In November I relocated back to Southern California for family reasons; for the past year and a half I had been living in Las Vegas. I had bought a car two months prior to moving to Las Vegas in Southern California and a couple of months after getting to Vegas I went to DMV and registered my car in Nevada. Now here is where it gets befuddled for a lack of a better G rated word; now that I was back in California and knowing I would need to reregister my car in California I went to the DMV website and made an appointment; this should be simple right? The car came from California, they have the info in their system, punch in a couple of things on your PC and zip, zap, pay the fee, here’s your plates, have a nice day, come again soon! YEAH RIGHT! Continue reading
In the spirit of sharing at this time of the year, let me direct you to a couple of quick hints and tips which may help in making social media work for you.
Four social media wins from the UK and US, plus the lessons you can learn, highlights ideas that range from; Offer something of value, show people behind the scenes, offer a deal, and show people what your business does. Not only are these things any business can do, but they all make perfect business sense and can be part and parcel of your marketing/sales activity. A lot of social media success stories tend to be from large companies so it’s nice to be able to share some ideas from the small business sector. Even more appealing are that these ideas can be used in your own business, and can be implemented without a huge marketing budget. Continue reading
Over the years I have had many people tell me how lucky I am to be self-employed, how lucky I am to be my own boss; the first thing I tell these people is luck had nothing to do with it. Lottery winners are lucky; people in business, well we work for a living, we build, we create; now don’t get me wrong, there definitely can be an element of luck; being in the right place at the right time, but luck did not build a business, that was hard work, ingenuity, perseverance, sweat, blood, and tears, and the vision to get there. People seem to think that because you work for yourself, because you are a successful entrepreneur, that it’s all a fantasy life. I and anyone else that has built a business can assure you it is not all fun and games… Continue reading
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 am an entrepreneur, through and through, I always have been and I always will be. Many people, including those very close to me do not really understand what this means; what being an entrepreneur is. If you were to ask someone what an entrepreneur was the answer you would most likely get is “Someone who is in business for themselves”, A small business owner, someone who takes financial risks in order to make a profit”. All of these answers are correct… But far from being a full definition of what an entrepreneur is. These answers are similar to the question, “what is a human being” with the answer “A mammal with two legs that stands upright, with two upper limbs, two hands, and ten fingers”. While this answer is completely accurate a human being is much more than this, as is an entrepreneur much more than those answers above. So what exactly is an Entrepreneur then? Continue reading