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Getting into Your own Business (Part 26): Picking the right entrepreneurship course

Some of you may feel the necessity to seek out a course on entrepreneurship to enhance your abilities and develop new skills. But courses aren’t all the same and there is a great variety in what is available. The reality is however that an enthusiastic entrepreneur will not actually have the patience to complete any course. So ironically, you may ...

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Getting into Your own Business (Part 25): Finding the appropriate technology

All we hear about in the media is the latest “hi-tech” entrepreneurs who have made it big. We tend to stereotype entrepreneurship as something that requires new technology which has a high price tag and very specialized knowledge attached to it. We also see many businesses around us that utilize technologies which we feel are outside our ability to acquire. These assumptions ...

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Getting into your own business (Part 24): It’s all about strategy

Strategy is what you do, how you do it, and why. It’s the glamorous aspect of business that all ‘gurus’ talk about, having the right strategy. There is competitive strategy, gorilla strategies, blue ocean strategies, and dolphin strategies. There are also flanking strategies and heaven forbid, thrusting strategies. When people think about a business, first question they will ask you ...

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Getting into you own business (Part 22): If you don’t have a network, build one

Do you know how Bill Gates started Microsoft? Making the story short. He knew that IBM wanted an off the shelf operating system for their new IBM personal computer, and he also knew a person who had a basic operating system suitable for a personal computer. Bill Gates created a network in his mind, connecting the two, and then exploited ...

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Getting into Your Own Business (Part 21): More Traps for Young Players

So let’s continue looking at traps for new players. 7. Overlooking the “legals” One problem some people face after starting a small firm successfully is that they didn’t do their homework adequately. What could be more disappointing to find that you started your business and the name you used is owned by someone else, the brand you created infringes upon ...

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Getting into Your Own Business (Part 20): Avoiding traps for new players

Starting your new business is usually full of emotional highs and lows, anxieties, and triumphs, successes and let downs. If everything is done right and you are able to flow with the opportunity, success is there to be yielded. However there are a number of traps one must be aware of to prevent your business becoming just another casualty statistic. ...

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Obama: Desperately seeking legacy

Barak Hussein Obama began his first days in office as the 44th President of the United States issuing executive orders to direct the US military to begin formulating plans to withdraw troops from Iraq, ordered the closure of Guantanamo Bay detention camp and revoked President Bush’s prohibition of federal aid to international family planning organizations. One could speculate that what ...

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