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Looking at the top entrepreneurs in any field will show one common quality to which they can attribute their successes. In most every case their business success is a direct by-product for the passion they possess. No where is this more true than with internet entrepreneurs being that in most instances their passion is their chief major resource. For many working online their financial resources are limited therefore they must call upon other resources to compensate as a result. So why does being passionate play such an essential role in the financial ‘fates’ of successful entrepreneurs?
Here is a look at 3 huge benefit this one particular quality offers anybody working online in terms of their ability to achieve business success!
Excitement Initiates Action
For many taking the first step is the most difficult part of carrying out any plan. The excitement produced by being passionate helps to push people to take immediate action. As many know the first step is usually the hardest one to take but successful entrepreneurs use their enthusiasm to overcome this hurdle.
Enthusiasm Drives You On
The energy supplied by an enthusiastic mood helps to propel internet entrepreneurs further into any new project or business venture thus creating momentum. As progress is seen moods are driven higher and so is the level of motivation as well. This is a good position to be in because after seeing progress you also know the concept or ideas you are pursuing actually work.
Resilience Drives You Even Further
Now it is unrealistic to assume there will not be glitches or set backs to contend with but when they do arise your passion helps to minimize any disappointment or discouragement. The tendency is to continue moving forward and the attitude is you will not be denied and this is what is needed to achieve business success. The willingness to do what it takes to get the job done and passion helps to provide and nurture this willingness!
The top entrepreneurs in just about every field all share a common bond insofar as a certain quality they all possess. Being passionate about their business pursuits seems to be an very important factor as to how many successful entrepreneurs reach their goals. In fact no where is this more evident than with the vast majority of internet entrepreneurs. For many working online financial resources are limited therefore what they lack in capital has to be made up for in their efforts and determination. Passion serve as a great resource, as the discussion above explains, for supplying the necessary drive and resilience needed for business success. If this is a ‘resource’ you have in abundance than channeling your efforts online seems to be the way for you to go!
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
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
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.
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.
Every serious entrepreneur is aware of the power of Internet marketing. However, a majority of them still consider online marketing to be related to the company website, email and online ads. While these online mediums make a significant part of the internet market, there has been a revolution in the last five years in the online world that has given birth to another powerful medium social media or social networking.
Social media or social networking can be defined as group of activities that combine technology with social interaction. Some of the common tools that are being used for social networking are LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Orkut, MySpace, YouTube, and Digg. However, not many entrepreneurs have been able to use social media effectively and a large number of them have been successful in annoying their potential customers. They fail to realize that social networking sites are a place for social interaction and not a place to peddle your products by spamming the entire community.
Serious entrepreneurs take time to learn the etiquettes and rules of each social media and focus on building lasting relationships. They make sure that they do not end up making any wrong move that may get them blacklisted or ejected from the community. They establish relationships that may become their loyal customer base but their main motive is to not only make money but also make great friends.
Serious entrepreneurs understand the significance of social media thoroughly and understand how it can help them grow. Lets see how:
Social media creates a level playing field between an entrepreneur and a Fortune 500 company.
Social networking sites provide access to professionals and potential partners who you cannot reach out to in the real life.
Social media sites give every serious entrepreneur an opportunity to show that he or she cares about the community.
It broadens your target market by breaking geographical barriers and enables you to have customers, partners, and suppliers all over the world.
Social networking can be a great marketing tool for entrepreneurs who are not good at communicating in real life.
Social media is one of the most effective as well as economical tool for conducting marketing research on your target customers.
So, if you are a serious entrepreneur who has been waiting on the side-lines watching other businesses grow with the help of social media, it is time that you, too, join these communities and test the waters. However, it is advisable that you do your research and take time to learn each of the social networking tools to minimize any error that may annoy others.
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The strength of your entrepreneur focus will determine your success. Do you have a mental picture of what you want to reach? Are you set to do what it takes to achieve it?
The key to success is to start building an entrepreneur mind-set and develop the qualities that lead to entrepreneur success.
Drive and determination. Do you possess the necessary drive and determination? Do you normally push yourself forward until you have accomplished whatever you set out to do? Or do you need constant motivating?
If you know that you need to constantly motivate yourself then you need to find ways to do that on a daily basis. Time is too precious yet most people wait for another time before they achieve something, become a today person and set out your daily lists of action plans that you must complete that day. Spend a few minutes in the morning and picture your end goal, picture having the success that you are working for, and understand what you need to do today to become closer to your goals.
Belief. Do you believe that you will accomplish your goals? Or does your belief stray on a daily basis? We all live to our beliefs, whether they are empowering ones or negative ones. We become what we believe we are, and we live our lives according to our beliefs. By strengthening your core beliefs you will set yourself on a more positive course. Assess your beliefs and start to believe in yourself more. If you do not believe in yourself how can you expect someone else to believe in you? Focus your mind on positve thoughts and build your self-confidence. We build self-confidence by actually doing something that is in line with our beliefs. By knowing that your goals are in line with your beliefs and by taking constant daily action for their attainment you will automatically build your self-confidence.
Entrepreneur focus is building on your ambition, creating more drive and determination and moving your life forwards in line with your beliefs.
Starting an online business is just part of the story, you have to work on yourself so that you will be the person you need to be to be an entrepreneur success. Work on your personal goals, build your vision and every day move closer to the realisation of your goals. When you invest time and money in a new business you have to invest in yourself at the same time.
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.
Castilla-La Mancha currently exports products to 170 countries around the world
Spain, July 21, 2013 – The Minister of Employment and the Economy of the Government of Castilla-La Mancha, Carmen Home, highlighted the recent publication of the list of services the Institute of Foreign-affiliated to the Directorate General for Economic and European Affairs Strategy, with the aim of bringing the work carried this organization to help entrepreneurs in the region work in counseling, resources, activities, quality criteria or tools to promote exports.
Thus, the IPEX provides enterprises a wide range of tools designed to help them achieve success in their international expansion and personal assistance at all stages of the investment projects that international companies want to develop in Castilla- La Mancha.
On this matter, Casero said that thanks to these services, we are making Castilla-La Mancha remains one of the regions of Spain with increased export activity, as evidenced by the fact that” now we are the third region of Spain with the largest increase at year, with 13.9 percent rise compared to 7.4 percent nationally.
Also stressed that Home Carmen currently marketed products our companies Castilla-La Mancha in 170 countries around the world, thanks to the strong advocacy that IPEX is undertaking to open international markets both large companies in our region as to small and medium enterprises that are starting in the field of internationalization.
Thanks to this hard work, the government led by Maria Dolores Cospedal has managed to increase by more than 7.5 percent of the number of companies who have started their export process only in the first four months of the year, counting all time with the support and advice of the Institute of Foreign
Finally, it has been worth it Castilla-La Mancha is the region of Spain that has balanced its trade balance, with a drop of 66.4 percent in the first five months of the year, which shows activity that is occurring in our region.
Press Contact: Consejeria de Empleo y Economia Media Relations Consejeria de Empleo y Economia Address: Avda Ireland No 14 512-212-1139
Enlarge your entrepreneur focus and make visualizations an important part of your new daily routine. Entrepreneur success comes from having a vision, a clear mental picture of exactly what it is that you intend to realize. You have to be able to see it in your mind before you can achieve it. Imagine the outcome that you want, always focus on what you want and not the one you don’t want.
Visualise with perfect focus. Don’t just think and picture what you want in a unclear way, form the details, the feel, the colour. The more details you can place on it the clearer you will see it and the more real it becomes to you in your mind’s eye. It is without doubt one of the key critical success factors for entrepreneur success.
Most people if they would like success will generalize much too much. If you would like to have what is called success then you have to be very exact as to what you are calling success. How will you know when you have it? What will it feel like? What will you see and be when you have it? What is your measure for success? What do you need to do to achieve it?
When you take a photo and it is out of focus that photograph will permanently be hazy and out of focus. The same applies to your visualizations. When you visualise something and fail to put the details in it, it will at all times be a hazy idea without any clarity. Give your brain precise mental pictures of what you would like and your imagination will respond accordingly.
It is not about living in a dream world, it is making mental pictures of your desired outcomes. The bolder you make your images, giving them colour and making them real to you, then the more powerful you will feel towards them. Whatever you can think and believe you will be able to accomplish.
Condition yourself to expect your entrepreneur success. Almost all of the limitations that we place on ourselves are the effect of our self images. However we see ourselves, we live our life, so by changing your images you start the process of changing your self beliefs and your expectations.
Success is a habit, it is the result of developing an attitude. Attitudes are simply habits in the mind. Create your success habit in your mind, spend a few minutes each day and develop your mental picture. It is a critical success factor for your entrepreneur success.
The Shocking Truth is that you will only realize 70% of the value of a traditional health plan.
The reality is that for the small businesses (especially the sole owner type), monthly health benefit plans are designed to yield around 30% in profit for the Providers when it comes to routine health care expenses. On average, for a small business, you will only get out 70% of the premiums you put in – the traditional monthly plans are designed that way. And, if you claim more in one year, your premiums or limitations will normally increase to maintain that 70/30 ratio.
A Health Spending Account is a great alternative for entrepreneurs.
In contrast, a Health Spending Account (HSA) is far more cost effective for these routine health care expenses, without the artificial percentage and coverage limitations imposed by the insurance carriers. For example, most monthly health plans cover 80% for routine cleaning, up to a fixed annual limit per person. HSA’s have no percentage limits imposed – 100% is covered.
Monthly health plans typically cover only certain services. Few monthly plans cover things like glasses, massage therapy, orthotics, contacts, laser eye surgery, etc. A Health Spending Account allow entrepreneurs’ and their dependents to gain access to a full spectrum of health care services.
The final good news is that Revenue Canada (CRA) allows incorporated Canadian businesses to write-off 100% of the costs of a Health Spending Account, and all claim reimbursements to employees (and dependents) are completely tax-free.
Is it any wonder that today the majority of small Canadian incorporated businesses are now looking at a Health Spending Account, as either their primary, or secondary form of health coverage.
The bottom-line is that it is more economical to cover the routine costs, and the broader range of health care services through a Health Spending Account. In these situations, the monthly benefits plans are more restrictive, more costly and far less flexible.
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.