CINDERELLA,THE LIZARD AND MY AHA MOMENT

As 2016 year started, I found myself watching a re-run of Cinderella , (yes yes I’m one of those) oh how familiar this story is. And every fairytale from here to King George’s kingdom . The beautiful girl is married by the prince and the evil step sisters bite the dust. YES? Of course… And for a long time, I thought most of the fairly tales were about that…love. As a little girl I hoped my prince charming would come in and swoop me off my feet too and we’d live happily ever after in a big castle ( I know allow a girl her moments)

As I watched it, little things started catching my attention. Like this simple conversation :

cinderella

Cinderella: I’m frightened, Mr. Lizard.
Lizard Footman: Oh.
Cinderella: I’m only a girl, not a princess.
Lizard Footman: And I’m only a lizard, not a footman. Enjoy it while it lasts.
[Ella smiles then with a breath of courage starts making her way inside the palace]

   Then it all came together. It was always about being courageous, believing and taking risks. The answer the footman gave was what we may refer to as the pep talk before a big match; Before taking the first step into your happily ever after. Scared as you may be, courage is necessary.                     Have courage,

 I watched as Cinderella’s step-mother squashed every chance she might have had to meet the prince. However, when the time came, nothing could stand in her way. Her step-sisters laughed and mocked her but she still hoped. Something she never lost. she was determined, she held on to her dream, her spirit wasn’t crushed. You should have seen me scribbling down these words right after the movie. My light bulb moment gave me something I think was slowly dying; Hope. I was awakened, in that moment, I saw hope.

In 2016 May you be reminded like I was, to be hopeful, courageous, believe and taking risks. When an opportunity presents itself, no matter how insane it looks or feels, no matter how small, take it and Enjoy yourself.

Happy-New-Year-2016

Now I can wish you a Blessed New Year 2016!!

I look forward to hearing about the chances you took. yes? Brilliant!

I’ll leave you with these words : Have courage,  be kind and all will be well

 

Cheers,

Cynthia Ythera Mwangi

WRITING YOUR BUSINESS PLAN

business-plan      Whether you’re starting or growing your business, you need a business plan. Your plan will provide the road map to achieve the success you want. The question shouldn’t be IF you write your plan, but how to write a business plan that will take your company where you want to go.

Your business plan is essentially your answers to a comprehensive list of questions. The first and most important question is this: where do you want your business to go? Stated differently, what do you want your business to look like in three, five or even 10 or more years? What level of revenues and profits do you have at that time? How many employees? How many locations? And so on.

Likewise, your business plan should answer these questions for a shorter time period, particularly one year. That is, what are your business’ goals for the current year, and what must you accomplish to make the year a success.

Tips when writing your business plan

When writing your business plan and before you start using it, consider the following:

  • Do your research – You will need to make quite a few decisions about your business including structure, marketing strategies and finances before you can complete your plan. By having the right information to hand you also can be more accurate in your forecasts and analysis.
  • Determine who the plan is for – Does it have more than one purpose? Will it be used internally or will third parties be involved? Deciding the purpose of the plan can help you target your answers. If third parties are involved, what are they interested in? Although don’t assume they are just interested in the finance part of your business. They will be looking for the whole package.
  • Do not attempt to complete your business plan from start to finish – First decide which sections are relevant for your business and set aside the sections that don’t apply. You can always go back to the other sections later. Get some help – If you aren’t confident in completing the plan yourself, you can enlist the help of a professional (i.e. Business Enterprise Centre, business adviser, or accountant) to look through your plan and provide you with advice.
  • Actual vs. expected figures – Existing businesses can include actual figures in the plan, but if your business is just starting out and you are using expected figures for turnover and finances you will need to clearly show that these are expected figures or estimates.
  • Write your summary last – Use as few words as possible. You want to get to the point but not overlook important facts. This is also your opportunity to sell yourself. But don’t overdo it. You want prospective banks, investors, partners or wholesalers to be able to quickly read your plan, find it realistic and be motivated by what they read.
  • Review. Review. Review – Your business plan is there to make a good impression. Errors will only detract from your professional image so ask a number of impartial people to proofread your final plan.

 Business plan chalkboard

What to include in a business plan?

A business plan provides direction, keeping you on track and is usually a requirement when you seek finance. Depending on your business type, your plan could include the following sections:

  1. Company Analysis: what products and/or services do you offer now and/or what will you develop and offer in the future?
  2. Industry Analysis: how big is/are your market(s) and how are they changing? What trends are affecting them and do these trends bode well for your future success?
  3. Competitive Analysis: who are your competitors and what are each of their key strengths and weaknesses? In what areas will you have or gain competitive advantage? How?
  4. Customer Analysis: who are your target customers? What are their demographic and/or psychographic profiles? What are their needs?
  5. Marketing Plan: how will your reach your target customers? What promotional tactics and marketing channels will you use? How will you price your products and/or services? What brand positioning do you desire for each?
  6. Management Team: who comprises your current team and what key hires must you make in order to execute on the opportunity in front of you. Will you build a Board of Advisors or Directors, and if so, who will you seek?
  7. Operations Plan: what is your action plan? What are the milestones you must accomplish to go from where you are now to where you want to be at year’s end? At the end of five years?
  8. Financial Plan: how much external funding (if applicable) do you need to build your company? In what areas will these funds be invested? What are your projected revenues and profits over the next one to five years? What assets must you acquire?

 

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Regards,

Cynthia Mwangi

Sources : forbes.com

: business.gov.au

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BUSINESS IDEAS YOU CAN START TODAY : MARKETING AND SALES

A JOURNEY

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Marketing and Sales
Sales-Lead Generating
Streamline salespeople’s efforts by identifying prospects and generating sales leads. Some footwork, market research, and a phone set you on the path to compiling a list of potential customers for your clients.

Public-Relations Agency
A way with words, enthusiasm and persistence are all necessary in this competitive business. Networking–by developing contacts with reporters and other media–is also crucial to helping your clients go public with press releases and more.

Copy writing and Proofreading Service
Wanted: creative writer with a knack for finding typos and misteaks . . . er, mistakes. Writers who help ensure clients’ advertising copy is both catchy and fault-free may not win a Pulitzer, but they will have some profits to write home about.

Public-Relations Agency
A way with words, enthusiasm and persistence are all necessary in this competitive business. Networking–by developing contacts with reporters and other media–is also crucial to helping your clients go public with press releases and more.

Sales Training
Don’t sell yourself short: With some self-promotion and marketing know-how, you could have what it takes to build your own business as a sales trainer. By sharing your sales savvy with other busy business owners, you not only help boost clients’ bottom line, but yours, too.

 

Source : Guen Sublette runs her writing-and-editing-services business from her home in Redondo Beach, California

Full article found in Young entrepreneurs

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BUSINESS IDEAS YOU CAN START TODAY : BUSINESS SERVICES

    This weekend I had the privilege of getting a front raw seat at my colleague’s wedding. One James Gichana. I have seen him grow from an intern, to a producer, deputy head of radio. He is a blessed man. I wish him and his beautiful wife Liz a happy and blessed marriage. 

One thing I saw from the day they said they want to get married, was the bond they had with friends and family. That does not come easy, its work, commitment and selflessness.Where people are going extra miles to make sure your life is better.  I pray that as you continue to build yourself you have people who will stand with you, walk with you in every aspect of your life.  No one ever made it on their own.

My contribution to your next step, again is my sharing with ideas that should you decide to take up, wil propel you even further towards your dream.

  It’s the little things you do. That’s what will make the difference. Wangari Maathai

 

Business-Plan Consulting
Not only is a business plan crucial in obtaining bank financing, but it’s an invaluable tool for anticipating–and tackling–a business’s inevitable ups and downs. With your writing skills, spreadsheet know-how, and general business savvy, show clients how to present their best-laid plans . . . while accomplishing your own.

Packing and Unpacking Service
Packing up to move to a new home or office–not to mention unpacking on the other end–is enough to leave one feeling upended. Thank goodness for packing and unpacking entrepreneurs who, with their hassle- and time-saving services, make moving seem like magic.

Business-Travel Management
Make the skies even friendlier for business travelers–and less costly for business owners–as a business–travel manager. Help book low-price tickets, keep expense records, manage frequent-flier miles . . . and reap the high-flying rewards.

Specialized Staffing
Helping clients meet their workforce needs is a matter of finding a niche and filling it–and keeping up with human resources trends. Work your way up in the industry by developing a roster of specially skilled workers, then use your “people skills” to build your business.

Business-Words

 

Executive Search
Take your business to a “hire” level: As an executive-search specialist, help busy clients find the right man–or woman–for the job. Your job involves placing ads and conducting interviews to screen potential employees for clients. Put on your best interviewing suit, and get down to business.

Freight Brokerage
One sack of flour for a dozen eggs . . . Gone are the days of such no-frills, local trade. In their place: a sophisticated global commerce system requiring a thorough knowledge of land, sea, air and rail shipping rates and regulations. Knowledgeable freight brokers are indispensable to this burgeoning scene.

Computer Consulting
Tap into a surging market as a computer consultant. Whether you’re an expert at Linux, putting together hardware components, or networking, a growing number of computer “newbies” will surely benefit from your services.

Limousine Service
With a limo and some insurance, you could be the driving force behind a new business venture. Stretch your market by adding more drivers and cars to your fleet. Then, once you’ve established a reliable reputation, start driving home your limousine-service sales.

Language Translation
Falling foreign-trade barriers and improved communication technology translate into success for language translators and interpreters. An ear for multiple languages puts you at the forefront of this global movement.

Office-Relocation Service
Helping businesses get plugged in to a new neighborhood comes easy for office-relocation-service entrepreneurs who, as “locals,” know who’s who in providing such services as printing, restaurant delivery and equipment repair.

Apartment-Prepping
Move in on the housing market with some basic plumbing, painting, caulking and scrubbing skills. Busy landlords and leasing offices can both benefit from your handyman skills, while you, in turn, make some handy profits repairing vacated units for clients’ new tenants.

Debt-Collection Service
Money makes the world go ’round: You get paid when your clients get paid by the people who you get to pay them. Sound complicated? It doesn’t have to be: As a debt collector, it pays in more ways than one to have some persistence in tracking down clients’ delinquent debtors.

Restaurant Delivery Service
When “Let’s do lunch” means eating at the office, an ordinary sack lunch doesn’t have to suffice. Thanks to restaurant deliverers, busy professionals can order their meals from local restaurants. By collecting a delivery charge and tip, operators get a good taste of entrepreneurial success.

Catering
a caterer’s place is in the kitchen . . . cooking up hot profits, that is. So long as your kitchen is commercially approved–and you’ve got a knack for stirring up some “dough”–you’ve got the makings for savory success. Service weddings, holiday parties, and other festive gatherings; if you’re lucky, clients will have your cake and eat it, too!

Seminar Promotion
If there’s one thing consumers can never seem to get enough of, it’s information. Give them an earful by planning and promoting informational seminars. You don’t need to be an expert yourself; just schedule the speakers, reserve a location, promote the event, and get ready to collect the profits at the door.

Professional Organizer
If you’ve got a knack for neatness, why not help the organizationally challenged? Messy closets, home offices and commercial offices alike could benefit from a more efficient setup. Put some order into others’ lives, and arrange yourself some pretty profits.

 

Have a blessed day,

Cynthia Mwangi

source :Young entrepreneurs,  Guen Sublette runs her writing-and-editing-services business from her home in Redondo Beach, California

pictures : Google