Month: December 2016

Are You Ready To Be Your Own Boss

Are You Ready To Be Your Own BossYou have this burning desire you want to be on your own. The temptation is so great that you want to quit your job. Enough is enough. You’re sick of working for other people for a ridiculous pay.

To be your own boss means controlling your own destiny, having your own time and no bosses to report to. Basically, you can do whatever you want.

But before you really jump into a new territory of being on your own, you have to make sure that you’re ready and well equipped.

Below is the checklist that can help you to ensure that you’re ready to be on your own.

1. Have a crystal clear plan.

Do you have a clear idea as to what you want to do next? You must know exactly what your plan is. Is this going to be the same as what you are doing? Or, is it completely different from what you are used to do? Write down your ideas and evaluate the feasibility of your ideas. Ideally, pick an idea you like most and the most profitable.

2. Have a reserve of 6-12 months.

Before you embark on your journey to be your own boss, you must prepare a fund of at least 6 months’
expenses. I prefer a 12-month fund reserve. The reserve is used to cover your daily expenses while you
are just starting out and you receive no regular wages. This reserve is also used to cover unforeseen circumstances that you might be under. It’s extremely important to have sufficient fund as this can remove a lot of stress from you.

3. Support from your partners or friends.

When your plan to be on your own fails or you face a temporary setback, do you have someone to turn to for support? It’s almost guaranteed that you’ll be caught in a situation that can force you to give up. This is the time when you need solid support from someone who cares about you. You need this kind of support to carry on. You need someone to talk your problem out. Identify the person who can give you 100% support while you’re on your way to be on your own. The person can be your spouse, partners, close friends or even your mentors. For me, my wife is the biggest inspiration and supporter. Whenever I feel down, she gives me the courage to stand up again.

4. Tools and resources.

Do you have the necessary resources you need to start out? Can you work from home instead, or you need to rent an office? Do you need to hire people to help you, part time or full time? Do you need a computer and the relevant software? Do you need any special tool or machine for your business? If yes, where do you source for it? By asking these questions, you can prepare a list of tools and resources that you need to carry out your tasks more efficiently and effectively.

5. Acquire knowledge.

If you’re starting out in a new area, how do you acquire knowledge in this area? Knowledge increases your probability of success and helps you to avoid unnecessary mistakes. Knowledge can be obtained
through government agencies, support groups, workshops, books, the Internet, mentors and coaches.

Being on your own can be very challenging. By sharing the information here, it’s my hope that you’ll have a smooth transition from working for people to being your own boss. And also to encourage you to take action if you have been contemplating on the idea, but no action is taken yet. I can assure you that you’ll never regret of making the decision to be on your own.

Is Now the Right Time to Become An Entrepreneur

Is Now the Right Time to Become An EntrepreneurA number of economic changes are magnifying the role of small business and creating the impetus for entrepreneurship.

In the past, many people perceived small business owners as shopkeepers – the mom ‘n pop shops. Today, with a status boost, they’re entrepreneurs, and perceived to be on the leading edge.

But is now the right time to step up to the plate and take a swing at starting a small business? In the audio book, “Sound Advice on Small Business,” author Jim Schell points to a number of economic changes creating momentum for entrepreneurs.

Continued downsizing in the Fortune 500 sector is one change, as corporate CEOs strive to keep earnings up to stock market expectations. “The corporate rat race has become more stressful to its inhabitants, and more tenuous,” says Schell. “Today’s Enrons and Worldcoms haven’t done the image of the big guys any good, either.”

Job creation is another economic change. “Corporate and government downsizing, combined with an influx of trained and motivated entrepreneurs is resulting in the vast majority of today’s new jobs being created by the small business sector,” says Schell.

He also points to changes in technology. “Today’s technology is allowing little companies to do big things. Small businesses are now able to compete in industries that were once only open to the big guys.”

With these and other economic changes sweeping the country, Schell believes now is the right time to become an entrepreneur. “My advice: Go to where the action is – make a beeline for small business.”

The Secret About Criminal Lawyers

Criminal lawyers like criminal law Mesa AZ are the ones who specialize in dealing with cases involving individuals or organizations with criminal allegations to their name. The main aim of the best criminal lawyers is to help their clients form such a strategic legal defense so that there is no scope of losing the case. Regardless of the criminal offences a person is charged with, hiring the top criminal lawyers of the city will definitely pay off for the good of the respective client.

Importance of criminal lawyers

Criminal defense lawyers are always ready to help their clients in case they are charged with any sort of criminal offence. Since they are experts in their field of knowledge, they are able to provide high quality service to clients who need them. There are 24 hour criminal law firms that suggest best lawyers to people, as per their needs.

The criminal defense lawyers study the case presented to them thoroughly and look for any loopholes in their favor. Then they use these strong points and form a good argument to be presented in the court at the time of hearing. With their experience and skill, they are able to help people charged with criminal offence to win the case in court.

How to get good criminal lawyers

It is not necessary that all lawyers you contact are extremely good in their field. To hire the services of the top lawyers of the city or the country, you must conduct a detailed research on the performance history of 24 hour criminal law firms. These criminal law firms must have the top notch lawyers who are highly experienced and are dedicated in their field of work and whose main goal is to satisfy their clients better than any other criminal defense lawyer.

Providing the best criminal defense service does not mean that top criminal lawyers should charge extremely high rates for their services. Besides delivering high quality service to clients charged with criminal offences, these talented lawyers must also see that they do not put a financial burden on their clients.

All lawyers must also try to explain the legal aspects of the case to their clients and not try to fool them. It is important that people understand how their lawyer is fighting for the case so that they can provide necessary help whenever required. Communication must be rock solid and useful to both lawyer as well as client. Expertise is the key to look out for, while hiring a lawyer.

Secrets of Successful Entrepreneurs

Secrets of Successful EntrepreneursRunning a one-person business is a creative, flexible and challenging way to become your own boss and chart your own future. It is about creating a life, as it is about making a living. It takes courage, determination and foresight to decide to become an entrepreneur. From the relatively safe cocoon of the corporate world, where paychecks arrive regularly, you will be venturing into the unchartered territories of business.

Is there a way to determine whether you can be a successful entrepreneur, or you are better off to work for somebody else? Alas, there is no formula for success. However, most successful entrepreneurs share these ten characteristics. Check if you possess any one of them:

1. Think success. To attain the kind of success that you want, you need to dream big. Every success story starts with big dreams. You need to have big dreams for yourself – which you want to be somebody rich, famous or fulfilled. You need to have a clear vision of what you want to achieve. But it doesn’t stop in dreaming alone. You should actively visualize success in your mind that you can almost feel it, touch it or it is within your reach. Play this image back at every opportunity. What does it feel to triple your current income? How will your life change? What will your business look like if you achieved the million-dollar mark?

Successful entrepreneurs possess an attitude of openness and faith that you can have what you want if you can simply envision it as the first step on the path of action to acquiring it. Management gurus have taught us the power of visualization – seeing yourself in your mind as having accomplished your dreams. If you want to be a successful writer, envision yourself signing books for a throng of people who have lined up to have your autograph. If you want to be rich, picture yourself in luxurious surroundings holding a fat bank account. And the process of envisioning success for you should be a constant activity! You need to think that you are successful (or will be one) every single waking hour.

A personal development coach shared me her secret to help her continuously visualize her goals for the moment: when climbing stairs, recite your goal with every step you take. So if you want more money, say “I will have money” in every step of the stairs. This technique will reinforce your goal and keep it fresh in your consciousness.

2. Be passionate with what you do. You start a business to change any or all part of your life. To attain this change, you need to develop or uncover an intense, personal passion to change the way things are and to live life to the fullest. Success comes easily if you love what you do. Why? Because we are more relentless in our pursuit of goals about things that we love. If you hate your job right now, do you think you will ever be successful at it? Not in a million years! You may plod along, even become competent at the tasks, but you will never be a great success at it. You will achieve peak performance and do what you have to do to succeed only if you are doing something that interests you or something that you care about.

Entrepreneurs who succeed do not mind the fact that they are putting in 15 or 18 hours a day to their business because they absolutely love what they do. Success in business is all about patience and hard work, which can only be attained if you are passionate and crazy with your tasks and activities.

3. Focus on your strengths. Let’s face it; you cannot be everything to everybody. Each of us has our own strengths and weaknesses. To be effective, you need to identify your strengths and concentrate on it. You will become more successful if you are able to channel your efforts to areas that you do best. In business, for example, if you know you have good marketing instincts, then harness this strength and make full use of it. Seek help or assistance in areas that you may be poor at, such as accounting or bookkeeping. To transform your weakness to strength, consider taking hands-on learning or formal training.

4. Never consider the possibility of failure. Ayn Rand, in her novel The Fountainhead, wrote, “It is not in the nature of man – nor of any living entity, to start out by giving up.” As an entrepreneur, you need to fully believe in your goals, and that you can do it. Think that what you are doing will contribute to the betterment of your environment and your personal self. You should have a strong faith in your idea, your capabilities and yourself. You must believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that you have the ability to recognize and fulfill them. The more you can develop faith in your ability to achieve your goals, the more rapidly you can attain it. However, your confidence should be balanced with calculated risks that you need to take to achieve greater rewards. Successful entrepreneurs are those who analyze and minimize risk in the pursuit of profit. As they always say, “no guts, no glory.”

5. Plan accordingly. You have a vision, and you have enough faith in yourself to believe that you can achieve your vision. But do you know how to get to your vision? To achieve your vision, you need to have concrete goals that will provide the stepping-stone towards your ultimate vision. Put your goals in writing; not doing so just makes them as intangible fantasies. You need to plan each day in such a way that your every action contributes to the attainment of your vision. Do you foresee yourself as the next Martha Stewart of hand-made home furnishings? Perhaps today, you need to see an artist to help you conceptualize the new line of hand-made linens that you hope to launch. Intense goal orientation is the characteristic of every successful entrepreneur. They have a vision, and they know how to get there. Your ability to set goals and make plans for your accomplishment is the skill required to succeed. Plan, plan and plan – because without which failure is guaranteed.

6. Work hard! Every successful entrepreneur works hard, hard and hard. No one achieves success just by sitting and staring at the wall every single day. Brian Tracy puts it out this way, “You work eight hours per day for survival; everything over eight hours per day is for success.” Ask any successful businessperson and they will tell you immediately that they had to work more than 60 hours per week at the start of their businesses. Be prepared to say goodbye to after-office drinks every day, or a regular weekend get-away trip. If you are in a start-up phase, you will have to breathe, eat and drink your business until it can stand on its own. Working hard will be easy if you have a vision, clear goals, and are passionate with what you do.

7. Constantly Look for Ways to Network. In business, you are judged by the company you keep – from your management team, board of directors, and strategic partners. Businesses always need assistance, more so small businesses. Maybe the lady you met in a trade association meeting can help you secure funding, or the gentleman at a conference can provide you with management advise. It is important to form alliances with people who can help you, and whom you can help in return. To succeed in business, you need to possess good networking skills and always be alert to opportunities to expand your contacts.

8. Willingness to Learn. You do not need to be a MBA degree holder or PhD graduate to succeed in your own business. In fact, there are a lot of entrepreneurs who did not even finish secondary education. Studies show that most self-made millionaires have average intelligence. Nonetheless, these people reached their full potentials achieved their financial and personal goals in business because they are willing to learn. To succeed, you must be willing to ask questions, remain curious, interested and open to new knowledge. This willingness to learn becomes more crucial given the rapid changes in technologies and ways of doing business.

9. Persevere and have faith. No one said that the road to success is easy. Despite your good intentions and hard work, sometimes you will fail. Some successful entrepreneurs suffered setbacks and resounding defeats, even bankruptcy, yet managed to quickly stand up to make it big in their fields. Your courage to persist in the face of adversity and ability to bounce back after a temporary disappointment will assure your success. You must learn to pick yourself up and start all over again. Your persistence is the measure of the belief in yourself. Remember, if you persevere, nothing can stop you.

10. Discipline yourself. Thomas Huxley once said, “Do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you like it or not.” Self-discipline is the key to success. The strength of will to force yourself to pay the price of success – doing what others don’t like to do, going the extra mile, fighting and winning the lonely battle with yourself.

Reducing the Stress of Being an Entrepreneur

Reducing the Stress of Being an EntrepreneurStarting and running your own business can be exciting and rewarding, but it can also be very stressful. For most of our almost 40 year marriage my husband has been an entrepreneur and I have sometimes worked with him. Having built my own business as a Stress Reduction Coach I have been reflecting on the stresses of being an entrepreneur.

Signs and sources of stress

Some of the signs of stress overload include irritability, anxiety about the sustainability of the business, and/or high business debt. Relationships within the family can suffer if they do not understand the entrepreneurial drive or the time and effort it takes to start and run a business. For women entrepreneurs, the job of running the household and balancing work and home can create enormous stressors. When you work from home, all the household tasks that need to be done can pull you away from your business. People who are drawn to be entrepreneurs are sometimes idea people who don’t like detail and repetitive tasks. Having to work on those things can create stress as well. And when you’re stressed it’s harder to concentrate and focus.

Organize your environment

One of the solutions is to reduce the stress and create an environment that discourages stress. Have a place where you can keep everything together and organized. A written plan of action for the business posted where you can see it along with a daily plan can help you focus the time you have available.

A system that works for me

I am not a person who comes to organization easily and I have struggled to find a way that works. Daytimers and lists help for a short while, but I have never been able to keep up with them. One thing I have found that works is to have a “big picture overview” of what needs to be done where I can see it. I have a poster board size piece of “static cling” presentation sheet that adheres to my door. It can be easily rolled up and removed if needed. I have several categories that I’ve posted at the top of the sheet, such as “website,” “presentation,” etc. These are written on standard sized post-it notes so they can be easily removed and changed. I brainstorm everything I need to do on small post-it notes. After I brainstorm, I then organize the notes in the appropriate columns. I also have a category that says TODAY for the urgent and important things. I can glance at the poster while I am working and see what else I might need to do and when I finish what I need to do, I can throw the post-it away. If something comes up that is not posted, I can put it on a post-it note and put it where it needs to be.

This “system” helped me write many graduate papers and I used it when I planned and wrote my dissertation. Now it helps me as I plan and work my business. This is just one technique that helps me reduce the stress of being an entrepreneur.

Short Course on Cleaners – Getting to Square 1

Advantages of Hiring Commercial Cleaning Services As we enter a shop, restaurant, office or any type of business establishment, our instant expectation is that it would be clean. At the same time, this matter may well be on the lower end of a manager or business owner’s priority list, especially because he has tons of meetings to attend, clients to meet or job applications to review. Alone, this is already a compelling reason to consider hiring a commercial cleaning company. Want more reasons? Read the following: Making a Great First Impression on Clients and Would-be Clients First impressions may not last so long, but they definitely leave quite a mark on most people. What’s more, unhappy customers may interpret not so spotless facilities as an indication of the level of care that goes into the quality of that business’s product or service, and might just decide to bring their business somewhere else. Indeed, if a business doesn’t care enough about its own property, why would it care enough about its clients? Cleanliness, in simple terms can be any business’ first opportunity to wow a client and win him eventually.
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Sometimes, lost customers may even talk about their negative experience to relatives, friends or, worse, their online contacts. This can quickly escalate into PR disaster for a business, particularly those where cleanliness is a big deal, like in restaurants.
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Preventing Health Problems Dust can collect in a neglected workplace pretty fast. Workers who deal with allergies or breathing difficulties may be compromised. With prevention being better than cure, it’s always smart to avoid these problems in the first place, instead of struggling to deal with them when they actually surface. Maintaining High Staff Productivity and Satisfaction Employees function more effectively in a clean environment, but cleanliness is also often the last thing on their minds, just like their managers. To address these issues without additional burden to anyone, hiring staff for this particular purpose is the best thing to do. Moreover, working with a commercial cleaning company is a way of telling employees that management cares about their well-being, hence increasing their satisfaction and boosting their morale. Cleaning Expertise, Plain and Simple It’s easy for businesses to hire cleaning staff in-house, but a commercial cleaners provide the extra benefit of scale and expertise which an organization’s middle managers may not. Just let the pros handle their own cleaners, schedule activities, and invest in key equipment. The premium you pay is rather small compared to the great convenience that an expert cleaning company can offer. Before hiring a commercial cleaning service, it is important to remember that there can be huge differences in the quality of services and costs among the different providers. You have to do your research to ensure that you end up with a company that will be an asset to you.

Traits and Skills of Successful Internet Entrepreneurs

Traits and Skills of Successful Internet EntrepreneursThere are certain traits and skills that many successful online entrepreneurs have in common. Some mentioned in this article may seem simple, but don’t overlook their importance.

You may not personally be strong in all areas, but you can get by as long as you can delegate tasks that call for them to someone on your team that is.

  • Good Communicator Whether you are communicating by email, your web site, ICQ, web-based forums, or whatever, you (or someone in your organization) need to demonstrate good communication skills – especially good writing skills. Unfortunately, many online communications are very weak in this area. I’m not saying this to be critical, but to point out an area for improvement that we can benefit from by giving attention to. Since we’re all human and prone to making mistakes, our communications may not be flawless, but the more clearly and accurately we get our message across – with fewer mistakes in spelling, punctuation, and grammar – the more likely our prospects will grasp our message and take the desired action, and the more professional image we will project. However, that does NOT mean that we need to try to impress people with complex language. Research has shown that clear, simple language outsells complicated language.
  • Calculated Risk-Taker True entrepreneurs aren’t necessarily foolhardy gamblers or risk-takers, but tend to be willing to take carefully calculated risks after careful thought and planning (thereby reducing the risk). This is better than dragging one’s feet too long, suffering from “analysis paralysis,” wasting precious time over-analyzing things.
  • More of a Doer Than a Dreamer Having dreams and aspirations about becoming a successful entrepreneur is all well and good. The problem is, it is much easier to dream than it is to roll up our sleeves and get busy making those dreams come true. Only when we do more doing than dreaming will we ever become successful.
  • Persistent As I’ve watched new online ventures come and go, and others (including my own) come and GROW, I’ve noticed that persistence is a key ingredient missing from many failed ones. And some are right on the brink of success when they quit!
  • Cautiously Optimistic Rather than have a negative outlook on life (which will eventually by conveyed to prospects and customers) successful entrepreneurs usually tend to have a “can do” attitude, and to see opportunity where others only see problems.
  • Goal Oriented Entrepreneurs take a lot of satisfaction in setting and reaching business-related goals. This isn’t surprising, as all humans have a natural desire to find satisfaction in their accomplishments.
  • Customer Oriented Hit and run entrepreneurs don’t usually last, but those that focus on understanding and satisfying the wants, needs and buying trends of their customers tend to thrive.
  • Passion for the Type of Business Entrepreneurs aren’t just motivated by a desire to earn a living. They usually have such an interest in their line of business that it rarely seems like work to them. It helps them put in the long hours that getting a business up and running sometimes calls for.
  • Flexible Things change rapidly, especially online. The successful entrepreneur is willing to overcome mistakes, meet new challenges head-on, and adapt to change. Doing so can mean the difference between success and failure.
  • Skilled at Marketing In business, as the saying goes, “Everything is marketing.” The world can not and will not beat a path to your door to buy your “better mouse trap” if the world doesn’t know about it. Regardless of what business you’re in, marketing is the tool used to present the solutions that your products and services offer to the rest of the world.

As legendary promoter P.T. Barnum said: “Without promotion, something terrible happens – NOTHING!”

Like any other skill, your marketing can be improved through increased knowledge and practice. Invest in expanding your knowledge of marketing. Doing so can serve you well throughout your entrepreneurial career. Benjamin Franklin put it well, when he said: “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”

Of course, there are lots of other skills and traits that successful Internet entrepreneurs have at their disposal, but the above list covers many of the most crucial ones. May it help you to also find success as an online entrepreneur.

Focus is the Key to a Successful Startup

Focus is the Key to a Successful StartupThe definition of a startup means you have very few resources to employ and little time to get them to do something valuable. The clock is always ticking, and the money (if you even have any) is running out by the day. With so little to leverage, you need to make sure that the focus of your company’s product offer is as razor sharp as possible.

Don’t be all you can be. Be as little as you can be.

Most startup companies fail because they try to be too many things to too many people right from the onset. They think of every possible option they could load into their product offer. While this may give them the feeling of being one of the âbig boys,â the grim reality is they are not. In fact by trying to be too many things from the start, these companies often end up delivering no real value at all.

Instead of trying to be all things to all people, try being one thing to all people. Think of PayPal, the highly successful startup that allowed users to e-mail money over the Internet to each other. PayPal could have chosen a million options for their offer. They could have become an on-line credit card company, an auction site, a loan provider and so on. But what made the company successful was their focus on only one offer â e-mailing money from one person to the other.

PayPal did one simple thing so well that the industry giant eBay purchased them for $1.5 billion in 2002, even after eBay had already built the same service themselves. PayPal is a great example of a company keeping a sharp focus one doing on thing right even when so many great opportunities could have easily distracted them.

Bite off less than you can chew

Delivering your product to market is an amazing feat to begin with. Even still, a common problem among small companies is their inability to predict what it will take to actually support a product once it has gone to market. Itâs easy to conceive complex products with lots of features. But actually bringing that product to market and supporting its use with customers is a whole different story.

Instead of trying to roll out everything and the kitchen sink in your approach to market, just roll out the sink. If you find that you can support your product just fine after itâs been successfully selling in the first year, then go ahead and add to it. Itâs a lot easier to add features along the way than it is to support features you donât have the resources for to begin with.

You have ten seconds to get it right

Your customer has a life, even if you do not. They are being constantly bombarded with marketing messages from the latest movies releases to the newest type of shampoo. They donât have the time or energy to stop their entire day to focus on just your product. So if you are lucky enough to have ten seconds of their attention, you had better make good use of it.
The exercise of developing your value proposition in ten seconds is a great way to distill down your feature set to those items that will get peopleâs attention right away. If itâs not going to add value to the ten second pitch, itâs not critical to your productâs success. If you canât get your customerâs attention with the one key benefit to your product, the rest of your features will never see the light of day to begin with.

Stay on target gold leader

Your product launch is just the beginning of keeping your focus. Once you have brought your product to market and enjoyed some early success, it may become even harder to stay focused. Now you have customers calling you and recommending (or demanding!) features to be added and services to be provided. All of these distractions make it even harder to keep you and your team focused on a single goal.

Fortunately the process of keeping your resources focused post-launch is entirely the same. You need to pick your battles and allocate your resources toward the few initiatives that will be best served to do the one thing right that is truly driving your company. Serving the needs and whims of every customer sounds great, but it can also be a terrible detour when trying to keep the forward progress of your company moving.

If at any point during your journey youâre unsure whether or not youâre spending your time and resources effectively, just ask yourself one question, âIs this driving the core benefit of our product?â. If the answer is âyesâ, youâre headed in the right direction.

Traits of The Successful Entrepreneur

Traits of The Successful EntrepreneurWant to know why certain people succeed and others don’t. Well successful people have certain traits? Do you have them?
Business has changed a great deal over the years. We now have computers, the internet and because of the internet – web pages, email and everything else that comes with it. Our telephone system has changed dramatically with the advent of cell phones and voice mail. However, even with all the technological advancements the traits that make a person successful in business can be traced way back when to our grandfather’s day. So before you decide you want to go into business for yourself, check and see if these traits are part of your make up.
Are you a person who sets goals? Most successful people have always set goals. They started at a very early age. They might have set the goal to be the best in a certain sport, or in a specific subject in school. Or if they wanted something, and knew that their parents couldn’t afford it, or wouldn’t spend the money for something, they earned the money themselves. They did this by setting up the lemonade stand, mowing lawns for neighbors, or delivering newspapers.
This is the same person, who as they got older, developed other goals and worked for them. Maybe they haven’t reached all of their goals, but they have always known what they wanted out of life. They have a vision for their future and they never lose sight of it. They keep revising and setting new goals for themselves. It is incomprehensible to them that everyone doesn’t do the same. They wonder how other people can live without striving for certain things.

The next trait is that the successful entrepreneur knows their strengths and weaknesses. They also face up to their fears. This means that they don’t let their egos get in the way. They know when they need to learn new skills or take other steps to make their business or themselves better. Due to the technological advances over the years, the skills and steps they need to take might be different; but the attitude has not. So do you have the attitude of a successful business person. To have this attitude you must realize that you are never done with the learning process, and you have to welcome any chance to improve your skills and knowledge.
Another trait is that they are always looking for opportunities. They could be in business or just getting started. In either case they know there are opportunities out there waiting for them. They also know that they need to find the opportunity that will work for them. Even those already running a business, are still open to possibilities.
Successful people will see opportunities other people miss. They also look at things objectively and ask the following questions: 1. Is this really as good as it sounds? 2. Is this something I really want to be doing? 3. Do I have the required skills or can I develop them? 4.Will this help me to reach the financial goals I have set for myself? 4. What impact will this have on my family?
A particularly important trait of the successful person is they will grab at an opportunity and take advantage of it, however they do not act impulsively. They take advantage of opportunities that come their way because they don’t want to be a shoulda, coulda, woulda type person. They don’t want to look back later in life and say I wish I had.
The next trait successful people have is that they like to know where they stand. They know their own business inside and out. However, they also know about their competition. They also know how well their own business measures up. And since they set goals they know exactly where they are in regards to reaching the financial goals they have set for themselves.
Successful people know how to handle budgets and finances. This is a very important trait. They are very cognizant of all phases of their finances. How much they owe, how much they have borrowed, interest rates, and anything else that can effect them. They always save for a rainy day. They are very much aware that they need to spend money to make money, and will put off expenditures for themselves (house, car, vacation) until they can afford it.
Another trait that successful people have in common is that they also don’t settle for second best. They like things done in a certain manner. They have standards that must be met for themselves and their product. If they work with an outside company and that company sends them something that is not up to their standards, they will return it. They look for the best products and the best workmanship in the price category they are working within. They would never put out a half hearted effort for a customer. If they realize they haven’t done a good job or haven’t done it right, they will do it again or set things right with the customer. This is why their customers are loyal to them and want to continue to do business with them again and again. Remember repeat business is why you are in business. If you don’t make a good impression the first time, you won’t get a second chance.
The successful entrepreneur has fun doing what they do. While they might not enjoy every aspect of their business, they enjoy the work that they do. One common theme you will find among them is that they enjoy it because its theirs, and they know they are building something for the future.

Business Start Up Tips From Some Hearty Entrepreneurs

Business Start Up Tips From Some Hearty EntrepreneursWhen’s the last time someone asked you: “What’s new?”
If you’re starting or growing a business, an e-business, or a web site, the answer is: “Everything!” – especially on the inside.

Face it, launching a new enterprise – or taking it to the next level – can sometimes feel scary and overwhelming. Where do you begin? How do you begin? And do you have what it takes?

Granted. We’ve heard about the classic stages of starting a successful business – like Plan, Launch, and Grow. We’ve heard about the latest web promotion buzzwords – like Stickiness, Link Popularity, and RSS Feeds. Yes, these are important, but let’s start at the heart of the matter. My objective is to help you begin your business by focusing on the inner shifts that accompany committing ourselves to any new business venture – the “hearty” changes that we’re unable to see directly, but that happen just the same.

I write these words from my 20 years of experience helping entrepreneurs start all types of businesses – both traditional and online – and having discussions with them about their entrepreneurial lives, about their inner achievements. What has it been like for them? What have they learned? What has worked for them, and what hasn’t?

The essence is this: Though the outward steps of launching a business may vary from person to person, if you’re willing to look closer, you’ll see that the process you go through on the inside will trigger all the deep changes in your life that are truly your own, that you’ve been waiting and wanting to happen all along.

The nature and truth of these inner changes – and their effects – cannot adequately be put into words. My clients tell me that these changes don’t move in logical ways. They are subtle, sometimes masked, even from our self. We see the outward advances – the sign going up, the website being launched, and the first client being won – however the deep, subterranean realizations that occur when we launch a new enterprise (that sometimes seem to emerge “out of the blue”), end up affecting the success of our business far more than any genius business plan or enlightened promotional strategy ever will. So, it’s up to us – to be prepared for as much transformation as we will allow, personally and professionally.

Here are a few “hearty” Start Up Tips I’ve learned and experienced firsthand from my clients. I hope they will help you as you shift and as you shape your new business:

“Be as you are”

I used to think that appearing confident and fearless regardless of what I was feeling inside was what it took to succeed in business. “Be strong and in control. Never let them see you cry or sweat” is what we are told. Or, at least that’s the way I heard it. I believe what that advice amounted to was this: “Be two people. Appear as a competent person in business at any cost” (even though you know all too well that you are sometimes unsure of yourself and make mistakes). I bought into this lie, hook, line, and sinker (or maybe that should read stinker?).

The truth: a straight-forward approach – warts and all – works better every time. Be as you are. It takes the pressure off and keeps your ego in the right place, while at the same time it makes it crystal clear to others whether you can meet their need from the very start. No hype. Nothing hidden. A few laughs. They can make a decision faster and feel confident in doing business with you because what they see is what they get. They can trust what’s real.

And likewise, the clarity and inner confidence that come from being as you are will guide the right actions for your business as well. They will be your light. They will set you going in the right direction and will provide the ready fuel to keep you going – and growing. The spirit of your business will sustain you.

“Humility precedes confidence”

Right up there with transparent living is humility. For most of my life, my take on “humility” was that it meant being “weak” or “less than” in the eyes of others – descriptions that seemed the very opposite of how an “entrepreneur” was supposed to act. But, the more I experience, the more I see that taking a humble, realistic approach as we start any business is essential. Humility is not a demure personality trait; it’s part of living our humanity.

I’ve been blessed to work with many humble people. You know, it’s ironic that taking a humble approach to business will, more than anything else I’ve observed, have a positive, dramatic affect on your personal confidence and motivation, and your ability to communicate well – to reach people where they are. I’ve also learned that I can be confident and humble at the same time, as long as my humility precedes my confidence, as long as I keep the notion that I am no more or less than anyone else ever present.

“A chance to help others”

So, my clients say: “See your idea – your new business – for what it is. Simply a way for you to create a living that helps others.” That’s it. That’s all. That’s everything. You have talents and gifts. You want to do something that seems natural and personally fulfilling. So be it. At the same time, there are people out there that need what you have to offer. This same equation of life and work is true for everyone. None of us are any more special, while at the same time all of us are capable of wonderful things.

“It’s always personal”

Business is always between just two people – it’s always inter-personal, even if your client is a huge company, you’re still communicating with a person. Today’s emphasis on the one-to-one nature of the Internet has always been the case in business, it’s just easier to see it illuminated on the web. Bringing your real skills (and person) in contact with another’s real need (and person) is the simple essence of meaningful business.

“Go with your heart”

So, we challenge you. Clearly define the parameters of your business upfront – what you will and will not initially offer. And, know your true values and limitations – what you cannot and will not do. Get these things out of your mind and commit them to paper – and re-commit yourself to your business each time you re-read them. Build it as you see it. Ask for others’ input and gain the professional help you need to succeed but go with what’s in your heart, with what moves you. When you go with what charges you up, you’ll have built-in confidence because you’ll be offering what is you. You’re not trying to make others see your business for anything but what it is. You’re not having to psych yourself up all the time. What a relief!

“Be like an open container”

They also tell me: “Wear life as a loose garment.” Be like an open container as you run your business. Be contained in terms of being focused, yet always remain open, in terms of being observant and flexible. You will create the map – your business plan – but without fail know that your map must change as you use it. That’s the way it is. As entrepreneurs, we can grow to love the fact that our world and business will change constantly. By saying alert, by consciously observing, by asking ourselves how we can best respond to these changes, we allow our business to take on its own life – a life we don’t need to “try” to push or “think through” all the time in order for it to maintain momentum.

“Challenges enliven your business”

And finally, their advice: Remain poised to creatively meet the challenges in front of you. They will appear, and you can benefit from them. They may appear as opportunities. “Oh boy!?” Or, they may appear as hurdles. “Oh, no!?” It’s all in how we see them and the actions we take as a result. We can label the very same thing as ” a blessing” or an “opportunity,” or we can label it as a “problem” or a “roadblock. However, refusing to accept what lies in front of us – just because it is different from what we had envisioned – prevents us from the very thing that will drive our business: change and growth.

“Hope and energy abound everywhere. Surprises are rampant.”

Remembering this daily, and living from my heart daily – is often the greatest challenge for me, and for my clients. It’s the challenge of perceiving my changing path and my changing relationship with others clearly and consistently, and allowing the spirit of change – the spirit of my business – to propel me forward, without grasping for it, without losing my focus.

Susan Kay Thompson, a Florida Gulf Coast resident, is founder of Emerald Coast Entrepreneur, [http://www.emeraldcoastentrepreneur.com/], a consulting firm specializing in business start up and web content development services. With a rich and varied background in academic, corporate, and entrepreneurial achievement, she cuts through the theories and the hype to write words – and find solutions – that make a difference.