Oldies but goodies…

The social media landscape has significantly changed the face of small business communication, but it does not mean previous technologies have been rendered useless. “Old” technologies, such as e-mail newsletters, instant messaging and message boards are still active and can still increase productivity (and sales!). Many entrepreneurs already have a strong understanding of these technologies and have probably used them in the past. Consider dusting off that old e-mail newsletter you belong to – you know, the one you haven’t read in 2 years – or do a quick search of what message boards are out there. You may be reminded of and surprised at how useful these seemingly out-of-date services can be.

Some you’ve probably heard of, but may not know the full power of…

LinkedIn

LinkedIn has become the platform for business-focused social networking. By setting up a LinkedIn profile, users are able to post their work history and professional profiles for others to see. This tool presents opportunities for generating new business, reconnecting with old colleagues, and finding a job.

While many business users may have a LinkedIn profile, they may overlook the other small business communication tools LinkedIn provides. For example, LinkedIn Groups are a simple way to create an online forum where customers, prospects and industry insiders can exchange ideas. Similar to an e-mail newsletter, the Group allows invited LinkedIn users to interact with one another and for a company to communicate key messages. With some simple work on the front-end to get the group moving, an entrepreneur can then take a back-seat to let the patients run the asylum – while still maintaining his or her position as the group leader.

Wiki

A wiki (rhymes with tricky) is a website that allows users to edit the content that is posted on the page; the trick to wikis is ensuring the edits are accurate. Wikipedia, for example, is an editable online encyclopedia in which users can edit the content. The reason the information remains accurate is Wikipedia has designated individuals to monitor updates.

From a business perspective, a wiki is a great small business communication tool for companies with geographically distributed offices or teams. Users can post a document or other materials on an internal wiki and allow a group to review and edit the material in one place. Beyond the team collaboration, the wiki also helps with “version control,” a problem that occurs when some users do not have the most up-to-date version of a document. Microsoft’s SharePoint offers companies the ability to make internal wikis, as well as discussion boards.

Some small business communication tools you may not have heard of…

Yammer

Yammer is an enterprise microblogging service – think of it as Twitter for internal business communication. The service allows businesses to create their own internal communication channel and limit use to those who have a valid company e-mail address.

The Shocking Truth is that you will only realize 70% of the value of a traditional health plan.

The reality is that for the small businesses (especially the sole owner type), monthly health benefit plans are designed to yield around 30% in profit for the Providers when it comes to routine health care expenses. On average, for a small business, you will only get out 70% of the premiums you put in – the traditional monthly plans are designed that way. And, if you claim more in one year, your premiums or limitations will normally increase to maintain that 70/30 ratio.

A Health Spending Account is a great alternative for entrepreneurs.

In contrast, a Health Spending Account (HSA) is far more cost effective for these routine health care expenses, without the artificial percentage and coverage limitations imposed by the insurance carriers. For example, most monthly health plans cover 80% for routine cleaning, up to a fixed annual limit per person. HSA’s have no percentage limits imposed – 100% is covered.

Monthly health plans typically cover only certain services. Few monthly plans cover things like glasses, massage therapy, orthotics, contacts, laser eye surgery, etc. A Health Spending Account allow entrepreneurs’ and their dependents to gain access to a full spectrum of health care services.

The final good news is that Revenue Canada (CRA) allows incorporated Canadian businesses to write-off 100% of the costs of a Health Spending Account, and all claim reimbursements to employees (and dependents) are completely tax-free.

Is it any wonder that today the majority of small Canadian incorporated businesses are now looking at a Health Spending Account, as either their primary, or secondary form of health coverage.

The bottom-line is that it is more economical to cover the routine costs, and the broader range of health care services through a Health Spending Account. In these situations, the monthly benefits plans are more restrictive, more costly and far less flexible.

The Internet brought a radical change in the way we do everything. It has made the world smaller, and has brought people closer together through high speed connection. In fact, the Internet has made us realize that we now live in a global community and that everything we do affects the world around us.

The Internet not only changed the way we live, but it has changed entrepreneurs’ home businesses too.

Due to the fact that the Internet has brought the world closer together,every business has the potential for a global market. That means that the Internet has made it possible for entrepreneurs’ home businesses to have customers far away from home.

In the past “home business” meant that an entrepreneur would have to get customers from his or her immediate community. Your market was limited,but now you can get your enterprise out of the house and into the world.

No wonder that the big companies of today had to work hard in order to get out of their homes. Many of the today’s big corporations often started as home-based business.

Many entrepreneurs actually take their business to the Internet,because the Internet helps people shorten the time they have to wait until their business gets off the ground. It helps entrepreneurs’ home businesses get the push it needs to provide a global market. The Internet actually allows you to have the whole world as a target.

More and more people are opening up on-line businesses because of the simple fact that they get to make money easier this way. Today’s entrepreneurs’ home businesses actually mean that the lucky businessmen actually get to stay at home while they make their cash, because of the Internet.

Keep in mind that entrepreneurs are the richest people in the world. Professionals, lawyers, doctors, may make a lot of money, executives may have big salaries, but entrepreneurs pay these people for their services. So who do you think is really at the top of the chain?

With the Internet, you can have all the information you need at your fingertips. This means that you virtually have the whole world at the palm of your hand.

Entrepreneurs now have access to every piece of information that can affect their business. We all know how attentive one must be of things that one cannot control. The market is a very unpredictable factor in business, with people changing their preferences all the time. Through the Internet, one can be prepared for any possible events.

A simple search on the Internet allows you to take a closer look at competition. What sets those businesses apart? What is the competition’s weakness? How can you get ahead in the market?

Because the Internet also allows you access to people, you can get expert advice quickly, therefore you can reach important contacts and make business decisions faster. Entrepreneurs’ home businesses prosper because the Internet allows these businesses to have the best of help.

The world is awash with entreprenuers and we have noticed that 9 to 5 kind of jobs is not the route to financial freedom. You can do a 9 to 5 kind of job, retire honouably but i promise you your financial base is nothing compared to the that of an entrepreneur who ventured to start something something for themselves.

Entrepreneurship is a systematic approach used to identify, bring to life and nourish to fruition of an ideal or oppournity. Entrepreneurs perceive potentials and build on them by directing his or her resources to achieve pre-determined goals. The human resource is of importance because it is in born in all. It manifest as talents and deep seated aspirations. The material resource is secondary.

The featuers of Entrepreneurs are numerous but lefts nose dive into it. Entrepreneurs have a high level of business consciousness. They can discern between assets and liabilities. They can see business potentials when they get close to one. Their eyes and mind can see potentials even when clothed in failures. In addition, they are ready ti indulge in moderate calculated risks because they do a through base line study of their potential business ideal. These base line studies give them a clear picture if the target market, the dos and don’ts the requirements and the legal impediments.They make sound business judgement before they dive into any business venture.

Entrepreneurs are dynamic and hard working. They do not dive into business because it is in vogue or it has made their next door friend millionaires. They nourish their idea with creative innovations thus making it unique. They have superb abilities in allocating time, resources and task.

Remember, Entrepreneurs do not dive into business ventures. Like I said above, the world is awash with entrepreneurs. Subsequently, study yourself before you throw in yor material into any venture if not you would close shop few months after.

In conclusion, engage professional to do the base line studies and visit a solicitor and you would know the legal angel of your proposed business venture.

One of the great aspects of having an online business is supposed to be that you can work from home, make your own hours, work in your PJ’s and build a business of your dreams while enjoying your leisure, your family, your life. Right?

SCREECH! What happened, then?

Are you afraid to get started?
Are you avoiding the things that you know will push you to the next step?
Are you stuck behind your computer, alone and overwhelmed?
Are you getting lost in cyber space, surfing and not building?
Are you avoiding engaging in activity, often not leaving your home office for a day or two…
… and leisure, what’s that?

I call it the Online Entrepreneur Rut. This rut can leave you feeling down, lacking energy, lost, alone, and have you questioning your reasons for wanting to start this business in the first place.

Here are Some Simple Ways to Ensure Success:

Reach out to build or find your community, your village, your tribe.Networking both online and offline is a vital an important part of your growth.

Surround yourself with the support of others that you can share successes with. It can be challenging to get out there and share your frustrations with another. However, most often, the case is that the person you are speaking to is currently or has had a similar situation, and ill be glad to give you thoughts and ideas based on their experience.

Step away from it all. Really, shut down the computer, turn off the technology and get away from it all. Try going for a workout, walk in nature, listen your music to get your creative juices flowing and your energy soaring.

Do something to re-connect to your inner dreams and goals. Do you meditate, read, journal? What will help you be re-inspired and remember why you began this journey to start with?

Attend various networking meetings, business trainings, weekend events. Building relationships is key to success. Enjoy a few in person meetings over coffee for a much needed break.

Call on people you trust to bounce off ideas, frustrations, and fears. I love the Buddy – System! Work with your friends and colleagues to keep accountability and get trusted feedback.

Check in with your Coach or Mentor. Working with a coach will catapult your progress. If you don’t have one, consider doing so.

These efforts can help make your experience as an Online Entrepreneur a rich, fulfilled and satisfying one. You may have an opportunity to gain vast knowledge, feedback, and creative ideas. These key ingredients assist your business to flourish more quickly and smoothly. In my six years full-time with my online business, I’ve used these methods to build some wonderful relationships and alliances with experts that are just plain good people. I am now grateful to have trusted colleagues and to call many of them my friends.

Go ahead, give it a few of them a try. You are likely to feel much better after you do.

Home based business, online business, MLM or if you are in direct sales, you have to be goal oriented to be successful. If you are new or experienced, without a goal the chances are you will be part of the 97% of entrepreneurs that will fail this year. Knowing how to set up your goals, how to break them down will play a major part of all entrepreneur success.

If you are new, you goal may be to quit your job or make enough money so your spouse can stay home. If you are experienced, you goal might be to win a major competition within your organization. Either way, the 1st step is to establish your main goal. The reason is we will work from the top to the bottom to establish a plan of action to achieve your goals.

For the sake of this article, we will use the new entrepreneur as an example. So lets you make $4,000 a month at your current job. To replace your income, you will need to make around $3,500 monthly with your online business. So write $3,500 at the top of a board or a blank piece of paper.

Next we need to figure out how many sales you need to make to create a $3,500 income. So lets say the average sale with your business is $100 and your commission for each sale is $50. So to make $3,500, you need make 70 sales each month which would equal $7,000 in sales and $3,500 in income. Write on your board 70 sales below your main goal.

After that we need to establish how many leads every month you will need to make 70 sales. You find out that your business model average is that you make a sale for every 10 leads (this is just an example) so you will need 700 leads to make $7,000 in sales. Write on your board 700 leads monthly below your monthly sales.

The last step is to breakdown the number of monthly leads into a daily number of leads. So if you need 700 leads every month, than you need 23.3 leads per day. Write 23.3 leads on your board below your monthly leads.

Work with the daily number, celebrate every time you achieve you daily goal with a small reward. If you meet your daily goal, you will meet your monthly goal and first thing you will know is that you will hand your letter of resignation to your boss with a big smile on your face. One last advice, keep your goals very visible to you at all time. Make sure you can see them every day and dont make too much fun of your boss when you quit.

To your success,Ghyslain

Roger Hamilton is the founder of the Wealth Dynamics System & also the co founder of XL Nation. He is an author, educator and a successful entrepreneur in many arenas. His vast experience and extensive research made him design the world’s most calibrated self testing methodology -The Wealth Dynamics System-. Over the years this has analyzed and molded thousand of entrepreneurs.

According to its founder, self awareness is the first step towards attaining the path of creating wealth. The nub of his expertise system comprises of eight simple profiles such as the creator, the trader, the star, the supporter, the deal maker, the accumulator, the mechanic and the Lord. These are the comprehensive eight different paths to create wealth. .

To begin with, one has to undergo the Wealth Dynamics Test and find out the profile that suits him the most. This methodology is successfully tested and proven over millions of people who are now eminent entrepreneurs. These people are from all ends of the world thus making Roger Hamilton the most sought after person. He has traveled to many countries and has conveyed the importance of effective wealth creation. People wait for him to conduct seminars and workshops as they have been a life changing moment for many people who have made a rod for their own back!

Roger Hamilton is renowned not just for his entrepreneurial activities, but also for his social deeds. He is the co founder of the XL Group which was started in the year 2002. The idea of this was to create a huge connectivity among social entrepreneurs all over the world. The intentions were clearly planned and executed; hence it is the first and biggest network of entrepreneurs in the world. His goals were always high and this led him to initiate the concept of building a nation for all without boundaries. It is XL Nation founded in the year 2009 which works closely toward the United Nations millennium’s goals of ending poverty and safe guarding the environment.

Born in Hong Kong, he was educated from Cambridge University and Trinity College. Success does not come without biting the dust and Roger Hamilton wasn’t an exception to this. After a rough patch of continuous failures during his initial days, he found all the right boxes to tick and succeeded. But as he went on to make his failures as lessons for attaining success to millions, he stands head and shoulders above the rest!

For more information regarding Roger Hamilton, please visit Rogerhamilton.co

It is always inspiring to hear personal business stories of entrepreneurs who overcame all odds and doubts in venturing into business and make it big. Last Sunday, I just read about how a 35 years old Thai Express Founder Ivan Lee, who started his F & B business with $300K and eventually sold his controlling stake for a sizeable $114 million in the process netting himself $80 million.

What was even more impressive was Ivan had no background or experience in F & B business before he first ventured into his first F & B business. Despite all his doubters, including his family members, about the viability of his business when he first started, he persevered and carried on. Apparently, his father-in-law was also a successful entrepreneur who founded the contract manufacturing firm JIT Holdings and sold it to Fortune 500 company Flextronics for $1 billion in 2000. This deal netted the senior Mr Goh some
$300 million. When starting out, he had benefitted from the financial and advisory support given by his father-in-law, but, subsequently, he went against his father-in-law advise by venturing into other restaurant businesses which were highly successful and are now contributing about two thirds of the business turnovers. An element of luck also play an important part in his business success as he had opened close to 100 stores but about 10 to 20 percent of the stores were not profitable. So he was lucky that his first 10 ventures were successful which provided the cash flow for his subsequent business expansion.

He is now venturing into the internet market in China despite not being in the IT industry. When The Sunday Times journalist contacted him, it found the entrepreneur in Shenzhen, experiencing growing pains all over again. He says that his friends and family are again doubting his new venture. His remark was: “I am a rooke now playing in a much bigger league and I feel like I am nine years back, starting all over again.” This young millionaire is setting his eye on his next big venture where he wants to build the next Baidu (China’s equivalent of Google) or even the next Facebook.

Lesson learnt: To make it big in business you need to be bold, have perseverance and be unique and certainly having financial support from family helps and also an element of luck. He is certainly one hack of a brave entrepreneur!

My advise is learn about internet and social media marketing before plunging into the business and be better prepared for your business venture into the internet marketing world. I am making use of my internet skills to help develop and launch community websites Henley Brunel MBA Alumni (Singapore) and other commercial websites for corporate businesses.

Good luck to all of you out there running your start-up businesses!

There are three business arrangements in Singapore that have been specifically created for foreign entrepreneurs and business entities planning to have a presence in the country: a subsidiary company, branch office, and representative office.

These are the basic differences between these business entities for foreign entrepreneurs and investors:

1. Subsidiary company

This is probably the most ideal business entity for foreign companies planning to form a Singapore company or expand their presence in the country. This is because this formation provides countless of benefits especially when it comes to tax incentives and limited liability.

As a separate legal entity from its parent company, a subsidiary company may have a different name and is allowed to conduct any business activities in the country as long as these are legal.

A foreign company with a subsidiary company enjoys a limited liability, an arrangement in which it is not liable for any losses, liabilities, and debts of its Singapore auxiliary business.

And because a subsidiary company is incorporated in Singapore, it also enjoys local tax benefits even if it is 100 percent owned by foreign businessmen and entities.

However, this business setup is required to appoint at least one resident director who may be a Singaporean citizen or holder of EntrePass, Employment Pass, or Permanent Residence Status.
Meawhile, a subsidiary company may have one to 50 shareholders who may be a foreign or local individual or another business entity. To know more abour subsiday company follow this link:

2. Branch office

A branch office, being an extension of its business headquarter, is only allowed to conduct activities performed by its parent company.

Unlike a subsidiary company, a branch office is not provided with local tax benefits since it is treated as a legal extension of its parent company. And with this arrangement, the headquarter is directly liable for all the losses, debts, and liabilities of its Singapore branch office.

Meanwhile, it is a legal requirement for a branch office to hire two Singaporean resident agents who will oversee its business operation.

When it comes to government-imposed disclosure requirements, this business entity may not be appealing for some shareholders since they are also required to submit the audited accounts of their parent company. To know more about branch office, follow this link:

3. Representative office

Legally speaking, a representative office is not really a business entity as it is not allowed to engage in any revenue-generating activities.

A representative office is generally ideal for foreign companies who are not yet sure of the business viability of their services or goods in Singapore and want to conduct an extensive market research before engaging in a full-blown operation. To know more about representative office, follow this link:

Did you know there is a whole list of resources specifically created for women who want to start their own business? This means there is available help for anyone wanting to open a bakery, clothing store, or even a veterinarian office. Resources can be things such as mentors, women’s business organizations, loans, and grants. These have all been created to help a woman entrepreneur become successful in a sometimes difficult business world.

This means you need to have all of your business plans nailed down, especially before looking for financial help. The loan officer at the bank will want to know how money will be made, materials purchased, and how advertising will take place. They want you to succeed, but at the same time, they won’t loan money to just anyone – male or female.

At the beginning, if you are struggling to get your business off the ground, look for a business mentor who can go over your notes. They can tweak parts and provide suggestions, especially since they have already been in your place. Another suggestion is to apply for loans and grants especially designed to help a woman entrepreneur succeed in the business world.

There are several places where you can apply for loans and grants. One is the Small Business Association, as they often provide help to any business that has considerable potential. This means going through their list of funding opportunities and applying for the appropriate loans. There are also federal grants, specifically created to help a minority-owned company, which includes women. There are also women grants available.

Other options available for a woman entrepreneur is funding through private sector grants and loans or women’s business organizations. Make sure to research which opportunities fit your need the most. Then start making your dreams come true.

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