The Pros and Cons of Starting a Business vs. a Franchise

If you’ve decided that you no longer want to work for someone else, it could be time to take the leap and go it alone. Before you do, there is a key decision to be made- namely, do you want to open a franchise or start from scratch and build your own business? In this article we will look into the pros and cons of both approaches. Continue reading “The Pros and Cons of Starting a Business vs. a Franchise” »

Sounding the Part, Avoiding Annoying Workplace Jargon

There are certain industries in which sounding like you know exactly what you’re talking about is ironically a clear indication that you don’t in fact know what you’re talking about. The best example of such an industry is the world of programming, particularly with regards to programming done as part of a start-up. Venture capitalists who listen to many pitches from start-up entrepreneurs seeking funding are especially aware of this view and swear by it. The only part of the pitch during which you must sound like you know exactly what you’re talking about is when you’re discussing the idea itself – what problem you have identified to solve and how your proposed solution is going to solve that problem. You’re effectively right in the middle of the “search-phase,” so you’re not expected to be too clued up about exactly how you’re going to build the solution. Continue reading “Sounding the Part, Avoiding Annoying Workplace Jargon” »

Best Ways to Appeal to Investors

Even if your company is doing very well in the market, there will come a time when you need investors to pitch in and help. Only very rarely can a company fund an expansion or the launch of a new product with its own revenue. Also, aspiring entrepreneurs need to appeal to investors to get a new product the green light. Bank loans can only do so much for an ambitious company. So, here are several tips on how to make your business venture more appealing to potential investors: Continue reading “Best Ways to Appeal to Investors” »

Do You Have The Skills To Consult: 4 Tips From The Experts

In this era of startups and small businesses, consulting is a growing field, but not everyone has the necessary skills for the job. You can only consult on what you know with a high level of expertise. But how do you know if you have what it takes? Before diving into consulting looking for your next big break, here’s what the experts have to say – with these insights you’ll know what it takes to consult successfully. Continue reading “Do You Have The Skills To Consult: 4 Tips From The Experts” »