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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!
Everyone dreams. But only the truly exceptional possess the dedication and creativity to turns those dreams into a reality. Such truly exceptional people are known as entrepreneurs. These people introduce a radical new idea into the pool of over-used and copy pasted notions. Entrepreneurs are the architects of the constantly changing and improving society.
What makes an entrepreneur?
This is a question everyone has thought of when watching the success of well known entrepreneurs like DhirubaiAmbani, Bill gates, Narayan murthy etc. Passion, creativity, imagination, innovation and an unrelenting drive to succeed are the qualities that set an entrepreneur aside from the rest of the crowd. Out of the box thinking and a sense of showmanship goes a long way in todays competitive market.
Budding entrepreneurs must possess the tenacity to succeed no matter what the harsh world might throw at them. A strong sense of self respect, confidence and good principles cultivated from an early age is a very important factor that influences the thought process of any entrepreneur. The tendency to conform to societys norms is automatic. Any person wishing to climb the ladder of success as an entrepreneur has to break free of this tendency and have the ability to look at things from different perspective. One of the most important aspects of an entrepreneurs success is the idea. This little four letter word is the cornerstone and the motivation for any venture. In order for any venture to reach its full potential, you must believe in the idea 100%. Any job half done is a waste of both time and effort. Plan well and assemble a trusted team to help you. More minds thinking on the same idea helps hone it to a perfect shape.
Risk Taking is Important Too
But one cannot ignore the very high risk factor. The chances of failure are ever present. Think with a practical mind. Take into consideration all the factors of your life that may be affected by what you choose to pursue and whether you can afford the risk. Your wallet is most likely the spot most affected. Be sure to think before you invest.
Any entrepreneur who is revered in his field can tell you: There is no formula for success. Success is three parts hard work and one part chance. A life as an entrepreneur is alluring and exciting. A true entrepreneur has the all-consuming desire to see their dreams turn to reality and is bold enough to push the limits of human potential could bring about unprecedented changes in the society. That person could be you!
Jason Grill connects entrepreneurs, startups, mobile, technology and small to medium size business with the right exposure, resources and connections. Jason Grill owns JGrill Media which is a strategic consulting firm that focuses on media relations, public affairs, public relations, public strategies, professional branding, content marketing, publicity, government relations, contributing and commentating.
Jason Grill connects individuals, entrepreneurs, startups, small to large businesses, cities, communities, political figures/entities, policy makers, CEO’s/C-suite executives, founders, organizations, associations and nonprofits with the media outlets (tv, radio, online, print) on a local and national level to get the exposure they deserve to grow their brand. JGrill Media gets individuals and businesses published in reputable online publications that reach their target markets. JGrill Media specializes in building credibility through thought leadership and content marketing. Jason Grill helps build a professional brand by getting bylined articles published in national online publications and identifying and helping clients get awards and on lists that will gain them authority in their industry. By getting bylined articles and interviews published and winning the best awards, JGrill Media helps take a professional brand to the next level. By building up this brand, JGrill Media helps establish you as a credible, authority in your industry, thus bringing you or your company more business.
Jason Grill, in his legal and attorney work, helps clients with wrongful death and personal injury claims, civil and business litigations, vehicular accidents, traffic and speeding related offenses, bankruptcy, medical malpractices, guardianship (related to Autism, special needs, and down syndrome), employment and contract related issues, nursing home negligence, trusts and wills, real estate, and economic development cases, etc. He is not only registered with Missouri Bar Association but also associated with the Kansas Bar Association and is providing his valuable services as an attorney in the Kansas City area.
Jason is an avid fan of Missouri Tigers, Kansas City Chiefs, Sporting KC, Liverpool and the Kansas City Royals. He represented Kansas City in Missouri House of Representatives, and made a remarkable contribution by getting landmark legislation passed to help families of children with autism. Jason Grill played a significant role as philanthropy chairman in the Sigma Chi Fraternity, and collected funds for Children’s Miracle Network. While in college, he conducted community service for many organizations that include Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, St. Louis inner-city mentorship programs, etc. While pursuing his BS at St. Louis University, he connected himself with the Omicron Delta Epsilon and various other societies such as Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society, National Deans List Honors Society, the Phi Alpha Delta Pre Law Fraternity, the Golden Key National Honor Society, Economics Honor Society, and he mentored for the Oriflamme organization.
Most entrepreneurs are corporate refugees. All they know is the corporate model. It’s kinda ironic; they choose to leave corporate life to be an entrepreneur, to blaze their own trail and then they fall back on all the boring corporate ways that made them escape from corporate life in the first place! Things like the corporate way of dressing and the corporate way of speaking and the corporate way of eating lunch alone in the food court with the sports section of the paper, unless of course they are taking a big fish client out to lunch or twiddling their thumbs at a business function eating rubber chicken.
The beauty of being an entrepreneur is that it doesn’t have to be that way any more. Why? Because you’re the boss!
There are no rules! Even if there are, you can break them. Why?
Because you’re the boss. Want to start feeling like you really are living the dream? Running your own show? Attracting instead of chasing clients? Heres the best kept secret in business!
Lose the Corporate Speak!
Whats Corporate Speak?
Hi, Im Johnathan Snooze from Boreme Some Moreme and Snore. Our company specializes in the facilitation of soft skills solutions in a proactive environment. Im the project manager. Were a one stop shop for small to medium sized business and our client say we provide excellent customer service. Our core competencies lay in the fields of
Dont be doing that!
Speak to prospects like you are speaking to a good friend. Use simple, direct, colorful language and don’t be afraid of humor. Too many entrepreneurs suffer from Professionalitis. Fortunately, it’s curable. Just talk to the people!
Even though I teach ’em, I don’t get why we have to have courses in public speaking. You’ve been speaking since you were 2. You were walking since you were 2 also. We don’t have courses in Public Walking!
Remember that the corporate guy in the 3 piece suit stops off for a beer on the way home from work just like everyone else. And I guarantee he’s not speaking corporate mumbo jumbo to the bartender or to his buddies when he’s watching the big game.
If you’re preparing a speech and want to test it out, ask a kid. Kids have a natural immunity to professionalitis. Don’t use any words with your business prospects that you couldn’t use with a bright 10 year old. Just be yourself!!! Just talk to people. You’ll connect. In our natural state, we are entertaining and fun and attract naturally. I don’t see many boring kids. But as we get older, especially after we get our first real job, we systematically bury our color.
Roger Hamilton is a social entrepreneur who has started various entrepreneurial ventures across the globe and achieved great success in these ventures. Born in Hong Kong, Roger Hamilton received his education at the Trinity College, Cambridge University. Once his studies were completed, Roger started on various entrepreneurial businesses. He found success only after experiencing many failures, and today he owns and runs businesses in publishing, property, financing, franchising, event management, resort management, training, coaching, membership and education.
Roger Hamilton also created Wealth Dynamics Profiling system and he is the founded of Phi Dynamics. With a mission of creating world wide wealth where every member of the group can grow, Roger Hamilton also co-founded XL Nation and XL Group. Through these entrepreneurial activities Roger has been an active part of creating a social connection between entrepreneurs through social enterprises. The companies owned by Roger Hamilton are all a part of XL SEA Programme. By connecting wealth creation and contribution to society, Roger and his teams are working for social good to the best of their abilities.
Through the years, Roger Hamiltons Wealth Dynamic Profile Test and Wealth Spectrum Test have supported tens of thousands of entrepreneurs in over fifty countries around the world and helped them in finding their flow. Roger himself has been speaking and spreading the message of social enterprise and effective wealth creation in more than 15 countries for the past seven years. Roger Hamilton co-founded the XL Group with Dave Rogers in 2002, and it was the first international network dedicated to social entrepreneurship. Presently, XL Group hosts over 2000 events each year where social entrepreneurs can get together and share resources, knowledge and connections. XL Group has also been recognized by Clinton Global Initiative for its philanthropic contributions, and XL is also a part of the United Nations Social Compact. Find out more about Roger Hamilton and his various social entrepreneurship ventures by browsing through www.rogerjameshamilton.com.
Imagine that you have just entered your favorite coffee shop. You can already smell your usual, and you can’t wait to taste it. But, as you look around the room, you notice that the place is so crowded that you can’t have a table to yourself. You’re going to have to share with someone else, just as many other people seem to be doing already.
Now imagine that you’ve collected your coffee and have sat down at a table with someone who you’ve never seen before and haven’t met. After exchanging the usual pleasantries about the weather and how full the place seems to be, you discover that this person is a self-employed millionaire. And to look at him, you’d never guess. He’s not wearing a tailor-made suit, a shirt with French cuffs, or a tie.
In fact, he’s dressed just like you: in a comfortable, well worn casual shirt, that’s open at the neck, jeans, and tennis shoes. And you learn from him that he divides his time between working from home and coming to a coffee shop like the one you’re in. And as you both sip your lattes, you also learn that not only did he not make his money as the result of creating some fantastic software that everyone now uses.
He didn’t start a business in the financial sector. Nor the real estate market. Instead, he made all his money in an online information business.
Wouldn’t you want to know more? Wouldn’t you be just a little curious as to how someone with no technical skills had managed to go from where you are to earning 20 times what you make in a year, and doing it every year?
What questions would you have for this ordinary person with such an extraordinary income? And how would you feel if this person was willing to spend an hour or so telling you how you could do the same thing.
Would that interest you?
What does he consider to be success as an entrepreneur?
How does he think being an entrepreneur has hindered you from becoming a better person?
What systems has he set up in his home business to help it grow?
Besides money, what is his favorite ways to compensate people?
What’s the strangest thing h has ever done as an entrepreneur?
These kinds of question rise in your mind and you would start communicate with him. So this is the very closer thoughts for those who are going to start their business.
Terry Dean is such a person.
And you can hear what he has to say about how he did it in an interview that I did with him.
Women Entrepreneurs Women Networking Organizations Bring Businesswomen Together In Many Different Ways.
Are women networking organizations the fastest growing trend in American business? This might be so. Including online networking groups, networking organizations focused on women are cropping up all over the country. It seems all women in business are spending their lunch time or after work hours at networking parties, connecting over wine or coffee, or sitting in front of the computer, typing messages to other business women. So, as a women entrepreneur or executive, you may be wondering: do I have to network?
You already are. Unless you are sitting in a cave, you are networking, whether that means meeting with clients, greeting business people you know when you are out and about, or calling a woman you know for advice on a business problem. But do you need to join a formal networking association? That depends on you and your needs. If you are very uncomfortable with chit chat or being in the middle of a group of people, and you find that you don’t need to formally network to advance your business, then you might not need an association. But if your business depends upon the continuous acquisition of new leads or learning new and better technology and business methods, then a networking association can be a valuable strategy for you.
Different female networking associations serve different needs. Here are a few:
Education: Some networking organizations feature speakers, workshops, and seminars on topics of interest to business women. There may or may not be a networking component at these events.
Contacts: These types of associations facilitate the exchange of information between women, putting you in touch with someone who you can help or who can help you. These can be very formal or quite informal. The speed-dating phenomenon has even touched here, with speed-networking events.
Escape: Some female networking organizations are simply places to get away from the business place, especially if that place is dominated by men. These events are usually strictly social and are a good opportunity to bond with other female entrepreneurs and executives.
Message Boards: With the proliferation of online networking sites that are developed specifically for women, the message board feature has become a popular place for women to vent, to advise, and to find someone with similar interests.
Project or Service: Service organizations founded by men for community projects or charitable projects have traditionally been potent networking groups as well. Many women have joined female service organizations to assist with humanitarian projects and have discovered the powerful networking function here as well.
Support: Women networking organizations have found a special niche with this function. To face the legendary barriers in the business world, women have developed support groups that also serve as an important networking location.
Whatever type of female networking association you decide to try, you should have some clear goals in mind. Knowing what you want to accomplish with your networking attempts will help you choose the women networking organization that will work best for you.
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:
There is a big misconception regarding first time entrepreneurship and that is the justification that it is okay to fail your first time simply because some well-known entrepreneurs failed and then hit it big.
What is not mentioned is the number of individuals who failed their first time as an entrepreneur and never got a second shot. Therefore, you might as well make it profitable the first time around.
Thus, to ensure higher odds of entrepreneurial success, you must choose the right business.
Here are 4 tips how:
1. Don’t Let the Economy Determine What Business You Should Start
The first thing that entrepreneurs think of when starting a business is our current economic condition. Although it is hard to bypass the thought of a horrid economy and the subsequent effect on your new entrepreneurial venture, it is imperative that you not let the economy sway your decision.
This will especially prove true when the economy turns in the next few years and you are left with an average business that was overly defensive and a lot of regret.
2. Let Google Assist You In Your Choice of Business How do you truly determine market demand for the product and / or services you plan to offer?
One way to do it is to use the Google Keyword Checker. This basic site will tell you how many people are searching monthly for your product or service.
Another key element that the Keyword Checker brings to the table is the use of adjectives.
For instance, you may want to open a business selling blue widgets, but upon looking up how sought after the product is on the web, you find out that green widgets are searched for times as often as blue.
3. You Cannot Avoid Sales, Instead You Must Embrace It and Not Let It Determine Your Business Choice
A willingness to engage in sales separates the men and women from what will be future job seekers.
Entrepreneurs hate sales because for some reason they tend to be more afraid of rejection than your average Corporate Joe or Jane. Why this reason is, I cannot tell you, but to avoid human interaction, entrepreneurs will completely alter the business that they are going into.
What they don’t realize is that regardless of industry, sales is part of business and, thus part of entrepreneurship.
4. K.I.S.S. Keep the concept simple (or, to use the real phrase, Keep It Simple, Stupid). A rule of thumb for first time (and any entrepreneurs) is that if you cannot explain your business in two sentences or less, it’s most likely not going to sell.
It is very rare that people reinvent the wheel with entrepreneurship. As a matter of fact, you can count them on your fingers: Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Sir Richard Branson and ?
The odds of hitting Pick 6 are better. In entrepreneurship, especially when choosing your first business, go for a base hit, not a home run your first time at bat.
Thinking of food all the time? So now make it your business!
Food joints are loved by all and have an ever rising demand if quality is not compromised. You may choose to start up with a couple of offerings like beverages and snacks and later on tread into being a bakery and concessionary shop.
Perhaps the easiest of all food joint-offerings is beverages. Scores of soft drink concentrates are available to choose from. From refreshing lemon to tangy orange these soft drink concentrates can be mixed with water or plain soda and served chilled. Invigorating roasted cumin concentrate is a delight in the scorching summers. Fruit flavored soft drinks garnished well not only quench the thirsty throat but also sooth the sore eyes. All you have to do is mix them up in the right quality and serve!
Instant fruit drink powder is a wonderful piece in your kitchen. Blend it with seasonal fruits or canned fruits, garnish it well and serve to quench the thirst of your clients. Canned fruit pulp is another option for beverage. Add the right amount of water or milk and you have a thick shake to serve. If the location of your food joint is blessed with plenty of seasonal fruits then serving fresh juices would prove to be more cost effective. Having the fruit juice extraction machine in an open space where the clients can see their glass being filled will be admired by them. This will demonstrate them of your hygiene standards and quality.
Flavored milk shakes are another popular offering at food joints. Chocolate and strawberry are the most common ones. You can try lots of new flavors by adding flavoring agents. Throw in some crushed nuts, fruit pieces or chocolate chunks to make new milk shake flavor each month.
Beverages are best served with crunchy wafers or biscuits. Bake them in-house or order them from a supplier simply make sure they are fresh. A platter of assorted biscuits coupled with a tasteful strawberry shake is the choice over a long conversation.
Jelly can be another interesting offering at your food joint. Just buy some jelly crystals and make jelly of distinctive shapes. Children will surely be fond of these jellies. Also jelly pieces can be mixed with milk shake for a fruity flavor.
You can find suitable vendors for all your requirements at the B2B portals over the internet. Choose your vender wisely and watch your business grow.