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Where can I get a grant to start my business?

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Have you ever wanted to know if you could get a grant from the government to start your own business?

Wouldn’t that just be awesome…

It’s like getting FREE money to do with as you please.

Now for a real dose of reality.

Although grants are certainly possible for a numerous amount of great causes, none of those causes are for helping you start your business.

Typically what you will find when it comes to getting a grant is that they are usually for non-profit types of businesses that have a very specific purpose and will most often have a list of requirements that have to be met before the grant is given.

They are usually never given to individuals who want to do their own startup and who most definitely who do not have a track record of success.

And yes, I do know that there are info-mercials and books that try to lure you in with the thought that you can get a grant for whatever business you might choose, however the fact of the matter is that what these guys are doing is zeroing in on you being desperate. The desperate mind will often toss out logic when an idea is presented to you.

Where the rational mind will be more likely to use logic to rule out the idea.

Now there are situations where getting a grant for your business is certainly possible.

I know…just a few moments ago I said that it wasn’t possible. But read on to find out how.

And that is if your business is a non-profit type or one of the ideas that the government has listed as being one where they will issue a grant.

Besides those that I just mentioned, getting a grant for your business is less likely to happen.

If you are really strapped for cash at the start then I would recommend that you look at different alternatives. One being crowdsourcing.

Now there is a good chance that you may have heard of the site kickstarter.com. They are one of the leading crowdsourcing sites in the business.

However, I prefer the site indiegogo.com.

Why?

Well they have a simple quirk in their system. And because of that quirk your dream of running your own business can become true.

What’s the quirk you ask?

How about an example.

Let’s say that you want to start your own clothing business.

And you’ve determined that you will need let’s say $5000 smackers to get you going.

Where if you were using kickstarter and you began to raise funds for your goal. If you came up short, then you don’t receive anything. It’s back to the drawing board.

Now compare that to indiegogo.

For the same campaign if you came up short. whatever the amount that you were able to raise you would actually get to keep and use towards building your business.

Much, much different.

Anyhow…

Your turn:

What do you think about grants? do you run a non-profit business? If so, how do you deal with grants.

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Where should I incorporate my business?

I’m often asked this question from time to time about where you should incorporate your business. And honestly I usually respond back with the answer “in your home state.”

The reason being that you will have a better understanding of the state that you are in as opposed to you having to learn about another states laws when it comes to incorporating your business.

Now of course there are some benefits of incorporating your business in others states that can look really enticing. Things like cheaper taxes for the members of the company are always a big lure. In fact Delaware is known for their much more friendlier corporate laws. And I’ve seen some owners take a two step approach.

What’s the two step approach?

First they would incorporate their business in their home state.

Then in step two, as some time has past, they would actually incorporate in another state after they have had some time in business.

Is this a good way to do incorporation?

It depends.

Doing the two step approach can mean that there can be some confusion later on down the road and who wants to deal with that. Paperwork, and changing any marketing materials associated with the change can prove to be a bit much.

In the end what should really determine your own particular answer to this question should be your planning. What do you want to achieve with your company in the long term.

It may be that in the short term it doesn’t really matter where you incorporate your business because your goal might be to sell it at a later date.

Or

In the long run you may want to have a more stability for personal reasons.

You’ll have to be honest with yourself and you are doing your planning.

Your turn:

What do you think about incorporating in another state? Leave me a comment below.

5 ways to fund your business, which one is best for you?

Are you still stuck trying to fund your breakthrough idea?

There are numerous ways that you could go about finding your investment angel..however you don’t want to waste your time and effort only to come up short on funding.

Here’s how you can know for sure on which route is best for getting your business off of the ground. Read more…

Warning: This May Be The Most Important Post You Will Read Today…

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For some of you who have been reading my blog now for a couple of months what you’re about to read could very well be the most important message that you will read today.

Here’s why…

I’ve been online sine 1999 and over the past 14 years I’ve learned a lot. I’ve made mistakes that’s cost me money and I’ve made great moves that’s made me a lot of money.

But here’s why you would be interested in what I’m about to say.

You see, over those years when I was making my many mistakes with trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t. I had the thought to write down what I was doing. Good or bad it went into my little personal journal.

If you’ve been online for any length of time or even if you’re just starting out and looking just to be able to make a little extra income from your website, then you will learn a lot from my life lessons.

Let me give you an example of what’s being peddled today to people online that will apply to you right now.

You pretty much know that google has made changes to it’s algorithm. Panda and Penguin have knocked out once trusted sources online and made them irrelevant as google aims to always deliver relevant content.

Well one of the things that’s being routinely stuffed down your throat by the guru’s is the concept of if you want to make money online then start making a bunch of websites around a keyword or phrase, put about 5 – 15 articles on it, throw up some adsense and you can make money that way. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times my inbox is hit with offers pitching this idea. And truthfully, they do a good job of making it sound easy.

I admit, I fell for it years ago…..

But here’s what you have to remember, if you chose to go that route than you will not only come up short in the long run, but you will become even more frustrated in the process.

See what they have conveniently left off is that googles algorithm frowns on these kinds of sites. What google wants from you is quality content. They don’t want you to try and game the system by throwing up sites so that you can earn a few bucks off of them.

I tested out that strategy and it cost me a lot of money.

Here is just a taste of what you will be looking at.

Basically you will need to hire competent writers to fulfill all of the content that will be needed to fill your sites out. Trust me, you won’t be able to write about all of the topics that you will come up with for your niche. For one, a lot of the topics that you will choose, you won’t have a clue about so you will need to outsource it because for every minute that you spend researching about your topic it’s a minute spent not writing. Another issue you will face is that just because you find a niche that you think might be profitable, it doesn’t mean you want to learn about it personally. That will make it hard for you to write about it on a regular basis.¬† However here’s what happened.

The sites I created got ranked, yea for me… but quickly dropped off the first page.

Why?

Because what google also wants is to give it’s readers the most current information on a topic.

But here is the funny thing.

When I would add more articles that were current and quite lengthy, the sites would move back up the rankings.

The takeaway here is that unless you plan on updating your sites on a regular basis then putting up a lot of sites with a few articles on it here and there…then that won’t work.

Now even with that being said, I want to share with you a simple way for you to still give google what they want and never have to worry about posting up articles like you were a mad genius.

What you have to do is create “epic shit”

Pardon my french.

Here’s what I mean by epic shit.

You articles should be able to answer the questions that your readers will have and they should come away with the thought that you covered the topic in a very thorough way. This usually means a longer article. More than the 400-500 word range that you hear the guru’s recommend. I routinely write 1500 – 2000 word articles to cover topics in my niche.

And guess what?

These little masterpieces get ranked really fast. Now you want to here the really cool part. I don’t even try and do all of that seo stuff. That’s not to say that I haven’t tried doing seo because I have.

Keyword research, H1 tags, keyword phrase in the first sentence, keyword density no more that 3%, keyword towards the beginning of my description and all that good stuff. I’ve done it and it’s a real pain in the butt. It’s much easier to just write out your article without having to go and add all of those things.

This then poses a problem for you if you want to create websites for your products and services that get ranked and shared naturally.

How do you create epic shit when you are not a writer yourself and you don’t want to give yourself a headache trying to do all of the seo stuff.

Your answer lies in one powerful word that holds the key to you finally breaking through and making good money with your websites.

That magic word is…Content…

You have to know how to create relevant content that educates your market.

When you know how to do that and can do that on a regular basis, you know longer have to worry about algorithm updates.

The people who are reading your articles will pass them around naturally because of the quality of your content and the education that they are getting.

When they say that content is king…it is definitely true.

Now I’m going to pull back the cover on what makes quality content.

It boils down to structure.

The structure of how you present your information to your readers is what will get them to say…aha…that’s just what I was looking for. It’s like you are reading their minds and giving them exactly what they are looking for.

When I first started out as a copywriter, one of the first experiences I came across when it came to structure was A.I.D.A.

Attention – Interest – Desire – Action

Although A.I.D.A works, it’s geared more towards advertising and not content creation. However in order to create top notch content I needed something more. I hit my writing lab and created what I like to call P.O.A

It took a couple of months to work out the kinks in order to create this system, but I finally figured out how to use it for writing epic shit.

So if you are saying to yourself…”Okay great, you have this system, that’s good for you, but what does this have to do with me”

Actually it has a lot to do with you.

I’m in the process of putting everything I know about how you can create epic shit which is content that google will drool over all in one location online.

And the best part is that creating epic shit isn’t hard to do at all.

It’s easy to do once you know the steps you have to take and I will show you exactly how to do it.

In fact here’s a sample of what I will be sharing with you:

  • The one simple question you need to ask that will reveal the hidden structure you will need to create in order to have your readers willing to crawl over broken glass to get what you have to offer.
  • How to write headlines that grab your markets attention so that they read every word that you write like their life depended on it
  • How to exploit the emotions of your prospects
  • The 10 basic emotional triggers that are used in marketing and how to sprinkle them throughout your content to create little masterpieces that tug at your prospects inner issues
  • How to mix emotional copywriting with your content so that your readers are sucked in like a fly to fly paper.
  • How to easily lead your readers to the sale and have them asking you to please sell them something
  • 11 ways to write an attention grabbing post
  • 10 ways to write blog posts that will prove your authority on a subject
  • 11 blog post ideas that will make you the hero of your niche
  • How to build your own tribe that will support you in both good and bad times
  • An easy 1,2,3, step for creating articles that your readers will want to read over and over again
  • How to know exactly what to cover in your content so your readers will find your site and be in a buying mode
  • The strategy for generating free traffic that makes google irrelevant

There will be quite a bit more that I will be teaching than what I wrote here. Everything that you will be getting will be about how to make your business recession proof and for you not to be so reliant on google. The best thing I ever did was to stop relying on google as my sole source for getting traffic. Once I did that then generating traffic became much easier. And I’ll show you how you can do it too. If you can sit down and do a little thinking for 5 minutes then you can generate traffic that doesn’t call for you to be afraid of the famous google slap.

Now before you go off and start thinking that this will be some high priced product, let me tell you that it won’t be that at all. Honestly I wouldn’t offer a high priced product unless you’ve first experienced success through what I teach. To start off with an expensive product without proving myself to you would be a total loss. You’ll understand why I can say that once you are involved in what I will be teaching.

So if it won’t be a high priced product then it must be some sort of webinar where you will offer it at the end. I’ll admit that I do like webinars, but I don’t do them and nor will this be hidden behind a webinar.

Well how will you be able to access it?

You’ll have to wait and see for that answer.

Meanwhile…make sure you stay tuned¬† to find out even more details on how you can create the online business that you’ve always dreamed of.

“The Definition of An Entrepreneur: Truth, Lies and Fairy Tales

Hey folks,

I came across a nice little video that explores the question, what exactly is an entrepreneur. It’s a short piece, but none the less, it gives you a snapshot of the various thoughts about being an entrepreneur.

Take a few minutes to watch the check it out.

I’m interested in seeing what are your thoughts on the topic.

What is your definition of an entrepreneur? Does your definition fit any of the definitions that you saw in the video?

I’d like to know, leave me a comment below.

“Becoming a Business Entrepreneur: Do You Really Have What It Takes?”

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What does it take to become a business entrepreneur? I’ve often heard that entrepreneurs are born and not made.

Honestly that’s just not true. I’ve seen many entrepreneurs who developed themselves into great business owners.

They debunked that myth. Defied the odds. Or whatever you want to call it.

Of course there are other myths out there that may catch you as well. However, I’ve found a good article that covers four myths about entrepreneurs. It’s written by Teri B. Clark. I’d like you to check it out and tell me what you think.

This article is from ezine, but I’m republishing the article for you here to make it easy for you to read in one place.

Are You Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?

By Teri B. Clark

Are you tired of working for someone else? Do you feel that you have a great idea that can be the start of a great business? Do you see opportunities everywhere you look? Well, then, you might just be an entrepreneur.

Before you can know if you are cut out to be an entrepreneur, however, you have to understand just what an entrepreneur is. That is not quite as simple as it sounds since the definition has been changing for nearly 100 years!

The first definition was simply someone who invented something. Eventually it turned into someone who owned a business. Neither one of these definitions really got to the heart of entrepreneurship. The best definition I have found, and the one used most often today is this:

Someone who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks for a business or enterprise.

This description shows that not only does a person “invent” something, but that they see the opportunity and build a business around it. An entrepreneur has a vision and builds around this vision.

Debunking Entrepreneurial Myths

Not only have definitions been changing, many myths have been flying! There are many myths associated with what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Let’s examine of few of these and see if we can’t put things into a better perspective.

  • Myth #1: Entrepreneurs are born, not made.

Is it true that you are either born an entrepreneur or you are not? Are you doomed to forever work for someone else simply because of your genetic makeup? It is true that entrepreneurs typically have a flair for the creative and a lot of energy. These are things that we are born with. However, just having these characteristics certainly does not make you into an entrepreneur.

These talents by themselves are like unmolded clay or an unpainted canvas. A true entrepreneur takes these characteristics and gathers the right skills, experience, and contacts. They are also constantly searching themselves to make improvements. You are quite likely to find an entrepreneur in the “self help” aisle of a bookstore!

So, the answer to the question? Yes and no. Yes, there are talents that most entrepreneurs are born with. And no, you have to actually use and continue to improve these talents!

  • Myth #2: Anyone can start a business.

Although it is true that anyone can acquire a business license and open shop, there is far more to “starting a business” than starting up. The easiest part is starting up. The hardest part is surviving, sustaining, and building. It takes work to overcome, to build, to persevere, to create, and succeed. To be a champion it takes focus, creativity, diligence, time, and resources.

Can anyone start a business? Yes, they can. Can anyone succeed? Yes, if they put their heart and soul into it, along with the right resources!

  • Myth #3: Entrepreneurs are their own bosses and completely independent.

The dream of being “your own boss” often captures the attention of those working for someone else. There is this notion that the boss makes up the rules and only has fun. This is far from true! Entrepreneurs, though independent, have to serve many masters including customers, employees, families, and those involved in social and community obligations. Entrepreneurs, however, can make free choices of whether, when, and what they care to respond to.

  • Myth #4: Entrepreneurs are motivated by the quest for money

A sense of personal achievement and accomplishment, feeling in control of their own destinies, and realizing their vision and dreams are the most powerful motivators for entrepreneurs. Money is viewed as a tool and way of keeping score.

Eight Entrepreneurial Characteristics

Remember that entrepreneurs are always striving to improve themselves. So, in reality, if you want to be an entrepreneur and you are willing to work on it, you can eventually be one!

Over the years, people have studied entrepreneurs to determine what makes them successful. Certain characteristics seem to show up over and over again. Here are the 8 characteristics that you will want to have and improve upon if you wish to be a successful entrepreneur:

1. Leadership

2. High Energy

3. Self Confident

4. Organized

5. Competitive

6. Prepared to Work Hard

7. Risk Taker

8. Good Communicator

Take a good hard look at the list. Do you have these qualities? Do you have all of them? If not, which ones do you lack and what can you do about it?

For instance, are you lacking in organizational skills? There are certainly a large number of books and websites devoted entirely to this subject. So, read a good book and then follow the advice! Organization can be a learned trait, not just one you are born with.

What about communication? Do you have trouble expressing yourself and your ideas? The best way to get over this is to communicate more! Try joining Toastmasters so you can speak at every opportunity. Or take a course in speaking or writing.

There is nothing on this list that can’t be learned. There is also nothing on this list that entrepreneurs can live without. So, if you want to be an entrepreneur, be honest with yourself and then get to work!

Five Entrepreneurial Resources

In addition to characteristics, entrepreneurs must have certain resources at their fingertips:

1. Enough money to see the project through: Most business ventures fail, not due to poor ideas, but due to lack of money! You will need to have a plan of action and know what start up money you need.

2. Good health: Being an entrepreneur requires long hours of hard work. Being in poor physical shape will not help you be successful in your new venture! Consider some new habits, like exercising, quitting smoking, or even taking a stress management class.

3. Unique product or service: You can’t sell something that everyone else is already selling. It doesn’t have to be brand new, but it does have to have a new twist!

4. Family/friend support: Since being an entrepreneur takes a lot of time, you will want to have family support.

5. Experience: You need to have an interest and at least some experience in your chosen field.

Just as with the talents, these resources can also be acquired. The point here is that you can’t be an entrepreneur without them!

So now you know what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Do you have the skills? Do you have the resources? Are you willing to sacrifice and change to get them? Leave me a comment below.