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Each month AR runs numerous contests as a way for our members to engage in activities
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All Successful businesses are started with an idea and motivation. One might be enthusiastic about being his own boss, while another dreams of the convenience of working at home. Many entertain the idea of less work for more money. Though most business industries do not offer this benefit, I have no doubt about there being some savvy entrepreneurs who have mastered this one.
Whatever your reasons for going into business, proper preparation is the key to gaining success and satisfaction from your business. Making the right choices in the beginning of your venture into business ownership will determine your degree of success or chances of failure.
Even if you expect to work less for more money, be prepared to work extra hard for less money at first, while you are planning and establishing your business. Few begin a business from scratch and build it from the ground up without experiencing financial and other challenges. There are risks involved with starting a business; however, you cannot succeed if you don't take action..."no guts, no glory."
What kind of business will you go into? You might start with a small, home-based business and save on the initial investment of a lease and the cost of travelling. With less overhead costs, you have more resources to finance your business.
If you intend to open retail business or service that requires a building, consider the location and the market that it attracts. For example, don't expect to sell a lot of snowmobiles in Hawaii or built in swimming pools in Alaska.
To be successful, you must understand what your business is about and if there is a need for your products or services in the area. Location is crucial. You want to be where the competition is low and the demand is high.
Once you have fund the right location, you must negotiate the terms of a lease with a property owner. You may even negotiate a profit split for use of space and the landlord will become an active or silent partner. It is a good idea to have a business plan in hand when negotiating with a landowner, to show you are serious and you are a professional.
You need to decide on a good name for your business; one that correlates with your product and creates a picture so your customers can easily visualize how your product or service will meet their needs. Advertising and marketing campaigns with catchy slogans will help you jump start your business.
Do you need a lot of inventory and supplies in order to get started? Some savvy entrepreneurs can talk to vendors in the area and get them to extend credit. Many vendors who may be facing competition would welcome the chance to help you get started if there is potential for them to gain your business.
Try to allocate as much of your profits as possible to make good faith payments to the vendors and suppliers who help you get started. This way, they will trust you when your business grows and you start placing larger orders.
Starting a new business with limited resources is possible, but it takes negotiation skills and a lot of integrity. You must be willing to work very hard and be willing to make some personal sacrifices in your lifestyle while your profits are being reinvested into your growing business.
With complete devotion to your business, honesty and loyalty to your customers and suppliers and good business planning, you will be able to expand your business within a matter of time. Starting a business can be very demanding; operating a business has its pitfalls; business ownership can be a challenging process with its share of risks and rewards.
Bill Bartmann has experienced the ups and downs of business ownership. He has been from billionaire to bankrupt to billionaire again. Bill Bartmann has been featured in business magazines, including Inc. Magazine, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and Forbes just to name a few. Visit Bartmann's Billionaire Business Systems Bookstore to learn more about successful entrepreneurship.
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.