10 Tips for Creating Successful Business Presentations
By Wendy Russell. Presentation Software Expert
Business is all about selling — a product, topic or concept. When making a business presentation, the most important thing is to know your material. If you do not know everything about what you are selling, it is not likely that the audience will be buying.
Keep your audience focused and interested. Making effective business presentations takes practice, but with a few tips up your sleeve, you are ready to take on the challenge.
1. Use Key Phrases About Your Topic
Jacobs Stock Photography/Stockbyte/Getty Images Note – These business presentation tips refer to PowerPoint (any version) slides. but all of these tips in general, can be applied to any presentation.
Seasoned presenters use key phrases and include only essential information. Choose only the top three or four points about your topic and make them consistently throughout the delivery. Simplify and limit the number of words on each screen. Try not to use more than three bullets per slide. The surrounding space will make it easier to read.
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2. Slide Layout is Important
Make your slides easy to follow. Put the title at the top of the slide where your audience expects to find it. Phrases should read left to right and top to bottom. Keep important information near the top of the slide. Often the bottom portions of slides cannot be seen from the back rows because heads are in the way.
3. Limit Punctuation and Avoid All Capital Letters
Punctuation can needlessly clutter the slide and the use of all caps makes statements more difficult to read and is like SHOUTING at your audience.
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4. Avoid Fancy Fonts
Choose a font that is simple and easy to read such as Arial, Times New Roman or Verdana. Avoid script type fonts as they are hard to read on screen. Use, at most, two different fonts perhaps one for headings and another for content. Keep all fonts large enough (at least 24 pt and preferably 30 pt) so that people at the back of the room will be able to easily read what is on the screen.
- Dark text on a light background is best, but avoid white backgrounds — tone it down by using beige or another light color that will be easy on the eyes. Dark backgrounds are effective to show off company colors or if you just want to dazzle the crowd. In that case, be sure to make text a light color for easy reading.
- Patterned or textured backgrounds can reduce readability of text.
- Keep your color scheme consistent throughout your presentation.
6. Use Slide Designs Effectively
When using a design theme (PowerPoint 2007) or design template (earlier versions of PowerPoint), choose one that is appropriate for the audience. A clean, straightforward layout is best if you are presenting to business clientele. Select one that is full of color and contains a variety of shapes if your presentation is aimed at young children.
7. Limit the Number Of Slides
Keeping the number of slides to a minimum, ensures that the presentation will not become too long and drawn out. It also avoids the problem of continually changing slides during the presentation that can be a distraction to your audience. On average, one slide per minute is about right.
8. Use Photos, Charts and Graphs
Combining photos, charts and graphs and even embedding digitized videos with text, will add variety and keep your audience interested in the presentation. Avoid having text only slides.
9. Avoid Excessive Use of Slide Transitions and Animations
While transitions and animations can heighten your audiences interest in the presentation, too much of a good thing can distract them from what you are saying. Remember, the slide show is meant to be a visual aid, not the focus of the presentation.
Keep animations consistent in the presentation by using animation schemes and apply the same transition throughout the presentation.
10. Make Sure Your Presentation Can Run On Any Computer
Use PowerPoint s Package for CD (PowerPoint 2007 and 2003 ) or Pack and Go (PowerPoint 2000 and before) feature when burning your presentation onto a CD. In addition to your presentation, a copy of Microsofts PowerPoint Viewer is added to the CD to run PowerPoint presentations on computers that don t have PowerPoint installed.
Facebook s Mark Zuckerberg says the most successful entrepreneurs share 3 traits #creative #business
Facebook s Mark Zuckerberg says the most successful entrepreneurs share 3 traits
In a live Q A in Rome on Monday, Mark Zuckerberg was asked to name three traits of people who make it to the top.
First and foremost, successful entrepreneurs have a specific vision , the Facebook co-founder and CEO said. They pinpoint the exact problem that they’re trying to solve.
“If you want to build something great, you should focus on what the change is that you want to make in the world,” Zuckerberg said. “I see too many entrepreneurs who decide that they want to start a company before they actually know what it is that they want to build. To me, that seems backwards.”
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Secondly, they surround themselves with other highly successful and motivated people.
“No one does it alone,” Zuckerberg said. “When you look at most big things that get done in the world, they’re not done by one person, so you’re going to need to build a team.”
To build the strongest team possible, look for people who excel in the areas where you’re weaker or less experienced. “You’re going to need people that have complementary skills,” he emphasized. “No matter how talented you are, there are just going to be things that you don’t bring to the table.”
Finally, the entrepreneurs who make it big are persistent. “Nothing ever goes the way you want it to,” he said. “People talk about overnight success, and that’s not the way it works.”
The ones who come out on top are the ones who refuse to give up despite the inevitable trials and tribulations they face throughout the process.
Zuckerberg concluded: “The biggest things that have gotten done in the world tend to be done by people who primarily believe in a mission and are not trying to build a company; by teams, not by individuals; and by people who just don’t give up.”
10 Influential Business Books You Need To Read To Be Successful
10 Influential Business Books You Need To Read To Be Successful
Take a minute and think about some of the most successful people you know.
I d bet they re great with people, are super-productive, and think differently than most. After all, that s how they got to be where they are today.
Jealous of them? You don t have to be. You can learn these same skills by studying some of the best business books that can help you take your game to the next level. Here s 10 of my favorites.
1. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Dale Carnegie s best-selling book that helped to launch a personal growth empire should be required reading for everyone who wants to learn how to build and nurture relationships for a lifetime. Read this book and you ll learn some simple advice than can help you build popularity points within your current network and just as important, expand it to others.
2. Focal Point by Brian Tracy
Got a lot on your to-do list? Of course you do. But what separates productive people from others is their ability to focus on a singular task at a time, and getting it done before moving on to the next one.
Sounds simple in theory, but this can be extremely difficult in practice. In Focal Point Brian Tracy offers tips to help build discipline and organization into your day so you can get more stuff done.
3. Purple Cow by Seth Godin
Creating a me-too product can be easy at the start but can doom you to business failure. That s why marketing maverick Seth Godin recommends creating a product that is truly different from anything already available in the marketplace.
In essence by making the product different you ll be building the marketing into the actual product development which just makes your actual marketing a helluva lot easier.
4. Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz
If you ve struggled with procrastination or small thinking, this is the book for you. In it Schwartz offers practical advice that can help you get inspired and motivated to create a bigger life for yourself. And with it can be a more lucrative and rewarding career.
5. Man s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankel
It can be difficult for lots of people to keep things in perspective, especially when working on high priority and urgent projects at work. Man s Search for Meaning can be a life-changing book in the sense that it can open your eyes to a first-hand experience of one of the greatest atrocities in the history of mankind, while also teaching a valuable lesson about having purpose.
6. 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss
Solo-entrepreneurs can learn a ton from the guy who made lifestyle design popular. But guess what? The 4HWW isn t just for guys and girls who want to start a small online business.
Smart moves like outsourcing, following the 80/20 rule, and automating processes should be made by entry-level workers and established executives alike.
7. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
I remember sitting on a couch and opening this book on a Saturday morning, thinking I d get through a chapter and then get on with my day. Instead, about 12 hours later, I was finished with the book. The concepts in it were mind-blowing to me.
To think that thoughts can create your reality sounded a little far-fetched at first. But after going through the book and understanding that your thoughts create your beliefs, which lead to actions, which then lead to habits .well you can get where I m going with this.
If you focus your thoughts on success, achieving it will be much more likely than thinking about obstacles, failures and everything else that can get in your way.
8. One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard
If you re going to read one management book in your life, this should be it. It s simple. You can read it in an afternoon. And the advice works.
9. Lean Start-Up by Eric Ries
Before you create any sort of business you ll want to give Lean Start-Up a read through. Doing so can save you money, time and other resources you could have potentially wasted otherwise.
10. The Monk and the Riddle by Randy Komisar
The story Randy Komisar shares in the Monk and the Riddle offers advice about not just about how you need to think when starting a new business, but also about how to build a life you re passionate about.
Understanding the technical aspects of launching a start-up is great, but if you don t have the staying power to stick with it when the going gets tough then it s not likely to work. This book can help you understand this lesson before you spend blood, sweat and tears on a project that you re heart isn t into.
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10 Personality Traits You Need to Start a Business
Traits for Success
Credit: Starting a Business Image via Shutterstock You already know you need a great business idea, a solid business plan and some startup cash to start a business. But, you also need to have a personality that’s suited to being an entrepreneur. Experts tell us the personality traits every entrepreneur needs to succeed.
Lots of Energy
Credit: Happy Workers Image via Shutterstock As a brand marketing and public relations consultant, Lisa Murray has worked with a number of serial entrepreneurs and says one quality they all have in common is their ability to always be on the go.
“Born entrepreneurs don’t know how to power down,” Murray, principal of Murray Whalen Communications, told BusinessNewsDaily. “They emit a constant hum of ideas, plans, strategies and high-octane energy.”
Credit: Sales team image via Shutterstock One of the key signs of a born entrepreneur is the salesmanship and power of persuasion they show very early on for their causes, said business coach and consultant Nancy Eberhardt.
“Whether it is a landscaping business at age 12, or selling magazines door-to-door to fund a school trip, they are persistent in telling you about it and pitching why you need it,” Eberhardt said. “They are almost fearless in who they will approach and present their idea, service or product to.”
Credit: Creativity image via Shutterstock As someone who works almost exclusively with entrepreneurs, Robin Samora, president of the business and PR consulting firm Let’s Make You Shine. said entrepreneurs all tend to have a unique way of fixing issues that may arise.
“They come up with novel ways to solve problems that others can’t even imagine,” Samora said. “Ideas flow and come naturally to them.”
Credit: Think Positive image via Shutterstock. Even in the worst situations, successful entrepreneurs always see the opportunity to glean something new, said Lili Balfour, founder of the investment banking firm Atelier Advisors.
“When their world is falling apart, they remain calm, knowing that there is a lesson to be learned.” Balfour said. “They are grateful for what has worked out and learn from what has not worked out.”
Thrives in uncertainty
Credit: Curious image via Shutterstock Especially when first starting out, executive coach Elene Cafasso said entrepreneurs are able to function without a lot of certainty.
“If you are someone who becomes paralyzed when there are too many moving pieces and too many contingencies, then owning your own business is not right for you,” Cafasso said.
Credit: Dreamstime.com Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, a research affiliate with Hogan Assessments. believes entrepreneurs have an opportunistic mindset and are always prepared to take advantage of every situation.
“They see opportunities where others don’t,” Chamorro-Premuzic said. “Few people are driven to pursue them.”
Learns from mistakes
Credit: Embarrassed man image via Shutterstock New York wedding expert Nadia Digilov said entrepreneurs all have a willingness to learn from their mistakes.
“Natural entrepreneurs analyze their behavior and are not afraid to admit that they have made a mistake,” Digilov said. “They attempt to correct negative behaviors more easily then non-natural entrepreneurs.”
Credit: Dreamstime The mind of an entrepreneur is always at work, said Richard Stiennon, chief research analyst and founder of analyst firm IT-Harvest.
“He or she cannot turn off the flow of ideas,” Stiennon said. “Every problem is an opportunity to build a business to solve it.”
Credit: Dreamstime Business consultant Paul O’Leary believes born entrepreneurs have a natural gift for gab.
“They are assertive, direct and to-the-point with a sense of urgency,” O’Leary said.
Credit: Dreamstime.com Hope Katz Gibbs, founder and president of Inkandescent Public Relations, said that as an entrepreneur herself, she believes those who are born with the characteristics needed to run their own business all are willing to get back up after being knocked down.
“Our ideas aren’t always successful, but the thing that differentiates us is that we don’t give up — or give in,” Katz Gibbs said. “We just learn from what didn’t work, and what did, and start again.” Ultimately, she said, entrepreneurs are the last ones standing.
Find Your Business Idea
Ready to figure out what business idea is best for you? Try our Business Idea Generator. Answer 21 yes or no questions and we ll tell you the top five business ideas that might work for you. Click here to get started. Don t worry, it will open in a new window and you won t lose your place in this countdown.
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Building a Successful Online Home Business
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Would you love to run a flexible business from home? Or how about a business you could pop into your handbag and operate from your coffee shop of choice? It s possible. Lots of people have made it happen. All you need is a laptop and a reliable internet service like home internet by Sonic in place. This article, and the infographic below, will help you to think about which business ideas you can use and what you can learn from women who ve made it with their own successful internet business.
Online Business Ideas
There are a number of business ideas you could consider for starters there is online sales of products or services, copywriting, online tutoring, subscription, affiliate marketing and advertising. In fact, most successful online businesses combine more than one income stream.
With the rise and rise of fremium it s not always straightforward! Fremium is where you provide a basic service for free. Sometimes everything is free and revenue comes from advertising or affiliate marketing moneysavingexpert.com and most news and information based sites and blogs are funded that way. Alternatively, you could provide a basic product for free and charge for the premium version hubspot, skype and mailchimp do this. The advantage of fremium models is that they allow you to engage a much larger audience.
How they Made it
Let s look at a few women who started from an online home business and have made it big. How did they get started and what can we learn from them?
Single mum Lauren Luke gave up her dead-end job to sell make-up on eBay in 2006. The business quickly took off and Lauren started making home-made YouTube videos to show customers how to apply her products. The videos become a YouTube phenomenon they ve now had over 75 million views. Lauren s personality is a large part of her success she s incredibly down-to-earth, nice and unaffected. She builds real relationships with customers and social media followers and has a natural marketing and customer service instinct. The business continues to boom: Lauren has launched her own make-up range which is on sale in 135 shops in the U.S. See here for a video of Lauren explaining the secrets of her success.
Business model: eBay shop, YouTube advertising and now direct production and high street sales.
Justine Roberts Carrie Longton, Co-Founders Mumsnet
For Carrie and Justine, having young children was the perfect time to start a business. Justine couldn t face going back to work after maternity leave. She met Carrie at antenatal classes and together they developed the idea of an online guide for parents. Mumsnet was born.
But it got off to a tricky start. They were starting in 2000, at the height of the dotcom bubble. Overnight the bubble burst and the advertising-based business model they hoped to entice investors with, fell apart. Instead they began with a small loan from a friend and worked out of a bedroom with no salary for the first few years. The site is now a thriving community of over 6 million parents, with a multi-million pounds turnover.
Business model: Advertising is the largest contributor of income, other growing streams include: surveys and consumer testing, books and events.
Holly Tucker and Sophie Cornish, Notonthehighstreet.com
Holly and Sophie were also mums who decided to start a business together. It started in 2005 around the kitchen table, with Holly s baby there in a playpen. Notonthehighstreet is an online shop front for around 1,800 independent creative businesses. Each partner is carefully selected for quality and originality. Partners pay a fee to be listed on the site and around 20% of each sale. For the first few years the pair poured all of their savings into the business. Since then they have had three successful rounds of venture capital investment. It s a high-growth route that resulted in a turnover of over £15 million in 2010 and 60 staff. VC is a hard-driving growth route, not for the faint hearted. See here for our review of Holly and Sophie s warts and all book about growing their business.
Business Model: Online sales, membership, revenue sharing, printed catalogue.
Where does your business model fit?
Fast Company have created a great infographic of the online business environment. It shows how all of those online business models fit together and how each of them can make money. It s worth bearing in mind though, that while all of the businesses we ve featured started online, all of them now also have growing off-line income streams.
As the first two case studies show, it is possible to grow a successful online business without external investment. But if you need investment, to start or scale, check-out the full range of funding options in our women s business finance guide .
The infographic can help you to decide where your online business best fits for now. But it continues to be a fast changing business environment. A change in the Google algorithm can make or break business models overnight. Last year Google brought in Panda a significant change to their search rankings. Overnight, several commercial sites dependent on affiliate links found themselves downgraded. So if your online business is dependent on Google search and I can think of few that aren t make sure that you keep abreast of their quality guidelines. Quality content is key. Above all, get to know your customers or visitors, provide a quality service and meet their needs.
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How To Start a Profitable Window Cleaning Business
Can You Spare 7 Hours Next Saturday? If You Can, Here s How to Earn an Extra $350 With Your Own Window Cleaning Business
How would you like a part time or full time business that s profitable and easy to start? If you re tired of living from paycheck to paycheck and want to start your own business, window cleaning could be your ticket to a better life. You know how hard it can be to make dreams come true when you re working for $10 or $20 an hour.
The beauty of starting a window cleaning business is that you start making money right now, and you can start up for less than $600. The average window cleaner makes $50 to $70 per hour, so just by working four Saturdays a month, you could be bringing in an extra $1,400 to $2,000 next month! Best of all, you can make this extra income without quitting your regular job.
Working full time, the numbers look even better, as you could be pulling in as much as $8,000 per month. Imagine what you could do with a monthly income like that. It s hard to find another legitimate business that has such high earnings potential combined with a low startup cost and no degree or experience required. You can learn the basics in just a few hours.
With our complete startup guide,Profitable Window Cleaning . you ll learn a proven, step-by-step system, with everything you need to start making money right away. You ll learn how to pick the most profitable window cleaning jobs, how to find all the customers you want, and much more. To make this guide a must-have resource, we teamed up with two window cleaning pros, with a combined total of 30 years of experience in the window cleaning business, to give you insider tips and techniques on how to succeed as a window cleaner.
I just wish I had this book when I started my business fifteen years ago. Just the tips on marketing your business and add-on businesses could have increased my income by 50 percent. Bill Weber, Ohio
Eight Reasons You Should Get Started Right Now
- You can start a window cleaning business for less than $600.
- You ll be your own boss.
- Recession Proof. Windows get dirty regardless of the economy.
- You can make as much money as you want. You re in charge!
- Repeat business. Most window cleaning customers are repeat customers.
- Flexible schedule.
- Work from home you don t need an office or shop.
- Quick easy startup learn the basics in just a few hours.
You ve probably cleaned a few windows before, and know the difference between a squeegee and a scrubber. At this point, you may be tempted to head down to Home Depot, pick up a few tools, and get started. Sure. you could, but why not give yourself a big head start by learning the right way to do it all. Here s a small sample of what you ll find in Profitable Window Cleaning that can save you many frustrating hours of learning by making mistakes, and start your profits flowing sooner rather than later.
- The best way to structure your window cleaning business to reduce taxes and give yourself liability protection.
- Be sure to get this type of insurance if you want to do commercial buildings.
- Pick a catchy name to stand out from the competition here s how.
- How to turn a simple business card into a marketing secret weapon for getting jobs.
- Buy this instead of a yellow pages ad, and save thousands.
- How to set up a basic window cleaner s tool kit for around $200.
- The perfect window cleaning solution just pennies per gallon.
- Why you should never bid by the hour.
- Why you never want to be the low bidder.
- How to charge top dollar a $20 trade secret.
- How to find the perfect price for window cleaning in your home town.
- How to write a window cleaning bid.
- Don t make these bidding mistakes 12 tips to save you grief.
- Six simple add-on businesses that most window cleaning customers need all you have to do is ask.
- The $75 an hour natural sideline to a window cleaning business.
- 5 steps to perfectly clean windows. Be sure to practice this until it s second nature.
- Window cleaning tips and techniques that can speed up your work, keep customers coming back for more, and avoid a few potential disasters.
- Links to how-to videos that will have you looking professional in no time.
- How to use simple flyers to bring in thousands of dollars in new business.
- Six ways to use postcards to market your window cleaning business.
- Six sample letters to get new customers, get referrals from existing customers, remind customers it s time for another window cleaning and sell add-on services. Ready for your use.
- How to grow your business just from referrals from happy customers.
- How to set up a free web site.
- How to make money by giving away your window cleaning services!
- Safety solutions seven steps to avoiding work-related accidents.
- Resources links for window cleaning trade associations, magazines, forums, videos, marketing materials and professional window cleaning products.
- Sample customer information form ready to copy.
I have had a six-figure window cleaning business for years, and still learned a lot from your book. The section on marketing is great, and you lay out the entire process of starting a building a profitable one-man operation. Nicely done! Sid Graef California
Order Profitable Window Cleaning Now, and Start Making Money this Weekend!
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Of course, there is no risk to you. If you decide it s not right for you, just let us know within 30 days, and you ll have a full refund. No questions asked.
There has never been a better time to set up your own window cleaning business, at a cost anyone can afford. You ll be thrilled when you complete your first job, and get paid $200-$300 the same day.
How to Order
Profitable Window Cleaning is a 75 page eBook. delivered instantly as a PDF file so you can read it on your computer screen or print it out. You can start enjoying the guide right now, even if it s 2 a.m.
If you prefer a printed copy, you can print out the book on your printer and put it in a 3-ring binder for easy reading. You will still have the full-color eBook with all the links to resources. No printer? No problem. Just email the PDF file to your local copy shop, and they can print it for you.
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A marriage expert says doing these 3 things will help you have successful relationships at home and at work
Forty hours a week is a lot of time to spend with someone you can’t stand.
That’s why it’s so important to foster positive relationships at work.
Psychologist and couples counselor John Gottman spent 40 years researching exactly what goes into healthy relationships, and he posited in his book, “The Relationship Cure ,” that the same principles that make marriages work also hold true for other kinds of relationships.
“Relationships in the workplace, including friendships, collegial relationships, and relationships with superiors or subordinates, are human relationships,” Dr. Michael McNulty, a m aster trainer from the Gottman Institute and founder of the Chicago Relationship Center. tells Business Insider. “Much of the same advice given to spouses who seek to make their marriages work also applies to people who want good, productive relationships with their coworkers.”
According to Gottman’s research, any relationship that involves people trying to live and work closely together should be built on trust and commitment and involve positivity, friendship, and successful conflict management.
First and foremost, good friendships in a company occur when employees feel like they can trust one another. Workers have to mostly feel like their bosses and coworkers are acting in their best interests or at least trying to. They have to feel like they have one another’s backs. It is only then that they will feel safe and motivated to invest in their relationships in the workplace.
In love or at work, people who do these three things are most likely to have positive relationships:
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Get to know people
In marriage, research tells us that knowing one’s partner and the important parts of one’s partner’s world is the basis for friendship and positivity. Spouses feel important when others take time to get to know them. The same holds true at work.
He says that managers and employees who feel like people are trying to get to know them and care enough to ask about their lives are more likely to feel positive about others at work.
People are also more likely to feel positive about work-based friendships if they feel appreciated.
McNulty teaches a course that includes a video of a therapist working with a real couple who started a company together.
At one point, the woman says to the man, “I would almost work free if you would just tell me you appreciate what I do more often.” Her revelation speaks to how much people may need to feel appreciated by those close to them.
While most employees will not work for free, they feel a lot more positive about work when they feel appreciated, and they feel most positive about those in the workplace who express authentic appreciation for their talents and contributions.
Expressing appreciation, he says, could be as simple as commending a colleague on how well they spoke in a meeting or how reliable they are because they arrive to work early every day. The key is using positive adjectives and then backing them up with specific examples.
“If you think it, try and say it,” McNulty says. “And if you’re not thinking positive thoughts, that may mean that you’re scanning for the negative too much and you need to get back into thinking about what you appreciate about the people around you.”
Make time for others
“As in marriage, people who know and appreciate one another are better positioned to connect with one another,” McNulty says.
He says that spouses who develop rituals for connecting with each other like date night, nightly walks, or phone calls to check in do better in relationships. Similarly, coworkers who find ways to remain connected keep their work relationships in a more positive place.
“That’s why talks around the water cooler, lunch dates, sports teams, and happy hour become so important,” McNulty says.
“That’s also why teams and managers have to be sensitive about making assignments of who does what with whom on work projects,” he adds. “For some employees, their routines of doing projects with certain colleagues may be their way of checking in and remaining connected.”
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5 Tips for Starting a Successful Business
When you start your own business, you re certain to hear a lot of different advice. Most of it will come from people who don t know the first thing about running a successful company. Turn to the internet, and you ll be overwhelmed by a multitude of articles and lengthy lists on the subject. Don t make the mistake of overthinking and overanalyzing it all. A few simple steps now can start your business down the path toward success. Here, we outline the five basic tips we ve followed to help us run our company.
1. Begin with a detailed plan.
This one is a must: Develop an in-depth plan that fully details how you ll attack the challenge ahead. Your plan should define any opportunities you ve identified, clearly state your mission, describe your target, establish measurable goals, and set deadlines for each milestone along the way. Remember that while it s important to have a plan, it s equally vital to be flexible enough to pivot when needed.
2. Get out there and network.
Our business would not be where it is today without all the professional networking we did when we first started. We continue to emphasize networking today. Until you ve established your business, you ll need to create your own word-of-mouth. Be your own brand ambassador, touting the benefits of working with your business and showing why people should give you a chance.
Start your own momentum. A wealth of events, trade shows, and networking groups exist to connect you with other professionals. These initial connections can lead to future business prospects, mentors, and strategic partners with the capacity to help grow your business.
3. Surround yourself with the right people.
The right mentors and strategic partners aren t the only people with whom you ll need to align. Surrounding yourself with a great team is equally important. Build your staff with smart, talented, and driven employees who share your vision. They can not only transform your business but also accelerate its growth. Hiring positive, can-do employees helps create a culture that encourages teamwork. Foster an environment in which everyone participates, so you can collectively celebrate your company s successes.
4. Stay ahead of the curve.
You can t afford to be rooted in the present and solely focused on the day-to-day. It s crucial to keep one eye focused on the future, including upcoming movement in your industry. If you aren t anticipating the next big thing, you re destined to fall behind. Successful business owners study trends and anticipate what s coming around the bend. This allows them to nimbly adapt and evolve.
Stay current on emerging issues in your field by faithfully reading trade magazines and websites. Keeping pace as your industry changes assures you ll have your finger on the pulse to predict what customers will want — and which direction your competition might move.
5. Find a healthy work-life balance.
Running a successful business requires an inordinate amount of time and energy. It s paramount to find a healthy work-life balance, even though it can be a challenge to do so. It s easy to let work dominate your life. Don t. It could result in your losing touch with those whom you consider most important. It s also crucial to take care of your own health and well-being. Your business can t run without you. You might believe you need that perpetual hustle to stay sharp and succeed. But that pace can and will burn you out, ultimately limiting how much you can achieve if you don t take time for yourself.
Find ways to maintain perspective and preserve healthy relationships outside of work. Set aside time to get your body active in ways that energize and invigorate you, and schedule catch-up time with friends and family. They ll help recharge your batteries and inspire you to persevere as you dream even bigger.
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5 Unique Online Business Ideas, Small But Successful
Entrepreneurship has always fascinated me. I m amazed by the pride and sense of accomplishment that comes with building your own business. and I respect the risks that come with working for yourself. Even if your venture fails, as a business leader you still learn valuable lessons that you can use to make your next attempt more successful.
Taking a successful business model from someone else and building on it is no crime. In fact, it is how most leaders build businesses. It doesn t always take a stroke of genius to get to the top. But when those once-in-a-lifetime ideas strike, your window to act may be small. I don t accept the idea that all of the good ideas have been taken. These five unique businesses are proof that you can find prosperity, even in a market that may not have even existed when you first had your idea.
1. Santa Mail
When I first heard about Santa Mail. I had one of those Why didn t I think of that? moments. The premise couldn t be simpler: Parents order letters for children, and Santa Claus himself puts a note in the mail. For just under $10, your kids will get a personalized letter from Santa that is (genuinely) postmarked from the North Pole in Alaska. The site isn t flashy, but it s simple and effective.
Santa Mail has been around since 2003, and as far as I can tell, it was the first company of its kind. Since then, at least four sites offering the same service have popped up. Even though someone may come along and offer something better, for now, Santa Mail is at the top of its niche.
2. Alchemy Goods
Though recycling has been popular for years, practical-use items made from recyclable items and materials are quickly becoming more desirable. From clothes and bags to water bottles and wallets, these unique items are high-quality goods that let people show off the positive difference they re making for the environment. Alchemy Goods was originally born not out of ingenuity, but of necessity.
When Alchemy owner Eli Reich s messenger bag was stolen, he decided that instead of buying another, he would make one himself. With plenty of bicycle inner tubes lying around, he decided to make it the primary material for his new bag. Long story short, the completed product was a huge hit at the office, and Eli began to make them on a much larger scale. Today, Alchemy products are carried in many stores across the country.
3. Fetal Greetings
The greeting card business has been huge for years, and it seems to get bigger with every passing holiday. Fetal Greetings offers a special opportunity for expecting mothers: To have their baby greet the world in the form of a card! Holly Nill-McKay started the company in 1999, and while the idea may sound strange, I love it. It s a great example of a unique and clever idea that builds on an existing industry. The cards themselves are cute, and they make wonderful surprises to send to family and friends to announce a pregnancy.
4. Something Store
Do you love the feeling of waiting for something in the mail? I know I do, and that s why I tried out Something Store. A few years ago, I saw a piece in a popular magazine about an online store that sells mystery objects. I was intrigued. For $10 (no shipping cost), they send you a random item. It could be anything in the world. Since 2007, they ve shipped over 50,000 somethings to customers who wait with anxious anticipation.
I tried it and received an unusual, metal, spider-like object. It winds up and moves along the floor or tabletop. I looked it up and found that it usually retails for about $28. While I wouldn t necessarily have bought it in the first place, for $10 I got a pretty good deal.
5. I Do Now I Don t
Every day, couples in love get engaged. And every day, couples who have fallen out of love separate or break an engagement. When the latter happened to Josh Opperman, his fiancee was kind enough to return the engagement ring. and he didn t know what to do with it. Since the wholesale markup on engagement rings is insanely high, he would have taken a huge loss in returning it. So instead, he started his business, I Do Now I Don t. an online marketplace for unwanted engagement rings. Customers can buy rings at prices far cheaper than you d find at a traditional store, and you can sell at rates that are better than you d get if you tried to return the ring. Business started booming, and now you can buy and sell other jewelry items there too.
This short list of examples just goes to show that not all of the good business ideas are taken just yet. It seems to me that when I get one of those genius ideas, I m always in the shower. By the time I get out and try to remember what was on my mind, it s gone. I hope it is not just me that this happens to.
How do you get inspiration to strike? And what do you do to remember your ideas and put them into action? Share your ideas, or any other unique sites or businesses you ve found. I m always looking for strange and intriguing things.
You are looking at Matthew Breed. He is a 30 year old sports nerd who lives in North Florida with his fiancee, Sarah. Originally in school for a Business degree that did not work out due to capricious youth and irresponsibility, he is currently “getting past” his Peter Pan syndrome and attends classes for a degree in Information Technology while working full time. His care for personal finance stems from a modest upbringing with fiscally responsible parents who highly value education and frown upon frivolity.
I believe in the importance of selecting a type of bussiness thats not very popular or well know When someone thinks about starting a business the things that come to mind are vending machines limo services daycare services and so forth. When in fact its the less well know small business ideas that can often be the right pick. Very often the type of businesses like limo services vending machines daycare are much more closely monitored by local state and the federal goverment. Their may be strict licensing and permit processing requirements strict zoning ordinances may apply. For example If you have a limo service you may not be able to operate from your house. And daycare forget about it their are a mermaid of regulations regarding this type of business. If you pick a business thats not well know or new its most likely less regulated. Take the internet a home based internet business it is likely to be less regulated not because federal state and local busy body bureaucrats do not want to regulate it but because its so new their have not been a lot of laws and regulations passed regarding this type of business. Just give those do nothing busy body bureaucrats twenty years or so and they will take care of that.
http://www.InternetNetworkMarketingTraining.com Corrisa Malone
Yes Internet-based business are less regulated however there is still the FTC regulations that companies and individual have to abide by.
FINAL WORD, put a child s crayon in the shower to write your idea with on the back of shower wall. It wont wash off if you look for the right crayon.