What Do I Need to Start a Business?

leadershipStarting your own business is an increasingly popular alternative to braving an unpredictable job market, but it can seem daunting at first. For the most part, though, the answer to “what do I need to start a business” can be broken down into three things: an idea, some capital, and premises to carry out your work. Our guest blogger, Saija Mahon, is the founder of Mahon Digital Marketing Ltd, an international digital media agency. Read on to hear her top advice about where to begin… Continue reading

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I Have a Business Idea – Now What?!

If you are like me you are having business ideas all the time. I guess that is why I am called a ‘serial entrepreneur’. But ideaexperience has taught me how to recognise the difference between a genuine business idea and one that could cost you a lot of time and money for little financial return or enjoyment.

You may have business ideas all the time, but how do you know which is THE ONE? Is your idea really a business or is it just a hobby, or even worse a time-consuming waste of effort with no potential profit? Continue reading

Creating Your Perfect Business Plan

All businesses need to start with a plan. The Business Plan is primarily used to seek funding for a business venture and you would present it to seek a meeting, but it is also the basis for your own plans for your business going forward.

Investors will read dozens of plans every year, but will probably not get past the executive summary on most of them. So here are some tips on getting noticed:

Preparation

Before you start your business plan, you need to clarify in your own mind what it is about your business idea that is so amazing, if you are not 100% convinced then how do you expect others to be? You don’t need to spend endless hours getting the plan document right as you are likely to write and re-write this over time as you think, re-think, clarify and gain feedback. You will find better ways to explain how good your business is over time. Just start by getting the bare bones down on paper. Continue reading

A-Z of Business Basics

In business it is easy to become demotivated, especially when you listen to the news and hear about all the doom and gloom out there. So let’s go back to basics and remind ourselves of some business ABCs…

A -void being negative – no one wants to buy from a company or person with a negative attitude. Continue reading

Getting Support for Your New Business

When you work in an office or workplace it is much more than just a group of people, it’s a support system for every individual person that works there. Each person has an expertise in some aspects of business and nobody is good at everything. So when you work for yourself, you need to realise that you don’t need to do it all yourself but you will need a support team to help you by lending you their expertise to free you up to do what you do best. Here are some ideas for your support team: Continue reading

Do You Have What It Takes to Start Your Own Business?

It is easier than ever to start a home-based business, especially with the internet, but still many people fail.

Why is this?

It’s because it takes a certain type of person with passion, drive, self motivation and incredibly thick skin. To start a home business, this is what you need, or need to learn: Continue reading

How to Turn Your Home Business Dream into Reality

Dreaming is great, but how do you actually get your home business off the ground? If you want to turn your business idea into reality, you need to start with a plan.

While it may all seem overwhelming to a new entrepreneur to create a plan for your business, it’s actually very simple. Here are a few of the things you need to consider…

What are you offering?

Businesses offer either products or services. Firstly, you need to decide what value you will be providing. One of the biggest factors for your business success will be whether you have determined a service or product that people understand and want. Continue reading

Why Women Make Good Entrepreneurs

Working for yourself is an excellent option for women of all ages because they thrive on the responsibility, the opportunity to be innovative, to help people and get rewarded well for their service.

Most of all working for yourself gives a women more flexibility with their time, more confidence, more of a sense of satisfaction and usually far more money than working for someone else! Continue reading