Friday, 31 December 2010

Healthy New Year Habits for Entrepreneurs

By Kathi Burns

Manage your emails and phone calls
a. Never check email or voice mail first thing in the morning b. Schedule regular times to check emails and stick to it c. Read recent emails first d. Allocate the amount of time you will spend and stop promptly e. Create email signatures to sign off with one click f. Read it, delete or move it
Pre-plan and then plan again - keep your eye on your large goals
a. Plan next week either on Friday afternoon (business) or Sunday evening (mom) b. Plan your day before it plans you!
Set your intentions and goals for the day in advance of that day
The day before, the night before or in the morning before you begin your tasks for that day c. Allocate specific time slots for recurring tasks, do them over and over at the same time each week
Gasoline, banking, grocery shopping
Calls, reports, marketing d. Arrive early for appointments
Spend the time you wait for others to plan what you want to accomplish in the meeting
a.This will decrease your stress level b.You will appear poised, professional & in control of your schedule instead of harried and disorganized
Umbrella Your Day (create chunks of time for related activities)
Divide your main responsibilities into 5 days, for example:
Monday = Planning Day
Tuesday = Current Large Project
Wednesday = Outside Appointments, Errands
Thursday = Bills / Paperwork
Friday = Research Day
Create an exit area in your office for all items that need to leave your space.
a. Place things there as you find them.
b. Choose an area on your desk or credenza that is positioned towards the door
Create 'To Do' Lists
a. Complete the three most important tasks each day before you move onto anything else
Take Control Your Papers
a. Check it, move it into a predetermined place off the counter until you are ready to take action
b. Handle it only once before you work on it
Learn to say NO
a. Don't volunteer until you take a moment to determine whether you have the time to fulfill the commitment
b. Give yourself permission to reconsider commitments Delete unnecessary tasks from your schedule that detract from your BIG picture goals
c. Don't automatically respond to another persons problem / fire before you determine whether it is going to foul up your agenda
Kathi Burns, CPO is a Board Certified Professional Organizer and Image Consultant and author of Master Your Muck.
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Sunday, 26 December 2010

Entrepreneur - The Vital Ingredient for Longevity

By Christine O'Dwyer 

In challenging economic times you have a choice whether to cower with fear and regret or whether to start a business and profit. Did you know that more millionaires were made during The Great Depression of the 1930s than in any other era in US history? It is in the challenging times that entrepreneurs flourish.
There are so many reasons why people start their own business these include:
-Be the boss, make decisions, take time off when they want
-Greater possibility of significant financial rewards
-Prestige of leadership
-Involved 100% in the businesses
-Make a contribution and help the local economy
Once the business plan is made and the finance in underway they move forward with extreme motivation and positivity. However a shocking 80% of businesses fail within the first 3 years. Why is this? Whilst I do not have all the reasons why these businesses fail, I do have one way to increase the success rate. This is a secret shared by one of my mentors Simon Sinek.
The Missing Ingredient
As an entrepreneur you need to define the ultimate reason you are in business and be sure to distinguish this from your how you do business and the results you get. If you ask many entrepreneurs why they are in business many will say for the money, no that's a result not their 'why'. Others may say it's because they love what they do, no, that's how not their 'why'. You need to be very clear on your why. And yes it will most likely fall somewhere within the reasons listed above and will be very personal to you.
So what's so important about identifying your why. By identifying your why you will maintain your motivation and purpose. Everything decision you make in business will be guided by your why. If you are moving further away from your why you will steer yourself back on course with the necessary action. If moving towards your why you will drive ahead in a focused way.
When starting up in business or when running a business there are so many distractions. By knowing your why you can quickly eliminate the irrelevant ones and consider only the relevant distractions. This helps you stay focused on your business and move your business forward.
When starting my home business I thought of so many good reasons why to go into business. I also listed all the features of the business and fooled myself into thinking this was why I was going to be an entrepreneur. Such features included that it runs automatically 24 hours per day 7 days per week; continuous learning; relatively low initial investment. These were not my 'whys' these were my 'hows'. It took time for me to ultimately identify why I am an entrepreneur with this business My why is, so I can be at the school gate everyday to collect my children. After years of being torn between children and career I drew a line in the sand and said enough is enough. I took action with What's your why?

Why Start Your Own Business?

By Chris Pascall 

Why would anyone want to start their own business? I am sure this is a question that is asked every day. Here are some of the reasons why starting your own business is a good idea:-
You are your own boss
You make the decisions
You can work at your own pace, slow or quick
Financial freedom - money that is made is yours
Your ideas stay with you
You can take control of your life
You can make a difference - you may be a niche market providing a valuable service or product
With many businesses you don't need business premises
Lifestyle changes
Starting your own business may seem a little frightening. But if you have been working in a job that is similar to the business that you intend starting, then you will have knowledge of both the job and the industry. For example you may be a web designer working for a large organisation, thinking about setting up your own web design business.
To achieve all of the above effectively you'll need to develop the right mindset along the way. If you are passionate about your business this goes a very long way to being successful, otherwise instead of creating a successful business you could end up simply creating another job for yourself and working longer hours for less money.
Even in today with the uncertain economic climate it's still easier than ever to start your own business. You don't need business premises - you can start in your living room. You can start a business in your spare time with a huge investment. In this Internet, digital information age it's the right time to reach an international market.
If there's ever a right time to take the plunge, it's right now, today. My current business is internet marketing, which I do from home. I love helping others and making a difference.
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Sunday, 5 December 2010

Understanding The Business Entrepreneur

By Peter L Bennett 

Who is the business entrepreneur?
The business entrepreneur is not a "person" but a part of everyone's personality. The entrepreneur is our visionary, the creator that can be found in each of us.
We're born with that quality and it defines our lives as we respond to what we see, hear, feel, and experience. What we do with it is up to us.
It is developed, nurtured, and given space to flourish or it is squelched, thwarted, without air or stimulation, and dies. Look at anyone around you and you will recognize whether or not the entrepreneur is alive and well within them.
The business entrepreneur in us sees opportunities everywhere we look, but many people see only problems everywhere they look. (I bet we all know people like that!)
The business entrepreneur in us is more concerned with choosing between opportunities than he or she is with failing to see the opportunities. Opportunities are everywhere if you are open to it.
We're all born with what we need to be a business entrepreneur. 
We are born to create. Everyone is born with that drive, desire, passion, and interest. It is what we do with it that makes the difference.
Most business owners have not fully developed or nurtured the entrepreneur ideas within themselves. Working in the business consumes them with little time left to work on it.
There is no time or energy to be creative, nor the understanding that being creative is being alive, fully alive. Few business owners are fully alive; they're too busy working for a living.
A business entrepreneurial seizure
A business entrepreneurial seizure is the moment the entrepreneur decides it would be a great idea to start his or her own business. It's when one believes that knowing how to do the work of a business is all one needs to understand in order to start and grow a business.
So the accountant starts an accounting practice; the mechanic starts an auto repair business; the cook opens up a restaurant. They go to work, accounting, fixing cars, or cooking meals, none of which is the true work of the entrepreneur.
In doing so, the person who starts his or her own business is lost in the teeming confusion created by demands he or she never anticipated...the demands of organization, the demands of cash flow, the demands of people -- employees, customers, suppliers, banks, family -- and so forth and so on.
They are simply not prepared for the demands that are going to be made on them. The longer they're in business, the worse it gets. There is no vision; there is only being a slave to work and staying alive. The seizure is long gone; the entrepreneurial vision a vague memory.
The business entrepreneur is not really interested in doing the work; 
He is interested in creating the way the company operates. In that regard, the entrepreneur is an inventor. He or she loves to invent, but does not love to manufacture or sell or distribute what he or she invents.
You will not find business entrepreneurs on the production line. You will find them in their office, their room, in their research center, in their mind, dreaming about the product, or building a sample of the product, or drawing a picture of the product on the back of a napkin. Entrepreneurs are dreaming, scheming, imagining, playing.... not doing it, doing it, doing it.
The business entrepreneur goes to work ON the business, not IN the business.
The business entrepreneur invents a business that is more successful than any other business. The business entrepreneur builds an enterprise; the technician builds a job.
It takes study, practice, continuous education and experience for the entrepreneur to create a world class company. While top entrepreneurs seem to be born with the qualities and traits that mark them, there has, in fact, been an enormous amount of trial and error in their lives.
In many ways, it is the school of hard knocks that can turn innocuous little stones into sparkling, outrageous gems called entrepreneurs. Giving up is not an option and challenges are just par for the course.
Trust your entrepreneurial spirit, never give in and chase your dreams until they become just as real in reality as they ever did in your mind.
You will be glad you did.
Make every post a winner!!
Become the business entrepreneur you have always wanted to be.
The business entrepreneur lies within all of us. Don't fight it. Get out of your own way and watch the magic.
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