Archive | July, 2013

Dont get discouraged !

4 Jul

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Saw this online today and its so true ! Keep your head and and expect to fail a few times, don’t get discouraged !

Now What ?

3 Jul

So I had an idea. I know myself. Now what do I do ?

I was lost and had no clue where to start. I decided that education can never hurt. I decided to start taking some courses related to the business I wanted to start.  This opened a whole new fresh look on the business.  If you cant go to school full / part time, look at some online courses. Even one course could help you with an element of your business.

Algonquin College has some excellent online courses that could be useful. Bookkeeping, Business Communication , Business Marketing, etc.

http://www6.algonquincollege.com/ccol/programs/

Cant take a course ? BOOKS !! They are free at the library. They are full of useful information and you can always squeeze a chapter in on break or right before bed. I found this amazing list and starting my way through it.

http://under30ceo.com/26-awesome-books-every-entrepreneur-should-read/

There are some excellent government programs set up to also help entrepreneurs.  I went to the Small Business Enterprise Centre in Guelph for an hour long free consultation. This was so useful.  I met with Harnold, He was amazing. He answered any question I had and gave me so much information to start with. I learned a business plan is key ( A blog to follow on this topic). They also have seminars and mentoring programs that will help you in every way. You should definitely look to see if there is one close to you and call to set up an appointment.

Where to start?

2 Jul

So you want to be an entrepreneur  or you want to start your own business but have no idea where to start?

The best way to start is with yourself.  It is easy to get caught up on the ” name” or logo of your business or the fun of how its all going to come together but the best thing is to sit and ask yourself a quick 4 questions.

1) What is my passion ? 

Passion drives people in life to succeed. If what you are investing your time and money into is not your passion, you may want to rethink what you are doing. It also may help you select what type of business you want to get into.

2) What are my morals and values ?

There are going to be choices in life and in business that you morals and values will come into play. Knowing what you stand for and the type of business woman you plan on being will help guide you when these moments come up.

3) Why am I starting this journey ?

Did you make the choice to start your own business because you had a bad day at work or are you ready to make a major change in your life? Knowing that you are doing this for yourself is always the best way to approach anything in life.

4) What kind of business do I want to start ? ( Own idea or franchise ? Service or product ? ETC)

Knowing what you want to offer will help in the planning stages. If you do not have an idea of what you want to offer but you know you want to be an entrepreneur, maybe a franchise is the best thing for you to look at.