Dream Of Owning A Business? It’s Easier To Achieve Than You Think

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Plenty of people from all walks of life have aspirations of being a business owner. Fresh university graduates might have long-term dreams of creating and running a company. Even people who have worked for ‘the man’ for many years have probably wished they were their own boss at some point.

A lot of people never realize their dreams. They might think it’s too much work, or it takes years of studying. In reality, starting your dream business might be much easier than you think. That’s not to say it won’t take hard work—it will. But there are plenty of resources out there to help you every step of the way. Here’s some inspiration.

 

Become A Franchisee

 

Many aspiring businesspeople make their first step into the business world by becoming a franchisee. Instead of going through all the complications of starting a company from the ground up, you become part of an established franchise.

This way, you’ll already have an established customer base and plenty of help from your chosen franchise. You can find franchising opportunities for all industries. Looking at some of the Frannet business opportunities might help.

It’s an incredibly lucrative venture. Some entrepreneurs even open multiple franchise stores for even further success.

 

Use Outsourced Services

 

One of the main concerns for people anxious about starting a business is the amount of operations required for it to be successful. Finding the right people to handle all the different areas of business can be daunting. That’s why many people turn to external services to help.

There are plenty of services out there whose sole purpose is to help companies succeed. For example, you could turn to professional marketing services to help you gain customers. A lot of legal and financial experts offer business consultancy. Recruitment agencies can help you fill in the gaps in your company.

There are B2B services for every significant business operation you could think of. Using them will take a lot of stress away and allow you to be a more time efficient business owner.

Utilize Business Software

 

As well as outsourced services, there are also plenty of web services that help you make operations easier for yourself. Many of them are even free!

A lot of businesses use content management systems for easily creating and managing a website. Services like Google Docs can help manage company documents better. There’s also services for financial management, marketing, and all kinds of other business functions.

There are even business apps for you to handle some of the work from your smartphone or tablet! Making use of smart software makes running a business much easier.

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While a degree in Business always helps, it’s not essential. There’s plenty of resources available to help you educate yourself on how to start and run a business. For instance, you’re reading this blog right now, and there’s plenty of others like it.

As well as reading blogs and informational websites, it’s worth checking out free business e-books. You could also read entrepreneurial books at your local library. These can give you more in-depth advice on how to handle the various parts of a new company. Plenty of resources are on offer for aspiring entrepreneurs, so don’t let anything stop you from achieving your business dreams!

[post contributed for tamarhela.com]

Want To Start Your Own Business? Here’s What To Consider

Starting a business is an exciting prospect for any budding entrepreneur. It’s the chance to do something that you are completely passionate about. While it’s a daunting prospect, many ambitious individuals jump right in with both feet first. While this is admirable, there are certain things you should spend some time considering when starting up. So I thought I would share with you some of them.

 

Have a strong business plan

A business plan is an essential tool for any new or existing business. It’s the chance to outline your plans, your ideas and put a plan of action in place. It also allows you to consider your budget. This is where things can go wrong if you haven’t made considerations. For many start up businesses, the budget is low or even non-existent. A business plan will ensure you cover all bases. This is also something you can go back to do over the years and develop further.

Using social media to get your business out there

Social media is a great tool to get your business heard. Websites like Facebook and Twitter are free to sign up to. You can consider paying for advertising as well through these platforms which will increase your reach and audience. However, social media is your direct line to your potential customers. So make sure you take full advantage of this. It might be worth considering speaking to someone who is an expert in marketing. Or you could outsource your PR and marketing needs to professionals to ensure you get the most out of this powerful tool.

Consider where you might work from

Sometimes it’s not possible to work from home with a start up business. Especially if you have products to store. You can find that you become less productive with other distractions around you. So try and consider finding yourself a work base that you can either use for your products or work from. You will find you achieve much more in a place you will associate with work. Alternatively, if this isn’t possible try and have a place at home you dedicate to work. Where you can’t be disturbed. A home office would be a great thing, or use one of your rooms that won’t be needed through the day.

How will you take payment for products or services?

Once you have all the fundamentals in place and are ready to start trading, there is one last thing to consider. How will you take payment for the products and services? If you have set up a website, then payment methods like Paypal can be easy to use. However, you don’t want to alienate face to face traffic or people that prefer to deal directly with someone. This is when a credit card reader could be beneficial for your new business.

Keep motivated

Finally, it’s easy to get disheartened when starting a new business. You feel so passionately about something that you sometimes don’t understand why others may not feel the same. Businesses take some time to develop; nothing will happen over night. So keep motivated and believing in yourself. If you have the belief it will be a success, then it will.

I hope this helps you if you are starting a new business.

[post contributed for tamarhela.com]

Things I Wish I Knew About Employees When First Starting A Business

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Starting a business is exciting but scary. However, you don’t have to face those fears alone. With the support of a great team, you’ll instantly remove a large portion of those problems.

When embraced in an effective manner, the staff can be your biggest asset. However, actively getting the most out of your team isn’t necessarily easy. There will be a learning curve before you realise the very best methods. However, you can give yourself a serious advantage by appreciating the most important aspects in advance.

Here are some key lessons that will help you on your way. Take heed of them immediately, and you should see stunning results.

It’s Not Just About The CV

Recruitment is one of the most important tasks you’ll ever face as an entrepreneur. Get this step right, and your business will be virtually guaranteed to thrive. However, it doesn’t all come down to their skills. You must also be sure that they boast the right personality to represent your company.

Personality screening is a great way to gain a clear indication in those very early stages. You need to know that employees will be motivated. This is especially true when you rely on those staff members to follow leads and gain clients. After all, lacklustre performances here could cost converted sales.

Likewise, it’s important to remember the importance of the team. A group of personalities that fit together will always work harder, and that can only mean great news for the company.

Work Environments Are Key

They say a bad workman blames his tools. But if the workplace isn’t equipped with the right facilities, your team will never produce great results.

Business moves forward at a rapid rate, and embracing modern facilities is key. New technologies can save time and money while increasing the quality of products too. Perhaps more importantly, though, the team needs to interact with their surroundings in a suitable manner. Health & Safety seminars are a great way to reduce the threat of personal injuries. Furthermore, they’ll improve the overall atmosphere throughout the company too.

Essentially, your employees are only human, and you must cater to those needs. As long as you do this, the mood and workflow of the entire place should take an upwards trajectory.

They Need Leadership

No matter how strong those candidates are, it’s impossible for them to produce perfect results without a helping hand. Therefore, you need to ensure that you’re always there to provide it.

Encouraging a positive employer-employee relationship is vital. However, they also need to see that you’re leading the team in the right direction. If they have doubts about your qualities, then they will inevitably start to falter. Strive to be the best you can be, and it will influence them too.

Meanwhile, you need to communicate effectively too. Even if you have workers split over several locations, this shouldn’t be an issue. Video conferencing and other tech facilities can help you stay connected at all times. Doing this will avoid confusion, which will reduce wasted time. Considering time is money, this is crucial to getting the most out of your team.

[post contributed for tamarhela.com]

Interview with Braxton Cosby, CEO of Cosby Media Productions

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(As previously seen on the HelaWrite blog.)

Any smart entrepreneur or business person alike knows that in order to succeed and further one’s career, it’s wise to take advice from other entrepreneurs/business owners. I find that interviewing successful and creative people is the fastest way to learn about how they think while learning from their triumphs and failures.

Today, Dr. Braxton A. Cosby is a guest on my blog, and he’s here to share about his new company, Cosby Media Productions. As the CEO of the company, there is much he is responsible for, but I really wanted to pick his brain in regards to what prompted him to start the company in the first place. So, grab a cup of coffee and read on.

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1. Tell us about your company, Cosby Media Productions. What does your company do, etc.?

BC: Cosby Media Productions is a full-service entertainment company that focuses on new intellectual properties in the areas of management, print/digital books, music, television, and film. New content is already in the works with networking and partnership opportunities available for future endeavors. It was developed by me, the CEO, and my partner, Leon Cosby III, who is the acting COO. We truly endeavor to build and partner with other content creators to make fabulous entertainment in the same scope or even larger than the blueprint that my Uncle Bill Cosby started.

2. What prompted you to start this company?

BC: The lack of original content available for people. There is something missing in today’s entertainment. Good, original, family content that inspires people. I love stories that offer encouragement and display good role-modeling for young people to follow. I’m excited at the prospects of how well-received some of the many projects we have in development are.

3. Is it difficult to manage a company like this? What are some of the biggest struggles you face as a business owner?

BC: Not really. Leon and I make the tough decisions of deciding who we partner with, and I have the final say so on what content we run with. Bringing on partners who we feel we can trust to pass on managing one facet of the company is tough, but we believe in those people. So, with God’s help through prayer, we walk in faith.

4. What are some of the benefits of owning your own company?

BC: Building and controlling you own content. We love the fact that once we get these projects funded, we will be able to keep the originality and purpose of the content intact, without compromising the messaging.

5. What kinds of projects are taking place at CMP right now?

BC: We have 5 divisions: management, film, tv, print and music. We have just finished completing deals that will ensure that our print and music divisions get the authors and singers the attention they deserve, and we are shaping out the animation and live action film and tv projects for first tier development. Action, story, and messaging are our focus, and it is paramount that they blend together smoothly.

6. Is there a “dream project” you’d like to work on?

BC: PROTOSTAR. I really want the trilogy to make it to the big screen and it will. But, it will require time to bring the pieces together.

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I’d like to personally thank Braxton for taking the time to share a bit about his company and his heart behind the creation of Cosby Media Productions. Also, DID YOU KNOW? I am the Chief Editor for Cosby Media’s Print Division. We have already put out some great books this year, and are looking forward to the future projects for 2015! 🙂

To find out more about Braxton and CMP, visit these sites:

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Braxton Cosby headshotBio: Author, actor, entrepreneur. Multi-Award Winning Author Braxton A. Cosby is a dreamer who evolved from concepts on pen and paper to pixels and keyboards. He tells stories that evoke emotions and stimulate thought. Protostar: Book 1 The Star-Crossed Saga, and The School of Ministry: The Windgate, are currently two Young Adult series he created. Braxton is the CEO of Cosby Media Productions, a full-service media company with five divisions focused on developing Intellectual Properties that will “Entertain the Mind and Inspire the Soul.” He lives in Georgia with his wife, three children, and a troop of crazy African Cichlids. 

Should You Listen to Naysayers?

Part of being an entrepreneur involves receiving negative or discouraging comments from others. When I decided to freelance and quit my job, giving up a steady paycheck, I heard things like, “Is there any money in copywriting or editing?” and “But how are you going to pay your bills?” and “Wow…that’s a tough industry. Good luck.”

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Rather than tell them off, I held my tongue, smiled, and said, “It’s actually a great industry and there’s lots to keep me busy.” Then I went my merry way and launched my business. I’ve never been a follower, anyway, and I was so ready to do my own thing. But sometimes, I think it’s important to listen to the so-called naysayers.

The only problem is: When should you listen to them and when should you ignore them?

Let’s break it up and analyze:

When you should NOT listen

  • If your endeavor involves risk, but there’s lots of opportunity for you
  • If it’s something you’ve been dreaming about and know how to make happen
  • If you are ready to put in the hard work, have the resources you need, and are willing to make sacrifices (especially financially)
  • If you just feel ready for the change and have been making steps to reach your goal
  • If that person’s “caution” or “words of wisdom” to you are just their own fears and doubts

Don’t let your fears–or the fears of someone else, for that matter–hold you back from going after your passions. When you do what you love, and you can figure out how to make it work for you, then go after it without looking back.

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When you should listen

  • If what you’re about to do is incredibly dangerous and you could lose your life (even then, I know some daredevils will go for it)
  • If what you’re planning to do is incredibly stupid (like buying a magical bean that will grown a giant beanstalk)
  • If you haven’t taken the time to plan things out (preparation is the key to success)
  • If you have some life issues (emotional or physical disabilities) that cause an incredible hindrance to your daily well-being
  • If you know you’re not ready, but you’re letting pride cloud your sound judgement

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Just because someone advises you to reconsider choices you are about to make doesn’t mean that you have to completely forget the idea. Rather, it means that you should at least think about their “advice” and ask yourself if there is any credibility to what they’ve told you. Sometimes, it’s hard to remove our ego and we develop this personal vendetta to prove everyone wrong at any cost. Don’t do something just to show others you’re right.

Take every piece of advice with a grain of salt. The best thing to do? Find people who are passionate, like you, and are successful entrepreneurs/business leaders/etc. and ask them if you can buy them some coffee in exchange for an hour of their time. Pick their brains, ask them questions, find out how they became successful. Surrounding yourself with people who are like-minded can help you as you make business and life decisions.

So, heed the naysayers, but weigh your choices with sound judgement and advice from those whom you admire and trust. Don’t let the Negative Nellies get you down; create the life of your dreams by taking some risk. It just may be the best thing you’ve ever done.

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