Clever business names and clear brands

A lot of start-up business can face the difficult decision over what to call their business. For some it is not an issue. Some inherit or acquire an existing business name. Others simply add their name to their service and there it is. But some face the task of having to name their business from scratch. For some this can be confusing and lead to endless focus on names, variations on names and trying to create a “clever” business name. Continue reading “Clever business names and clear brands”

Obama Care – Doing Nothing Wasnt An Option?

A few days ago an article titled Doing Nothing Wasn’t An Option  appeared in the New York Times written by Robert Reich the former Secretary of Labor for President Bill Clinton.  In his article Mr. Reich states in regards to Obama Care, “It’s not perfect”.   Well you certainly won’t get an argument from me Robert, it sure isn’t; it’s far from perfect, or American, democratic, or capitalistic for that matter.   His argument is that like Social Security and Medicare “What needs to be fixed can be fixed” Seriously?   I am not an economist and I am not an expert on Social Security and Medicare reform, however I know that for years the federal government has been going back and forth on the load social security has on the government and that the fund is going broke.  There are those that say the fund doesn’t pay retirees, working Americans pay retirees and that the fund is not and has never been needed, I don’t know which of these is actually true, what I do know is that whatever the issue is it needs to be fixed.  Oh and one other thing Robert, its really bad policy to fix something after the fact, how about for just once the government create something that is “Fixed” prior to shoving it down the American Publics throat… Just a thought. Continue reading “Obama Care – Doing Nothing Wasnt An Option?”

I’ve got an idea

In the last part of the “Italian Job” film, the original UK version not the US remake, the gang are stuck in a precarious position when a lone voice shouts out “hang on, I’ve got an idea”. For many entrepreneurs their journey into business starts with such an idea. That is the kernel that grows and flourishes into a viable business. But for many people, quite often those seeking small business advice, their idea is all they have, and they expect someone to fund them or get them started just on the strength of their lone idea. So what qualifies an idea as being a viable business, and when is it just day dreaming? Continue reading “I’ve got an idea”

Obama Care Bad For Business?

We have all heard over the last couple of years how Obama Care is going to be great for everyone…. I am not so sure that those that are in business would agree.  Once the mandate for businesses takes effect every business who has employees that work over 30 hours will be required to provide that employee medical insurance.  This is the exact opposite of what capitalism is and how a free market is supposed to work.  In my opinion the only thing an employer owes an employee is financial compensation in exchange for their labor.  The amount of that compensation is agreed upon by both prior to the employee accepting the position.  Continue reading “Obama Care Bad For Business?”

Learning fast

The prevalence of start-up shows and “best business” awards should provide all the guidance, and warnings, that any small business needs to know. But there may still be a gap between the clarity of any start-up business model and what investors or partners need to know. For many the vision is so obvious it’s sometimes hard to translate into clear business language, and some high tech business is so “out there” that it can be hard to get a meaningful snapshot of the potential. Over here in the UK we have Dragons’ Den , a show where small businesses pitch for capital from would-be investors. Albeit that its entertainment, it can be an education as business people do their pitch, some convincing, some successful, some very poor presentation even though their idea or product may have been sound. Continue reading “Learning fast”