• December 5, 2017 /  Entrepreneurs
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    James Jardine from the University of Cambridge in the UK won third prize in the post-graduate category of the Santander University Entrepreneurship Awards.

    He scooped 5,000 for his company Qiqqa.com a company that provides free software which helps students and researchers manage information.

    The awards aim to support and encourage university students to pursue their business ideas and are open to students from all 58 universities within the Santander programme.

    To mark the fifth anniversary of Santander Universities in the UK, Santander chief executive, Ana Botn, announced an additional 1.5m of funding to UK universities, taking its total investment to 7 million during 2012, as well as 100 new mobility grants of 2,500 available to UK students to study abroad.

    She also extended the banks support for small businesses with the launch of a new programme to place graduates from the countrys top universities on internships with SMEs across the UK.

    The programme to encourage entrepreneurialism amongst graduates is a collaboration between Santander and its university partners and aims to promote the benefits of working for a SME to third-year or recently graduated students, while providing smaller businesses with an injection of talent not always easy to obtain by companies with limited administration resources.

    Santander will work with its partner universities to find students and companies who will benefit most from the scheme and will help with placement and administration, including project management, as well as part-funding a basic salary for the students.

    Ana Botn said: Youth unemployment and particularly graduate unemployment is one of the most pressing issues for the UK economy. We hope our new programme offering 500 student internships to SMEs can help provide our talented graduate community with the opportunity to gain vital experience in the work place, whilst opening their eyes to the benefits of working for smaller companies.

    SMEs have not typically attempted to compete with the graduate recruitment schemes of the big FTSE players and we hope that this initiative will give a wider range of companies the benefit of fresh, young talent.

    As the engines of progress and invention, universities have an important role to play in incubating the enterprises of tomorrow. Santander is proud to be supporting and recognising the entrepreneurial skills demonstrated by students through our Entrepreneurship Awards, as well as announcing an additional 1.5 million of funding to support British universities, taking our total investment to 7 million in the UK and 120 million globally, this year.
    Photograph:James Jardine receiving his prize from Santander chief executive, Ana Botn

  • December 5, 2017 /  Entrepreneurs
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    Preparing yourself to become an entrepreneur means becoming a whole person. This means preparing yourself spiritually to be an entrepreneur as well as financially and mentally.

    Youre not going to be able to operate a business unless youre a whole person, and you cant be a whole person unless youre spiritual. And this means being spiritual according to your own definition of the word.

    One definition of spirituality is a sensitivity to, or concern with, non-material values, as distinguished from material concerns. Perhaps you consider yourself spiritual in this sense.

    Or, maybe you feel that worshiping and believing in a higher power makes you a spiritual person. Just as the definition of success is different for each person, so is the meaning of being spiritual but it is something that will help all of us on our journey.

    For me, being spiritual means having a living, loving relationship with God the heavenly Father, in with, and through His Son, Jesus Christ, by way of the power of the Holy Spirit. It is the essence of this spiritual relationship which helps me find my whole self.

    When youre a whole person, your business will click, and you will click. If you arent a whole person if you ignore your spiritual dimension both your business and your personal life will be incomplete.

    Preparing yourself socially to be an entrepreneur means understanding how your business fits into the larger context of your life. You have to remember that you have family and friends, and have to keep them informed of your plans and goals, and involve them in your business decisions.

    When the people around you have bought into what you want to do, youll receive strength and support from them, which will speed you to your success.

    Social preparation also means understanding that there is a social side to business. Make it a point to get involved in at least one business organization in your area. Whether you join the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, the Lions Club or some other type of business organization, you will experience social growth, a well as the having the means to participate in many good networking opportunities.

    Getting collected is a natural outgrowth of getting comfortable. Once you have made all your preparations and have actually started doing business, its your approach thats going to define your business.

    If youve already gotten comfortable with an ever changing business, youll be able to remain collected and professional, calm and self-possessed as an entrepreneur.

  • December 4, 2017 /  Entrepreneurs
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    Starting out to become a successful entrepreneur is a exciting emotional time in a persons life. A decision has been made to break away from the normal way of thinking about work and money possessed by the majority. The majority meaning about ninety seven percent of the population.

    Becoming a successful internet entrepreneur requires changing the way you were programmed to think. The decision has been made, backed by a commitment to become one of the -three percenters- that have chosen to take control of their financial future and live life on their own terms. There is no longer a boss making decisions about when, where, and how you will make a living. It will be all up to you either to succeed or fail.

    The most important aspect of becoming a successful entrepreneur will be your ability to set a goal and do what ever it takes to reach that goal. Realize that you must not just show up for the game, you must play to win and to win you must set goals.

    Almost everyone from business professionals to athletes have been coached on the need for setting goals and just how important it is, but many do not understand why they can not reach their set goals.

    What does it Require to reach a Goal?

    Why some succeed and most do not is that those that succeed have learned to attach a strong emotion to why their goal must be reached.

    Whether we are money hungry entrepreneurs or some other noble profession there has to be a deep underlying emotion attached to a goal. Just saying I want to make more money in itself can not be a goal. The questions must be asked, why do I want to make more money, how much money do I want to make and how will I feel when I receive this money? How will it make me fill emotionally, happy, jubilant, thankful, relieved? Concentrate on this emotion and how making more money will enforce this emotion.

    Finally, a time frame must be put on this goal.

    What exact date and time will this goal be met? A goal without a date and time set on it is merely becomes a wish and not reality.

    To become a successful entrepreneur, one must learn the proper way to set goals both short term and long term.

    Steve Kimball has been a business owner and entrepreneur for over 25 years. His main goal is to assist others in achieving the success they deserve online. He has teamed up with the elite marketers at carboncopypro and together they are striving to change the world one person at a time. For more information go to

  • November 27, 2017 /  Entrepreneurs
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    The world is awash with entreprenuers and we have noticed that 9 to 5 kind of jobs is not the route to financial freedom. You can do a 9 to 5 kind of job, retire honouably but i promise you your financial base is nothing compared to the that of an entrepreneur who ventured to start something something for themselves.

    Entrepreneurship is a systematic approach used to identify, bring to life and nourish to fruition of an ideal or oppournity. Entrepreneurs perceive potentials and build on them by directing his or her resources to achieve pre-determined goals. The human resource is of importance because it is in born in all. It manifest as talents and deep seated aspirations. The material resource is secondary.

    The featuers of Entrepreneurs are numerous but lefts nose dive into it. Entrepreneurs have a high level of business consciousness. They can discern between assets and liabilities. They can see business potentials when they get close to one. Their eyes and mind can see potentials even when clothed in failures. In addition, they are ready ti indulge in moderate calculated risks because they do a through base line study of their potential business ideal. These base line studies give them a clear picture if the target market, the dos and don’ts the requirements and the legal impediments.They make sound business judgement before they dive into any business venture.

    Entrepreneurs are dynamic and hard working. They do not dive into business because it is in vogue or it has made their next door friend millionaires. They nourish their idea with creative innovations thus making it unique. They have superb abilities in allocating time, resources and task.

    Remember, Entrepreneurs do not dive into business ventures. Like I said above, the world is awash with entrepreneurs. Subsequently, study yourself before you throw in yor material into any venture if not you would close shop few months after.

    In conclusion, engage professional to do the base line studies and visit a solicitor and you would know the legal angel of your proposed business venture.

  • November 9, 2017 /  Entrepreneurs
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    Running a lawn care and maintenance business can be difficult when you are not equipped with the right knowledge and skills. Since this business can become seasonal especially in places where there is winter, business can get very depressing. But with enough wit, the right skills and strategies, it can’t be that bad after all.

    Advertising your business is a fundamental rule of the thumb. It is where you get your sales and establish your customers. There are many lawn care marketing ideas that could help entrepreneurs out there. The difference comes in choosing the right platform and using it correctly.

    Identify your customers

    Who will steer your business to the top? The hundreds or even millions of home owners out there who realize the importance of having a well maintained lawn but just do not have the time to accomplish lawn care tasks. It could also be entrepreneurs, just like you, who have to regularly maintain or keep their lawns to attract more customers to go their establishments.

    Who will you cater to? If you choose to serve home owners, you must become aware of their needs. Gather data on what lawn care services home owners often look for, based on this establish your services, invest in the necessary equipment or tools needed.

    Get your services across

    How will your reach out to these customers? There are conventional marketing strategies that still work and there are the modern strategies that will help you connect to the more conventional people of today.

    For instance, building a website will make it easier for people to find you. You will not rely heavily on the chances of people finding you just because they happen to walk by the street where your shop is located. Through the internet, people can find you even at the comfort of their own homes.

    Maximize your marketing strategies

    When you employ certain marketing strategies, you should not end there. Find ways to fully benefit from it. If you decide to build a website, make sure it has everything it needs for people to want to click on it and hire your services. Make your site “responsive” so that when a potential customer uses his smart phone to browse for services, he’ll be able to get to your site.

    When you advertise via a local newspaper, make sure to ask the publisher to place your ad in the business section of the paper in case that you cater to commercial establishments or properties for lawn care services.

    For more lawn care marketing ideas, visit now.

  • November 8, 2017 /  Entrepreneurs
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    Its summer and so for that reason Ill break from my insistence on pragmatic advice and write on a topic you might consider fluff. Yet its the biggest mistake I see small business owners make, including me. We have no patience. I think that its a given that a requirement for being an entrepreneur is to have a low grade case of ADD, or in my case, ADHD with an emphasis on the H. And in marketing, that will kill you.

    I cant tell you how many times a client tries something and when there are no immediate results says “Well that doesnt work.” Its like lifting weights one day and expecting that tricep cut to develop overnight. Im not suggesting that we all go out and spend a bajillion dollars on advertising during American Idol. But I do think that in order for your PR and marketing tactics to work you have to learn to wait a bit. Here are a few tips to use to figure out if youre too impatient.

    1. Are you measuring your campaign results by the number of orders youre getting off each initiative? In a word, DONT. Look at your website hits instead, or the traffic in your store. Whats the first step toward buying your product or service? Do they request a brochure? Do they visit the website? Measure by those “first steps” in the short term.

    2. Are you changing your marketing strategy on a weekly or monthly basis? WRONG. You had better have confidence in your strategy (or your consultant) from the start. Nothing works if you dont believe in it 100% from the beginning. Switching around what youre doing on a constant basis and youll end up running circles.

    3. Are you relying on only one outreach method? It may work now, but it will stop working eventually. Or youll end up trying one thing after another. BLEND your messaging channels. If youre doing radio, connect it to an online promotion as well. Trying guerilla marketing? Make sure youve got some PR working in conjunction with those “on the ground” techniques.

    Particularly in the online world, patience is the key to success. Jay Conrad Levinson, the founder of Guerilla Marketing, believes that patience is the most important characteristic of successful entrepreneurs. Be confident in your approach. Measure it wisely. And then, like that old farmer in the field, be patient and watch the seeds of your marketing work grow.

  • November 4, 2017 /  Entrepreneurs
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    The internet has made it easier for anyone with the characteristics of an entrepreneur to fire their bosses, work less, have more time, and make money online. If that sounds like something that interests you, here’s how to get into a home based internet business that’s right for you.

    First, You Must Believe

    Few people become a success by accident. You can’t assume the role of an entrepreneur unless you think like an entrepreneur. And one thing a successful entrepreneur never thinks about is failure.

    Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com has a net worth of over 4.85 billion dollars. Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay, has over 7 billion dollars in the bank. And while you may not end up earning what these online business entrepreneurs earn, there is absolutely no reason why you can’t take one of the top online business ideas and turn it into a very healthy income.

    Here are 5 basic steps to launching a business opportunity that will make money on the internet online:

    1.Find something in demand and sell it. Even in the worst of times people still spend money. The only difference is, they are more choosey about what they spend it on. If you can offer a product that people need, no matter what the economy is like, you’re on to a winning formula.

    2.Make sure you team up with a business that is not MLM. You need to focus your energies on keeping yourself motivated and productive. It just wastes your time when you have to babysit downline members who aren’t as motivated as you are.

    3.Look for a unique online business opportunity that isn’t over-represented. It takes a lot of time, energy and money to compete against established competitors who already own a huge share of the online home business internet market. Find a good niche and serve it well.

    4.Work less; work smart. Find an online internet home based business that offers you the ability to automatically prospect for customers and that gives you the tools to make sales online without having to interact with your customers directly.

    5.Finally, make sure you choose real business opportunities online that do not exploit the opportunity seeker. There are plenty of scams out there. Do your due diligence and choose a company you can trust.

    Ready to change your life?

    There’s money to be made owning a home based internet business. Choose yours and get started!

  • October 20, 2017 /  Entrepreneurs
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    Build a list of prospects and people who appreciate and trust you – this list of members of your tribe, with names and e-mail addresses, will represent the most valuable asset of your business. You will be able to promote proprietary products and services, as well as affiliate links to products owned by others that align with your message and mission. It is critical that you continuously nurture your list with valuable content, making the difference in their lives without charging them. They will appreciate you and will be prepared to reciprocate by purchasing products and services you recommend.

    7. Reach for the greatest impact – social entrepreneurs are on a mission to transform the world, delivering a message through their products and services. We are being called to leverage the power of technology to reach the greatest possible number of people with our solutions to their problems. This is why as socially responsible business owners, we have no choice but to embrace technological advances, appreciating what is now possible because of social media tools such as Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook, and new platforms such as Skype, iPhones, mobile phone applications, teleconferencing, and online webinars.

    8. Know and care for your customers – most entrepreneurs do not fully understand the problems and needs of their clients and prospects. A conscious e-marketer will invite prospects and clients to participate in surveys that will reveal exactly what they need and want. Your list can then be segmented wisely, and products and services can be tailored to the needs and wants of that specific segment of your list. We recommend www.mysurveyexpert.com as a great resource for your surveys.

    9. Attraction Marketing – when you are clear about your message and become an authority who people respect, you will attract those who are seeking your message. You will become a magnetic force and ideal clients will find and appreciate you.

    10. Become an authority in whatever your passion, vision, and mission may be. Commit to learning about yourself and about your products and services. Take courses, read books, review websites, attend live meetings, join communities, forums, and groups of like-minded persons. In conclusion, you are your greatest asset, and thus you need to grow and learn every day. The more you know about yourself and your business, the more profitable your business will become and the greater the social impact you will make in the world.

  • October 4, 2017 /  Entrepreneurs
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    The typical online entrepreneur is a different species insofar as they generally work alone and within an industry that can be very stressful and demanding. Being your own boss is great however many are prone to second thoughts about this when they find that everything’ is their responsibility! Without physical, or often times, moral support, people working online have to reach deep within themselves for the strength or motivation to get the job done. Obviously those who succeed on the internet have mastered the ‘art form’ of learning how to motivate themselves! Learning how to get motivated however always has its roots in a very strong reason as to ‘why’ it is people are working online! It is the ‘why’ of every entrepreneur that ultimately keeps them moving forward!

    Here are the 3 biggest ‘whys’ entrepreneurs use when learning how to motivate themselves in order to maintain the drive necessary to succeed on the internet.

    Money

    Always a big motivator, money is one of the most ‘popular’ reasons people market on the internet. Whether it is for need or perhaps to expand an already existent ‘offline’ business earning or increasing an income is a powerful and popular force for people to be working online.

    Passion

    Some people have taken advantage of the easy to use and inexpensive internet platform to pursue a personal passion. Whether it is a cause, hobby or perhaps a business idea, if it is fueled by passion there is little doubt that these people will lack motivation.

    Lifestyle

    Most internet businesses involve working online from home or actually anywhere one may choose and this is a very attractive option. In addition, the potential for earning a significant income is very real due to the access you have to a global audience, on a 24/7 basis no less! A lifestyle like this is hard to ignore and even harder to not strongly desire! Even working longer hours is not an issue since you can pick and choose where and when you work!

    As we have spoken about here today the typical online entrepreneur must absolutely posses some strong motivations in order to be successful working online. Due to the ‘isolated’ nature of internet marketing, individuals must learn how to get motivated and stay that way without the help or support of others. For this reason their motivations need to be strong and lasting and 3 of the most common motivations people have for working online are reviewed above. As you can see any of these 3 factors that drive people to succeed on the internet are very strong. It is an absolute must however that the individual has the great ‘desire’ or ‘need’ first or they will not be able to sustain their efforts and achieve success.

  • September 30, 2017 /  Entrepreneurs
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    Many people every year attempt to achieve success with an online business. They grab a domain name, throw a hastily made website online, and then become frustrated when they don’t achieve success quickly enough. They blame it on falling for a scam, or that online businesses don’t really work. The truth is, most times it is because the person never worked on growing as an entrepreneur; they never worked on developing an entrepreneur mindset.

    When you are working for someone else it is easy to think of your workday falling into a certain set of work hours. You go in, put in your time, and when the workday is done you put your job behind you until the next day. When you have an entrepreneur mindset you are constantly working on your business. Even when you are relaxing at the end of the day a part of your mind is a work on building your business.

    One way you can capitalize on that kind of attitude is to develop the habit of goal setting. When you have specific goals and objectives that are clearly defined your subconscious mind can go to work making those goals a reality. When you approach your business without goals your subconscious mind is unfocused. It jumps from one problem to the next with no end result that it is working toward.

    Another important part of that mindset is to understand that in order to succeed you must be willing to put in the time and do whatever it takes to be successful. While it would be nice if the claims of earning a 6-figure income while working part-time were true, the reality is much different. It is possible to build a good income, and eventually reduce the number of hours that you work, most successful entrepreneurs put in some long hours when they are first getting their business up and running.

    You should also be willing to spend time each and every day growing as an entrepreneur. This means going beyond merely learning the daily tasks you need to accomplish. It means working on building your knowledge so that you understand not just what needs to be done, but also why you need to do every task that you do. The more you understand how everything works the better able you will be to innovate and move your business to a higher level. In an environment that is constantly changing, it is the people who understand the business that are able to quickly adapt to those changes.

    Having an entrepreneur mindset helps give you the drive and the focus to not only succeed, but to build a business that remains successful into the future. Without that mindset you might achieve short-term success, but is your attitude and willingness to do whatever it takes that will ensure your success going forward. Growing As An Entrepreneur