The Key Qualities Of An Entrepreneur

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Being an entrepreneur isn’t just about making money. This way of life takes a very special type of person, with a unique set of traits which few will share. Of course, most of these can be learned, but you’ll need some support along the way. To give you this gift, it’s time to explore the different qualities you should be looking to have.

  • A Desire To Succeed

To begin, there is one massive thing separating those that can make their own money and those who have to work a normal job; the drive to succeed. You will have to work extremely hard to go far in your own venture. So, it makes sense that you should be incredibly target driven before you start. This will take discipline. But, once you’ve taken on these qualities, life in business will be a lot easier.

  • Passion For Learning

Along with a desire for success, a passion for learning will also get you a long way in your business. Qualifying with a distance learning MBA will take a lot of work. But, with the benefits it could give you, it will be well worth it. Along with this, though, you should also be willing to learn from your mistakes, as well as those of the people around you.

  • Patience In Everything

It can take a very long time before a company is off the ground. From the legal issues you might face to development time on your website and apps, there will be a lot of waiting around. Once you get started, though, is when the chaos will truly begin. To be able to deal with this, it takes a great degree of patience. You should make sure that you’re willing to work hard for several years without any sort of reward, as the true benefits of your business will be felt in the future.

  • Ability To Drive Yourself

During the course of your company, there will be times where you feel like there’s no point in what you’re doing. Of course, though, this isn’t true. The work you’re doing now is preparing for a much better future for yourself. So, the ability to push yourself through these spots is very important. Self-motivation techniques can be easily taught to yourself with the right amount of time.

  • The Power To Inspire Others

As your business grows and develops, it will slowly need more and more people to handle its workload. When you take on employees, your leadership skills will be put to the test, and you will need to be able to inspire people to work hard. Like business, management methods can be taught. So, it could be worth doing some learning before people are taken on.

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Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start working on yourself a little bit, before you work on your business. A lot of people make the mistake of rushing into their venture. But, with the right work, you can make a marked impact on your chances of success. The best business people get where they are thanks to a lot of factors.

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6 Great Tips to Help Your Fiancé Pick a Wedding Suit

 

 

So you’ve decided together that you would like to formalise your union, picked a wedding planner and perhaps decided that you want to hire a chateau for your wedding. You may even opt for Château Bouffémont, on account of its aristocratic charm, refined interior decor and spectacular manicured French gardens.

Indeed, as an exclusive venue, we are used to many of those who decide to get married with us asking about the finer points of picking a suit for the groom. So, here are the tips that will help you and your beloved to make the right choice of wedding suit sooner.

  1. Consider the setting

We mentioned our venue above, and this has greater influence on the suit and gown that you choose than you may initially presume.

Those who pick a chateau for wedding their beloved are best advised to go for something relatively formal and traditional. Then, there’s the matter of ensuring your respective outfits are well-coordinated with each other – you won’t want one to overshadow or distract from the other.

  1. Go for something timeless

‘Trendy’ fashions age quickly. You won’t want your groom to be mocked (even good-naturedly!) by their family members and friends every time the wedding photos are shown in years to come, all because they chose something that was ‘of its time’ to the point of cringe-inducing.

So, ensure they avoid the equivalent of a ‘Dad wearing flares’ moment by pointing them towards a classic and timeless look.

  1. Pay close attention to the fit

Again, a poorly fitting suit will be glaringly obvious in your wedding photos. That isn’t something you will want all of the family to be reminding themselves of for potentially decades to come.

That means ensuring the suit jacket shoulder lays flat onto your fiancé’s own shoulder, the jacket is just long enough to cover his seat, and his trousers sit on the shoe, with one crease in front of the trousers across the top of the shoe. These are just some of the widely accepted ‘ground rules’ for achieving the most appropriate fit for your groom’s suit.

  1. Achieve the right level of formality

The matter of how formal an appearance to seek for your fiancé’s wedding suit is naturally connected to several of the aforementioned factors, such as the setting provided by the venue. However, once you do know what formality level is appropriate, it’s important to know which suits lend themselves best to it.

A ‘casual’ suit might be easy enough to achieve, consisting of simply whatever breathable fabric makes him feel comfortable, such as a linen or a cotton. If the outfit needs to be especially formal, however, it could be a great idea to guide him towards a dark wedding suit characterised by a very fine and soft fabric, and peaked lapels for the most confident look.

  1. Give some thought to the fabric

It’s understandable why many brides and grooms may be drawn to heavier materials for a wedding suit, given their association with quality and expense. Certainly, if it’s quality you want – and a suit that maintains its shape over time – it’s wool, worsted or wool-blended suits that especially fit the bill.

However, even if you are on a budget, you can still achieve a smart look – as well as breathability – when you consider cotton and polyester suits.

  1. Encourage him to spend a little more

This might sound like quite a cheeky tip, but if there’s one time during your groom’s life that he splurges on anything, it might as well be when he is picking out a wedding suit.

Many years after the wedding, it is unlikely that you will remember the food you served your guests, or even necessarily the venue staff that assisted you, but instead the really big and special things, such as the setting in which you tied the knot and what you were both wearing.

Your wedding is a very special day that calls for a very special gown and suit – and for that, you and your fiancé will probably be thankful for having spent a little more on the outfits you both truly wanted.

Would you appreciate further guidance on how you can pick out the ideal suit for your fiancé? Vogue has detailed five mistakes that the groom needs to avoid when making his decision.

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Tweed: Stylish Ways to Wear it for Cheltenham Races

Tweed has always defined horsing events. However, you could be forgiven for thinking that the heavy material has no place in racing, probably from looking at pictures of summer events heralding soft fabrics and extravagant hats. However, if you go to a racing meet in the colder months, it can be difficult to dress appropriately and ensure that you don’t catch a chill at the same time. Tweed has become synonymous with the folk who grace Cheltenham’s ground, due to the Festival being in March. If tweed is something that you can’t imagine yourself wearing, then we’ve rounded up some of the key pieces, which might just inspire your race day outfit and make you change your mind.

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Since Coco Chanel reinvented the tweed jacket with the launch of Chanel, they have been pushing the boundaries of tweed style. The latest collection is no exception. With suiting moving into the mainstream, a tweed suit makes the perfect Cheltenham outfit, as you can invest in a piece from Chanel and continue to wear it in or out of work for years to come.


If you’re not into structure, this elegant midi skirt makes a great pairing with a dark fitted top for an alternative race day look. Whilst you float around the clubhouse, you could check out the horsing tips on Oddschecker. For the Cheltenham Festival they have Ballyandy at 25/1, so you can have an informed flutter on the horses whilst looking your part in tweed.


If it’s quintessential British glamour that you’re looking for, then look no further than Mulberry. Tweed at Mulberry is both feminine and practical. Take this coat for instance: perfect for the chillier months, but also softly structured, and beautifully finished with a bow. It makes the perfect formal coat, and the practical nature of the fabric makes it perfect for race day. If you want to go minimal but still follow the tweed trend, you can opt for one of the Mulberry tweed bags.


If head-to-toe tweed doesn’t ignite your bones, then accessorising with the fabric might suit you better. You could pair your outfit with a tweed scarf or bag and still join in with the statement. tartan tweed eye makeup was seen on the runway this season, so maybe if you are a head-to-toe tweed lover it might be something to try, and if you aren’t then it might make a good accent to your outfit.
Fashion statements will come and go, but tweed will always reign supreme on raceday at Cheltenham. The practical nature of the fabric alongside the glamour of a racing event ensure that it is a quintessentially British event, and in tweed, it’s easy to be both elegant and warm.

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Create A Business Address In Los Angeles Using Global Business Centers

Create A Business Address In Los Angeles Using Global Business Centers

Whether they are looking at a contact page on a website or a business card, the address of your business is one of the first things that a prospective client will see. Here is more on why you want to have your company associated with a reputable location, and how you can set up a business address without paying extensive location costs:

Why Location Matters:  On a global scale, Los Angeles is typically a well-known city and business center. However, some areas of Los Angeles are more reputable than others. For instance, Westwood or Beverly Hills are known to be “high-end” expensive business areas and will draw more positive attention to a new company. After all, a lucrative address is associated with a successful business.

How To Get An Address At Low Costs: While an office in Beverly Hills may cost a fortune in rent, utilities and maintenance, you can get the benefits of the Beverly Hills address without the high costs with a virtual office space. A virtual office will come with a virtual business address in a well-off area and other possible amenities.

What Else Is Available?: Many companies that rent virtual office space offer various bundles such as answering services and conference rooms for rent. Having a professional answering service can help ensure that you never miss an important phone call and that your clients can reach a professional during working hours- though some answering services are also 24/7. Should you need to physically meet with clients from time to time, you can also rent out a conference room for a fraction of the cost that comes with actually owning the room, and you can rent it only for the time of your meeting.

Having a great address can lead to a great business. A bit of planning and research can help you decide whether a virtual address may be right for your company.

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Building Your New Website

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When you get to the point of launching your website, it won’t be the last time you edit. Over time you will need to refresh the look, to update your programming and to fix any mistakes. You can stress about all the details before your launch it, but in the end, all you will end up doing is putting off the day when your website is up and running – which slows the process of your business.

There are a few things that you need to get as close to perfect as you can before you let the public see your site.

Theme

You need to create a website that represents your business – not you. You might be beautifully vintage, with barrel rolls and red lipstick, but is your business? Chose the right look that will appeal to your target audience. Keep it clean cut and simple and the look will be timeless.

Images

It’s always best to use your own images, but if you’re not the best photographer, or lack the right equipment, then use sites like Pexels and Flickr. Just make sure that the images are available for commercial use, and always credit the photographer. Again, make sure the images are appropriate for your business – a head shot of you on a night out might not set the best tone.

Content

You will be judged from the moment somebody clicks on your website. You need to look and sound the part. Good content is what attracts people to your site. A home page should be short and sweet – or a stream of your most recent blogs. The scroll-down idea is something everyone is used to thanks to social media. Save the history of your business for the about page. You can write the content yourself, or you can hire a professional writer to do it for you.

SEO

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is where keywords are used in the body of a text to increase the chances of your site being found. The ‘keyword’ is judged on the popularity of the phrase being used in a search engine. If we’re honest, no one moves past the first page of a Google search, if what we are looking for isn’t there, we try searching something else. The more adept at using keywords you are, the more of a chance you have at being on that front page, it is a type of website promotion. Any professional copywriter will know this and use it to benefit your business.

Web Management

You need to decide who is going to manage your site; will it just be you, or will others be able to contribute. Set out a calendar of when you are going to post new content, and when you are going to update anything on your site. If you say on your homepage that you post a new blog every week, then make sure you stick to that. If others can post, then make sure you are keeping an eye on the changes as what they do will affect your business for the better or for worse.

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Winter Newbie: A Few Tips to Keep you Warm This Winter

Seasons come and go, but for some reason, the winter seems to creep up on you. There you are, enjoying the warmth of each day, and all of a sudden a chill starts to take over your days. You realize that winter is around the corner. You should be prepared for the winter with the right winter basics. The following are some basics you should have, especially if you know you cannot handle winters as well as others.

Inner Warmth

One of the most important things you need to make sure you have this winter is that under layer. Layering is not something that you worry about much in warmer climates, but it becomes vital during the winter. You want to wear leggings and thin sweaters under the rest of your clothes. Be sure to consider either silk or wool, which are some of the warmest materials out there. Try to find 100 percent silk or wool to get the best out of your clothes.

The Socks

You probably already have your winter shoes, which are likely pretty warm, but you need to consider your socks. Most people have cotton socks, and those absorb moisture, which can make you feel even colder. You want to do the best you can to purchase warm socks this winter, especially if you are going to be outside for long periods of time. Stick to wool or alpaca, which are some of the warmest options. Make sure that you purchase long socks to get the most warmth out of your pair.

Ear Covers

Those who have walked in cold temperatures know that the ears get pretty cold; it could feel like the chill in the air is hurting your eardrum. You want to do your best to protect your ears during the winter. What you want to wear are ear muffs. Be sure to consider the warmest materials, too. Stick with wool or even fur, which are some of the warmest materials. There are different styles out there if you are worried that you won’t find ear muffs that work with your particular look.

The Coat

Another thing you absolutely need this winter is a good Merino Snug coat, which is made out of fine wool. Again, this is another important layer that you can use to keep warm this winter. Some people, especially the ones that have not gone through a bad winter, think that a coat is somewhat interchangeable with a jacket. This is not the case. Coats are thick pieces of cloth that help stop that chill from hitting your body completely, keeping you warmer longer. Coats are sometimes over-sized to keep more of your body warm during the winter. It also ensures that your clothes for the day stays relative snow-free.

Hopefully, some of these tips help ensure that you are warm this winter. Of course, there are other layers that you need to consider like a good scarf and gloves, but these tips should guide you in the right direction.

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Best Portable Payment System for Businesses

Many business owners today have forgone the typical storefront or stationary location and opted for a mobile business. This allows business owners to save money on rent and building maintenance, and put that money into bettering their service or improving on their product. Whether you determine that using the Clover Station, which is the largest option for a Clover POS system, is best for your business or decide to utilize the Clover Go, which conversely is the smallest Clover POS system, there is a quality portable payment system available that will enhance the way you do business and complete sales. Older credit card systems are outdated, unreliable, and insecure. New point of sale systems are both easier to use, and more productive for businesses. They can interconnect business by enabling you to check on your business from anywhere, or schedule payments from away from the office. Point of sale systems are easily manageable, and everything can be checked on your mobile phone. It is out with the old and in with the new, and point of sale systems are taking businesses to a more productive and advanced level.

Bring The Service To Them

Have you ever been waiting in line and just wished the store would open up more lanes for checkout or wished you could have called your order in so you didn’t have to waste time in line? Many, many people feel this way, so Merchant Account Solutions created the Clover Flex so businesses have the ability to offer smaller lines and shorter waits to their customers. Have a bunch of people in line waiting to place an order? With Clover, one of your associates could walk down the line and take orders, take payments, and give the customer their receipt before they get to the counter. This could expedite the entire purchasing process for you and your customers. Also, no more need to always print receipts, as customers can choose to have it emailed to them. This technology is making it easier to instantaneously send over orders from one part of the business to another, saving time and increasing productivity. It also frees up space over time, by eliminating the need to keep track of papers, and therefore simplifying organization.

Point of sale systems also offers back of the house processes, such as reports, tracks sales, and if you are already utilizing a Clover device it will easily sync with that device so everybody can be current on what is happening in real-time. Connecting the entire business over multiple devices simplifies tasks and automatically inputs things where they belong, rather than manually inputting the same things into different sections.

The days of manual card machines and needing cold hard cash are over. Businesses now have the capability to close sales quicker and get customers on their way. Be prepared to see your business grow with a portable POS system.

For more information on point of sale systems, visit Merchant Account Solutions.

 

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How to Find the Right Car For Your Lifestyle

 

 

If you are considering purchasing a new or used car, you might not be sure what to look for. Perhaps you are concerned that your car might not fit into your lifestyle in a few years, or you might be wondering if your car will be functional enough to do everything you need, from grocery shopping to getting you to work. Here are a few pointers to keep a lookout for, when you are trying to make a choice. Seeking out these qualities, or having an idea of what you may need is helpful before you make a purchase.

Think About Possible Life Changes

You may be single now, but do you envision yourself getting married, having children, or bringing in additional people to your life within a few years? If you think there is a possible yes to any of these questions, consider looking for a car that will accommodate at least three people, or think about getting an SUV. These types of cars will give you plenty of room, but are still not too big, even if you plan on being single for a few more years still.

Consider How Far and How Often You Drive

Do you drive long distances to work, or travel a lot, either around the state or sometimes cross-country? If so, you will want to look for a car that is newer, in good condition, and has low mileage. If you do not drive a lot for work or other reasons, you will still want a car in good condition, but you won’t have to worry about it being newer. Low mileage is always nice to have, but if you are driving only a little, it is not necessary.

Determine if Leather of Fabric Seats Are Better for Your Life

Consider what type of seats would be best for your car and your lifestyle. For example, if you have pets, and like to take them traveling, think about if you would rather have leather (which can be easier to clean with dogs), or if fabric is a better fit for you. Also consider other possibilities, such as having children, hobbies, or traveling, and how these might affect your choices. Figuring this out not will ensure that you are happy with your car in the long term, and won’t want to trade it in or replace it.

Before you go out and buy a car, it is important that you determine what will work for you and your lifestyle. This could range from thinking about if your life will change in the next few years due to family expansion, or if you travel very far for work or other reasons. If you mostly stay at home, you can change the type of car you are looking for, and have less restrictions. Finally consider if you have pets, and what needs they would have if you were to take them for car trips often during the lifetime. Doing so now will help you to find a car that you truly love.

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Recycling Your Old Mobile to save For a New iPhone

 

 

In today’s market, mobile phones typically don’t last more than two years, with the latest releases are forcing older gadgets devices into drawers and cupboards. However, what many people don’t know is that they can still recycle the old phone through recycling companies. Whilst the process of phone recycling may appear stressful, today it has been simplified where you can actually get money very quickly for your old phone or even other electronics. All it takes is for you to send the old device through the post and the recycling company sends you money equivalent to the value of your old mobile phone.

Why Recycle?

If you are hard pressed for cash to get a new mobile phone contract, you could solve the problem by selling your old phones. Many people today have at least one or two old phones lying idle somewhere in the house or office besides the one currently in use. Of course, you could always sell your old phone to a friend or to that used items store near you. However, professional mobile recycling offers an excellent way for getting rid of those outdated handsets while you also safely make some money during the process.

How Does Sell My Mobile Work?

Recycling companies pay when you turn in those older mobile phones in your custody. There are, however, limitations to this recycling process, such as the age of your old mobile phone. In general, any device that is 2G gets immediately recycled and transformed into some new product. Also, note that some places may not pay for such older models if they cannot be refurbished and sold again.

You should not go through the stress associated with selling your old mobile phone by dealing with shoppers who are undecided or that old friend from college who could easily let you down by backing out unexpectedly. Today, there are professional and recycling firms that judge your phone and determine its value before confirming the sale and sending you the money that can go towards acquiring that coveted iPhone 6s!

Which Phones Can Be Recycled?

Any type of phone that can be refurbished and resold can earn you some quick money. Don’t count on getting the big bucks, but if handled smartly, you stand to get a fairly decent deal. This also applies to your ancient, broken, cracked phones as well as other electronics you wish to get rid of. You may still get something back for such or at least be assisted in getting rid of them safely and responsibly.

It goes without saying that what you get in return for your old phone will be dependent on the phone type. For example, an older iPhone 6s model will certainly get you more cash than an old Samsung Galaxy. Obviously when I sell my mobile, the more features it has such as a working camera, the more cash I am likely to receive.

Make Money, Conserve the Environment

Besides the plastic, mobile phones also contain precious metals that can be usefully recycled to save resources that otherwise would have gone to the landfill. When some of these materials get to the landfill, they can contaminate drinking water and the soil as well as pollute the air.

Before Sending Phone Over

If perhaps your phone is only slightly dysfunctional, check with dealers how much a new one goes for you to get an estimate of its value. The problem could be something as small as the battery, which if you replace adds value when you take it for recycling. Be smart and take steps that can boost the value of your old device. You may, for example, sell the charger separately through another channel such as eBay!

Conclusion

Today there are numerous dedicated and super-speedy web-based phone recycling companies which are ready to take away your old phone and in exchange give you cash. So, rather than letting your old phones gather dust in a drawer or sending them to the garbage dump where you get nothing in return, why not recycle them and in the process give them a new or extended lease of life or raise money towards your new iPhone 6s?

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What You Should Learn In Your Startup’s First Year

 

Let’s face it; your first year of business is going to be a tough one. Your one great idea has brought about the desire to set up a company, and it’s more than likely that you’ll be doing this alone. That’s why it’s important that you learn as much as you can during these early stages so that you can assure future success.

How important a business plan is

The decisions that you make now are likely to affect the future of your company, so it is absolutely vital that you’re aware of the importance of a business plan. Your business plan should be considered before your company officially begins operating and it should define and outline your overall vision. Include realistic time frames and profit forecasts as well as considering any issues you might encounter and how these may be overcome.

How to hire good employees

Hiring for any company is difficult but hiring for a startup is even harder. You’ll probably have a limited flow of cash and hiring the wrong employee at such an early stage could turn out to be financially disastrous. You need to make sure that the people that you hire are aware of, and share, your vision and long-term goals. Remember that word of mouth is an effective hiring tool, especially once you’ve built your brand and an attractive company culture. Talented people always want to work with other talented people – bear this in mind, and you won’t go wrong.

How to manage your expenses

One of the main reasons that companies fail within their first year is because they run out of money so as a startup business you’ll need to be particularly aware of exactly where your money is going. At the start, you may not be able to afford an accountant to keep track of your finances for you, but by making sure that you always keep your personal and business finances separate and keep a hold of receipts and invoices, you should be able to manage it easier. Companies such as Setup A Company offer business accountancy services for small business owners either as a free add-on to your company formation or as a standalone service.

How to network

It’s easy to build lasting business relationships if you know how to network. Make an effort to attend professional events that are specific to your industry, whether these are likely to be attended by potential business partners, employees or customers. Networking gives you and your company a visual presence and a chance to find talent, clients and fresh ideas.

How to adapt to your customers

You’re investing in your business to generate sales leads, but it’s important that you meet the needs of your customers too. On your website, you should identify how your product or service is going to help your customers and how your company stands out from those that are similar. There is always going to be companies that offer similar, if not the same, products and services to you but focusing your attention on what makes your company a better choice is the best way to move forward.

How to stick to what you’re good at

In the first year of your startup you’ll be overwhelmed with ideas about how to improve your business, but at this stage, it’s vital that you stick to what you know and what you’re good at. There is a difference between what you’re good at and what you want to be good at and identifying this will allow you to consider where you need to outsource certain things. Typically, you should try to outsource what is not essential to your core offering or what someone else can do better, or cheaper than you could yourself.[[

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