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What You Need To Do To Make Your Startup A Success

If you plan on striking out on your own to start a new company, you’ll find that there are ample resources that are designed to guide entrepreneurs through this process. Starting a company is cheaper and easier than ever before given the ability to leverage the Internet in order to effectively connect with people while minimising your operational and outreach costs. There are, however, a few important things you have to do to ensure that your startup is a success.

Although starting a business is currently cheaper and easier than ever before, it is still important for business owners to have a secondary and steady source of income throughout their first year of operation. This will take the pressure off of your company to succeed immediately. You will have sufficient funds for covering your ongoing operating costs and your basic living expenses and will not have to function in a constant state of panic.

Establish a solid working schedule so that you are devoting an appropriate amount of time to your new organisation. A lot of new business owners expect that they can earn massive sums of money overnight, without having to invest a whole lot of time or effort. In reality, however, must successful entrepreneurs work long days and nights, particularly during the earliest stages of business development.

Make sure that you have a functional and attractive website for connecting with your prospects and customers. This will likely serve as your primary sales platform unless you will be maintaining a blog to sell affiliate products, using third-party classified or auction sites to host your wares or opening up a brick and mortar store that people can visit in person.

Get help with the web design process so that your pages are both viable and accessible on a broad range of devices. You want people to be able to connect with you irrespective of the tools that they are using to search the web. Professional web development will also make it easier for you to optimise your pages for search engines.

Create a solid business plan that will serve as your guide during the most formative stages of your endeavors. It is important to have a clear strategy for how you will get things done and a cohesive outline of what you hope to accomplish. This will make it easier to properly allocate both your business development monies and your time for optimal returns.

Seek help when you need it but avoid over-staffing your company so you don’t run into any serious financial troubles before your profits become consistent. It is a good idea to work with people who are skilled in the areas you are not. It is also prudent to limit the number of financial obligations you take on, until you have sufficient money in savings for covering your operating expenses during slow periods.

Take the time to get the training you need in various technical areas in order to run your office efficiently and according to the requirements of your chosen industry. These can include Microsoft Office courses, training in human resource management and instruction for receiving any professional licensing your company requires. The more skilled you become, the less trained talent you will require to hire in order to establish a fully-functional organisation.

Making Way for Community Entrepreneurs

Community entrepreneurs are typically groups or organisations that seek out and act upon opportunities to transform communities and create a positive impact on community values.

Why this is different to social entrepreneurship is that many social entrepreneurship models focus on individuals and disadvantage.

Community entrepreneurship focuses on the community as a whole and creates a sense of abundance for all.

Examples of activities can include:

• A new indoor-outdoor community facility in a built up neighbourhood

• A community focus on activities that reduce the carbon footprint

• Business attraction in rural communities

• Making strategic use of IT to connect communities

• Creating community identities through music and the arts

What does a Community Entrepreneur look like?

They’re in your community. They have a story to tell – a story that has transformed your community. Or they probably haven’t stepped forward to make their mark yet? Maybe it’s you. Here are some ways to spot your local community entrepreneur or even one in the making.

The anatomy of a Community Entrepreneur

1. Laser sharp vision

Community entrepreneurs have a clear idea of what they want to achieve – both physically and in terms of impact on the community. Their vision is ambitious and ground breaking by anybody’s standard. Their challenge is not just to get the interest and support of the community, but to keep the community patient as all good things take time to build.

2. Mind over matter

Bringing a new idea to fruition requires strategic thinking. People can be suspicious of anything new. New ideas challenge those who are slower to accept change. From the start community entrepreneurs think and plan above the fray.

Conserving energy to focus on achieving results, community entrepreneurs focus on big picture thinking. Don’t try to bog them down, they will find a way to move ahead no matter what the obstacle.

3. The language of change

To be effective, they must be able to understand and communicate well to influence change. These groups operate within the community so the change they are influencing impacts on them as well. They are already talking the language of the community.

Their role is to motivate and lead through dialogue within the community and get the support of stakeholders and other agents of change to achieve the desired results. Failure is not in their vocabulary.

4. Shouldering responsibility

Leadership is a responsibility not to be taken lightly. Along the way others may want more control or will fade into the background when things are not going to plan. Individual personalities can make or break a community venture. At some point the group leading the project must step forward and own its responsibility, especially when it comes to finances, resources and process.

5. Maintaining a steady balance

They leave the knee jerk reactions to others. Negotiations require a steady nerve as they walk the tightrope of change. Navigating obstacles, ducking the slings and arrows of opposition, community entrepreneurs harness their vision and start with a goal and use a plan to get there.

6. Forward momentum

Community entrepreneurs are going places. No looking backwards for them. Propelled by positive energy that permeates throughout the community, they will succeed.

The only thing holding you back is your own self-doubt. Group think can get bogged down in dogma. Smash the chains once and for all and bring the dream to life.

Is your group the next generation community entrepreneur? Congratulations. There’s no better time to start than now. Don’t let self-doubt win before you begin.

The Community Entrepreneur is a company set up to support aspiring community entrepreneurs through the challenges and opportunities that must be addressed in order to achieve long term success.

We do this through our Entrepreneurial Thinking Coaching and Mentoring Program. We work with change agents within organisations as well as the whole organisation and support them through the ideas generation, planning and implementation of their vision or project.

What to Keep in Mind When Looking for Investors

What to Keep in Mind When Looking for InvestorsCongratulations, you’ve decided to launch your company! You have an exciting business idea; you’ve thought through all the necessary steps to start and run your enterprise. If your venture requires more money than you have, the next move will be finding investors. This part is the most challenging. Admit it; you don’t have a habit of speaking with 50+ investors who get dozens of pitches like yours every day. The investors want to know why they should trust you, so show them that your business is worth their hard-earned cash. Every investor has his/her own approach to the evaluation of pitches. “Some do substantial due diligence before meeting (reading a plan, talking to people they know) and others granting a meeting without even looking at the plan at all. Some investors rely on their intuition while others crunch a lot of numbers. Almost all of them source carefully, make good use of co-investors, and focus on the entrepreneur and team” [1]. But, if you are a first-time entrepreneur and never dealt with investors, you may not know some factors that can be decisive for them. Let’s enlarge upon that point, following ideas of John Rampton [2].

1. The first factor that can discourage investors to give you money is a lack of potential success. Investors will be interested in your previous business experience such as launching a startup and whether it was a success, or not.

2. Trust is a must-have between you and investors. If they don’t trust your character, judgment, or leadership skills, it’s better not to start any mutual business at all. As the entrepreneur, be open to discussing issues and concerns regarding the company with investors. They want to know everything about your startup. Don’t worry; nobody is going to steal your business idea!

3. Character and professional skills of the members of your team play an important role in the business growth. Every investor will pay close attention to the team personnel.

4. A good business plan is crucial. An investor has to be impressed with it to invest.

5. A company that creates something new or has a new business model can easily attract investment.

6. Make sure you’ve chosen the right investors. Do research and locate those who are involved in your field before contacting them.

7. It is important for an investor to see that other investors are also interested in supporting your business and believe in your startup’s potential.

8. You’ve got “No” from an investor. Handle it properly. Think, what went wrong and make adjustments. Even after refusal, investors are watching you.

Remember, investors invest in people, not the idea. So, don’t pretend to be someone you’re not. Know your weaknesses and work on them. For example, if you’re afraid of speaking in front of people – learn the skill! You’ll need to present an interesting and clear presentation to attract capital investment. A denial from an investor doesn’t mean you’re a loser; this is just a temporary hitch. If an investor tells you: “Come back when you have more traction” he means exactly that. But, before you decide to come back to the same investor, know that there are 250,000 others in the United States alone.

Ways To Start Changing Your Mindset For Success Especially If You Are An Entrepreneur

The minute you felt called upon to seek out your freedom and prosperity through entrepreneurship or running your own home based business, what kind of thoughts and emotions flooded your mind?

Did you immediately feel totally confident that this would be the turning point of your life where you get to design life on your own terms and create your version of heaven on earth?

Or did you get filled with a sense of worry and overwhelm over whether or not you have what it takes to make such a huge thing happen?

For most people it’s always a little bit of everything… That’s why I am making this little article for you because I want to make sure that you don’t get stuck halfway through your rise into greatness and success.

If you know that becoming an entrepreneur and being independently wealthy is the reality that most suits you, then you certainly need to read through and gain better clarity as to how you can handle those voices and emotions of distress that will try to keep you stuck in the old way of life.

Why you need a change of mindset now

Most of humanity has been conditioned into a level of conscious awareness that has set the “normal standard” too low. For most success seekers, the dominant thoughts that saturate their days are those of worry, insecurity and fear.

This my dear reader is like getting into a battle that’s already been lost before it even begins because all external results and yes, that includes your business as well, can only come about if the level of consciousness and mindset you dwell in, is one that’s set on “success”.

When you already doubt whether or not you can win and gain victory in this endeavor, when you always feel like you’re not enough or that you don’t have enough, you are actually create a self-fulfilling prophecy that will come to confirm the secret beliefs that you carry.

You need to believe that you can succeed.

It’s important that you believe not only in the truth that you are capable of prospering but that you will produce the harvest that you want.

The level of your self-confidence will determine your level of productivity and your self-confidence plainly reveals how much you believe in Self.

When you believe in yourself you will always give yourself the chance to make things right because you know that you can make things better and that you do have something valuable to give to the world.

That faith and confidence that is very crucial for an entrepreneur can only come through a renewal of the mind and that’s why you cannot afford to postpone the study and retraining of your mind while you grow your business.

It is the winner’s mindset that we all need to cultivate in our lives, especially for those of us who didn’t grow up in abundant, prosperous environments.

I have created more resources and a video that explains what a mindset is and how you can effortlessly shift it, which I encourage you to check out but as of now, here are just three big ideas that will help you realize the kind of mindset you’ve currently got as well as how to start shifting it.

1. Start becoming aware of- what you are noticing and paying attention to – in your world:

Recognize whether or not you have self-defeating thoughts. What kind of an outlook do you have about life and entrepreneurship? Do you approach it with the expectation of overwhelm, struggle, pain?

What kind of things are you noticing as you go about your daily routine?

What kind of forums, communities and engagements are you having?

Are you noticing more prosperity or lack in your business?

Negativity and pessimism are like migraines and are quite difficult to ignore because they constantly nag at you. Sometimes these thoughts can be quite overwhelming and easy to recognize. However some people have become so accustomed to them and having created coping mechanisms, barely realize that they dwell in negativity and pessimism.

The best way to start recognizing where you stand is by keenly observing the words you use, the conversations you engage in, the actions that are subconsciously playing out and the way you predominantly feel throughout the day.

I have met a lot of clients who say they are positive and use affirmations yet halfway through our conversations all they speak of is what they don’t have and how much of a struggle life is.

This is certainly a pattern to watch out for because if you get so used to lying to yourself by pasting affirmations on your intellect and yet dwelling in negativity subconsciously, you might think that the universal laws or other people are to blame for your struggles and failure when in truth, it’s all coming from your mindset.

2. Learn to condition your mind by focusing on a specific desire.

Choosing, defining and living from your true desires is so powerful and paramount when you decide to seek out a liberating lifestyle.

This is because it means you stepping out of the norm that you were taught and raised with, to pursue your uniqueness and individuality.

There is great power in that! Which is why I only work with individuals who want to create a passion business, because I realized that even for myself, the only reason I overcame the African slum life and started creating success and prosperity was because I was passionate and in love with an idea.

If you don’t know what your passionate about, do something about it. If your entrepreneurship isn’t yet aligned with your passion and purpose, do something about it – you’ll be amazed how quickly things will shift in your world once you live from your true desires.

3. Learn to take risks and enjoy them

Most of us are so afraid of risks because we are working with false ideas about who we are and how life works.

When you learn the truth about your real identity, the role you play in life and how life really works, taking risks that you enjoy won’t sound so ridiculous or illogical.

Now, I can get into great details here just with this one tip and in fact I do in one of my training classes and a report I made on how to create massive breakthroughs as an entrepreneur, but just know this…

It’s very important that you learn the value of taking risks; taking a step toward something when you don’t really know where your foot is going to land, and doing so with full confidence that it can only turn out right.

This doesn’t mean being silly, or doing it recklessly while still ignorant of the principle of life. It’s why we first teach on what the principle of life is and how you can align with Spirit so that your mind can be conditioned rightly.

Then and only then will you know in the depths of your soul that you were born to be a risk taker and in fact all the good stuff that you want in life will come by very quickly when you stop tip-toeing through life looking for safety.

An entrepreneur who’s looking for safety is sure to be highly disappointed because without this ability to have a well-governed mindset that knows how to take great risks and enjoy them, massive success and prosperity will not become a daily reality.

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