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5 of The Oldest Businesses On The Planet

The oldest businesses in the world are certainly businesses we should take after and learn from. The power of persistence and keen, educated business minds are very powerful tools that are essiential for business success. If you think a 100 year old business is fascinating just imagine a business that is over 1000 years old like the ones in our list. Here are 5 of The Oldest Businesses On The Planet:

  • Kongo Gumi – 578 AD


Kongo Gumi is a construction company over 1400 years old. They apparently survived for so long because of their busines flexiablity. They were remarkably capable of swiftly going with the current era’s devastations.

  • Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan -705 AD

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Is a hot spring hotel located in Hayakawa, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. It is one of the oldest operating businesses in the world and the oldest hotel. It’s been a family run business for 52 generations.

  • Sean’s Bar -900 AD

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Located in Athlone, Ireland. It is considered to be the oldest pub in Europe. It was originally known as “Luain’s Inn”.

  • Stiftskeller St. Peter – 803 AD

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Located in Salzbury, Austria sits Stiftskeller St. Peter which is considered to be  the oldest inn  within Central Europe. It is also cited to be one of the oldest restaurants in Europe.


Château de Goulaine – 1000 AD

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In the Loire Valley located near Nantes, France sits a former castle called Château de Goulaine. The castle was home to the family of the marquis de Goulaine for over a thousand years. Now, it is the estate-bottled wine produced at chateau.

Do you have any other businesses to add to our list? If so leave them in the comments with their locations!
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Youtube Discouveries That May Increase An Entrepreneur’s Inspiration Meter

One thing we can all count on is finding inspiration from those around us whom are like-minded entrepreneurs. We are a community that is capable of changing lives and enviornments. I wanted to set-up a post with some of the most inpiration indivduals I’ve found on Youtube. Youtube is not always an accurate source for information, however, it is proven time after time that is is astounding for finding indivduals who do impressive things and who are simply impressive. Here are 5 inspiration individuals/groups I found on youtube:


  1. 44 Flood | Tome:

I first discouvered Tome when I was browsing Kickstarter for examples of how to prepare my first kickstarter video. Ever since watching their video I had been transformed into a very big fan. Their passion for their work is mind-blowing and they’re deep understanding of who they are, what and who they love along with the sheer happiness and fulfillment that dances in their eye was memorizing. The group has one of the first most successful campaigns on Kickstarter drawing in a total of 1,130 backers that equaled out to $132,538 in start-up money for their book project.

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2. Michael Blake:

An aspiring artisit whom I discouvered when I was very young. He inspired me to stick to my dreams and passions and move forward with them even if I didn`t get any recongition. He started off with about 20 000 views to this video – now he is at 600 000 views:

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3. Kirsten Dirksen:

I first stumbled upon Kirsten Dirksen when I was running some reserach on susainable communities for the Sustainable Entrepreneur Project (TSE). Kirsten has a number of videos that focus on localization, minimum consumerism and most importantly sustainablitiy and pro-social activist. She is an inspirational woman who has a drive and create very interesting, intelligent information that could possiblely change your way of thinking and even living. Just watching her work will inspire you to work as hard as her.

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4. Steve Cutts:

As most of you have noticed, I`m naming indivduals who are not featured in their own videos. People tend to mistaken confidence for quality or wisdom and in truth it is irrelevant. Steve Cutts is an artisit that creates pieces protraying the harsh reality of the human race. He focuses on protraying a number of social issues all stretched through a 3 minute video. The video I posted below is the first video of his work that I viewed:

Youtube channel:


5. Michelle Pham

Don`t forget we are talking business here. Michelle Pham is a makeup vblogger,however, it`s not what she vblogs about it`s about how she vblogs. Michelle Pham started vblogging when she was a little girl and gained herself a international fanbase. There are loads of girls blogging about makeup but Michelle has out done them all. By watching one of her videos you will see how much work goes into just one of her projects and it will inspire you to do your best the same as she has done. Her videos are an inspiration to anyone`s brand.

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In hopes of sending you a little inspiration I wish that it helps in the most effective ways! Now it`s your turn – share with me your favorite most inspiration indivduals you found through the use of youtube! Share them in the comments below!

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How to Start Your Day Productively

Being productive in the morning is a challenging thing. Productivity takes discipline, dedication and thinking. Many people know what their distractions are but need some set stone steps to get them started. To help, I’ve listed 5 steps on how to start your day productively:

1. Hit up the cafe up your street 30 minute before your usually departure time:

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I used to walk up the street and grab a coffee at the cafe up my street where I would then sit and plan my day. The cafe didn’t have internet which meant I had no distractions while using  my tablet.

By planning your day just before it starts you’ll feel more clear minded and have a higher chance of completing all of your tasks. Make sure to create a check list so you can keep track of what you have to do, what is done and what is left.

2. Work on the hardest and most dreaded tasks first :

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The hardest task is the task that you may end up stressing over because it usually gets pushed aside due to its level of difficulty. This will often times cause you to procrastinate with the smaller and easier business affairs. This is because you may start to feel overwhelmed with the fact that one thing (most of the time an important thing) isn’t done and this will generally cause the rest of your list to fall behind schedule thus preoccupying your mind resulting in no productivity.

My advice is to start with the hardest affairs and go down to the smaller affairs so that you stay focused and feel motivated as well as accomplished throughout the day.

3. Log out of you social media accounts & close your browser:

Social Media

Most people love to start their mornings off by checking their Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest, Twitter and whatever – instead, just log out and don’t open them. If you do work with social media be sure to schedule your posts for the entire week at the END of your workload.

A large 68 percent of workers say they have been distracted from completing work by browsing the Web, engaging with social media and checking emails.This brings us to our next point:

4. Limit your email & text responses:


Sure, you have to answer a few emails relating to potential or existing customers regarding their projects or status of their orders etc, however, if it is none of those it can wait for a response. Pick an hour in the day to respond to unimportant, non-urgent or non-priority emails. Focus on the tasks that will move your business forward.

5. Meet a like-minded friend for breakfast:


This is something that has always had an extremely positive outcome for me. My friends that own businesses or whom are students in university or professionals who are working hard and share the same ambitious as me are the best solutions to being productive in the morning. Pick a fantastic friend, pick a fantastic breakfast spot that has fantastic food and a fantastic ambiance and then have a fantastic conversation. This has never once failed me.

In the end, when you place yourself in a setting you love and admire nothing can stop you from your goal, objectives and your dreams. Be clear minded and don’t fall off track with all the distractions we have nowadays. I hope this blog post helped you! If you would also like to share some tips leave them in the comment board below!

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6 Tips When Starting Your Youtube Business:

Another reader of mine requested that I write a blog about how to start a Youtube Channel that would eventually turn into a business and salary. Starting a Youtube ChannelStarting a Youtube Channel is an easy process if you’re not looking to make any profit. When looking to start a profitable youtube channel that will become a business of it’s own there are many precautions you will need to take to ensure your channel’s success so here are 5 Tips When Starting Your Youtube Business:

1. Figure Out A Solid Subject or Theme For Your Channel’s Content:
Choosing the topic and theme of your channel is an extremely critical and important decision that will effect your success. If you choose a topic that already has a bunch of you tubers who already cover that topic and do a good job at it, It is unlikely you will be more successful than them or have any success at all. Unless you find a creative way to beat your competition, find a topic and theme that isn’t like all the other channels and Youtubers. Here are a few things to check:

Your idea is profitable – Do your research and see if your idea will or can be profitable:
– see if people need informations on a particular topic
– see if there is a flaw in what your competition is doing. ex: A channel that offers great information but lack in the creative sector. You could come in and do both thus winning over the audience.
– Make sure you have an interest in your theme or topic so that you can keep up to date with everything effortlessly and create content with a passion and ambition.
– Make sure you are knowledgeable in the information you share.

2. Film with or within the right settings and backgrounds:

Believe it or not this can make the biggest difference when viewers are passing by your channel for the first time. Having a pleasant or professional looking background will influence your viewers in believing that you are a quality blogger/Youtuber. They will be more likely to watch your video and perhaps even subscribe!
Examples of great backgrounds:
– Michael Phan
– Majestic

3. Get to know your targeted audience:

Getting the demographics of your audience is an extremely important thing. You need to understand your demographics interests and wants so that you can create content with the right reading materials, tone and creativity. Here are a few demographics to follow:
– Age -Gender -Hobby/interests – Cultures/Nationalities – Geographics -Personal Experiences

4. Make a few videos before marketing:

I cannot count how many times any in dependent, self employed individual makes this mistake. You need to have content before you start marketing your channel, product, service and general business. As a Youtuber, you should make the VERY MINIMUM five(5) videos before you begin promoting your channel.

5. Create a Facebook Fanpage:

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Create a Facebook Fanpage so that your watchers have another account to watch you on. Be sure to add a personal touch to this Facebook page by showing off your personality and showing a bit more of your personal life/projects. For example if you’re blogging about beauty create a video of you going to get your nails/hair done. If you blog about information on the environment create something revolving around your personal projects that involve saving the environment. People love seeing new content about their favourite subscriptions on their Facebook time feed – so get creative!

6.Get in contact with other Youtubers and Channels:

Other than a Facebook Fanpage another great way to get more subscribers is to go to other Youtubers who are doing the same thing as you and ask them to check out your channel. Make sure to write them a personal message or even take a business approach and ask if they would be interested in exchanging promotional services.

I hope this helps you with the basics of starting a small Youtube Channel. Although the process seems quite simple it is time consuming and will become challenging to manage but in exchange you will have a fun and fulling job that will always have new projects awaiting to be developed.

Please let me know if you have any subjects you would like me to write about! Thank you Sarah for the blog request.

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Start-up Motivation & Inspiration

Business owners only make up for about %6 of the entire human population with just over 400 million entrepreneurs. However, there are so many people who do have the right mind set and personality for entrepreneurship. Many of these people also know how to achieve success in a business as well as the perks of owning a business. The main concern is losing their day time job and steady income.


I’ve decided to share a job campaign in which the advertisements show people in jobs that appear to be not very exhilarating. The advertisement is encouraging individuals who desire to get out of jobs that they find meaningless and exhausting. The ads below attempt to give these targeted individuals the confidence and inspiration they may need to start focusing and planning a business or career change that will allow them to strive in life while feeling fulfillment and happiness in a new career path..


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LIDER Marketing is launching Project.11 which a project designed to help inspire as well as help entrepreneurs and start-ups in their business ventures. Project.11 offers a number of workshops, conferences, networking events will be hosted to help entrepreneurs find their way and get on the right path of success. To learn more follow the Katie Raspberry Business Blog.

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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:

Best Montreal Cafes - Campanelli

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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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:


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:



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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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:


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