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Guest Post: 10 BUSINESS START-UP IDEAS

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A guest post from UK  financial blogger Lucy:

People say that “The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance.” So you need to be prepared to take risks and face it when you plan to start a business. A well-structured plan will definitely build a business. However, here are a few ideas to help you get started:

Things to know before starting a business,

  • Plan your business ideas according to the market demand
  • Be ready to face business challenges and failures
  • Know the strength of your business plan
  • Gather your investment
  • Know who your team includes
  • Know your business work place

So, if you are clear on the above, and are searching for business concepts, you have come to the right place to get the information you need. Check out the ideas below on the best new businesses to consider.

Top 10 business start up ideas

Creative business

We’re all creative in our own way. So use your creative ideas to earn money. There just might be people who will like your creative products and buy them. You can earn a lot through selling the things you make as a hobby.

Some examples of creative business are Boutique, Interior designer, Crafts seller, Sports trainer, Jewelry making.

Online business

Online business is in high demand. You can earn a lot doing internet business, and the good part is you never have to leave home.

Online businesses includes Blogging, Affiliate marketing, Data storage, and online product sales.

Consulting

This is a process of earning from your experiences. There are many people around the world who are in need of your advice to solve their problems. Let the experiences you’ve gained make money for you by offering to help people. Consulting can be face-to-face or online.

Areas of consulting include Virtual assistant, Financial and health insurance assistant, and Management consultant.

Sales

Products can be sold either online or directly to consumers. Plan to offer discounts or promotions in order to attract people to your products and potentially increase your profits.

Sales business includes Wholesale food sales, Product sales etc.

Translator/Interpreter

Foreign language skills are in demand. If you are fluent in another language, you can offer your services as either a translator of documents or as an interpreter. The advantage of translation services is that they can be done online.

Cleaning and custodial

This field has experienced rapid growth in the past 5 years. People are having their homes, vehicles, and pets taken care of by cleaning agencies. There is also the possibility of commercial cleaning contracts for offices, small factories or stores. Among the fastest growing cleaning businesses are Vehicle cleaning, Pets cleaning, House cleaning

Event management

Due to the hectic pace of modern life, many people find they don’t have time to arrange social and other events themselves. In addition, organizations often find they lack the skills to effectively stage events. Event management specialists are in demand for the whole range of activities from decoration, catering, venue selection and preparation, and other services.

Examples of event management include birthday parties, weddings, and receptions.

Caretaker

This is a type of work that covers a wide range of activities, from caring for people to house sitting. Success in this field requires empathy and attention to detail. Caretaking tasks include childcare, eldercare, house sitter, and pet caretaker, among others.

Recycling

Recycling involves collection of recyclable items and either recycling them or transporting them to an appropriate facility. Some items, such as cans and bottles, are often recycled into art objects or other useful items. Care must be taken with such items as computer or TV parts which often contain harmful or toxic materials. Check with your local government for any license requirements for this activity.

Computer or Electronic Repair Technician

A fast-growing field, computer or electronic equipment repair requires specialized training. In many cities there are schools providing such training, but it is wise to check the credentials and student post-training employment records before enrolling.

Author Bio: This guest post was contributed by Lucy, financial guest blogger from Manchester, UK. Find out more about her blogs http://www.instant-ppiclaims.co.uk

You Know You’re Working at a Military Command When . . .

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I received the following item from my friend Larry Walker, a Foreign Service Officer currently serving as a foreign affairs advisor for a military command in Germany.  This is truly funny, because it is so true – as anyone who has ever been in the military can attest.  I have edited the contact information at the bottom of Larry’s article for security reasons, but the rest is just as he wrote it:

 

You know you’re working at a military command when…

–you call everybody in your office by their first name except your boss, whom you call “sir” or “ma’am.”

–you work with colleagues who go by nicknames like Paunch, Misfit, Biggie, Lapdog and Boom-Boom.

–all the folks you work with go to the office in camouflage fatigues, and every meeting looks like a chameleons’ convention.

–you can tell Air Force camouflage from Army camouflage at a distance of 50 feet.

–you can spot a colonel, even out of uniform, at 100 ft.

–you can name ten different types of Navy uniforms.

–you know a Navy captain is equivalent to an Army colonel, and a Navy lieutenant is equivalent to an Army captain.

–portions at restaurants on base are twice the size of the civilian world and mostly consist of meat.

–you can’t explain what you do for a living without resorting to incomprehensible acronyms and PowerPoint slides.

–when you’ve had a busy day and need some exercise, you tell your wife you had accelerated battle rhythm today and need to get in some PT (physical training).

–you pay little attention to officers below the level of Major or Lieutenant Commander but worship all enlisted service members above the level of Master Sergeant or Senior Chief Petty Officer.

–you refer to a self-service cafeteria as a “mess hall.”

–you stay home sick and email your boss that you are “keeping quarters.”

–you are ordered to attend a “theater briefing,” and you think it’s a hilarious coincidence when you find out that it is actually being held in the base’s theater.

–instead of cussing, you start using the relevant NATO code abbreviations for the first letter of each word (e.g., instead of “What the f—?” you exclaim “Whisky-Tango-Foxtrot!”

–For really bad expressions, you run letters together to form whole words (e.g., FIGMO – f— it, got my orders, and BOHICA – bend over, here it comes again).

–your wallet contains a CAT card, a badge for classified areas, a ration card, a SOFA driver’s license, dollars, local currency, and  an ATM card for the Service Credit Union, while your jacket pocket contains an official passport with a SOFA stamp.

–you refer to your job as “my billet” and to decisions reserved to your supervisors as being “above my pay grade.”

–when you plan a business trip, you say you are “going downrange.”

–you when you talk about getting something through the clearance process in order to send it to the Commander’s Office, you say you’ve got to run it through the “chop chain” to get it to the “head shed.”

–you start shining your shoes once a week rather than twice a year.

–you hear a rapper rap the word “ho,” and you briefly wonder why he is singing about the Horn of Africa (HOA).

–you have an email signature block that looks something like this:

Very respectfully,

 

Mr. Lawrence A. (Larry) Walker

Foreign Affairs Advisor

(Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius)

Southern Region Engagement

U.S. Africa Command/J531

Bulding (Of course), Room (Somewhere above the basement)

Kelley Kaserne, Unit (A whole bunch of numbers)

Plieninger Straße some more numbers

70567 Stuttgart-Möhringen, Germany

 

Four phone numbers and

Four email addresses (which means remembering four separate passwords, yuck!)

                         Africa Command protects and defends the national security interests of the United States by strengthening the defense capabilities of African states and regional organizations and, when directed, conducts military operations, in order to deter and defeat transnational threats and to provide a security environment conducive to good governance and development.