Archive for the ‘Business Ideas’ Category

Once you have a business idea how quickly should you start it?

Monday, April 10, 2017 11:23 2 Comments

Business ideas are like freshly buttered warm toast, they look wonderful. But if put to one side for long enough they get cold, stale and uninviting. The first surge of excitement at discovering an opportunity needs to then have action to build a momentum, which in turn drives further action. If the initial process of [...]

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Fed up with working for someone else?

Monday, January 23, 2017 14:13 2 Comments

Working for a company can bring security (less now than in the past) and for those that are fortunate, job satisfaction. However it also can bring the stress of not being in control of your own destiny and there is nothing like creating your own business, perhaps following a passion and using fully your skills. [...]

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Types of Business Funding

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 12:06 No Comments

Do you need funding? Start-up businesses often think that they need to find an investor. We only have to read in the papers about the latest internet billionaire to know that big funding means big success. Yet most businesses can get going, or even grow without external investment. It depends on the amount required to [...]

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Make your business scalable – the Investor holy grail

Thursday, November 12, 2015 12:09 No Comments

Firstly let me say what I mean by scalable. That each new customer produces additional revenue for very little addition cost. Think of software for example, once the costs of developing and producing the first copy are met, each additional sale of the software has minimal costs.  Whereas a service orientated business such as consulting [...]

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Use technology in your business or fail

Thursday, May 29, 2014 10:15 No Comments

In a previous work life, I used to give presentations on technology and as a way of lightening the tone of what could be a heavy session, I showed a cartoon. The caption read “In a moment of inspiration Dave the repairman connected the air-conditioner to the Internet”. Now, what’s funny about that you may [...]

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1000 Business Ideas you can start

Monday, March 24, 2014 10:47 No Comments

I’m always saying that ideas are 10 a penny, it’s getting off your backside and doing it (and doing it well) that counts. But are there really that many new business ideas about? I decided to have a look. Not all of them would in fact prove commercial and some when you examine them, are [...]

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Business Plans are worthless and a con

Monday, February 3, 2014 12:13 12 Comments

In talking to entrepreneurs the subject of business plans often comes up. While some have excellent plans, others haven’t and feel that business plans are a complete waste of time and just there to line the pockets of consultants. I think the issue is that the phrase “business plan” has become over used and lost [...]

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The 5 key things you must do before revealing your great idea

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 20:32 1 Comment

I often get calls from members who are looking for a Business Partner or Investor but are concerned about how much they can reveal of their business idea. It is a conundrum; because on one hand you need to tell something of your business idea in order to attract a partner or funding, but too [...]

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Top 8 mistakes when seeking Investment

Thursday, October 17, 2013 12:17 10 Comments

At Company Partners we talk to a lot of Investors and we often get the same observations about what Investors like and don’t like. Although I normally try and accentuate the positives to be learned, there are valuable lessons from the goofs to be avoided, here’s my top 8 mistakes when seeking an Investor:   [...]

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Case study – finding a business partner

Thursday, August 1, 2013 12:38 No Comments

  With Peer-2-Peer lending growing in popularity, Norman Akram realised that there was an opportunity for a company whose business model protects lenders against bad debt (most Peer-2-Peer loans are unsecured). A well tried model already existed in the form of pawnbroking and Norman set about developing a website platform for lenders and borrowers to [...]

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