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Fred Goff
CEO and Founder of Jobcase
over 6 months ago

What would...Bill Gates... Zuckerberg.. & others do?

Interesting quick read on what some of the TechTitans would tell their teenage selves.... whadayathink? http://www.businessinsider.com/tech-leaders-silicon-valley-advice-teens-2018-6 #advice #teen #TechTitans #entrepreneur

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Carmella Price
over 6 months ago

Create Our Own business

To all seekers including myself. When you can find a Job, how about us creating a job, a business, our own business. Let's find someone with the qualifying skills that will enrich and or add to what we or you have and get a building and make people come to you. Create our own business. As you and I drive around and go in and out of businesses doing what we do, lets find away to bring out the best in ourselves and become business owners. Via a consulting firm, an Administrator where people hire you to do their work. Serena Fortenberry with all the years of work, maybe, just maybe you can open a client, something.....Powerful minds out there, right here. Dream and Dream big, this is America, build your name, your business, your company, your corporation, your LLC.. Can we do this? I can!... this is how I AM SEEING IT NOW. Change your thinking from Employee to Employer. Some of you have already been thinking like this, and have started, completed.. Some of you have been told, so Just Do it. Whose stopping you? Write your business plan, if you don't know how ask. Search. Help is out there for all of us..Faith without works is dead. Believe in yourself. I believe in you.

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Edna Madler
over 6 months ago

Looking for a partner to open a second hand store.

Life dream is to open a second hand shop in or near Shrewsbury, Mass. Anyone available or interested in partnering up?

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Jody Jenkins
over 6 months ago

help wanted has to be mobile

Hello im a entrepreneur i have alot of things going on i just need a partner thats people friendly and have time to work a few hour's each day.. Im paying 5-20$ a hour depends on how hungry you are. Ill provide training and you still get paid to learn .. After that you'll learn on your own and hopefully pass it along. Im westside detroit but we sale everywhere.. First week im paying $5 a hr training.. If u feel u dnt like this field no pressure u just made free money.. If interested message me to hear more about this movement.. Add me on fb to see for your self ( Jody Jenkins)

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Robin Sides
over 6 months ago

What are the duties of this job?

I'm currently on disability on can work a desk job. I have many yeas of experience in the bookkeeping field and was a former owner of, with my late husband, John Vines. We started John's Plumbing 32 years ago and it is now one of the largest plumbing companies in the State of Alabama. After my husband's untimely death, my son (Who is a pilot also) decided to take over the company and keep his father's good name and reputation going. He has now had it for almost fourteen years. His father and I worked very hard to make this company grow, but with a small time atmosphere; always being there to speak to the customer personally and put their plumbing needs at ease. I also enjoy coming up with little jingles like John's: "We Repair What Your Husband Fixed". This trademark is registered with the State of Alabama so that no one can use it in their business. I have also worked for many department stores and was top seller for many months in my department I have also worked in the medical field for many years; I was the supervisor for all 23 American Family Care Clinics here in Alabama and Mississippi. These positions were held in the 1990's.

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Dave Powers
over 6 months ago

Changing the way people view formerly-incarcerated individuals

I came across a great story about an ex-con who was having trouble finding work after his release from prison. He was not getting calls back after disclosing his criminal history, and decided to start his own business based on the fitness regiment he developed while in prison.

Most interestingly, the founder makes an effort to hire other former inmates for his company. Founding a business may not be right for everyone, but it's good to know that there are people out there who will relate to your situation and are willing to help give others a fresh start.

Here's an article about the founder and company: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/10/nyregion/at-a-gym-in-manhattan-fitness-tips-from-ex-convicts.html

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Cheryl Sherpinski
over 6 months ago

"Start your own business"

Why does this seem to be people's answer when someone posts that they are in desperate need of a job, bills past due, eviction, children to feed and clothe. Starting your own business is NOT something to do when you are in financial straits; it is very expensive to get licenses, inspections, and up front product. A lot of new businesses fail in the first 5 years, aside from having someone you can trust to keep books & pay taxes. The days when you could make home made food & sell it from a cart are gone, even to have a food truck takes cash up front. Starting a business or becoming self employed is not something to do when you are in a bad financial situation but something to do when you have saved a couple $1000 +.

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Patrick Coppedge
over 6 months ago

How to Start a Business (Step by Step Guide)

Starting a profitable business and being able to work for yourself, perhaps from home or by your own terms is turning out to be the new American dream. Less and less people are choosing the 9-5 jobs and working 30+ years under an employer.

More people are considering self-employment and the flexibility of running a business that allows them to pursue their passion. According to Forbes and the U.S. Department of Labor /Bureau of Labor Statistics, an average of 2 million Americans are voluntarily leaving their jobs every month.

If you’ve been longing to start a business and work for yourself, consider the following steps you need to take in order to make your dreams of entrepreneurship a reality.

Step 1: Choose Your Product or Service

Come up with an idea of a product or service you can sell that is in demand. Try not to limit yourself to ideas that you believe will make you a lot of money just because other people have been successful with them. The more unique your business is, the less competition you’ll have. Be sure to choose something to specialize in that will allow you to receive a suitable profit after various expenses and taxes are paid.

Step 2: Decide How Much You Can Invest

Your business will most likely have start-up costs whether it’s setting up a website, purchasing inventory or software, or becoming certified or licensed in a certain specialty. It’s important to prepare for various start-up costs and set a budget for how much you can afford to spend on your business initially.

It’s great to have savings along with an emergency fund set aside solely for your business. But whether you have this or not, it’s crucial that you determine how much you can invest in the business aside from any investors, loans or grants.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking you need a ton of money to get started either or listen to anyone who’s pushing you to spend way more than you feel comfortable with. Billionaire David Green started the renowned arts and crafts business known as Hobby Lobby with only $600. Nancy Lublin, the CEO of DoSomething.org, established her first organization Dress for Success with only $5,000.

Step 3: Do Some Market Research

Decide who you want your target audience to be. Try to narrow down who your ideal customers would be including their location, gender, needs, income level and other demographics. When you create a profile of your ideal target market, it will be easier to figure out how to sell your business to them.

Do some market research to determine their habits and spending trends. You can even create a focus group with a few individuals to get more feedback and examine your target market better. Before you launch your business, it’s crucial that you have a clear understanding of who you will be serving and how to reach them. If your target market won’t engage in your product or service, you may not have a business in the long run and that’s why this step is so important.

Step 4: Write a Detailed Business Plan

After you’ve committed to a business plan, looked at your current financial situation and complete some market research to help define your target market, it’s time to write out a business plan.

Your business plan should be thorough, clear and include a detailed summary of the purpose of your business along with your mission statement.

When you write your business plan, keep in mind that you will most likely need to show it to others for funding and to meet other needs so it should be convincing and sum up the purpose of your business.

Be sure to define your target market and how you plan to sell to them, your marketing strategy and your overall plan for launching and growing your business. You may want to have an editor or lawyer look over your business plan to make sure everything sounds clear and correct.

Step 5: Find Funding

Now that you’ve got a clear business plan to help ensure your success, you can confidently pitch investors about your business idea to see if they will help you with funding. Reach out to family and friends first, then, feel free to cold pitch others who you would like to develop a partnership with.

The worst people can say is no, but some might say yes. You can also research business grants to apply for or maybe even take out a small business loan as a last resort. Keeping your start-up costs low in the beginning is the best way to avoid having to take out a large business loan.

Step 6: Figure Out all the Legal Matters

Decide what you want the legal status of your company to be whether it’s a sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC (limited liability company), corporation or non-profit. This will help you determine your Federal tax responsibilities. You’ll also want to make sure you register your business name with the state government and get a tax identification number.

Figure out if you’ll need to have any licenses, permits or certifications in order to run your business and it won’t hurt to learn the legal steps involved with hiring an employee later down the line as your business grows.

Step 7: Set Up Shop!

After you’ve completed steps 1-6, you’ll finally be ready to rent out a location for your business or set up your home office. Create your business cards, set up a website and if you’re going to be running a brick and mortar business or working out of an office, secure a rented space in an ideal neighborhood where your target market can reach you if needed.

Figure out what will be the best way to do the bookkeeping for your business and organize invoices. At the beginning you can probably take care of the bookkeeping yourself. As the business grows, depending on the needs of your business, you can hire a bookkeeper or a CPA (certified public accountant). You may find it adequate to use PayPal and Freshbooks, two examples of companies who offer these services.

Order wholesale materials and inventory you might need before launching your business and start marketing to potential customers and clients. You can plan a grand opening launch for your business to help market and promote it to others so you can get off to a great start.

These seven steps will help set you on the right track for small business success. It does take work to start your own business but if you put the required time and effort into it, you can be on your way to being your own boss and enjoying financial independence.

The Small Business Administration is a great source of knowledge for anyone who is interested in starting their own business. Here is their link: https://www.sba.gov/#main-content

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Tori Byrd
over 6 months ago

Hairstylist looking for advice on going out on own

I am a hairstylist I have been in business for 32 years I need advice on how to go about promoting myself so I can get more clients to go on my own I have only worked for corporate companies so little scared of failing is Groupon good to use or anything else that will attract business

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