• July 12, 2018 /  Entrepreneurs

    Invention and entrepreneurship are concepts that are synonymous with Scotland. Scotland has a long standing tradition of producing world renowned inventors and entrepreneurs. The invention of the steam engine, television and penicillin can all be attributed to Scottish inventors and in this article I would like to highlight some of the most famous Scottish entrepreneurs of recent years.

    Arnold Clark

    Sir Arnold Clark grew up in Glasgow and joined the RAF in 1944, aged 17. He rose quickly through the ranks eventually becoming a Corporal and a Motor Mechanics Instructor. Upon leaving the RAF, Clark began buying and selling cars, and opened his first showroom in 1954 in Glasgows Park Road. Arnold Clark Automobiles is now the largest car dealership in Scotland, with over 145 car dealerships throughout the UK.

    Michelle Mone

    Michelle Mone OBE is the co-owner of MJM International and creator of Ultimo. She grew up in Glasgow and began her corporate career with Labatt Brewers. She rose quickly through the company and was running the Sales and Marketing department by the time she was 20. In 1996, came up with the idea to create Ultimo after wearing an uncomfortable bra to a dinner dance. Today Ultimo is one of the UKs leading designer lingerie brands.

    Sir David Murray

    Sir David Murray was born in Ayr in 1954 and educated at Ayr Academy, Fettes College and Broughton high School. By the age of 23 Murray had set up the metal company, Murray International Metals Limited. The Murray Group has expanded to include a wide range of industries including property, call centres, venture capital and mining.

    Sir Brian Souter

    Sir Brian Souter is another famous Scottish entrepreneur. Sir Brian Souter started his working life as student bus conductor while studying at University. Upon finishing University, Sir Brian Souter began working with Arthur Andersen, a leading chartered accountancy firm. In 1980, using his fathers redundancy money, Sir Brian Souter established Stagecoach Group with his sister. Thirty years later Stagecoach is one the largest transport companies in the world with 13,000 buses, coaches, trains and trams, employing over 30,000 employees worldwide. Sir Brian Souter also founded Souter Investments and the Souter Charitable Trust.

  • July 10, 2018 /  Entrepreneurs

    Roger Hamilton is a social entrepreneur who has started various entrepreneurial ventures across the globe and achieved great success in these ventures. Born in Hong Kong, Roger Hamilton received his education at the Trinity College, Cambridge University. Once his studies were completed, Roger started on various entrepreneurial businesses. He found success only after experiencing many failures, and today he owns and runs businesses in publishing, property, financing, franchising, event management, resort management, training, coaching, membership and education.

    Roger Hamilton also created Wealth Dynamics Profiling system and he is the founded of Phi Dynamics. With a mission of creating world wide wealth where every member of the group can grow, Roger Hamilton also co-founded XL Nation and XL Group. Through these entrepreneurial activities Roger has been an active part of creating a social connection between entrepreneurs through social enterprises. The companies owned by Roger Hamilton are all a part of XL SEA Programme. By connecting wealth creation and contribution to society, Roger and his teams are working for social good to the best of their abilities.

    Through the years, Roger Hamiltons Wealth Dynamic Profile Test and Wealth Spectrum Test have supported tens of thousands of entrepreneurs in over fifty countries around the world and helped them in finding their flow. Roger himself has been speaking and spreading the message of social enterprise and effective wealth creation in more than 15 countries for the past seven years. Roger Hamilton co-founded the XL Group with Dave Rogers in 2002, and it was the first international network dedicated to social entrepreneurship. Presently, XL Group hosts over 2000 events each year where social entrepreneurs can get together and share resources, knowledge and connections. XL Group has also been recognized by Clinton Global Initiative for its philanthropic contributions, and XL is also a part of the United Nations Social Compact. Find out more about Roger Hamilton and his various social entrepreneurship ventures by browsing through www.rogerjameshamilton.com.

  • July 10, 2018 /  Entrepreneurs

    Five Power Principles Successful Entrepreneurs Know And Use To Create Immense Wealth.

    #1 Process Comes Before Outcomes.

    No field of human endeavour is completely isolated from all others. Parallels arise in sports from which wealth creators can learn interesting things.

    Take this principle of focussing on process before outcome to build your financial freedom. Whilst not wishing to compare boxers of different eras or weight divisions, it is true to say that over the years a few proud men stand far above their peers as successful boxers. What such men have is a true gladiatorial spirit. They are all possessed of a passion for what they call ring craft The art of the ring.

    These sportsmen become very wealthy, not because of focussing on the money but rather by concentrating on the process of perfecting their ring craft and survival skills inside the ropes. In return, they reap the rewards of huge pay days and corresponding wealth.

    #2 Prove Your Business Idea Early On.

    Entrepreneurs, who want a proven and successful wealth creating process, need to follow a critical sequence of events.

    Proof of concept starts when you identify a market opportunity, gap or niche.

    Design the products and services with which to fill the identified market gap.

    Test drive the products to ensure they are “fit for market purpose.”

    The proof stage should be a small scale preview of the main show. This is where you test ideas before spending a fortune and then finding out it does not fly.

    #3 Expand Your Business.

    If your idea fails even one of the proof of concept phases ditch the idea. If however, it passes all three stages then you are ready to expand your wealth creating machine. Business expansion is not the same as overstretching your resources. It is a planned process.

    You can expand your business vertically or horizontally. The former involves growing the business in its “core” sector. The latter involves growing your wealth creating machine by diversification into other sectors.

    Within each of these growth models, two critical sub processes are at work. Both rely on building effective human relationships. On the one hand, you must build and maintain harmonious customer service and customer relationships. On the other hand, you must engage effectively with your employees.

    #4 Give The Customer What The Customer Wants.

    Trying to lead the market carries the huge danger that your products and services may have no market credibility and worse no commercial viability. The marketplace simply ignores your solutions.

    The issue here is, “Do you invent first and market second, or do you find the market need first and then develop a solution?”

    You should find the market need or gap first and then plug the gap with your product or service.

    Your wealth creating machine must adapt and be alive to changing market conditions and needs. “Inventing a wheel” is a once in a lifetime affair best left to a few very creative individuals.

  • July 8, 2018 /  Entrepreneurs

    Tips For Mom Entrepreneurs To Get Down To Business
    If you’ve ever attempted to get anything done with a toddler around, you know it’s no cakewalk. It’s a challenge to do the dishes or the laundry (shower, anyone?) let alone actual, potentially lucrative work. Here are 5 ways that you can get down to business, even if it means doing these things between phone calls, diaper changes and mealtimes:

    1-Find a need and fill it
    Stop staring at the competition. Dont take someone elses idea or existing business, tweak it, and try to call it your own. Take a look at your life, your needs, wants and desires. Ask yourself, what would make your life easier? Find out how to help your friends do X if you have created Y? Filling a void in the market is, in theory, a cinch. Fill a need stop procrastinating. And not by thinking about it, talking about it or dreaming about itdo it
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    2-Create A Plan Of Action
    Do not write up a business plan. Dont even Google the words “business plan.” Mom entrepreneurs dont have time to put together a lengthy, heady write-up of profits, losses and EBITDA (wha? Take a pen and write out your plan. Get the gist? Then dive in. Try things out. The more you work on your business idea, the more thrilled you will be to see it in actionand it will keep you building.

    3-Work With Your Kids, Not Around Them
    Stress being the killer that it is, skip it altogether. Dont fret the childcare or sweat the pick-ups/drop-offs. Incorporate your childs schedule into your work day. Teach them to play the Silent Game while youre on the phone. Have them create something you can hang in your office. And when that noisemaker screams during your conference call? Skip the embarrassmenta whole lot of people also have kids.
    Theyll understand
    Promise.

    4-Embrace the web
    The interwebs are your friends. You don’t have to get hooked into social media like facebook and twitter, but don’t stay away either. Make sure youre connecting with folks who can help you along in your business. Find local groups like The Founding Moms where you can meet up with fellow mom entrepreneurs face-to-face. Grow your network who will, in turn, help you and your business grow.

    5-Meet up with fellow mom entrepreneurs
    Theres nothing like meeting someone in-person. You should embrace the web and all that it has to offer. But, get out of the house. Not only will it bring you great joy to smile at other human beings, but your kids will appreciate staring at new walls, too. Tell us your trials and tribulations of being a mom entrepreneur, then shake hands with like minded people and know your not alone.
    Youll thank yourself.

  • July 4, 2018 /  Entrepreneurs

    One of the great aspects of having an online business is supposed to be that you can work from home, make your own hours, work in your PJ’s and build a business of your dreams while enjoying your leisure, your family, your life. Right?

    SCREECH! What happened, then?

    Are you afraid to get started?
    Are you avoiding the things that you know will push you to the next step?
    Are you stuck behind your computer, alone and overwhelmed?
    Are you getting lost in cyber space, surfing and not building?
    Are you avoiding engaging in activity, often not leaving your home office for a day or two…
    … and leisure, what’s that?

    I call it the Online Entrepreneur Rut. This rut can leave you feeling down, lacking energy, lost, alone, and have you questioning your reasons for wanting to start this business in the first place.

    Here are Some Simple Ways to Ensure Success:

    Reach out to build or find your community, your village, your tribe.Networking both online and offline is a vital an important part of your growth.

    Surround yourself with the support of others that you can share successes with. It can be challenging to get out there and share your frustrations with another. However, most often, the case is that the person you are speaking to is currently or has had a similar situation, and ill be glad to give you thoughts and ideas based on their experience.

    Step away from it all. Really, shut down the computer, turn off the technology and get away from it all. Try going for a workout, walk in nature, listen your music to get your creative juices flowing and your energy soaring.

    Do something to re-connect to your inner dreams and goals. Do you meditate, read, journal? What will help you be re-inspired and remember why you began this journey to start with?

    Attend various networking meetings, business trainings, weekend events. Building relationships is key to success. Enjoy a few in person meetings over coffee for a much needed break.

    Call on people you trust to bounce off ideas, frustrations, and fears. I love the Buddy – System! Work with your friends and colleagues to keep accountability and get trusted feedback.

    Check in with your Coach or Mentor. Working with a coach will catapult your progress. If you don’t have one, consider doing so.

    These efforts can help make your experience as an Online Entrepreneur a rich, fulfilled and satisfying one. You may have an opportunity to gain vast knowledge, feedback, and creative ideas. These key ingredients assist your business to flourish more quickly and smoothly. In my six years full-time with my online business, I’ve used these methods to build some wonderful relationships and alliances with experts that are just plain good people. I am now grateful to have trusted colleagues and to call many of them my friends.

    Go ahead, give it a few of them a try. You are likely to feel much better after you do.

  • July 3, 2018 /  Entrepreneurs

    New ecommerce entrepreneurs can find them confused and confounded by the tax and accounting requirements of their venture. And thats a shame: If someones spotted a great new category and successfully built a web presence, heck, that someone shouldnt find themselves bogged down with the accounting minutia. The entrepreneur should focus on increasing traffic, expanding margins, and growing cash profits.

    With that in mind, I offer up the following tax and accounting tips:

    Tip #1: Dont Incorporate

    A true corporationwhether a C corporation or an S corporationsaddles your business with more complicated tax accounting and a bunch of state filing requirements. You dont want to deal with this redtapeor at least not until youre profitable.

    Instead, operate your business as a sole proprietorship. If youre concerned about legal liability protection, note that you can setup a one-owner limited liability company, or LLC. A one owner LLC is treated as a sole proprietorship for income tax purposes.

    Tip #2: Start Your Business Before Making Investments

    Expenditures you make before youre actually in business-in other words, before youve got a business license and before youre selling or trying to sell your stuffarent very deductible.

    Specifically, you can probably deduct the first $5,000 of these expenses. But any amounts in excess of the $5,000 must be amortized over the next fifteen years.

    What this means is that you want to start your business before you start spending money on advertising, training, web development, accountants and lawyers and so on.

    Tip #3: Automate Your Bookkeeping & Accounting

    By lawand some people dont know thisyoure required to maintain an accounting system that lets you clearly measure your income. As a practical matter, this means you need to use a product like Quicken or QuickBooks.

    But you ought to go one better than simply using desktop accounting software. Make sure that youre taking advantage of online banking and bill payment features which integrate your accounting system with your banking. As much as is possible, for example, you want to be able to move money from PayPal to your bank to QuickBooks simply by typing a few keys or clicking your mouse a few times.

    Tip #4: Hire a Payroll Service Before Hiring Employees

    Many successful ecommerce business owners can run their operations without employees. And if thats true for you, hey, congratulations. If and when you do need employees, however, dont try to handle the payroll yourself. Oursource the payroll to one of the large payroll service bureaus like ADP, Payroll, or QuickBooks.

    These services are expensive. Figure $1000 to $2000 per year. But the services let you avoid the bookkeeping nightmare called payroll and prevent you from getting into payroll tax trouble.

    Tip #5: Consider S Corporation Status After Youre Profitable

    Ive written and talked much about how S corporations save taxpayers money and how the right way to set up an S corporation is first create a limited liability company and then ask the IRS to treat the LLC as an S corporation for tax purposes.

  • June 30, 2018 /  Entrepreneurs

    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.

  • June 29, 2018 /  Entrepreneurs

    Before a doctor diagnoses a specific disease, his patient must undergo a series of laboratory exams and assessments. He has to know the history of his patient and how lifestyle affected his present health problem. As results come in, that would be an indication of the time when a physician gives specific drugs and therapies for maintenance. This will eventually contribute to the level of optimum health for that individual. If all else fails, the process will be repeated again.

    Similar to a doctor, what the above mentioned situation has stated, an entrepreneur’s responsibility would be pretty much the same. It’s just that, he should see his customers as his patients (not literally)and what they must have to survive a present predicament or a need. He must follow certain steps before doing anything irrational that could contribute to the downfall of his business. He should have certain characteristics innate in his personality for if he lacks one of these, he’s most probably doomed to fail.

    Entrepreneurship is collectively defined as exhibiting one’s vision, taking action, and pursuing that vision as a goal to be achieved in life as service to reality. In the meaningless definition, it’s getting your butt out of that couch and doing something rather than fulfilling your life’s destiny of being a couch potato. Stated below are some of the distinct attitudes an entrepreneur should positively have:

    Optimism – is foreseeing things in a positive way notwithstanding any circumstances that may hinder progress. The assertiveness of an individual depends on on e’s knowledge of how to handle a difficult situation

    Creativity – is thinking outside the box. Expanding one’s mind of what is beyond the ordinary through fine research and collection of data.

    Stability – more so mental, social or emotional, a leader must possess a stable life which means he could handle tough situations during tough times

    Charismatic – intelligence of communicating with different walks of life.

    Risk-taker – as someone beginning their own dream, one should be stern and must have the guts to take the big leap of plunging into their own doom or success. One should not be afraid of taking chances when opportunity strikes.

    Energetic – willing to do whatever it takes to reach to the finish line. The inner drive must always be at its highest level happy to work overtime. His or her enthusiasm must prevail the next best thing.

    Time bound – like a written report in a newspaper, an entrepreneur must be on top of things,by looking at our past, we could predict our future.

    Small businesses, in time, would turn out big if the scope of management exceeds what is expected. So it is necessary for a beginner to be positive about his endeavors. He must be very observant of what his environment lacks and needs.
    Think big! Take Action!!!!. Make your business dreams come true.

  • June 28, 2018 /  Entrepreneurs

    A person with his own business enjoys more financial independence and greater control on his financial status. But to succeed in any venture, it is important for anyone to visualize first his goals, business structure to follow, and other related details before proceeding to his business. Three Basic Types of Business Entities

    The first thing an entrepreneur should decide is what type of business entity he wants to adopt before he starts the application for Singapore business registration.

    Is it sole proprietorship in which he would be the only owner and will enjoy full control? Is it partnership in which he can have up to 20 business partners which means more funding? Or is it private limited company (or corporation) in which his business will enjoy perpetual existence while his personal assets are protected from the debts and losses of his company?

    Every business entity has its own pros and cons which must be greatly considered. However, most experts agree that a private limited company is the most ideal for entrepreneurs with a long-term goal for their business as this setup will allow them to enjoy protection of asset, attractive corporate incentives, and other benefits.

    The Products and Services

    Bonafide entrepreneurs have always associated their products and services to their target-market so they can estimate the amount of capital they will need, equipment and materials to be purchased, and the level of quality they should offer.

    Meanwhile, these questions can guide budding entrepreneurs on deciding on what products or services they should offer: What are my niche skills and interests that can generate profit? What is the estimated profit of my product? Can it be easily sold? It is easy to produce? Does it have an existing target-market?

    Competitive and Market Analysis

    One of the most important things any entrepreneurs should do is examine the business environment which includes the existing competition, different types of consumers, media, social norms, and other factors which can have a direct and indirect impact on their business.

    When conducting competitive analysis, most experts agree that these four factors should be the main focus of entrepreneurs: who are the direct and indirect competitors, the specific market of competitors, the number of years they have been operating, and how do they attract their target-market.

    Operations of a Business

    Operations usually include the location, how many employees a certain business will need, the equipment, machinery, suppliers, materials, ways to track inventory and sales, and other related-issues.

  • June 15, 2018 /  Entrepreneurs

    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{0d144b5d422187451a477a81fa240c729852d2a693b01dd4d77d3fbfb03a903f} 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.