What Are The Occupations Of The Human Population?

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Here is the world’s population (7 billion people)  divided into their field of work. A staggering 430 million individuals are unemployed and only 400 million are entrepreneurs and 1.4 billion work in agriculture . What are your thoughts on this chart?

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Montreal’s Best Cafes For Productivity and Ambiance

As an entrepreneur, I really take pride in supporting the vast  small business community Montreal has to offer. When exploring all the different and unique concepts these businesses create and develop you can’t help but admire their motivation and aspiration. So much work is put in just to compete with big franchise competitors.

I started exploring cafes at a young age. I’ve had mixed experiences when doing my work in cafes but my best experiences were certainly not with the big franchises such as Starbucks and Second-cup but more with the smaller Cafes within the small business sector – they offer the best experiences and ambiance which is why they stand so strong.. their coffee tends to taste better as well ;)

Here are my top 8 choices for Montreal’s Best Cafes For Productivity and Ambiance:

1. Campanelli- St-Henri:

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Top Montreal Cafes - Campanelli

When I used to live up the street from Campanelli – I would order a coffee and sit to plan my day on my tablet in the morning. Every morning the coffee girl, Helen, would start my day off with a short, yet friendly, conversation. Their coffee is amazing and they make scrumptious sandwiches. There’s no Wifi so this would be a good spot for a short meeting or some non-internet work like scheduling/planning, typing or editing.

Titanic- Old Montreal:
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Top Montreal Cafe - Titanic

This is an excellent spot for a lunch ”break” if you’re working in Old Montreal, Old Port or Downtown. Titanic has an amazing boat theme with an excellent food menu and quality coffee. They close at 4:30pm and only open through Monday-Friday. Highly recommended.

Lili and Oli – Griffintown:
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Lili and Oli’s crowd consists of people on their laptops or having brief meetings or quickly grabbing coffees to go. Whenever I go I can’t help but get absorbed in my work because that’s what everyone else is doing. The atmosphere is mellow yet motivating which is the perfect recipe for productivity. Their coffee tastes great and they have a beautiful mini terrace in the back!

4. Shäika Café- NDG:

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Definitely one of my favorite cafes. Shäika Café has a really cozy atmosphere with a number of cozy spots to pick from and work for hours. They serve great food, good coffee and have a selection of teas. They also have a terrace out in front of their cafe and host live performances on certain nights during the week. They even serve sangria, beer and cider to cater to these performances – a great way to end a long day of work.

Although I do have to say – sometimes their internet doesn’t work…

5. Pikolo Espresso Bar – Downtown:
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Top Montreal cafes - Pikolo
Small but great. They can make a coffee latte or tea latte. Pikolo Espresso Bar is tight but again is very cozy and offers that motivating atmosphere needed to get a lot of work done. I preper to go in the morning.

6.Rustique - St-Henri:
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Rustique is more of a bakery rather then a cafe but they do serve good coffee, tea and of course delicious desserts.. There’s no internet connection but I love bringing my clients here for small 10-30 minute meetings. It has a quaint country decor that represents ”small business” perfectly. The staff are adorable!

7. Cafe Kali – Verdun:

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This is a really original cafe concept I stumbled upon recently. Cafe Kali is so special because it’s a cafe that caters to parents and their children. Often times I’ve been to cafes where parents bring their kids and they do tend to get unwelcoming glares which is where Cafe Kali comes into the picture. Parents can bring their children and feel welcome. They even created community for parents by running and hosting a number of events and workshops designed especially for parents and their kids. It’s the perfect working environment for a working parent!

8.Olive & Gourmand – Old Port:
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Top Montreal Cafes - Olive & Gourmand

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If you really enjoy crowded spots Olive & Gourmand is the choice for you. Be sure to get there early or else you may be waiting a good 25 minutes before being seated which goes to show how amazing this place is. Olive & Gourmand has a concept and style that is very easy to fall in love with and so is their food and coffee!. There’s no internet connection so I would only recommend this spot for a short meeting or doing some quick work on your lunch break.

Let me know if you have any other cafes to add to this list, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the following cafes if you live in Montreal or decide to travel here.

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How to Make Money the Start-up Way (Info Graphic)

Finding start-up or small business funds can be challenging so here is a great piece from the website Funders and Founders that can give you a bit of guidance! Enjoy

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Reawakening

 

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A few words of inspiration to anyone working hard to build their dreams:

 

Time to wake up and acknowledge life.

Remembering that time is continuing without you and that that alone should inspire you to continue dreaming and aspirating. Always remember your most positive and negative experiences, they are the most impactful and influential. Wisdom comes from deep experiences and confirmed thoughts – you’ll always be tempted to forget them but don’t. Those experiences and thoughts are valuable, they help us realize that our own reality is truly at our own finger tips and no one else is at fault or even contributing to that reality or any life expectations. We make everything we want to happen happen, we understand many things but only invest, admire and care about preferences as well as beliefs. We can willingly make every action count and every memory last, and we can taste as much freedom and happiness as we desire. The road that is simpler and less challenging will simultaneously cause you to continuously seek satisfaction instead of happiness. Satisfaction does not last.

Time to cast away society’s promises, boundaries and confusing illogical patterns. What’s worse than being broken is being broken and also doing nothing about it. Don’t waste time lingering, wasted time will never be given back to you, wasted time will haunt you, wasted time will deprive you of the things you wanted, adventures and often times the happiness of you and those around you. Always work towards something you’re passionate about, let only the most passionate people into your life, keep the people who make you who you are close. Never throw away something you believe in when it becomes too challenging because it will always have the same value that you saw in it right from the beginning, if not more.

Go for the most positive opportunities that will grow you and make you happy. Life can be disgustingly ugly but I believe it will only happen to those who feared it would. There are no real promises, there are no real certainties or boundaries there is only a reality and that can always be directed. Understand the possibilities and you’ll never fall hard. Be grateful, be keen, be genuine, and be happy.

Don’t follow the average mind and don’t follow society and it’s ever changing trends; build your own reality while following your own mind and rules.

 

 

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5 Search Engine Optimization ( SEO) facts and tips :

Search engine optimization (SEO) is one of the most profitable and cost-efficient methods to invest a small business marketing budget. You gradually gain a large amount of exposure through increasing your overall Search engine optimization (SEO) in a relevantly short amount of time and a very small price (especially if you do it on your own). For those looking to build their SEO up on there own here are a few tips I recommend you follow:

The term”Ranking” is actually an award for your marketing efforts:

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Your SEO ranking score is calculated by the amount of quality content you produce, how shared your content is, if you communicate and engage with your readers or users and if your brand is a trusted brand.

There’s a big difference between Organic SEO and Non-Organic SEO:

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Non-Organic traffic is paid traffic also known as advertisements. Advertisements direct traffic to your website through the ads you’ve place, the traffic is generated when a browser clicks on the ad.

Organic traffic is created by building your SEO either on your own or with an SEO specialist. By learning how to do it on your own, you will be saving a ton of money. Be cautious when doing SEO on your own, you will need to put in a very large amount of time as well as making sure to keep yourself up to date with all the changes in the google algorithm and continuously making sure you’re doing everything right.

Or you can save yourself the hassle and hire an SEO specialist or for faster ROI stick to using non-organic methods such as  advertising. My recommendation is hiring a specialist so you do not waste time and money. A great business for that is LIDER Marketing.

Use anchor links AS MUCH AS YOU CAN:
Try to include as many links to your site while using your strongest keyword phrases. A great way of doing this is through anchor links. For example, if your target is searching Montreal Internet Marketing then link to “Montreal Internet Marketing” instead of a “Click here” link. The code for creating an anchor link is as followed:

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And once you publish switch from HTML platform to visual platform you should see something similar to this:

“Montreal Internet Marketing”

Do not use Flash:

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Search Engine’s spiders do not crawl Flash and they tend to avoid Flash-based websites. Having Flash on your website will decrease your Search engine optimization (SEO) and your potential to reach a top SEO score. Needless to say, I have seen top ranking websites that were Flash-based websites, their SEO was great in every other aspect but that is a very rare find.

Using Images effectively (Optimized Images):
If you want to use an image on your site make sure the the text is placed on the image through HTML it you want to place content on the image. The reason being, SE’s spiders only read the image’s title/label, they do not read anything you’ve pasted on an image example:

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Search Engine Optimization is so important for businesses anywhere in the world – take full advantage of the digital world. I hope these SEO tips come in handy for you and your business!

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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.

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BUSINESS WOMAN

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

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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!

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Katie Raspberry Creative Business Blog 

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Attorney Sebastien Dube |  Montreal Lawyer

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