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The Best Time to Start a Business

The Best Time to Start a Business So you have decided to become your own boss and want to embark upon your own business venture. No matter your business objectives, you want your business to thrive. That was the number one thing on my mind when I opened my own consulting firm a few years ago. Seeing businesses and startups come and go, I have observed the need to start your business at an optimal time. Even if you have an amazing idea, if it is the wrong time, it is simply just the wrong time. So are you considering when to embark on this amazing journey? Read on to see if you fulfill all conditions for the optimal time to start your business. 1. When You Are Fully Committed

3 Online Businesses You Can Start With No Money

3 Online Businesses You Can Start With No Money Unlike a brick-and-mortar business, starting a business online does not require much capital. In fact, there are many businesses out there running with no capital at all. Resourceful people will always find a way to leverage free services from the internet. While the possibilities are endless, here are a few suggestions for online businesses that you can start with little to no capital! 3 Online Businesses You Can Start With No Money 1. Blogging If you have the know-how to tackle a subject, blogging is an easy option to get started. There are many blog-hosting websites available. You can easily setup a blog from websites like WordPress. If you have the time, consider creating your own website and sourcing for a service host.   Blogging requir...

An Expat’s Guide To Opening A Business In The Philippines

Many expats are flocking to the Philippines as it has experienced significant economic growth over the past few years. Are you one of them? Or are you thinking of joining the club? As an expat myself, this article will explain how to open a successful business in the Philippines. If you are still considering whether it is a worthy investment – let me tell you right now that it is relatively easy once you understand how things work! So read on to make the most out of your investment. 1. What Type Of Business Can You Set Up?

4 Fresh Business Suggestions for Retirees Looking 

For older employees, the prospect of retirement is met with mixed feelings. However, for some, the idea of starting afresh and building their own vision is invigorating. If you are pondering the prospects, then here are some ideas for you to consider. 1. Consultation Services As an elder, you are bound to be a treasure chest that’s rife with knowledge and experience. Skills and life lessons are a stock that you can put to beneficial use in your twilight years. If you can convey your advice well, then consultation and coaching is an avenue to consider. If no longer look forward to the morning-rush of office schedules, there are other avenues to share your experience. Writing and blogging are two common ways that retirees stay engaged with online communities that desire the knowledge. If you...

Use Colours for Your Restaurant to Make Diners Hungry

The colours of your restaurant certainly has a strong impact on determining your customers dining experience. This, in turn, determines the brand image of your restaurant. Does your restaurant provide more of a fine-dining experience? Or a fast-food experience? What about sustainable dining? This article will help you decide which colours would be best for your restaurant and determining your brand image. 1. Warm Colours versus Cool Colours Warm colours like red, yellow and orange increases a person’s appetite – so use that to your advantage in your own restaurant! Muted, earth tones of warm colours also creates a lush and expensive feel for your restaurant.    Yellow can become really obnoxious if it is too gaudy or bright. So try to aim for muted tone as well. But if you are o...

The One Advice that Successful Restaurant Owners Won’t Tell You

As a restaurant owner myself, I started my entrepreneurial journey fresh with rose-coloured glasses. In other words, I was young, optimistic, and had fire in my blood to concur the F&B industry. Basically, I was naïve and idealistic. After the first 6 months of running my restaurant, I was ready to throw in the towel. I had designed my restaurant, thinking it would appeal to millennial, crafted out my menu, hired staff, sourced my inventory to making sure we had the freshest ingredients every day, and sourced for food bloggers to promote my restaurant. Instead, I found myself having to manage everything. From scrubbing down the kitchen daily, grinding the coffee, de-shelling the prawns, serving the food, wiping tables, polishing the floors, taking photos of the food on my own, washing ...

6 Ways to Kickstart Your Small Business

When you first decide to start your business, the first step is to seek advice on how to go about this. I understand that there are a ton of advices that go around, and it can be overwhelming when deciding which advice is legit, and which isn’t. Let’s get real, there is no one-size-fits all approach when setting up your business for success. Usually the best business tips are those that forces you to think out of the box. Here’s a list of 5 tips for starting you can do that you might not have heard of. Be a Problem Solver You’d be surprised at how many entrepreneurs started their business simply because they wanted to solve a problem. Anthony Tan, co-founder of Grab, started his company because the taxi system in Malaysia was a mess. Taxi’s had a reputation of being unreliable, unsafe, ove...