Thursday, December 22, 2011

Season Greetings

 
Seasons Compliment; may all your ideas lead you to a perfect relationship for Business Succcess in 2012:

Richard Branson is the founder of Virgin Group and Companies, such as Virgin Atlantic, Virgin America, Virgin Mobile and Virgin Active.

He plans to personally respond to questions from business owners through The New York Times Affiliates.

Please send your questions to Richard.Branson@nytimes.com

Include your name, country, e-mail address and the name of the site where you got this info.

Please enter your name and email on the right column titled "BrainStorm" so that we can follow up.

Have a great season and a Profitable 2012

See you at the Top

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Be a Creative Producer



There is talk of a double dip recession, based on the fact that the world economies are taking too long to recover from the last economic downturn.

Goldman Sachs in 2001 predicted that Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRICs) would dominate global economic markets. At that time it seemed like a fairytale, but in 2010 China surpassed Japan as the second largest economy, while in 2011 Brazil surpassed UK as the sixth largest economy in the world.

China by market capitalization is home to the three largest banks in the world and also home to the worlds biggest reserve of Rare Earth.

India is closing in on Germany as the fourth biggest economy, while Russia with big oil reserves and high human capacity will only need a little fiscal adjustment to also close up the gap.

Why are these BRICS and very few western companies achieving such incredible momentum?

What can we learn ?

How can we apply these lessons to our personal economies?

We know that Google was started by two guys at Stanford hostel. We know that Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard and sold DOS without even owning it. We also know that Steve Jobs started Apple while understudying his mentor.

Apple, as you know, makes its own mobile device hardware as well as software. As a result Microsoft is now talking with Nokia about Windows smartphones. So it only makes sense that Google is seeking similarly tight integration between its mobile hardware Motorola.

One common theme with momentum is the creative production for world market

There are very few places where you can practice both skills

Zazzle allows you to be creative and productive at the same time

Zazzle also allows you to design your own products online and to sell those products directly through zazzle, ebay or amazon as well as having your affiliates promote them.

Sounds great, zazzle is currently the best place to design products online and have them dropshipped direct to your buyers.

This is the best season to launch your creative production

Online holiday shopping reached record levels in 2010. And e-commerce spending is already up this year. All signs point to consumers spending even more online this holiday season

Best wishes, lets us know how much momentum you are gaining

Monday, October 31, 2011

Innovators Business Ideas

 
Apple had 90 days working capital on hand when Steve Jobs took over — in other words, Apple was only three months away from bankruptcy

Steven Paul "Steve" Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011) was an American entrepreneur and inventor. He was co-founder, chairman, and former chief executive officer of Apple Inc. Jobs also previously served as chief executive of Pixar Animation Studios; he became a member of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company in 2006, following the acquisition of Pixar by Disney. He was credited in Toy Story (1995) as an executive producer.


When describing his period of exile from Apple — when John Sculley took over — Steve Jobs described one fundamental root cause of Apple's problems. That was to let profitability outweigh passion: "My passion has been to build an enduring company where people were motivated to make great products. The products, not the profits, were the motivation.

Sculley flipped these priorities to where the goal was to make money. It's a subtle difference, but it ends up meaning everything."

There were thousands of layoffs. Scores of products were terminated. He knew the company had to make money to survive, but he transitioned the focus of Apple away from profits.

Adopted as a baby, Jobs recalled as a child once confronting his parents in tears about why his real parents had rejected him. His parents sat him down and said, "No, you don't understand. We specifically picked you out."

Profit was viewed as necessary, but not sufficient, to justify everything Apple did. That attitude resulted in a company that looks entirely different to almost any other modern Fortune 500 company. It's almost the opposite of what is taught in business school. Apple is just the opposite: It thinks of great products, then sells them. Prototypes and demos always come before spreadsheets."

While growing up Steve Jobs will go unbath for several days his managers at Atari made him work the night shift because his co-workers complained about his body odor, and  he drove a Mercedes with no license plate because he didn't want people tracking him.

Everything — the business, the people — are subservient to the mission: building great products. And rather than listening to, or asking their customers what they wanted; Apple would solve problems customers didn't know they had with products they didn't even realize they wanted. They can do it because Apple hasn't optimized its organization to maximize profit. Instead, it has made the creation of value for customers its priority.

A driven eccentric and sometimes cruel man who grew more reflective and fatalistic in his later years.

A Professor at Harvard Christensen's predictions on Apple: "There's just something different about those guys. They're freaks."

Jobs was profoundly influenced by the Innovator's Dilemma — took Apple from bankruptcy three months away, to one of the most valuable and influential companies in the world.

Steve Jobs was intially a Buddhist and he began to have Faith after developing Cancer

Friday, September 30, 2011

Profit From Public Domain

 
Typically 'public domain' describes literary, musical, artistic and other creative works that are no longer protected by copyright, alongside others that never were subject to copyright. As such those items can be picked up and turned into valuable commercial products such as books, films, postcards, prints, calendars, and countless other high profit products.



The fact is there are many millions of articles in the public domain, covering a massive range of topics. In fact, especially in the United States, there are articles printed as recently as the 1970's packed with valuable up-to-date information and no longer subject to copyright

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Land of the Free

 
I came accross this peace by Erin Burt of Kiplinger and I thought I should share:

Free Hobbies
Want to learn something new in your spare time? Many local retailers offer free workshops. For instance, you can improve your culinary skills at Williams-Sonoma's free technique classes. At REI, take advantage of free clinics on bike maintenance, backpacking, camp cooking and more (offerings vary by location). Lululemon Athletica stores host free yoga sessions. Apple, Home Depot, Lowe's and Michaels stores offer free classes for adults and kids.

Check your local library, too. We've seen free hands-on workshops for computers, chess, knitting and more. You can learn a new language at FSI-language-courses.org, learn to draw at Drawspace.com, or improve your golf game at Golf.com, just to name a few resources.


Free Food
Your favorite snack shop or fast food restaurant may have an annual freebie day. Mark your calendar for free IHOP pancakes and Rita's Italian ice in March; free Ben & Jerry's ice cream, Pretzelmaker pretzels, Cinnabon treats and Starbucks coffee in April; free Haagen-Dazs ice cream in May; a free Krispy Kreme doughnut and TCBY frozen yogurt in June; and a free Chick-Fil-A meal in July -- to name a few.

You can also sign up to score free food on your birthday from Famous Dave's BBQ, Cold Stone Creamery, Denny's and other eateries. Search the Web for "birthday freebies," or call your local restaurants to ask whether they offer such a deal.

Free Investing Apps
Stay up-to-date on the financial markets with free apps on your iPhone, Blackberry or Android.

Some of our favorites: Bloomberg for up-to-the-minute stock quotes and breaking news, Morningstar for mutual fund research at your fingertips, and Yahoo Finance for the latest financial headlines, stock news and videos.


Free E-Books
If you own a Kindle, iPad or other electronic reader, you can populate your e-library without breaking the bank. E-books commonly sell for $9.99 -- less than hardcovers but about as much as paperbacks. But at Gutenberg.org or the University of Pennsylvania's online books page, you won't pay a cent to legally download thousands of books whose copyrights have expired, including War and Peace, Moby Dick and Little Women.

You can also search for free e-books at Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, iTunes.com and Kobo.com. Or check your public library, where you can get newer titles for free too.



Free Shipping
If you love to shop online but hate to pay for shipping, go to FreeShipping.org. The site can direct you to retailers -- such as BlueNile.com, Linens 'n Things, LLBean.com and Zappos.com -- who still offer free shipping on every order, big or small. The site also gives you coupon codes to snag free shipping at other retailers.

Also, many retailers' sites offer free shipping if you'll pick up your order at a local store, such as AceHardware.com, BestBuy.com, Payless.com, REI.com and Walmart.com.


Free Diet & Fitness Help
Need help sticking to a diet and exercise plan? At Fatsecret.com, MyFitnessPal.com and SparkPeople.com, you can craft meal plans and count calories, put together a fitness plan and track your progress, and get support and advice from other users.

Some employers offer free diet and fitness help to their employees. After all, it's in their best interest that you stay healthy and show up for work. These programs may include free gym access, weight-loss support groups and smoking cessation programs. Some will even pay you for your progress. Ask if your workplace has a wellness plan in place.

Free Kids' Meals
How much do you hate buying a $12 entrée for a picky 6-year-old? If the answer is "a lot," visit KidsMealDeals.com. The site points you to restaurants in your area where kids eat free (usually at certain times or on certain days). It includes independent eateries as well as national chains.

Also, call your local eateries and ask if they offer kids' deals. Some do but they don't advertise them, so it's worth asking.


Free Outings
You can entertain friends, family or even a date for free -- without looking cheap. Many top-notch museums, galleries and zoos offer free admission year-round, including the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C., the Getty Center in Los Angeles, and Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo. Others, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, let you in for free on certain days of the week or month. And many college campuses host free concerts and student art exhibits.

Every October, select theaters nationwide give free performances. Go to FreeNightofTheater.net to learn more. And public parks, beaches and forests are ideal settings for walking, biking, hiking, sledding, wildlife-watching, picnicking, kite flying, stargazing ... the sky's the limit.


Free Books, Music, Movies & More
No list of freebies would be complete without our perennial favorite: your public library. Most offer books, magazines, audiobooks, e-books, video games, CDs and DVDs for free (as long as you return them on time, of course).

Your library may also host free activities, such as book clubs, lectures, film screenings, children's story hours and craft activities.


Free Tax Help
Understanding the U.S. tax code can be, well, taxing. But Kiplinger.com is here to help. During tax season, we publish a tip a day to make sure you get every dime you're due. Also check out the discussion board at HRBlock.com, which is monitored by tax professionals during tax season.

The IRS wants to help, too. (Yes, you read that correctly.) Call 1-800-829-1040 to get answers from the people who enforce the rules. You may also qualify for free face-to-face help from a tax pro volunteer. See the IRS's list of free tax return preparation resources for details

Enjoy the Savings

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Business of an Entrepreneur

 
An entrepreneur is willing to accept the risk of starting and managing the type of business that lets them do the kind of work they want to do, and offers them a balanced lifestyle.

That is a good way of describing what we are all doing or at least aiming to do? Just consider the following common themes that unite the various money-making opportunities we can follow:

* Low entry barrier - Thanks to the likes of eBay and Amazon, international trade is no longer just for those with warehouses. With the explosion of e-readers like the Ipad it means anyone can now self-publish to a global audience.

* Controlled risk: - As the upfront investment is low (or sometimes zero) the actual financial risk involved is minimal.

* Home-based - You do not need an office building and the inherent travel cost. With a laptop, an Internet access you can run a global enterprise from home.

* Low start up & running costs - The investment required to start and run your enterprise is low or even zero, and once successful the business can be self-financing.

* Fun & personally fulfilling - It is not only possible to use your interests and hobbies as part of your business; it should be at the very core of your decision.

* Flexi-time -Due to the leveraged nature of many of the strategies, it's possible to greatly magnify the potential gains compared to the time and effort invested.

* Unlimited upside - Your earning potential is unlimited.

Excerpt "What Really Makes Money"

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Securing the Digital Universe

 
Approximately 75% of the digital Universe is a copy, only 25% is unique, while enterprise account for 20% of the data generated they are liable for 80% of the data created and by 2020 more of this data will live or pass through the cloud.

In terms of sheer volume of data to be protected from 2009 to 2020 the amount of data in the Digital Universe is expected to grow by a factor of 44times to 35 trillion gigabytes. Although identity, financial account and credit card data are the most sought after even surpassing illicit drugs as organized crime most desirable commodity.

The compromise of system data i.e configurations, settings and log files can be the gateway for access to this data and needs continuous monitoring and protection.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Privacy Versus Secrecy

 
To the older generation privacy is about secrecy and once something is no longer secret it is no longer private.

To the younger generation privacy is about control, a lot of data is shared with government agencies, employers and social media, but when you can control the flow of your data and who is granted access then it is considered private

Join the debate, what is your take on this?

Friday, April 29, 2011

The Team

 
My strong guess is that if you and I were to sit down and analyze your business right now... The odds are incredibly high that YOU are doing all the work to grow your business. And that's where the overwhelm, overwork, and frustration comes from. After all, growing a business takes a lot of work.

But, if you, and you alone, are doing all the work to grow your business, it means that your business is designed wrong. Because while it's true that growing a business takes a lot of hard work - it doesn't mean that YOU have to be the one doing all the hard work.

Now before you tell me you can't afford employees... Or that the ones you have are unwilling to do the hard work necessary... Let me stop you.

What I am talking about is much bigger and exponentially more powerful than simply hiring more help.

What I am talking about is growing your business in an entirely different manner.

What I am talking about is designing your business so you satisfy, better than your competitors, the essential needs, unconscious expectations, and perceived preferences of everyone your business interacts with.

That includes employees, outsourcers, affiliates, joint-venture partners, prospects, customers, suppliers, and anyone and everyone else your business relies on.

In other words, you build a business that every member of your team understand the business culture and knows how the business makes money .

The mistake most entrepreneurs make is they neglect everyone other than themselves. They design or default into a business where they are the only ones who truly benefit from it. And if that's the case, it shouldn't come as any big surprise that they're the ones who are going to have to do all the work to grow it.

What's worse? If you do all the work to grow your business, you end up with a job that owns YOU instead of a business that you own.


Thanks to Strategic Profits

Friday, March 18, 2011

Global Water Crisis

 
Over 1.1 billion people lack access to clean water and 2.5 billion lack access to clean sanitation. Potters for Peace will help reach the bottom of the pyramid in these communities; access clean water, improve hygiene, educate and financially empower.

Water.org wants to access 100million people in 5 years, with your help they can

Please watch the video on the link below and see our idea and solution to help solve this global water crisis....


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If you like the idea, please vote in favour

Monday, February 07, 2011

The Market Place

 
If you have ever traded online, you have probably used ebay as a platform for your trades.
I suggest you consider these alternative platforms that could be cheaper than ebay depending on your trades:
cqout.com - works similar to ebay but simpler and a lot cheaper
folksy.com - if you are into crafting and unique gifts
tinypayme.com - great platform if you want to sell through your twitter, facebook, blog.
No account needed, listing is free, just take a picture, write a description and give a price and you in business all under 5 minutes.
preloved.com - more like a second hand shop with both free and paid membership, free to sell.
Amazon is another great site to sell and good alternative to ebay................
Have a profitable trade and enjoy the new experience

Friday, January 28, 2011

Brand Effect


What image does your brand conveyed about its users.

For example:

  • Marlboro cigarettes convey customers as rugged and manly...
  • Mercedes conveys that customers have arrived financially and can afford the finer things in life...
  • The Wall Street Journal conveys readers as educated, center-right, and upwardly mobile...
Branding is an old concept, but still relevant in today's market if it is consistent over time

Most people are no longer sure about their goals and purpose and the meaning of their lives. Nowadays, the average person changes careers a minimum of five times and changes social relationships, homes, and social roles even more often. Which means most people are struggling to find meaningful ways to live.

A consistent brand
can be a source of hope and a great marketing tool.