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I Have a Business Idea, Now What?

I am constantly contacted on Facebook, via email, or even in person with a question that many people seem to have. They generally say to me, “Hey Kimron, that’s me of course, I have a business idea what do I do now?” The number of persons who have brilliant business ideas but do not know what they need to do next surprises me just as much as the number of persons who have no idea how to spell pneumonia. I hope you recognize the word. Consequently, to assist them and others who might be in the same predicament, the following is a list of steps along with carefully chosen movie references to further drive home the point that should be followed after you conceive your business idea.
1-      Get Feedback– once you have your business idea, discuss it with people you trust to get strategies to perfect it. Be careful of idea killers! Just like Freddy Krueger in the movie
A Nightmare on Elm Street”, they will be eager to kill your dreams.  Therefore, pitch your ideas to people who would give you honest objective feedback.
2-      Build Your Team– similar to Sylvester Stallone in the “The Expendables” series of movies, you need to surround yourself with a competent team.  Persons who would complement your skills, share your vision, display proper work ethic, and partners who would ensure that the desired goals will ultimately be met in a timely fashion should be sought out. Some of the today’s most successful entrepreneurs such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, and Larry Ellison accelerated their successes by building the right team.
3-      Research the Market- once the business idea has been perfected, then it is time to research the market. Your inner Inspector Gadget should now come out to investigate the main players in the industry you want to enter, and your innermost Macgyver should be on show to ensure that your innovation would give you a competitive advantage.
4-      Draft a Business Plan– business plans function like the maps that directed Nicholas Cage in the “National Treasure” movie series. In both scenarios, the documents function as a way to forecast. The business plan in particular gives a blueprint of how your business will be organized, how it will operate, and the steps it will take to accomplish its goals. It takes a look at where you are presently and where you’d like to be. In many cases, people think a business plan is a long formal document. However, such a thought isn’t necessarily the case. Plans can be a very simple.
5-      Seek Funding– while it is possible to start a business with little or no money, in many cases there is a need for funds. Performing illegal activities or taking the “Italian Job” approach is definitely not encouraged. However, I suggest that you make a list of funding sources and the requirements needed to get the funds necessary to start your business then pursue the best avenue.
6-      Build Your Product/ Discuss Your Service– at this stage you  should build your prototype if you have a physical product or seat with your team like the “Knights of the Round Table” and discuss and examine the services you will offer and the need it will fill in the market.

      Now after you formulate your business ideas then take the proposed Next Steps, having some professional help to share your brand story online is advised. SocialEyez Media makes this super easy through visual content creation, graphic designs, and effective social media management. Sign up to get additional information on the official launch of SocialEyez Media. When you do, you will receive The 5 Free Online Tools Top Designers use to Create Stunning Visual Content.       Click Here for Free Tools

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9 Steve Jobs Quotes to Show How a Genius and Innovative Entrepreneur Thinks

When Steve Jobs died, the world lost one of the most innovative and  creative thinkers of all times. I have always admired Jobs and quotes that he left behind are testimony of how much of a Genius he was. Below is a list of 8 quotes that shows how this Genius really thinks and the kind of mindset entrepreneurs should have today.

Steve Jobs Quotes




1- When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.

2- That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.
If you keep your eye on the profit, you’re going to skimp on the product. But if you focus on making really great products, then the profits will follow.

3- Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

4- Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do.

5- Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they ddidn’treally do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.

Steve Jobs Quotes

6- Here’s to the crazy ones — the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things. They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.

7- Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful … that’s what matters to me.
8- I’m as proud of many of the things we haven’t done as the things we have done. Innovation is saying no to a thousand things.

9- When you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and you’re life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it… Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.
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15 Financial Ratios for EVERY Start up Entrepreneur

As an entrepreneur sometimes you are required to be everything in your business especially when starting out. Financial management is always a challenge when working without an accountant. Ratio analysis is a tool that allow you to trend in your performance as well as compare how you are doing financially compared to others in your industry.
Here are 15 Financial Ratios that you can use to manage your business when starting up
Profitability Ratios
Gross Profit/Sales = Gross Profit Margin
Operating Profit/Sales = Operating Profit margin
Net Profit/ Sales = Net Profit Margin
Net profit/ Owner’s Equity = Return on Equity
Net Profit/Total Asset = Return on Assets
Liquidity Ratios
Current Assets/Current Liabilities = Current Ratio
(Current Asset- Inventory)/ Current Liabilities = Quick Ratio
Working Capital/Sales = Working Capital Ratio
Activity Ratios
(Account Receivables*365)/ Sales = Account Receivables Days
(Inventory*365)/Cost of Goods Sold = Inventory Days
(Accounts Payable*365)/Purchases = Account Payable Days
Sales/Total Asset = Sales to asset
Leverage Ratio
Total Liability/Owner’s Equity = Debt to Equity
Total Liabilities/Total Asset = Debt Ratio

(Net Income+depreciation)/Current Maturities of |Long Term Debt = Debt Coverage Ratio
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10 of the wickedest Online Tools all Caribbean Entrepreneurs need to be using now

Online Tools for Caribbean Entrepreneurs



In the information age it is becoming much easier for Caribbean Entrepreneurs to start and run businesses even though they never had a formal business education or are unable to finance certain specialized business courses. Below is a list of the 10 best online resources that Caribbean Entrepreneurs Should be using now.

  •   Fiverr.com- fiverr is a resource where Caribbean Entrepreneurs can get anything done for 5 dollars. One might think, since its 5 dollars the work would be of poor quality, and depending on what you want done it may be of poor quality. You wouldn’t try to get a quality website built for 5 dollars. However for gigs such as graphic designs, articles, videos, desktop publishing, if you need a virtual assistant among many other services. Every Caribbean Entrepreneur should be checking Fiverr now to get things done.

  •    Asana- Asana is a free project management tool. This tool allows teams to communicate without the use of email. How cool is that? This is ideal for businesses where the team members are not in the same location or in the same country.

  •   Google Hangout- Hangout allows you to have face to face conversation online, you can record an interview with someone for free and publish it as a video on YouTube. Every Caribbean Entrepreneur should be using Google Hangouts and if you’re not download it immediately.

  •  Wix.com- as a Caribbean Entrepreneur in 2014, you must have a website, if you do not have a website or you can’t afford to pay to build one then Wix is for you. Wix is a platform where you can create free stunning websites to give your business a home online and a professional touch.

  •  Survey Monkey- Survey monkey makes it very easy for Caribbean Entrepreneurs to conduct market research. If you have a product idea and not sure whether it will resonate with your target audience, well create a survey on Survey Monkey and get people to give their feedback. This is one of the most efficient ways to get feedback from your customers and it’s free.

  •   Canva.com- Canva allows you to create remarkable visual graphics for your website or business social media pages free of cost. No design skills is needed, canva is easy to use and you can create top quality visual contents that can generate a buzz online for your business.

  •  Jing- This is an app from Techsmith, jus type Jing in the Google search engine and you will see it. Jing is awesome; it allows you to capture any part of a screen and save it as a picture. It also allows you to create videos that you can share online and the best part is Jing is free.

  •  MailChimp- Email marketing is alive and well and lots of Entrepreneurs in the US and Canada are having lots of success with email marketing. Caribbean Entrepreneurs should not be left behind, Mail Chimp is one of the simplest ways to manage your email marketing effort and it allows you to have up to 2000 email subscribers for free.

  • Evernote- Evernote allows you to manage your life and your business in an efficient manner. It allows you to capture data whether on your mobile device, computer or tablets and help you remember projects you’re working on in your business.

  •   Blogger.com /Wordpress- These two resources will allow you to build a blog for your business for free. Blogging is one of the ways that businesses are currently making their mark online. Caribbean Entrepreneurs should not be left behind with this. Create a blog and share valuable resources to your readers, you will benefit tremendously.

Do you know of any other online tools that Caribbean Entrepreneurs should be using right now?

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Think Big, Work Smart Hustle Hard: Business Start Up Series Part 3

Identifying Your Target Market
In Part 3 of this Business Start-Up Series, we will be taking a look at the Target Market and correctly identifying your target market for success. Find a PDF version of this presentation  Here
Identifying Your Target market

In part one and two we took a look at what type of entrepreneur you are, and you came up with a great idea for your business so now you are ready to rumble. However not quite, now that you have your business idea, you need to now try to figure out your market. Generally you can sell to consumers and also to businesses, and in some cases to both businesses and consumers.
One of the mistakes businesses make, especially small businesses is that they try to be everything to everyone. The best thing to do here is to segment your market, the narrower you can make your market the better. Many business experts recommends this approach, it is a process known as creating a niche. Many businesses try to do everything and are surprise when things don’t work out , not realizing they may be confusing themselves and their potential customers.
There are demographic and psychographics one can use to segment their target market some demographic factors include:
  • ·         Age
  • ·         Location
  • ·         Gender
  • ·         Income
  • ·         Education
  • ·         Occupation
  • ·         Ethnicity
  • ·         Marital Status
  • ·         # of Children

Some Psychographic factors include:
  • ·         Personality
  • ·         Attitudes
  • ·         Values
  • ·         Interests/hobbies
  • ·         Lifestyle
  • ·         Behaviour

According to Lynda Falkenstein, the author of “Nichecraft: Using Your Specialness to Focus Your Business, Corner Your Market and Make Customers Seek you out”. Creating a good niche is a seven step process.
1-      Make a Wishlist- This involve taking a look at with whom you want to do business and try being as specific as possible.
2-      Focus- You need to clarify exactly what you will like to sell, you should already have identified this from part 2 of this series.
3-      Describe your customer worldview-  Look at the world from your customers view point and try to determine their needs and wants
4-      Synthesize- Your niche should start taking shape by now
a.       It takes you where you want to go
b.      Somebody else want it
c.       Its carefully planned
d.      Its unique
e.      It allows you to develop different profit centres and maintain the core business
5-      Evaluate- evaluate your product or service against the qualities in 4 above
6-      Test- This happens once you have found a match between a niche and a product, test market it
7-      Go for it- Now it’s time to go hard or go home, it’s time to implement your idea
Identifying your target market is of utmost importance because it allows you to build a solid foundation for your business.  And as a small business, it becomes easier to compete with the larger companies if you go after a niche market.  All this does not mean however that if someone who isn’t part of your target market comes to buy, you will not sell. You will, however, you will direct all your marketing and promotional effort to a particular type of people.

Having a target market is crucial, ensure that you identify clearly who your target market is, and follow the steps above and comment below if you believe anything is missing or you wish to add to this post.

Part One of this Series can be Found Here  Part Two can be  Found Here

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4 Extraordinary Programmes and Resources for Caribbean Entrepreneurs

Caribbean Entrepreneurs Resources

In my day to day dealings, I come across Entrepreneurs and Aspiring Entrepreneurs from the Caribbean all seeking information and resources for their businesses. This has prompted me to put together a list of some of the resources and programmes that I believe Caribbean Entrepreneurs and aspiring Entrepreneurs can fully benefit from. The top four (4) resources are as follows:

 1- SME ToolKit Caribbean– the SME toolkit is one of my favourite resources. Here Entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs will find information on starting and running a business. This is one of those resources that Caribbean Entrepreneurs should constantly have access to when managing different aspect of their business. There you will find, How to Articles, Business Forms, Tools and Resources and many more. The best thing someone can do right now is check out this amazing resource at The Website Here

 2- Caribbean Innovation Challenge– the Caribbean Innovation Challenge (CIC) is a regional competition and business start-up accelerator for young entrepreneurs in the CARICOM and OECS Member and Associate states. The CIC is a Programme organized by the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT), in collaboration with National and Regional Partners in the Americas. The CIC identifies and awards innovative ventures led by young people, which respond to the most urgent economic and social issues in their communities, the programme supports projects becoming sustainable businesses. Citizens between 18 and 34 years old (by 11:59 PM, May 31, 2015) of CARICOM and OECS Member States are eligible to participate. Participants can register under any of the following categories: • Social Innovation • Economic Innovation • Environmental Innovation Aspiring and existing Caribbean Entrepreneurs who fit into the criterions should make use of this opportunity. More information can be found here On this Link

 3- Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship (Caribbean) – The Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship – Caribbean was opened in Montego Bay Jamaica by Sir Richard Branson In September 2011. The Centre is a hub for aspiring entrepreneurs. Their mission is to offer practical business skills, access to coaches to offer guidance, mentors to share their experiences, professional services to build strong businesses, exposure to networks, finance and investment opportunities. Though located in Jamaica, the Branson Centre is for all aspiring Caribbean Entrepreneurs and it’s a programme that entrepreneurs can benefit greatly from.

 4- Caribbean Small Business Academy– This is a resource; started by a Caribbean Entrepreneur (Sandra Baptiste) is one that Caribbean Entrepreneurs and Aspiring Entrepreneurs should definitely take a look into this. Their mission is to support Caribbean Entrepreneurs and small business owners to grow their businesses to live the life they desire. Within the Academy, you’ll find audio and video training, resources, templates, expert interviews and much more to help you grow your business. While it is a paid membership site and business, there are a number of free resources that Entrepreneurs can use including a three part business series and a copy of the book, Unlock the Code. More information can be found  Here

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 These resources and Programmes are not all that there is, however they are a great place to start as an entrepreneur or if you are thinking about taking the plunge into entrepreneurship. If you know of any more resources that can benefit Caribbean Entrepreneurs, please mention them in the comments below

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Caribbean Entrepreneur Barnadette “Camille” Warren: St Vincent and the Grenadines

Today i present to you Vincentian Entrepreneur, Camille Warren, we had a very interesting chat and i wish to present some of the things we spoke about. I do hope this will inspire aspiring entrepreneurs and actual entrepreneurs.
 
Bernadette “Camille” Warren is an entrepreneur from the Village of Belair in St Vincent. She is the wife of Taireen Warren, who is also her business partner. Taireen loves business, He has a degree in Business Administration , has acquired knowledge in management, communication and, organizational skills that is quite essential to starting or having a successful business. Camille is creative, charismatic with keen business insights from her previous work experiences. Their passion for business and helping people gave birth to their business Brio Che. 
1.       Tell me about your business, what is it about?
Brio Che is an eco-friendly brand/business offering an array of natural, handmade, health and beauty coconut products. Brio Che means, “A life of fun and vitality.” We currently offer; Organic Virgin & Pure Coconut oil, Organic Coconut Soaps, Eco Friendly Scented Candles in Coconut Shell, Exfoliating Body Scrubs, and Moisturizing Lip Balms all made from coconut goodness. It is also an agricultural, environmental and health initiative to encourage persons to utilize the natural resources here on our island.
2.      What ignited the spark in you to start a new business venture? How did the idea for your business come about?
The spark was the moment I was at my grandmother’s house and she was busy processing coconut to make coconut oil. It was something she has been doing for over 50 years and seems to enjoy. I got in on the fun as she passed on her knowledge and expertise to me. My fascination has always been to use the coconut milk to make Gelato (Ice Cream) but this was a bigger idea that required much more financing. It wasn’t long before we decided to start Brio Che with a coconut line to make our own natural products as it was also getting hard to keep up with purchasing healthier alternatives.
3.      How many hours do you work on your business a day on average?
Oh wow no sleep, just kidding. 7am-9pm or 9am-11pm, so like 14hours a day, sometimes 18hrs. Hubby has a fulltime job so he has work at work and work when he gets home, exactly what he says all the time.  We do believe working hard and smart is one of the main ingredients to success so it is necessary. I will get up and get dressed in my work overall/attire as if I was going to work, so that I stay focus and discipline.  
4.      What motivates you?
I draw motivation from every positive thing that surrounds me.  God, nature, love, great people, good books, my desire to accomplish phenomenal things in life amidst the challenges and making people happy. It brings such satisfaction to see the smile on someone’s face after I’ve just helped them in some way.
5.      What is your greatest fear, and how do you manage fear?
I despise dealing with overly negative or difficult people. Hubby seems to have a knack for that though so I am learning a lot from him. I can’t think of anything else that I am fearful of right now. I do get nervous about things I don’t necessarily have control over, but at the same time I can manage that by proper planning or improving. I now understand things don’t always go the way you anticipate even with the best plans, so being able to move forward is important.
6.     How do you define success?
Success to me is about being happy with where you are at in life, having accomplished specific or personal goals and making your dreams a reality.  I don’t believe I am successful just yet, but I will be in a few years.
7.      Who has been your greatest inspiration?
Everyone who supports our journey inspires us to persevere.  Happy customers, other business people or organizations that offer their guidance, friends and family that genuinely wants us to succeed inspires us because they believe we can do great things and this gives us the confidence and motivation to always do our best.
8.      What book has inspired you the most? (OR what is your favourite book?)
My favourite book, Wow, i have a ton of favorites, smiling… especially in audio format like Anthony Robbins, he is my source for motivation. However someone lent me a copy of David Novak- “Taking people with you,” which I thoroughly enjoyed. I really need to get my own copy. His book is a unique insight on personal development, and how to bring out the best in others. It is one of the best, most practical hands-on books on leadership I’ve ever read. My plan is to apply the principles I’ve learnt, to be a charismatic and successful Entrepreneur, and assist other persons along my journey… it really is the only way to make big things happen.
9.      What is your favourite aspect of being an entrepreneur?
What I love about being an entrepreneur is the ability to make the decisions. Though hubby is the decisive one, having my hubby as my business partner, with his great set of skills and keen business perspective is awesome. The flexibility to work from anywhere is my greatest love and knowing the success of our business is up to us. I also think it is quite fulfilling creating an opportunity for ourselves that may someday create opportunities for others.
10.   Do you think that entrepreneurship is important to your local economy and why?
Yes, I think entrepreneurship is good for the growth of our local economy and is very important. One of our goals was to utilize our resources on our island to reduce imports, while inspiring persons to support more locally made products, so more money stays here to develop our communities.  It is high time we as a small island start exporting too. This will intensify competition, create employment, increase productivity, and offer customers value. So entrepreneurship really does benefit everyone along the way.
11.  Where do you see yourself and your business 10 years from now?
I see myself as a very successful entrepreneur by then, with our very own Brio Che, Health Store and Gelato Cafe not only in St.Vincent but several places around the world. I see myself traveling around the world. I will also like to have an establishment that assists other entrepreneurs. I know how hard it can be to have great ideas and not being able to make them a reality.
12.  What three pieces of advice would you give to students who want to become entrepreneurs? An entrepreneur is one who takes initiative, creates his or her own opportunities and accepts some risks…so be prepared to take risks. Secondly being discipline is important I think the hardest part is the discipline it takes to get everything together. Finally, stay motivated and focus on your goals, you have to have a clear vision of where you going or what you want to achieve.  Finally as long as you are passionate about your business and committed to delivering your best, people will notice. The rest will follow.

 

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Up and Coming Caribbean Entrepreneur: Raquel Leid (Grenada)

Today, we feature Up and Coming Grenadian Entrepreneur, Ms. Raquel Leid. Raquel is an Image Consultant, Fashion designer, Make-Up Artist and Vlogger at Always Leid
Always Leid is the fashion design brainchild of Raquel Leid. According to Raquel, it is more than a fashion/clothing design and manufacturing enterprise, Always Leid is a movement that promotes innovative creativity, daring empowerment and expressions of self. They specialize in the production of exclusive, limited edition, marquee clothing and accessories and the provision of quality beautification services including but not limited to professional image, styling and consultancy services. Their designs are centered on bold prints and courageous patterns aesthetically woven to capture imagination, style, and exuberance.
The long term goal of Raquel and Always Leid is to open an institute in Grenada that not only offers a myriad of beautification & fashion related services,but to educate others of ways & means they can channel their talents & creativity into majestic works of art.
Some of her designs are as follows:
Raquel can be contacted at
Email: raqui.leid@live.com
Facebook: Always Leid
Twitter: @alwaysleid,
 Instagram:  Always_Leid
You Tube: Always Leid
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Think Big Work Smart Hustle hard: Business Start-Up Series Part 2

Generating Your Business Idea

Download and save a PDF version of this topic to your computer Your Business Idea 
In part one of this series we took a look at what type of entrepreneur you are or what type of entrepreneur you can be. We also took a look at some of the myth surrounding entrepreneurship, part one of this series can be found here Business Start up Series: Part 1.
In this part of the business start-up series, we will take a look at where business ideas come from and how you can generate a business. Many of us wonder when it is a good time to turn their idea into a business, there is never a right or wrong time for doing this. Some of the most successful businesses have been started in depressions when the economy was not doing well.  Greg Brophy once said “ it’s not the business you’re in, but the way you do business that makes the difference. Every business has a formula for making money; you just have to figure out yours. “
So how exactly do we start the process of idea generation, one of the first things that are to be done is to do an audit of you, make a list that highlights?
  • ·         Things that you’re  good at
  • ·         Things that you’re  not good at or dislike doing
  • ·         Things you enjoy about your current work
  • ·         What skills you possess, whether you excel at them or not

Once you do this, you should start looking for emerging patterns such as whether or not there is a need for one of the skills you have or whether you can start a business doing one of the things you’re good at.
Hobbies are a great way to generate business ideas. If you like writing, there may be a business in there for you. You may be able to write articles for businesses and other publications or do freelance writing work.
Is there something that you observe that can be improved in your community, maybe your peers and friends and families keep complaining about the way a particular business or company are doing things? How about taking a look at what they are doing and do it differently and better, you will already have a ready market, because these persons are frustrated and will be willing to make the switch to you if you offer a better alternative. Listening to people`s frustration is another way to generate several solid business ideas. Even if persons are not complaining, searching for a better way of doing things tend to lead to some positive business ideas that can result  in being  successful for many individuals.
In school maybe we are involved in certain projects, this is another great source of business, and can a school project be converted in a business. In Grenada, many students leave the Junior Achievers programme having run successful small businesses. Can these businesses be continued even after school? Even if these students do not want to continue these businesses. It is a source of inspiration to visit the JA expose to see what businesses these students have developed and get ideas from this to start your own business.
Many individuals have what I call an AHA moment, maybe they’re in the shower and an idea just came to mind. AHA moments are powerful and once they hit, you should take a look to see how feasible it is to take to the market. Another way the idea can just hit you is by being present in life, being present in life means being fully observant of what is happening around you, going places where you may not normally go and from these great ideas can come. You will also need to think outside the box for many of these.
Business ideas may come in the form of an“ add on“ for a particular product. You may be using a product and wonder, wouldn’t it be nice if this product can have this feature, this works well with technology.  Many technologist are now developing apps and other products that can work well with smart phones and computer programmes, these are a great way of getting a business idea.
To wrap up this second part of this series, I would suggest that you read a lot, meet new people, hear their stories, share your ideas with people you trust, do research, and take a look at your working experience; these are all great ways for generating your business idea. Anyone can start a business; you just need to have that drive that willingness and it can happen, entrepreneurship is not for a very few select people. Steve Jobs said it best when he made this statement
When you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life and try not to bash into the walls too much…that’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact—everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you…shake off this erroneous notion that life is there and you’re just going to live in it versus make your mark upon it. Once you learn that, you will never be the same again. Don’t just live a life; build one

Look out for part 3 of this series right here

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Up and Coming Caribbean Entrepreneurs: Amy Jones (Grenada)

The Real Kimron Corion Present up and coming Creative writer and aspiring entrepreneur Amy Jones from Grenada and her first book of poetry entitled Beyond Fables: Poetry which was illustrated by Solanche Roberts.
Who is Amy Jones?
To begin, I’d state that I’m a 21 year old creative writer who’s been writing roughly for about 13 years. I started writing short stories and poetry in Primary School and I’ve never let go of it since.
I attended the Mileage Pre School, The St. Andrew’s Methodist School, the St. Joseph’s Convent, T.A.Marryshow Community College and I am presently preparing to further my studies in the Caribbean Nazarene College, Santa Cruz, Trinidad.
I am a member and young leader of the Grenada Girl Guides Association, a volunteer with the Grenada Education & Development Programme and also a member of the Writers’ Association of Grenada.
I am a seasoned performer; I have taken part in a few events, one of which is our annual “Voices” put together by the Writers Association of G’da (WAG)
BEYOND FABLES
My book is entitled, “Beyond Fables: Poetry” and as the name suggest, my work goes beyond the fantasies and fables and delves into real life experiences and situations of persons (mainly young women) written in the form of poetry.
Beyond Fables: Poetry was started about 4 years ago and was finally published in March 2014.
There are 13 poetic pieces in this anthology. The book is divided into 4 sections, they are: Encomiums to Mothers, Celebrating Strong Black Women, L.O.V.E, and the Struggles of Women.
Each section highlights issues as the names suggest. Early last month, June 2014, over 100 copies of Beyond Fables: Poetry was sold across the world. Books were bought, read and reviewed from small Caribbean Islands to large countries such as United States and China.
Although my choice of studies is Child Psychology and Counselling, I do see my writing continuing for as long as I have the ability to write. I am already working on my second book which is presently in the pipe line.
I have plans on doing audio copies of my books which may be available in the not so distant future.
My books are available on the following sites: Create space and Amazon.com
The information is as follows:
Beyond Fables: Poetry
Authored by Ms. Amy J. W. Jones, Illustrated by Ms. Solanche K. Robert
Amy’s Contact information are as follows:
 
+1-473-533-2284 (cell) 
+1-718-880-5701 (magic jack)
madammeme (Skype)
 This is the first in a series of stories about up and coming Caribbean Entrepreneurs, Next we feature an up and coming Fashion designer, currently doing some good works throughout the Caribbean.
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