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Being an entrepreneur is not easy, but it is possible, with the right qualities. There are many different aspects that need to be considered when considering being an entrepreneur. Ensuring financial stability is an important part of being an entrepreneur as it means you have the funds available to create your product and have funds available when they are needed for the product to be made or advertised. This is a very part of being an entrepreneur but not necessarily the first stage as you can also find investors who may be interested in investing once you have your idea. This also depends on the type of business you have in mind. For example an online business may have a lower cost of starting up then a business that requires you to have a physical location such as a restaurant. You may be able to afford the initial costs of the internet start-up company but may need investors or a loan to rent or lease a space for a restaurant business. There are also different types of funds that need to be considered. Let’s consider an online retail store where the entrepreneur makes designs on t shirts and sells them on their website.
This consists of the initial amount of money you need to begin your business. For example you will need to purchase a domain name, domain space, web designer and funds to purchase or create your product.
This consists of regular daily outgoings. This can be the cost of the maintenance of the website, cost of the t-shirts and any other products needed to create the designs and then the packaging of the product. The weekly or monthly outgoing will need to be calculated to ensure you have the funds in place for operational needs.
Over time you may decide to use a better quality of t shirt or different material for the design so this will increase your cost. You may also decide to include a new range of t shirts or new products, which will also increase your costs.
Having a variety of skills is a must as you must ensure you are able to manage all aspects of your business. This can range from creative skills (to design and create your product and advertise your product), financial skills (to calculate how much is needed to create your product or service, to ensure you have enough funds to run your company, and calculate tax). Peoples skills (as you will need to be able to sell your product or services to others so being able to engage with others is crucial), IT skills (which are essential in the current day to promote and reach target audience on social media and use the computer to produce databases and reports). Acquiring all these skills can come from previous jobs, learning from others, reading books to understand the stages and plan strategies and also reflection to review and make changes when needed. Learning is an ongoing cycle as you will never stop learning. These are the basic skills you must have or be willing to learn in order to be an entrepreneur as they will be used daily with all aspects of your business.
We are currently in a time where technology is present in all aspects of our lives from travelling, phones, entertainment, shopping and socialising. Therefore it is vital to be able to use technology to assist you when engaging with your audience. This can be done in a variety of ways which can include websites, eBooks, articles, video logs, podcasts and other forms. The most important part of engaging with your audience is not only the method you choose but more important your content. Is your content helping? Bringing value to someone? Is it relatable? Understandable? And what expertise or knowledge do you have in the particular area you are focusing on? All these make a difference to your content. You should be able to look at the world around you and understand how people prefer to engage and develop a method which also highlights your product or service.
Is your business or product solving a problem? An Entrepreneur like Jimmy Wales (Founder of Wikipedia) used Wikipedia to solve a problem by creating an online encyclopaedia where information can be found easily and quickly. This saves many people time as all the information can be found using a search function, if Wikipedia was not available they we may have to trawl through lots of pages. However, not all entrepreneurs solve problems, for example Doris F Fisher (Co-Founder of The Gap clothing store) does not. The Gap does not solve a problem but instead it provides a better quality of product and focuses on making more durable clothing made from cotton.
Have a think about your daily life. What tasks do you complete on a daily basis? Can you create a product or a system that will help save time or money each day? Solving an everyday problem is a popular way that is chosen by many entrepreneurs. An example of this can be Compare the Supermarket . com (BGL Group) which compares a large number of insurance companies and makes the process of finding insurance companies easy and time saving.
The term “business” can refer to the effort made by a team or an individual who are producing, creating products or providing a service with the intention of making a profit. A business can often be an organisation that is engaged in commercial, industrial or professional activities. A business is created to give you structure and accountability and involves you providing value to your customers in return for money. You must choose a business name and follow the steps to register your business. The next step will be to complete a business plan, a business plan is a document which includes you explaining the purpose of your business, your aim, your company branding, research into other competitors, projection of your starting costs, tax and profit and strategies you may be implementing. The business plan can also be used to apply for a loan or seek an investor. Legality and taxes will also need to be considered in your business. There are many different structures in business and each one is different and operates differently.
Many professionals are self-employed, which means they are providing a professional service as a contractor. An example of this can be a Doctor, instead of being a direct employee of a hospital or GP Surgery the Doctor is a contractor and submits an invoice to the hospital at the end of each work for the hours completed. The payment will then go to the company and the Doctor is responsible for paying their own tax. The hospital (employee) has no obligation to pay the Doctor a pension, provide sick days or provide any annual leave.
A limited company provides a structure of a company but can also be used for a self-employed professional. A limited company ensures you have a structure in place to pay and receive payments. An example could be purchasing property, you might purchase a property within a limited company name and the company will receive the income from the rent. The company will also receive invoices from the management company, accountant, repairs and other companies that the limited company will need to pay. All taxes and legal issues will also be completed through the company. The company owner is separate to the company and any legal issues or tax issues are resolved through the company and do not affect the company owner personally.
Sole proprietor is when a company is run and managed by a single individual. There is no legal separation between the business and the owner. The person is responsible for tax and legal liabilities of the company. For example, if I created a new ice cream, I may choose to become the sole proprietor and sell the ice creams and then complete my own tax forms and manage any incoming and outgoing invoices.
Partnerships can be a useful structure as a company when you and someone else may want to work together. An example may be, two friends who create a new product, they may have thought of the idea together and want to work together. They would be equally responsible for all the costs of the business and will receive equal shares and profits in the business. If this structure is selected then both parties should have a legal document drawn up by their own solicitors to confirm each person owns equal amounts of the company.
A Charity or Non for Profit is not a normal business. A Charity or Non for profit may not sound like a business but it has a similar structure. A Charity or Non for Profit will also require a structure but often uses a board (this can consist of a Chair Person, a Secretary and a Treasurer). Each member of the board is not paid but they have a responsibility: Chair Person – Is responsible for holding 2 Annual General Meetings (AGM). Secretary – Is responsible for recording and storing all the meetings and decisions made by the board. Treasurer – Is responsible for managing and using the finances of the Charity. A Charity of Non for Profit are exempt of paying tax, however if the organisation receives funding and decide to hire a staff or contractor, then that individual must pay tax on their salary.
A business plan is a written description of your business. The document describes what you plan to do, how you plan to do it and what options you have thought about if your business does not go to plan. You might also include your USP (unique selling point) that makes you different to other companies or businesses. A Strategy is also a good idea as it shows the person reading your business plan that you have thought of a plan. You can also include the problems that you may face along the way , as this is a useful way to consider problems and solutions. Business plans are very useful for you to refer back to once they are completed, as they will be like a guide for you. However, they can also be useful when seeking investors or funding as it shows you have a plan in place and have completed your research. There are a few sections that should be in every Business plan, these include:
If you are thinking of starting a business or company then it is advised to write a business plan as this will help you think about potential issues, strategies and solutions. It will also give you an understanding of the costs involved in beginning and running a company. It is better to make mistakes on paper and amend the business plan each week, instead of blinding opening a business and paying for mistakes. However, do not let a business plan stop your creativity or stop you from pursuing your business.
Investing can often mean exchanging one resource for another. For example, each day we invest our resource (time) for another resource (money) when we go to work or we invest our (resource) time for another resource (education) when we attend university. Therefore, we all invest something on a daily basis without even realising it. When we think of investing from a business perspective it is often done with the intention of financial gain. An example of this could be an investment into a dividend share, this will include me using one resource (money) to purchase another resource (share) which will give me a return on my original investment.
The most easiest way to invest is to simply place your cash into a high interest savings account, which can be opened at your local high street bank or online. This may include you placing a certain amount of money into that savings account each month which will pay you an interest. This is similar to an ISA account, however it is important to remember that ISA’s can put your capital at risk and you may get back than you originally invested. The amount of interest you receive will also depend on The Bank of England base rate and to see a profit you must ensure the interest is not affected by inflation.
A Bond is a type of debt often taken out by large corporations or governments. This works by the investor buying a bond from a large corporation or government, in agreement with you receiving a fixed return by a certain time period. The amount you lend (in the form of a bond) will be used and you receive a higher amount at a later date.
Robert Kiyosaki is a business owner and investor who has created the Rich Dad Poor Dad brand. The Rich Dad Poor Dad is a book which explores the difference of views in regards to finances and wealth from Roberts two Fathers, the Rich Dad (Roberts friends Father) who promoted the education of finance and seeing it as a tool to build financial independence and by the second Dad who was the Poor Dad (Roberts biological Father) who believed in remaining an employee and staying in a steady job. Robert Kiyosaki teaches people about the Cash flow Quadrant and how the aim is to become an investor as soon as possible. We may all begin life as an employee but over time the aim should be to become an investor and allow our money to work for us, and not for us to always work for money. The 4 Sections in the Cash flow Quadrant include: (E) Employee = you have a job (S) Self Employed = you own a job (B) Business Owner = you own a system, people work for you (I) Investor = money works for you Maya (Desires) It is important to remember that as a Sikh we should not be attached to Maya (desires) and money can often be seen as Maya. However, we should not get attached to Maya but should still be able to create it to use it for good purposes. When we think of Maya being used correctly we can use it to donate to more charities that help the needy, we can use it to create a fund for education for the less fortunate, we can use it to pay a wage for the next generations Giani Jis (Priests), we can use it to purchase land and grow our own vegetables for Langar, the list is endless. Therefore we should only see Maya as a tool and not become attached to it, what it represents or what we can gain from it.
Do you remember when you first graduated? or maybe you are about to graduate? it can be a difficult transition as the safety net has been removed and you must now find your place in the world. I am sure we can all relate and would all appreciate some guidance along the way, whether it be completing applications, advice for the interview process or just discussing a job to get a better understanding of what it involves. Our Mentoring Scheme offers Sikh Graduates the opportunity to connect with Sikh Professionals an receive support with applications, interviews and advice on career progression. Sikh Professional Being a Sikh Mentor may involve providing advice for Sikh Graduates about your job, role, field and sector. This could be information about entry requirements, advice on completing application forms, interviews, open days, recruitment fairs or internship or opportunities to develop experience. If you are a Sikh professional and work in an exciting field or for a large company, we would love to hear from you. If you would like to join our Mentoring Scheme, then get in touch, you can send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you our registration form. Sikh Graduates If you are a Sikh Student or Graduate, you can also get in touch. You can tell us more about the university you attend, degree you are studying, when you finish your degree, the sector you would like to work in, job role and the area you are from. You can also email us at email@example.com and we will send you our registration form. The most important aspect of this scheme is for people to network and that can only be done by sharing and following our social media posts with other Sikh Professionals and Sikh Graduates. So get sharing today! You can also add us on Linked In
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