Over here at Entrepreneurial Ambitions we know that success as an entrepreneur isn’t given to you: It is earned. For all the talk there is from people about wanting to be a successful entrepreneur, the majority rarely follow up their constant talk with persistent action. It is as if they receive more enjoyment from talking about success, rather than experiencing success. This is a backward mentality but is unfortunately how many “entrepreneurs” operate.
For every successful entrepreneur there is, there are probably a hundred others, if not more, who are failing or operating a mediocre business. Building success as an entrepreneur isn’t a small feat. It will probably be one of the hardest endeavors you pursue in your life. So much is expected of you and you want to step up and deliver, rather than being seen as a failure.
This is why I love to have conversations with individuals who have produced success as an entrepreneur. Their knowledge and insight is valuable information that can be used to help others operate more effectively as an entrepreneur.
My recent conversation was with Jordan French, co-founder of reputation management pioneer Status Labs as well as BeeHex, the 3D food printing award winner and media darling. From this conversation, you will learn how Jordan French developed a business that was named to the Inc. 500 and Fast 50 and how he positioned himself to gain more opportunities as an entrepreneur by co-founding BeeHex. Continue reading
Do you know what I hate hearing? And I mean really hate hearing.
Entrepreneurs who say that they hate selling.
What do you mean you hate selling! Selling is what fuels your business. Selling is what puts food on your table.
Saying something so stupid as an entrepreneur is irritating.
You are probably thinking that I have a background as a professional salesman. Why else would I be so passionate about selling?
No, I am not a professional salesman. Although I am a sales affiliate for Dream Big Youth Travel, which is another source of my income.
I am just a strong advocate for entrepreneurs knowing how to sell. And not just knowing how to sell, but knowing how to effectively sell. Continue reading
Why do companies search for the most qualified and experienced candidates? It is because they know that employees are the key to a successful business. While business owners often take on important tasks, make difficult decisions, and ultimately sign the paychecks, it is employees who truly maintain a company on a day-to-day basis.
Why Employees are Essential to Growth
As a business owner, you may feel the need to do everything yourself to ensure that it is done correctly. At the end of the day, however, taking on every task alone will be overwhelming, time-consuming, and maybe even straight up impossible. If you ever plan on expanding, taking on more clients, or becoming a well-known brand, you will eventually need to delegate tasks to employees.
Many companies, such as Apple, may have started out small, but as their products gained popularity, it became increasingly necessary to hire help. Without the dedication of these employees, Apple may not have reached the global success that it enjoys today. So, unless you want to remain like the Apple of 1976 (three friends in a garage), you may need to take on some employees (of which Apple currently has about 80,000). Continue reading
When I first began blogging, I did it in order to get my experiences, thoughts and opinions of entrepreneurship out of my head and into the world. I wanted people to read about my views on entrepreneurship and small business, with the intention to create engaging conversation around what I had written. What I didn’t understand when I started blogging was the concept of content, and how businesses would truly need content in order to prosper in the changing world of business/ consumer interaction.
Nowadays, a business with no content is a business that will find it very hard to gain attention in today’s competitive marketplace. The marketplace is constantly moving, which means a producer must be able to stay ahead of the demands of the consumer. Therefore, engaging content plays a vital role in keeping a business present in the mind of the consumer. But does just any piece of information qualify as valuable content?
No it does not!
Knowing how to create great content that produces value for your business, is a huge advantage when it comes to marketing your business. What you must know though, is that more goes into the process of content creation, than just the action of putting words together.
Content is not powerful if it does not reach its intended audience and create a feeling of inclusion and familiarity. These feelings being produced means that a connection between the reader and your content has been established.
But there is nothing worse than thinking that you have put together great content that only gets looked over. It can be deflating, making you question if producing content is actually worth the time and effort. Continue reading
Both new and veteran small business owners can benefit from knowing a little more about maximizing deductions and getting a better handle on tax time. Whether you are a small business owner who scrambles every year at tax season to substantiate deductions and report all expenses or you are a small business owner who is organized and ready for tax season time and again, you will appreciate at least one of these six tips for making tax time easier for small business owners. Continue reading