Archive for December, 2011
Are you a small business owner who is looking for a creative platform and funding for your business? Would you like to test the waters without investing all your time and energy in developing products and services? Then Kickstarter is just the place for you. Here are 4 reasons why….
There’s Something for Everyone
As the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects, Kickstarter is the obvious choice to kick start projects in the arena of music, art, film, technology, food, design, publishing and a number of other fields. There’s something for everyone and no matter where your project fits in there’s place for it on Kickstarter.
You Own and Control Your Work
Unlike other forms of commercial patronage which take away some ownership and control from you the creator, Kickstarter is different simply because it allows you to retain 100% ownership and control over your work.
You Are an Innovator in Your Own Right
While Kickstarter allows you to float any project no matter how big or small, how surprisingly fresh, creative, entertaining or bizarre, it lets you be “you”. You are the independent creator of your very own project, unique in its own right.
All or Nothing
That’s the funding principle here on Kickstarter! Every project must reach its funding goal before a certain time line runs out or no money changes hands. This system protects everyone involved; creators who are not expected to develop their project without necessary funds.
So if you have an idea and want to test it with minimum risk then Kickstarter is the place to get a head start!
This is a Guest Post by Rebecca Jones
It is generally believed that even though many people take up resolutions at the beginning of every year, seldom do these resolutions end up in the realm of reality to achieve any success. Most people give up on their resolutions post the initial euphoria that lasts for barely a few days. Small business owners and entrepreneurs, though, can make lasting changes to their businesses during the beginning of a new year in a bid to streamline the operations and to enhance the prospects of increase in profitability of the business.
Evaluation of the business strategies, marketing initiatives and implementation of various initiatives can be carried out during any time of the year, but it is easier to implement the new changes as the new fiscal year begins with the New Year. This helps in bringing uniformity to the processes being followed over a year. Accounting methodologies being used form an integral part of the business as a whole. To enhance the efficacy of the means being followed, implement new methods at the beginning of the new fiscal year itself.
Analyze the statistics for the year to assess the success or failure of strategies put to use. Compare the actual profits and revenues to the projections. Assess the reasons for the gap, if any, between the actual and the expected results for the small business in which you have invested your time and money over the years. Undertake a complete overhaul of the business plan if required. If the numbers are as per your expectations then try to cash in on the positive business environment. Understand the prospects for your business in the near future and implement new strategies at the beginning of the fiscal year. Work on making those successful through the year. Make the financial projections and get going on to a new journey with the New Year.
If there are projects or initiatives that you have been trying to complete for long, without any success, take time out to do that now. Do not procrastinate. In a small business, the timing of the initiatives you take matters. Amidst the festivities it is easier to promote products and to push for a sale. Keep the goals realistic. Understand the reasons for the projects lying incomplete. Have the goals being realistic? Can you manage your time any better? Give reasonable time to your initiatives to see them to fruition. Start with pending work with the New Year for it to near completion in the first quarter of the fiscal year. In the middle of the financial year, entrepreneurs often try to avoid making any large scale changes. Go for it now than having to postpone it for another year.
In case the product or service you deliver can align with the festive spirit of the people, go all out into marketing your product to make a great beginning with a windfall at the start of the year itself. For your small office, make the most of the discounts to buy stuff that your office needs.
This is a Guest Post by Don, the brain behind www.cashfortrucks.com.
Running a business is no easy task, but running a company and helping it succeed is very rewarding. Half of all new businesses started fail in years three through five. These businesses don’t necessarily fail because they did not have a strong product or service to offer. They fail due to poor management. With focus, goals and organization, your business does not have to be one of the 50% that fails.
A successful business will have a successful manager. First and foremost, a business must be managed by a person who is organized. Organization means that deadlines will not be missed, employees will be paid on time and deliveries will be arrive when promised. When deadlines are not missed, there are no extra fees incurred in order to fix any problems that may arise. A person who is not organized can find help to get organized either by hiring a support staff to stay on top of things or by using technology. Today, there’s no excuse for not to stay organized. Apps, the web, business software and portable devices can help anyone stay on top of their business in an organized manner.
A successful manager is a great leader. Leaders don’t have to be perfect, but they do need to be a person that others want to follow. A person who will walk the walk and talk the talk is most likely to be respected. Leadership comes in many forms, but it all leads to the same place. Managers who lead with integrity, are able to motivate a group of people and demonstrate teamwork in any given environment are less likely to be abandoned by their team when times get tough.
Having foresight is an essential quality that someone running business should have. Foresight doesn’t necessarily mean carrying around a crystal ball but it does mean that this person is knowledgeable in their industry and will be able to sense when tough times may be coming in order to prepare for them accordingly. Being prepared for the lulls in economic cycles means that your business will not crumble will the others who did not pay attention to the signs will.
Running a business is a challenge, but it does not have to become a burden. Being organized, a great leader and having foresight will help that person running a particular business climb over the inevitable mountains that come and go with business cycles.
Bio: Don speaks from experience as he runs an automotive company, that has become a nationwide recognized company. He specializes in helping you to sell your car.