9 Tips for Starting a Business (Learn Faster)

30 05 2015
  1. A niche that’s obvious to you isn’t obvious to everyone
  2. Build upon a strength
  3. Stop making excuses
  4. Work for someone else first
  5. Read more
  6. Assume everyone is dumb
  7. Every dime you spend should have an ROI (Return Of Investment)
  8. Get your 1st sale ASAP
  9. You will be humiliated by failure

If you are unwilling to fail, sometimes publicly and even catastrophically, you stand a very little chance ever of getting rich.





How To Make Ice Candy For Sale Version

30 05 2015

From: melyskitchen.blogspot.com

An ice candy recipe designed to those who are planning to make ice candy that is for sale. This formula will make your customers come back for me, because this is really delicious and the ice is soft and smooth because of the cornstarch. Affordable and simple ingredients yet delicious. Will you start selling ice candy this summer? Who knows  where this small business could bring you? :-).DSC_0078

Ingredients for more than 200 pieces Ice candy using 1 1/4 X 10 Ice Candy Wrapper
7 litres water ( I revised the recipe on August 25, 2014 from 4 litres I tried 7 litres and it’s better.)
1 cup powdered milk ( any brand)
2 cups corn starch or cassava starch dissolved in 1.5 litres water
1 3/4  kilos sugar ( you may reduce the sugar according to your taste)
1/2 tsp salt
Add your desired flavor ( buko, mango, chocolate, pineapple, etc)

300 pieces ice candy wrapper

Procedure:
1. Put the water in a big pot then bring to a boil, add the sugar and salt and mix well until it is fully dissolved.
2. Add the dissolved corn starch and powdered milk, stir very well to avoid the lumps formation, boil for 8 minutes, then turn off the heat, allow to cool for few hours then add your desired flavor.
3. Pack in the ice candy wrapper and freeze until frozen and it is now ready to be sold.
Note: If using fresh fruits at least 1 cup for flavoring if using a concentrated flavoring at least 1/2 cup or according to your taste.





10 Great Ways to Generate Business Ideas

29 05 2015

You know it’s time to venture out on your own, but what to do? Find the business of your dreams with these ideas.

Great business ideas are all around you. Just open yourself to the possibilities, and you’re bound to find a winner. To start your search for that drop-dead idea that’s going to set the world on fire, start with the following sources. Culled from marketing guru Al Ries, chairman of Roswell, Georgia-based marketing strategy firm Ries & Ries and co-author with Laura Ries of 22 Immutable Laws of Branding, and business trendwatcher Perry Lowe, professor of marketing at Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts, these can be the first steps in your search for the business of your dreams.

  1. Start with family.Tapping family for great business ideas may not seem like an obvious first step. Sure, you’ll hit them up for cash once you’ve developed your idea, but what can your aging father or cousin Margaret contribute this early in the process? Plenty. Donald Trump certainly wasn’t bashful about learning the real estate business from his dad, Fred, who ran a thriving real estate development company, says Ries. Trump had the good sense to get some priceless training before going off to become one of the country’s foremost builders and real estate developers. “If his father hadn’t provided the foundation and training [he needed] to create a profitable business, Trump wouldn’t be where he is today,” Ries explains. “Unfortunately, many people insist on [creating a business] themselves without any help from their family. That’s foolish.”
  1. Get a little help from your friends.Ries says you are severely limiting yourself if you rely solely on your own ideas–especially when your creative juices run dry. “This is reason enough to listen to ideas others may have,” he says. “If you have 15 or 20 friends, chances are a couple of them have some incredible business ideas.”

If it weren’t for Steve Jobs’ good friend Steve Wozniak, there would be no Apple Computer today, Ries points out. “Jobs didn’t know anything about computers,” he says. “Wozniak, on the other hand, was the computer genius who developed the first Apple.” Jobs had an eye for great business ideas and saw the marketing potential for developing a new type of computer. The important lesson is to keep your antenna up at all times so you can retrieve good ideas when you stumble across them. Ries insists you can make more money recognizing someone else’s idea than creating one yourself.

  1. Look at all the things that bug you.It may not sound profound, but Ries says this is fertile ground for great business ideas. He cites how upset Kemmons Wilson was in the 1950s when a motel owner wanted to charge him an additional price for each of his five children. He was so ticked off, he launched Memphis, Tennessee-based Holiday Inn, today one of the world’s largest hotel chains.

If King C. Gillette hadn’t been fed up with the tedious process of sharpening his straight-edge razor, he wouldn’t have founded the massive disposable razor industry. When he took his idea for a portable razor with a blade that could be used several times to a research university for assistance, engineers questioned his sanity. Gillette followed his instincts and the rest is history.

  1. Tap your interests.Thousands of clever people have taken up hobbies and turned them into a successful business. Tim and Nina Zagat, who launched theZagat Surveys, a publishing empire that sells restaurant guides for many major U.S. and European cities, are great examples. In the early 1970s, the Zagats were high-priced corporate attorneys whose passion was dining out. For fun, they created a newsletter in which they asked their friends to rank popular restaurants in several categories. Each year, the newsletter encompassed more restaurants. Eventually it became such an expensive and time-consuming undertaking that the couple began charging money for it to allay their expenses. That was the meager beginning of the famedZagat Survey, which is sold in bookstores worldwide. “When you’re doing something you love, it’s never considered work,” says Ries.
  2. Travel.Traveling opens your eyes to a plethora of potential business ideas. Ries cites Leopoldo Fernandez Pujals’ discovery of Domino’s Pizza on a trip to the United States from his native Spain. Pujals was so impressed with the fast-food operation, he went back to Spain and launched his own version, called TelePizza, in 1986. His company now registers $260 million in sales, and employs 13,000 people in eight countries.
  3. Keep your eyes open.“When you see something that piques your interest, ask yourself, What is it about this situation that’s special?” says Ries. “Then narrow your focus so you home in on the idea.” The process of zeroing in on the idea often spawns important niche markets. “Blockbuster Video’s niche is renting videos, and Bulbs Unlimited’s niche is selling light bulbs,” says Ries. Get it?
  4. Examine old mousetraps–then build a better one.“If a product doesn’t meet your own high standards, create a better one,” advises business trendwatcher Perry Lowe. “That’s what put Ben & Jerry’s on the map.” Ice cream fanatics Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield felt popular ice creams weren’t rich and tasty enough for their cultivated palates, so they created their own super-premium line of ice cream, which is a bestseller nationwide. Just think: If these ice cream gurus weren’t such picky eaters, there would be no Cherry Garcia, Chubby Hubby or Phish Food to enjoy.
  5. Take it to the streets.There’s no better place to lock into up-and-coming trends than city streets, Lowe contends. Street culture spawned punk, hip-hop, grunge and a number of other fads that rapidly evolved into multimillion-dollar businesses. “Great ideas can often be found by just browsing happening inner-city neighborhoods in virtually any big city in the United States,” says Lowe.
  6. Sleep on it.Many people ignore their dreams, and some don’t remember them at all. But sometimes it pays to listen to those inner messages, no matter how strange or unintelligible they are. “You never know, you might just find the germ of a great idea,” says Lowe. The tough part is crawling out of bed in the dead of night to jot down those great ideas before they’re forgotten.
  7. Check out the Net.Finally, Lowe endorses Web surfing as a fun way to log on to potential business ideas. “Virtually every search engine has a ‘What’s New’ or ‘What’s Hot’ section, where it lists new trends, news tidbits and hot new Web sites,” says Lowe. “Make it a point to check out various sites daily. It may trigger an idea or concept you never thought of.”




How to Overcome Perfectionism to Succeed in Business

29 05 2015

ELIZABETH LOMBARDO

CONTRIBUTOR

Doctor, Author and Coach

There is an epidemic sweeping our nation. Its victims suffer from failed businesses, marriages and even diets. It doesn’t discriminate and can attack anyone striving for success. What is this plague crippling our country? It’s called perfectionism. And the paralysis of perfection can be a dream killer for many entrepreneurs.

Perfectionism is the all-or-nothing attitude that sounds like these: “I haven’t figured out my logo yet. I can’t make business cards without a logo. I can’t go to a networking event without business cards. I guess I’ll just stay home.”

This sort of perfectionism stimulates stress, crushes creativity, prevents productivity and ultimately prunes profitability.

Most perfectionists don’t even realize they are one. They cling to the belief that their obsessive pursuit of perfection is really just the definition of doing a good job. And yet, as you will see, perfectionism may be what is ultimately restricting them — and you — from desired success.

Here are five tips to overcome perfectionism to start a business.

 

  1. Done is better than perfect.

What perfectionism sounds like: “My website isn’t up yet because it’s not perfect. I’m not sure who my ideal client is, so I am not going to pitch anyone.”

A mentor of mine taught me about building half bridges — working on a project, but not seeing it to completion. Perfectionists are on a half bridge to nowhere, because they have a hard time finishing what they start.

Action: Jump in and finish what you start. Don’t let your perfectionism prevent you from starting or completing a project. You can always make changes as time goes on.

  

  1. Use obstacles to your advantage.

What perfectionism sounds like: “This isn’t working out; maybe it is a sign that I should just give up. I failed in the past, so why bother.”

Perfectionists view obstacles or mistakes as complete failures.

Action: Don’t give up. One roadblock is not an indication that your plan is flawed. It is an indication that more creative thinking is needed. Replace the concept of “failure” with “data.” When things don’t go the way you want, assess the reasons why and use that information to get ahead.

 

  1. Delegate.

What perfectionism sounds like: “I have to do it myself or else it won’t get done. I have no time to find someone to help me out and train them; it is just easier to do it myself.”

Action: Trying to code your entire website, develop your marketing materials and be out selling your services will impede success. Delegate tasks. Take time to find and train a team (including virtual) who will allow you to focus on what you need to do to develop your business- such as sales calls. Use your time and energy wisely.

  1. Take breaks.

What perfectionism sounds like: “In order for my business to be a success, I need to work on it all the time. I’ll take a break when I get my work done. I can sleep once I finish this project.”

Action: Stop the all-or-nothing mentality. Top athletes know the power of training AND resting hard. When you take care of your needs as a human being, your business will flourish. This does not mean, “take a 90-minute yoga class every day” (necessarily). Be what I call “Better Than Perfect.” Meditate for three minutes or walk for five. And go to sleep. Consistently getting a good nights’ sleep will help you have more physical and mental energy to keep you more efficient and effective.

  1. Focus on what you want rather than what you don’t want.

What perfectionism sounds like: “I should be more profitable. I do not want to fail.”
Perfectionists often focus more on what they don’t want (“I better not screw this up”) rather than what they do want (“I want to help my clients have a better life”).

Action: Be motivated by passion rather than fear. Fear of failure can be powerful in the short term, but it also leads to stress, burnout and business failure. Focus instead on passion. This includes the financial aspect of your business as well as the meaning behind what you do. When you have a true purpose for your business, you are more engaged, resilient and ultimately more successful.





5 simple strategies for beating procrastination once and for all

29 05 2015

Here are five simple strategies to stay on task and do the work needed to grow your business.

By Jon Nastor | May 29, 2015

 

Among the hardest challenges we face as entrepreneurs is our reluctance to take the first step in a project, then dragging things out too long. Simple lack of motivation can leave us stuck, seemingly unable to get started on the projects we set out to do, let alone have them finished and shipped.

Here are five simple strategies to stay on task and do the work needed to grow your business:

 

  1. Do the one thing.

One of the great causes of procrastination is that large tasks appear overwhelming. All large tasks can be broken down to smaller, more manageable pieces and then focused on one at a time.

 

As Gary Keller said in his book The One Thing, “It is those who concentrate on but one thing at a time who advance in this world.”

 

We need to break down all of our goals and projects into smaller chunks. This is how we avoid being overwhelmed. No matter how large a project is, it can always be broken into smaller pieces that allow us to get started and work in a logical sequence until completion.

 

  1. Set deadlines.

Deadlines, whether self-imposed or set by your customers or partners, force us to get things done. An end in sight always makes work easier to accomplish. Tasks tend not to be concrete in our minds without a clearly defined deadline. That lack of clarity causes procrastination.

 

As creatives and entrepreneurs, deadlines often have a negative connotation as regimented and are to be avoided at all costs, but the opposite is true. “The ultimate inspiration is the deadline,” says Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari Corporation and Chuck E. Cheese Pizza.

  1. Done is better than perfect.

Striving for perfection will be the death of brilliant ideas, products, books and businesses. It is essential that we always strive to do our absolute best, but as entrepreneurs we need to ship and then iterate. Ship your ideas and products at 80 percent, then work to make them better through a process of iteration and improvement.

 

The longer we stare at a blank page or whiteboard, the more difficult the task becomes in our minds. The longer it takes us to get started, the more our internal dialogue works against us. The more this happens, the less likely we are to complete the task or project.

 

 

  1. Take a walk without thinking.

This may seem counter-intuitive, but it has been proven that stepping away from a task can be beneficial to completing a task. Numerous studies have shown that people tend to perform better mentally after light to medium exercise. These benefits tend to diminish significantly after strenuous activity.

 

Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is leave your desk, go outside and simply walk. Walk and let your mind rest without thinking about your task. Constantly thinking about one task can cause anxiety and overwhelm. Taking a rest will get you to break through your procrastination and work toward your goals. The simple act of walking without thinking will allow your subconscious mind to process your work clearly.

 

 

  1. Get to work.

Stephen King is one of the most successful authors of our time and also one of the hardest working. He says, “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”

 

No matter how many tips, tricks or hacks we find about overcoming procrastination, they all end when we sit down and do the work until it’s complete. It’s the work that matters, nothing else. Without the work, all of these ideas will not help you or your business.

 

 





After Reading This You Will Never Throw Away The Rice Water Again

20 05 2015

Posted by HealthyFood on December 3, 2014

The ancient Chinese treatment with the water in which rice was cooked can give you healthy skin, shiny hair and more energy.

A healthy body and beautiful skin is possible with only two great and cheap ingredients: rice and water.

If you have never heard of this ancient Chinese medicine, now is the right time to find out which health and cosmetic advantages you have, if you use the water from the rice.

Health benefits:

  • It gives your body energy and increases the concentration of carbohydrates.
  • Successful cures gastroenteritis.
  • Acts preventive against cancer.
  • Regulates high blood pressure.
  • Regulates body temperature.

Beauty benefits:

  • Washing the face with this water cleans the skin.
  • Excellent replacement for tonic.
  • Helps against the creation of pores on the face.
  • Washing hair with this water will give it shine and help your hair stay healthy.
  • Make a bath.

How to prepare the rice water?

Although you may have read that it is the water in which you wash the rice, it is not so. You can use this water also, but it will not contain all the advantages.

Here’s the right way:

Leave the rice to boil but put more water than usual. This is the right way to prepare the water. You can drink it warm or let it cool. The Chinese claim that helps, it’s worth a try.





How to Make a Smoothie: The Only Guide You Need

2 05 2015

By Ryan Carmody

If you want to learn how to make delicious and highly nutritious smoothies, you’ve come to the right place.

Whether you’ve never made a smoothie before and need step-by-step instructions, or you want to take your smoothie making skills to the next level, everything you need to know is outlined below.

I’ve made thousands of delicious, creamy smoothies over the years and have turned it into sort of an art form. The good news is anybody can learn how to make smoothies like I have. Once you get the basics down, you’ll be creating smoothies like a master in no time.

This guide will teach you everything you need to know to make the smoothie recipes on Healthy Smoothie HQ, recipes you find elsewhere, and better yet, new recipes you dream up on your own.

How to Make a Smoothie in 6 Steps

Learning how to make a smoothie is actually pretty easy if you follow the steps below.

Step 1: Pick a Smoothie Recipe to Make

Determine the smoothie recipe you would like to make based on your purpose. Are you on a diet, looking to lose weight, and in need of a meal replacement? Or are you trying to get more greens into your diet, protein after a workout, or simply looking to make a delicious dessert recipe or a tasty snack?

If you don’t have a recipe in mind, peruse this site for plenty of healthy options, search the internet, or ask a friend for a good smoothie recipe.

Step 2: Add Your Liquid

The first thing to add into your blender is the liquid, which is usually around 1 to 2 cups. Follow what your smoothie recipe calls for, but keep a few things in mind. The more liquid you add, the more watery or runnier your smoothie will be. Some people like it this way. If you prefer a thicker consistency, use slightly less liquid.

Here are the liquids I recommend for making healthy smoothies: water (filtered or real spring water), almond milk, coconut milk/water, raw milk, organic fruit juices, fresh squeezed or pressed juice, tea, and kefir (from milk or coconut water).

Step 3: Add Your Base

The “base” is what will provide a creamy smoothie texture. Think of it as the “body” of your smoothie. Many smoothie recipes call for a banana or two. Bananas are a terrific base and provide your smoothie with a nice creaminess, and sweet taste. Fruits such as mango, peach, pear and apple will also do the trick. Other good options include avocado, coconut meat, chia seed gel, nut butters (almond is my favorite), yogurt, frozen fruit and ice.

Water rich fruits like watermelon and pineapple won’t give you that creamy smoothie consistency. Adding ice is a quick and easy way to thicken a smoothie full of water laden fruits.

Step 4: Add Fruits and/or Vegetables

Now that you’ve got your liquid and base squared away, it’s time to add the fruits and/or vegetables the smoothie recipe you’re making calls for.

This is also a great time to experiment, get creative, and have fun exploring the various fruit and vegetable combinations your taste buds adore. Most fruit can be used either fresh or frozen, see which you prefer. I tend to like my berries frozen (and often use as a  substitute for ice), but most other fruits fresh.

If you’re making a green smoothie with the likes of spinach, kale, beet greens, dandelion greens, arugula, or lettuce, you may want to cut the greens into smaller pieces depending on the power of your blender. You also may want to add the greens into your blender last, after adding any optional add-ons.

Step 5: Optional Add-ons

This is where you can really take your smoothie to the next level of nutrition and tastiness, and have lots of fun doing so. Many of the add-ons below can be incorporated into a number of smoothie recipes. As your smoothie skills develop, you’ll intuitively know which add-ons to use in which recipes. The list below is not meant to overwhelm you, but rather give you an idea of what’s possible, and available.

Sweeteners

Most smoothie recipes include enough sweet fruit to bypass a sweetener to enhance the taste, but if not, here are some good ones I recommend: honey, stevia, maple syrup, and dates. Avoid the popular sweetener agave nectar, here’s why. Xylitol is also questionable. For more info on sweeteners, check out  my post on the best and worst sweeteners.

Salt

A dash of a high quality salt will increase the minerals and improve the taste of your smoothie. I prefer Celtic sea salt and pink Himalayan salt. There are a plethora of good salts to choose from, just make sure to avoid nutritionally bankrupt white table salt.

Spices

You can also adjust the taste, and healthiness, of your smoothie by using common spices. Cinnamon, vanilla, ginger, nutmeg, and cayenne are a few of my favorites.

Protein Powder

If you’re making an after workout smoothie or simply looking to get more protein into your diet, add in a high quality protein powder. I recommend Sun WarriorWarrior Whey, Dr. Mercola’s Miracle Whey, and a good hemp protein powder. The protein powders come in several delicious flavors further reducing your need to add a sweetener.

Superfoods

There are an abundance of superfoods available to boost the nutrition of your smoothie. Here are some of my favorites: cacao (raw chocolate), maca, flax seeds, goji berries, spirulina, coconut products (oil, shreds, flakes, meat), bee pollen, hemp seeds, acai (powder and juice), aloe vera, and colostrum.

There are also a number of highly nutritive green superfood powders designed for boosting the nutrition of your smoothies. My top picks are Ormus SuperGreensBoku Superfood, and Vitamineral Green.

Step 6: Blend It Up!

Now that you’ve added all your lovely ingredients into your blender, it’s show time. Depending on your blender, and smoothie ingredients, you may need to start out on a low setting (or pulse) before getting up to top blending speed. Some blenders even come with a handy smoothie button for extra easy smoothie making.

I like to blend my smoothies until the liquid is fully circulating within the blender for about 5 seconds. Total blend time is usually between 30 to 60 seconds depending on the ingredients. It may take you a few blends to get it down. Don’t worry, once you do it will become second nature, like riding a bike.

Now for the most important smoothie making step of all: Enjoy and Share!

Smoothie Troubleshooting

Here are a few of the common smoothie making mishaps people often experience along with the remedy.

Is your smoothie too frothy? Try using a little less liquid, and make sure not to blend too long. Try withholding the liquid (maybe just half) until the other ingredients are thoroughly mixed or liquefied, then add the remaining liquid and only blend on the lowest speed until it’s incorporated.

The thickening or “base” ingredients mentioned above (banana, avocado, coconut meat, chia seed gel, nut butter, yogurt, frozen fruit and ice) will help. Milk can cause frothiness, maybe try organic apple juice or water instead. When blending greens like baby spinach, you won’t need as much liquid because they blend so well and contain a fair amount themselves.

Is your smoothie to runny? The quick fix for this is reducing the amount of liquid. More thickening smoothie ingredients will also alleviate this problem.

Is your smoothie not tasty or sweet enough? Simply add a little more of your preferred sweetener. I recommend honey, stevia, maple syrup, and dates.

Is your green smoothie too bitter? This happened to me the first time I used dandelion greens. Use less greens and/or more sweet fruit and sweetener.

Is your smoothie not blending very well? Filling your blender jar to high might result in less than ideal blending. If you have an older or low powered blender, you may need to blend your liquid, base, fresh fruit, and greens (chop into small pieces) first, then add in any frozen fruit or ice cubes and blend until nice and smooth.

You may also need to add more liquid to balance out the ingredients. Your blender may be the culprit. You may have an older, less powerful, blender that simply can’t get the job done.

Not sure which blender is best for you? See my post on The Best Blender For Making Smoothies Revealed.

Have a Tip or Story On Making Smoothies?

Is there a smoothie making tip or trick you employ that I failed to mention above?

Have a funny or embarrassing smoothie making story? I’ve got a one. One time I failed to put the lid on my blender bottle and sprayed a half blended smoothie all over my kitchen, even getting my ceiling nice and dirty. Oops! I certainly learned my lesson.

Please share your smoothie stories below in the comments. Happy Blending!