The Right Mindset For Owning An Online Business

Online business like any other business requires your dedicated time and efforts. As most of the things online will be unknown to the beginners, they should put more time in learning and implementing the things. There will be a lot of experimenting in the beginning phases to find out the right mix of business tasks and strategies which can be done to achieve the goals set for short term as well as long term.Most of the people who start their online business fall for the trap of quick and easy money. The four magically words have been used time and again by scrupulous marketers successfully to make people purchase their products. Although internet is known to make millionaires in the shortest period of time, there is no easy money in the online world. There is a lot of hard work put behind getting the things done. This part of the business is never told by any marketer to the people. The people are usually shown the success which they have achieved after implementing a particular strategy.A person should have a proper business mindset and not fall for any ‘get rich quick’ scheme which asks him to shed his hard earned money. He has to first decide the route he is going to take towards building his online business and stick to it no matter whether he finds success in the beginning or not. Most of the proven business models have a moderate gestation period. This is the period where you will be working but you cannot see any tangible results. Most of the beginners will stop at this phase and not continue. Only those who continue will see results and will achieve their business goals.It is in the best interest of any person who is beginning online to be wary about the business models which will reap benefits within a very short period. Although some may be true to some extent, but, when there are big changes in the online community the income source will dry up very quickly and leave you stranded in your path to financial freedom. Therefore, the first and foremost thing to do while building your online business is to see what the other successful online business owners are doing and follow their path.Most of the beginners think that in order to be successful online they have to do something novel and be in the limelight. But, if we consider the cases of successful people, most of them have followed what their mentors or other veterans in the industry have been doing. When you start seeing results you can then develop your own system and be a pioneer in the industry. Until then following others and reaping the benefits is a sure-fire way to earning money online.Like any other business, even the online business has customers who have to be taken care of. Although there is no physical interaction between the buyers and sellers, the online world does have a very established system through which transactions take place. To be successful online, you have to see that there is a constant flow of customers to your site and a system to capture their details to contact them again for future promotions or offers.Many online marketers refer the customers to a site and earn commission on the purchases made by them. This will require a consistent effort on part of the marketer to bring the customer every time to the site. He might have chosen various traffic generation strategies, but in the end if the customer doesn’t buy on that site he will lose his customer forever. Hence, it is prudent to make the customer leave some of his details like email address and name on the site so that you can contact him again in the future without any efforts to generate traffic.Most of the people think that an online business gives you the freedom to travel or be at home and work at any time you want. Although this is true to a certain extent, it does require your dedicated time to get things rolling. Even if you are travelling you will have to spare some hours each day to do the tasks required for your business. The only benefit of such a kind of business is you can fulfill all your desires while you are young and also earn money by doing business. Moreover, you can scale the online business and have multiple income sources bringing cash for you simultaneously. This alone should fuel your enthusiasm for working hard in the beginning so that you can earn easy money in the coming years.

Business Loans In Canada: Financing Solutions Via Alternative Finance & Traditional Funding

Business loans and finance for a business just may have gotten good again? The pursuit of credit and funding of cash flow solutions for your business often seems like an eternal challenge, even in the best of times, let alone any industry or economic crisis. Let’s dig in.

Since the 2008 financial crisis there’s been a lot of change in finance options from lenders for corporate loans. Canadian business owners and financial managers have excess from everything from peer-to-peer company loans, varied alternative finance solutions, as well of course as the traditional financing offered by Canadian chartered banks.

Those online business loans referenced above are popular and arose out of the merchant cash advance programs in the United States. Loans are based on a percentage of your annual sales, typically in the 15-20% range. The loans are certainly expensive but are viewed as easy to obtain by many small businesses, including retailers who sell on a cash or credit card basis.

Depending on your firm’s circumstances and your ability to truly understand the different choices available to firms searching for SME COMMERCIAL FINANCE options. Those small to medium sized companies ( the definition of ‘ small business ‘ certainly varies as to what is small – often defined as businesses with less than 500 employees! )

How then do we create our road map for external financing techniques and solutions? A simpler way to look at it is to categorize these different financing options under:

Debt / Loans

Asset Based Financing

Alternative Hybrid type solutions

Many top experts maintain that the alternative financing solutions currently available to your firm, in fact are on par with Canadian chartered bank financing when it comes to a full spectrum of funding. The alternative lender is typically a private commercial finance company with a niche in one of the various asset finance areas

If there is one significant trend that’s ‘ sticking ‘it’s Asset Based Finance. The ability of firms to obtain funding via assets such as accounts receivable, inventory and fixed assets with no major emphasis on balance sheet structure and profits and cash flow ( those three elements drive bank financing approval in no small measure ) is the key to success in ABL ( Asset Based Lending ).

Factoring, aka ‘ Receivable Finance ‘ is the other huge driver in trade finance in Canada. In some cases, it’s the only way for firms to be able to sell and finance clients in other geographies/countries.

The rise of ‘ online finance ‘ also can’t be diminished. Whether it’s accessing ‘ crowdfunding’ or sourcing working capital term loans, the technological pace continues at what seems a feverish pace. One only has to read a business daily such as the Globe & Mail or Financial Post to understand the challenge of small business accessing business capital.

Business owners/financial mgrs often find their company at a ‘ turning point ‘ in their history – that time when financing is needed or opportunities and risks can’t be taken. While putting or getting new equity in the business is often impossible, the reality is that the majority of businesses with SME commercial finance needs aren’t, shall we say, ‘ suited’ to this type of funding and capital raising. Business loan interest rates vary with non-traditional financing but offer more flexibility and ease of access to capital.

We’re also the first to remind clients that they should not forget govt solutions in business capital. Two of the best programs are the GovernmentSmall Business Loan Canada (maximum availability = $ 1,000,000.00) as well as the SR&ED program which allows business owners to recapture R&D capital costs. Sred credits can also be financed once they are filed.

Those latter two finance alternatives are often very well suited to business start up loans. We should not forget that asset finance, often called ‘ ABL ‘ by those Bay Street guys, can even be used as a loan to buy a business.

If you’re looking to get the right balance of liquidity and risk coupled with the flexibility to grow your business seek out and speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor with a track record of business finance success who can assist you with your funding needs.

Shoe Repairs And Several Other Things When I Was 7

Shoe Repairs And Several Other Things When I Was 7
My Dad repaired most of our shoes believe it or not, I can hardly believe it myself now. With 7 pairs of shoes always needing repairs I think he was quite clever to learn how to “Keep us in shoe Leather” to coin a phrase!

He bought several different sizes of cast iron cobbler’s “lasts”. Last, the old English “Laest” meaning footprint. Lasts were holding devices shaped like a human foot. I have no idea where he would have bought the shoe leather. Only that it was a beautiful creamy, shiny colour and the smell was lovely.

But I do remember our shoes turned upside down on and fitted into these lasts, my Dad cutting the leather around the shape of the shoe, and then hammering nails, into the leather shape. Sometimes we’d feel one or 2 of those nails poking through the insides of our shoes, but our dad always fixed it.

Hiking and Swimming Galas
Dad was a very outdoorsy type, unlike my mother, who was probably too busy indoors. She also enjoyed the peace and quiet when he took us off for the day!

Anyway, he often took us hiking in the mountains where we’d have a picnic of sandwiches and flasks of tea. And more often than not we went by steam train.

We loved poking our heads out of the window until our eyes hurt like mad from a blast of soot blowing back from the engine. But sore, bloodshot eyes never dampened our enthusiasm.

Dad was an avid swimmer and water polo player, and he used to take us to swimming galas, as they were called back then. He often took part in these galas. And again we always travelled by steam train.

Rowing Over To Ireland’s Eye
That’s what we did back then, we had to go by rowboat, the only way to get to Ireland’s eye, which is 15 minutes from mainland Howth. From there we could see Malahide, Lambay Island and Howth Head of course. These days you can take a Round Trip Cruise on a small cruise ship!

But we thoroughly enjoyed rowing and once there we couldn’t wait to climb the rocks, and have a swim. We picnicked and watched the friendly seals doing their thing and showing off.

Not to mention all kinds of birdlife including the Puffin.The Martello Tower was also interesting but a bit dangerous to attempt entering. I’m getting lost in the past as I write, and have to drag myself back to the present.

Fun Outings with The camera Club
Dad was also a very keen amateur photographer, and was a member of a camera Club. There were many Sunday photography outings and along with us came other kids of the members of the club.

And we always had great fun while the adults busied themselves taking photos of everything and anything, it seemed to us. Dad was so serious about his photography that he set up a dark room where he developed and printed his photographs.

All black and white at the time. He and his camera club entered many of their favourites in exhibitions throughout Europe. I’m quite proud to say that many cups and medals were won by Dad. They have been shared amongst all his grandchildren which I find quite special.

He liked taking portraits of us kids too, mostly when we were in a state of untidiness, usually during play. Dad always preferred the natural look of messy hair and clothes in the photos of his children.