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Entrepreneurship Test – 7 Questions For an Aspiring Entrepreneur to Ask Themselves

I did not always have an entrepreneurial mind; as a matter of fact, when I graduated college, I was very lost. I was working at a software company and for a few more thousand dollars, took a job at a large public company (you would laugh if I told you the name). I was doing account management for their financial clients. Because it was a work from home position, the only thing I managed was the couch and DVR. After trying to ruffle a few feathers and really make a difference in the company, I was gradually ousted from “the group” and was eventually pushed out. I wasn’t fired, but I was put in a situation where it was either / or.
Though, at this firm, I learned the true definition of the word “complacent.” This brings me to the first question which I will put forth to get your brain in gear. Please keep in mind that these questions are here to help you as they will give you some guidance as to whether owning your own business would be right for you.
1. In twenty years, one day your son or daughter will be asked about you. More likely than not, the first thing that will come up is your career. How do you think they will describe your career and your job? Does that answer resonate well with you?
If the answer is fine with you, there are two presumed scenarios. The first is that you were very successful and enjoy reading about entrepreneurs on the web. Thus, I am flattered you are reading my article. The second is that you, more likely than not, do not have an entrepreneurial frame of mind.
2. How much would you invest in yourself? If you had to put a net worth on your brain, would it be more or less than what someone else is paying for it? Also, is that someone even using your brain?
If you’re like many and are in this situation, you have to work harder to become an entrepreneur for a few reasons. The first is that your brain is not being put to work on a daily basis, so you have to get that going. Additionally, because of the economy, it is very scary to go off on your own. So choose your time wisely, but don’t put it off too long.
3. If somebody put you out on the street and gave you $10,000 – everything else is gone. How much of that money would you spend on books?
If the answer is less than $1,000, you probably are good where you are at. This is a great test as entrepreneurs don’t create something out of nothing, they create something out of learning. Books are such an important factor of business success. Remember, in this case, you do not have the internet which shouldn’t be relied upon too heavily anyway.
4. If somebody offered you a million dollars to never work again, would you?
Entrepreneurs like the game. Entrepreneurs get a rush out of the results they product. Ever wonder why Brett Favre didn’t retire when everybody told him to? He is a competitor. He obviously was not doing it for the money; it’s the game that is important to the entrepreneur.
5. Do you understand the concepts of bad bets?
Don’t consider yourself an entrepreneur or risk taker because you sit at a blackjack table in Atlantic City. If you do now, during your next game of 21, look around you and the subsequent people. Forget about their fancy watch and attire. They are not that successful. Stamp my guarantee on that statement. I learned this as I used to look up to these people in my early 20’s.
Every now and again, you may see somebody playing who is, but they are not the “crew” that is typically at the tables. Entrepreneurs take calculated bets. Though, the blackjack frame of mind may help you open your own business; entrepreneurs need to be risk takers. Hey, you might as well save that money that you’re going to give to the Trump Plaza and invest it in yourself.
6. Would you buy a nice car on credit?
With regards to this question, the answer should be either “no” or “not again.” Entrepreneurs, or good people for that matter, do not need to show off their wealth. If they would like to buy something nice, they do not buy it on credit and they surely do not invest in a car.
7. Is television your hobby?
I’ll never forget one of the bankers at my bank telling me that he had 7 months off with pay after getting laid off from his previous job. I asked him what he did with his time. …

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Want to Know How to Start a Business?

How To Start A Business
Ever dream of being your own boss? Believe you might have what it takes to set up on your own? Don’t dream on!
There’s a reason why you have been looking for information on How To Start A Business. Maybe there’s an idea you’ve been kicking around for a while. It could be anything from running a corner shop or setting up a small community enterprise with a friend – to spotting a brand new business opportunity with a product or service no-one else is providing. You can!
The very first step towards starting your own business needs to start with you. You and your business are intertwined. Your business reflects you and your personality, skills and approach to life; your own personal objectives drive your business objectives. For success you need to be confident, focused, those attributes of entrepreneurs that you read about.
But you can’t just jump right in and launch any old business. The market these days are so saturated with everyone trying to make some extra money. Redundancies being made left, right and centre, so people are using their skills to set up small businesses and offer their service to the targeted market which means that competition is going to be fierce and there is not much room for error.
More and more entrepreneurs are being born out of necessity and not out of choice. Petrol prices are going up, food is going up, everything just seems to be increasing yet our salaries are staying the same. So we are now pushed into making it on our own, calling out own shots and putting 110% effort into making our lives successful.
To make it out there in the business world you need to understand that when it comes to starting a business, the starting line is you! No matter what resources, products, services your business has, without you it doesn’t exist. You can’t win a race if you don’t compete; you can’t win the lottery without a ticket; you can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs; just like you can’t have a business without you.
You are the starting point for anything in your business – whatever your stage of business, whether you are starting, growing or diversifying. The starting point will always be you. So let’s look at what you is and just exactly what you do bring to your business.
You and your personality are made up of your good points and your bad points. For your business to succeed, you need to make the most of your good points: your strengths; and minimise the effects of your bad points: your weaknesses. So you need to recognise what these good and bad points are. You need to develop your self-awareness; identify your good and your bad points so you can make the most of the good and develop coping strategies for the bad. You need to brutally honest with yourself. Be brave and find out how others see you.
How you see yourself may be wildly different from how others see you. If you want to be successful in life and in business, it’s important to get to know yourself intimately and why you behave particular ways in particular situations and with particular people. Only then can you make any changes that you need to succeed. You may be blissfully unaware that people see you as ‘airy’ and disorganised, when perhaps you just have so much going on that you don’t take the time with people or you’re always late for meeting friends or you show up on the wrong day. Perhaps you can’t say no to requests from friends and then when the time comes you have to invent an excuse not to do something.
We all have underlying assumptions and values that affect our behaviour and those around us. We all respond to the expectations of others: our parents, society, and our friends. We all have roles in life, which dictate our behaviours too. You need to take responsibility for yourself; it’s up to you what you do, don’t be driven by what others expect or think you should do.
Take a close look at some of your behaviours and especially recurring patterns of behaviours. If you do not organise your time well and are always late for meetings then you’ll find that business people won’t give you the second or third chances that your friends and family might. You will have to learn to plan your time better, perhaps you always underestimate the time that it takes you to travel somewhere, and never allow any time for train or road delays.
In the business world you need to be very careful. Or perhaps you perceive yourself as more important and that your time is more valuable …

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Starting a Business? 5 Step Reality Check Helps You Know If Your New Business Will Succeed

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is, “How can I be sure my new business will succeed?” There is no crystal ball that can accurately answer that question. However, if you are serious about starting a business there are five steps you can take that will begin to give you a clearer picture. By following these steps you will gain tremendous insight into what lies ahead. Whether this reality-check convinces you to dive in, or hold back, you’ll be well served by what you learn. While we are huge proponents of founders developing a well written business plan, the steps below can be followed even before you start your small business plan.
Step 1: Write a simple elevator pitch to see if your business idea is compelling to others. If you haven’t created an elevator pitch before, you can stitch together the essentials very easily. Write a one sentence answer to each of the following questions. What problem will your company solve for its customers? Who has this problem and how large is that group? What will make your business unique so that customers will buy from you instead of a competitor? Finally, what are your qualifications to run the business? If you force yourself to write and re-write the very best one sentence answers to each of these questions, you will have the elevator pitch you need for this purpose. Now, try out your elevator pitch on 10 people you trust and respect to get their feedback and reaction to your well-formed business concept. This is the warm up for steps two and three.
Step 2: Talk to would-be customers to find out if there is a true need for your product or service. When you are thinking about starting a business, you obviously feel there is a void in the marketplace. Don’t wait until you open your business to find out if the need for another business is real or imagined. Armed with your elevator pitch, go have face-to-face discussions with future customers. You are not going to them to sell, or pre-sell. You are doing market research. After describing your business by generally following your elevator pitch, go into “ask and listen” mode. To get the information you are seeking, ask questions like, “How are you currently meeting your needs for (insert the products or services your company will provide)?” Listen carefully-this is the voice of the customer. In step one, you spoke to friends and respected colleagues. In step two, you are talking to people who currently buy products or services like those you will be selling. Select individuals who will be focused on the content of your ideas and less concerned about simply wanting to be encouraging.
Step 3: Become an expert on the competition. Identify 5 other companies that are already doing what you plan to do. Learn as much about them as you can. One of the best things to learn is if they expanding or shrinking. You want to be entering a business where the market and demand is growing! Take everything you learn and ask yourself what it says about the opportunity for your new business. If you can’t find any companies that already do what you’re planning to do, there two likely reasons: 1) There is not enough demand to support a business; 2) You didn’t look hard enough. The third possibility, and the one most often cited incorrectly, is that a genuinely new opportunity has been discovered, one that nobody else has ever thought of, and so there is no competition. Rarely is this the case.
Step 4: Develop a rough estimate of your breakeven costs. Think about the process of engaging the customer to the point of making a sale. What are all the things that you must have in place to make that sale? Do you need an office? A building? A sign? Computers? Phone service? Special equipment? Employees? Will you need to take a salary from the business from its inception? How much will you spend on marketing so that customers find out about your business? List all of the major items and estimate their costs for the first full year. Divide this number by twelve to see your total monthly fixed expenses.
To calculate their breakeven sales number, some types of businesses must also take into account their “cost of sales” or the additional cost that is incurred for each sale made. In a pure service business, such as consulting, there will be little or no “cost of sales.” A consultant sells his or her time. The breakeven revenue for this type of business would be the total monthly expenses calculated above.
Other businesses, such as restaurants or retailers have to take into account the cost of the goods they sell. For …

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The Real Meaning of Entrepreneurship

The official definitions of entrepreneur generally come down to an individual who takes on the initiative and risk of organizing and managing any business. This is a pretty basic description, perhaps better suited to the definition of business owner. Successful entrepreneurs bring something more to the table than the average guy who works for himself. They are innovators, they are independent, and they are willing to live like most people won’t in order to live like most people can’t.
Article directories and business magazines are full of advice for would-be entrepreneurs that doesn’t really fit with that title. Some experts recommend that you outsource all “non-core” tasks related to your business idea. The argument is that you should reserve your efforts for the core operations of the venture and leave all other tasks (accounting, marketing, legal issues, IT) to other professionals to handle. On the surface, this sounds great – you get to do the “fun” part and leave the boring business stuff to someone else.
The problems come when you are faced with critical business decisions – should we expand? Change direction? Are there opportunities to exploit? Threats to counter? If you do not have a solid grasp of every aspect of your business, you will not only have trouble making these decisions, but may not even know the decisions need to be made! There are hundreds (if not more) of horror stories about business owners turning over control of one aspect or another to an outside source, trusting them to do things right, and paying dearly for not taking complete responsibility for every part of their venture. Of course, there is a time and place for outsourcing time-consuming tasks, but a true entrepreneur needs to retain control over how and when the work is done, and have the knowledge and an established procedure for understanding what it all means.
The business of entrepreneurship is business – many of the most successful entrepreneurs will tell you that the product or service you are offering doesn’t matter nearly as much as the fundamental business skills you apply to the venture. The basics of running a business are the same no matter what you sell, who you well it to, or where you are located. Accounting systems must be coherent and accurate in order to tell you where the business has been. The operations procedures must be well-established, consistent, and efficient to ensure the day-to-day is being run correctly. The financial and strategic planning must be based on a balance of knowledge of the past, present, and future of the business as well as fundamental business principles. Whatever field your company is in, you success or failure will all come down to business.
Nearly every definition of entrepreneur includes a reference to risk-taking. Actually, the most successful entrepreneurs avoid risk like the plague. They do so by working hard to learn the details of every aspect of their business, identifying areas of potential risk, and doing everything they can to mitigate that risk. True entrepreneurs are not particularly comfortable with risk. Rather, they thrive on the process of slaying risk as it comes.
Entrepreneurship is more than just working for yourself. It is having the drive to learn all you can, all the time, about whatever it is you do. It is the willingness to think outside the SOPs of your industry to find better, smarter, and faster ways to get the job done. It is about fighting back risk to clear the path to success. Entrepreneurs are in the business of business – they are independent and determined to take control of their own work life and financial future. It’s a tough road, and definitely not for everyone, but the payoff is unmatched.…

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What You Say to Yourself When You Are by Yourself Will Impact Your Level of Success Online

All too often online entrepreneurs start their business intent on learning as they go. They have a mindset that if they are going to be successful online then they have to learn everything themselves from scratch – Wrong Mindset:
There is a right way and a wrong way to develop and grow an online business. The right way is to find out who in your niche is currently successful and mirror what they are doing.
You must not copy what they are doing word for word but you must firstly:
1. Adopt their mindset – what do they focus on, who do they focus on? how much time do they invest in their business? who are they in business with? what are the names of the people that you associate with and who can really challenge you and help you?
2. Work on your own mindset – Be focused on achieving your success and you must be specific in order to do this,. Make sure you have committed yourself to the success of the business. You must be committed to working on your online business every day for an extended period of time – Are you prepared to make the necessary sacrifices. Make sure you understand the time it will take.
Many of the online scam businesses claim that you can make thousands of dollars from your first day in business by working only 1-2 hours per day. Most of the truly successful online entrepreneurs who have built sustainable, ethical, online businesses for themselves will have invested their time, their efforts and 100% of their focus to ensure success in their online venture.
If you are serious you will treat your business seriously.
On each of the Online Business Training courses that I have given and attended over the past few years, Mindset features on each and every one of them.
Being an online entrepreneur can be difficult to explain to people who have never operated online. They will however be experts in online scamming and will have heard all the stories!
Its important for both you and your own mindset to be very clear to these people that you are working on a serious business and that you are committed to its success and that you are working on yourself all the time.
You must make sure that you are spending as much of your time as possible speaking with and mixing with like minded success orientated people. This works if you want it to work.
Watching the news and TV and reading the daily newspapers will not help you to become successful online. Cut the time you spend on these activities to a minimum.
3. Find a proven system that works online and that has worked online for for many people. Speak to these people and understand what they have done to make it a success. Its the quickest way to becoming successful online.…

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Starting An Internet Business: The Plan

If you are looking for financial independence, there is no better and low cost, sometimes free, way than starting an internet business. However, without the right plan and approach, you may not realize the financial freedom you are looking for. The plan below will help you be successful with your online business.
What type of internet business should you undertake?
There are many types of online business you can undertake. You can either sell your own product or sell someone’s. Selling your own product will take you some time as you will have to identify the product, have it developed, develop the shipping mechanism and initiate a marketing campaign.
On the other hand, when starting an internet business, you can decide to sell someone’s products as an affiliate. Here, you will only have to get customers to buy the products and for each sale, you will be given a commission. Starting and internet business as an affiliate is much easier than starting to sell your own products.
Is there a market available for the product or service you are offering?
When starting an internet business, find out whether there is demand for the product or service you want to offer. You can use various tools to know whether your offer has a demand in the market. Also, find out trends in the media on what people are looking for. The best way to get a winning product or service is to offer a solution to problems many people are facing.
Do you have the necessary equipment to carry out the business?
When starting an internet business, you will need an internet enabled computer. Apart from this, you will also need things like a phone for live support, different computer application software, a printer, web hosting company, domain name among others. Unlike traditional business models, you do not require an office as you can work from home. You will save a lot on things like taxes, rent, electricity and other overheads associated with traditional business models.
What is your marketing plan?
Starting an internet business also required you to think of your target customers. Your business will not survive if customers cannot find you on the web. You have to come up with a marketing campaign for your products or services. You can use a combination of free and paid marketing strategies to reduce your cost and increase your leverage.
Before starting an internet business, you should understand the importance of search engine optimization (SEO) to your online business. Adopt different SEO to ensure your target customers get to your website.
When starting an internet business, have the above plan at hand and you will be on your way to a long term recurring income and will be able to achieve financial independence.…

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Useful Advice On How To Choose A Locksmith

There are a few things you need to consider before hiring a locksmith. Get prepared in advance. In this article, you will find advice that will help you find the best contractor for the job. Keep reading and keep this information in mind.

Before you hire a locksmith, research his background. It’s important that the locksmith you hire has your best interests at heart. Some locksmiths are scammers and will make copies of your keys.

Even if a locksmith is something you will never have need for, it is good to be prepared. Do some homework in advance to know a trustworthy professional you can rely on in an emergency situation. You can save their number in your phone, putting it at your fingertips in case of emergency.

Try getting a locksmith who stays up to date with the locksmith community. While it’s not a necessity, knowing that your locksmith is up to date on current trends and technological developments can be very reassuring. It also assures you that you won’t get scammed.

Check the locksmiths credentials before they enter your home. Once he does give them, take the initiative to call them. You surely want the best possible services from someone you know to be trustworthy.

Check that the locksmith is who they claim to be prior to allowing them entry to your home. Double check the address listed is real and connects with the phone number you were given. With easy online access, you can double check anyone you want to hire.

While it’s cool to look for a low price on locksmith services, be wary if it’s too low. They may not have a lot of experience, or may be desperate for work. Try to pick a locksmith that does not charge at the high or low end of your quotes.

Find a locksmith before you actually require one. You won’t have many choices if you put it off until you have been locked out of the car or house. You also risk someone shady having your keys.

Don’t hire locksmiths after you only consider one. Calling from three to as many as five individual locksmiths is a good way to get a range of prices. You will know what the rates are with various companies. After you have determined the going rate, you will be able to make a better decision in hiring a locksmith.

Before trusting a locksmith with your keys, ask for a referral list of their customers. Most businesses are happy to provides references, and it is important to actually call the referred customers. Find out how trustworthy and reliable locksmiths are and the amount they charge for off-hours and emergencies.

It is not logical to wait until you find that you cannot unlock the door to your car or home in order to locate an good locksmith. Locksmith companies should be thoroughly checked out prior to using their services. Hopefully you have learned some valuable tips from this article to hire the best locksmith possible.…