Starting Wednesday Nights, I will start answering questions relevant to my experience as an Entrepreneur. This is an opportunity for new entrepreneurs to interact and learn from me and others in the group at the time. I will use the ooVoo platform to do this. There can only be 12 attendees at a time, so first come, first served. Depending on how things go, this may pursued me to start an online Radio show. If you'd like to login into this Live Video conference, visit ooVoo and download it to your respected computer operating system. Starting Next Wednesday 9pm Est.
Product based company vs service based company in a downsized market.
I've been an Entrepreneur since 2002. I was wet behind the ears with only a clue on what to do.
I've been around the marketplace well enough to pay attention to emerging trends and things to avoid while making business decisions.
I'm able to see saturation periods, stagnation in the utilization of various technology, and buying trends of the average consumer.
I saw signs of the recession coming way back in 2005, and by 2007 my assumptions were right.
I knew when gas prices would begin to rise and fall. I knew that google stock would more than triple it's value from the asking price of $53 on its initial public offering.
I knew that the film industry would continue to grow in Atlanta based on certain developments in technology and the surrounding area.
From years of self study on marketing and sales, I can tell you that providing both services and products will be your best bet if you want to raise your financial status during this era.
I would devote time nurturing 60% efforts towards products sells and 40% to the sell of services.
The product you choose to sells should be in an industry that's growing during this era.
When consulting with Engineer firms, monitoring related services were the first thing to go when budget cuts were needed.
The same would apply to any other setvice related industry. In most cases, companies will investigate their current talent pool or staff to determine which members could perform those service related task from in house.
If you are a small business owner, it's more important for you to manage your time wisely. Every seconds counts towards your bottom line. Finding the perfect balance between prospect, sells, and customer retention is vital for a full time small business success.
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The secrets to success are that there are no true secrets. Success are acheived through embracing the following principles in a serious manner.
You must have knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. This comes from Biblical scripture as well. Proverbs 1:2, "To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;"
Below you'll find my basic principle understanding of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding:
Knowledge comes easy. It's the knowing that an opportunity exist. It's having information on a topic of relevance.
Wisdom comes from the actual experience you gain while in practice of using the knowledge you acquired.
Understanding comes from the failures and success of your actions. You learn what works for you and what doesn't which gives you your own understanding from the realities you have faced.
The objective should always be to succeed. In the process, you'll want to give up no different than anything else in life. How many graduates felt like quitting college their sophomore or junior year?
I don't find it odd that if you want to be successful you'll want to have a coach or a mentor.
If you have neither you can succeed but the path to success may be longer and your failures more numbered. There are no garantees with a coach but the chances are in your favor when you have one that supports your growth.
On the way to success, there will always be choices but the outcome of those choices will be determined by the attitude you decide to have and the actions you decide to embrace.
I thought I'd share this thought with you. Have you ever heard someone speak about finding your passion and running with it. I'm aware that there are lots of people out there who don't know what their passion is. Not knowing could make you feel down. I use to ask a lot of people when I would encounter them at my events what were their talents. A lot of them said they did not have a talent or did not know. Well, here's something to lift your spirits up. Never confuse having talent or the absence of talent with passion. By definition Passion is a noun which means:
strong and barely controllable emotion. Passion is an emotion.
You can have passion in anything. You can be passionate about reaching any goal. Speakers who preach on living your Life Purpose have great intentions, but are not lifting people up. In reality, I have seen more people indirectly be torn down by their bragging of self accomplishments and achievements. Well, I don't know if you're believing this bull, but last time I check normal people can't see the future to know their Life's purpose. Your Life's purpose is going to be fulfilled whether you know it or not, so don't stress yourself or be depressed by comparing yourself to anyone else who has found theirs.
One day you will get fired up about something and will be in a passionate pursuit of it. As far as goals are concerned, you can decide that in a matter of minutes. Once you decide, getting passionate about it will be your choice. Looking into your own World and decide to be the best you. No one else and nothing else matters. If anyone has a problem, with what I said tell them to speak to me. I am Pree Dammond.
So What's Pree Dammond's latest Passion.
Answer: Body Wraps Atlanta by PreeWraps, a Health, Wealth, and Wellness company.
Visit: http://facebook.com/PreeWraps or go direct to the site to learn more about the opportunity http://PreeWraps.com
Below you will find a segment of Michael V. Roberts (African American Mulit-millionaire Speaker) Book titled "Action has no Season". This is important information to share with new entrepreneurs who are pursuing their dreams of expanding their business in this new century.
Everyday is a race for people of Action. The successful entrepreneur is sprinting towards the fulfillment of their dreams. To compete in this race, you must not only have teammates, but you must learn to pass the baton to the next runner. If the baton is dropped or not cleanly passed, time will be lost, and your race will be over regardless of the first runner’s speed. The track coach may use a stopwatch in determining the speed of the team, but in business, you determine your success by other measurements. Achieving success requires flexibility by you and your associates. Historically, you were required to “stay the course,” but today, your course may undergo dramatic alterations with clear diversions and transformations from your original business plan or vision.
by Pree Dammond
In the Black community, it is common to hear other professionals recommend others not to mix business with pleasure or do business with family or friends. I have to say that I have changed my views on this cancerous thought process. Who better to handle business endeavors with than those that you can relate to and care about?
Tips when doing business with friends and family
1. Stop thinking free and start thinking productivity. Respect your friends business expertise and experience. It is OK to request discounts for services you are requesting but be mindful to not offend your friend or family member by wanting professional services for free.
2. Be fair, if you are able to barter products for services, make sure you have a concise idea of the cost for those services as they relate to the cost of bartering products.
3. Never take a business decision or a rejection as a personal offense. That decision could be what is best for both parties.
4. Keep it in writing. Business is business even when it's with friends and family. Terms and Conditions help both parties to remain focus on the purpose of a business agreement. I highly recommend that you draft a contract and keep it in write.
5. Remain positive without doubt that your friendships and family relationship will only be enhance and will not suffer from integrating your personal life with a business one. Thoughts become reality so remain positive.
6. Respect each others personal time. Handle your business request during appropriate business hours. Everyone needs time to just relax.
7. Teach others and share with them your success in having personal and business relationship with friends/family.
My Multiple Streams Theory:
by Pree Dammond
Our World has changed, just as our economy has changed. Times are not like they were when our Grand Parents were growing up. The times where you could graduate college get a job and retire from just that one job are over. Statistics show that most people will work several jobs before possibly reaching a career opportunity. A career opportunity is considered to be a position where you can utilized specific skills set through the life time of your employment career. In my mind, I believe individuals should think beyond the ideals of having one stream of income to depend on. It is my opinion that if you truly want financial security, you will have to have a diverse portfolio of income generating utilities.
My Multiple Streams Theory, would support the law of averages, not just in Sales, but as the means to imply that with more income streams coming in; the chances of sustaining financial security is greater.
A few ideas for a multiple Stream Life Style:
1. Become a successful MLM (Multi-Level-Marketing Business Owner).
2. Keep a Job that is supportive, but less demanding of your time.
3. Partnership frequently with other Business Associates who share similar visions.
4. Consider starting businesses that service practical necessities (Barbershops, Law Care, Computer repair, and more).
5. Turn your passions into other means to generate funds.
6. Invest into Bank securities (CDs, Mutual Funds, Bonds, Commodities, Stocks, and more).
7. Take advantage of Seasonal Business Opportunities (Tax Services, Holiday Product Sales, and etc.).
At the end of the day, you have to do what’s best for you. In this competitive market, there’s no room to just do the basics. If it takes time to build multiple streams, don't give up. It will pay off in the end. There will always be different paths to your goal and everyone's situation is different. It’s up to you to decide which direction you are going. In the great words, of my Grand Father, Herman Daniel, “There’s nothing new under the sun so make your imprints last".
by Pree Dammond
Marketing is the life blood of every business, small, medium, and large.
Everything happens in the World because of Marketing. You find the right house in the right location, you enroll your children into the schools of your choice, groceries get into stores, and you find a favorite cologne or fragrance because of marketing. Millions of people watch the Super bowl, you find new Church homes…all as a result of some form of marketing.
A few marketing styles:
-Grass Roots, Direct sales
-Word of Mouth, referred by an existing customer
-Used Car Style of Marketing, high visibility sub value
-Harvard Style Marketing, high quality article writing
-I have more…
Marketing put simple is the art of helping others make informed buying decisions.
In my last private dinner meeting with a few business owners, I discussed the importance of cost effective marketing for their businesses in this economy. Most of my new clients are business owners who are also full-time employees or have other businesses that they manage. A few are in the entertainment business, and others have brick and mortar establishments. I usually provide them with cost efficient means to market, save money, and grow new business.
Just something to think about…
Everyone is not the ideal customer for your product?
The 4 types of Entrepreneurs
in the Black American Communities.
by Pree Dammond
As a Life Coach and Business Consultant, I like to share information with groups that lead to personal and business growth. I read and experience a lot which brings me to conclusions that are worth sharing in attempts to heal a poorly damaged community. After a series of networking events that I’ve personally produced and host, I’ve come to presumptions that there are 4 types of Entrepreneurs in the Black American Community. Before going into them, I will define the classic definition of an Entrepreneur.
An Entrepreneur is “a person who organizes and manages a business, assuming the risk for the sake of the profit.” In short, an Entrepreneur is anyone of any age who takes the risk of losing money in attempts to make more money.
1. The Corporate Mind Entrepreneur:
This person operates on a foundation of standard business principles and procedures. This person does not cut corners or utilize many if not any loop holes to alter the nature flow of ideal business. This person is very meticulous to details and finds honor in generating capitol through fair business practice and corporate networks. This Entrepreneur tends to be drawn towards international business affairs, the acquisition of securities, implementation of new technology, the acquisition of government contracts, and corporate partnerships.
2. The Hustler Mind Entrepreneur:
Also known, as the Master of none Entrepreneur, tends to jump on board almost any project in attempts to secure profit and attain gain. This person is someone who may not know or understand the core ethics principle of business or fair business practices. This person doesn’t think of business longevity but only immediate gratification from the work put into a business endeavor. This type of entrepreneur will seldom become wealthy from his business endeavor. This entrepreneur is more likely to utilize any profits or gain to sustain his or her personal life.
3. The Creative Mind Entrepreneur:
This person is typically an artist of some sort who finds it very easy to create unique things. This person could possibly be a hobbyist but chooses to sale or make a profit from their creations, making them an Entrepreneur. An example of a Creative Mind Entrepreneur would be a Basket Weaver, or an Artistic Painter. To highlight someone specifically, Ta'Kisha N. Gatling from Atlanta Georgia, who titles herself as the Blingologist uses her creative mind to design amazing handbags and purses for trendy women abroad. You can learn more about Ta'Kisha by visiting her site.
Most Artists would prefer not to manage a business but would rather spend their time creating new products and new things. Many times, a Creative Mind Entrepreneur could benefit from hiring a consultant or business operations manager to run and manage the Marketing, Sales, and Advertisement of their business so that they could spend the rest of their time creating.
4. The Inventor Mind Entrepreneur:
Also known, as the tinkerer, tends to spend most of their time experimenting on new concepts that leads to inventing something innovative and edgy that simplifies the lives of others. An Example of an Inventor Mind would be William Hunter Dammond, who is notated as the Inventor of the switching mechanism that allows trains to change positions on Rail road tracks.
Most Inventor Mind Entrepreneurs spend a life time trying to invent and protect something unique and useful. They will only become rich or wealthy; if they are able to properly patent their ideas, market, and sale their new invention to the world. Bill Gates is a successful Inventor Mind Entrepreneur renowned for the invention of Microsoft and Windows based Computers. He helped to revolutionize the way computers communicate and energized the growth in the modern technology industry through simplifying the way we manipulate data. A few Inventor Mind Entrepreneurs turn to Late Night Infomercials as a means to market and sale their new inventions. It has been statistically proven that many inventor mind entrepreneur have become successful by effectively producing demonstration commercials that entice the public to buy their products.
There are several other types of Entrepreneurs; however I pick these top 4 as the most seen in the Black American communities.
Feel Free to share your comments and your links to your site if you are thinking of entrepreneurship or are in fact an Entrepreneur yourself.
The 51 to 49 Rule for Minority Entrepreneurs:
While present at The Black Enterprise Entrepreneur Conference held in Atlanta it came to my attention that there are a lot of people including myself at the time who were not aware of the 51 to 49 rule. On behalf of the public, I would like to thank Tim Burt from Tim Burt Enterprises for sharing his knowledge and concept of what the 51 to 49 Rules actually means and how minorities can benefit from it.
Put simply, the 51 to 49 rule is the percentage of business ownership entitlement between a Minority Woman and Man who have decided to go into business with one another as partners.
Usually, the man will agree to entitle the woman 51 percent ownership in any new business start ups; regardless of who originates the business idea or not, in order to ensure fair funding practices from grant organizations and investors.
Poor business practices from minority men of the past have made it less favorable for venture capitalist and bankers to trust that new business men are handling their funds appropriately and honestly. However sad, this is what the honorable minority men of today have to face.
In retrospect, there are more female entrepreneurs than there are male entrepreneurs. There are more successful women making a difference in the business community than their male counter parts. With that being said, Investors and bankers are more willing to trust their loans, investments, or grants with businesses that are primarily owned by minority Women.
The resolution is team work between minority men and minority women the way nature intended it to be.
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