Looking for a Purpose to Guide You in your Entrepreneurial Pursuits?

At any time have you found yourself wondering what is the reason for doing what you’re doing while pursuing your quest to become an entrepreneur? Of course money does play a factor in the overall equation but has there ever been a question in your mind as to what you could be doing to guide you in your journey?

Some time back I recall someone telling me that the reason why he is in business is to help people solve their problems. I also heard someone mention a phrase which included the words “trade something of value for value” in the movie “Atlas Shrugged Part Two.” Author Wallace Waddles in his book “The Science of Growing Rich” talks about the need to be offer something of value in order to move forward on the path of attaining riches.

Think about it, doesn’t it make sense that if you have something, whether it be a product or service and someone in the general public has a need for your product or service, that the possibility exists of some sort of profitable deal being arranged? Of course when it comes to friends and family you would be willing to help them without charge but anyone else who might be in need of what it is you have to offer is definitely a potential client for you! Should such situations come up where someone just happens to need whatever it is you have to offer and the thought of broaching the subject makes you feel awkward; try saying something simple such as “If I could show you a way that (could solve whatever their problem is)…, would you be interested?” You never know, the answer just may be “Yes!”

Now granted, if you just sit around waiting for people to approach you with their problems (let’s hope it deals with something you are qualified to assist them with!), it may be a while. But if you venture out into the world to promote your offers (a.k.a. advertising), you will probably get better results.

Something also to consider prior to going out into the proverbial marketplace is knowing what it is that people want or need. No sense promoting candlewicks when your potential clients would just as soon buy a candle that already has the wick included! If you have not done so already, learn what it takes to conduct good niche market research. There are a variety of tools available (free as well as for sale) that can help you with this. Check out videos on YouTube that are a good source of information to help with this.

Best Wishes on the achievement of your goals and here is to a PROSPEROUS & PROFITABLE 2014!!

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Grant Money for Entrepreneurs

It seems like nowadays you see more and more ads in various places online that use the terms “weird tricks” or “shocking reports” as part of their advertising.  Websites claiming to blow the cover wide open on a variety of subjects in addition to strange methods on how to accomplish various things seem to be popping up everywhere.

After awhile, I found myself to be immediately repelled from such postings thinking that exposure to another online scam was imminent.   As with anything if there is one person proclaiming the wonders of “whatever” there would be someone else saying that the same things was a bunch of gibberish.

This led me to remember a book I came across by Matthew Lesko that claimed it had all sorts of listings showing where you could apply for government-funded grant money.  The potential uses for the grant money listed were numerous, ranging from producing an independent film to starting a business.   If memory serves me right, some years back I did send off for some materials that supposedly would show me how to get something started (can’t remember what it was!).  My recommendation is to be somewhat leery if you are asked to pay any money upfront for items such as “Grant Kits.”

Now if you decide to move forward and attempt to obtain government grant money, I recommend that you deal directly with the agency involved.  You may find that just obtaining any funding (with the understanding that it would have to be paid back) may also be an acceptable option.  One agency you can research is the Small Business Administration.  Another website you can research for potential funding is KickStarter.com.   This is a place where you can promote your idea for a

Logo of the U.S. government's Small Business A...

Logo of the U.S. government’s Small Business Administration. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

start-up project (see the page for more specific information) and who knows, you just may end up getting the funding you need.  Check it out.

Another option to consider would be to network with like-minded individuals such as yourself and swap ideas.  It never hurts to link up with those who have “been there and done that.”  In addition, there is an added trust factor that can develop when you deal with people directly.  Network Baby Network!!

So if you run into hurdles with your fund-raising ventures, don’t give up.  Seek out all avenues that are available.  Think Law of Attraction!

Best Wishes to you and by all means send me a comment to let me know how your experiences pan out!

 

 

p.s.  The icon below may prove to be a useful link to some extra information.

 

 

 

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