipe for success. Businesses like, How to Cook That. are part helpful blog and part online shop. Owner Ann Reardon shares helpful tips and tricks to make amazing desserts, but also sells interesting and fun how-to’s and templates.

      Using a simple widget from the e-commerce platform Selz. Ann can sell any recipe, guide or template from anywhere on her website. This can be a great niche business for anyone who wants to start an online business selling plans, guides, patterns or tutorials. You don’t even need your own website, as you can sell your digital download from your own Facebook account or Selz store.

      3. Lunch carts, food trucks and kiosks.

      Starting a restaurant is one of the riskiest and capital-intensive businesses out there. There is a ton of overhead, even for the smallest diner.

      On the other hand, starting a lunch truck, food cart or a kiosk has minimal startup costs. You still have to follow local regulations, but the investment is much smaller than a full-fledged restaurant.

      One of the best things about food trucks is the insanely wide variety of possibilities. From a marshmallow cart to cannolis, the portable food business is here to stay. Checkout Portland Maine’s Mami Food Truck, which specializes in Japanese street food.

      Photo: Mami s Food Truck; Source: Facebook

      4. Vending machine business.

      Who would have thought the vending machine industry is worth approximately $8 billion? While the location of the vending machine is the key to success, there are many different kinds of vending machines to consider, including drink, food, toys, gumballs, stickers, games, and even personal grooming machines.

      There are also variations of traditional vending machines, like those that only offer healthy vending choices and others that offer credit card payment options.

      If you’ve got an entrepreneurial bug and want to try something a little different, Healthy Vending offers a smart guide on how to start a vending machine business .

      5. Reiki therapist.

      Reiki therapists are at the intersection of new age and creative wellness businesses. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It’s not for everyone, but it can be a fun, interesting and rewarding business.

      You have to learn the practice and check the regulations in your area, but for those with a drive to help people, Reiki can be smart and rewarding business.

      6. Herbal farm stand.

      Shop local. It’s a mantra heard in every small community; and many offer farm stands year-round. There are many different niches to choose from including honey, jams, grass-fed meat, organic produce and fresh herbs.

      Photo: © dusk, YFS Magazine

      Beyond using herbs for cooking, consumers are now using herbs for medicinal purposes, candles and aromatherapy essences, baths and teas. If you have a green thumb and enough of a backyard for farming, consider starting a herb farm.

      It has a low startup cost and can be operated part-time. One enterprising farmer started his business using lavender that grew along his road, and sold lavender sachets. That’s about as low-cost as you can get!

      7.Freelancing.

      The term freelancer is actually an umbrella term for hundreds of different businesses. It’s anyone who is outsourced to do a job, and the benefit is the employer doesn’t have to pay benefits like insurance or 401k’s.

      If you have in-demand skills that can be outsourced, consider starting a freelance business. One of the best things about being a freelancer, is that you can offer your services at competitive prices.

      There is always a demand for business services such as: IT, human resources, accounting, PR, customer service, marketing and sales; Writing services: resumes, cover letters, ghostwriting, articles, editing and blog posts; and Miscellaneous services: wedding/event planner, graphic artist, photographer, and interior design.

      8. Aquarium maintenance.

      This business idea sounds crazy (i know) on the surface. But it’s actually a growing industry, and does great in the right market. You can cater to either homes or businesses, and you are responsible for all aspects of maintaining a healthy aquarium.

      Research the licensing regulations in your area. It s a unique business idea for anyone with a passion for fish and aquatic life.

      9. Bicycle maintenance and repair.

      It’s easy to assume that bike riding is for the young. But biking is actually skyrocketing, especially in city centers and local towns! Thanks to baby boomers, seniors now account for 22 percent of adult bikers. And where bikes are, bicycle repair isn’t that far behind.

      Plus, it’s the type of business that anyone can start in a home garage. For example, the Green Machine Bike Shop in Norway, Maine offers bike repair, but also created group rides in their area to promote their love of biking.

      10. Ethical dog breeder.

      The term puppy mill brings up horrific images of abused dogs. However, with so-called designer dogs fetching thousands per puppy, there is a growing need for ethical dog breeders.

      Photo: © bussardel, YFS Magazine

      Ethical breeders keep and care for each dog as a pet, not as livestock. They view their dogs as family members, not just a means to an end. Of course this means less profits than traditional puppy mills, so most ethical breeders only keep a few dogs for breeding purposes. The pet business is part money maker and part adorable fun.

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      14 Fun Business Ideas for Kids and Teens to Encourage Entrepreneurship

      Should you encourage your children to start a business? Are there good business ideas for teens and kids? With police routinely shutting down kids lemonade stands for being unlicensed businesses, you might wonder if they should just put their entrepreneurial urges on hold until they get older.

      But there are good reasons to let young people make some money on their own, and to let them start early. Billionaire CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Warren Buffett says :

      There was a study many years ago questioning how to predict business success later in life. The answer to the study wasthe age you started your first business impacted how successful you were later in life.Teaching kids sound financial habits at an early age gives all kids the opportunity to be successful when they are an adult. [emphasis added]

      Buffett s own childhood was full of investments and businesses. At age 11, he bought his first stock. By the age of 14, he used $1,200 he earned from paper routes to purchase 40 acres of land, which he then leased out to farmers. In high school, he and a friend bought a used pinball machine for $25 and set it up in a barber shop. They later put machines in other locations and eventually sold the business.

      Of course, your child doesn t have to be the next Warren Buffett to benefit from a small venture or two. Here are some of the best business ideas for kids.

      1. Dog Walking

      Busy people need help keeping their dogs fit, and this is a job most kids can handle and enjoy. Dog walkers charge either for a set fee or an hourly rate, and the kids can even expand their business to include dog washing and pet sitting .

      Kids can approach neighbors to offer their services (you may want to tag along if they’re young) or advertise their business online. Care.comsays their dog walkers average almost $10 per hour, and it s free to open a basic account. Care.com’s policy for teens requires adult-supervised accounts (parents receive email notifications of all activity), and the kids have to be at least 14 to sign up.

      2. Websites

      Many kids are more Internet savvy than their parents, so it makes sense to consider online businesses, including various types of websites. It costs very little to register a domain name and buy web hosting, and by relying on easy advertising revenue (like Google AdSense), kids don t even have to sell anything.

      For example, Forbes reports that Ashley Qualls started Whateverlife.com at age 14 as a personal portfolio with pictures and graphics she created. Later, she added tutorials on creating graphics and other content for teens. Before long she needed a dedicated server, and she added Google AdSense to the site to monetize the traffic.

      Now, her website brings in as much as $70,000 a month, according to Fast Company. Qualls bought a $250,000 home with her profits while still a teenager, and turned down a $1.5 million offer for her business.

      3. Paper Routes

      Paper routes helped Warren Buffett get his start in business, and although most newspapers now rely on adults with cars for delivery, there are still a few places where kids deliver papers on foot or by bicycle. In Carroll, Iowa, for example, The Daily Times Herald still has 80% of its papers delivered by kids aged 9 to 17, according to NPR .

      One of the best things about modern paper delivery is that the kids no longer have to knock on doors to collect for subscriptions that s all done by credit card billing.

      4. Crafts and Jewelry

      If your kids are creatively inclined, they can make crafts and jewelry to sell online. There s no need to set up a website for this. Platforms like Etsy provide a great way to keep it simple. Vendors pay 20 cents to list a product and then a commission of 3.5% on each sale. The policy for kids is that the Etsy Shop must be managed by a parent or legal guardian.

      How much could your child earn on Etsy? By the time he was 11 years old, Mo Bridges had brought in more than $30,000 selling bow ties through his Etsy shop.

      Other Businesses for Kids

      Don t underestimate the potential for big success from small starts. Fraser Doherty started making and selling jam from home at age 14 and before long had over $1 million in annual sales. At age 10, Juliette Brindak drew pictures of Cool Girls, and, at age 16, used those characters to launch a social networking site called Miss O and Friends . The site is valued at $15 million today.

      The types of businesses started by some kids might surprise you too. Who would have thought that BizChair.com. started by Sean Belnicks at age 14, would be selling $24 million in office chairs by the time its founder was 20? Or that 17-year-old Nick D’Aloisio would sell his news-aggregator app, called Summly, for $30 million?

      Any kind of business activity teaches kids valuable lessons. As a child, Tyler Dikman had lemonade stands, mowed lawns and did magic shows. He parlayed that business experience into launching CoolTronics. a comprehensive computer sales and service solution, when he was just 15. The company went on to make millions of dollars.

      What else can kids or teens do to make money? Here are a few more possibilities:

      1. Help companies with social media marketing
      2. Babysit
      3. Help seniors set up and use computers
      4. Wash cars
      5. Do garden maintenance
      6. Have garage sales
      7. Make greeting cards
      8. Recycle soda cans
      9. Tutor younger kids
      10. Shovel snow

      Your Turn: Do you encourage your children s entrepreneurial plans? What good business ideas could you add to the list?

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      11 Most Profitable Agricultural Business Ideas for Young Entrepreneurs – Insider Monkey #simple #business #ideas


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      If you are looking to for opportunities in the agriculture industry, the most profitable agricultural business ideas for young entrepreneurs are some of the best options to choose from! Traditional agriculture might not sound too appealing to the youngsters of today, but the modern agriculture has diversified into many areas which make for lucrative avenues that just might be their thing. And, contrary to popular belief agriculture is one of the most remunerative business which can also be a glamorous one.

      For starters the investment costs are generally low, and the payouts are decent. While, with organic farming coming into vogue, the opportunities have grown manifold. Agriculture might actually prove to be a way of life, away from the cut-throat competition and stressful corporate life, for the driven young Turks who aren t afraid to tread the offbeat path.

      The enterprising individuals who are not quite the outdoor kind to get down to farming and agriculture might opt for the 5 Most Profitable Online Businesses You Can Start Today. However, an agriculture business does not necessarily mean you have to get down to actual farming. Some of the suggestions and ideas we have for you can well be undertaken indoors and relate to the allied areas of agriculture. Most of them can also be undertaken with little or no training. Just some DIY guides and a keen interest can get you started. And, they might actually prove to be great avocations along with vocations.

      Intrigued? Here, check out the list of the most profitable agricultural business ideas for young entrepreneurs!




      Britain s Top 100 entrepreneurs #business #financing #options


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      Britain’s Top 100 Entrepreneurs 2015

      This year’s top spot on our list goes to Simon and Bobby Arora, who’ve built their bargain homewares chain B M into a billion pound success story. They are joined by entrepreneurs in everything from aviation and drinks to soft toys and software.

      If Britain is to continue to prosper amid the spreading shockwaves of the great China economic slowdown, it’s going to need all the help it can get from its energetic army of entrepreneurs. Happily our 10th MT survey of Britain’s Top 100 Entrepreneurs and family businesses shows that in the last five years, from the depth of the downturn until last year, the nation’s self-made businessmen and women have been performing heroically, growing their operations, taking on staff and generating much-needed cash for both their local economies and the country.

      So our Top 100 have seen staff numbers shoot up by nearly 85,000 in the last five years to over 164,000. This near-107% rise is much sharper than in previous years, justifying the view that our best entrepreneurs are the economy’s real job creators. And job creation is one of the crucial measures we use in ranking our Top 100.

      The other of course is turnover growth, reflecting the economic activity they generate. This year our 100 entrepreneurs had a total turnover of 26.35bn, up from 12.898bn five years ago.

      This represents a 104.3% increase – great news for UK plc, but perhaps a note of caution should come here. This is the first time since we started doing the Top 100 that the overall growth in employment has been greater than the comparable growth figure for turnover. It may help explain why the British productivity record has been so lamentable in recent years, with an 18% lag behind our competitors. Quite simply the entrepreneurs collectively are not getting as much out of each staff member in output terms.

      But behind the macroeconomic numbers are some pretty impressive individual performances, none more so than this year’s number one – the Arora brothers (pictured) of discount homewares chain B M. Simon, the Cambridge-educated ex-McKinsey man, and his younger brother Bobby, who has a market trader’s nose for a bargain and pricing, have in the last decade built up a group that is now the envy of the discount retail world, valued by the stock market at around 3.2bn. More importantly for UK plc, in the last five years, B M’s remorseless expansion has seen its staff numbers jump by over 200% to 19,462. That must be a welcome boost in its Merseyside heartland where it has its headquarters.

      This is matched by their track record in growing sales, up by 206% in the same period. But they are not alone in this respect. Our joint second place entries, 32-year-old Nitin Passi of the Missguided online fashion group and the Coates siblings – Denise and John – through their Bet365 online gaming operation, are just as effective when it comes to expansion. Passi has invested in a new headquarters in Manchester which, with all the trappings of an internet operation, is regarded as the coolest in the city. He reckons it will motivate his growing staff to make Missguided a 1bn business in five years. Few would bet against him, or the nine others from Britain’s thriving Asian business community who make our list.

      Excellent progress this may be, but sadly we can’t say the same about the number of female entrepreneurs in the Top 100. There are 17 women listed, but only two, including Denise Coates of course, make the top 20. Last year’s celebrity winner, fashion entrepreneur Victoria Beckham. has not produced any new accounts and so cannot be considered this time around.

      There are of course some fabulous women entrepreneurs who have developed businesses of the scale to make it into the Top 100, including Chrissie Rucker of the White Company, Margaret Barbour and Vivienne Westwood. But despite having trawled Companies House for the accounts that provide the underpinning of our research, there are just not enough. Perhaps this is a deficiency which the current crop of twentysomething female entrepreneurs like Kathryn Parsons of Decoded and Smruti Sriram of Supreme Creations will address in future lists – after all, the wealth which is one of our core criteria typically takes many years to accrue.

      In the meantime, the aforementioned Bet365 founder and co-CEO Denise Coates is our highest placed woman and flies the flag ably for women in business. A bookie’s daughter, she certainly knows a good bet when she sees one. Coates has masterminded a near doubling of profits to over 400m in the Stoke-based firm’s latest accounts. And her business acumen extends to looking after her employees, too – she plans to turn what’s left of Josiah Wedgwood’s famous Etruria Works into a children’s day nursery, a facility bound to be welcomed by the firm’s working parents.

      The north-south divide may be ever-present, but encouragingly there are a fair crop of regional entrepreneurs working to close it. The South West has 14, the North West 13 and Yorkshire 12.

      But the South East still remains top, with 33 names. Encouragingly for the government’s efforts to re-balance British business towards manufacturing, the march of the Top 100 makers is going at full tilt. Thirteen of the Top 100 are industrialists of one sort or another, with another 21 in high-tech sectors like the internet, software, telecoms and computing. They include Sir James Dyson of the ubiquitous bagless vacuum, whose firm is rapidly moving into new markets. Smaller but growing steadily are the likes of Melett, built up by Ian and Nicola Warhurst, which makes turbocharger repair kits for cars, and exports 90% of its output, with a growing market in China.

      One of our measures of how well our entrepreneurs are doing comes from a valuation of their stake in the business and other assets, based on the stock market values if quoted or in line with those values for those who run a private company. Such valuations, of course, come with many caveats but serve as a rough and ready guide. Collectively the Top 100 are, by our reckoning, worth 24.5bn, a whisker below last year’s 25bn total.

      This may reflect the general fragility of markets worldwide at present. But the one fact that unites all our 100 is their demonstrable record of success. They are the best hope for Britain to enjoy a sustained recovery with more jobs – and more prosperity – to come.

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      Founded in 1977, Dallas Business Journal is the leading source for local business news, research, and events in the DFW area.

      In addition to our weekly print publication, we also offer a digital edition, the annual Book of Lists, free Daily Email Update and other industry specific newsletters, and networking and awards events including the Best Places to Work, 40 Under Forty, Best Real Estate Deals, and Women in Business.

      We are a division of American City Business Journals, the country s largest publisher of business publications. It is owned by Advance Publications, a private publishing company that also owns Condé Nast magazines and Newhouse Newspapers.

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      10 Green Business Ideas for Eco-Minded Entrepreneurs – Small Business Can #loans #for #women #in #business


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      10 Green Business Ideas for Eco-Minded Entrepreneurs

      Are you considering to start your own business but are concerned about the impact it will have on the environment? Green businesses are ecofriendly, and they go beyond the regulations to show their commitment to sustainable development. You do not need any particularly brilliant new idea. What is more, most of the green businesses are alternatives of the standard businesses, but with a nature-conscious management and production processes. Check out the following green business ideas.

      1. Green Business Ideas Organic farming

      While businesses are going green, so are their customers. Everyone nowadays is switching to healthier lifestyle choices, and this particularly concerns the food they consume. The effect of this is that organically grown vegetables and fruits are highly sought, and this trend is sure to continue in the future. The market for these products is very developed, so you will have no trouble finding buyers. What do you need to start this business? A piece of land and love for outdoor work.

      2. Organic menu restaurant

      If you do not want your hands to get dirty, but still wish to take your piece of the pie in the ongoing healthy-eating trend, why not be on the other side of the transaction? Open a restaurant that would serve only organic meals, made from organic ingredients that you would be buying from organic farmers.

      3. Green construction

      Become a green contractor. Green construction simply means construction with eco-friendly materials and incorporation of energy saving systems, such as solar heating.

      4. Recycling pickup

      Recycling is also very popular these days. But no matter how determined people are to recycle, there is always the problem of what to do with bulk trash, like computers and house appliances, once you no longer need them. If you want to start a recycling pickup service, take a page out of the book of Sydney s rubbish removal services. for e-waste. It is a very lucrative business, yet in deficit.

      5. Green developer

      Develop applications that will help people help the earth. These can be simple guides to local green stores, or complex energy consumption calculators.

      6. Green consulting

      If you are familiar with green technologies and standards, you can easily become a consultant to other businesses on ecological issues. Help other people start a green business, or turn their current business into a more environmentally friendly one. This consulting can involve anything from efficient energy consumption to sustainable production. Get certified to gain more credibility among customers.

      7. Upcycle

      Furniture upcycling has quite a hipster vibe. Take any piece of old, unused furniture and repurpose it in an unusual and preferably unexpected way. All you need is some tools and a few original ideas. Once you clear your attic and basement of all the unused furniture, you will find that flea markets are a great place to find new ‘raw materials’.

      8. Green blogs

      If you like writing, and like to work from home, start a blog. But not just any kind of blog. Start a green blog that will promote green activities.

      9. Bicycle business

      Bicycles are the most eco-friendly means of transport there is. They emit no gas into the atmosphere and so do not pollute the air. Buying and reselling bicycles has become a huge part of the green revolution. Consider participating in it. You can also open a small local bicycle café where you will sell drinks, while you are repairing your customers’ bicycles. Take tourists to bicycle sightseeing tours of your town, or your neighbourhood.

      10. Eco-cleaning

      Start a cleaning services company which will use your own natural house cleaning products. Make more money by selling these products to households and other cleaning service companies.

      What green business do you see yourself managing?

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      Small Business Bureau signs MoU with 12 groups to train entrepreneurs – Stabroek News #best #business #to #start


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      Small Business Bureau signs MoU with 12 groups to train entrepreneurs

      Twelve private training institutions have signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with the Small Business Bureau (SBB) to train entrepreneurs.

      GINA said this is being facilitated through the Micro and Small Enterprise Development programme (MSED).

      The MoU will allow these institutions to train young entrepreneurs, who have benefitted from cash grants and loans through the SBB, in managing their own small businesses, GINA added.

      Minister of Business and Tourism, Dominic Gaskin and his Permanent Secretary, Rajdai Jagernauth (GINA photo)

      The institutions which will facilitate the training are the Ruimveldt Life Improvement Centre, Generation Next, Roadside Baptist Church Skills Training Centre, Partners of the Americas, Kuru Kuru Co-operative College, Action Coach Guyana, Guyana School of Agriculture, EMPRETEC, Cerulean Inc, the Critchlow Labour College, Management Options and Interweave Solutions.

      Minister of Business and Tourism, Dominic Gaskin encouraged the trainers to utilise modern technologies which would make the training relevant to the contemporary business environment.

      GINA said that the MSED programme which began in 2013 has trained more than 1,000 young entrepreneurs who accessed small loans and grants through the SBB.

      Officer in Charge of the bureau, Gillian Edwards-Griffith said, “We have done to date 193 grants, $300,000 each, and in terms of loans with financial partners, we have three, of which two are active giving a total of 63 loans”.

      The MSED programme will be evaluated by an independent body to give the SBB a fair idea of the successes prior to the second phase of the training.

      Funding will be evenly disbursed among the training institutions, GINA added.

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      8 Simple Business Plan Templates for Entrepreneurs

      Writing a business plan is an important step in the startup process. It helps you and your partners decide if you will work well together, teaches you about the marketplace, and lets you brainstorm business and product goals. But because of all the effort and detail involved, many entrepreneurs dread the thought of sitting down and creating this critical but time-consuming document.

      While business plans can be frustrating if you re writing one from scratch, there are plenty of online templates available to take some of the pain out of the process. Small business owners can benefit from simple, easy-to-follow business-plan tools so they can spend less time writing and more time launching.

      Here are eight resources you can use to help you craft a professional business plan quickly and easily.

      $100 Startup

      You ve heard about those entrepreneurs who started off by jotting down their ideas on a napkin at a bar, caf or restaurant. $100 Startup s One-Page Business Plan is a little like that, but more organized. Designed for entrepreneurs who are itching to get started, this simple business-plan template asks a handful of questions that you can easily answer in one or two sentences. It covers everything from what you sell and who will buy it to how you will get paid, hustle to find customers, foresee challenges and overcome the obstacles all in a single page. [Writing a Business Plan? Do These 5 Things First]

      Copyblogger

      Not all small businesses are concerned with credit lines, partnerships and office space at least not in the beginning. So why should their initial business plans include these things? Copyblogger s Remarkably Simple Business Plan doesn t. Instead, it offers a business-plan template fit for the real would-be entrepreneur s world. Whereas most business-plan templates assume all businesses are uniform, Copyblogger s Remarkably Simple Business Plan was created to get to what entrepreneurs really need to know to start a business: the ins and outs of the product or service, how customers will find the business and how the business will make money. Simply copy and paste the template of the Remarkably Simple Business Plan, created by Sonia Simone, co-founder and chief content officer of Copyblogger Media, and you re good to go.

      Enloop

      Founded in 2011, Enloop is regarded as an innovative player in the business-plan-creation industry. Like many others, the service uses an online interface to help automate your business plan s creation. To get started, users enter basic information about their businesses, including product details. Then, Enloop s software uses metrics to help predict the financial performance of the company in comparison with others in the sector. According to CEO Cynthia McCahon, the goal of the company is to help entrepreneurs make better-informed decisions. Users can get started on Enloop for free; more advanced paid options are also available.

      LivePlan

      LivePlan is a relatively new entrant to the online business-tools market that helps you every step of the way, from the planning stages through your launch. Like other services, LivePlan allows business owners to craft perfectly formatted plans. From there, users can create the presentation necessary to pitch their business ideas to would-be investors. Once off the ground, businesses can track revenue and expenses against forecasts, and multiple users within a company can work through the LivePlan interface. Pricing starts at less than $12 a month.

      The One Page Business Plan Company

      Created by The One Page Business Plan Company. this simple business template covers only the key areas entrepreneurs need to address to start a business: their vision for the company, mission for why the business exists, objectives for setting out goals, strategies to make the business successful and action plans indicating what work needs to be done. Unlike complicated business plans, boring blocks of text are not required bullet points will do.

      Platform Planner

      Are you the visual type? Look no further than Angela Bowman s One-Page Visual Business Plan. Based on the principles of the Business Generation Model Strategyzer app, Bowman s One-Page Visual Business Plan uses sticky notes to help you creatively craft an out-of-the-box business plan. To create a One-Page Visual Business Plan, start by separating a single page into different sections or columns, such as company information and customer segments. Write down your ideas or responses on a sticky note, and then stick it on the corresponding section. You can also color-code the sticky notes for better organization. Then, if your plans change, you can easily remove a note, move it around or add new ones to better fit the direction in which your business is headed.

      SBA Build Your Business Plan Tool

      The fact that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has an online tool to help users craft business plans will come as no surprise to anyone who has investigated the SBA s offerings before. The agency has a wealth of free planning, financing and consulting tools and resources, both online and through available consultants. The SBA s online tool for business-plan creation allows a user to enter information on a Web interface that is tied to that user s account. The administration says this is intended to be a live plan that can be referred to and changed as the company s plans progress. The SBA encourages entrepreneurs to use their generated plans to discuss their company s prospects with SBA advisers like those available through SCORE and the Small Business Development Center. The SBA s tool is available online at no cost.

      Wise Bread

      Greg Go, co-founder of online finance community Wise Bread, is a big believer that entrepreneurs who are just starting out don t need lengthy business plans. What they actually need, he said, is an internal working plan to get started. The internal working plan consists of four simple questions that make up the simple business plan: What is your product or service? Who are your customers? When will things get done? When are bills due, and when do you get paid? To guide entrepreneurs in completing their four-question business plan, Go provides a simplified way of answering each question in his blog post on the subject.

      Updated on May 1, 2015. Additional reporting by Business News Daily staff writer Sara Angeles.

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    • Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs: How to Find Your Business Idea #business #list


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      Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs on How to Find Your Business Idea

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      Women may have once been pigeonholed into certain professions, but no longer are they simply expected to do gender-specific jobs. Female professionals are taking control of their careers in a way that works best for them, including when and how they start their own businesses.

      Everyone has to start a business that s meaningful to them; I think it s an old model to tell [women] to go into a specific field, said Carin Rockind. a happiness and life purpose expert. I think that s got us to where we are today. What you re passionate about is way more important. Women need to tap into what they re good at and what makes them feel great.

      American Express OPEN s 2016 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report found that 11.3 million U.S. businesses are currently owned by women, and an average of 1,072 new female-owned companies are being started every day. This number is growing five times faster than the national average for all businesses, meaning more women than ever are taking the leap into entrepreneurship. [See Related Story:Money and Connections Still Hurdles for Women Entrepreneurs]

      As to what kinds of businesses a female entrepreneur should start, businesswomen agree that the sky is the limit.

      I don t think there are any guidelines to the type of companies women should begin, said Cologne Trude, co-founder and creative director of Show Me Your Mumu. a boho-chic clothing line. Women s strengths are so diverse that opportunities are endless.

      I think women should get excited about what excites them, added Melinda Emerson. an author and business coach known as SmallBizLady on Twitter. There aren t [enough] women-centric businesses out there.

      Where to start

      Emerson suggests starting a business you know something about. When you re ready to begin the business you re most passionate about, consider your limitations.

      I have seen people quit really good jobs to start businesses they hate, Emerson said. There are fantasies of grandeur about running a business. It s really hard out there.

      If you have no savings, no money and bad credit, you should not start a business, Emerson said. She suggests saving 20 to 40 percent per paycheck before you quit your job to begin your business.

      Most important, Emerson emphasized the importance of doing your research. Make sure you know who your paying customer is.

      You always have to check and make sure your business model makes sense in an industry that s growing and not sinking, Emerson said. It needs to be relevant three to five years from now. You don t want [technological advances] taking your business.

      As you get your business off the ground, surround yourself with people who will help you succeed, whether it s through support or lending a hand to get the business started, said Cammy Miller, co-founder and creative director of Show Me Your Mumu.

      Being a leader doesn t mean you have all of the answers and the more open you are to learning from everyone around you, the more you can grow in your role, Miller said.

      One of the things that s been harder for me to learn is to bring other people with you, happiness expert Rockind added. It s very lonely to have your own business. There are so many important skills, and you can t be good at everything. ItꞋs OK to ask for help and collaborate with other people.

      Love what you do

      Building a business from the ground up is challenging no matter how you look at it. But, ultimately, you should love what you do.

      I always encourage female entrepreneurs to be strong and work hard at what they love. Starting and running a business is by no means easy, and there are going to be a lot of hardships and emotional setbacks, Trude said. As a female, running Mumu has been very stressful and emotional at times, but every tear has been worth it and I am stronger because of it.

      If Rockind had to go back in time to give herself advice, it would be to just do it.

      You have to put yourself out there, she said. Believe in yourself and your purpose.

      Shannon Gausepohl graduated from Rowan University in 2012 with a degree in journalism. She has worked at a newspaper and in the public relations field, and is currently a staff writer at Business News Daily. Shannon is a zealous bookworm, has her blue belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu, and loves her Blue Heeler mix, Tucker.

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      The young entrepreneur stories featured in this section show that you do not necessarily need years of experience to start a profitable business. Read the incredible accounts of teenage entrepreneurs such as David Carter, founder of The App Factory, and Bigger Feet creator Oliver Bridges and see how they achieved massive success at such a young age

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      At 18, Jordan Daykin became the youngest entrepreneur to land investment in the Den. Today, his global DIY fixing business is said to be worth £14m.

      Shining a spotlight on the UK’s brightest founders aged 25 and under, Startups reveals the business owners set for entrepreneurial stardom this year

      The 25-year-old bringing a fresh, tech focused approach to digital marketing

      The impressive female entrepreneur swapped reality TV for enterprise, creating a cult jewellery brand loved by A-list celebrities and the royal family

      Determined to help people discover great things to try in London and beyond, 25 year-old Malin has built a website with thousands of daily readers…

      The 21 year-old creating slip-on shoes worn by the likes of Tinie Tempah and Ryan Reynolds

      The 17 year-old entrepreneur who’s built an online media empire from his bedroom

      The 21-year-old on a mission to change the world through entrepreneurship by nurturing the next generation of business leaders

      The 24-year-old founder of a personalised handwritten communication business on a mission to create employment for millions around the world

      The brains behind a social media business which can make anything the number one trending topic on Twitter within 30 minutes.

      The venture-backed duo helping teams, groups and charities raise money by connecting them to major brands

      From a teenage eBay business to his current ‘on-demand selling service’, meet the serial business owner aged 24 with an eye for lucrative opportunities

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      Dallas Business Journal

      Founded in 1977, Dallas Business Journal is the leading source for local business news, research, and events in the DFW area.

      In addition to our weekly print publication, we also offer a digital edition, the annual Book of Lists, free Daily Email Update and other industry specific newsletters, and networking and awards events including the Best Places to Work, 40 Under Forty, Best Real Estate Deals, and Women in Business.

      We are a division of American City Business Journals, the country s largest publisher of business publications. It is owned by Advance Publications, a private publishing company that also owns Condé Nast magazines and Newhouse Newspapers.

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      10 Cool Business Ideas For Newbie Entrepreneurs #business #reports


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      10 Cool Business Ideas For Newbie Entrepreneurs

      Photo: Liesha Petrovich ; Credit: Crystal Clear Photography, LLC

      Ready to take a chance this year? Maybe try something a little bit different?

      If your answer is yes, then it’s time to start that business you’ve always dreamed about. You don’t have to start big, or risk your life savings. You can start each of these businesses with a minimal investment, and many as a side hustle on the weekend .

      So, if you’re ready to have a little more fun (and income) this year, get inspired by one of these cool business ideas .

      1. Offline education.

      Online teaching is a booming business—$107 billion to be exact! That figure includes online universities, corporate training, webinars, and selling courses on platforms like Udemy and Ruzuku.

      There are also a ton of courses on how to create (and profit from) online courses! But the growth of online learning hasn’t stopped the need for offline, local independent teachers.

      If you have a talent and developed skill, why not teach it to an offline audience? Adult education, after-school programs, day-cares, community centers, and even churches need interesting and valuable courses for their members.

      Here are a few examples: horseback riding. swimming, karate, dance, gymnastics, music, computers skills technology, golf, tennis, archery, business planning, accounting, home repair, cooking, meal planning, personal finance and so on.

      2. Sell your hobby.

      Combine your hobby with a business and you’ve got a recipe for success. Businesses like, How to Cook That. are part helpful blog and part online shop. Owner Ann Reardon shares helpful tips and tricks to make amazing desserts, but also sells interesting and fun how-to’s and templates.

      Using a simple widget from the e-commerce platform Selz. Ann can sell any recipe, guide or template from anywhere on her website. This can be a great niche business for anyone who wants to start an online business selling plans, guides, patterns or tutorials. You don’t even need your own website, as you can sell your digital download from your own Facebook account or Selz store.

      3. Lunch carts, food trucks and kiosks.

      Starting a restaurant is one of the riskiest and capital-intensive businesses out there. There is a ton of overhead, even for the smallest diner.

      On the other hand, starting a lunch truck, food cart or a kiosk has minimal startup costs. You still have to follow local regulations, but the investment is much smaller than a full-fledged restaurant.

      One of the best things about food trucks is the insanely wide variety of possibilities. From a marshmallow cart to cannolis, the portable food business is here to stay. Checkout Portland Maine’s Mami Food Truck, which specializes in Japanese street food.

      Photo: Mami s Food Truck; Source: Facebook

      4. Vending machine business.

      Who would have thought the vending machine industry is worth approximately $8 billion? While the location of the vending machine is the key to success, there are many different kinds of vending machines to consider, including drink, food, toys, gumballs, stickers, games, and even personal grooming machines.

      There are also variations of traditional vending machines, like those that only offer healthy vending choices and others that offer credit card payment options.

      If you’ve got an entrepreneurial bug and want to try something a little different, Healthy Vending offers a smart guide on how to start a vending machine business .

      5. Reiki therapist.

      Reiki therapists are at the intersection of new age and creative wellness businesses. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It’s not for everyone, but it can be a fun, interesting and rewarding business.

      You have to learn the practice and check the regulations in your area, but for those with a drive to help people, Reiki can be smart and rewarding business.

      6. Herbal farm stand.

      Shop local. It’s a mantra heard in every small community; and many offer farm stands year-round. There are many different niches to choose from including honey, jams, grass-fed meat, organic produce and fresh herbs.

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      Beyond using herbs for cooking, consumers are now using herbs for medicinal purposes, candles and aromatherapy essences, baths and teas. If you have a green thumb and enough of a backyard for farming, consider starting a herb farm.

      It has a low startup cost and can be operated part-time. One enterprising farmer started his business using lavender that grew along his road, and sold lavender sachets. That’s about as low-cost as you can get!

      7.Freelancing.

      The term freelancer is actually an umbrella term for hundreds of different businesses. It’s anyone who is outsourced to do a job, and the benefit is the employer doesn’t have to pay benefits like insurance or 401k’s.

      If you have in-demand skills that can be outsourced, consider starting a freelance business. One of the best things about being a freelancer, is that you can offer your services at competitive prices.

      There is always a demand for business services such as: IT, human resources, accounting, PR, customer service, marketing and sales; Writing services: resumes, cover letters, ghostwriting, articles, editing and blog posts; and Miscellaneous services: wedding/event planner, graphic artist, photographer, and interior design.

      8. Aquarium maintenance.

      This business idea sounds crazy (i know) on the surface. But it’s actually a growing industry, and does great in the right market. You can cater to either homes or businesses, and you are responsible for all aspects of maintaining a healthy aquarium.

      Research the licensing regulations in your area. It s a unique business idea for anyone with a passion for fish and aquatic life.

      9. Bicycle maintenance and repair.

      It’s easy to assume that bike riding is for the young. But biking is actually skyrocketing, especially in city centers and local towns! Thanks to baby boomers, seniors now account for 22 percent of adult bikers. And where bikes are, bicycle repair isn’t that far behind.

      Plus, it’s the type of business that anyone can start in a home garage. For example, the Green Machine Bike Shop in Norway, Maine offers bike repair, but also created group rides in their area to promote their love of biking.

      10. Ethical dog breeder.

      The term puppy mill brings up horrific images of abused dogs. However, with so-called designer dogs fetching thousands per puppy, there is a growing need for ethical dog breeders.

      Photo: © bussardel, YFS Magazine

      Ethical breeders keep and care for each dog as a pet, not as livestock. They view their dogs as family members, not just a means to an end. Of course this means less profits than traditional puppy mills, so most ethical breeders only keep a few dogs for breeding purposes. The pet business is part money maker and part adorable fun.

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      6 Best Business Tips from 6 Top Entrepreneurs #top #entrepreneurs


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      6 Best Business Tips from 6 Top Entrepreneurs

      Entrepreneur, content marketer, online educator

      Becoming a successful entrepreneur is no easy feat. Sacrifice, hard work and an unwavering determination for achieving greatness are required. So is surviving your mistakes — because they will happen.

      At CreativeLive, I ve always strived to learn from my own mistakes and to gain powerful insights from those who have successfully gone down the path before me. That s why I reached out to six top entrepreneurs, writers and CEOs I ve admired for years.

      I asked each of them to share with me, in a selfie-style video clip, their single most impactful piece of advice for fellow entrepreneurs. Those interviewees included:

      Here s what each had to say:

      Just about any and all business owners who have created a sustainable self-employed career will tell you that they wouldn t have achieved their goals without guidance from others. They re not afraid to ask for help. In fact, most of them are successful in a large part, because they ve surrounded themselves with trusted advisors. mentors and industry experts.

      Here s more from these top entrepreneurs on how they ve risen to success in the world of business.

      1. Chase Jarvis, CEO at CreativeLive

      Image credit: Chase Jarvis

      Scratch your own itch.

      After becoming one of the world s best-known photographers at a relatively young age, Chase went on to found CreativeLive. the world s largest live-streaming education company. He credits much of his success to following his passions and pursuing only the opportunities that he s genuinely interested in.

      Jarvis: Go after solving a problem that you have. Something that s near and dear to you, not some random market opportunity. Because, when things get hard, if you re chasing just the dollars, or a random market opportunity, you re not going to be able to have the fortitude, the passion, to stay with it.

      2. Jon Acuff, New York Times best-selling author of Do Over

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      Success takes hustle.

      Acuff, the New York Times best-selling author of five books, including Do Over . set out early on in his career to pursue at all costs only meaningful work. For him, that meant 16 long years of being hired and fired, before eventually finding his dream job and launching his self-employed career as a writer, speaker and brand consultant.

      Accomplishing his dream of working for himself took a lot of hard work, focus and hustle.

      Acuff: Hustle is an act of focus, not frenzy. Hustle is about subtraction and addition. It s not about doing more, it s about focusing on the things you need to do, in order to move your business forward.

      3. Sophia Amoruso, founder of Nasty Gal, author of #GIRLBOSS

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      Don t give up, don t take anything personally, and don t take no for an answer.

      Since founding Nasty Gal. in 2006, as an eBay store selling vintage clothing, Amoruso has transformed the business into a multi-million dollar empire with its own clothing line, which was named the Fastest Growing Retailer in 2012. Recently, TheNew York Times best-selling author of #GIRLBOSS has stepped out of her role as the CEO of Nasty Gal to become the executive chairman and to oversee the creative and brand marketing functions of the business.

      Without any fashion or business experience before starting Nasty Gal, Amoruso credits much of her hard-earned success to her refusal to accept failure as an option.

      Amoruso: The people who told me no were the people who eventually told me yes.

      4. Lewis Howes, author of The School of Greatness

      Image credit: Lewis Howes

      Follow your heart.

      Howes, The New York Times best-selling author of The School of Greatness , and host of the podcast bearing the same name, is a professional athlete-turned-entrepreneur. After suffering a debilitating injury on the field, Howes faced the fact that his football career was finished. Overnight, he lost his ability to do what he was passionate about, and was forced to discover a new way to live with purpose. Today, he s a writer, speaker and online educator who teaches entrepreneurs how to grow their online businesses .

      5. Nir Eyal, author of Hooked

      Image credit: Nir Eyal

      Certainty is more dangerous than ignorance.

      Eyal, the author of the Wall Street Journal best seller, Hooked . has become the authority on how to build habit-forming products. After years of research and experience in the video game and advertising industries, Eyal is a sought-after writer, speaker and educator on the psychology behind what motivates consumer engagement.

      Eyal: It s up to us as entrepreneurs, to see the world as it should be –not necessarily how it is. When you think you re sure of the way things are, that s when you get passed up and you don t see the opportunities that real entrepreneurs envision.

      6. Guy Kawasaki, chief evangelist of Canva, author of The Art of the Start 2.0

      Image credit: Guy Kawasaki

      Focus on the prototype.

      Kawasaki, the former chief evangelist of Apple, is an immensely successful marketing executive, investor and author of 13 books including The Art of the Start 2.0 . Over the years, he s helped dozens of well-known companies take their products from concept to market dominance.

      His formula for replicating startup success? Focusing only on the activities that drive positive results for your business.

      Kawasaki: If you get a prototype out and you get enough people using it, you never have to write a business plan. A prototype is where you separate the BS from the reality.




      Facebook s Mark Zuckerberg says the most successful entrepreneurs share 3 traits #business #from #home #ideas


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      Facebook s Mark Zuckerberg says the most successful entrepreneurs share 3 traits

      In a live Q A in Rome on Monday, Mark Zuckerberg was asked to name three traits of people who make it to the top.

      First and foremost, successful entrepreneurs have a specific vision , the Facebook co-founder and CEO said. They pinpoint the exact problem that they’re trying to solve.

      “If you want to build something great, you should focus on what the change is that you want to make in the world,” Zuckerberg said. “I see too many entrepreneurs who decide that they want to start a company before they actually know what it is that they want to build. To me, that seems backwards.”

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      Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

      Secondly, they surround themselves with other highly successful and motivated people.

      “No one does it alone,” Zuckerberg said. “When you look at most big things that get done in the world, they’re not done by one person, so you’re going to need to build a team.”

      To build the strongest team possible, look for people who excel in the areas where you’re weaker or less experienced. “You’re going to need people that have complementary skills,” he emphasized. “No matter how talented you are, there are just going to be things that you don’t bring to the table.”

      Finally, the entrepreneurs who make it big are persistent. “Nothing ever goes the way you want it to,” he said. “People talk about overnight success, and that’s not the way it works.”

      The ones who come out on top are the ones who refuse to give up despite the inevitable trials and tribulations they face throughout the process.

      Zuckerberg concluded: “The biggest things that have gotten done in the world tend to be done by people who primarily believe in a mission and are not trying to build a company; by teams, not by individuals; and by people who just don’t give up.”




      Simple Business Plan Templates for Entrepreneurs #today #stock #market


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      8 Simple Business Plan Templates for Entrepreneurs

      Writing a business plan is an important step in the startup process. It helps you and your partners decide if you will work well together, teaches you about the marketplace, and lets you brainstorm business and product goals. But because of all the effort and detail involved, many entrepreneurs dread the thought of sitting down and creating this critical but time-consuming document.

      While business plans can be frustrating if you re writing one from scratch, there are plenty of online templates available to take some of the pain out of the process. Small business owners can benefit from simple, easy-to-follow business-plan tools so they can spend less time writing and more time launching.

      Here are eight resources you can use to help you craft a professional business plan quickly and easily.

      $100 Startup

      You ve heard about those entrepreneurs who started off by jotting down their ideas on a napkin at a bar, caf or restaurant. $100 Startup s One-Page Business Plan is a little like that, but more organized. Designed for entrepreneurs who are itching to get started, this simple business-plan template asks a handful of questions that you can easily answer in one or two sentences. It covers everything from what you sell and who will buy it to how you will get paid, hustle to find customers, foresee challenges and overcome the obstacles all in a single page. [Writing a Business Plan? Do These 5 Things First]

      Copyblogger

      Not all small businesses are concerned with credit lines, partnerships and office space at least not in the beginning. So why should their initial business plans include these things? Copyblogger s Remarkably Simple Business Plan doesn t. Instead, it offers a business-plan template fit for the real would-be entrepreneur s world. Whereas most business-plan templates assume all businesses are uniform, Copyblogger s Remarkably Simple Business Plan was created to get to what entrepreneurs really need to know to start a business: the ins and outs of the product or service, how customers will find the business and how the business will make money. Simply copy and paste the template of the Remarkably Simple Business Plan, created by Sonia Simone, co-founder and chief content officer of Copyblogger Media, and you re good to go.

      Enloop

      Founded in 2011, Enloop is regarded as an innovative player in the business-plan-creation industry. Like many others, the service uses an online interface to help automate your business plan s creation. To get started, users enter basic information about their businesses, including product details. Then, Enloop s software uses metrics to help predict the financial performance of the company in comparison with others in the sector. According to CEO Cynthia McCahon, the goal of the company is to help entrepreneurs make better-informed decisions. Users can get started on Enloop for free; more advanced paid options are also available.

      LivePlan

      LivePlan is a relatively new entrant to the online business-tools market that helps you every step of the way, from the planning stages through your launch. Like other services, LivePlan allows business owners to craft perfectly formatted plans. From there, users can create the presentation necessary to pitch their business ideas to would-be investors. Once off the ground, businesses can track revenue and expenses against forecasts, and multiple users within a company can work through the LivePlan interface. Pricing starts at less than $12 a month.

      The One Page Business Plan Company

      Created by The One Page Business Plan Company. this simple business template covers only the key areas entrepreneurs need to address to start a business: their vision for the company, mission for why the business exists, objectives for setting out goals, strategies to make the business successful and action plans indicating what work needs to be done. Unlike complicated business plans, boring blocks of text are not required bullet points will do.

      Platform Planner

      Are you the visual type? Look no further than Angela Bowman s One-Page Visual Business Plan. Based on the principles of the Business Generation Model Strategyzer app, Bowman s One-Page Visual Business Plan uses sticky notes to help you creatively craft an out-of-the-box business plan. To create a One-Page Visual Business Plan, start by separating a single page into different sections or columns, such as company information and customer segments. Write down your ideas or responses on a sticky note, and then stick it on the corresponding section. You can also color-code the sticky notes for better organization. Then, if your plans change, you can easily remove a note, move it around or add new ones to better fit the direction in which your business is headed.

      SBA Build Your Business Plan Tool

      The fact that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has an online tool to help users craft business plans will come as no surprise to anyone who has investigated the SBA s offerings before. The agency has a wealth of free planning, financing and consulting tools and resources, both online and through available consultants. The SBA s online tool for business-plan creation allows a user to enter information on a Web interface that is tied to that user s account. The administration says this is intended to be a live plan that can be referred to and changed as the company s plans progress. The SBA encourages entrepreneurs to use their generated plans to discuss their company s prospects with SBA advisers like those available through SCORE and the Small Business Development Center. The SBA s tool is available online at no cost.

      Wise Bread

      Greg Go, co-founder of online finance community Wise Bread, is a big believer that entrepreneurs who are just starting out don t need lengthy business plans. What they actually need, he said, is an internal working plan to get started. The internal working plan consists of four simple questions that make up the simple business plan: What is your product or service? Who are your customers? When will things get done? When are bills due, and when do you get paid? To guide entrepreneurs in completing their four-question business plan, Go provides a simplified way of answering each question in his blog post on the subject.

      Updated on May 1, 2015. Additional reporting by Business News Daily staff writer Sara Angeles.

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      How Bill Gates, Mark Cuban and other billionaires define success

      Success doesn’t have to be measured by how much money you make or how many companies you build.

      In fact, if you ask some of the world’s wealthiest individuals what success means to them, they won’t mention money, investments or even numbers at all.

      Here’s how Bill Gates, Mark Cuban and five other self-made billionaires define success.

      Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group

      “Too many people measure how successful they are by how much money they make or the people that they associate with,” Branson writes on LinkedIn. “In my opinion, true success should be measured by how happy you are.”

      “It’s a common misconception that money is every entrepreneur’s metric for success,” he continues. “It’s not, and nor should it be.”

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      Sir Richard Branson

      Tilman Fertitta, CEO of Landry’s

      “Success to me is anybody who does something better than somebody else,” Fertitta tells CNBC .

      The skill or craft is irrelevant, he says: “I don’t care what business it is. I have the greatest respect in the world for that guy that can take an engine apart of a car and put it back together, or the house painter that can paint a perfect line, or the cameraman who can shoot the best shot.

      “We’re all talented in our own ways — just some of us make more money than others. That’s all.”

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      Mark Cuban, entrepreneur, “Shark Tank” investor andowner of the Dallas Mavericks

      “To me, the definition of success is waking up in the morning with a smile on your face, knowing it’s going to be a great day,” Cuban tells Steiner Sports. “I mean, I was happy and felt like I was successful when I was poor, living six guys in a three-bedroom apartment and sleeping on the floor. I was going to work hard to get somewhere, but I was having fun.”

      “The key is not to worry about being successful but to instead work toward being significant — and the success will naturally follow,” Winfrey writes on her website .

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      Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway

      In Alice Schroeder’s biography of Buffett, “The Snowball ,” she writes about a time when Buffett was addressing students at Georgia Tech. Someone asked him about his greatest success and he responded, “Basically, when you get to my age, you’ll really measure your success in life by how many of the people you want to have love you actually do love you.

      “I know people who have a lot of money, and they get testimonial dinners and they get hospital wings named after them,” he continued. “But the truth is that nobody in the world loves them. If you get to my age in life and nobody thinks well of you, I don’t care how big your bank account is, your life is a disaster.

      “If you get to my age in life and nobody thinks well of you, I don t care how big your bank account is, your life is a disaster.” -Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway

      “That’s the ultimate test of how you have lived your life. The trouble with love is that you can’t buy it. The only way to get love is to be lovable,” said Buffett. “The more you give love away, the more you get.”

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      When Gates is asked to define success in a Reddit Ask Me Anything session. he cites his friend: “Warren Buffett has always said the measure is whether the people close to you are happy and love you.”

      In addition to making sure the loved ones in his life are happy, he believes there’s a second critical component of success: Making the world a better place. Gates writes: “It is also nice to feel like you made a difference — inventing something or raising kids or helping people in need.”

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      John Paul DeJoria,co-founder of Paul Mitchell hair products and Patron Tequila

      “Success isn’t how much money you have,” DeJoria tells Business Insider. “Success is not what your position is. Success is how well do you do what you do when nobody else is looking.”

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      Self-made billionaire John Paul Dejoria




      Florida Small Business – The Guide for Entrepreneurs and Emerging Companies – Florida Small Business #business #loans #with #bad #credit


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      Hours after Hurricane Hermine hit parts of Florida, Governor Rick Scott warned residents to stay safe from debris and help avoid the spread of the Zika virus.

      The bulk of Florida workers, 65 percent, make below the state average annual salary of just over $39,000.

      Efforts to shrink state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. continue, even though the state-run “insurer of last resort” is about one-third as large as it was in 2012.

      A UCF College of Medicine cancer researcher has discovered a way to kill spreading breast cancer cells.

      GE Transportation acquired ShipXpress, a Neptune Beach-based supply chain technology company.




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