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  • Julie Ellis - Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs
    t worry about retirement We also wonder how they became rich if they did Continue reading Julie Ellis Blog Grow 0 Dishonest Job Candidates 3 Steps for Weeding them Out Everybody writes their resumes in ways that enhance their best qualities and obscures their weaknesses In the same vein people answer interview questions in the most self flattering way possible This behavior is perfectly acceptable and should be expected from recruiters and business managers The problem comes when interviewees tell out and out falsehoods about their Continue reading Julie Ellis How To 0 7 Mini Hacks to Exorcise the Procrastinator in You That procrastinator in us is like a little devil that makes us put off things that we should be doing in favor of doing those things we would much rather do right now even if the more enjoyable activity is just daydreaming We procrastinate for a number of reasons but the most common one is Continue reading Julie Ellis Blog Grow 0 Is Your Blog in the Graveyard 7 Fatal Blog Errors If you do not have a business blog start one immediately Blogs are proving to be the most significant factor in building a business a brand

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  • How to Get Rid of Razor Burn - Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs
    Now that you have softened your beard and cleaned your skin it is time for a last tip to prepare your shaving use a badger brush Remember that old school badger brush of you father Give it a second look A brush really helps getting the shaving cream up under each hair of your bear which will result in an much more easier shaving 2 nd Part Shaving Now that we set everything up it is time to do the actual shaving If you have been using the common 3 4 or 5 blades pulsing razors or whatever the last fad is keep using them But if you feel that it is too much why don t you consider switching to the more traditional manly and cheaper safety razor If you are unsure on how to use one those check youtube for some nice reviews and tutorials Many men find that safety razors are much easier on the skin and produce much less irritation What about your technique The easiest way to prevent a razor burn is to shave only with the grain Trying to get a smoother shave by going against the grain is the perfect recipe for disaster It increases not only your chances of razor burn but also your chances of getting some pretty nasty ingrown hairs Don t forget that by going with the grain you will not be able to finish with only one pass but that s not a problem leather up and do a couple more passes You will end with a perfect close shave but with much less irritation And you stroke You should be using short and light strokes There is no need to push you razor hard into your skin Long and hard strokes are known to increase the chances of a razor burn Don t forget also to clean your blade after every stroke When shaving the blade collects your facial hair but also the shaving cream and the remaining dead cells from your skin Wash you blade to get rid of all that and ensure that the blade touches your skin properly and can effectively remove your beard Finally this might seem a dumb question but is you razor blade sharp Have you tried to cut anything will a dull blade Do you remember the messy results The same applies to your beard and skin A dull razor blade will make a mess of your face will require more passes to properly finish the shave and of course will result in endless irritation of your skin If you are cheapo and consider that razor cartridges are too expensive see above and move into a safety razor With high quality blades as expensive as a quarter dollar there is no need to sacrifice your healthy skin for a couple of cents 3 rd Part Finishing You are done now and have a perfectly smooth face so it is time for some cleanup Start by washing you face with ice

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  • How to Attract Investors to Your Start-up
    s interesting to do so However there will be times that it can turn into a business partnership and you shouldn t be afraid of making use of that when the occasion arises Tip 3 attend events for start ups These events also can be useful The main tip is trying not to be invisible and not to be afraid of communicating with people in the room Bear in mind that the worst what can happen is a response Sorry I can t do that When I was starting Antal I used to go to every possible recruitment event within the industry and I still attend some of them These events are perfect for investors to learn about your business and have a chat about your vision and plan We are lucky in London and the UK that there are so many events for business going on all the time use them to your advantage It takes time effort and sometimes courage to promote yourself in these environments but if you believe in your idea use that as a basis for your strength to go out and tell people about you and the idea Tip 4 invest your own money Save a significant sum of your money to invest in your business before seeking investors for the rest If you approach an investor after you have put your money on the line they may take your idea more seriously My question is always this if you re not willing to invest in yourself why should I risk my money in your business idea Some people have unrealistic expectations about their start up or idea an begin with fanciful valuations the market will soon take care of these crazy expectations Even though you hear stories of walls or lakes of money

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  • Risks and Uncertainty in the Entrepreneurial World - Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs
    do We had to downsize from 80 staff down to 12 It was a really tough time and I didn t enjoy letting people go but what I was stimulated by was the need for surviving It was what we had to do in this situation to get through it I believe this makes one of the true characteristics of an entrepreneur So with new technology the internet changes in regulations and just any changes an entrepreneur sees this as an opportunity I spoke to John Cornwall about demise of Phones4You and I said to him John I don t believe that if you were still running that business the same bankruptcy would have happened And he replied No it wouldn t have I would have done something different I would have seen it coming or if I even wouldn t have seen it coming I would have changed the business model I would have changed what we do and we might even have been selling something completely different to the mobile phone industry Does age really matter The only time the crisis went too far for me and I was actually worried was the financial meltdown in 2008 We all have our scale and this was a change to far I can honestly say that during that period of time of 2008 and 2009 I was generally worried But what is important to mention is that my circumstances have also changed As Steven Spielberg said All of us every single year we re a different person Your attitudes shift perceptions change and responses to the environment differ over time as we develop grow and learn and our risk aversion increases with age Luke Johnson once said that in actual fact we should take more risks as we get older because we get more experienced more knowledgeable resourceful and we can deal with risk better But what actually happens is as we get older we become more risk averse The human nature is very complex in the approach to risk Another thing of course is energy levels because tackling crisis or change requires a great amount of energy and as one gets older that certainty in most people decreases But funnily enough for me personally it increases The certain situations will stimulate me as much as they did when I was in my 20s But overall I believe that energy levels decrease substantially in the middle ages and I m not an exception here too Risk more when you have less When you have less to lose it is the time to take risks But you should calculate the risk and if you don t feel right about taking this risk don t take it Follow your gut feeling and don t push yourself in the early days into an uncomfortable place because this discomfort will stay with you This is why a lot of entrepreneurism is about the person rather than a statistical or empirical analysis of the situation

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  • How To Overcome The Fear Of International Expansion
    based on gut feeling However this may not always be best for your business and the greatest opportunities may not always be found in a country with a similar cultural background For example the sheer scale of China has made it an attractive option in recent years and cultural differences that were initially perceived as a problem may mean that your product or service has less competition than the more familiar markets of US UK Canada Areas to consider when conducting any in house research on potential audiences would include Market Assessment Size Segmentation Growth Identifying Customers Customer types Target organisations Individual names and titles B2B Competitive Assessment Competitor types Key competitors Value proposition Employing a local resident particularly during the early stages can quickly provide knowledge and understanding of any important cultural considerations Having an employee with a pre existing network of local connections can also help with winning new business customer service and provide reassurance to customers that they have a local representative they can call in an emergency Not sure which country to choose While this should never be the sole consideration for selecting a country certain countries and cities are better suited for particular industries San Francisco London Berlin all have a thriving tech scene the eastern European countries of Poland and the Czech Republic have low manufacturing costs and the Made in Paris brand associated with apparel can have an immediate impact on a products desirability Determining what your business needs first before deciding on a country can help you think differently about the options available to you Diverting time between locations Through the use of technology it s perhaps more possible than ever to take a small business into international markets Key employees can literally be located in any part of the world and as long as you develop robust management and reporting processes that monitor the quality and quantity of work produced it s now possible to effectively run a business without constantly being on site Prior to any expansion you can map out all of the businesses and management processes you ll need before researching the online tools that will enable you to effectively manage your business There s a wealth of options to choose from but popular tools can include Cisco s Web ex Video conferencing and the ability to share desktops Hubstaff Time tracking software that enables you to access data about what your employees have been working on Google Drive Google Docs will allow colleagues to share important documents and files that are updated in real time Trello Project management tool for workflow and ideas Slack Instant chat between employees that includes integration with Google Docs and Twitter Financial concerns After the global recession many governments granted financial support measures to not only help grow the domestic economy but also to encourage SMEs to their country This is particularly common in economically disadvantaged areas where the financial support is often used to help boost the local economy For example

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  • How To Survive A Startup - Blogtrepreneur
    you are it s always important to consider protecting your IP and trademark that will provide a secure shelter for the future of your business Energy food The human body can approximately survive for 3 minutes without air 3 days without water and 3 weeks without food After which everything goes a bit wrong What keeps a business going the energy and food of a startup are sales Without a steady stream of revenue clients and sales any startup will struggle to survive If you re not sure where your next sale is coming from it may be worthwhile to take the time and put together a comprehensive sales strategy that can really pay dividends in the long run While there are a number of posts and useful resources that will go into more depth about how to effectively grow your sales one area that s commonly overlooked is the ability to listen Being effective in sales isn t about shouting from the rooftops and telling everyone how wonderful your product is often people don t really care What they care about is their business By listening to your customers you can find out what really motivates them what challenges they face and what they re hoping to achieve THEN you can tell them how your particular product of service can help them achieve this Match the benefits of your product with customer needs No man woman is an island Everyone needs help Even when entrepreneurs claim that they did it all themselves the reality is that they ve often had help along the way Whether this takes the form of staff mentors advisors or fellow entrepreneurs it s important to have someone as a sounding board that can give you a new perspective or to make sure you don t do anything stupid Many of the hunter gatherer tribes that still exist on some south pacific islands today are able to build thriving communities because they rely on each other each member having a unique and individual skill No one can be an expert in all areas so identify the people either internally or externally who have the necessary skills for a particular task and rely on their expertise to help make your business stronger It s also important to have support from friends and family Running a startup can often be a lonely experience and it s understandable that you may want to completely immerse yourself in making it a success but don t forget your loved ones Even if they don t directly contribute to your business then can give you a mental boost and the encouragement to keep going when things get tough Even Tom Hanks had Wilson the Volleyball Get a system Congratulations you ve managed to survive the tough part You re up and running and have proved that your business can work The next challenge is to repeat this initial success so you can grow With expansion comes the problem of scalability and

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  • How To Archives - Page 5 of 7 - Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs
    is the gateway to the world A good or bad identity can be formed very quickly by visitors based on what they first encounter It is for this reason many companies opt to upgrade their website to look more professional have it working on all devices and achieve their goals for continued business Continue reading Blogtrepreneur Categories Blog Grow How To 3 How To Recruit The Perfect Employee The perfect employee can be an elusive breed of job seeker they are that rare perfect mix of dedication passion talent and friendliness that every employer is hoping to find The perfect employee surpasses our expectations invigorates the whole team and does it with a smile so how do you go about finding them Recruitment Continue reading Blogtrepreneur How To 1 How to Unleash the Potential of Your Brand Ambassadors The power of brand ambassadors is undeniable A 2012 Nielsen study reveals that 92 percent of consumers around the world say they trust earned media such as word of mouth marketing or recommendations from friends and family above all other forms of advertising And with the continued explosion of social media mobile and other technology tools creating Continue reading Olivier Baudoux How To 3 How to Dominate Local Search Results for Your Business Now that the Internet is a huge force behind the success of any business domination of local search results is vital to the growth of your brand While some businesses think they have done enough to get seen others know the tricks of the trade to reach the top of local search results Just as Continue reading Adam Toren How To 0 How to Laser Focus When Everything s a Priority at Once Your management report is due now A customer wants a spontaneous meeting today to discuss a

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  • How to not be Scammed by an SEO Firm - Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs
    they have a spotty record arrange for payment only when they give you results in the form of increased traffic or higher rankings for your keyword Be sure however that that traffic and or higher ranking brings in targeted leads SEO Firms Can Provide Results That Are Worthless Be warned that some SEO firms will guarantee you top placement of keywords because they know that ranking those keywords will take minimal effort For example they may charge you 500 once they get you your 1 ranking for San Francisco dental practice which ends up giving you no traffic Top Google rankings only have value when they generate targeted traffic to your website An SEO service may have a long list of keywords that they ve helped a previous client rank for but those keywords mean nothing if they don t bring in converting targeted traffic Firms like these know that many people are impressed with 1 rankings and use that to dupe people into paying for their services Before paying someone to increase your keyword rankings you have to be sure that those increased rankings will result in increased converting traffic Check your Google Analytics and see which keywords have converted well for you in the past Rankings Can t Be Guaranteed No matter how good someone is in search engine optimization nobody can guarantee you results within a predetermined time period because that is out of the control of anyone Search engine optimization can influence results but in no way can it promise to do something because results are determined by a Google s secret algorithm Don t Be Fooled By Guaranteed Services 1 000 edu links 1000 blog comment links Guaranteed page rank SEO services which provide guaranteed links may make you think that results will also be

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