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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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As an IT manager, maintaining physical fax servers and infrastructure is not a high priority. However, fax capability remains a business need simply because chances are your industry is dependent on its security. What if there was a way to reduce the amount of time spent handling fax complaints and maintaining physical servers? And this way took into account security, cost savings, and freed up your IT resources. Would you be interested? more

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Adopting a CRM platform early offers many advantages, including the fact that it increases the odds of long-term success. While the cost of CRM software used to be prohibitive for most small businesses, this is no longer true. Cloud-based solutions have made the pricing much more competitive, and as many as 87% of companies now rely on them for their CRM software. more

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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

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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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      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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