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What Can I Become with a Master s in International Business? #business #apps

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What Can I Become with a Master’s in International Business? After graduation

A Master’s in international business is ideal for students who are planning to build a career in international business. Through this program, you can develop a variety of skills necessary to understand the global economy. It also gives you the ability to plan strategically for international operations and the capabilities required to execute those operations. A study programme in international business solely focuses on the area of international business.

Career opportunities with a degree in international business

With the massive growth of international business, there is a huge demand for individuals with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of global markets. This is one of the reasons why completing a Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in international business can open the doors for a series of career opportunities. Whether you choose to explore careers in the field of marketing or finance, you will be able to choose from a wide range of opportunities.

If you choose to go in the marketing direction, international business studies can be useful to land a job as an International Marketing Manager. In this position, you will be required to oversee the marketing strategy of a company in the international market. Your job will involve analyzing the potential market and predicting the profitability of various products or services.

The role of an International Finance Controller is popularly given to those who have completed an according specialisation in their international business programme and chosen to build a career in the field of finance. With this role, you will be dealing with various issues related to taxes, audits, accounts, regulatory compliance, and budgets. This position is typically the highest in the finance department for most companies.

After completing an international business degree, you can even land the role of an International Banking Manager. Your job will be to oversee the international banking policies and objectives as well as initiatives of a financial institution. You will also have the responsibility of developing and maintaining banking services to clients in the global market.

As a graduate in international business, you can also become an International Trade Manager. You will have the responsibility of overseeing every aspect of the trade negotiations and policies of an establishment be it a private firm or a government office. A Master’s program in international business will give you the necessary skills and knowledge to oversee contacts with important industry leaders and trade officials.

5. Business development

International business studies also prepare you for a career in the field of business development. You can become a Business Development Manager, which requires you to assess various marketing opportunities as well as the international target market. Your responsibility will be to evaluate a business to help it realize its full potential.

Higher studies in international relations degree

Once you complete a Master’s program in international business, you can even pursue a higher degree by enrolling in a doctoral degree program in the field. This degree will qualify you for more prestigious job opportunities such as the role of a CEO. You can even get into teaching at university level or get involved in research work.





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Authenticity Mandate: Business Communication in the Digital Era #music #business

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An Authenticity Mandate: Business Communication in the Digital Era

Communication: “The imparting or exchanging of information or news.”

A humorist once said that the most powerful form of communication was the exchange of gossip between two people. Communication the act of sharing information and news is a primal need, regardless of culture, and as old as humankind.

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The Means or Instrumentality

There is confusion today between the essential elements and purposes of authentic communication and the latest technology.

Many stories written about today’s so-called “digital revolution” would lead us to assume that all of the new technological gadgets and online tools are magically changing us into better communicators.

In the frantic rush by many professional marketing, PR and advertising people to connect with core audiences, they are confusing technology for effective communications.

Companies and organizations believe that a Twitter account, Facebook page or new website will automatically make them more attuned to their audiences and that they will have a greater (and thus, louder) “voice” in the marketplace. There is a belief that new tools will make them more influential; that their opinions, products and services can be presented in exaggerated, unrealistic, or absolute terms; and that their audiences and the public will listen.

The reality, however, is that the answer is no, not necessarily true and not necessarily for the long term.

What the digital revolution has done is temporarily warp the expectations of companies, organizations, audiences and the public about communications in the digital era. Technology has not changed the enduring need for clear communications or for the exchange of credible news. What technology has altered is both the transmittal and mode of content rather than altering the purpose of communication itself, and therein lies confusion. Twitter limits use to 140-characters. There are times when a 2,000-word story would provide clearer communication.

The Core of Good Communications

Authentic, true communication results when its purpose is to impart a thought or opinion with the hope of a favorable response or positive feedback regardless of technology. It is the human desire to share news and information and, in the case of business, to create and maintain a customer.

Storytelling is universal and at the core of communications. We have grown up with stories, fables, legends. Stories are woven into the fabric of all cultures.

There is immense opportunity for business and organizations to step in and engage audiences through the timely appeal and influence of authentic news storytelling. While outdated and overworked tactics, such as press releases, are generally marketing masquerading as news, corporate storytelling provides substance, offers new meaning and gives a greater understanding to the public about products and services.

The late, legendary corporate leader Steve Jobs of Apple knew the secret to influential communications and how to connect with audiences. Standing on a stage, Jobs would hold a new iPhone or iPad, and share a revealing and very human story about his personal excitement when he realized how the new product might help us to be more creative and successful. He talked about the product’s value to us, not about himself or Apple. We connected with his excitement and flocked to buy his “i”-products.

What does a corporate or organization’s news story look like? Simply stated, it is a story that focuses on the value and benefit of services and products to consumers, clients, and audiences.

Steve Kayser a communications consultant in Cincinnati, Ohio recently wrote, “Storytelling content is the new advertising, marketing and PR. It’s a harsh new reality all businesses and employees have to face. They can still spend a fortune for advertising, marketing and PR campaigns, and get retro-returns on their investment. Or, they can do what people resonate with – storytelling.”

The benefit is that your company or organization can become a trusted source and resource to actively exchange news and information provided that it is consistently balanced, accurate and real news, and resists the narcissistic compulsion to promote and market. Share your own news stories – online, real-time.

Kayser writes, “Whatever business you’re in, you have a story. If it’s a good story, it informs, educates, entertains and helps people to find a solution to the problem they have.”

Kit Bigelow has has more than thirty years experience in issue, legislative and policy advocacy at the local, national and international levels. She has spoken and led workshops globally. www.KitBigelow.com .

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How to Talk About Money in Your Family Business – Family Business Advisors #business

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How to Talk About Money in Your Family Business

“Chains of habit are too light to be felt – until they are too heavy to be broken.” – Warren Buffett

Talking about money within the family business can be uncomfortable and awkward. What’s worse is that everyone knows about it; financial questions and concerns can be at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Few habits are so critical and yet translate so directly to the success of your family business. David Harland. Managing Director of FINH

It is up to the family business leaders to engage their family in these conversations, and to do so with honesty and directly. The early rounds might be difficult, but the end result is a better work environment and easier conversations about other complex issues (such as remuneration or financial agreements). Start early so that you can establish a precedent, make clear the expectations, and deal fairly with others.

Begin with a trusted family advisor – someone to help facilitate difficult conversations – who can project an image of fairness, conscientiousness, and experience.

We often feel that our loved ones know us so well that we don’t have to voice concerns or bring in a third party. It’s the role of the business leader to let go of these assumptions and find a real solution. Communication needs to be clear and open, and this is best when the conversation includes an element of impartiality and specialized knowledge.

It’s unfortunate that so many family businesses start out with an informal management structure and don’t have specific practices and policies for family members. Instead, the structure of the family business is often made up as it goes, which can create an impediment to honest communication later on.

Topics of Conversation Between Members of the Family Business

The family conversation should have goals and should be prepared for, just like any meeting with a non-family business partnerThat also includes having a formal agenda. It’s common to have three levels of interest at play: business issues, family issues, and ownership.

So what you should talk about? Start with family’s history, legacy, and values. The younger a member of the family is introduced to this message, the better. I recommend placing extra emphasis on a multigenerational approach to human capital appreciation.

Chances are that your family has a mix of dominant thinkers and dominant feelers. The thinkers might be more open to the practical realities of business success. Feelers will appreciate the sense of togetherness, shared accomplishment, and appreciation among members of the group. Guide the topics of conversations into those areas where you’re most likely to get buy-in from individual members; other issues can be dealt with more easily afterwards.

Emotion Will Be Part Of It; Deal With Emotion Early

“Select your words carefully. Spoken words may have positive or negative effects, depending on the manner and timing of your speech.” Abdurrahman Bagdadizade Paksoy to his sons, addressing how the Paksoy family was shut out of its own business in 1956

Every business requires emotional decisions and every family brings emotionally charged relationships. These two don’t always mix nicely.

Emotion is a real dynamic that isn’t going away, but it can be dealt with effectively and even harnessed to create a positive dialogue. Use family councils to address family matters. Even if your family members share the same values, they may not share the same vision. If your family runs the risk of starting new battles every time an old one is closed, it’s best to start with outside facilitation early on and stick with it through to the end.

Create a sense of family unity with family stories. Make sure that younger generations can connect to the trials, successes, and anecdotes of the past. Let them speak and take care to actually listen. If less experienced members of the family are eager to bring a “fresh perspective” or innovative new ideas, this is the forum where they get their chance.

Tell a cautionary tale about past business episodes – especially if it has a personal impact. Not only will this help synergize the emotion in the room, but it will help emphasise the importance of properly addressed financial agreements. Just try not to get side-tracked in story land; it’s up to the business leaders to maintain focus on the long-term goal of multi-generational capital accumulation.

Always remember that money is a sensitive issue for many people. You’re likely to run into topics like fairness and competitiveness. These are important, but ultimately dangerous if mishandled because they can re-open old wounds or divert the conversation. Have a plan in place to stay on target.

There’s never a perfect time to talk about family business issues, with one exception: earlier is better. The sooner these conversations start happening, the sooner your family business can develop the type of effective communication that will stand the test of time.

For Advice on communicating about finance in your family business please call FINH 07 3229 7333





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Investor – s Business Daily Founder Invests in SMU – D Magazine #registering #a

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Investor s Business Daily Founder Invests in SMU

California-based William J. O’Neil, who started the Investor’s Business Daily newspaper, funded a chair in business journalism at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts in 2007 and, a year later, established the William J. O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom at SMU’s Cox School of Business. O’Neil lived in Dallas growing up and graduated from SMU in 1955.

1. Why have you endowed these programs at SMU?

Because we’ve had Investor’s Business Daily for 27 years. We have an enormous database, and we’ve learned a lot about the economy. There’s constant change—newcomers coming in with something new, cheaper, faster, displacing older-line companies—and that’s the heart of what the country’s all about. There’s freedom and opportunity to do whatever you want here; it’s up to you. But not everyone understands that.

2. Why have you focused at least partly on business journalism?

My feeling about the journalist field is that journalism students don’t really know much about business. So I think every journalism [student] should have a couple of years of economics background. They need to be able to judge and evaluate: Is this thing we’re hearing about sound, or not?

3. It has been reported that you bought a building in Plano. What will you do with it?

The building is in escrow, and we should have possession by December or January. I think it’s on 11.5 acres. We’re going to move some people here. We have two different operations: O’Neil Data Systems [an automated printing business], which has a lot of big contracts with HMOs to provide all their data. And then we’ll have some of the newspaper people, though we’ll still maintain similar operations in Los Angeles. We’re still analyzing what functions we’ll want to have here, and we’ll hire some people here. In the long run, the paper may have its headquarters here. It just depends.

4. Depends on what?

Well, on how things go. We think being in the central part of the country—in a dynamic area that’s growing and that’s more willing to be pro-business—would preserve the future of the paper.

5. There seems to be a lot of talk these days about American decline. Do you agree with the naysayers, or are you optimistic about the future?

Back in the 1970s, everybody was saying that we had seen our best growth. But the American system is such that anybody can come here and do anything they want to do. So the ‘brain drain’ is moving toward us all the time. Our system adjusts and corrects the problems. So I think the long-term future is very positive.

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Investment News for financial advisors in New Zealand #business #plans #samples

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Investment News

Auckland-based fund administrator, MMC, has notched up its second KiwiSaver registry client in the space of a month. MMC, which already provides fund accounting and unit pricing services to a range of KiwiSaver schemes, confirmed the rapidly-growing NZ-owned provider Generate as its second registry client last week. Earlier this month MMC revealed the start-up low-cost KiwiSaver provider, Simplicity, as the inaugural client for its newly-launched registry system. The addition of the $275 million Generate scheme represents “an enormous vote of confidence in MMC and our KiwiSaver registry offering”, according to MMC managing director, [Read More. ]

Recent New Zealand Investment News

After almost 35 years of intellectual input to New Zealand’s actuarial and investment consulting industry, Mark Weaver, has called it quits. Weaver, the last remaining founding partner still working in the triple-titled consulting firm Melville Jessup Weaver (MJW), will hand in his final regression analysis at the end next month before embarking [Read More. ]

It would be up to the police to decide whether KiwiSaver schemes, or other NZ investors, are breaking the law by investing in pooled global equity funds that have exposure to cluster munitions manufacturers, according to Commerce Minister Paul Goldsmith. As well as the Cluster Munitions Prohibition Act 2009, NZ investors could face similar [Read More. ]

The complete set of managed investment scheme (MIS) managers list should tally to about 70, according to the latest figures supplied by the regulator. A spokesperson for the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) told Investment News NZ that 42 managers have already been granted a MIS licence with a further 18 “in various stages of assessment”. The [Read More. ]

New Zealand Superannuation Fund has carved out NZ$600 million from its NZ$4.9 billion passive global equities mandate with Northern Trust Asset Management for two new factor-based mandates with the same manager. The NZ$30 billion fund, which is seen as a bellwether among super funds in the region because of its transparency and innovative [Read More. ]

Almost five months after incumbent, Anthony Quirk, announced his imminent resignation, Milford Asset Management has a new head. In a release last week, Milford confirmed Australian Troy Swann would take over Quirk’s role as at October 31 this year with operations chief, Bryce Marsden, continuing as interim chief executive. Quirk officially [Read More. ]

Macquarie Investment Management has been slapped with a A$400,000 fine after a New South Wales court ruled it had failed in its duties to monitor the now-defunct van Eyk Blueprint International Shares Fund (VBI). In a decision released last Wednesday, the NSW Supreme Court found Macquarie had breached its duties as a responsible entity (or RE – [Read More. ]

Here’s an irony. Link Group last month held a ‘virtual AGM’ for its NZ share registry client Xero. Just over 80 per cent of shareholders ‘attended’ online. But Link is not allowed to do the same for its Australian clients, nor itself. Xero, the successful cloud-based accounting systems firm from Wellington, NZ, provided a glimpse into the future [Read More. ]

Michael Thawley, Australia’s former and highly rated ambassador to the US, has re-joined the funds management industry – and his old firm – taking up the role as senior vice president for Capital Strategy Research at the big equities shop Capital Group. Thawley, who started in the job last week, is based in Los Angeles but will be heavily [Read More. ]

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How to Start Investing in Stocks with Only $1, 000 #entrepreneur #ideas

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Start Investing With Only $1,000

So you have a $1,000 set aside, and you’re ready to enter the world of stock investing. But before you jump head first into the world of stocks and bonds, there are a few things you need to consider. One of the biggest considerations for investors with a minimal amount of funds is not only what to invest in but also how to go about investing. Not long into your investment journey you may find yourself bombarded with minimum deposit restrictions, commissions and the need for diversification, among a myriad of other considerations. In this article, we’ll walk you through getting started as an investor and show you how to maximize your returns by minimizing your costs.

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What are the account minimums?
To the inexperienced investor, investing may seem simple enough – all you need to do is go to a brokerage firm and open up an account, right? What you may not know, however, is that all financial institutions have minimum deposit requirements. In other words, they won’t accept your account application unless you deposit a certain amount of money. With a sum as small as $1,000, some firms won’t allow you to open an account.

Stocks
Stock brokers come in two flavors: full-service and discount. As the name implies, a full-service broker provides much more in the way of service, but it only deals with higher net worth clients. It’s not unusual to see minimum account sizes of $50,000 and up at full-service brokerages.

This leaves the $1,000-investor with the option of a discount broker. Discount brokers have considerably lower fees, but don’t expect much in the way of hand-holding. Fees are low because you are in charge of all investment decisions � you can’t call up and ask for investment advice. With $1,000, you are right on the cusp in terms of the minimum deposit. There will be some discount brokers that will take you and others that won’t. You’ll have to shop around.

You also could purchase shares directly from a company through direct stock purchase plans (DSPPs). But some of these plans have a minimum investment amount restriction, which ranges between $100 and $500.

With the advent of online trading, there are a number of discount brokers with no (or very low) minimum deposit restrictions. One of the most popular online trading sites is ShareBuilder. You will, however, be faced with other restrictions and see higher fees for certain types of trades. This is something an investor with a $1,000 starting balance should take into account if he or she wants to invest in stocks.

Mutual Funds and Bonds
If mutual funds or bonds are investments you would like to make, it is simpler in terms of minimum deposit amounts. Both of these can be purchased through brokerage firms, where similar deposit rules apply as stocks. Mutual funds also can be purchased through your local bank, often for less than $1,000 when you have an existing relationship with the bank.

If you want to purchase government bonds, this can be done straight from the government through TreasuryDirect. The only restriction here is the minimum purchase amount of a bond, which can range from $100 to $1,000.

Learn the Costs of Investing

Commissions
Before you open an investment account, you must also consider the costs that you will incur from purchasing investments once the account is open. In most cases, every time you purchase an investment, it will cost you money (through commissions). With a limited amount of funds, these transaction fees can really put a dent on your $1,000.

Investing in stocks can be very costly if you trade constantly, especially with a minimum amount of money available to invest. Every time that you trade stock, either buying or selling, you will incur a trading fee. Trading fees range from the low end of $10 per trade, but can be as high as $30 for some discount brokers. Remember, a trade is an order to purchase shares in one company – if you want to purchase five different stocks at the same time, this is seen as five separate trades and you will be charged for each one.

Now, imagine that you decide to buy the stocks of those five companies with your $1,000. To do this you will incur $50 in trading costs, which is equivalent to 5% of your $1,000. If you were to fully invest the $1,000, your account would be reduced to $950 after trading costs. This represents a 5% loss, before you investments even have a chance to earn a cent!

If you were to sell these five stocks, you would once again incur the costs of the trades, which would be another $50. To make the round trip (buying and selling) on these five stocks it would cost you $100, or 10% of your initial deposit amount of $1,000. If your investments don’t earn enough to cover this, you have lost money by just entering and exiting positions.

Mutual Fund Fees
There are many fees an investor will incur when investing in mutual funds. One of the most important fees to focus on is the management expense ratio (MER), which is charged by the management team each year based on the amount of assets in the fund. The higher the MER, the worse it is for the fund’s investors. It doesn’t end there: you’ll also see a number of sales charges called “loads” when you buy mutual funds.

In terms of the beginning investor, the mutual fund fees are actually an advantage relative to the commissions on stocks. The reason for this is that the fees are the same regardless of the amount you invest. So, as long as you have the minimum requirement to open an account, you can invest as little as $50 or $100 per month in a mutual fund. The term for this is called dollar cost averaging (DCA), and it can be a great way to start investing.

Reduce risk with Diversification
Diversification is considered to be the only free lunch in investing. (If you are new to this concept, check out Introduction To Diversification, The Importance Of Diversification and A Guide To Portfolio Construction.) In a nutshell, by investing in a range of assets, you reduce the risk of one investment’s performance severely hurting the return of your overall investment. You could think of it as financial jargon for “don’t put all of your eggs in one basket”.

In terms of diversification, the greatest amount of difficulty in doing this will come from investments in stocks. This was illustrated in the commissions section of the article, where we discussed how the costs of investing in a large number of stocks can be detrimental to the portfolio. With a $1,000 deposit, it is nearly impossible to have a well-diversified portfolio, so be aware that you may need to invest in one or two companies (at the most) to begin with. This will increase your risk.

This is where the major benefit of mutual funds comes into focus. Mutual funds tend to have a large number of stocks and other investments within the fund, which makes the fund more diversified than a single stock.

A Small Step Toward a Large Future
It is possible to invest if you are just starting out with a small amount of money. It’s more complicated than just selecting the right investment (a feat that is difficult enough in itself) and you have to be aware of the restrictions that you face as a new investor.

You’ll have to do your homework to find the minimum deposit requirements and then compare the commissions to other brokers. Chances are you won’t be able to cost-effectively buy individual stocks and still be diversified with a small amount of money. Given these restrictions, it’s probably worth starting out on your investment journey with mutual funds. However, like all aspects of investing, it’s up to you to do the research and figure out the strategy that suits you best.

by Chad Langager

Chad Langager is the Senior Financial Editor for Investopedia.com. Chad graduated from the University of Alberta Business School with a degree in finance.

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How To Start A Blog And Make Money In 5 Easy Steps #small #scale

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How To Start A Blog And Make Money

Blogging has opened up a whole new world to online marketing, if you want to know how to start a blog and make money online then follow this step by step guide.

Starting a blog has never been easier. I have created and managed dozens of blogs over the past few years and I have gathered quite a lot of experience in that time. There are lots of ways to make money blogging but I ll cover what I have found to be the best ones right here, but first I am going to run through how to set up your own blog today. You can actually follow along and do it right now!

If you want your own online business you are going to need a blog or site! Creating a blog is really easy and there is no need for any complicated coding, HTML. CSS skills or anything technical.

Step 1 Decide on a blogging platform

There are lots of different platforms which you can build your blog on. But the most popular by far is WordPress. I have used WordPress for years and it does everything you could possibly want. Some of the leading websites in the world are built on WordPress including this blog!

The last I heard, WordPress has been downloaded over 72 Million times, so that in itself should be enough to tell you that it is the best platform to use.

The advantages of WordPress are:

  • There are thousands of free themes and layouts to choose from
  • WordPress uses plugins, there is a plugin for almost everything, so no need for coding
  • Easily add images and multimedia
  • Simple to install (takes 2 minutes)

With WordPress you can create what is called a self hosted blog , and this is what we are going to be doing. This means that we can use our own hosting and most importantly, our own domain name. If you use the free blogging platform on blogger.com or Tumbler.com you will be given a subdomain, which will look something like this (startablog.tumblr.com). This also restricts you to many of the features of hosting your own blog.

It also gives your blog more credit if it is self hosted on your own domain, and you have full ownership of it. For this reason I ALWAYS self host my blogs.

Step 2 Choosing A Domain Name And Host

You want to put a bit of thought into selecting your domain name. You can choose to use your business name, your own name or a domain that contains keywords related to the type of site you are building. My advice is to choose something that is brand-able and easy to remember, keep it short if possible.

There are lots of Domain registrar s where you can check and register a domain, here are a few that I have used:

Where To Host My Blog

There are hundreds of hosting companies out there, I ve tried many of them and encountered bad experiences with almost all of them at some point. I then came across BlueHost. Since I started using their hosting I have never had any problems. Their support is fantastic, their servers are fast and reliable and best of all, they are cheap.

I think it s around $4.95 per month. which is great value. Having a reliable host is the foundation for your whole online business, so don t get it wrong.

You can register a BlueHost account right now. and continue following my step by step guide.

Almost forgot; you can host as many sites as you want on just 1 BlueHost account.

Step 3 How To Install WordPress In Less Than 2 Minutes

This is the part where a lot of people are afraid of. It can seem daunting, the thought of installing WP and setting everything up correctly! Luckily BlueHost have a quick 1 click installation.

Simply login to your BlueHost account:

You should have set up a domain when you opened the account

Scroll to the wordPress Installation Tab

Now Click The install Button

Now simply select your domain where you want to install WordPress and fill in the remaining

The application will install WordPress and all of the files and database in just a few seconds.

Here is a video to show you the process:

Step 4 My Installation Is Complete. Now What?

Congratulations, you now have your very own blog hosted on your own domain. Now if you have never used WordPress before you are going to have to learn how it all works.

There is far too much to explain in this post, so I have found a few links which will take you through the process of setting up your new blog:

Step 5 How to make money from your blog

Making money from your blog can be a difficult task. It took me a long time before I started making any money from blogs, mainly because I was inexperienced and didn t really know what I was doing at the time. Luckily I gained a lot of experience from my failures and now I can pass that experience on to you.

There are tons of ways to monetize your blog to make money, some of them include things like,

  • Adsense Get paid when people click on ads
  • selling a product
  • Selling other peoples products as affiliates
  • selling a service
  • blog advertising,
  • Drop Shipping Selling physical products that you don t actually own

These are the main areas to focus on and I have used all of these myself to make money on my blogs.

The first thing you need to determine is what your blog is all about . If for example you are writing a blog that provides a lot of information, similar to this blog, then you may want to think about using Google Adsense or selling advertising space on your blog.

Drop Shipping For Success

If you are thinking of basing your blog around certain products (something like a blog about PC s and Tablets) then you would benefit from selling products. For this you would need to use Drop Shipping.

Here is the best Drop Shipping Wholesale directory that I have used – SaleHoo

Ever wondered how people make a fortune on Ebay? Here is the answer They use Drop shipping. I have done it myself with Ebay and Amazon .

The great thing about Drop shipping is I DONT HAVE TO BUY THE ITEMS until the customer buys them!!

So you can open an online store with absolutely no stock, and then when a customer purchases an Item, you simply order it from the drop shipper and have it delivered straight to the customer!

Summary

I hope this guide has provided you with some good information to get you started. You should now have your WordPress blog set up and you now have the knowledge to know how to start a blog and make money anytime you like. So the next step in the process is to take action. Taking action is the best piece of advise I was given. It s no good reading posts like this if you don t take action. If you haven t already done so, get your Bluehost account and start building your blog!

I’m an internet Marketer with a love for online business. Get in touch if you need a helping hand with Internet marketing, SEO or Business

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Want a New Business Start in 2015? Steal One of These Ideas #business #grants

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I started thinking up potential large businesses to start a few years ago. It was, for lack a better term, a teaching tool.

I was looking for a way to communicate that the place to begin, if you are thinking of trying to start a company, is with a market need-and not a new idea.

Ideas are too easy. My guess is you could come up with 10 new business concepts before lunch, if you had to.

The problem is once you come up with that idea–say you are going to construct real housing out of Lego blocks, something that has always struck me as a cool idea==you then have to go and figure out if it is feasible, and if anyone-other than an 8-year-old-would live in if it were.

If you have identified a market need, then you are assured that you have a market–the people who have the need.

But is starting with the market need the only way to start a business?

Obviously not. You could start with the idea. And therein lies a potential benefit for you.

Each of the following ideas are yours for the taking. (All I ask is you make a large contribution to the charity of your choice should they make you rich.)

1. Personal shopping for the masses

This one struck me over the holidays. It has been a long time since I had to go shopping for 8-year-olds. Wouldn’t it be lovely if there was a personal concierge you could call who could walk you through what is popular and/or appropriate? High end department and clothing stores already have this service. This would make it available for the rest of us. (And if mass market stores like Target and Toy “R” Us wanted to offer this service to me, I would be happy to pay them for it.)

2. No more, “For customer service, please hold.”

I am usually willing to trade (a little bit of) money for (a little bit) more time. And while you can do mundane things while waiting on hold when you call the cable, phone or electric company, it really is a) annoying and b) the classic waste of time. Your charge? Figure a way that I can pay a couple of dollars a month in exchange for the various companies letting me jump the line when I need help. I don’t think it would be that hard. It really is just a different form of caller ID.

3. A place where you can sell your killer recipes

There are literally millions of great cooks out there. (My wife among them.) And invariably a great cook comes up with a great recipe–or 10. There should be some sort of marketplace to sell them. This idea already exists in other places. For example, people who crochet can sell the patterns they create on Etsy.com

As I said, I am not going to be doing anything with these ideas. I hope they make you a fortune. (As I said, just play it forward once you do.)





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In the media: Laura Roberts, CEO Pantheon Enterprises and Austin Business Journal #free #business

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In the media: Laura Roberts, CEO Pantheon Enterprises and Austin Business Journal

Austin Business Journal “Face 2 Face” speaker series with Laura Roberts, CEO, Pantheon Enterprises

Chad Swiatecki
Staff Writer Austin Business Journal

To become the successful CEO of a forward-thinking chemical company, Laura Roberts had to go from grade school to the school of hard knocks.

During the Austin Business Journal’s monthly Face 2 Face series event Tuesday at Whole Foods Market Inc. s Austin headquarters, Roberts talked about the journey from teaching, which had been her lifelong passion, to leading Phoenix-based Pantheon Enterprises. The company, which has about 50 employees and customers such as Vista Outdoor, is innovating in the world of manufacturing chemicals by creating new formulas that have no negative impact on health or the environment.

Roberts became involved in the business world by helping to manager her father’s small but unprofitable cleaning chemicals business after his death, learning that she’d have to turn the company in a new direction for it to survive. Concern over the negative effects of many industrial chemicals, and concern over the world her children would inherit, caused her to take a green approach to the business.

“When I was younger I was a tree hugger and I had a Kill Corporate America T-shirt,” she said. “But a big shift happened when I realized how much good we could do. The real bulk of the work is figuring out how you get people to change.”

Launching a whole new company wound up being the best strategy for making Roberts’ newfound passion a reality, but it wasn’t easy. She said she was denied by potential investors 300 times before she found one that believed in her vision.

“Only take money from shareholders who are purpose-aligned with you,” she said of turning down term sheets from venture capitalists who wanted almost immediate liquidity. “Not having that can kill the deal, or you later have to sell to get out from under them.”

Holding tight to her vision and belief that industrial companies can operate in an environmentally friendly way led Forbes magazine to call Roberts “The Toxic Avenger” in a company profile. She has embraced that characterization because it helped bring attention to the cause that Pantheon is trying to further.

“You’re in business to maximize shareholder value, but we’re trying to raise the discourse,” she said. “If you’re building profits on the backs of the general population then you’re not really approaching it right. The more transparent you are, the more your shareholders love you.”





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23 Inspiring Quotes for Growing Your Business in 2016 – Salesforce Blog #new #small

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23 Inspiring Quotes for Growing Your Business in 2016

If there’s one thing we know about small businesses, it’s that they’re focused on growth. When we surveyed entrepreneurs and small-business leaders earlier this year, the majority told us they expected to grow significantly in the coming year. (Click here to see the full results of our research .)

So, as 2015 draws to a close, we wanted to give small businesses a little inspiration. Here are 23 of our favorite quotes to help you jumpstart business growth in 2016.

Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.

— James Cash Penney, founder, JC Penney

“Play by the rules, but be ferocious.

— Phil Knight, founder, Nike

“The only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”

— Mark Zuckerberg, founder, Facebook

“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.”

― Sigmund Freud, neurologist

“Motivation is the catalyzing ingredient for every successful innovation.”

— Clayton Christensen, economist and Harvard professor

“Every problem is a gift — without problems we would not grow.”

― Anthony Robbins, motivational speaker and writer

“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.

— John F. Kennedy, 35th president of the United States of America

Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.

— Napoleon Hill, author

“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.”

― Andy Rooney, journalist

“Mistakes are the growing pains of wisdom.”

― William George Jordan, writer/editor

“The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.”

― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, writer/statesman

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

― Anaïs Nin, writer

No company can afford not to move forward. It may be at the top of the heap today but at the bottom of the heap tomorrow, if it doesn’t.

— James Cash Penney, founder, JC Penney

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

— T.S. Eliot, author

“The only way you are going to have success is to have lots of failures first.

— Sergey Brin, co-founder, Google

If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.

— Dhirubhai Ambani, founder, Reliance Industries

I do not know the word ‘quit.’ Either I never did, or I have abolished it.

— Susan Butcher, sled dog racer

To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.

— Thomas Watson, Sr. former CEO, IBM

“It’s very easy to be different but very difficult to be better.”

— Jonathan Ive, Chief Design Officer, Apple

“Almost everything worthwhile carries with it some sort of risk, whether it’s starting a new business, whether it’s leaving home, whether it’s getting married, or whether it’s flying in space.”

— Chris Hadfield, astronaut

“Happy employees lead to happy customers, which leads to more profits.”

— Vaughn Aust. EVP of Integrated Solutions, MarketStar

Employees want to feel inspired by their leaders. hire individuals who will lead by example.

— Jody Kohner. VP of Employee Marketing Engagement, Salesforce

“Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.”

— William Durant, co-founder, General Motors





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