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Business Start-up Essentials

Starting a business is a great way of being completely independant and self-sufficiency; it truly is an amazing and rewarding experience. The start-up mode of a business is the most challenging stage you will undergo as a small business owner. If you are unsuccessful in start-up mode your business will obviously fail as well.
Only 2% of businesses survive after the first year of opening and for good reason. There are a number of important affairs you need to attentively and actively monitor to keep a new business afloat.. Within the first year you may not always be making enough to pay the salaries of your employees, business expenses or the rent of your office space, you may feel lost because of the lack of business’ organization, you may even miss out on opportunities due to lack of business management. So I have created a list of important points you should plan and research before the launching your new business.

Starting a Business
1. Financial Backup:
Generally when starting any business, it would be wise to start with a full bank account. The business I started I had saved up about $5, 000.00 before taking the first step. When I started my second business I knew I needed to quite my job first to focus %100 on my new business. I did however sign a contract with a friend before starting meaning I already had my first client so I knew I would have positive cash flow in my first month. As for my photography business, I started while I was attending college and saved up 0$ only because I had no real liabilities or expenses;I was also still living with my parents. Depending on your living conditions and business liabilities calculate about 3- 6 month of back up money because revenue doesn’t always go according to plan.

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2. Sales:
One of the most common mistake start-ups frequently make is they have no plan as to how their business will generate sales. Most start-ups generally do not have the budget to hire quality sales people so they produce their own sales. Those start-ups need to study their business’s targeted market and find ways to intrigue them. By creating many campaigns they will be able to analyst and test each one to eventually discover the campaign that works and fits their targeted market and help produce sales.
By creating a sales and marketing strategy that is customized for your business and its own individual personality you can keep yourself in check and stay organized while aiming to reach your business’ maximum potential and move your business forward. With a strategy to follow you can confidently generated the right amount of positive cash flow with in the right time frames. You could always try and get a free marketing and sales consultation from an organization or friend with expertise and experience. TIP: LIDER Marketing is currently offering free marketing consultations.

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3. Connections:
There are many start-ups that do not need to invest into any outsourced services or items to open their business, however, some do. Every industry can benefit from having/making connections. The most successful people in the world have connections and if they didn’t when they started they did make connections when they began walking in the world of success.

When I first started my business I was very fortunate to have connections who were interested in taking small projects, and friends who were actively seeking the services my business was offering, I was also fortunate enough to have connections with individuals who had the right ‘’hookups’’ my business needed. All of these different connections all contributed to making my business what it is today. Connections help you grow, prosper and learn faster and easier.

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4. A Developed Concept:
Make sure you have a concept already firmly in mind and stick to it. I’ve had countless clients who invested aload of money into marketing services, networking, and etc only to completely change concepts and lose everything they built and invested into the old concept. When you are in a start-up, money is limited and you need to invest every penny into something that is absolute.

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5. Schedule:
Entrepreneurs need to set up a strict schedule and stick to it. Countless start-up owners who start from the bottom and built their own business all on their own with no funding tend to have a difficult time sticking to their work schedule. When you have a job within a company it is rather easy to get up, get to work on time, and get your work done. If you are unsuccessful at doing so you naturally will be fired. However, with your business you are able to do a poor job on a client and get away with this; you cannot get fired by your boss because as a business owner you are your own boss. That being said, with one bad review you can still convince others to invest into your business as a client. Keep in mind, that once you do reach a number of bad reviews you will find it difficult to acquire your audience’s trust again and generate leads. With the digital world rapidly growing anyone and everyone can share their bad experience online.

Starting a business is not an easy thing to do, so when you do start your business make sure you are prepared. For any other questions about starting up your business please write your questions within the comment board and I will answer every one of them.

Thanks for reading!

Katie Raspberry | Creative Business Blog

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Attorney Sebastien Dube | Montreal Lawyer

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BUSINESS WOMAN

Contest for Start-up and Small Business Owners to Win Funds!

BUSINESS WOMAN

It’s finally starting! The sweepstakes is now running and anyone who wishes to enter will have the oppurtunity to win $2000 worth of marketing services from the LIDER Marketing! For Start-ups or small businesses this could be your chance to gain more leads or get a head of your competition. LIDER Marketing is a full service Marketing boutique that offers a wide variety of marketing services. The services available to the winner of the contest are the follow services: Web design, Print Media Design (flyers, posters, business cards, etc), Branding, Content Marketing, Copy Writing, Photo Shoots, Advertising Campaigns, Social Media, Event Planning, Business and Marketing Consultation.

LIDER Marketing truly does pride themselves on giving back to the small business community by helping them with the most essential affairs when starting a business. One of their biggest beliefs is that if the small business community grew every individual would generally be happier. Fulfilling your dreams and passions is something they believe everyone should be doing, even you.

Join their sweepstakes by signing up though their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/Lidermarketingg?sk=app_237202476309340

Requirements:
1. Needs to be a fan of their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Lidermarketingg

2.Needs to provide a valid email address

Good Luck all of your entrepreneurs and business persons, wishing you success at winning!

 Thanks for reading!

Katie Raspberry Creative Business Blog 

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Sponsored by:
Attorney Sebastien Dube |  Montreal Lawyer

Avocat Sebastien Dube |  Avocat Montreal

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Phenomenal People You Didn’t Know Existed: Nikola Tesla

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The son of a priest and an amateur inventor, Nikola Tesla found his passion early on. In his youth in Austria, he was intellectually gifted, but ultimately dropped out of school. He worked as an electrical engineer in Budapest, and eventually moved to America to work under Thomas Edison. Although arguably both geniuses in their own right, Edison was a savvy businessman, and Tesla an obsessive creator. The two eventually went their separate ways.

Tesla was one of the most fearless innovators and influential thinkers of his time. His contributions to science, and to everyday life are countless. He contributed to the alternating current, the electrical engine and the x-ray; He also invented a number of other affairs such as light, radio, remote control, even robotics in which the concept developed after he quoted ”I have by every thought and act of mine, demonstrated, and does so daily, to my absolute satisfaction that I am an automaton endowed with power of movement, which merely responds to external stimuli.”  Without him we might not have any of those devices or long-distance power lines. Why, then, do so few people remember his name or learn about him in school? Perhaps the bigger question is, despite all his achievements, was Tesla a success?

Thomas Edison died rich, respected and famous. He had over a thousand patents to his name, and what could easily be described as an empire. Nikola Tesla died penniless, with many projects unfinished due to a tragic lack of funding. Few would disagree if I were to label Edison a success, but Tesla, in this description as in so many other things, is far more complicated.

A smart business person creates what people need. A brilliant marketer convinces people that they need it. But what does a passionate man do? Tesla was a passionate man, one who found his calling early on and never let it go. He used his success to feed his curiosity. He sunk his life savings into his work, and eventually he sunk with it.

When you find your passion, what will you do with it? Will you retire early, or will you stay hungry? Will you starve for your work, or will you be a success?

 

 Thanks for reading!

Katie Raspberry Creative Business Blog 

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Attorney Sebastien Dube |  Montreal Lawyer

Avocat Sebastien Dube |  Avocat Montreal

Great Cafe Design

Original Steam Punk Cafe in Cape Town South Africa

Truth Coffee

Small Business

I recently discovered this fantastic Cafe call Truth.Coffee. The idea was  developed and run by Jose Vilandy, David Donde and Richard Kellond. Together they created a steam punk cafe that also manufactures quality coffee beans and offer services in training to brew the coffee.

 

What caught my eye about this Cafe is that the theme is steam punk:P I honestly have never seen anything like this. In Canada or America this would be a really big hit! Here are some photos of their business location and design:

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For more information on the Truth.Coffee business visit their website at: www.truthcoffee.com

 

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Katie Raspberry Creative Business Blog 

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Attorney Sebastien Dube |  Montreal Lawyer

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Food rates

Food Rates: Canada vs. USA

American food portions and rates

Being a native Canada I am continuously comparing the differences between Canada and the States.
Considering how we are not far apart you wouldn’t think they would have so many differences.After recently traveling to Boston  I noticed a number of obvious differences in the American culture. However, there was one thing that boggled me and that is the HUGE difference in food pricing and portions. That being said, I sadly have a candy addiction and  wanted to purchase some during my trip to satisfy my cravings. I went to the CVS in Boston and I was in pure heaven – A package of nerds three time the size Canada sold was the exact same price at $1.69/box.

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Canadian Portion

I went to many restaurants and the portions were so big I was able to get takeouts for a second meal, two in one! It made me wonder how it was possible to have food and products not just with much larger portions but also generally a lot cheaper . Boston and New York have extremely expensive real estate rates so I couldn’t help but wonder how it was possible that the restaurants could stay open while providing  larger portions at cheaper prices and still be able to afford the ridiculously overly priced commercial rental rates.

I believe it is the same reason we always end up sick in cheap resort vacations like Cuba or Cancun; Because the food standards are different – American food production companies can produce their foods with a cheaper method as well as different ingredients. When you have McDonalds in the states it tastes completely different( much worse in my opinion).It always blew my mind because within ever country there is a different standard for the quality which effects taste and health. Another reason for the cheaper prices is perhaps the fact that Canada doesn’t want their residents eating too much junk so they hike up the prices. Many of the junk products in the U.S are not allowed to be sold in Canada such as the SUPER SIZED soda drinks they have (see diagram below)..

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AP_Sugary_Drinks-x-largeDoes anyone have any contribution to the reason of the price differences? What are you
thoughts on the low food standards in some countries?

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 Thanks for reading! I adore and appreciate each one of you!

Lots of Love

Katie Raspberry | Creative Business Blog  – Follow us on Instagram: katierasp

Sponsored by:
Attorney Sebastien Dube |  Montreal Lawyer

Avocat Sebastien Dube |  Avocat Montreal

Tea Vs Coffee

Fun Fact Video: Tea Time

Photo credit: http://noliesradio.org/archives/60479
Photo credit: http://noliesradio.org/archives/60479

Why you should replace coffee with herbal teas:  http://youtu.be/A3xjL0z0pJE

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 Thanks for reading! I adore and appreciate each one of you!

Lots of Love

Katie Raspberry | Creative Business Blog  – Follow us on Instagram: katierasp

Sponsored by:
Attorney Sebastien Dube |  Montreal Lawyer

Avocat Sebastien Dube |  Avocat Montreal

Event Planning

Business Event Planning

Event Planning Business

LIDER Marketing is now doing event planning for small businesses! Planning events is a tough job and you are probably already business with the other billion things going on in your life. Subscribe to see some brilliant event planning ideas that will blow your guests/attendees minds!

For more information email Katie at katiesinare@icloud.com

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 Thanks for reading! I adore and appreciate each one of you!

Lots of Love

Katie Raspberry | Creative Business Blog  – Follow us on Instagram: katierasp

Sponsored by:
Attorney Sebastien Dube |  Montreal Lawyer

Avocat Sebastien Dube |  Avocat Montreal

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