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21 Sep 09 Validating A Business Idea

If you have an idea for a business, the most important thing you can do is validate that idea.  You need to validate your idea, and ensure that it really is solid enough for your personal investments of time and money.  Starting a business without proper validation oftentimes means failure, or an inability to hit your target market because of a lack of information.  Many start up businesses fail because of improper preparation, so don’t undervalue the step of validation.  Any good idea should be validated before really put into use, and your business is no different.

You’ll want to take that business idea and fully flesh it out before you begin to gather support for your concept.  Make an outline of your plan, and how the idea fits into accomplishing your goals.  Think of how you can make this concept work for you, and how you’ll carry it out.

Now bring in your friends and even family, ask them to take a look at your outline and see what they think.  Take their input seriously, and make notes of the points they mention.  Whether they see a flaw, or something you could change to work for the better.  Any criticism is good at this stage, and will help you bring about a stronger business idea.

Once you’ve got that idea validated by those close to you, and you’re comfortable with what you’ve got, it’s time for the next step.  You need to find business entrepreneurs.  These are the people that will give you the input you need to be successful, and also the people you can inspire to be interested in investing in your business idea.  They will give you the pointers you need, and expose any holes in your idea that make the business a less than viable success option.  After that you plug up the holes, and keep at it with the entrepreneurs and try to find yourself an investor, so that you’ve got some start up money to really get your idea off the ground.

Plus now you’ve proven your idea is viable, and you can focus on your target market.  Use what you’ve learned to your advantage, and make things happen.

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27 Jun 09 Increase Your Productivity

During the daily grind it’s very easy to fall off the wagon and have a day where you don’t feel as though you were quite as productive as you should have been.  Some days you may just feel everything has gotten too monotonous and are forced to sit at your desk and zone out because of the fact.  Or you may just be having an off day, as everyone does at some point, and usually more than just the one time. But there are plenty of things you can do to increase your productivity, day by day, and help yourself fight off your urges to be anything less than productive.

Clean up your desk, as a first option.  Keep your workstation clean and neat looking, as that will always improve your mood and increase the likelihood that you will feel better, and feeling better means productivity.  A clean work station is a happy workstation after all.

Organize that desktop, it’s not enough for your station to just be clean, but you should have everything well organized as well.  The better your organization is, the more you’ll be able to accomplish quickly.  Accomplishing your goals at a comfortable, quick pace will help you feel better, and a positive attitude will help you continue working hard and being as productive as possible.

Don’t let your email ruin your workday.  Everyone has trouble keeping up with their inboxes over the course of the day, but the key is to know when you’re too bogged down, and when it’s okay to give up on trying to keep up with everything for the day.  If you find yourself trapped within the depths of your inbox, try to find the messages that are most pressing, and concentrate on those, leaving the ones that are not as urgent for a later time.  This way you won’t feel trapped, and will be able to keep a positive productivity healthy attitude.

Finally, don’t surf the internet at work.  Reading about stories, or visiting fun websites at work can be bad for your personal morale, as it will remind you that you are stuck at work, even if you do not want to be.  Commit that time at work completely to the job, and focus more on accomplishing your tasks, and taking positives from that.  This way you stay focused, and upbeat about work, not about what else you could be doing with your time.

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