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Fewer stocks listed on the stock market are vanishing #stockmarket #today

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The stock market is vanishing

The stock market isn’t what it used to be.

As noted by Steven DeSanctis, equity strategist at Jefferies, the sheer number of companies listed on stock exchanges has been dropping off precipitously.

The number of firms with shares publicly listed in the University of Chicago’s Center for Research in Security Prices aggregate index has fallen to 3,267 from a peak of 6,364 in 1997.

This, in fact, is the lowest number of listed stocks since 1984.

There are a number of possible reasons for this. Here’s DeSanctis’ breakdown:

“Between the lack of IPO activity. the pick-up of M A, and buybacks, the US equity world is becoming smaller and smaller, and this could be one of many reasons why active managers are lagging behind their indexes. Companies may not want to come public due to the additional cost of Sarbanes-Oxley or the fact that the private market has become a bigger source of financing than it has been in the past.”

While the answer is probably some combination of these factors, DeSanctis also thinks that the declining number of stocks may be affecting the performance of many professional stock pickers.

The argument is that with fewer companies to choose from, active managers are forced to crowd into certain stocks. Crowding makes it impossible to differentiate returns and causes these managers, in DeSanctis’ mind, to fall short of their benchmarks.

SEE ALSO: ALBERT EDWARDS: The crutch holding up the US economy is about to be ‘kicked away’





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Quizzing in India: What are some of the best business quiz questions you – ve seen? #business #web #hosting

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Personally, my favorite questions are those which have me wide-eyed and wondering –Seriously? – when the answer gets revealed. Two that come to my mind:

1. What will be offered by Kashi Vishwanath temple in association with Shri Prakash Raghuvanshi?

This was asked by Pickbrain at Tata Corporate Crucible, Gurgaon in Sept 12. Now I have spent the last 4 years in Banaras (location of the temple) and I honestly thought this question lame (I mean could be any offering- clothes, jewellery, left-over temple flowers, exotic sweets). Until the answer was announced:

Ans: PACKAGED MANURE (1)

2. X has had over 43 pets including 21 dogs, 12 horses, 3 ponies, 6 cats, a parrot, a chimpanzee, a panda, a lion cub, a giraffe and a zebra.
AND… 80 careers everything from a rock star to a paleontologist to a presidential candidate.

Question asked in a school quiz in Dubai several years ago. The guesses ranged from Arnold Schwarzenegger, some Arab Sheikh, Elvis Presley. One team actually came very close to the actual answer with Sarah Palin! (2) Of course, the answer was:

Hard to pick one, but here are some of my favourites:

1. In 1928, AT T s Western Electric established a division for the specific purpose of installing and servicing their loudspeakers and electronic products for motion picture use. Called E.R.P.I. (Electrical Research Products, Inc.), it was purchased as part of a consent decree in 1936 by a group of E.R.P.I. executives, including George Carrington, Sr. and Mike Conrow. They changed the name to All Technical Service Company .
How do we know this company today?

Ans. Altec ( All Tech ) Lansing.

2. A person with ___________ is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.
What modern-day product takes its name from the above mentioned philosophy mostly because it is based on the same principle?

3. Started in 1945 by two friends Burt X and Irv Y. with the merging of their respective individual shops, XY has since become one of the leading companies that sell Z. It is distinctly recognized by its logo which contains a number – signifying the number of varieties of the product it sells.

Its new logo, revealed in 2005, is hailed by many as one of the most innovative logos of all time for its clever inclusion of the above mentioned number into it.

Ans: Baskin-Robbins (X-Y) and if you don t know what they sell, I suggest you go out more often.

A few questions which I really liked.

1.After India became independent in 1947, the Planning Commission was entrusted to oversee and direct the development of the nation. India grew rapidly in the 1950s, and in the late 1950s the Commission started facing difficulties in finding suitable people for the large number of enterprises that were being established in India as a part of its industrial policy. To solve this problem, the Planning Commission in 1959 invited Professor George Robbins of the University of California. What resulted?

2. The name of this website stems from a Hindi phrase used on anyone who attempts to achieve the impossible. Started by Wharton graduate Allwin Agnel in 2003, its mascot is named ‘Monsieur Green’. Which website?

3. The following table gives the exchange rates of a certain currency in three different denominations. Identify what has been blanked out.

4. In what way is this photo of Lord Pethick Lawrence and Mahatma Gandhi, taken on April 18, 1946 significant to this day? (Question Courtesy: Navin Rajaram )

5. As a part of the Windows Vista makeover what did Microsoft add to the game Minesweeper (blanked out in the pic shown below) and why?

6. Shown below is a character from an unique language which caused an outrage from a certain group when it was dropped from Wikipedia’s official logo in 2010.Which Language?

7. This is Hannah Steller photographed by her older brother, Dustin Steller. The photo was originally uploaded to iStockphoto in August 2005 as a result of which, it made her immensely popular all over the world.
How/what is she known as?

8. It was discovered that defects in the sphere from knicks and scrapes of normal use, could provide it with a truer flight than a pure sphere. Thus,makers started creating intentional defects in the surface by hammering to give it an evenly dimpled shape which would cause it to have a more consistent flight. Funda behind what?

9.This is a letter sent to ‘Lady Gaga’ by the firm she had previously threatened to sue for a certain product. What was the product and the controversy?

Further to our letter of 9th March, we note that we have not heard back from you or from your client Lady Gaga despite your demands that we respond to your letter by 4.00pm on 9thMarch.

In fact you have not even confirmed receipt of the letter which was emailed and delivered to you by hand.

As you will have noted from the contents of that letter, the product your client described as ‘nausea-inducing’ and ‘possibly unfit for human consumption’ was given a clean bill by the authorities last week.

We are therefore seeking your permission to re-launch our ______ in a way which will not offend, upset or distress your client in any way. As such we are holding a ‘Name the Baby’ competition and asking for the approval of one of the following names.

10. In an interview to Walter Issacson, when asked about life and death, Steve Jobs said Sometimes I don t. It s 50-50. But ever since I ve had cancer I ve been thinking about it more, and I find myself believing a bit more. Maybe that s because I want to believe in an afterlife, that when you die it doesn t just all disappear. The wisdom you ve accumulated, somehow it just lives on.” He further added that he implemented this philosophy in his products. What feature or rather minimalism was implemented in Apple products because of this?

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(Please answer in comments. I hope that the answers can be can be worked out by a combination of knowledge and by a few assumptions. I would add the answers after a few people have attempted)

I would also like to add the biz questions (Twitter, Campbell s Soup, Ambergris and Kit Kat mail) from my answer to What are some of the best quiz questions you ve seen to this list as well.





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What are business ethics? Business ethics and corporate social responsibility – Anglo American #franchise #businesses

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Business ethics and corporate social responsibility
An Anglo American case study

Page 2: What are business ethics?

Business ethics are moral principles that guide the way a business behaves. The same principles that determine an individual s actions also apply to business.

Acting in an ethical way involves distinguishing between right and wrong and then making the right choice. It is relatively easy to identify unethical business practices. For example, companies should not use child labour. They should not unlawfully use copyrighted materials and processes. They should not engage in bribery.

However, it is not always easy to create similar hard-and-fast definitions of good ethical practice. A company must make a competitive return for its shareholders and treat its employees fairly. A company also has wider responsibilities. It should minimise any harm to the environment and work in ways that do not damage the communities in which it operates. This is known as corporate social responsibility.

Codes of behaviour

The law is the key starting point for any business. Most leading businesses also have their own statement of Business Principles which set out their core values and standards. In Anglo American s case, this is called Good Citizenship .

A business should also follow relevant codes of practice that cover its sector. Many companies have created voluntary codes of practice that regulate practices in their industrial sector. These are often drawn up in consultation with governments, employees, local communities and other stakeholders. Anglo American has played an active part in initiatives such as the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, the United Nations Global Compact and the Global Reporting Initiative.

Anglo American has also contributed to the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights. This code sets out principles and practices for ensuring that a company s need to ensure the security of its employees and operations in volatile countries does not adversely impact upon the local population. Thus the Principles provide guidance on how both private and public security forces assigned to protect a mining operation or an oil and gas facility should be vetted, trained in human rights, monitored and controlled.

Anglo American also aims to ensure that it plays a role in protecting the human rights of its employees and local people in countries in which it operates. The company supports the principles set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

All companies need to make a profit. However, Anglo American recognises that this objective must take account of ethics as shown in its statement on corporate responsibility: Though providing strong returns for our shareholders remains our prime objective, we do not believe that these can or should be achieved at the expense of social, environmental and moral considerations. Indeed a long-term business such as ours will only thrive if it also takes into account the needs of other stakeholders such as governments, employees, suppliers, communities and customers.

Stakeholders

An important process used by Anglo American is that of stakeholder engagement. This enables it better to understand the perspectives and priorities of external groups that are affected by its activities and to factor them into its decision-making processes. To support this work at a local level, Anglo American has developed a Socio-Economic Assessment Toolbox or SEAT process.

This toolbox helps managers to measure the impact of activities on the company and communities. It also helps to improve a mine s contribution to development through, for example, using its supply chain needs to generate new businesses or to improve the water or electricity infrastructure. They use this toolbox to engage with stakeholders including community representatives.

Sometimes communities have to be resettled, with government sanction, in order for important mineral deposits to be accessed. This can cause controversy and divisions in the communities concerned. International best practice sets out a number of key stages in such a process including the need for structured consultation, fair compensation and the importance of restoring and enhancing the livelihoods of people in their new locations.

Recently Anglo American has had to undertake two such relocations in South Africa at the villages of Ga Pila and Motlhotlo. These were undertaken with the support of the provincial government and local tribal leadership and after consultation with local people lasting for several years leading to agreement with each householder. New villages have been built with better houses and infrastructure and more land for farming. The relocation programme was voluntary. The relocation programme at Motlhotlo is still under way but at Ga Pila 98% of those living in the old village took up the offer to move to the new village.

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Are there any government loans available? #loan #for #business

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Mr Mark Brennan commenced in his role as the Australian Small Business Commissioner on 2 January 2013.

Dr Craig Latham commenced in his role as Deputy Small Business Commissioner on 21 May 2013.

The role of the Australian Small Business Commissioner is to represent small business interests and concerns to the Australian Government.

There are Small Business Commissioners in Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia and South Australia.

If you are in a business dispute, Dispute Support can assist you to find the right dispute resolution service

A good understanding of your dispute will help you to make informed decisions about the best way to try to resolve the dispute.

Tips from the Australian Small Business Commissioner to help you build strong business relationships and avoid disputes

Find out about dispute resolution services available in your state or territory.

There are publications available to assist you to understand, manage and prevent disputes.

It is difficult to know where to begin when starting your own business. It’s important to consider whether you really understand what’s involved and that you are aware of your tax and legal obligations.

Are you are thinking about expanding your business? Here are some suggestions that could help you grow your business.

Once you decide to sell or pass on your business, you need to consider how much your business is worth, the best time to sell and whether you should make use of a broker or other professionals to maximise selling opportunities.

There are resources available to assist you with starting and growing your business.

The family business sector accounts for 70% of all businesses in Australia.

Family Business Australia’s top ten tips for surviving a family business.

Family Business Australia’s best practice principles for family business.

Read case studies from family businesses.

Find out about upcoming events and training tailored for family businesses

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about starting, growing and exiting a business.

Planning should always be the first step in developing a business.

Checklists that contain a series of questions to guide you through the various stages of setting up your business including before you start, when you start, when you buy and when you run your business.

Links to help guide your business.

View news articles from the Australian Small Business Commissioner.

Find out about upcoming small business events that Commissioner and his Office are involved in.

Keep up to date with the Commissioner’s newsletter.

View submissions and reports by the Office of the Australian Small Business Commissioner

The latest small business news from across the Australian Government, including ACCC, ASIC, ATO and business.gov.au

View blog posts from the Australian Small Business Commissioner.

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What are some profitable business ideas to start in a small town? #small #business #grants

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you can have the best idea in the world, but if people don t care. you won t make a dime!

i m in a facebook mastermind group, and i asked what stopped everyone in the group from starting their own business, and most of the responses were.

i have no idea

my friend had a difficult time starting his business. he kept complaining to me how he doesn t have any good business ideas. he was waiting for the perfect idea to fall on his lap.

so i told him to not wait for the perfect idea. just start with a boring idea that has DEMAND.

so i gave him my 5 day business formula to find an idea, test demand, and get people to send him money.

he applied my formula, and in 5 days he got 5 sales. with no product, and no website! he just posted on facebook and got 5 people to send him money.

he applied it in other areas as well, and it also works! it works for online, offline, physical products, or even local services.

he finally realized that at the end of the day, its not about finding the perfect idea. its about starting with a boring idea and test if there s demand — test if people are willing to pay for your idea.

you can have a perfect idea, but if there s no demand. it doesnt matter. it will never take off!

you dont need to start a HUGE company like google or facebook on day one! just start something small. and then slowly grow from there.

the 5 day business formula is something that i ve used before but have never thought about teaching to anyone. it s something similar from the lean startup and the startup weekend methodology where you build a minimum viable product. except that my process doesn t involve building a product or even a website. you use what i call lightweight testing to test your idea without investing alot of time or money into it.

i ve used it to test a local food delivery service, web freelance service, and other types of businesses and product ideas.

its a useful way to test your business idea without spending any money or time on building a product, or a website.

it goes something like this:

1. brainstorm a list of ideas. a minimum of 20 ideas is good. it doesnt matter if its a good or a bad idea. at this stage, you re just listing down all kinds of ideas. (ideas are all around you. see what products people are currently buying.)

2. afterwards, you do some research. is there demand for your idea? you can talk to people, do kw research, or use my eavesdropping technique. http://www.hustletothetop .com/ge.

3. if there s no demand, you go back and choose a different idea from your list and test it again until you find an idea that has demand.

4. if there is demand, you simply get people to pay you money to validate whether your idea is something that people are willing to pay for or not! its not enough that people say yes . see if they pay! it doesnt even have to be the full amount. if they pay, then you have a validated business idea.

5. then you manually deliver the product or service. if you dont have a product, you do dropshipping.

6. once you have a validated idea — ie. 3 to 10 sales — that people are willing to pay for. then you reinvest your profits into the business — build a website, etc — and create systems to automate and systemize your business so that the business works FOR you.

thats just the gist of it. you can use it to start a niche online business, or a local offline service business to earn some money on the side.

1. ideas are worthless. it s all about execution and demand! dont waste time waiting for the perfect idea to fall on your lap. just start with a boring idea and test if there is DEMAND. at the end of the day you ll make more money with a boring idea that has demand, instead of chasing after the mythical perfect idea that will never happen.

2. you dont have to start something new. just copy what other businesses or products that are already selling well. customers pay for products or services that solve their problem. they dont pay for you to have a unique business idea.

3. if you cant beat them, join them. instead of working against your competitor, why not work together. they already have the hot selling product. just help them to sell it while you split the profit. that s how i first started my online business in the tourism niche.

The last part of your question start in a small town creates the impression that your physical location is a determining factor in your choice of business ideas.

With the technology we have available today you can stay in a small town, however, and access a global market – serving customers who do not necessarily live in or visit your town. This opens more opportunities that definitely can be more profitable.

One business idea is to sell software solutions that will help people work smarter instead of harder.

In a related post you will see the reasons why you do not need technical knowledge, a technical team or up-front capital to pursue this business idea.

You can focus all your efforts on marketing existing solutions and/or you can create your own solutions.

Practical steps you can take:

  1. Find an itch in the market that needs scratching . This is the key success factor and it will determine the probability of achieving success. If you can identify a need and solve it, well, then you are in business.
  2. Create (or clone) a simple yet effective solution for this itch .
  3. Market your solution. The better your solution scratches an itch , the easier marketing should become.

This business will require some effort up-front, but after selling your first solution you ll start earning recurring income – without much additional effort.

Plus, you can stay in a small town with all the benefits of a close-knit community without being restricted to their spending potential.





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What are some good home-business ideas for a stay-at-home Indian woman? #franchise #loans

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There are many things you can do. Plus, you have the advantage of being more educated than your peers.

Firstly, I d suggest you to try and build an audience for yourself. The best way to get started with that would be to write a blog.

Do you have a hobby? Do you have a particular skill? You could help others pursue that hobby or learn that skill and make some profit from it too.

More often, we tend to have gained some skills by doing something, skills which complement the main thing. So, if you were a teacher, you d also to need to have good communication, crowd control and problem solving skills in addition of having the skill to teach. Try to explore these hidden skills of yours.

You mentioned that you had a child, did you pull off some clever skills or hacks while you were pregnant or your baby was growing up? Chances are many other women will also be in the same problem as you were in, write a book (eBook will be a good option here) detailing the problems and solutions you came up with. Sell it to the audience you have created. Initially, the money will not be that great, but if you keep coming up with good content and market yourself, there should be no problem in being able to run earn the money you want to.

Try reading new books, they help a lot. I recommend The $100 Startup. This book specifically profiles people who have earned around $50,000 a year doing things they love. Almost all the businesses mentioned here are not skill intensive and can be operated by anyone. Plus, the author also gives actionable advice on how and where to get started and what can you do to enjoy freedom and earn money.

Here s a list of what all you can do, according to me. Although, it would have been easier to answer this if you would have told, in which city you live and how much investment can you do. Still, I will try to do my best.

1. Teach what you know the best: Investment Banking — Apply in schools to teach commerce students of higher grades or apply in colleges. With industry exposure and experience I am sure you will easily get a job. Later, you can earn some extra money by giving tuitions in the evening. A teacher, teaching in a college and then giving tuitions can easily earn around 50,000.

2. Start Blogging: [ A lot of people below have listed blogging to earn money through Ads or affiliate marketing, but this will take time, it takes atleast 3 to 4 years to start earning a healthy amount through blogging and that too if you are regular blogger and understand lot many complexities like SEO, coding etc.]. Write about things that you understnad, you are at home, so you have time to research and read. Write your own articles and analysis about various mergers, economic trends, stock advices, etc etc. Publicise your blog through facebook and linkedin. Now use this as your customer base. Then start a separate consultancy and advisory. The way Google earns money. Give some services for free like research and analysis, in your case, and then earn from the presence of people. Later, with high traffic you will also be able to earn money from Ads. Also, if you will have a set of audience reading you per day, later you can also start writing for newspapers or magazines.

3. Start an Activity Centre: [ This is the reason, I asked how much investment you have. In both the options mentioned above, you will not need any investment but for this one, you will need an initial investment ]. Take a space on rent, or better if you have a hall and one room vacant in your home. Put 2 Pool tables, some table chair, an LCD or a Music system will also work, Free Wifi and provide some snacks. All this will cost around 2 lakhs of investment. Charge around Rs. 20 per person/per hour for the pool table. 8 people = Rs. 160. Assume that the shop remains operational for around 10 hours, our of which people play pool for say 5 hours, or for 5 hours the tables remain occupied. This will amount to Rs. 800. [Some times it may happen the tables are not fully occupied, that s why I decreased no of hours of occupancy. ] Provide snacks like, Masala Cola, Soda Lemon, Juice, French Fries, Burgers etc etc. They have high margin and it doesn t takes much expertise to make them. The free wifi and these snacks will make it a fun chill out and hang out place. People will come and spend time. Even if you will be able to make Rs. 400 from the snacks vertical. In aggregate you will be able make around Rs. 36,000 to Rs. 40,000 per month. Later you can expand to have a gym on the next floor or something.

4. Open up a Coaching Centre. This is similar to the 1st point. Education is the best business in India these days. One can easily earn Rs. 20,000 to 30,000 just by giving home tuitions in the evening, 4 to hours thats it. So you obviously will not give home tuitions, but open up your own coaching centre. Hire a teacher in the start, to teach subjects in which you are not very good. Preferably hire a college student as, they will be more enthusiastic and eager to teach and will charge less money, all they are concerned about is to make some extra bucks. Start with teaching commerce students, teach subjects that you know. May be 1st year you will not make much, but yes second year onwards you will have a decent income. And trust me this will rise exponentially. May be in 3 or 4 years, you will be earning much more than what you have expected above in the description, provided you give some good results and better branding.

5. Start Investing — You understand companies and you understand market. Start with a decent amount of Rs. 2 lakhs. Have a varied portfolio. With some technical analysis and a good knowledge, it wont be hard to make 20% return. And obviously later you will earn compounded returns. You will be able to make much more money after 2 or 3 years.

I hope some of these points will help and If any of these do work, then give me some tips on Investment Banking, or preferably teach me. P As, I want to be an Investment Banker and currently working in the same field. )





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29 Cool Business Cards That Are Unforgettable – Awesome Business Cards #loan #business

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How many business cards have you kept and remembered after meeting someone new? A few? One? None? More than likely, you have thrown away or stored most of the business cards you were handed without giving them more thought. It would impossible to do that with these 29 business cards. They are all so delightfully creative and memorable, it’s hard to imagine them anywhere but lying on your desk or tacked to a bulletin board.

1.) A business card that’s also a cheese grater

2.) Mini plungers, complete with the plumber’s contact information.

3.) LEGO agents for a business

4.) These unique wine Sommelière cards

5.) A mini yoga mat card for a yoga studio

6.) A landscaping business card that’s an investment in their own future

7.) An empty picture frame business card

8.) A yoga trainer’s business card that encourages you to stretch

9.) This adorable seed packet business card





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Where are They Now? Patrick Donnelly in Cincinnati Business Courier Forty Under 40 Retrospective #business #profile

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Where are They Now? Patrick Donnelly in Cincinnati Business Courier Forty Under 40 Retrospective

June 20th 2016 at 3:13PM

Twenty years ago, Patrick Donnelly, then associate principal and director of client services at BHDP, was recognized in the Forty Under 40 class of 1996 from the Cincinnati Business Courier. In a rare retrospective of all winners from this highly motivated class, the Business Courier reports on the current standings of each nominee.

Today, Patrick Donnelly continues his work at BHDP, now as an owner and client leader.

As the article reports:

A lot has changed since 1996. The Forty Under 40 awards were only in their second year and the Business Courier received 120 nominations. (This year, we received 426 nominations.) However, the focus was the same: We were seeking up-and-coming business leaders making a difference in the community.

The emphasis is on leadership and potential leadership – whether it is in business, finance, politics, nonprofits, education or public service. Focus is also placed on the nominee’s community involvement. Most of our honorees have made good on the early promise they showed. Among them we count 14 company presidents, nine sitting CEOs, three business owners, two law partners and one judge.

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What are the top 10 most profitable businesses in India? #get #a #business #loan

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Despite being a huge economy that ranks at number 3 in the GDP (PPP) league globally, India is a nation where the agriculture and unorganized sectors dominate employment generation. Contrary to what a lot of people may believe, we do not have a majority of our workforce employed by the organized sector.

The Indian workforce can be categorized by a simple and approximate formula – 65-35-15-85. Of the entire workforce, around 65% are engaged directly or indirectly in Agriculture, a massive number. This number will include farmers, farm labourers, transport workers, mandi workers, marketing people, rural business persons of all types etc. That leaves around 35% of Indian workforce, which we can call non-farm workforce. Of this 35%, not more than 15% are employed by the organized sector. They are paid salaries on fixed dates (almost), enjoy statutory benefits and can associate their work with some brandname of some credible size. The remaining 85% (of this 35%) are engaged in unorganized sector, that does not enjoy any of these characteristics. Are these not shocking statistics, for India, after nearly seven decades of economic independence? By the way, I have not counted homemakers and housewives, whose contribution anyway does not get counted in the GDP calculations.

We are a nation of 1.3 billion people (that’s 130,00,00,000 people). So it is clear there is abundance of labour available in India, that is untrained, unskilled (or at best partially skilled) and has a poor chance of making it in the formal organized sector. What do these people do? Well, they create small businesses of their own, and get on with their lives quietly.

Mainstream academia and media often speak disparagingly of these millions as “Mom-and-Pop” shops, because the comparison yardstick is the West, where most of retail is organized. But if these millions were to give up their businesses, and start pestering the governments of India (central and state) forSarkarijobs, the whole system will crumble and break down in no time. We should be very thankful to these entrepreneurs who quietly create opportunities for themselves, and even employ many more.

I assume by small. the question means really small, even micro. And “top 10” must be the range and spread. The ones I am listing below, are usually proprietorships of the most unstructured format. I am intentionally not counting the Small-scale enterprises in the manufacturing sector. I am also leaving out individual contractors that use the internet economy to work from home, on projects anywhere in the world (these are educated and very capable people).

In my opinion, ten of the smallest of businesses (not counting agriculture related work) that are widespread across India, totally taken for granted, and where literally crores of Indians (1 crore = 10 million) are self-employed, can be listed as:

  1. Small retail shops – Millions of them spread across the length and breadth of India. They are usually owned by a single family, and entire work is done by two or three members of the same family. They do not formally book every transaction, and issue no receipts. Hence, they generally pay no taxes at all. In fact, if they are forcibly dragged in the tax net, many of them will simply become unviable! So what will happen? Right now we have around 1 million young people entering the workforce each month. Or 1.2 crore each year. We will substantially increase the number if these shops collapse.
  2. Paan ki dukaan – Indians love their paan, supari, cigarettes, tobacco, and gutkha! And this gives birth to the legion of Paan Shops we see everywhere. They form a key part of the marketing plans of consumer goods giants like Unilever etc. As they say, the Ps of marketing are Product-Price-Promotion-P lace-and-Paan shops.
  3. Readymade Garment shops – Thousands of these small shops cater to the needs of the local communities they serve. While all conceivable brands are available in big malls, the small shops cater at an atomic level to their customers’ needs. And they are busy all year round. One can be often surprised at the economical rates these offer.
  4. Tea stalls – Popularly called chai-ki-tapri. these are hangout places (for a few minutes) for the local small office-goers, daily wage labourers, and anybody passing by. Usually run by a single entrepreneur, they employ chhotus, young boys barely 8 or 10 years of age. It can be seen everywhere in India. They serve tea (of coffee), some basic snacks like pakoras, etc. Wholesomely unhealthy if taken on a daily basis.
  5. Auto Repair shops – If you do not wish to spend a lot of money to get your vehicle (2 wheeler or 4 wheeler) repaired at the branded sales outlet or service centre, then the roadside repair shop is always at your disposal. Business is always brisk, and the technicians working can be amazingly skilled.
  6. Mobile repair / accessories shops – The past few years have seen employment generation through this route. Tiny shops that are run by just one or two people can cater to a vast range of your repair / recharging needs. Found almost everywhere.
  7. Grocery Daily need shops – A type of the small retail shops. Some of them are organizedkirana stores, others much smaller but equally useful. They develop customer relationships through home delivery, some credit, and informal support for a range of needs. Usually have dedicated and loyal clienteles. The arrival of organized retail has, so far, not affected them much.
  8. Small restaurants / coffee shops – Lots of them dot the highways as dhabas. or all commercial roads in cities of all sizes. They are usually much cheaper compared to branded cafes. I remember enjoying a hearty meal (for a family of four) for Rs 36 when we hungrily went to a very small “south Indian” restaurant on a mountain side in Munnar, Kerala. What a meal it was! And what a rush the restaurant was handling. Such experiences make you want to become a food entrepreneur (the yummy margins! ).
  9. Seasonal shops – Every festival in India brings unique buying needs, and that leads to sprouting of such shops in specific areas of all towns and cities. So, during the Ganesh Chaturthi festivals, shops spring up overnight selling pooja samagri (material for religious prayers) and idols. Similarly, Deepawali sees fire-cracker shops and Holi brings with it gorgeously colourful temporary shops. All dealings are naturally in pure cash!
  10. Hawkers of all types – Not to be outdone by the above, we have a whole range of hawkers who shout themselves hoarse strutting their stuff door-to-door, all day long. They do this on bicycles, or thelas, and it must be very exhausting work.

I personally feel that society ought to respect these individuals much more that it currently does. They are the most basic building blocks of our goods and services markets. The entrepreneurial streak of these unsung heroes can be very motivating if we see the sheer struggle their daily lives entail.

As India moves forward, while our economy will get more structured, the simultaneous growth of our population is going to make formal employment generation a huge challenge. Interesting times ahead!

There is a contradiction in the question: What are the top 10 internet business models that are currently the most profitable and easiest to copy in a new market?

The most profitable business model will not be the easiest to copy since by definition anyone can copy that business model, compete with the original business model and so bring down the profits of the business model as a whole.

Examples of most profitable internet business models typically depend on dominating the long-tail. This requires these businesses to operate at a lower cost than if manual / human processing was required, and capitalize on improving the signal to noise ratio using algorithms at scale. It is difficult for substitute businesses to develop the same scale later as collecting huge amounts of long-tail data takes a long time (years)

Google search: Have data on long-tail search terms and creates a market place where participants can bid to reach most relevant customers.

Amazon.com: Have organized information of long-tail products for sale and offer unparalleled selection, prices are reasonable, inventory overheads are low (they need to stock a few items globally compared to a few items per physical store)

Ebay: Created an auction marketplace where buyers can bid for long-tail products offered by sellers world-wide. The larger the number of buyers, the larger the number of sellers and Ebay makes a cut off each transaction.

Wikipedia or Yahoo Answers: Long-tail content is generated by users at little / low expense to the company, content is relevant and used years after it was originally created. Bulk of the content is accessed only a few times every month but collectively drives billions of page views a month. This can be harvested by basic online advertising.





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Why did I write this penny stocks guide?

I’ve been penny stock trading for more than fifteen years, and in that time, I’ve turned $12,415 of my bar mitzvah money into more than $4.2 million in trading profits. I like to challenge myself, but I’ve already reached my goal of becoming a millionaire. Now, I’m turning my focus to teaching.

My new goal is to create more millionaire students than any other stock trading teacher out there. I’ve done it twice so far, but I’m just beginning. I’m going to create a whole lot more—and I want you to be one of them.

Of course, if you don’t know what penny stock trading is, you can’t use this strategy to get rich. That’s where this guide comes in. Consider this your college education in penny stock trading—the 101 guide you need to nail down the basics and start executing profitable trades today.

who is this guide for?

A lot of people think you have to be a genius to get rich trading penny stocks, but that’s just not true. Heck, I’m not even all that smart, but look at everything I’ve been able to accomplish so far. The bottom line is that you don’t need to be a math major or a whiz kid trading prodigy to succeed with penny stocks.

But that doesn’t mean that this guide is for everyone. I’m only looking for students who are willing to work hard and be disciplined about their trading careers. If that’s not you—if you’re looking for some “magic bullet” that’ll give you instant riches without any effort —don’t waste your time here.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a high school student or a senior citizen. If you’re somebody who can study penny stock trading full-time or somebody who can only free up an hour or two a day. If you’re a total stock trading newbie or somebody who already understands trading fundamentals. As long as you’re willing to work hard, you can succeed using my strategies.

how much of this guide should you read?

The whole thing! If you’re serious about your success as a penny stock trader, every piece of wisdom found here will help get you closer to your goal of building real wealth. If you’re short on time, take things one chapter at a time. But then—as soon as you can —come back, finish reading the guide, and put everything you’ve learned into practice.

Don’t wait. Take the first step towards true financial freedom by jumping into the first chapter now.

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