Entrepreneurship

Very few people want to work for bosses. However few people can afford to be their own boss. It isn’t easy and takes a lot of hard work to become your own boss or to get to the point where you don’t really have one boss, just equals.

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However there is two ways this can happen, hard work from inside a company or secondly, you could be an entrepreneur and start your own business. Being an entrepreneur requires many things that may seem difficult but at the same time, the requirements seem lacking.

 

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Do you know what qualification you need to start a business? Nothing!

You don’t need a degree you don’t need a diploma or certificate none of that is necessary.

Now a degree or diploma may help if you are starting out and applying for financial aid but there are examples of many great people succeeding without degrees.

A few examples are:

  • Bill Gates

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  • Mark Zuckerberg

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  • Steve Jobs (When Steve Jobs first dropped out of college he recycled cans to make get by)

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Just because these successful people dropped out doesn’t mean that you have too or that you necessarily should. This just goes to show how you don’t need a degree to be successful. Now we know what someone doesn’t need to be a successful entrepreneur let’s look at what he does need.

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The first thing is to do what you enjoy. Starting a business that has the foundation of something you love. This will motivate you to care more about the business and work harder to make sure it is successful; in this regard it is better to focus on passion then just pure money.

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However you do need to start a business that will make money and have an income, research all your options thoroughly and make sure you are providing something that consumers want or need. This doesn’t necessarily have to be new but if it is similar to others businesses you need diversity as well as be able to compete with your rivals.

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A business is all about the customer, knowing your customer, what they want and how to appeal to your customer. This means that you need to know your target market. The age group of who you appeal to what fluctuations in their income will cause and how this will affect your business.

Also you need to know how to advertise to your target audience. Obviously as the business grows you will hire people to help you with the day-to-day running marketing and so forth of the business but in the beginning when designing the structure of your business you need to know how to appeal to consumers from the beginning.

Finally be organised and delegate.

A business needs to be organised knowing where everything is, is important. Never try to be the sole person in charge of your business you can’t do everything yourself therefore hire people to work for you and delegate responsibilities. These tips should give you a better chance to succeed.

If all else fails there is another solution:

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College SA has Small Business Management Courses that can guide you and equip you to start your own business successfully.

Good luck!

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If it means anything then DO NOT give up

Hi there Dear Readers,

How are you doing today?

Carry on reading, and, once you are done reading I would love for you to leave a comment and let me know what your thoughts are.

Another chance

 

 

Right, let’s start by acknowledging a few (difficult) things:

  • We all make mistakes;
  • We all get stuff wrong;
  • We all start things that we never finish;
  • We all ‘fail’ at certain things; and
  • We all need extra chances to get things right.

 

Readers, we can be talking about diets, relationships, work projects and courses that we are studying …. we all make mistakes.

Sometimes we fail miserably.

How many resolutions and objectives have we not met?

The purpose of this article is NOT to make you feel bad or sad. No.

We need to accept that it is ok to make mistakes and to get things wrong.

 

We all make mistakes

 

 

Every day I get things wrong. Seriously. I don’t even want to mention how many ‘stuff ups’ I make on a daily basis, but the list could include things like:

  • Over-sleeping;
  • Not getting to work on time;
  • Being an inconsiderate driver in the morning because I am in such a rush to get to work;
  • Not eating breakfast;
  • Not eating lunch;
  • Snacking on unhealthy food;
  • Not finishing my work tasks;
  • Not managing to sort out my desk;
  • Not greeting everybody that I see;
  • Being irritable;
  • Making mistakes on things I am working on …

 

Can you see, our ‘mistakes’ are many and can take many forms. You might think that being irritable is just a small mistake. Maybe. But sometimes me being irritable leads to me rushing through a project and thus not giving that project my full attention. Perhaps also my irritability results in me not being particularly nice to the people I care about. Little mistakes can lead to bigger mistakes.

It’s probably not even worth distinguishing between small and big mistakes.

We are all less than perfect. Sure, we can all strive towards perfection. But let’s get REAL here – we are not perfect. Not even the Dalai Lama is perfect.

I am not perfect

I’m not saying don’t try to be brilliant. Brilliant is good . But make sure you understand what ‘brilliant’ means for you.

Okay, so we know about our mistakes. It’s okay. The fact that you made a mistake is actually proof that you TRIED.

 

 “There is no perfection only life”
― Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness Of Being

 

My question to you – what are you going to do about those mistakes? If you have recently failed at something (no matter what it is), what are you going to do about it?

Firstly, well done for acknowledging where you went wrong. At least we are not in denial.

And now? What’s next?

 

Try again

 

So we have done acknowledgement. Now, stop beating yourself up.

Are you the kind of person that punishes yourself by constantly reminding yourself of your failures?

Don’t. Stop doing that.

After acknowledgement comes action.

Is there anybody that you need to apologise to in terms of the mistake that you made? Did your mistake hurt anybody? Often we hurt those we love the most with our mistakes.

Find a way to say sorry that is sincere and that is meaningful to the person you are apologising to.

Right, now, are you going to try again?

Are you going to get up off the proverbial floor and work towards getting things right? Are you going to set new and fresh goals? Are you going to put your true effort into trying to accomplish whatever it is you want to do / achieve?

 

Try one more time

 

 

How important is it that you achieve whatever it is you want to achieve?  

Again, we can be talking about goals / projects / resolutions / resolutions … anything.

What does this goal actually mean to you?

Do you know why you have this goal? Is it a goal that you can realistically achieve? For example, I know that I will never, EVER, became a world-class marathon runner. That is just not going to happen. Not even close.

What can you do differently this time to help you to achieve this goal?

How badly do you want to achieve this goal? What are you willing to do to achieve this goal?

 

“While I can’t have you, I long for you.I am the kind of person who would miss a train or a plane to meet you for coffee. I’d take a taxi across town to see you for ten minutes. I’d wait outside all night if I thought you would open the door in the morning. If you call me and say ‘Will you…’ my answer is ‘Yes’, before your sentence is out. ” Jeanette Winterson

 

Go on … what are you waiting for? Get up off the floor. Look deep within yourself and find the courage to step forward again.

Don’t give up. Ever. Keep trying. Keep hoping. Keep believing. 

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“I know that life isn’t life if you just float through it. I know that the whole point –  the only point –  is to find the things that matter and hold onto them and fight for them and refuse to let them go.”
― Lauren Oliver, Delirium

Okay Readers, that’s enough soul-searching ‘serious stuff’ for now. Take care of yourselves.

S.

 

If at first you don’t succeed

If at first you don’t succeed…

When I first visited the College SA website, and found out that I could enrol for a course even if I did not have Matric, I was surprised. My past experiences have taught me that the world does not have patience with those who don’t get it right the first time. With actors, actresses, singers, sports stars and successful business owners now becoming famous at younger ages, people are starting to expect instant success. This makes it tough for those who take a little longer to find their feet.

However, there are still those who believe that the key to success is not to look at your failures, and not to disqualify yourself from the race to success.

I have been inspired by stories of famous people who kept on trying in spite of the fact that the odds were against them:

 

  • J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter manuscript was rejected by twelve publishers before she got her big break!
  • Colonel Sanders, founder of KFC, tried to sell his (now famous) chicken recipe and was turned down 1009 times before he got a yes!
  • Albert Einstein only started speaking at the age of four, while most children start talking at around the age of one. He only started to read at the age of eleven. We now know him as the Nobel Prize-winning master of physics.
  • Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard and failed at his first attempt at business – his first company, Traf-O-Data, took a nose dive. He then started Microsoft and, as the saying goes, the rest is history.
  • F. W. Woolworth started off by working at a dried goods store where he was never allowed to wait on customers, because his employer did not think that he had enough sense to do so. Today, anyone who has been to Woolworths knows that there is plenty of sense in his business strategy and customer care.
  • The Beatles were rejected numerous times by record labels, but they kept knocking on doors. Knowing what we know now, it is hard to believe that anyone ever turned down such great music.
  • Walt Disney (now worth billions due to movies, theme parks and Disney products) was fired from a newspaper for “lack of imagination”.

 

 

So, if you have been out of school for a while, and have resigned yourself to a life of cheering for others, you should know that it’s never too late to step up to the challenge and to pursue your dreams.  Some say if you can dream it, you can achieve it, but I think that sometimes just pressing on and putting one foot in front of the other will get you to places that you could never even dream of.

 

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Don’t let your circumstances get in the way of your dreams – I think that if you want something badly enough, and you are willing to take the first step, the rest will follow.

 

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“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all—in which case, you fail by default”

J.K Rowling